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  • Shadow of Prison Violence Darkens Bus Ride to Rikers

    As problems at Rikers Island reach a tipping point, and the need for reform becomes urgent, mothers, aunts, fiancées and others travel there regularly to check up on loved ones.  

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  • A Most Popular Playlist

    Prospect Park's secret garden. The best worst song of the summer. Soul-crushing Ivy League colleges. Here's a few of the week's top stories, all in one place. Just push play.

  • Rats! New York City Tries To Drain Rodent 'Reservoirs'

    Morning Edition

    Health officials want to reduce the rat population, so they're hiring extra exterminators, sealing up holes and teaching regular New Yorkers how to make homes and gardens less rat-friendly.



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  • Wanted: A Few Brave Men to Teach Pre-K

    Men who teach pre-kindergarten do a lot more than teach the ABC's. Experts say male teachers model how to be both gentle and strong — and they say New York City needs many more of them.

  • Why the New York Times Didn't Endorse Anyone for Governor

    The Brian Lehrer Show

    The Times' editorial board decided that while Gov. Cuomo failed at rooting out corruption, his opponent lacks experience, so they endorsed no one in the Democratic gubernatorial primary.

  • Are NJ's New, Riskier, 'Alternative Investments' a Good Idea?

    New Jersey is putting more pension money into private companies, real estate and hedge funds.

  • Phone Company Won't Say if It Will Turn Over Christie Text

    AT&T is sidestepping inquiries on whether it will furnish records of a deleted text to Gov. Chris Christie about Bridgegate.

  • City Sees Climb in Fatal Heroin Overdoses

    A crackdown on the prescription painkillers known as opioids may be yielding dividends, but may also be driving some people to heroin.

Arts and Culture

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  • Miranda July Wants You to Talk to Strangers

    Studio 360

    Somebody, a new app from actor/writer/artist Miranda July, enlists people you don't know to deliver personal messages to people you do know.

  • 21 Tips For Surviving New York City

    Drop off your laundry. Meditate in the Bronx. See improv. Our hosts and producers tell you how to survive -- and thrive -- in this insane place. 

  • Wikipedia Had an Edit War Over Hello Kitty

    On The Media

    A couple of days ago, the L.A. Times shook the world when it reported that Hello Kitty is not, in fact, a cat. Here's how Wikipedia's been dealing with that. 

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  • Joan Rivers, Mad Diva

    The Leonard Lopate Show

    The octogenarian and author believes that plastic surgery is a necessity, aging is an adventure, and jokes almost never go too far. She also never wants you to use “LOL” ever again. 

Technology & Media

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  • Just Because It's on the Internet Doesn't Make It True

    The Leonard Lopate Show

    Are you messaging a fake dating profile? Are you being scammed? Here's how to identify and avoid the trickery that’s so prevalent online.

  • No More "Tinder for X," Please

    On The Media

    It really isn't very helpful. 

  • How to Be Smarter than Facebook

    New Tech City

    Habits are powerful. Tech companies know that when they build you new gadgets and websites. But if you are wise to their tactics, you can drive your habits, not them.

Music for your day

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  • Video Premiere: Heaven's Jail, 'Long Island Sound'


    The Brooklyn band makes dark and blustery folk rockers that channel Laurel Canyon cult psychedelia and the distinctive eerie visuals of Twin Peaks.

  • Curtis Harding, In The Studio


    A singer and songwriter who's spent time working with Cee-Lo Green and the band Night Sun, Curtis Harding captures the spirit of late 1970s soul music on his first solo effort. Hear the Atlanta-based musician play songs from that album, Soul Power, live in the Soundcheck studio. 

  • How to Talk to a Female Composer

    Interviewing a composer can be a daunting proposition, especially when confronted with the bodily reality of one who is non-male. Here's a how-to guide for beginners. 

  • Jenny Lewis Fights Fear And Insomnia On 'The Voyager'


    The former Rilo Kiley frontwoman's new record, The Voyager, promises to be some of her most personal songs to date.

  • Comedian Marc Maron Is Not A (Total) Music Snob


    Comedian and WTF podcast host Marc Maron shares three favorite songs as part of Soundcheck's Pick Three series. 

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  • George Takei Misses His Mother's Enchiladas

    George Takei is King of Facebook! Find out what he thinks made him such a strong person and which recently movie had a powerful effect on him.

  • How to Make the Perfect Paper Airplane

    David Rees, host of "Going Deep" and expert on all things you thought you learned in elementary school, teaches Brian Lehrer and listeners how to fold a paper airplane.

  • Neil Gaiman Confronts the Real World

    There are few things more mundane than people at their desks doing stuff, eating snacks. But to Neil Gaiman, even the humble workplace is glorious fodder for the writer's imagination. 

  • Bodega Cats In Their Own Words

    There's no cat quite like the New York City bodega cat: killer of rats, fixture of the detergent aisle, silent observers of the human condition. If only these cats could talk. Well, now they can.