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  • Neil deGrasse Tyson Gives Dark Matter a New Name: 'Fred'

    The Leonard Lopate Show

    The astrophysicist and host of National Geographic Channel's 'StarTalk' answers questions about the cosmos, like "Does a black hole look like a black hole?"  

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  • Why A Blockbuster Of A Trade Deal With Asia Matters

    Congress is giving President Obama new powers to help seal the deal on an ambitious Asia-Pacific free trade agreement, a move that angers many Democrats and unions.

  • The Best Five Things Online This Week

    The Takeaway

    A puppet plays Rush, Esquire unearthed an outrageous 1991 commercial for the Sizzler restaurant chain, and a Frenchman draws the space between buildings.

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  • New Study Looks at 9/11 Health Effects on EMS Workers

    EMS workers who responded to the World Trade Center are suffering from chronic digestive problems, difficulty breathing problems and depression. 

  • When a Puppet Goes Bad

    After the success of Avenue Q, puppets are back on Broadway in "Hand to God."

  • Binge-Watching 'Wolf Hall'

    Hilary Mantel's award-winning novels are now on Broadway.

  • Vatican Ends Investigation of American Nun Group

    Is this savvy public relations from the so-called "Cool Pope" or a step toward real change?

  • NJ Pension Boards Question Wall Street Fees

    Trustees say management fees are way up, and the way the state explains them is confusing.

Arts and Culture

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  • A Healthier Way to Think About Sex

    The Brian Lehrer Show

    Alain de Botton, the Swiss philosopher whose new book is the kind you "read in bed and weep quietly as your partner sleeps beside you," examines the ways we think about sex.

  • Indie Filmmaking, the New York Way

    Tribeca Film Festival Live

    Against all logistical and financial odds, indie film producers are responsible for some of the greatest breakout hits in movie history. Here's an inside look at how they make it happen.

  • What Listeners Loved This Week

    New York makes pizza. IBM's Watson makes a vegetable dish. Hedwig creator John Cameron Mitchell makes a comeback. These are a few of the week's most popular stories, all in one playlist.

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  • Meeting the Real Sally Draper

    The Mad Men Pre-Game Show

    Megan got her divorce, Don got dumped by the diner waitress and Harry Crane's true pervy nature was revealed. But whither Sally Draper? We miss that kid. 

Tech and Media

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  • WikiLeaks Makes It Easy To Access Hacked Sony Pictures Information

    Sony reacted angrily to the news that the leaked emails and private documents are now available in a searchable archive. WikiLeaks says they belong in the public domain.

  • The Internet Of Spooky Things Is Alive In 'Unfriended'

    It's a tradition for horror films to find teenagers where they live, so it makes sense that Unfriended would find them saying nasty things to and about each other online.

  • HBO On Trial For 'Fabricating' Child Labor Story

    British sports equipment supplier Mitre is claiming HBO defamed the company in a 2008 segment of "Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel."

Music for your day

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  • The Soundcheck Stream: Women On The Edge


    Soundcheck and special curators assemble more than 12 hours of music from women who influenced and are currently shaping our world.

  • Six Musicians Who Weren’t Who They Were Rumored To Be


    Orion: The Man Who Would Be King tells the story Orion, a singer who sounded a lot like Elvis, and wore a mask. John Schaefer rounds up other musicians with mysterious identities.

  • Hear Public Service Broadcasting, In The Studio


    The London duo marries retro-leaning electronic dance music with archival broadcasts and clips from NASA communications on The Race For Space. Hear the band in the Soundcheck studio.

  • Young Fathers: Status Quo Challenging Scottish Hip-Hop


    The Mercury Prize-winning hip-hop group performs songs from its just-released new album, White Men Are Black Men Too, in the Soundcheck studio.

  • Song Premiere: Downtown Boys, 'Wave Of History'


    In just under two unrelenting minutes, the Providence, Rhode Island punk band's incisive new song addresses larger social issues, corrupt institutions, and political disenfranchisement

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