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StoryCorps 410: Standing with a Giant

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

In his early 20s, Max Starkloff was in a near fatal car accident, which left him quadriplegic and living in a nursing home. One day he came across a young woman who worked there, named Colleen. At StoryCorps in St. Louis, Colleen Kelly Starkloff sat down with her daughter, Meaghan Starkloff Breitenstein, to remember him.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Even the Grown-Ups Don’t Feel Like Grown-Ups

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Each generation laments that young people don’t have a clue, but three cultural critics point to why everyone’s confused about what adulthood means, and how our T.V.s reflect that.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Why Our Middle Class is Losing

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

New York Times reporter and editor David Leonhardt explains the recent data that show the U.S. middle class is no longer the wealthiest in the world.

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Slate Culture Gabfest

The Culture Gabfest: Prime Directive Edition

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Slate critics Stephen Metcalf, Julia Turner, and Dana Stevens discuss FX's Cold War era throwback television show The Americans, whether Amazon is ruining literature, and the matriculation of trigger warnings into the college classroom.

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Radiolab

Americans Fall Behind In The 'Getting Older' Race

Monday, October 21, 2013

In the 1960s, Americans lived very long lives — among the longest in the world. Since then, we've improved our lot, but not as fast as the French, the Australians, the Swedes, the British, the Canadians, the Dutch, the Germans and the Japanese. They are galloping away from us. What happened?

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The Brian Lehrer Show

American Amateurs

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Jack Hitt, contributing editor to the New York Times Magazine, and "This American Life" and the author of Bunch of Amateurs: A Search for the American Character, says enthusiasts aren't just entertaining oddities, but the soul of American entrepreneurship and identity.

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Selected Shorts

Selected Shorts: Inspired by Robert Frank

Sunday, August 07, 2011

This special edition of SELECTED SHORTS was inspired by a remarkable exhibition of photography at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. “Looking In: Robert Frank’s The Americans,” which was on display at the museum between September 22, 2009 and January 3, 2010, recreated Frank’s legendary book The Americans.

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