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  • Three Men and Their Slush Funds

    NEWS ANALYSIS: Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver is not the only one who had off-budget funds at the state Health Department. What led to Silver's arrest is just part of Albany culture.

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  • Now Yahoo Will Have to Stand On its Own

    Money Talking

    CEO Marissa Mayer announced that Yahoo will spin off its $40 billion stake in Alibaba. Now she has to prove her plan to turn around the struggling company will work.

  • If You Think Manhattan is Pricey, Try Buying Farmland Near New York City

    Farmland in lower Hudson River counties like Columbia County can go for $7,000 to $10,000 an acre, too pricey for beginning farmers. Rental agreements and land conservancies can help.



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Arts and Culture

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  • The 'Golden Toad' Is Not — Well, Golden

    Venerable theater company Talking Band turns 40 this year. But this isn't the show that should commemorate the anniversary.

  • Low-Key, Real-Life Heroism In 'March: Book Two'

    Rep. John Lewis continues his graphic memoir series about the civil rights movement in March: Book Two. He isn't afraid to humble the famous and focus on those whom history often overlooks.

  • Yung Jake: The Rapper Behind Those Celebrity Emoji Portraits

    Studio 360

    A mostly unknown rapper constructs elaborate celebrity portraits out of emojis. 

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  • The Search For Perfection In Buffalo Wings And Love

    The Sporkful

    A pair of young lovers leads a motley crew of wing fanatics on a quest for the perfect Buffalo wing. But will the universe deliver a happy ending for their hearts and bellies?

Tech and Media

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  • What 95 Minutes of Phone Time a Day Does to Us

    New Tech City

    Prepare for our week of Bored and Brilliant challenges with a peek at the data we're gathering on how much you use your phones and the science behind why it matters for your brain.

  • How Will Digital Currencies Change Our Way of Life?

    The Leonard Lopate Show

    Digital currency could reinvent traditional financial and social structures, and bring the world's billions of "unbanked" individuals into a new global economy. 

  • Just Plane Sad: A Show Of Support For SkyMall

    News last week that SkyMall's parent company has filed for bankruptcy protection inspired an outpouring of odes to the kitschy in-flight catalog.

Music for your day

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  • Hear Lower Dens' Hypnotically Poppy New Song, 'To Die In L.A.'


    The Baltimore band - fronted by enigmatic songwriter Jana Hunter - returns with its third album, Escape From Evil. Hear the first single, "To Die In L.A."

  • Mucca Pazza: Colorfully Clashing Marching Band Rock


    Hear the colorful and sprawling marching band Mucca Pazza bring its wild circus show to the Soundcheck studio.

  • The Manic Musical Worlds of Nick Kroll


    The multi-talented, many-faced comedian talks about the colorful musical personalities that have studded the storyline of 'Kroll Show.' 

  • Kaija Saariaho's Masterful Chamber Music Shines on a Larger Scale

    Utterly original and new, the music of Kaija Saariaho is nevertheless recognizable as a successor to an old French tradition of rich lyricism and colorful orchestration.

  • Stream 44 New Tunes For The New Year


    With 2014 firmly behind us, there's not much to do but look ahead to the looming tidal wave of records coming in 2015. Stream the songs Soundcheck is most excited about this year.

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