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The Other Rock History

Saturday, August 30, 2014

What makes an essential rock song? Musicologist Greil Marcus argues that it's not the stature of the performer, but the degree to which a song tells the story of rock 'n' roll itself.
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When Wildlife Documentaries Jump The Shark

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Networks like the Discovery Channel have been criticized for pushing entertainment at the cost of science, with fake "documentaries" about everything from mermaids to mythical monster sharks.
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Sanctions Against Russia Have Failed To Achieve Political Goals

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Arun Rath talks to former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Steven Pifer about NATO and EU options for confronting Russian aggression in Ukraine.
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Despite Quiet, Ukraine's Novoazovsk Still Feels Like A War Zone

Saturday, August 30, 2014

In Ukraine, worried officials in the southeastern part of the country beefed up their defenses on Saturday as rebel forces slowly moved west following the recent capture of a strategic seaside town.
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Saavy PR Campaign Has Lured Many To Fight In Syria's Civil War

Saturday, August 30, 2014

More than 500 people may have traveled from the U.K. to Syria to fight in its civil war. Arun Rath talks to Jessica Stern, author of Terror In The Name Of God, about how it's drawing Westerners.
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New GoPro Camera Harness Captures Dog's-Eye View

Saturday, August 30, 2014

This past week, the camera maker GoPro unveiled the Fetch harness, which allows people to attach the durable cameras to their dogs. The company was inspired by some DIY efforts at pet videography.
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Len Elmore: Black Athletes Need To Speak Out About Ferguson

Saturday, August 30, 2014

NBA veteran Len Elmore sees something missing in conversations around Ferguson: the voices of black professional athletes. He talks to Arun Rath about his op-ed in USA Today.
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Beware: Your Uber Ride May Come With A Side Of Oversharing

Saturday, August 30, 2014

The "sharing economy" has created a lot of solutions for cheap rides and places to stay. In a piece for Ozy.com, Pooja Bhatia writes about one undesired byproduct: oversharing.
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One Woman's Lessons From Living On The Street

Saturday, August 30, 2014

It's hard enough being homeless, but for women there are extra dangers and challenges. One D.C. woman who has lived on the streets for decades shares some of what she's learned.
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Federal Judge Blocks Texas Abortion Restrictions

Friday, August 29, 2014

Regulations passed in Texas, which affected clinics that perform abortions there, have been blocked by a federal judge, on the grounds that they unconstitutionally restricted access to legal abortion.
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Episode 564: The Signature

Friday, August 29, 2014

Today on the show: the signature. It's supposed to say, "This is me." But where did it come from. And why are we still using it.
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Legal Questions Loom As Obama Weighs Military Action In Syria

Friday, August 29, 2014

The Obama administration is considering whether to broaden its air campaign against the extremist group the Islamic State by striking targets in Syria.
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New Orleans Enters The Charter School Era

Friday, August 29, 2014

Hurricane Katrina ravaged New Orleans and swept away many of its public schools. Now, the city's largest district is unveiling a transformed school system, composed entirely of charter schools.
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'I Am Not An Inmate ... I Am A Man. And I Have Potential'

Friday, August 29, 2014

Many of the 2 million men serving time in the U.S. have formed their sense of manhood while incarcerated. And becoming a different kind of man isn't easy — either behind bars, or beyond them.
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In An Earthquake, History Fuels One Writer's Anxiety

Friday, August 29, 2014

An earthquake in Napa Valley this week brought back old fears for author Gustavo Arellano. In his anxiety he's revisiting the book A Crack in the Edge of the World.
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Week In Politics: Ukraine And The Islamic State

Friday, August 29, 2014

Regular political commentators, E.J. Dionne of The Washington Post and David Brooks of The New York Times, discuss the latest in Ukraine and the actions of ISIS in Iraq and Syria.
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NFL Commissioner On Controversial Suspension: 'I Didn't Get It Right'

Friday, August 29, 2014

Robert Siegel talks with ESPN sportswriter Jane McManus about the NFL's new domestic violence initiative under its personal conduct policy. The plan comes the league leveled what some called a lenient penalty for running back Ray Rice's alleged domestic abuse.
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On Ferguson's Streets, Echoes Of Another Fatal Shooting

Friday, August 29, 2014

Youth Radio's Myles Bess lived through the aftermath of the 2009 police shooting of an unarmed young black man, Oscar Grant, in Oakland, Calif. — and sees parallels in Ferguson, Mo., today.
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Climate Policy Takes The Stage In Florida Governor's Race

Friday, August 29, 2014

Rick Scott, Florida's GOP governor, has come under criticism for his record on the environment. Now, he's rolling out his own proposals for safeguarding the state's water and wildlife preserves.
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Fear Not The Chesapeake Bay Bridge

Friday, August 29, 2014

Vacationers will be flocking to Maryland's Eastern Shore this Labor Day weekend. The fastest way to get there is across the Chesapeake Bay Bridge, but that's an obstacle for those afraid of bridges. Fortunately, there's a service that offers to drive their cars across the bridge while they sit in the backseat.
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