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Saturday, April 26, 2014
Music is one of the most ubiquitous forces in the world, permeating every culture without explanation as to why we are so affected by its touch. There's a reason why humans create music and why it's so heavily embedded into our lives -- but that reason isn't too clear. In this episode of "The Really Big Questions," musicians and researchers will attempt to explain the impact of music on the human brain.
Saturday, April 19, 2014
The debate of gun control in the United States has never been so prevalent than now. Local tragedies more frequently turn into major national news stories, and American culture has become inundated with images of violence. There's two distinct sides to the conversation on gun control. In this special from the BBC World Service, hear from individuals and experts addressing the issue both from deeply personal and factual viewpoints.
Saturday, April 12, 2014
The springtime Jewish holiday of Passover is about liberation from slavery in ancient Egypt. In this one-hour special from WQXR, violinist Itzhak Perlman shares Passover music from many traditions, plus songs and memories from his childhood in Israel. The program draws its shape from the Passover seder and, like that ancient family ritual, the music gets progressively giddier as the show moves along.
Friday, April 11, 2014
Afghanistan has been led for the past decade by President Hamid Karzai. Once his second, five-year term ends, many are left wondering what the future will be for US-Afghan relations, women's rights and education, reconciliation with the Taliban, and the overall progress of peace and stability in the region.
Monday, April 07, 2014
No matter what you believe about climate change, there seems to be many more extreme weather events occurring more frequently. These natural disasters upset lives and destroy property, leading to escalating clean-up and reconstruction costs. "Adapting To Climate Change" explores the plans that engineers, scientists, government officials, business leaders, NGOs, and community groups around the world are making to deal with future catastrophic events and shifting weather patterns.
Saturday, April 05, 2014
Russia has long been considered a world power despite ongoing economic, social and political strife. And in recent years, the country has continued to place itself in the international spotlight under less-than-favorable conditions. Some have started to wonder if Russia is really as influential as they used to be.
Saturday, March 29, 2014
It's the great American debate: should you live in a red state or a blue state for a better quality life? There are many factors which go into making this decision: economic growth, education, health care, environment, ideological values, and more. Never before has this conversation been so prevalent in modern political discourse.
Saturday, March 22, 2014
Edward Snowden has managed to establish himself as one of the most polarizing names in the world. Beginning in June of 2013, the former CIA employee and NSA contractor leaked classified material that revealed a slew of secret US surveillance programs. Since then, he's been simultaneously championed as a patriot and traitor.
Saturday, March 15, 2014
The Kitchen Sisters invite you on a journey around the world to experience the secret lives of girls and the women they become with host Tina Fey.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.