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  • Birthstory


    In this episode, conception takes on a new form—it’s the sperm and the egg, plus two wombs, four countries, and money. Lots of money. 

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  • Fresh Air Weekend: Singer Cecile McLorin Salvant; 'The Danish Girl'; Sam Phillips

    Fresh Air

    Singer Cécile McLorin Salvant says she likes the "husky lows" of jazz. Justin Chang reviews The Danish Girl. Peter Guralnick profiles the founder of the Sun Records label in his book, Sam Phillips.

  • Carl Hiaasen’s Sunshine Noir

    Studio 360

    Like all great satirists, Carl Hiaasen’s humor writing comes from a deep well of anger. He says he stays in South Florida, despite its corruption, because it’s worth fighting for.



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  • Baltimore Residents Wary As Freddie Gray Trials Slated To Begin

    The city braces for the trials of six police officers charged in the death of the unarmed black man who suffered a fatal spinal injury after his arrest and transport in a police van last April.

  • Chicago Protesters Block High-End Stores, Demanding Inquiry Into Shooting

    City and federal investigators showed a lack of urgency in dealing with the case, critics say. Local columnist and editor Carol Marin pins part of the blame on "the feds" and President Obama.

  • Rutgers Cleans House, Fires Athletic Director and Football Coach

    Following a dismal football season marked by scandal, the university has fired both its athletic director and football coach.

  • Climate Activists Want Stronger Commitment from de Blasio

    Ahead of the Paris summit, a coalition of activists want New York City to strengthen its commitment to renewable energy.

  • Construction Deaths Up Amid Building Boom

    A New York Times investigation found the increase in rates of deaths and injuries exceeds the increase in construction.

Arts and Culture

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  • Episode 9: All in the Black Family

    Empire Afterparty

    We talk to NPR TV critic Eric Deggans about the hippest—thought not exactly the happiest—black family on TV. 

  • We Are All Just Widgets in 'The Song Machine'


    New Yorker staff writer and author John Seabrook talks about the modern hit factory.

  • From Trembling Teacher To Seasoned Mentor: How Tim Gunn Made It Work

    All Things Considered

    Gunn, the mentor to young designers on Project Runway, has been a teacher and educator for decades. But he spent his childhood "absolutely hating, hating, hating, hating school," he says.

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  • 'You Can't Prepare Yourself': A Conversation With Adele

    All Things Considered

    The singer's career has been a story in numbers, and not just the ones in her album titles. She discusses motherhood, stage fright, the Spice Girls and more in an extended chat with Ari Shapiro.

Tech and Media

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  • Why Film Is Dead And Digital Photos Won't Last Forever

    Photographic process historian Mark Osterman says digital photos won't stand the test of time unless they're printed or shared widely.

  • The Future Of Nanotechnology And Computers So Small You Can Swallow Them

    How tiny can a computer get and what can it do? Digital sensors are already traveling inside human bodies. Will shrinking sizes eventually do away with the bulky devices we use now?

  • What Does It Mean to Have 'Boots On The Ground'?

    On The Media

    Politicians and pundits have been using the phrase "boots on the ground" to declare limits in U.S. involvement in the Middle East. But what does that phrase mean, anyway?

Music for your day

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  • Little May: Urgent Harmonies, Anthemic Appeal


    The polyvocal Sydney trio plays anthemic songs from its debut record, 'For The Company.' 

  • Quiet Hollers: Roots Music with Indie Swagger


    Catch a live set in the Soundcheck studio featuring the stirring Louisville five-piece.

  • Weekly Music Roundup: The Ridge, The Waiting Room, and Wabi-Sabi


    This week, an early look at some promising albums from 2016, including a veteran English chamber pop band and an Arcade Fire member going solo. 

  • Raury: On the Highway to Stardom, Looking for a Few Friends


    The blissed-out rapper and songwriter performs live on Soundcheck. 

  • Duncan Sheik's Latest Sleight of Hand


    The veteran songwriter and burgeoning Broadway darling visits the Soundcheck studio to play songs from his new album. 

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