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  • Idina Menzel Of 'Frozen' And 'If/Then' Performs Live


    The Tony Award-winning actress best known for her role in Rent and for singing "Let It Go" from Disney's Frozen performs songs from her current Broadway show, If/Then, in the Soundcheck studio.

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  • The Modern Bathroom Stinks

    The Brian Lehrer Show

    Vacuum toilets, composting toilets, toilets you have to squat over — these are all preferable to our current models, according to TreeHugger managing editor Lloyd Alter. He says our toilets are unsustainable and even bad for us. How far would you go in re-designing the modern bathroom?

  • The Argument for Leaving Your Kid at a Park

    The Brian Lehrer Show

    The jailing of a South Carolina mom for leaving her child 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.

  • 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.

  • A Super Surprise For Young Patients

    Young patients at Stanley Morgan Children's Hospital were surprised by window washers in costume as comic book characters. 


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  • Is a Hot Dog a Sandwich?

    The Leonard Lopate Show

    A heated debate over the definition of a sandwich — and what makes for the best kind — featuring Sporkful host and "strict sandwich constructionist" Dan Pashman.

  • 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.

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  • Does Religion Make You Happy?

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

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.

  • Is NPR Biased In Its Gaza Coverage?

    The critics from both sides are passionate. My review is likely to disappoint them.

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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