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PRI's The World

For decades, NASA has woken up its astronauts with music

Friday, April 17, 2015

Space Oddity, Rocket Man, It's a Wonderful World, Brown-eyed Girl, La Cucuracha, all of those songs have at one time been piped up to space. NASA astronauts have a tradition of waking up with music.

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PRI's The World

Rap legend Nas hunts for hip-hop culture across the globe

Friday, April 17, 2015

A new documentary called "Shake The Dust" explores break-dancing culture from Yemen to Colombia, and its director says the grassroots hip-hip scenes he found around the world may be truer to the genre's New York roots than anything else around.

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Studio 360

"Ex Machina" Director Alex Garland Says, Love Your Robot

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Writer-director Alex Garland talks about his new movie and why sex with robots is fine by him.

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Studio 360

From Trailer Park Pups to Hollywood: How to Train a Four-Legged Star

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Here's what it took to get a cute, slobbery dog to play the tough guy in the new Hungarian film, "White God."

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Studio 360

Birds and Beats

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Ben Mirin is a Boston-area birdwatcher turned New York City beat boxer who combined his two passions to make a totally original sound.

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Studio 360

Sexy Robots

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Sorting out the pros and cons of starting an intimate relationship with a robot.  

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Studio 360

"Ex Machina," Sexy Robots, & Four-Legged Stars

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Director Alex Garland on his new robot movie, “Ex Machina,” how composer Jeanine Tesori wrote her new Broadway hit, “Fun Home,” and training dogs for stardom.

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Studio 360

Inside Jeanine Tesori's "Fun Home”

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Composer Jeanine Tesori sits down at the piano and shows Kurt Andersen what it took to create the hit Broadway musical, "Fun Home."

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Studio 360

How to Throw a Perfect Game of Thrones Brunch

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

A how-to guide to celebrating the fifth season of "Game of Thrones" with a customized "Hodoor," milk of the poppy, and pancakes. 
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Studio 360

Sydney Lucas, the 11-Year-Old Actor Who Owns Broadway's "Fun Home"

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

The new Broadway musical "Fun Home" deals with some very adult themes — but it's 11-year-old Sydney Lucas who steals the show.
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Studio 360

Shepard Fairey's Street Art Takes Center Stage in Miami Ballet

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

The Scene: Miami | From WLRN's Arts & Culture Desk | A new ballet pairs one of ballet's most sought-after choreographers, with ubiquitous street artist Shepard Fairey.
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Song Exploder

Toro y Moi - Half Dome

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Over the past five years, Chaz Bundick, aka Toro y Moi, has made music that's spanned a range of genres and styles. On his newest album, What For?, he shifted styles again. In this episode, Chaz explains why. He'll break down the song Half Dome, named...

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The New Yorker: Out Loud

Memoir in the Age of TMI

Monday, April 13, 2015

On this week’s Out Loud podcast, Leslie Jamison, who recently wrote about Chris Kraus’s memoiristic novels, and Joshua Rothman, who has written about the autobiographical fiction of Karl Ove Knausgaard and Elena Ferrante, join David Haglund and Amelia Lester to discuss the state of the memoir in an age of ubiquitous self-documentation via social media. They discuss the evolution of so-called “confessional literature,” why discussions of autobiographical writing are so often influenced by the gender of the writer, and how authors use memoir to explore ideas about both themselves and the world. In the not-so-distant past, Rothman says, “people kept diaries, and then you took a creative-writing workshop and wrote thinly disguised autobiographical fiction about your life. And now, part of what’s defined the last decade or so is a lot of new ways to accomplish this.”

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PRI's The World

Kim Kardashian (and the Pope) thrusts Armenia and its horrific past into the spotlight

Monday, April 13, 2015

Armenians have long been fighting for recognition for their darkest chapter, the mass killings in 1915 that they say were a deliberate genocide by the Ottoman Empire. And their cause got plenty of attention this week as the pope and Kim Kardashian both spoke out — in a way.

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The New Yorker: Out Loud

Ninety Years of The New Yorker

Friday, April 10, 2015

The first issue of The New Yorker was published in February of 1925, ninety years ago this month. In celebration of our anniversary, David Remnick, the magazine’s editor, hosts a special episode of Out Loud in which writers and editors revisit New Yorker history, share memories, and discuss how the tone and direction of the magazine have evolved since its founding editor, Harold Ross, first envisioned a publication of “gaiety, wit, and satire.”

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Studio 360

Five Thrones You Had To See Online This Week

Friday, April 10, 2015

Just the scent of new Game of Thrones episodes was enough to throw the internet (plus Seth Meyers, Sesame Street, Key, and Peele) into a tailspin this week. 
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Studio 360

Hilary Mantel’s Henry VIII Is a Monster for All Seasons

Thursday, April 09, 2015

 Hilary Mantel’s books “Wolf Hall” and “Bring Up the Bodies” have reshaped how we think of Henry VIII — and made a hero out of the blacksmith’s son, Thomas Cromwell.    

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Studio 360

Live in Studio: Dwight Yoakam

Thursday, April 09, 2015

Dwight Yoakam has always gone his own way — favoring Los Angeles over Nashville, and gritty rock over slick mainstream country.

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Studio 360

Juliette Binoche Plays the Older Woman

Thursday, April 09, 2015

In “Clouds of Sils Maria,” Juliette Binoche plays opposite Kristen Stewart as an actress who’s having trouble aging gracefully. That doesn’t seem to be a problem for Binoche.

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Studio 360

Trenton Doyle Hancock’s Universe of Weirdness

Thursday, April 09, 2015

In Trenton Doyle Hancock’s irreverent art, he creates his own sci-fi world where vegans are the villains and color is a weapon. 

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