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  • Teaching Dothraki to Drogo on 'Game of Thrones'

    The Leonard Lopate Show

    David J. Peterson created the language for the HBO series, 'Game of Thrones.' His new book is a creative explainer on how fictional language are created. 

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  • Should Kids Pay Back Their Parents for Raising Them?

    When one athlete turned pro, his mom asked him for $1 million. Our modern sensibilities tell us she doesn’t have a case. But should she? Freakonomics investigates.

  • They’re Losing, Better

    The Season

    Pretty much everyone at Columbia knows their football team's dismal record, but few are actually rooting for a win. The Lions need some fans.


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  • McCarthy Drops Out Of Speaker Race, Throwing GOP Leadership Into Chaos

    The current House GOP leader said he was withdrawing because, for Republicans to unite, "we probably need a fresh face." Now, leadership elections have been postponed.

  • Treasury Secretary Keeps Up Pressure To Raise Debt Limit

    Morning Edition

    In an interview with NPR's Steve Inskeep, Treasury Secretary Jack Lew spoke about the debt ceiling, raising wages and the new potential faces of the $10 bill.

  • At a Bronx Renewal School, Enthusiasm Takes Root

    Mayor Bill de Blasio is spending hundreds of millions of dollars to help struggling schools rebound. At M.S. 22 in the Bronx, the whole community is scrambling to show results. 

  • Bike Lanes, Bus Lanes — What's a Truck to Do?

    Over 60 percent of the bike lane obstruction tickets in the city go to commercial vehicles. But truck drivers say there's often no good alternative. 

  • To Flood-Proof Subways, N.Y. Looks At Everything From Plugs To Sheets

    Morning Edition

    New York City's transit authority wants to protect Lower Manhattan subway stations from storm flooding. It's racing to get technology tested and in place in time for the next big one.

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  • Belarusian Journalist Svetlana Alexievich Wins Literature Nobel

    The investigative journalist is known for her in-depth exposes of the former Soviet Union, letting eyewitness accounts shed an unsettling light on tragedies.

  • The Gray Whale Sneaks Back into the Atlantic, Two Centuries Later


    A researcher says gray whales used to roam back and forth between the Atlantic and the Pacific oceans. Their reappearance off of Africa may be due to global warming.

  • The Soprano Queen of This Met Season

    The Leonard Lopate Show

    American soprano and New York's Metropolitan Opera leading woman, Sondra Radvanovsky discusses her never-executed-before plan to sing all three of Donizetti's 'Tudor queens.'

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  • A Slice of Pizza Never Looked This Good

    The Brian Lehrer Show

    Five friends got together for a trip to all of New York City's mom-and-pop pizza shops, and they bound up their glossy mementos in a handsome new book.

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  • In Honor Of His 63rd, Putin Plays Hockey And Is Painted As The Buddha

    All Things Considered

    The Russian leader scored seven goals in his birthday game with NHL players — and in a Moscow exhibition, works of fan art depicted him in guises including Batman, Thor, Jupiter and the Buddha.

  • Smile My Ass


    As Candid Camera succeeded, it started to change the way we thought not only of reality television, but also of reality itself.

  • WiFi, Cancer, and Paranoia

    Note to Self

    Science says you really don't need to worry about carcinogens and WiFi. We sort through all of the research with Only Human's Mary Harris.

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