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Air every weekend - Saturdays at 6AM on 93.9 FM and 2PM on AM 820. Sundays at 7AM and 8PM on AM 820 and at other times as scheduled.

Join us for a curated presentation of special programs from public radio producers across the country. 

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Thomas Lennon, Dave Attell & Andy Richter

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Three conversations with guys from different parts of the comedy world. Tom Lennon talks about going from niche television acting like The State and Reno 911! to writing for big broad films like Night at the Museum; Dave Attell talks stand-up while poolside; and Andy Richter discusses the move from late-night sidekick, to sitcom star and back again. 

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Carlos Mencia

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Carlos Mencia is a major name in comedy. He's also one of the most reviled characters in the business among other comics. So, naturally, Marc wants to find out what makes him tick, what it feels like to be so controversial, and what he says in his own defense. This may take a while. Then Marc speaks with comics who have worked very closely with Carlos -- Willie Barcena and Steve Trevino -- and then gets Carlos to sit back down for a follow up discussion. Questions will get answered. Opinions will get shaped. Comedians will get serious.

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The Breakdown: A Marketplace Special

Friday, August 19, 2011

Kai Ryssdal hosts The Breakdown, an hour-long special. Marketplace Senior Editor Paddy Hirsch will discuss the major financial events from 2008 to now. New York Bureau Chief Heidi Moore will explain what is behind the drastic market swings. Marketplace will also report on the biggest impact of the economic crisis to individuals: joblessness. Marketplace will ask the tough questions. The Breakdown will also take a global perspective with reports from Europe and China on the relationship between their economies and ours.

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Mike DeStefano & Margaret Cho

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Two conversations: first Mike DeStefano and then Margaret Cho. In one of the late comic's final interviews, DeStefano to discuss the extraordinary circumstances that led to him becoming a comedian. Then Marc admits to being intimidated by Margaret Cho and then asks her to sit and talk with him for half an hour.

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Robin Williams

Sunday, August 07, 2011

Yeah, Marc's sitting down with Robin Williams for an hour. No big deal. So what do you talk about with an international comedy superstar? How about alcoholism, cocaine, divorce, joke stealing, heart surgery, fame, Richard Pryor, jealousy, and Twitter? Yeah. That should do it.

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Ben Stiller & Tig Notaro

Sunday, July 31, 2011

Two conversations, first with Ben Stiller and then with comic Tig Notaro. Ben Stiller may be one of the biggest movie stars in the world, but he is not above sitting in the garage for a chat with Marc about show biz, parents, rivalries, Apatow, anxieties and, of course, Heat Vision & Jack. Plus Tig Notaro talks about why she hates people who take pity on female comics.

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Louis CK

Sunday, July 24, 2011

A conversation with comic, director and writer Louis CK. After months of false starts, Marc finally tracks down his old friend Louis. Louis is at the top of his game today, but he and Marc recall the days when they were both struggling young comics in Boston, when Louis was getting rejected by SNL, and when his movie was being taken away from him by a Hollywood studio. 

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Marshall McLuhan at 100

Thursday, July 21, 2011

July 21st would have been Marshall McLuhan’s 100th birthday. To mark this anniversary and reflect back on the work of the man who predicted the World Wide Web, Marshall McLuhan at 100 will examine the life and career of the visionary media thinker to find out what he got right and what he had wrong. 

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Bob Odenkirk & Maria Bamford

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Marc sits down with Bob Odenkirk, one half of the influential '90s HBO sketch program Mr. Show. Odenkirk has gone on to be a succesful director, writer and actor. They'll talk about the discipline it takes to get creative projects made. Plus, a conversation in the car with the delightfully bizarre comic Maria Bamford. 

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Conan O'Brien

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Conan. That's really all you need to know. The late night legend makes good on his promise to sit down in Marc's garage for a chat. They discuss Conan's personal insecurities, the people who leave him starstruck, how he's still processing what happened to him at NBC and how the recent events in his professional life helped him relax.

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Travels with Mike: In Search of America 50 Years After Steinbeck

Monday, July 04, 2011

Travels with Mike stops in some of the same towns that author John Steinbeck visited when he travelled around the country in 1960 on a trip that inspired him to write the iconic book “Travels with Charley”. Travels with Mike comprises a series of conversations, across time, between a great American writer of the last century and a diverse array of contemporary artists — conversations about issues, place, and the spirit of the country.  

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Judd Apatow

Sunday, July 03, 2011

Judd Apatow is one of the most prolific and successful creators of comedy in Hollywood. But at age 16, Judd was already doing his own radio show not unlike the one Marc does today. You'll hear rare clips of young Judd in 1983 talking to Jerry Seinfeld, Jay Leno and Garry Shandling, well before the big breaks that launched them all to superfame. Marc finds out what those interviews taught Judd and how they impacted his own career.

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Being Gay in Africa

Saturday, June 25, 2011

If you want to be out and proud then Africa is not most inviting of places. Homosexual acts are illegal in numerous countries on the continent and in recent years many African leaders have been increasing the anti-gay rhetoric. In Uganda a proposed anti-gay law continues to be discussed which includes life imprisonment for gays.

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30th Annual Bloomsday on Broadway

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Symphony Space’s marks its 30th annual celebration of James Joyce’s Ulysses Thursday, June 16 with a marathon reading featuring over 100 actors and all 18 episodes of the famed novel.  WNYC 93.9 FM will join in to broadcast the readings from 8pm until it ends sometime after midnight, or you can stream the complete live video Webcast below.

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Can Science Be Sacred?

Saturday, June 11, 2011

What if you don't believe in god and the thought of church makes you queasy? Can you still experience the sacred? There's a growing movement of secular scientists who revel in the awe and wonder of nature. In this hour from To the Best of Our Knowledge, we’ll search for science-based spirituality and try to answer the question: can science be sacred?

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Can Islam and Science Coexist?

Saturday, June 04, 2011

Islamic culture was once the center of the scientific world. During Europe's Dark Ages, Baghdad, Cairo and other Middle Eastern cities were the key repositories of ancient Greek science. Muslim scholars themselves made breakthroughs in medicine, optics, and mathematics. Today the Islamic world lags far behind the West in science and technology. What happened? In this hour, we'll look at the challenges facing Muslim scientists.

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Does the Soul Still Matter?

Saturday, May 28, 2011

For centuries, we've been told the soul is what makes each of us unique. It's why we have moral responsibility. And it's the part of us that lives on after we die. But many scientists now say the soul is just an outdated myth, an idea that can be explained away by new insights from neuroscience and evolutionary biology. 

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What Does Evolution Want?

Saturday, May 21, 2011

If there's one strand of evolutionary theory that sticks in the craw of nearly every religious believer, it's the idea that human beings are just an evolutionary accident. But what if we aren't? What if the evolution of humans, or some brainy creature like us, was inevitable once life first appeared on Earth?

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What Is Life?

Saturday, May 14, 2011

This hour explores some of the fundamental mysteries of life - from how it first started on Earth to the possibility of supremely intelligent life on other planets and why technology is evolving like life itself. We begin with a rare recording of Nobel Prize winning physicist Edwin Schrodinger and comments on his book "What Is Life?" from Nobel Prize winning biologists James Watson and Harold Varmus. We also hear from Ken Miller, co-author of the most widely used biology textbook in American high schools, and Craig Venter, widely regarded as one of science's leading innovators. Venter, who's come as close as anyone has to creating life in a test tube, tells Steve Paulson what drives him. And we hear from some ordinary people about what they think life is.

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Voices From the Gulf Coast: Leading Out of The Ruins

Saturday, May 07, 2011

Before Katrina, Sharon Hanshaw owned a beauty salon and lived in a house on a tree-lined street. All that all changed when the hurricane hit Biloxi, Mississippi. The storm brought her not just destruction, but also transformation. As executive director of Coastal Women for Change, she has turned her losses into strength, by becoming an advocate and role model for others. Hanshaw's work empowers women to be political voices in the long-range planning and rebuilding of their community. 

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