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  • Is Vision Zero Working? Early Signs Look Good

    So far this year, traffic fatalities are down in New York City by 11 percent. That's a significant drop  — and it bucks the national trend.

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  • Sheldon Silver's "Surprising" Guilty Verdict

    Silver was once considered one of the most powerful men in Albany.

  • Your Brain On Sound

    Only Human

    When Rose was growing up, she knew she was hearing the world differently. It took her years to figure out what was happening — until she met Professor Nina Kraus.



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Arts and Culture

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  • Harry Shearer and Judith Owen Celebrate a Dry-Eyed Holiday


    The comedy and song duo plays songs from its annual holiday show live on Soundcheck.

  • 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. 

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


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

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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