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America Abroad: Government and Entrepreneurs

Friday, March 14, 2014

Governments around the world are struggling with how to promote entrepreneurship, considered critical to global competitiveness. And in the United States, there's nothing more politically contentious than the role of government in the economy.

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Why Do We Share?

Friday, March 14, 2014

Are humans basically selfish, or basically giving? That's the question up for debate in this second episode of the six-part series The Really Big Questions. Host Dean Olsher explores how and why humans gravitate towards doing good deeds. He'll also get answers on why some people believe we have been shaped by evolution to care about each other, to share, and to cooperate.

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BBC Witness: Women's History Month Special

Wednesday, March 05, 2014

In honors of Women's History Month, listen to a one-hour special from BBC Witness highlighting some of the defining moments of women's rights, in addition to inspiring stories from figures traditionally overlooked in the classroom.

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Reveal

Saturday, March 01, 2014

Reveal pulls back the curtain on what governments, businesses and communities are doing behind the scenes to solve problems often outside of the national spotlight. On this episode of Reveal, host Al Letson gives us an inside look at issues regarding solitary confinement, heroin trade, animal rights on film sets, and instances of sexual abuse on farms.

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Say It Plain

Sunday, February 23, 2014

For generations, African American orators have been demanding justice and equality, reminding America to make good on its founding principles of democracy. From Booker T. Washington and Marcus Garvey, to Fannie Lou Hamer and Malcolm X, to Shirley Chisholm and Julian Bond, hear the stirring words of African American figures as they call for action on civil rights and the unmet promise of democracy.

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BBC Witness: Black History Month Special

Saturday, February 22, 2014

On this special hour-long episode of Witness from the BBC World Service, listen to incredible interviews looking at the African-American experience as told by people who were there.

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Going Black: The Legacy of Philly Soul Radio

Saturday, February 15, 2014

Starting in the 1950s, Black radio stations around the country became the pulse of African-American communities, and served as their megaphone during the Civil Rights and Black Power movements. Going Black examines the legacy of Black radio, with a special focus on the legendary WDAS in Philadelphia. The story of Black radio in Philadelphia is actually the story of a musical era that would have gone undiscovered, of Civil Rights and progress in the African-American community, and of how the radio medium has changed in the last century. Hosted by legendary Sound of Philadelphia music producer and Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Kenny Gamble. 

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New Leaders

Friday, February 14, 2014

State of the Re:Union shines the spotlight on the next generation of grassroots leaders in the African-American community. Having traveled the country for five years, State of the Re:Union has seen the emergence of African-American leaders pushing to make change — people we may never hear about because they aren't on talk shows or leading national causes.

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How Love Scrambles our Brains

Friday, February 14, 2014

Why do human beings feel romantic love? What happens to the brains of people who are in love? How can scientifically studying love help us navigate our relationships? In this Valentine's special, Dean Olsher of The Really Big Questions explores where and how "love" is activated in the human brain.

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RE:Defining Black History

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

During a month selected to celebrate “history,” we are treated to a lot of the same familiar civil rights stories. In this special, you can hear some alternate narratives, ones edited out of the mainstream imagining of Black History.

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American Icons: The Autobiography of Malcolm X

Monday, February 10, 2014

When Malcolm X was assassinated at 39, his book nearly died with him.  Today it stands as a milestone in America’s struggle with race.

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Remembering Jim Crow

Sunday, February 09, 2014

For much of the 20th Century, African Americans in the South were barred from the voting booth, sent to the back of the bus, and walled off from many of the rights they deserved as American citizens. Until well into the 1960s, segregation was legal. The system was called Jim Crow.

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A Musical Biography of Florence Beatrice Price

Sunday, February 09, 2014

Join WQXR host Terrance McKnight for "The Price of Admission," a one-hour program that explores the symphonic music, songs, works for piano and legacy of Florence Beatrice Price.

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As Black As We Wish To Be

Saturday, February 08, 2014

Visit a tiny town in the Appalachian foothills of Ohio where, for a century, residents have shared the common bond of identifying as African-American despite the fact that they look white. As a result, everyone’s asking: Am I black? Am I mixed race? Or, am I white?

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Should you eat anything with a face?

Saturday, February 01, 2014

A doctor, a vegan, a researcher and a farmer recently waded into a hot-button topic in the food world: Is it a bad idea to eat meat?

According to a 2009 poll, around 1% of American adults reported eating no animal products. In 2011 that number rose to 2.5%--more than double, but still dwarfed by the 48% who reported eating meat, fish or poultry at all of their meals. In this country, most of us are blessed with an abundance of food and food choices. So taking into account our health, the environment and ethical concerns, which diet is best? Are we or aren’t we meant to be carnivores? The Debaters are Dr. Neal Barnard, Gene Baur, Chris Masterjohn, and Joel Salatin

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Does Domestic Spying Keep Us Safe?

Saturday, January 18, 2014

The NSA collects data on billions of phone calls and internet communications per day. Are these surveillance programs legal? Do they keep us safe? If not for the former NSA contractor Edward Snowden, most Americans would be unaware of the vast amounts of information their government is secretly collecting, all in the name of national security. But whether you believe leakers are heroes or traitors, an important public conversation has finally begun, and we should ask ourselves: What tradeoffs are we willing to make between security and privacy?

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Radio Diaries Revisited

Saturday, January 11, 2014

A lot of life happens in two decades. 

Back in the 1990s, Radio Diaries producer Joe Richman gave tape recorders to a handful of teens and asked them to report on their own lives.

Now, almost 20 years later, Joe has checked back in... With Josh, still struggling with Tourette syndrome as an adult; Melissa, who was a teen mom and is now the mom of a teenager; and Juan, a Mexican immigrant who is now a father and husband...and still undocumented. 

Teenage Diaries Revisited is presented by Radio Diaries, in collaboration with NPR and PRX
For more information visit www.radiodiaries.org or email Joe Richman joe@radiodiaries.org

 

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Mexico Uncovered

Saturday, January 04, 2014

The U.S. and Mexico share deep personal, economic, geographic and cultural connections, but our understanding of Mexico is often limited by what we typically see in the media, a laundry list of stereotypes and generalizations. You probably think you know Mexico because a.) you’ve been on vacation there, b.) because we’re neighbors, or c.) you have family there. But in spite of our proximity to Mexico, it remains a mystery to many. Join host Daniel Hernandez as he introduces us to the Mexico you don’t know, using stories rich in sound, place and humanity.

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WNYC 2013 Holiday Special Programming

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Soundcheck - 2013: The Year in Music
Week of December 16, 9pm 93.9FM, Monday-Friday
Join Soundcheck all this week for a round-up of the best -- and worst -- music of 2013. Listen back to our favorite in-studio performances from the past year. Plus: Each day, host John Schaefer reveals ...

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Mandela: An Audio History

Friday, December 06, 2013

Mandela: An Audio History is from the award-winning radio series documenting the struggle against apartheid through intimate first-person accounts of Nelson Mandela himself, as well as those who fought with him, and against him.

Recognized as one of the most comprehensive oral histories of apartheid ever broadcast, the series weaves together more than 50 first-person interviews with an unprecedented collection of rare archival recordings, some of which had never been heard before.

First-person accounts from former ANC activists, National Party politicians, army generals, Robben Island prisoners, and ordinary witnesses to history. A range of voices from Desmond Tutu to former President F.W. de Klerk to Nelson Mandela himself.

Produced by Radio Diaries

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