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Air every weekend - Saturdays at 6AM on 93.9 FM and 7am and 2PM on AM 820. Sundays at 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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On Being: The Science Of Healing Places

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

In this special, immunologist Esther Sternberg talks about new scientific research proving that good design can aid in our healing processes.

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On Being: Reimagining The Cosmos

Monday, November 24, 2014

In this special, a conversation with Brian Greene about his thrilling, mind-bending view of the cosmos and of the human adventure of modern science.

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Innovation Hub: The Whole Tradition Show

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Leading up to this Thanksgiving holiday, Innovation Hub wonders: do traditions still serve a purpose, or should they be overhauled?

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The Sporkful: Thanksgiving Is For Eaters

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Take Thanksgiving head-on with help from The Sporkful's Dan Pashman and public radio's favorite personalities like Mo Rocca, Amy Sedaris, Robert Krulwich, Brooke Gladstone and more.

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Meet The Composer: Marcos Balter

Friday, November 21, 2014

Called "whimsical" and "surreal" by The New York Times, Marcos Balter is writing music that has made its way into the repertoires of some of the most influential musicians today.

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Meet The Composer: Caroline Shaw

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Caroline Shaw spent practically all her life studying & playing the violin. But then, two years after enrolling in grad school for composition, she won the 2013 Pulitzer Prize in Music.

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Meet The Composer: Donnacha Dennehy

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

After a slightly weird start to his study with Gérard Grisey in Paris, Donnacha Denney moved to Amsterdam, where the composer Louis Andriessen changed his life forever.

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Meet The Composer: Andrew Norman

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Andrew Norman has followed a winding artistic path that nearly landed him in the architecture world. Lucky for us, he kept writing music.

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Meet The Composer: John Luther Adams

Monday, November 17, 2014

Adams got kicked out of multiple high schools and moved to the edge of society in Alaska, yet somehow managed to win a 2014 Pulitzer Prize. Here's how he did it.

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The First Family of Radio

Friday, November 14, 2014

Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt were the "first couple" of American radio. In this episode of American RadioWorks: how the Roosevelts revolutionized political communication in America.

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America Abroad - Global Girls' Education: Breaking Down Barriers

Thursday, November 13, 2014

It used to be that educating a girl was prevented by social customs or economic pressures in many parts of the world. In this episode of America Abroad: hear how the tides are changing.

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Beyond The Frontlines: A StoryCorps Military Voices Special

Thursday, November 06, 2014

This Veteran's Day, we're thanking our men and women in uniform for their service by listening to their stories. 

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Breaking Ground: Military Children

Wednesday, November 05, 2014

Over 4 million children have parents who have served, or are currently serving, in the U.S. military. In this special: how our nation's youngest are affected by deployment and war.

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Dylan Thomas' "Under Milk Wood," Live from the 92Y

Saturday, November 01, 2014

In 1953, Welsh poet Dylan Thomas premiered his masterpiece “Under Milk Wood” in New York. Now, actor Michael Sheen returns with a new production in celebration of Thomas' centenary.

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Innovation Hub: Upending Government

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

This election season, a look beyond the horse race to the real issues at stake. Host Kara Miller talks with professionals about what really matters on November 4.

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The Keystone XL Pipeline: An International Town Hall

Thursday, October 23, 2014

The proposed Keystone XL Pipeline is a contentious issue facing the U.S. and Canada. Affected communities present their views on the matter in this episode of America Abroad.

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Truckers Of The High Seas

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Over 90 percent of global trade travels across the ocean by ship. In this episode of State Of The Re:Union, stories from the people who live and work on our world's ships.

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American Justice

Thursday, October 09, 2014

In this episode of State Of The Re:Union, a look at how communities across the country are responding creatively to problems with police, courts, and prisons.

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Who's Looking Out for Trans Americans?

Thursday, October 02, 2014

There are nearly 1.5 million people in the U.S. who identify as transgender. In this special, stories of trans people at many moments of life, from childhood to adulthood to elders.

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Hidden Kitchens World

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Salman Rushdie takes us to a Chocolate Town in England, Werner Herzog eats his shoe, and we meet the Indiana Jones of the plant world in this special episode hosted by Frances McDormand.

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