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Gerry Hughes is one man, with 85 voices and a record-breaking radio soap opera

Friday, September 19, 2014

The BBC has aired the longest-running radio soap ever and just put it to bed. The show was a near-perfect mix of old-fashioned craftsmanship and low-cost efficiency, since it was all the work of Gerry Hughes.

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Studio 360

Photographer John Dugdale Lost His Sight, But Not His Vision

Friday, September 19, 2014

Photographer John Dugdale went blind at the height of his early career. In the years since, he’s figured out how to continue photographing the images he sees in his mind.

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Studio 360

Woven Portraits: Photos that Capture Two Moments in Time

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

David Samuel Stern weaves photographs together to create portraits with an eerie, holographic effect. 
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The New Yorker: Out Loud

Lizzie Widdicombe and Judith Thurman on Full-figured Fashion

Monday, September 15, 2014

Lizzie Widdicombe and Judith Thurman on the designers, models, and activists who are bringing plus-size fashion into the mainstream.

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Studio 360

Cyndi Lauper, The Little Engine That Could

Monday, September 15, 2014

Alan Cumming is guest-hosting Studio 360 and his first priority was a sit-down with Cyndi Lauper, who is still reinventing her career after 30 years in pop music.
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Studio 360

What Going Viral Means

Friday, September 12, 2014

Computer viruses and memes were born at the same time. But, for journalist Bill Wasik, it’s time to retire the metaphor of things “going viral” online.

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Does Your Zombie Have Rabies?

Friday, September 12, 2014

Some of our culture’s most enduring monsters transmit their contagion through biting — werewolves, zombies, and vampires. Are these myths really about rabies?

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Playing Against the Virus

Friday, September 12, 2014

When an unintentional pandemic spread through World of Warcraft, epidemiologists studied the online game to learn real-world lessons.

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Viruses at the Movies

Friday, September 12, 2014

Radiation used to be Hollywood’s go-to plot device. Now, viruses explain everything from vampires to the zombie apocalypse — but that’s not what really scares public health experts.

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Our Computers, Our Viruses, Our Selves

Friday, September 12, 2014

We’ve been living with computer viruses since the earliest networks. But how similar are they to biological ones?

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Reconstructing Viruses

Friday, September 12, 2014

Why do scientists want to recreate viral monsters like the 1918 Spanish flu? And if they do, should they be allowed to publish the instructions?

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Going Viral

Friday, September 12, 2014

From rabies in ancient Greece to a pandemic in World of Warcraft, we look at how viruses have spread through the cultural imagination.

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PRI's The World

ISIS has mastered high-end video production in its new propaganda wing

Thursday, September 11, 2014

ISIS knows media and messaging, from its black and white flag to its raised index finger gesture to its tweets. Now the group has a new propaganda wing that is producing sophisticated, effects-laden videos in styles from rock videos to action movies. Reporter Bruce Wallace shares some examples and what experts think ISIS is hoping to achieve.

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PRI's The World

Graphic images of war are hard to stomach — but some say they're necessary

Thursday, September 11, 2014

When news outlets decide to publish graphic photos of war and violence, they often face censorship, opposition or anger for doing so. In the wake of the release of ISIS beheading videos, one journalist argues that there is value in bearing witness to war, even its ugliest parts.

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Studio 360

Why You Should Be Watching "The Knick"

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Steven Soderbergh's The Knick is a delightfully bloody show about turn-of-the-century medicine. His New York is punctuated by bright whites, making 1900 feel futuristic.
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PRI's The World

If Scotland leaves the UK, the country's flag, the Union Jack, may need a makeover

Tuesday, September 09, 2014

On September 18, Scots will vote on leaving the United Kingdom. But the blue and white Scottish flag is an integral part of the UK's famous Union Jack, so what happens if Scotland votes yes?

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The New Yorker: Out Loud

Kelefa Sanneh and Sarah Larson on Bill Cosby’s Stage Persona

Monday, September 08, 2014

At 77, he's still performing about 100 times a year, mostly on weekends. The New Yorker's Kelefa Sanneh traces the rise of Cosby's lovable comedy and his complicated politics.

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PRI's The World

It's not just a soap opera, it's a 'radio movie'

Monday, September 08, 2014

Soaps aren't anything new in most parts of the world, but a long-running Nigerian radio show called "Story, Story" uses the techniques of film to create an immersive, realistic radio drama. The popular show also helps spread public service messages to a wide audience.

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Audrey Hepburn, Marilyn Monroe, and Marlon Brando Get Inked

Monday, September 08, 2014

Covered in tattoos, these Hollywood royals look more like friends you might grab a drink with at your local pub.
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PRI's The World

Meet The Brady Bunch, Asian-American style — courtesy of photographer Michael Jang

Friday, September 05, 2014

Most of us never imagine our family photos will end up in, say, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. Neither did the famous photographer Michael Jang. Then he realized the photos he took as a college student gave a rare glimpse of a Chinese American family growing up in the heyday of The Brady Bunch.

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