Hear This

Edit Bucket
  • A Brief History (and Spirited Defense) of Spam

    The Leonard Lopate Show

    Is the most processed of processed meats really worse than a hot dog? Would a slice of Spam Upsidedown Pie change your mind?

Edit Bucket
  • Hundreds Mourn Firefighter Killed in Brooklyn Blaze

    Lt. Gordon "Matt" Ambelas, a firefighter for 14 years, died on Saturday from severe burns and smoke inhalation while searching a one-bedroom unit for survivors in Williamsburg.

  • Feds Say Some Sandy Aid Money is Flowing Too Freely

    Many homeowners are still waiting for much-needed Sandy aid, but federal inspectors say New York and New Jersey have failed to stop duplicate payouts to others.



Edit Bucket
  • Coming Jan 2015: NYC Municipal ID Card

    The card, dubbed NYC ID, is intended to help people access city services and enter city buildings Officials are also negotiating with banks, stores, restaurants and cultural institutions to also recognize the ID.

  • Muslim-American Professor Spied on by NSA: 'They Owe Me An Explanation'

    The Brian Lehrer Show

    Rutgers professor Hooshang Amirahmadi isn't angry, but he thinks the NSA should use its resources more wisely. "They were looking into my emails," he says, and meanwhile "ISIS in Iraq took over the country."

  • With Rail Strike Looming, It's 1994 All Over Again

    A World Cup tournament, Governor Cuomo up for re-election, the threat of a Long Island Rail Road strike — 20 years ago was the last time LIRR workers walked off the job.

  • How a Boston History Project Led to the Arrest of an Irish Political Leader

    The Takeaway

    Dozens of former paramilitaries involved in Northern Ireland's so-called Troubles thought their interviews with the Boston College oral history project were confidential. But earlier this year police used material from the project as grounds to arrest Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams in connection with a 1972 murder.


    Edit Bucket
  • Orange is the New Black, Game of Thrones Lead Emmy Nods

    The Netflix prison comedy nabbed 12 nominations — including best comedy and a top acting nod for star Taylor Schilling. The HBO fantasy drama was recognized in 18 categories, including drama series.

  • Lee Grant's 12 Years on the Hollywood Blacklist: 'Rage is a Good Word'

    Fishko Files

    The Oscar-winning actress says writing her memoir, I Said Yes to Everything, helped her make peace with losing the prime years of her career to the paranoia of the McCarthy era.

  • How to Eat Meat without Destroying the World

    The Leonard Lopate Show

    Meat eaters can make smart, informed choices about the food they eat and where it comes from.

  • Edit Bucket
  • The Parents' Guide to Eating Over the Sink

    The Longest Shortest Time

    Getting kids to eat healthy meals can be messy. But what about how you eat once you have kids? Here's how to make those 2.5 minutes scarfing down food over the sink as delicious as possible.

Technology & Media

Edit Bucket
  • A New Device Lets You Track Your Preschooler ... And Listen In

    LG's KizON wristband lets you keep tabs on your child. But some experts say such devices send the wrong message about the world we live in. And the gadgets raise questions about kids' privacy rights.

  • Why Can't We Email Our Doctors?

    The Brian Lehrer Show

    Some physicians are making themselves more accessible via email, Skype, or text — but many patients complain their doctors aren't making the digital leap fast enough. What are your approaches to communication?

  • It's Business School Types vs the U.S. Post Office

    New Tech City

    They had a plan for the future of paper mail. It was visionary. It was also naive. 

Music for your day

Edit Bucket
  • Puss N Boots: Breathing New Life Into Country Rock Classics


    Hear the all-star singer-songwriter trio comprised of Norah Jones, Catherine Popper and Sasha Dobson perform songs from its debut album, No Fools, No Fun, in the Soundcheck studio.

  • A Cole Porter Score, Rescued From Oblivion

    The Leonard Lopate Show

    "The Ambassador Revue" was all but forgotten when it was rediscovered in an archive in Milan, and it's having its American premiere on June 27 at Town Hall.

  • WNYC At 90: Miles Davis And Stan Getz Play Birdland In 1950


    Soundcheck listens back to Miles Davis and Stan Getz's performance at Birdland as part of the American Music Festival in 1950, as part of WNYC's 90th anniversary. 

  • 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.

  • A Hard Day's Night Gets New Life At 50


    Part jukebox movie, part goofy comedy, part document of Beatlemania at its, well, most manic, A Hard Day's Night is, in many ways, an extended music video capturing John, Paul, George, and Ringo as they play songs and navigate its screaming fans. Now, just in time for its 50th anniversary, fans will get a chance to see A Hard Day's Night in a new light -- it has just been restored and re-released.

Popular Stories

  1. The World's Most-Used Musical Sequence!

  2. Is Pot Basically Legal in Brooklyn?

  3. How to Eat Meat without Destroying the World

  4. Lee Grant's 12 Years on the Hollywood Blacklist: 'Rage is a Good Word'