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The New Yorker: Out Loud

Baseball in Decline

Monday, April 27, 2015

The business side of Major League Baseball has been thriving in recent years, and yet there’s a widespread perception that the sport has drifted from the center of sports culture. On this week’s Out Loud podcast, Ben McGrath, a staff writer, and Daniel Okrent, the writer, editor, and inventor of Rotisserie League baseball, join Amelia Lester and David Haglund to assess the state of America’s national pastime. They discuss the legacy of baseball’s steroid era, how fantasy sports have change fandom, and the fact that the length of baseball games has increased by more than an hour in the past few decades.

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Studio 360

Middle East's First Female Photo Collective Focuses on Gender

Monday, April 27, 2015

The first all-women's Middle Eastern art collective has a touring photography exhibit that puts gender in the foreground. 
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PRI's The World

Why you won’t see Ho Chi Minh City appear in this newspaper in California

Monday, April 27, 2015

The Vietnam War ended 40 years ago, but at this small Vietnamese-language newspaper in California, a war of words continues.

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PRI's The World

For Nepalese abroad, 'you feel so helpless being so far away'

Monday, April 27, 2015

In New York City, home to one of the largest Nepalese communities in the US, crowds gathered after the earthquake in Nepal to pray, gather donations and hope for good news from relatives still unaccounted for.

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PRI's The World

Here's where to go if you want to fart in someone’s general direction

Friday, April 24, 2015

It’s 40 years since the film ‘Monty Python and the Holy Grail’ was released in April 1975. Today, you can visit the Scottish castle where much of the comedy classic was filmed, and play with coconut halves.

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PRI's The World

Finding the courage to write about cowardice

Friday, April 24, 2015

"Coward. Chicken. Yellow-belly." Those were insults the French used against the gunmen who carried out the Charlie Hebdo attacks in January. Cowardice, in fact, is currently enjoying a bit of global resurgence as a put-down. So much so that Boston University professor Chris Walsh decided it was time to write a book about the subject. The first hurdle? Finding source material.

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Studio 360

New Year’s Resolution: Scaling Back

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Facing a few setbacks, Charis Stiles is reining in her ambition for her creative New Year’s resolution.  

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Studio 360

Steve Coogan Feels “Happyish”

Thursday, April 23, 2015

The actor and comedian Steve Coogan stars in the new series “Happyish,” about a middle-aged ad exec who’s suddenly out of the loop. It’s a character he knows well.

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Studio 360

2015 Will Be Hip-Hop’s Best Year

Thursday, April 23, 2015

There's so much good hip-hop in 2015 that you could forget about a bunch of it and it would still be one of the best years ever — and it's not even May.

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PRI's The World

Tourists spend thousands of dollars to schlep to Bhutan when they can just go to El Paso

Thursday, April 23, 2015

The University of Texas at El Paso is close to the Mexico border, but the buildings look like they belong in Bhutan

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Song Exploder

My Morning Jacket - Spring (Among the Living)

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Jim James is the lead singer of the Grammy-nominated band My Morning Jacket. Since starting in 1998, they've put out six albums, and in this episode, Jim breaks down the song Spring (Among The Living), from their soon-to-be released seventh album, The...

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Studio 360

A Hymn to Coal Miners Wins the Pulitzer Prize for Music

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Composer Julia Wolfe’s oratorio “Anthracite Fields” questions how we contribute to the environmental disaster that is coal mining.

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Studio 360

Charles Mingus Toilet Trained His Cat. We Put His Method to the Test.

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Crazy or brilliant? Jazz legend Charles Mingus came up with a method for toilet training his cat, so we tried it out on a kitty named Dizzy.

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Studio 360

How Do You Draw Dark Matter?

Thursday, April 23, 2015

An artist and an astrophysicist put their heads together to imagine how dark matter — the invisible stuff holding the universe together — would look if we could see it.

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Studio 360

Steve Coogan, Visualizing Dark Matter, & Hip-Hop’s Best Year

Thursday, April 23, 2015

The actor Steve Coogan feels "Happyish," an artist and a scientist try to visualize dark matter, and we find out why 2015 will be hip-hop’s best year ever.

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Studio 360

Mixtapes Still Work Without the Music

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Hip-hop artists put extra effort into mixtape album art, and now we have the coffee table book to prove it. 
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PRI's The World

An Arab newscaster in Israel has a message: 'This is not your country. This is our country.'

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Arab Israeli newscaster Lucy Aharish is proud to be Israeli, and she's being honored at the country's Independence Day ceremony on Wednesday. Not everyone is happy to have an Arab included into the festivities, so what's her response? Deal with it.

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Studio 360

Sideshow Podcast: How to Get Billy Idol to Play Your Birthday Party for Free

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

It costs $50,000 to have Billy Idol appear at a private event, a 25-year-old working at a Seattle mall convinced the rock star to play his birthday party for free.
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PRI's The World

Why 'An Ember In The Ashes' could launch Sabaa Tahir into JK Rowling territory

Monday, April 20, 2015

A new book by a Pakistani American author Sabaa Tahir could be the next "Hunger Games." That's only if it doesn't become the next "Game of Thrones" first.

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Studio 360

New Year’s Resolution: Finding the Tools

Monday, April 20, 2015

April Update: Masters of a technology quickly become obsolete when the technology is scuttled — that's why I'm perfecting everything by hand.
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