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  • The Elusive Dream of Peace in Gaza

    The Takeaway

    It's already been a deadly week in Gaza and Israel, but a cease-fire seems no closer. Veteran Middle East negotiator Ambassador Martin Indyk says it's an unsustainable stalemate in an increasingly unstable region.

  • The Argument for Leaving Your Kid at a Park

    The Brian Lehrer Show

    The jailing of a South Carolina mom for leaving her kid unsupervised in a park sparked a fierce debate about the responsibility of parents. Lenore Skenazy, author of the book and blog Free-Range Kids, has long argued for greater independence and unsupervised outdoor play for children.



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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.

  • Arizona Inmate Takes 2 Hours to Die

    The Takeaway

    Yesterday, another execution raised the question of whether lethal injection is a barbaric form of criminal punishment. It took nearly two hours to kill Arizona inmate Joseph Wood, who was sentenced to death for the 1989 murders of his estranged girlfriend and her father.

  • Israeli Artillery Hits U.N.-Run School In Gaza

    A United Nations-run school sheltering civilians in Gaza has been hit by Israeli tank artillery, the U.N. says. More than a dozen people have been killed, according to Palestinian officials.

  • At Eric Garner's Funeral, Mourners Cry 'It Ends Today'

    An overflow crowd packed a Brooklyn church for the funeral of Eric Garner who died in police custody after an officer placed him in an apparent chokehold.

  • NYPD Investigates Another Apparent Chokehold Incident

    The NYPD has launched an internal investigation after another video surfaced showing an officer using an apparent chokehold on a suspect during an arrest.


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  • Feminist Icons: From Rosie the Riveter to Beyoncé

    The Takeaway

    Just how flawless of an icon was "Rosie" herself?  And is it time we put aside the propaganda and found some new feminist icons? 

  • A Beer for Every Bite

    Which ale to pair with a steak, chicken, pizza, oysters, even ice cream? Brendan Woodcock and Daniel Burns of the beer bar Torst say there's a beer for everything.

  • Does Religion Make You Happy?

    It’s a hard question to answer, but we do our best.

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  • A Tour Of Spanish Harlem, Birthplace Of Boogaloo

    Join us as we walk through New York's Spanish Harlem alongside DJ Turmix. He gives us a tour of El Barrio and one of the amazing musical genres born there: Boogaloo.

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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