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  • How a Head Injury Created a Math Genius Comments [ 11 ]

    The Leonard Lopate Show

    Jason Padgett had never made it past pre-algebra, but after being struck in the head during a mugging, his ability to understand math and physics increased markedly, and he developed the ability to draw complex shapes he saw everywhere in the world around him.

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  • A Seriously Soulful Reinvention

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    Kelis Rogers is nothing if not versatile. A trained chef and singer best known for her 2003 hit, "Milkshake," Kelis combines her two loves in a new album called "Food". Hear her perform in the studio and talk jerk ribs with Dan Pashman, host of WNYC's Sporkful podcast. 

  • Beyond Goodnight Moon Comments [ 23 ]

    The Leonard Lopate Show

    For little people and their parents, bedtime often starts with one, or two, or a dozen books, depending on the kids' tenacity that night. Here are some children's books to delight both sides.

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  • Prescribing Psychedelic Mushrooms for Anxiety Comments [ 6 ]

    The Leonard Lopate Show

    A research team at NYU is experimenting with using hallucinogenic drugs to help cancer patients come to terms with their mortality. Reporter Roc Morin talks about his article in The Atlantic, “Prescribing Mushrooms for Anxiety.” 

  • Bed-Stuy Residents React to #MyNYPD Twitter Fail Comments [ 2 ]

    When the city's police department asked Twitter users to post pictures of themselves with officers — and instead of posting smiling tourist pictures, users tweeted out photos of police officers tussling with protesters — Bed-Stuy residents weren't surprised.

  • Should We Care About Owning a Home? Comments [ 74 ]

    The Brian Lehrer Show

    On average, real estate is a much worse investment than stocks and bonds. Yet Americans are still fixated on the idea of home ownership.

  • New Migraine Drugs Signal Hope for Millions Comments [ 13 ]

    The Takeaway

    Over the past 50 years, there hasn't been a single preventative drug developed that specifically targets migraines. But some new research in its early stages shows hope that a preventative drug may be within reach.

  • NYC Sherpas Mourn Those Killed on Everest

    The largest community of Sherpas in America resides in Queens. For many of them, climbing dangerous mountains brings both glory and the constant fear of death.

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  • How Bryan Cranston Crafts a Great Villain Comments [ 2 ]

    Tribeca Film Festival Live

    Breaking Bad's Walter White on why the connection between horror and humor is an actor's goldmine.

  • Why Lupita Nyong'o's 'People' Cover Is So Significant

    In a world where beauty is often portrayed with pale skin and flowing hair, she told People, she loves that this has happened "because of all the girls who would see me ... and feel a little more seen."

  • VICE and Upworthy on Trust in the New Age of Journalism

    Tribeca Film Festival Live

    Join the founders of Upworthy and Vice for a candid conversation about how the alleged demise of journalism is hokum. 

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  • Make Carla Bruni Your Ringtone Comments [ 11 ]

    The Leonard Lopate Show

    That’s what Andy Borowitz is doing after interviewing the singer, songwriter and former first lady of France about her latest album, “Little French Songs.” Bruni plays Thursday night at New York’s Town Hall. 

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  • Ghostbusters Fan Art Proves There's No Need for a Sequel

    Studio 360

    Rumors continue to swirl that they're going to remake the beloved '80s films, but this new treasure trove of tribute art means we should leave the franchise alone.

  • Are We Just Waiting for Another Tech Bubble? Comments [ 2 ]

    The Takeaway

    Some in Silicon Valley and on Wall Street are scratching their heads, worrying that the tech economy has re-entered the boom-and-bust era of the late 1990s.

  • Hiring by Video Game Comments [ 4 ]

    New Tech City

    The traditional job interview is obsolete. That is, when compared to an all-knowing video game that peers into the psyche of every candidate.

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  • Check Ahead: Wye Oak, 'Shriek'

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    Baltimore duo Wye Oak has typically been known for its flurry of guitar and drums, but with its new album, Shriek, the band drops the guitar, picks up the bass and goes in an entirely new, synth-heavy direction. Hear the album in its entirety before its release.

  • Boy George: On Lana Del Rey, Facial Hair, Raw Food And Showering Regularly

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    Boy George became a global pop music and fashion icon in the 1980's as the frontman of the English band Culture Club, known for hits like “Karma Chameleon,” “I’ll Tumble For Ya” and “Do You Really Want To Hurt Me?” Hear Boy George talk about his latest album, This Is What I Do, which has been hailed as "the comeback album of the year."

  • A Seriously Soulful Reinvention

    Soundcheck

    Kelis Rogers is nothing if not versatile. A trained chef and singer best known for her 2003 hit, "Milkshake," Kelis combines her two loves in a new album called "Food". Hear her perform in the studio and talk jerk ribs with Dan Pashman, host of WNYC's Sporkful podcast. 

  • Calle 13's Residente, On 'Multi_Viral,' Latin American Politics, And Julian Assange Comments [ 1 ]

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    Rene Perez Joglar, (a.k.a. Residente), the co-founder of the beloved and divisive Puerto Rican rap duo Calle 13,  talks about Multi_Viral -- the group’s latest album which includes vocals from Uruguayan poet Eduardo Galeano and Wikileaks founder Julian Assange.

  • The Most Relaxing Songs Ever

    Soundcheck

    Inspired by WNYC’s Clock Your Sleep project, Soundcheck has been asking our listeners to help us build The Most Relaxing Playlist Ever. We received hundreds of comments, voicemails, tweets and emails -- each one revealing a bit about the sender combats stress with a beloved track. Soundcheck producer Joel Meyer lists his top ten favorites, as suggested by listeners and readers.

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