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  • Life Without Parole—At the Age of 15

    The Leonard Lopate Show

    Kenneth Young was a teenager when he received four consecutive life sentences for committing a series of armed robberies. A new Supreme Court ruling could set him free.

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  • A Subway Dancer Tells All

    The Brian Lehrer Show

    Love them? Hate them? Don't understand how they do back flips on a moving train? Amid a crackdown on subway dancers, we talk to one who says he isn't going anywhere.

  • Make the Most of Your CSA Vegetables

    The Leonard Lopate Show

    If you don't know what to do with kohlrabi, bok choy, and broccoli rabe, New York Times Dining columnist Melissa Clark is here to help.



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  • 'Surge Docket' Would Increase Deportations, Advocates Say

    Immigration advocates are wary of a new Justice Department plan to speed up the processing of thousands of unaccompanied children arriving in the U.S. from Central America.

  • What's at Stake If There's a Lockout at the Met Opera

    A lengthy lockout at the Metropolitan Opera would mean more than a loss of work for the company's staff. Some question whether audiences would return after a settlement.

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  • Gathering at City Hall to Discuss a Troubled Relationship

    Mayor Bill de Blasio sat between police commissioner Bill Bratton and the Reverend Al Sharpton at the meeting that de Blasio convened on police-community relations, but he also appeared to act as a buffer between the two men. Elected officials and other clergy members gathered at City Hall on Thursday for the nearly two-hour discussion, following the death of Eric Garner in police custody two weeks ago. Everyone agreed that relationships between the NYPD and communities of color could be better, but disagreed on the best way to achieve that.

    Bratton restated that the key to reforming the department is re-training. "Routine training every year…has not been done, evidently for decades in this department," declared Bratton. 

    Sharpton conceded that training was part of the equation but that immediate accountability for officers who break the rules is essential. "The best way to make police stop using illegal chokeholds is to ‘perp walk’ one of them that did," said Sharpton. He also criticized broken-windows style policing, saying that for too long the department had focused on low level crimes and that black and Latino New Yorkers were disproportionately affected.

    “If Dante wasn’t your son, he’d be a candidate for a chokehold,” Sharpton said, name-checking the mayor’s mixed-race son. "And we've got to deal with that reality."

    Sharpton and other clergy members agreed that Garner's death, and the promise to help the city heal from it, would be a test for the mayor and his administration. “The work of reform takes real intensity, real effort—and some patience…the kind of patience that says we have to get it right, said de Blasio.

    The cause of Garner’s death is still under investigation.

  • God is Green: Evangelicals Embrace the EPA

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    On Wednesday, the Environmental Protection Agency wrapped up two days of public hearings on its proposed climate rule that would curb carbon emissions from the nation's powers plants. And conservative faith leaders made a big showing in support of the Obama Administration's plan.


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  • Sharknado: The Making of a Cult Classic

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    Just when you thought it was safe to go back on Twitter, "Sharknado 2: The Second One" hit the small screen last night. The film is the sequel to the cult film and Twitter phenomenon "Sharknado." 

  • Russell Simmons on How to Keep the Peace

    The Brian Lehrer Show

    Russell Simmons, co-founder of Def Jam Records, founder of Phat Farm, and lots more, discusses the Keep The Peace grant program (through RushCard) he's leading that is designed to support community based organizations that are reducing violence in their neighborhoods. He's joined by Erica Ford, one of the recipients, to talk about her work with LIFE Camp, Inc.

  • Movies Not To Miss (And How to Watch Them Online)

    The Brian Lehrer Show

    Kenneth Turan told Brian Lehrer what makes his favorite films great, from the silent era to recent features. Then, we compiled your nominations for best film ever -- along with links to all of the ones available to watch online. Happy watching!

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  • These Summer '94 Songs Defined An Era


    All summer long, Soundcheck has been turning back the clock 20 years, and revisiting the big hit songs, the important albums and more from the summer of 1994. Relive that era and its music with a giant Spotify playlist featuring Weezer, Nas, Jeff Buckley, Lisa Loeb, and so much more.

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  • DJ Sessions: Yesterday's Covers, From 'Hound Dog' To 'The Twist'

    Paul Ray of KUTX shares famous covers that people may not know are covers - along with the lesser-known original versions.

  • First Aid Kit: Two Sisters Create Wistful Folk


    The two sisters who make up First Aid Kit create wistful folk on their new record Stay Gold. Hear them talk about the record with Death, Sex & Money host Anna Sale, and perform live in the Soundcheck studio.

  • Juana Molina, Live In The Greene Space


    Watch experimental Argentinian singer-songwriter perform on a special Soundcheck and Latino USA showcase, recorded live from WNYC's Greene Space.

  • A Karaoke-Soaked Memoir: Rob Sheffield's 'Turn Around Bright Eyes'


    Karaoke and the idea of becoming whole again are at the heart of Rolling Stone writer Rob Sheffield’s newest memoir, Turn Around Bright Eyes: The Rituals of Love and Karaoke.

  • John Luther Adams: Bad Decisions and Finding Home

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    Composer and 2014 Pulitzer Prize winner John Luther Adams is the first subject in Q2 Music's new Meet the Composer podcast. Host Nadia Sirota explores how Adams's move to Alaska led to his current popularity.

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