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Hanukkah Lights

Wednesday, December 01, 2010

On this perennial NPR favorite, Hanukkah stories and memoirs, written by acclaimed authors expressly for Hanukkah Lights, are read by NPR's Susan Stamberg and Murray Horwitz.  Hanukkah Lights celebrates its 20th anniversary this year, with four brand new works:  "Finding Golda" by Margot Singer, "Legacy" by  Lev Raphael," "Geek Week" by Rebecca O'Connell, and "Moon Landing," by Shira Nayman.

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Brenda Palms Barber

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Brenda Palms Barber is driven by a certainty that "people deserve second chances and you can choose to turn your life around." Brenda started a transitional jobs program for ex-convicts that teaches life skills through beekeeping. She takes host Majora Carter through the streets of Chicago, past churches and crack houses, to check out the beehives and chat with ex-offenders who are now the core workforce of this nonprofit enterprise.

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Third Coast International Audio Festival

Thursday, November 25, 2010

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The Third Coast International Audio Festival brings the best new documentaries produced worldwide to the national airwaves in a special two-hour program, Best of the Best: The 2010 Third Coast Festival Broadcast.The featured documentaries, all winners of the 10th annual TC / Richard H. Driehaus Foundation Competition, demonstrate just how powerful radio can be. Innovative and insightful, the stories will engage, provoke, entertain, and transport listeners, proving that all you need to discover new worlds is...a little box and an antenna.

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Frank and Audrey Peterman

Saturday, November 20, 2010

If Frank and Audrey Peterman have their way, many more of their fellow black Americans will visit our national parks. They take host Majora Carter to Yosemite, where she crawls through a hundred-foot cave and meets Yosemite’s only permanent black park ranger.

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Nalini Nadkarni

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Pioneering researcher and "queen of the forest canopy" Nalini Nadkarni, shows host Majora Carter the wonders of the Olympic rain forest — from the treetops! And the two visit a correctional facility where Nalini’s innovative Moss Project employs a team of prisoners turned botanists.

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Veterans Day Special

Thursday, November 11, 2010

The wars in Iraq and Afghanistan are sending our veterans home with wounds and obstacles not always clearly visible to the rest of the country. These two current wars also illuminate how veterans of previous eras are still trying to come home years after returning from war. In this episode, State of the Re:Union explores how veterans are serving each other after they come back home from serving the country.

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The New Map: America, Redrawn and Reconceived

Thursday, November 04, 2010

Immediately following the midterm elections, Chideya and guests will analyze the resulting new political map. They'll look for connections and trends, drawing on everything from the 2010 Census to themes in pop culture. Chideya and her team will also discuss what may lie ahead for politicians and private citizens alike.

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New Voters, New Challenges

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Chideya and team go to Arizona to look at immigration and jobs, and check in with new voters to see if they’re getting involved. With the passage of the state’s controversial immigration bill in April, Arizona is at the center of the nation’s immigration debate. From Phoenix to border regions of the Tohono O’odham Nation and Yuma, Chideya talks with people about their hopes, fears, and anxiety.

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Race, Rage, and Reconciliation

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Chideya and team go to Florida to talk about the ways the American Dream is colliding with reality, and what it means in the voting booth. Chideya speaks with Colonel Allen West, a black Tea Party candidate; residents of a historic black community, where the land has been contaminated by industrial toxins, who say business and politicians have abandoned them; Muslim-Americans in Gainesville; and victors and victims of the foreclosure crisis.

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Utopia

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Snap Judgment searches for that perfect place, just around the bend, our Shangri-La. For those lucky few who have found their utopia, they also discover it's surrounded by enemies clamoring to tear it down.

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Warning Signs

Saturday, October 09, 2010

Before the universe knocks you upside the head, it usually gives you a sign. Snap Judgment tells stories of people who pay heed to those signs...or not.

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Something Ain't Right

Saturday, October 02, 2010

Your brain doesn't quite know what's going on. But your body knows that something's up. Your breathing gets shallow, your palms start to sweat. Do you run--or watch things play out? In this episode, Snap Judgment does both.

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Drop Everything

Saturday, September 25, 2010

We know you're busy. Real busy. Doing all that "stuff." And after you do the stuff, they want you to document the stuff. Then you better file the stuff. But then, you get the midnight phone call. In a moment, everything changes. Turns out, all that stuff doesn't matter. 'Cause it's "Drop Everything" time.

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Tales from the Library

Saturday, September 18, 2010

The whole range of human experience isn't just catalogued in a library - it actually takes place inside. Roam the stacks with Snap Judgment, and we'll teach you to hypnotize your friends, jump start your career and stop fanatics from burning your books.

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Danger to Self

Saturday, September 11, 2010

This week on Snap Judgment, host Glynn Washington drops stories of people who are their own worst enemy. Push through the hallways of a psychiatric ward, obsess over a late night talk radio host and then get ready to run for your life.

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Remember Us Unto Life

Sunday, September 05, 2010

Host Larry Josephson, a secular Jew who wants to know more about the religion of his grandparents, asks simple questions of Rabbi Ismar Schorsch, Chancellor Emeritus of the Jewish Theological Seminary. Rabbi Schorsch talks about the history, liturgy and meaning in our time of these ancient holidays, in ways that are accessible but sophisticated and historically accurate. The conversation is illustrated and elevated with music of the High Holidays.

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Humankind: Barely Getting By

Saturday, September 04, 2010

What's it like for people in low-paying full-time jobs, with no savings, behind on their bills, sometimes lining up at food pantries, even shelters? In this Human Media documentary, we explore the lives of the working poor with the tale of a single mom, raising five children, working two jobs, who got sick trying to advance her education, and the story of a full-time worker in his sixties who has no savings.

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Testing Teachers

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Kids need good teachers. It's something people know in their gut, but it's only recently that researchers have begun developing ways to measure the quality of teachers. What they're learning is shaking up schools and leading education reformers to call for radical changes in the way teachers are trained and evaluated - and the way they are hired and fired too. This documentary will take us to some of the nation's poorest schools to understand why teacher quality is fast becoming the next frontier in the fight to equalize educational opportunity in the United States.

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War on Poverty: From the Great Society to the Great Recession

Saturday, August 21, 2010

"War on Poverty" will blend contemporary storytelling with rich archival audio to examine the modern face of poverty, and to ask why LBJ's dream of a Great Society is still beyond reach.

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The Retooling of the American Auto Industry: Part II

Saturday, August 14, 2010

In this second part of Shifting Gears, host Craig Fahle talks with The Story's Dick Gordon about the South as the new home of the US auto industry, with all of its complex social, labor and financial questions. Then we visit Julie Kredens from Louisville Public Media for a tale of two vehicle plants and how their fortunes have hit the pockets of auto workers nearby. Finally, a glimpse into the future and where auto designers think consumers want to go.

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