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  • Leaving Stigma Behind, NY Cuts Red Tape on the IUD

    New York is one of the first states to pay for intra-uterine devices through Medicaid at the time of childbirth.

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  • Port Authority Promises Better Days Ahead for Beleaguered Bus Terminal

    The Port Authority will spend $90 million on some quick fixes to improve its aging Midtown Manhattan facility. But officials say what the bus terminal really needs is to be completely replaced. That solution, however, is at least ten to 15 years away.

  • White Flags, No Surrender

    The Brian Lehrer Show

    Eric Adams, Brooklyn Borough President, is offering a $5,000 reward for information about who hung white flags in place of the usual U.S. flags over the Brooklyn Bridge. He's called the placement of the flags a "terrorist act."

  • After Death in Custody, a Test and Opportunity for Bratton

    Whatever comes out of the Eric Garner investigation, NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton said one thing is clear: officers need more training, beginning with the use of force.

  • 'Late Show' and Colbert Will Stay in NYC

    The 'Late Show' and Stephen Colbert will stay right where they are, in New York.

  • Council Poised to Act on 'Avonte's Law' to Install Door Alarms

    Legislation requiring the city to determine whether audible alarms are needed on the doors of all elementary schools a is expected to be approved Thursday by the City Council.


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  • Designing Outdoor Play With Creativity in Mind

    The Takeaway

    Playgrounds are much safer and calmer in today's age of concerned parents and lawsuit-fearing school districts, and when kids want to play outside their options are sometimes limited. Architect David Rockwell weighs in on the future of playgrounds. 

  • Why We Hang on to Too Much Stuff – and How to Stop

    The Leonard Lopate Show

    One man’s trash is another man’s treasure — and that can be a problem. The psychology behind why it’s hard (but often necessary) to let go of our excess things.

  • Sharon Jones: Back On Her Feet, And Back On The Road


    Sharon Jones is known for her vintage soul sound and her irrepressible on-stage energy. But a recent battle with cancer put her career on hold — and made her doubt that she'd ever sing again. Jones talks about that struggle, and about her latest album, Give the People What They Want.

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  • Mourning a Sibling

    The Longest Shortest Time

    When parents lose a baby, siblings grieve too. In the book The Waters of Our Time, Giancarlo Roma imagines life through the eyes of the sister he lost when he was four. Alongside photographs, like one of his sister's baby dress, Giancarlo tackles the story he says a lifetime of grieving has trained him to write.   

Technology & Media

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  • Mining Your Voice for Hidden Feelings and Company Profits

    New Tech City

    There's a subtle difference between feeling 'exasperated and furious' and 'exasperated but ready to listen.' Hear how new technology aims to decode true meaning from the messy signal of the human voice.


  • Gallery: Capturing Heat on Camera

    The Brian Lehrer Show

    James Estrin, photographer and editor of The New York Times "Lens" blog, talks about capturing heat on camera and the challenges of news photography in sweltering conditions. Plus: Some of Estrin's favorite heat photos.

  • Big Data Peeps At Your Medical Records To Find Drug Problems

    Morning Edition

    It's been tough to identify the problems that only turn up after medicines are on the market. An experimental project is now combing through data to get earlier, more accurate warnings.

Music for your day

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  • Richard Reed Parry Explores 'Music for Heart and Breath'

    Richard Reed Parry, a composer and member of the rock band Arcade Fire, writes classical compositions based the actual pulse of the performers themselves. Stream his "Music for Heart and Breath" all this week. 

  • Preview: Andrew Norman: Better Living Through Architecture

    Meet the Composer

    Preview the second episode of Meet the Composer, featuring guest Andrew Norman. The podcast will be available on July 29 and stream on Q2 Music at 7 pm. 

  • Watch: PHOX, Live On Soundcheck


    Watch the Wisconsin indie pop sextet perform songs from its charismatic and soaring debut album.

  • Summer '94: Jeff Buckley's 'Grace' Still Endures At 20


    Professor and author of the 33 1/3 book on Grace, Daphne A. Brooks talks about her favorite tracks from Jeff Buckley's alternative rock masterpiece from 1994, his early days performing in the Lower East Side, and his tragic death in 1997.

  • Relive Summer '94: Weezer And 'Regulate'


    In this episode: Soundcheck's Summer ‘94 retrospective continues: Comedian Hari Kondabolu looks back on an album so near and dear to his heart that it that inspired his very first AOL screen name – Weezer’s self-titled debut, known to most as the "Blue Album."

    Then: Also that summer: hip hop met yacht rock, when Warren G and Nate Dogg sampled Michael McDonald’s hit slow jam “I Keep Forgettin’” on their song “Regulate.” It was a match made in heaven. We feature the song in our occasional series “That Was A Hit?!?”

    And: Hear Dum Dum Girls perform music from its latest album, Too True, in the Soundcheck studio.

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