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After Ferguson, one woman urges her fellow African immigrants to see themselves simply as black

Friday, August 22, 2014

The unrest this month in Ferguson, Mo., has many Americans thinking about where we are as a country when it comes to race. One Ethiopian-American writer is urging her fellow African immigrants to be "Ferguson strong" and identify closely with African Americans.

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The World

Why these Iraqi kids are bucking the trend — and their parents — to stay in Baghdad

Friday, August 22, 2014

More than half of all Iraqis are under the age of 20. But as most of the country is gripped by violence and instability, opportunities for young Iraqis are evaporating, and more and more are emigrating abroad. One group of friends say they’re determined to break that trend.

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An Attempt To Explain The Magic Of The Ballpark

Friday, August 22, 2014

What makes some middle-aged men and women act like children at the baseball park? Commentator Alva Noë wonders about that distinct attitude of love and longing that we call "being a fan."

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'Mad Men's' Matthew Weiner on His New Film

Friday, August 22, 2014

Award-winning director Matthew Weiner discusses his new feature film “Are You Here," the success of "Mad Men," and the future of television.

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A Japanese American magician named 'Honesty' tricks out Cambridge crowds

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Summer time means an influx of street performers in busy cities all around the world. In Cambridge, it mean it's time for 22-year-old Makoto to perform his magic tricks and dream of the big time.

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"If I Stay," "Sin City: A Dame to Kill For," "What If," "When the Game Stands Tall"

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Sometimes it feels like the only thing you can say at the end of a movie is: "Nothing to see here. Move on." And sometimes that feeling applies to every single movie in the theatre. 
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An American veteran and a jihadi share memories of Robin Williams

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

This isn't the setup for a joke: Last week, after the death of Robin Williams, a US Army veteran and a supporter of Islamic militant group ISIS tweeted their regrets. Soon the pair were swapping recollections of their favorite Williams movies and other pop culture trivia.

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The World

Remembering a fearless poet known as 'Iran's Lioness'

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Simin Behbahani was a beloved Iranian poet who earned the nickname "Lioness" for her powerful verse. US President Barack Obama recited one of her poems in his 2011 message to the Iranian people.

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Algerian artists are 'exposing the scars' of the country's recent civil war

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Not too long ago, Algeria fought a traumatizing civil war between the country's military and Islamist militias, now commonly called the "Black Decade." Today, a younger generation of Algerians is trying to reconcile the country's trauma through art, but the government has a policy of overlooking it.

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Playing Fantasy with Hollywood's Favorite Bro

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

After a steady run of indie films, actor Mark Duplass has hit man-child stardom with "The League," his show about 30-something guys obsessed with fantasy football.

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Lessons From The Last Time Civilization Collapsed

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Life as we know it is being threatened by everything from climate change to resource depletion. Commentator Adam Frank looks back at 1177 B.C. — and what we might learn from peoples past.

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The Takeaway

'The Black Album' Puts The Beatles Back Together for New Generation

Monday, August 18, 2014

"The Black Album" reimagines The Beatles, providing a compilation of songs from the solo careers of John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, and Ringo Star.

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Young Indians And Pakistanis Rewrite Their Shared History

Sunday, August 17, 2014

When students from the two countries met in the U.S., they were surprised at how different their history lessons had been at home. So they put together a narrative that offers both versions.

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The Takeaway

GOP's Fake News Sites Dupe Voters

Friday, August 15, 2014

Political strategist believe that voters have grown tired of the conventional political attack ad. With that in mind, the GOP has decided to try a different tactic: A series of fake news sites stacked with articles that have a very pointed message.

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The World

Take a ride-along with Nashville’s first Kurdish American cop

Friday, August 15, 2014

Had things been a little different, Jiyayi Suleyman might have been a peshmerga fighter alongside his uncle and other Kurdish troops. Instead he's a police office in Nashville trying to keep the city's residents there safe.

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"Let's Be Cops," "The Expendables 3," "The Giver," "Frank"

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Rafer and Kristen are having a tough week; the kind of week that has them tag-teaming three movies in one day and quoting lines from "Splash." But they try their best to keep their energy up as they review four of this week's movie releases: "Let's Be Cops," "The Expendables 3," "The Giver," and "Frank." They also respond to a listener who's starved for some clever modern remakes of ancient stories. And, as always, there's trivia!

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Fishko Files

Alex North

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Composer Alex North was best known for his sharp and observant film scores, including the iconic music for "Streetcar Named Desire"  --but his music always spoke for itself.  In this archival edition of Fishko Files, WNYC's Sara Fishko provides details on the work of one of Hollywood's most modest citizens (March 2012).  

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The Takeaway

Ole Miss May Drop its Nickname

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

The issue of symbolism is one Ole Miss, or the University of Mississippi, is struggling with now. University of Mississippi officials are reviewing the school’s nickname as part of a bigger inquiry into the school’s historic associations with symbols of the Confederacy.

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Hollywood Film Icon Lauren Bacall Dies at 89

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

A sultry actress and a true Hollywood film star, Lauren Bacaldied yesterday at the age of 89. Lauren Bacall was always the dreamer with a sexy voice, a fierce sense of determination, and an unforgettable style. 

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The World

A Hamas terror anthem is Israel's biggest summer hit

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

When fighting broke out in Gaza, Hamas recorded a music video to encourage its fighters and scare Israelis. Instead, the song has become a huge hit in Israel.

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