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Arctic cultures could be under threat as mining and oil come to their lands

Monday, October 20, 2014

This summer, the first-ever Beringia Arctic Games brought Arctic natives from around the world to compete in far eastern Russia. But while the Russian government wants to make it an annual tourist attraction, the games may be a last gasp for Arctic cultures in the face of mining and oil booms.

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An Urban Village Pops Up To Comfort Hong Kong Protesters

Sunday, October 19, 2014

What began as a pro-democracy roadblock has grown into a combination street fair/art gallery, with an outdoor study hall, movie screenings, speeches and even a free library.

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The Takeaway

'Dear White People,' 'The Best of Me,' 'Birdman,' 'Fury,' Movie Therapy, and Sweatpants

Friday, October 17, 2014

It's a rage-filled podcast, as Rafer & Kristen delve into race relations, child abuse, career angst, and war. On the bright side, there's also Movie Therapy & a new feature: Sweatpants!
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All Things Considered

Egality N'est Pas La Réalité: French Women Wage Online War On Sexism

Friday, October 17, 2014

When a company told one French feminist it was "sorry" she found its ad sexist, she decided to fight back. She's launched a website where users target sexist companies and people on social media.

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Morning Edition

Free Speech In Hong Kong, Then And Now

Friday, October 17, 2014

NPR's Frank Langfitt has traveled to Hong Kong since 1997, when the former British colony reverted to Chinese rule. Back then, residents spoke openly and gave their full names. Not anymore.

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PRI's The World

The Pakistan in 'Homeland' is unrecognizable to this Pakistani author

Thursday, October 16, 2014

The fourth season of "Homeland" take viewers to Pakistan and Afghanistan, or at least some version of those countries. But Pakistanis who watched the recent premiere are angry with the many inaccuracies they've found, saying the show might stoke unwarranted fears about their country.

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The Takeaway

You're Not Alone Bono: Here Are 6 'Good' Music Ideas Gone Really Bad

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Bono apologized after U2's latest album was automatically sent to all of the world's iTunes users. We explore this bad idea & other music ideas that seemed like good ones at the time.

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Thailand Official: Martial Law Is Good For Tourists

Thursday, October 16, 2014

With tourism down 20 percent, Thailand is looking for novel ways to lure visitors. According to the head of the tourist authority, military rule means it's extremely safe to visit.

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Fishko Files

Pins and Needles

Thursday, October 16, 2014

In its day, "Pins and Needles" brought satirical relief to a polarized society. WNYC’s Sara Fishko tells the story.

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PRI's The World

Half the fun of taking the train in India is the food

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Deepak Singh lives in Ann Arbor, Michigan, but he says train travel in the US just doesn't compare with the pleasure of taking the train in his home country, India. For one thing, there's the food.

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Studio 360

Great Album Covers Become GIFs

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

The artist JB turns your favorite album covers into animated GIFs. The result might be even better than the originals.
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All Things Considered

For Italy's Gay Rights Advocates, It's 1 Step Forward, 2 Steps Back

Monday, October 13, 2014

Italy lags behind other EU states in guaranteeing equal rights for homosexuals. Gay couples have no legal recognition or adoption rights, and a bill that would make homophobia a crime has stalled.

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The Takeaway

'St. Vincent,' 'Kill The Messenger,' 'The Judge,' and Special Guest Damien Chazelle, Writer/Director of 'Whiplash'

Friday, October 10, 2014

This week's podcast is filled with some real jerks, from controlling fathers to grumpy babysitters to abusive teachers. Enjoy!
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PRI's The World

Turks flout the law to compete in birdsong competitions

Friday, October 10, 2014

Back in the day, before people congregated in front of their TVs, they lived in large homes with courtyards, and the men would gather in each other’s gardens and listen to their pet birds sing.

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Slate Political Gabfest

The Live in San Francisco Superfest Edition

Friday, October 10, 2014

With MC Mike Pesca, the Political and Culture Gabfests team up to discuss California's recent "Yes Means Yes" legislation and the new wave of political TV shows. They also debate the merits of the Silicon Valley ethos and play a few rounds of Dictionary.

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The Takeaway

Banjos and Ballots: Mike Doughty Jams With John Hockenberry

Thursday, October 09, 2014

Mike Doughty, the former lead singer of Soul Coughing, jams with John Hockenberry on the banjo, and chats about being a liberal from a conservative family.

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All Things Considered

A Surprising Tie That Binds Hong Kong's Protest Leaders: Faith

Thursday, October 09, 2014

Many older activists were educated at missionary schools, which informs their sense of social and political justice. It's sure to be noticed by Beijing, which sees religion as a threat to its rule.

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PRI's The World

Transitioning to being a woman while serving in Afghanistan was like 'puberty in a combat zone'

Thursday, October 09, 2014

Jennifer was once named Edward, a hard-boiled Army sergeant and career soldier in the infantry. But now that her service is done and she's transitioned to being a woman, DOD policies keep her from taking full advantage of veterans benefits unless she reveals that she has transitioned from the other gender.

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Ebola, Outrage And The Killing Of A Dog

Thursday, October 09, 2014

Excalibur, a dog whose owner was diagnosed this week with Ebola, has been euthanized in Spain. Anthropologist Barbara J. King takes a look at the global response, urging compassion for all creatures.

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The Takeaway

A Banjo Star Returns To The Roots of Bluegrass

Thursday, October 09, 2014

Noam Pikelny describes himself on the fringe of bluegrass, but he's often considered the best banjo player in the world—a title locked in with the 2014 Banjo Player of the Year award.

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