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  • Bed-Stuy Mourns Slain Officers

    Residents gather to memorialize Officers Liu and Ramos, and some worry about what comes next.

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  • After Deadly Shooting, Wedge Grows Between de Blasio and Police

    "There's blood on many hands tonight," said the head of the Police Benevolent Association Saturday. "[It] starts on the steps of city hall in the office of the mayor."

  • Watch: Mayor de Blasio, Commissioner Bratton Address Police Shootings

    Calling the shooting of two police officers in Bedford-Stuyvesant "an execution," a somber Police Commissioner Bill Bratton was joined by the mayor last night for a press conference.




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  • A Girl with Down Syndrome Takes Her Place in the Community


    Hema Ramaswamy has Down syndrome, but that didn’t stop her from rigorously studying Indian classical dance for years, and giving a grueling solo performance before hundreds. 

  • The Best Music Of 2014


    From a scorching breakthrough performance on Letterman to the Scandinavian explosion, Soundcheck host John Schaefer shares his favorite musical moments of 2014.

  • The Hare Krishnas Are Back, Thanks to Occupy Wall Street


    Hare Krishnas were once seen as aggressive, in-your-face zealots. After practically vanishing from the streets of New York, they've returned — in a kinder, gentler incarnation. 

  • Embargo or Not, Castro Made a Habit of Visiting NY — Ask Bumpy the Bookie

    Castro honeymooned at the Waldorf in 1948. His 1960 visit, as the U.S. embargo loomed, was a political turning point.

  • A Christmas Carol: A Radio Drama

    It's our annual performance of "A Christmas Carol." Hear the radio drama inspired by Charles Dickens' classic tale featuring your favorite public radio personalities.

Micropolis Explores Religion

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  • Rejected by Religion, Saved by God


    When Kedar Powell came out as gay, his religious father sent him away. But his deep faith sustained (and perhaps saved) him, even through homelessness.

  • A War on Christmas? Not in New York City


    In multicultural New York City, even non-Christians get a kick out of the holiday spirit.  Micropolis talks to Aasif Mandvi, Andrew Ross Sorkin, and Hasidic Jews from Borough Park.

  • Religious Huckster or Humanitarian?


    Hector the Inventor says he escaped death three times due to divine intervention, so now he's selling homemade inventions—like an "advanced baby walker"—so he can aid the poor.

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  • PR Expert to Muslims: Face Your Haters


    As the Western world continues to grapple with the perceived threats of extremist Islam, American Muslims weigh in.

Arts and Culture

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  • The 2014 WNYC Small Business Holiday Shopping Guide

    The Brian Lehrer Show

    If you own a small business, recommend it to a fellow WNYC fan! We're crowdsourcing a holiday shopping guide by listeners, for listeners. 

  • What Listeners Loved This Week

    Some New Yorkers have no idea it's Christmas time. Kurt Andersen loved a video so much, he watched it twice. Pop music saved the whales. These are the week's most popular stories.

  • 2014's Best Alternative Christmas Tunes

    The Takeaway

    Studio 360 producer and Sideshow host Sean Rameswaram brings us the best alt-holiday music of 2014.

Music for your day

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  • Paola Prestini Charts Global Styles in 'Oceanic Verses'

    Paola Prestini’s style weaves folk melodies and field samples with choral sections reminiscent of some forgotten Renaissance Mass. Stream her album "Oceanic Verses" all this week.

  • 12 Days of Soundcheck: Sinkane


    No need to hang on to that receipt; this recording of Sinkane live in our studio is one gift you'll want to keep.

  • Prince's 'Purple Rain' Is A Timeless, Triple-Threat Triumph... Mostly


    Alan Light discusses 30 years of Prince's master stroke in the new book, 'Let’s Go Crazy: Prince & The Making of Purple Rain.'

  • 10 Imagination-Grabbing, Trailblazing Artists of 2014

    2014 was a busy year for contemporary classical music. Here's our list of the artists that might've slipped your radar, but who caught the attention of the Q2 Music staff in a big way.

  • Stream The 120 Songs We Loved This Year


    In case you're tired of holiday staples, team Soundcheck has compiled our favorite songs of 2014 -- from soulful live performances to the gems you might've missed.

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