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Designing Outdoor Play With Creativity in Mind

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Playgrounds are much safer and calmer in today's age of concerned parents and lawsuit-fearing school districts, and when kids want to play outside their options are sometimes limited. Architect David Rockwell weighs in on the future of playgrounds. 

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Hot All Over: Your Calls from Cultures of Heat

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Listeners from hot climates around the world share how the weather has influenced local cultures, from architecture to food. Tell us your story of living with heat — anywhere in the world. What do you remember about living a lifestyle of a really hot culture? Call us at 212-433-9692, that's 212-433-WNYC.

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Rituals That Work And Why

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Are rituals a sign of human irrationality? Commentator Tania Lombrozo turns to Egyptian pyramids, World Cup quirks and Indonesian birds to help explain why rituals sometimes actually work.

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WNYC News

Weekend Staff Picks: Fire, Ice Cream & Brazilian Music

Saturday, July 19, 2014

WNYC

Eclectic performances by dancers from all genres will appear on a makeshift stage on the water, with the Great South Bay and the setting sun as the backdrop, at The Fire Island Dance Festival.

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The Takeaway

"Sex Tape," "Planes: Fire and Rescue," "The Purge: Anarchy," and Special Guest Mandy Patinkin

Friday, July 18, 2014

Broadway veteran, film actor, and "Homeland" star Mandy Patinkin joins the Movie Date podcast to talk about his new film, "Wish I Was Here," and about what all his projects have in common. Plus, reviews of "Sex Tape," "Planes: Fire and Rescue," and "The Purge: Anarchy."

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Ocean Waves As You Have Never Seen Them Before

Thursday, July 17, 2014

It's summer, and inviting waves are breaking on the beach. Through the photographic artistry of Clark Little, Barbara J. King invites you to see shorebreak waves in gorgeous new ways.

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Fishko Files

Last Tango

Thursday, July 17, 2014

In this archival edition of Fishko Files, WNYC’s Sara Fishko recalls one inflammatory  film of 1972, starring Marlon Brando, that was proclaimed a game-changer for movies.  Was it?  Here is the next Fishko Files...

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The Takeaway

A Tale of a Public Health Crisis — Insomnia

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

From Karen Russell, Pulitzer finalist and author of the bestseller Swamplandia!, the novel Sleep Donation imagines an epidemic of sleeplessness in the near future.

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Morning Edition

The Grandes Dames Of The Sea Ply The Tuscan Waters

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

A most unusual regatta recently celebrated vintage yachts, some more than 100 years old, and a time when sailing the oceans depended on well-trained crews with little more than compass and sextant.

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The Takeaway

Today's Takeaways: Manipulating The Internet, The Darkest Material Known to Man, and A Dystopian Future

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

1. A British Spy Agency is Manipulating the Internet | 2. White House Introduces New Climate Measures | 3. Scientists Invent the World's Darkest Material | 4. The Takeaway Book Club: 'Sleep Donation'

The Takeaway

Nadine Gordimer's Impact on South African Writing

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Looking back on the life of Nobel Prize-winning novelist Nadine Gordimer, who died on Sunday at age 90, it's immediately apparent how much of a complete iconoclast she was in her lifetime. Her impact on future generations of writers in the country has been profound.

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The Takeaway

Has President Obama Done Enough for Minorities?

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Some African-American leaders feel that President Obama has done next to nothing for their community — or even made things worse. But is it too late now to change course?

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The Takeaway

Today's Takeaways: The Challenges of Symbolic and Tangible Change in Politics

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

1. The Obama Presidency: Too Little, Too Late For Minority Communities? | 2. The New High-Tech Political Tools Every Voter Should Know About | 3. Nadine Gordimer's Lasting Impact on South African Writing | 4. The Symbolism & Politics of Geraldine Ferraro

The Takeaway

Hemingway's Grandson Restores Never-Seen Elements to "The Sun Also Rises"

Monday, July 14, 2014

A new version of "The Sun Also Rises" includes lost chapters and extensive revisions, giving an altogether new portrait of Papa's creative process.

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Sex, Death And Evolution ... Nursery Rhyme Style

Monday, July 14, 2014

What we need is a children's song about natural selection: sex, death and all. Commentator Tania Lombrozo takes up the challenge with her debut of "Five Violet Spiders."

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The Takeaway

"Life Itself," "Boyhood," "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes"

Friday, July 11, 2014

Rafer and Kristen grapple with serious questions about life and death as they review "Life Itself," "Boyhood," and "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes." "Life Itself" looks at the life and final days of the esteemed film critic Roger Ebert. Richard Linklater's "Boyhood" was shot over the course of twelve years, using all the same cast members, and tells the story of one family, and their son in particular. And "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes" continues the story of humans versus nature which began in the 2011 film "Rise of the Planet of the Apes."

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Fishko Files

Lee Grant's 12 Years on the Hollywood Blacklist: 'Rage is a Good Word'

Thursday, July 10, 2014

The Oscar-winning actress says writing her memoir, I Said Yes to Everything, helped her make peace with losing the prime years of her career to the paranoia of the McCarthy era.

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WNYC News

Spiders Move Back into the Museum of Natural History

Thursday, July 03, 2014

WNYC

Get up close and personal with some exotic arachnids.

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The Takeaway

"Earth to Echo," "America," "Tammy"

Thursday, July 03, 2014

In this week's Movie Date podcast, Rafer and Kristen celebrate America's birthday with movies that may or may not leave you bored on the Fourth of July. The new releases for Independence Day include: "Earth To Echo," "America," and "Tammy." Raafer and Kristen also help Hillary Frank, host of WNYC's podcast, The Longest Shortest Time, with some Movie Therapy for new moms. And, as always, there's Movie Trivia!

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The Takeaway

The Life & Legacy of Roger Ebert

Thursday, July 03, 2014

A new documentary called "Life Itself" shows renowned film critic and screenwriter Roger Ebert in the last four months of his life. Today Roger's wife Chaz Ebert and director Steve James weigh in on Roger's the life and legacy of Robert, and the new film.

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