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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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  • 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.

  • Gaza: No Peace & No Way Out

    The Takeaway

    As Operation Protective Edge continues into its fourth week, Israel stands firmly behind Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. A recent poll found that more than 90 percent of Jewish Israelis believe Operation Protective Edge is justified.

  • Is It Practical to Legalize Marijuana in America?

    The Takeaway

    This week, The Takeaway's partner The New York Times launched "High Time: An Editorial Series on Marijuana Legalization."  Andrew Rosenthal, the editorial page editor for The New York Times, explains why the paper took this stance.

  • Enlisting Smartphones In The Campaign For Campus Safety

    Developers hope technology can help stop sexual assaults on campus — or at least provide students with easier access to resources.

  • 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.

  • Beyond the Best-Of Lists: 54 Movies Not to Miss

    The Brian Lehrer Show

    Kenneth Turan talks about what makes his favorite films great - from the silent era to recent features - and why his picks don't often appear on other critics' lists.

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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

    Meet the Composer

    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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