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High Wire Artist Philippe Petit on How to Be More Creative

Tuesday, September 02, 2014

He describes how to discover new and unconventional ways of going about any endeavor—from the artistic to the everyday.

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The World

You'd better watch where you walk the next time you visit the Vatican

Monday, September 01, 2014

The Vatican is dense with art and history — every arch, piece of art and ceiling has a story to tell. But so do the floors, which are easy to miss. Whether paved with marble from the Coliseum or sporting mosaics from ancient villas, the floors of the Vatican have much to tell.

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The World

This hobbyist-turned-journalist is a one-man digital detective agency

Friday, August 29, 2014

Bellingcat is a new website for citizen journalists to do what you might call social media detective work. On the site, bloggers and journalists use crowdsourcing, geolocation and reviewing satellite images to gather intelligence in conflict zones around the world.

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The World

Hello Kitty turns 40 this year and she's got news!

Friday, August 29, 2014

The Japanese American National Museum will be opening an exhibit highlighting the 40-year rise of Hello Kitty. And the well known white Kitty has one thing to make clear to the world.

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Studio 360

Aha Moment: Jack DeJohnette Discovers the Drums

Friday, August 29, 2014

The legendary jazz musician originally started out as a piano player, until a great record turned him on to the possibilities of drumming.

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Studio 360

Herb Alpert Isn’t Complaining

Friday, August 29, 2014

The leader of the Tijuana Brass kicked off a 50-year career in music by zoning out and missing his cue in an orchestra performance.

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Studio 360

Linda Ronstadt’s Curtain Call

Friday, August 29, 2014

The pop singer’s career endured decades of changing tastes and her own evolving sound — until last year, when Parkinson’s disease made it impossible for her to sing.

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Studio 360

Linda Ronstadt, Herb Alpert, & James McBride

Friday, August 29, 2014

Linda Ronstadt says that even though she can no longer sing, Parkinson’s isn’t keeping her out of music. And Herb Alpert explains where the Tijuana Brass sound came from.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Inspired Architect James Stewart Polshek

Friday, August 29, 2014

Architect James Stewart Polshek, whose portfolio includes the Clinton Presidential Center in Little Rock and the expansion of Carnegie Hall, discusses bringing his ideas to life.

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Studio 360

James McBride and The Good Lord Bird

Friday, August 29, 2014

The jazz musician and author of The Good Lord Bird says he wanted to write a book about slavery and John Brown’s raid on Harper’s Ferry that people would actually enjoy reading.

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Miranda July Wants You to Talk to Strangers

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Somebody, a new app from the artist/writer/actor/director/superhero of twee enlists people you don't know to deliver personal messages to people you do know.
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Prejudice, exclusion and sexism is all part of life for a Tibetan migrant in Beijing

Thursday, August 28, 2014

American reporter Jocelyn Ford only set out to snag some contact in inaccessible Tibet. Instead, when she sat down to talk to a Tibetan woman named Zanta, she ended up as part of her own story, experiencing Zanta's struggles and the deeply-ingrained sexism of Tibetan society.

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A German artist creates a gold rush on an English beach

Thursday, August 28, 2014

There's more than $16,000 in gold bars buried on a beach in England. It's a public art display that has locals grabbing their shovels and digging for treasure.

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A blogger's hobby becomes a valuable war reporting tool

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Pioneered by people like Eliot Higgins, new social media techniques are being used by journalists to track or "geolocate" terrorists as seen in their propaganda photos and videos. For reporters locked out of dangerous conflict zones, such methods are becoming important new ways to get the story.

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Beijing has a message for China's Cantonese speakers — stick to Mandarin!

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

The Cantonese-speaking heartland of southern China is also the country's most populous region. But Beijing still considers the region's native language of Cantonese to be a minority dialect, and now it wants Cantonese broadcasters to switch to Mandarin — but why now?

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The Leonard Lopate Show

The New Museum Showcases Art from the Arab World

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

The first museum-wide exhibition in New York City to feature contemporary art from and about the Arab world.

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Studio 360

Patricia Lockwood's “List of Cross-Dressing Soldiers”

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

The poetry star famous for her funny and raunchy Twitter feed also writes serious poems. While in our studio, she read one inspired by her brother’s tours in Iraq and Afghanistan.
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The World

Richard Attenborough's Gandhi needed hundreds of thousands of extras. Meet one of them

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

In 1980, when director Richard Attenborough was shooting scenes for Gandhi, thousands of Indians volunteered for parts as extras. New York-based film critic Aseem Chhabra remembers getting a part as a passenger on the train that carried Gandhi back to Delhi.

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The World

To see life's oddities, you have to vist an odd place — a museum in an elevator shaft

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Mmuseumm, the smallest museum in New York, could probably fit in your bathroom — and its contents might not look much different from the stuff in your cabinets. That's because this museum is all about everyday stuff from around the world and, more importantly, the story behind the stuff.

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New Yorker: Out Loud

Nathan Heller and Joshua Rothman on whether elite colleges are bad for the soul

Monday, August 25, 2014

As stressed-out young achievers head back to campus, the New Yorker's Nathan Heller asks whether competition killed the humanities, and if religious schools are the best alternative. 

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