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RJD2 - Games You Can Win (feat. Kenna)

Wednesday, April 01, 2015

RJD2 has been making music since 2002. His song "A Beautiful Mine" was turned into the opening credits music for Mad Men. He's a producer and beatmaker, but also a singer and songwriter. But for the vocals on the song "Games You Can Win," he tapped...

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PRI's The World

'Anyone in Islam who puts question marks on theology gets ostracized, gets silenced, gets killed'

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

How can peaceful Muslims stop other Muslims from committing terrorism in the name of Islam? One former Muslim says nothing short of a complete reformation of Islam will do the trick.

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The New Yorker: Out Loud

Patrick Keefe and Philip Gourevitch on Northern Ireland’s Tenuous Peace

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

On this week’s podcast, Keefe and Philip Gourevitch join Amy Davidson to talk about the aftermath of the Troubles and the path to peace in Northern Ireland.

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Studio 360

A Beautiful Music Video Is Buried at the End of This Obscure Video Game

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Only a video game released exclusively in Japan would reward its players with a spare, sleek, utterly delightful ode to color and sound.
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PRI's The World

Joyous South Africans pop champagne to celebrate Trevor Noah's taking over for Jon Stewart

Monday, March 30, 2015

The 31-year-old comic has faced bigger challenges than running "The Daily Show." One of them: growing up mixed-race in apartheid-era South Africa. Sometimes, he says, "I felt like a bag of weed."

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Studio 360

2015 Will Be Hip-Hop's Best Year

Monday, March 30, 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 April.
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PRI's The World

This musician has a half-billion video views. So who the hell is he?

Friday, March 27, 2015

He's sold millions of albums in Europe and is an internet star. Kanye West and Lorde have collaborated with him, and President Obama has one of his CDs. He's Belgian hip hop artist Stromae, whose Rwandan father was killed in that nation's genocide and is now trying to make it in the US.

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Love + Radio

Thank You, Princess

Friday, March 27, 2015

Ceara Lynch has a ten year career as a self-described humiliatrix, catering to a wide variety of sexual fetishes over the internet, and gaining exposure to a unique part of the human psyche.

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Studio 360

Noah Baumbach Explains Why HBO Dropped "The Corrections"

Friday, March 27, 2015

The director Noah Baumbach explains why his adaptation of Jonathan Franzen's "The Corrections" for HBO fell through, and why he may just not be cut out for TV.
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Studio 360

How "Finding Nemo" Changed My Life

Thursday, March 26, 2015

A kindergarten teacher with a comfortable job watched “Finding Nemo” on a whim. She didn’t realize how it would change her life. 

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Studio 360

Tobias Jesso Jr. vs. The World

Thursday, March 26, 2015

A few years ago, Tobias Jesso Jr. got dumped, was hit by a car, and found out his mom had cancer. From that low point, he’s now a pop music darling.

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Studio 360

John Cameron Mitchell Slips Back into the Dress

Thursday, March 26, 2015

The original transgender rock operetta, “Hedwig and the Angry Inch,” found its inspiration in the militarized atmosphere of Cold War Berlin.

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Studio 360

John Cameron Mitchell, Noah Baumbach, & Making a Video Game about Cancer

Thursday, March 26, 2015

John Cameron Mitchell, the writer and original star of "Hedwig and the Angry Inch," returns to the role; Noah Baumbach on two decades of filmmaking; and a video game deals with cancer.

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Studio 360

Noah Baumbach Isn’t Getting Any Younger

Thursday, March 26, 2015

With “While We’re Young,” Noah Baumbach has made his happiest, most optimistic film yet. But, he warns, don’t get used to it.

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Studio 360

The Scariest Video Game Villain of All: Cancer

Thursday, March 26, 2015

After a couple lost their young child to cancer, they found comfort in an unexpected place: by making a video game about their son.

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PRI's The World

DJ Edu searches for Africa's best nightclub

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

What's the best nightclub in Africa? Not even DJ Edu, who scoured night spots across the continent, can say for sure. But even if he can't pick a winner, he says he saw signs of Africa's economic progress in many places he visited.

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PRI's The World

Five centuries after his death, Richard III finally gets a royal send-off

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

The remains of England’s King Richard III have been lying in state this week, awaiting a formal burial. The much-maligned subject of Shakespeare’s play has gotten a rehabilitation since his remains were discovered under a parking lot in 2012, and Britons came out to see him in droves.

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PRI's The World

Mali's Songhoy Blues are making music in exile

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

They left northern Mali because music was banned by Islamic extremists. Now Songhoy Blues is bringing their flavor of desert blues to the world.

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On The Media

On House of Cards 3: You Have Just Been Served

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Brooke discusses the third episode of the season with two foreign policy experts. 
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Song Exploder

How to Dress Well - Pour Cyril

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

In an interview with Belgian filmmakers the Dardenne brothers, talking about the kinds of stories they tell, Luc Dardenne says, "Human suffering; that interests us very much." It also interests Tom Krell, a songwriter and producer who goes by the name...

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