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  • Does Shakespeare Need an English Translator?

    Studio 360

    The Oregon Shakespeare Festival announced that it will translate all of Shakespeare’s plays into modern English. Good idea or a tragedy? 

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  • Got A Personal Finance Question? Don't Miss The Bus

    Marsha Barnes isn't a typical finance coach. To get advice to those who need it most, she has taken her tips to the streets — literally, in a 1988 bus. "Wherever I'm needed, I'm there," she says.

  • Why The Pop Music Machine Is Dominated by the Swedes

    The Leonard Lopate Show

    In our latest Please Explain, 'New Yorker' staff writer John Seabrook unravels how to make musical hits, the business behind them, and what they do to our brains. 


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  • Explosion and Fire in Borough Park Kills One, Injures Three

    One dead and three injured after apparent gas explosion in Borough Park, Brooklyn.

  • Podcast Extra: After Oregon

    On The Media

    In 2011, a reporter asked for Oregon's gun ownership stats. The legislature quickly made that data private. Plus: a father explains why his son's killer shouldn't be named by the press.

  • Community Vows to Keep Playing After High School Football Player's Death

    New Jersey quarterback Evan Murray was the third high school football player to die this year. While mourning his death, parents aren't blaming the game.

  • Scandal Probes Claim Another Christie Appointee

    Transportation Commissioner Jamie Fox is resigning amid a federal probe into the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, which he previously lobbied on behalf of United Airlines.

  • Hurricane Joaquin Tracker: Follow the Path of the Storm

    The National Hurricane Center has assigned Category 1 to Hurricane Joaquin and predicts it will arrive to the New York-New Jersey area on Monday. 

Arts and Culture

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  • Sawdust to Music

    The Brian Lehrer Show

    A new classical music performance space has opened in a former sawdust factory in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, and Q2 was there to capture last night's debut show.

  • Wearable Artwork Makes Noise Against Racism

    Studio 360

    The artist and dancer Nick Cave addresses racism and brutality in America by making wearable sculptures.

  • Sherpas Rising

    In a new documentary, Australian director Jennifer Peedom captures the 2014 disaster on Mount Everest and the uprising of Sherpas that followed.

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  • Episode 2: Ludacris, You Could've at Least Taught Lucious to Rap

    Empire Afterparty

    After a bonkers season premiere, episode two gave us a much needed moment to think. So we brought back Kevin Brown, a.k.a. Dot Com from 30 Rock, to talk Blackness.

Tech and Media

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  • We Need 2 Talk: Most Teens Still Start, End Their Relationships Offline

    The Pew Research Center surveyed adolescents ages 13 to 17 and found social media and mobile phones are woven into teens' lives — particularly when it comes to flirting.

  • Reducing Yourself To a Sheet or Two of Paper

    Money Talking

    What if resume-writing wasn't a soul-crushing activity?

  • Welcome to 'Only Human'

    Only Human

    A deaf composer gets a shot at hearing again. A woman forgoes her usual treatment. Our host goes through pregnancy and chemotherapy. Listen to a sneak preview of the podcast.

Music for your day

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  • Yo La Tengo On World Cafe

    The beloved indie-rock band plays songs from Stuff Like That There, recorded live in Philadelphia.

  • Marrow: Setting the Standard with Revitalized Rock


    Made of former members of Chicago's Kids These Days, Marrow performs their unique indie rock live in the studio. 

  • Weekly Music Roundup: From Rome to Michigan to Algiers


    This week, we jump on the papal bandwagon; also a favorite Radiolab collaborator; and the next Lorde – maybe.

  • Baio: A Vampire Goes Dancing


    The Vampire Weekend bassist reveals his dancier, croonier side in a live studio performance.

  • Seinabo Sey: At Home Anywhere, Ruling Airwaves Everywhere


    The singer and songwriter of Swedish and Gambian descent visits the Soundcheck studio to talk about a global childhood and her forthcoming record. 

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