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  • The Truth Behind the Israeli Kidnapped Teens Story

    The Brian Lehrer Show

    After it has come to light that the boys were kidnapped by a splinter group not formally affiliated with Hamas, one reporter explains how the evolving story is affecting the off-and-on negotiations for a ceasefire in Gaza.

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  • Maggie Gyllenhaal's New Role Blends the Personal and Political

    The Leonard Lopate Show

    In the upcoming SundanceTV miniseries The Honorable Woman, she portrays Nessa Stein, whose personal life mirrors the volatile politics of the Middle East.

  • Ethnic Identity and Plastic Surgery

    The Brian Lehrer Show

    Why is plastic surgery skyrocketing among Asian-Americans, Hispanics and African-Americans? The answer has a lot to do with ethnic identity.

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  • Fist Bumps Pass Along Fewer Germs Than Handshakes

    That strong, sturdy handshake your grandpa taught you isn't the cleanest way to greet someone, scientists say. So should doctors and nurses in hospitals start bumping fists?

  • What Happens When a School District Gives Teens Laptops

    School officials at one Hoboken school thought it was a no-brainer to give every student a laptop. Now they've decided it was a terrible idea.

  • Labor Ruling Opens Door to Unionization at McDonald's

    McDonald's has long said that its franchisees, not the corporation itself, are accountable for the safety, treatment and pay of workers at its restaurants, but that could change if a ruling from the National Labor Relations Board Tuesday is upheld.

  • Mistrust Fuels Deadly Ebola Outbreak

    The Takeaway

    The deadliest Ebola outbreak on record continues to spread in West Africa, claiming the lives of nearly 700 people. Part of what makes fighting the outbreak in Sierra Leone so difficult is the deep-seated mistrust of the government.

  • Uber, Airbnb Under Attack In Spain As Old And New Economies Clash

    Morning Edition

    The taxi and hotel industries are pressuring Spain to crack down on popular "share economy" apps and websites. Airbnb was recently fined $40,000 for failing to list rentals with a local tourism board.

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  • The Electronic Waste Orchestra

    The Takeaway

    Musician and programmer Colten Jackson is getting some use out stuff most of us call trash. With six hard drives and an old keyboard number pad, Jackson put together his first e-waste instrument: The hard drive guitar. It's part of a project called the Electric Waste Orchestra.

  • Better Composing Through Architecture

    Meet the Composer

    Andrew Norman has followed a winding artistic path that nearly landed him in the architecture world. Lucky for us, he kept writing music. Tune in Tuesday at 7 pm on Q2 Music to find out why.

  • From Flurry to Blizzard: Ranking Weather-Themed Desserts With a Meteorologist

    The Sporkful

    There are a lot of desserts named after severe weather phenomena, but not all of them are created equal. We asked tornado alley's top meteorologist, Gary England, to help us rank some of these desserts, based on the severity of the weather they are named for. In addition to Gary England's dessert rankings, the newest episode of The Sporkful includes a conversation Paul Breslin about how weather affects our tastes. Breslin is a professor with the Department of Nutritional Sciences at Rutgers University. He also works with the Monell Chemical Senses Center, researching taste perception.

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  • Pogo is YouTube's Favorite Musician

    Studio 360

    Where some mash-up artists stun with clever technique or surreal juxtapositions, Pogo is first and foremost a fan, passionate and careful with sources like Alice in Wonderland and Fresh Prince. 

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  • Margot Adler, An NPR Journalist For Three Decades, Dies

    Adler joined NPR in 1979 and covered everything from the emergence of the AIDS epidemic to the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. She was 68.

  • Stars Rise and Fall, But 'Weird Al' Yankovic Remains

    Gabfest Radio

    The panelists have much to talk about this week: the international fallout from Flight MH17the democratizing power of Kickstarter, "Weird Al" Yankovic's big splash, and much more.

  • Flight MH17 and the Russian Media

    On The Media

    In the wake of the crash of Malaysia airlines flight MH17, the Russian media has been providing its own theories about the source of the downed plane. Brooke talks with novelist and screenwriter Michael Idov, who lives in Moscow, about what he's seeing there.

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  • Ace Of Base Totally Bums Out These Little Kids

    Soundcheck

    Soundcheck returns to New York's Little Red School House to see what a trio of precocious grade schoolers think about one of the most ubiquitous songs of the early '90s, Ace Of Base's "The Sign."

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

    Soundcheck

    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.

  • Juana Molina, Live In The Greene Space

    Soundcheck

    Watch experimental Argentinian singer-songwriter perform on a special Soundcheck and Latino USA showcase, recorded live from WNYC's Greene Space.

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

    Soundcheck

    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.

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