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What Listeners Loved This Week

Friday, May 01, 2015

Burritos are great, but they're not sandwiches. Pedestrians rule New York. Charles Mingus tried potty training his cat and you can, too! These are the week's most popular stories.

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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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To the Best of Our Knowledge

Cats Hate Your Music - Here's What They Want You To Play

Sunday, April 05, 2015

Researchers have discovered that cats have their own taste in music. It sounds nothing like that crap you listen to.

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To the Best of Our Knowledge

The Case For Cat Citizenship

Friday, April 03, 2015

Cats have convinced some of their owners that cats deserve legal citizenship.  Be afraid. Be very afraid.

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To the Best of Our Knowledge

He Made A Cat Video And You'll Never Guess What Happened Next...

Friday, April 03, 2015

In the world of cat videos, Henri Le Chat Noir is a superstar.  Filmmaker Will Braden talks about the glory that is Henri and the embarrassment of telling strangers what he does for a living. 

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To the Best of Our Knowledge

The Shocking Truth About Tiger Farms

Friday, April 03, 2015

In China's government-supported tiger farms, big cats are raised and harvested for their body parts -- part of a multi-million dollar trade in tiger bone wine and tiger skin decor.  Meanwhile, wild tiger numbers are at an all-time low.

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WQXR Blog

Classical Music Relaxes Cats During Surgery, Says Study

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Following our report on an earlier study on species-specific music crafted just for cats, a new study has found that classical music can serve to relax cats in surgery.
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WQXR Blog

Cats Prefer Species-Specific Music to Bach and Fauré, Study Finds

Monday, March 02, 2015

In a recent study, researchers at the University of Wisconsin found that species-specific music triggers responses from cats. 
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Features

What Listeners Loved This Week

Friday, January 09, 2015

We cracked open America's oldest time capsule and found Paul Revere's loot. Living alone is fun, sometimes. The CIA approves some TV scripts. Here are the week's most popular stories.

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On The Media

Cat Fancy: Farewell, My Friend

Friday, December 19, 2014

This month the magazine world lost another one of its giants. Cat Fancy Magazine announced that it's ending in early 2015, after 50 years on newsstands and in cat lovers' hearts. 

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On The Media

Hacks, Cats, & Colbert

Friday, December 19, 2014

The ethics of publicly exposing private emails, the demise of Cat Fancy magazine, and a farewell to the Colbert Report. 

Features

Even If You Think, 'Cat Cafe? Whatever, I'm Over It,' Think Again Because It's Amazing

Monday, December 15, 2014

New York City's first permanent cat cafe opened today at the edge of Chinatown, so of course we were scratching at the door to get in! 

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Freakonomics Radio

The Troubled Cremation of Stevie the Cat (Rebroadcast)

Thursday, December 11, 2014

We spend billions on our pets, and one of the fastest-growing costs is pet "aftercare." But are those cremated remains you got back really from your pet?

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Studio 360

Video: Reg E. Cathey Reads The Charles Mingus CAT-alog

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

The star of Oz and The Wire reads Charles Mingus's secret masterpiece: a guide to toilet training your cat.
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Studio 360

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

Friday, November 21, 2014

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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WNYC News

Cats vs. Dogs at The New Yorker Festival

Friday, October 10, 2014

The ultimate smackdown: Jill Abramson, Jesse Eisenberg, and Joyce Carol Oates are among those debating cats versus dogs at the New Yorker Festival.

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WNYC News

It's Raining Cats and Dogs in the Theater

Saturday, September 27, 2014

The Broadway revival of “You Can’t Take It With You” is the latest production to include animals, in a long tradition that goes back to ancient cultures. 

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Studio 360

Five Things You Had to See Online This Week

Thursday, June 05, 2014

This week in “Thanks, Internet” — Van Gogh's ear is back, an alternate ending to this week's Game of Thrones (spoilers), Zach Galifianakis makes the best music videos, John Oliver is a Great American, and fat cats take classic art to new places.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Brian Lehrer Weekend

Friday, April 04, 2014

Three of our favorite segments from the week, edited together to listen to on the weekend: solving your sleep problems; the secret world of bodega cats; and Bette Midler.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Inside the World of Bodega Cats

Monday, March 31, 2014

WNYC is running a vote to find NYC's best bodega cat -- with the next round of voting starting today. Brian Lehrer Show producer Jody Avirgan discusses the laws around bodega cats, whether they are properly cared for, and what makes them so darn cute. They are illegal according to NYC Health Code Article 81, Section 25, but many owners are willing to risk the fine because cats are the most effective way to deter rodents -- and the fine for animals and the fine for mice are just about the same amount. Some vets, however, are concerned that bodega cats don't get proper care. In 35 years of practice, Ted Weiner of Gotham Animal clinic tells WNYC he's never seen a bodega owner bring in a cat for treatment.

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