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This US ambassador to Britain practices 'vinyl diplomacy'

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Matthew Barzun is a kind of ambassador of rock as well, bringing indie bands, his turntable and his rapidly swelling record collection to parties he hosts. The events mix diplomatic affairs and the best of Belle and Sebastian, the National or Dire Straits.

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Tears of joy as a husband hears 'lost' recording of his late wife's voice

Thursday, January 29, 2015

English retiree Stan Beaton thought he had lost the only existing recording of his late wife's voice. Until a radio news team came to visit him.

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American Icons: Buffalo Bill's Wild West

Thursday, January 29, 2015

William F. Cody’s stage show presented a new creation myth for America, bringing cowboys, Indians, settlers, and sharpshooters to audiences.

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Yung Jake: The Rapper Behind Those Celebrity Emoji Portraits

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

A mostly unknown rapper constructs elaborate celebrity portraits out of emojis. 
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Hello, Putin! A flying bear that swept the Internet

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

The absurdity of Russia's lumbering mascot as an airport logo is irresistible. Stay weird, Khabarovsk.

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Cuban artist describes regime's still-watchful eye

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Tania Bruguera was arrested after trying to stage an open-mic performance in Revolution Square in Havana a few weeks back. She's free now, but without her passport, and "I'm followed 24-7 by a car and by people."

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The Old Subway Car and the Sea

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Many of NYC's old subway cars have been tossed into the sea. But it's not flagrant pollution, it's an eco-friendly move to form artificial reefs. And Stephen Mallon got to photograph it.
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Miami’s Soviet time machine gives Cuban expats a nostalgia fix

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

At this store, SPAM and Russian perfume offer some Cuban Americans a nostalgia fix.

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Sideshow Podcast: At 17, Humza Deas Puts Shame in Your Instagram Game

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Humza Deas is 17, he's been on Instagram for two years, and he has over 100,000 followers. Here's how he did it.
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Saudi students in the US have confidence in their new king

Monday, January 26, 2015

More than 70,000 Saudis are studying at American colleges and universities thanks to scholarships from the late King Abdullah. Now that his brother, King Salman, is running the country, some of them say they're optimistic about their country's future and the prospects for reform.

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The 360 Guide to a Creative Snow Day

Monday, January 26, 2015

A ton of snow is expected to hit the Northeast. That means two magic words: snow day! Here's what to watch, listen to, and make. 
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The New Yorker: Out Loud

The Gay Capital of the Nineteenth Century

Monday, January 26, 2015

Recently in the magazine, Alex Ross wrote about the little known history of gay rights in Germany in the late nineteen and early twentieth century. He joins Amelia Lester on this week’s Out Loud podcast to discuss how many of the ideas that we consider foundational to the modern gay-rights movement were first articulated in Germany more than a hundred years ago, and why this period is often overlooked. “German culture over the last couple centuries is so often seen through the lens of Hitler, of the Nazi period,” he says. “We tend to omit aspects of the story that don’t fit that narrative. And this astonishingly progressive movement around gay rights is an example of something that just doesn’t fit our stereotype.”​

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Meet the Dancehall Queens of Brooklyn

Friday, January 23, 2015

Dancehall started in Jamaica in the 1970s. It's changed and morphed and winded it's way to Brooklyn.

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What it's like to drive Saudi Arabian princesses around

Friday, January 23, 2015

Jayne Larson got an intimate view of the life of a Saudi princess when she worked as a chauffeur for the royal family. There was no job application. "I was asked if I was a Jew and I’m not, so I got the job."

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Love + Radio

Split Brain (rebroadcast)

Friday, January 23, 2015

Dr. Jill Bolte Taylor is a brain scientist who re…

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How Americans fell in love with snipers

Friday, January 23, 2015

"American Sniper" is a huge hit with audiences and critics, but it's also getting slammed for its portrayal of the war in Iraq and the sniper at its center. So what does the film say about the war's morality, and why do once-maligned snipers now star on the big screen?

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One Honduran woman decided not to leave for the US thanks to her Garifuna culture

Friday, January 23, 2015

Among the thousands of young Hondurans coming to the US last year were Garifuna, descendants of African slaves with their own distinct culture. But some Garifuna are opting to stay. Here's why.

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Five Things You Had to See Online This Week

Friday, January 23, 2015

Grunge videos, 3D GIFs, and marionettes win the internet this week.
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Peter Carey: From Outback Outlaws to Militant Hackers

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Peter Carey’s latest novel, “Amnesia,” sees government surveillance and cyber terrorism from an Australian perspective.

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Staging “Rent” in Cuba

Thursday, January 22, 2015

The first musical to go from Broadway directly to Havana since the Revolution, “Rent” is perfect for Cuban audiences.

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