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America Abroad: Understanding Islamic Feminism

Wednesday, May 06, 2015

In this episode of America Abroad, a look at how feminism takes on new meaning when viewed through the lens of Islam.

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Reveal: Investigating Police Poisoning, the Death Penalty and more

Thursday, April 30, 2015

In this episode of Reveal, hear how police officers are being poisoned at gun ranges, why specific groups of kids are facing criminal charges, and a lawyer fighting the death penalty.

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A Poetry Month Special From State Of The Re:Union

Friday, April 24, 2015

State Of The Re:Union looks at how poetry is used to connect and bind communities all around the country as part of National Poetry Month.

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August Wilson's "Joe Turner's Come and Gone"

Thursday, April 23, 2015

For the first time, hear August Wilson's "Joe Turner's Come and Gone," recorded live in The Greene Space.

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The Adaptors: An Earth Day Special

Monday, April 13, 2015

“The Adaptors” looks at people who are working to counteract energy and climate crises, from farmers finding new ways to work and live, to garage tinkerers and DIY inventors.

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America Abroad: Burma at the Crossroads

Friday, April 10, 2015

On this episode of America Abroad, an examination of the history, politics, and promise of Burma -- a nation in transition -- as they prepare for a historic presidential election.

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Confronting Hatred: 70 Years After the Holocaust

Thursday, April 09, 2015

We examine the ways in which the Holocaust continues to inform contemporary discussions about hate speech, propaganda, and human rights in this new special narrated by Morgan Freeman.

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Should We Genetically Modify Foods?

Friday, April 03, 2015

In this special, two teams debate the impact and safety of genetically modified foods, and whether or not their existence has improved food security across the world.

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We'll Be Here All Night

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Celebrate Passover with an hour of funny, poignant and thought-provoking stories and conversations about slavery, plagues, food, and unforgettable recounts of Seders past.

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Is Amazon the Reader's Friend?

Friday, March 27, 2015

In this special, two teams debate who sets the prices for e-books, and whether the publishing industry has become an oligopoly after the recent dispute between Amazon and Hachette. 

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Why This Night? A Passover Special

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Explore the meaning of Passover: the history, rituals, foods, and origins and structure of the Seder -- with music sung by some of the best cantors and choirs in the world.  

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A Latino History of Hip-Hop

Monday, March 23, 2015

Latino USA presents the first of a two-part series on how Latinos and New York City have influenced hip-hop: from MCing to DJing, graffiti and break dancing.

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Under Her Skin: Living With Breast Cancer

Thursday, March 19, 2015

The Takeaway’s series “Under Her Skin: Living With Breast Cancer” shares the stories of three African-American women coping with the disease through personal audio diaries.

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Reveal: Opiate Abuse, Surgical Screws and Bringing Light to Military Torture

Saturday, March 14, 2015

In this episode of Reveal, hear about a VA doctor accused of handing out excessive opiate prescriptions, lack of oversight in the authenticity of surgical screws, and more.

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Reveal: Military Torture, Internet Availability and the Secrets of Religon

Thursday, March 05, 2015

In this episode of Reveal, learn the secrets behind a powerful religious group, why so many cities still have poor Internet service, and our military's experiences with torture.

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America Abroad: America and Cuba: After the Thaw

Friday, February 27, 2015

America Abroad teams up with Latino USA for an in-depth look at the long and complex history between the United States and Cuba.

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The Frame: Oscars Special

Thursday, February 26, 2015

In this Oscars special, many of the night's nominees talk about their creative processes and the films they've made that have generated conversation, praise and, sometimes, controversy.

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Deromanticizing the Civil Rights Movement and Rediscovering its Humanity

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

In this episode of On Being: wisdom for how we can move and heal our society in our time as the Civil Rights movement galvanized its own.

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The Tavis Smiley Show: Memories of the Movement

Monday, February 23, 2015

This two-part Black History Month special from The Tavis Smiley Show highlights personal memories from those who served on the frontlines of the Civil Rights Movement.

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No Boundaries: Music in the Life of Coleridge-Taylor Perkinson

Sunday, February 22, 2015

WQXR host Terrance McKnight presents a new special highlighting the life and music of composer and conductor Coleridge-Taylor Perkinson.

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