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  • Empire Recap: Girls Run the World

    On the fourth episode, Cookie expands her turf, Tiana reveals she's in the hip-hop game to win it, and the source of Hakeem's mommy issues is revealed (it rhymes with Shaomi Shmampbell).

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  • Goodbye, Amy

    Amy Eddings, our All Things Considered host since 2004, is leaving WNYC this week.

  • Woes at NYPD, But Plenty of New Officer Applicants

    With ongoing protests over the death of Eric Garner and discontent between police and city hall, the NYPD has had a rough start to the year. So who wants to be an officer these days?



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  • A History of PTSD, Written By a Former Marine Living With It

    The Leonard Lopate Show

    Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder afflicts as many as 30 percent of conflict veterans, but its reach extends far beyond the armed forces. 

  • Want a Diploma? Pass the Citizenship Exam First

    The Takeaway

    Arizona has become the first state to require all high school students to pass a citizenship exam in order to graduate. We created a quiz with real questions from the test—take it here. 

  • Senator Gillibrand's Plan to Fix Parental Leave

    The Brian Lehrer Show

    The U.S. has no laws requiring paid maternity or parental leave, but Gillibrand says that by paying the cost of a cup of coffee per week, we could be covered for paid emergency leave.

  • Every 3.5 Days, Someone Attempts Suicide Off the George Washington Bridge

    Potential suicide victims have been talked off the ledge by Port Authority police only to return weeks later to successfully jump.  

  • Army Corps Finds Fault with Massive Storm Barriers

    The agency that once championed hard engineering solutions now has a lot of good things to say about natural ways to reduce flood damage.

Arts and Culture

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  • The 'Golden Toad' Is Not — Well, Golden

    Venerable theater company Talking Band turns 40 this year. But this isn't the show that should commemorate the anniversary.

  • Low-Key, Real-Life Heroism In 'March: Book Two'

    Rep. John Lewis continues his graphic memoir series about the civil rights movement in March: Book Two. He isn't afraid to humble the famous and focus on those whom history often overlooks.

  • Yung Jake: The Rapper Behind Those Celebrity Emoji Portraits

    Studio 360

    A mostly unknown rapper constructs elaborate celebrity portraits out of emojis. 

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  • The Search For Perfection In Buffalo Wings And Love

    The Sporkful

    A pair of young lovers leads a motley crew of wing fanatics on a quest for the perfect Buffalo wing. But will the universe deliver a happy ending for their hearts and bellies?

Tech and Media

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  • What 95 Minutes of Phone Time a Day Does to Us

    New Tech City

    Prepare for our week of Bored and Brilliant challenges with a peek at the data we're gathering on how much you use your phones and the science behind why it matters for your brain.

  • How Will Digital Currencies Change Our Way of Life?

    The Leonard Lopate Show

    Digital currency could reinvent traditional financial and social structures, and bring the world's billions of "unbanked" individuals into a new global economy. 

  • Just Plane Sad: A Show Of Support For SkyMall

    News last week that SkyMall's parent company has filed for bankruptcy protection inspired an outpouring of odes to the kitschy in-flight catalog.

Music for your day

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  • Hear Lower Dens' Hypnotically Poppy New Song, 'To Die In L.A.'


    The Baltimore band - fronted by enigmatic songwriter Jana Hunter - returns with its third album, Escape From Evil. Hear the first single, "To Die In L.A."

  • Mucca Pazza: Colorfully Clashing Marching Band Rock


    Hear the colorful and sprawling marching band Mucca Pazza bring its wild circus show to the Soundcheck studio.

  • The Manic Musical Worlds of Nick Kroll


    The multi-talented, many-faced comedian talks about the colorful musical personalities that have studded the storyline of 'Kroll Show.' 

  • Kaija Saariaho's Masterful Chamber Music Shines on a Larger Scale

    Utterly original and new, the music of Kaija Saariaho is nevertheless recognizable as a successor to an old French tradition of rich lyricism and colorful orchestration.

  • Stream 44 New Tunes For The New Year


    With 2014 firmly behind us, there's not much to do but look ahead to the looming tidal wave of records coming in 2015. Stream the songs Soundcheck is most excited about this year.

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