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Fela Kuti: Firebrand, Innovator, and Rebel

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Political firebrand, musical innovator, Nigerian folk-hero, rebel, and global icon: Fela Kuti was a figure eminently of his time and also someone who was entirely ahead of his time. The story of Fela Kuti's journey is the subject of a new documentary.

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The Takeaway

Sharknado: The Making of a Cult Classic

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Just when you thought it was safe to go back on Twitter, "Sharknado 2: The Second One" hit the small screen last night. The film is the sequel to the cult film and Twitter phenomenon "Sharknado." 

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Fishko Files

Let There Be Light

Thursday, July 31, 2014

As World War Two was ending in the mid 1940s, John Huston began to make a film for the US Army on veterans who’d been psychologically damaged in battle. As WNYC’s Sara Fishko tells us, the film “Let There Be Light” was filled with gripping footage of ailing veterans.  But the film never saw the light of day until thirty-five years later.  Here is this Fishko Files (first aired in April 2012)…

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The Takeaway

Lessons From My Jewish Mother & Palestinian Father

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

The daughter of a Palestinian father and a Jewish mother, Claire Hajaj's expertise on the conflict between Israelis and Palestinians is personal. Her new novel is based on the story of her parents who met and fell in love at at British university in the summer of 1967 as the conflict between Israelis and Palestinians raged on.

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The Takeaway

The Price of Chocolate is Rising

Monday, July 28, 2014

Earlier this year, we reported that shortages of limes, avocados, and pork have sent prices of margaritas, guacamole, and bacon sky high. And now the unthinkable: Mars and Hershey have announced that they will be increasing the prices of chocolate products price by seven and eight percent, respectively. How will we cope?

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A Celebration Of Cheap Thrills At The Whitney

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Commentator Alva Noë takes in the Jeff Koons retrospective at the Whitney and says it's an impressive display of this hyper-successful, visionary artist's work. But that's not all he says.

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When Cities Become Science, Where Does Art Fit In?

Saturday, July 26, 2014

As big data pushes us toward a full-blown quantitative science of cities, a unique project in Rochester, New York, has commentator Adam Frank appreciating the role of public art in urban living.

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WNYC News

Weekend Staff Picks: Blogologues, Euryanthe & Swing

Saturday, July 26, 2014

The show Blogologues, featuring the skit "Text from Dog," is just one of the events recommended by our colleagues this weekend.

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The Takeaway

"Magic in the Moonlight," "And So It Goes," "Lucy," and Movie Therapy

Friday, July 25, 2014

In this week's Movie Date podcast, Rafer and Kristen review Woody Allen's new romantic comedy, "Magic in the Moonlight," Rob Reiner's "And So It Goes," and the new Scarlett Johansson sci-fi flick, "Lucy." They also offer some Move Therapy to a listener who's recovering from cancer, and in need of films that don't mention cancer. And, as usual, there's trivia!

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The Takeaway

How to Cope When the News is Grim

Friday, July 25, 2014

It's been one of those weeks where the bad news just kept piling on: Gaza, Ukraine, plane crashes and an ebola outbreak, just to name a few. Sometimes, simply taking a vacation from the news seems like the only way to preserve some sanity.

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The Takeaway

Plagiarism: From High School to Congress

Friday, July 25, 2014

The advent of the internet has had a profound impact on the rate of student plagiarism. From high school to graduate school, the impulse to copy-paste a sentence here and a paragraph there has only grown over the last few decades. 

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The Takeaway

Feminist Icons: From Rosie the Riveter to Beyoncé

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Just how flawless of an icon was "Rosie" herself?  And is it time we put aside the propaganda and found some new feminist icons? 

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The Takeaway

Everything is Awesome: How Lego Sails the Seas

Thursday, July 24, 2014

In 1997, 62 containers of Legos washed off a ship—and they’ve been showing up on the beaches of Cornwall, England ever since. American Oceanographer Curtis Ebbesmeyer has been following these Legos over time. 

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Morning Edition

Despite Mideast Turmoil, More French Jews Are Moving To Israel

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Anti-Semitism in France and across Europe is fueling emigration, Jews say. One father whose son is leaving says, "France is no longer the beautiful country it was."

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The Takeaway

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

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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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