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  • The Private Life of Heinrich Himmler

    The Leonard Lopate Show

    The Nazi SS Commander perpetrated some of the worst atrocities of World War II. Yet a recently discovered cache of his letters and photos show he was also a loving husband and father.

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  • Surprise Medical Bills and Other Major Health Care Costs

    The Leonard Lopate Show

    New York Times reporter Elisabeth Rosenthal on why we're being billed for treatment by doctors we've never even met.

  • Do Snobby Sales Clerks Make You Spend More?

    The Brian Lehrer Show

    Yes, says a new study, but mostly at high-end stores. What is it about rude people that makes us want to give them our money?

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  • Home-Cooking: A Family Tradition Out of Reach?

    The Takeaway

    A team of sociologists at North Carolina State University found that for low- and middle-income families in America, making a home-cooked meal is easier said than done.

  • Our Enduring Obsession with ‘The Texas Chainsaw Massacre’

    The Takeaway

    Plenty of people are turned off by chainsaw-wielding cannibals massacring innocents. Yet the 1974 classic has inspired thousands of horror movies, comic books, and video games.

  • Building a Better Boobie Trap

    The Longest Shortest Time

    A woman fed up with her breast pump enlisted 150 experts to make it better with a weekend-long Hackathon at MIT. We sent in a childless man to see if that's possible.

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  • Small Ensembles, Big Sounds (Special Podcast)

    New Sounds

    Listen to small ensembles with a big sound for this New Sounds show, featuring music from a new James Blackshaw film score, and new work from Bing & Ruth.

Media and Technology

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  • 'Ello' Aims For A Return To Ad-Free Social Networking

    Morning Edition

    Ello is the viral social network of the moment. Ad-free, invitation-only and with the option of anonymity, it's generating tons of chatter as the latest alternative to Facebook.

  • Robots at War

    New Tech City

    We have the war machines, but the laws of modern warfare aren't written in computer code. How can robots programmed to fight also carry out war in a more humane way?

  • Obamacare's First Birthday

    The Brian Lehrer Show

    Enrolees, the uninsured, and health care providers call in to talk about the first year of Obamacare.

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  • 'Bob's Burgers' Creator Loren Bouchard On Dueling Musicals And Casios

    Soundcheck

    Show creator Loren Bouchard talks about the dueling musicals featured in the upcoming season premiere, as well as his love for Casio keyboards and four-track cassette recorders. 

  • Pick Three: Caitlin Moran

    Soundcheck

    The bestselling author shares a playlist of her favorite songs, and talks about embracing enthusiasm, combating cynicism and coming of age as a teenage girl in 1990's England. 

  • Jill Barber: A Fresh Take On The Songbook Sound

    Soundcheck

    Hear the Canadian vocalist perform music from her latest recording, Fool's Gold, in the Soundcheck studio.

  • Respiratory Rhythms Guide Richard Reed Parry's Minimalist Compositions

    Soundcheck

    In his new solo project, Arcade Fire's multi-instrumentalist says he wanted his classical compositions to sound as human as possible. 

  • 'Kind Of Blue' Recreated Note-For-Note

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    New York-based jazz quartet Mostly Other People Do The Killing have taken apart the 1959 Miles Davis classic and put it back together, note-for-note.

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