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  • Never Too Late to Learn to Drive

    The Brian Lehrer Show

    Adam Gopnik, a writer for the New Yorker and a grown-up, took his son to get a driver's permit and got one with him. He tells us what it's like to learn to drive as an adult in New York.

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  • Senator Gillibrand's Plan to Fix Parental Leave

    The Brian Lehrer Show

    The U.S. has no laws requiring paid maternity or parental leave, but Gillibrand says that by paying the cost of a cup of coffee per week, we could be covered for paid emergency leave.

  • Want a Diploma? Pass the Citizenship Exam First

    The Takeaway

    Arizona has become the first state to require all high school students to pass a citizenship exam in order to graduate. We created a quiz with real questions from the test—take it here. 



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  • 'I Will Be Loretta Lynch'

    The Brian Lehrer Show

    The president's Attorney General nominee was asked, "You're not Eric Holder, are you?" by a Republican senator. We go through what we learned on Day 1 of the confirmation hearing. 

  • Every 3.5 Days, Someone Attempts Suicide Off the George Washington Bridge

    Potential suicide victims have been talked off the ledge by Port Authority police only to return weeks later to successfully jump.  

  • Army Corps Finds Fault with Massive Storm Barriers

    The agency that once championed hard engineering solutions now has a lot of good things to say about natural ways to reduce flood damage.

  • NYC's First Lady Announces a New Approach to Mental Health

    The first step is to diagnose the problem, says First Lady Chirlane McCray.

  • The Problem Obamacare Was Supposed to Fix

    The Affordable Care Act provides for drug treatment. But finding a bed in rehab is still a problem. 

Arts and Culture

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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