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Italian Architects Look To Replicate NY High Line Success In Rome

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

The pedestrian and cyclist path would make use of a one-mile stretch of abandoned, elevated concrete track. "You are still in the city," Renzo Piano says, "but you are flying above the city."

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All Things Considered

Via Satellite, Tracking The Plunder Of Middle East Cultural History

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

ISIS militants now control the long-running black market in stolen artifacts. Experts are tracking damage to heritage sites in Iraq and Syria by satellite and doing what little they can to stop it.

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The Takeaway

Hollywood's Competition: China's Booming Film Industry

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

The film industry is booming in China. In February, China's domestic box office revenue surpassed that of the U.S. for the first time. 

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Morning Edition

Portugal Beckons Tourists With Sun, History And ... Slums

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Forget the cathedrals and wine houses that have made Porto, Portugal, famous. A new guided tour takes visitors to back alleys and boarded-up businesses — the effects of Europe's economic crisis.

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Morning Edition

Saudi Girls Can Now Take Gym Class, But Not Everyone Is Happy

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Saudi Arabia has agreed to introduce physical education for girls in its gender-segregated public schools. But there's opposition from hard-liners.

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Morning Edition

Architect Renzo Piano: The Future Of Europe's Cities Is In The Suburbs

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

In the 1960s and '70s, Piano was involved in the battle to revive decaying historic centers of cities. Now the Pritzker Prize-winning architect is fighting to save their often desolate outskirts.

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The Takeaway

Ethan Hawke on Mentorship, Artistic Identity and Directing

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Ethan Hawke discusses his latest project, "Seymour: An Introduction," a documentary about the life and work of pianist Seymour Bernstein. 

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PRI's The World

An alleged murder mystery shocks the dog show world

Monday, March 09, 2015

One of the world's biggest dog shows is reeling after a top contender died — possibly poisoned. The owners of a three-year-old Irish setter named Jagger believe their dog was murdered with poisoned food after competing at the Crufts dog show.

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The Takeaway

A Passionate Call to Leave Zoos Behind

Monday, March 09, 2015

Zoos have a long history. But Outside Magazine contributor Tim Zimmerman argues that zoos are bad for animals and don't do much good for people, either.

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The Takeaway

From the Pocket Watch to the Smart Watch: A Short History of Timekeeping

Monday, March 09, 2015

If you're a little tired today, it might be because it's the first Monday after daylight saving time. We trace the history of standardized time and the rise of portable timepieces. 

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The Takeaway

How an 8-Year-Old Girl Became Queen of The Crows

Monday, March 09, 2015

What happens when some neighborhood crows befriend a little girl in Seattle? You might be surprised. 

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The Sporkful

True Crime: Investigating An Office Fridge Food Theft

Monday, March 09, 2015

It’s Elkhart, Indiana, 2001. Two inches of Heather Coleman's turkey club disappear from her office fridge. The thief is nowhere to be found. And Heather’s life will never be the same.

A Swiss Town, A Casino Fire And 'Smoke On The Water'

Sunday, March 08, 2015

This lakeside town of Montreux just hosted talks on Iran's nuclear program. But music fans know it for its rich musical heritage, including a starring role in "Smoke On The Water."

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To the Best of Our Knowledge

Gender and Race on the Runway

Sunday, March 08, 2015

A lot of people dismiss fashion as frivolous, but Media Studies professor Minh-Ha Pham says it's a great lens through which to study race, gender and class politics. "Fashion and so many other kinds of culture and practices that are traditionally associated with women... are often seen as frivolous," she says, and "that dismissal of fashion is linked to a larger, a broader sexism in our culture."

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To the Best of Our Knowledge

Jacki Lyden on Why Fashion Matters

Sunday, March 08, 2015

"If you ask NPR audiences, 'Do you care about fashion..?' Ninety-five percent of them said 'No.' But if you ask them, 'Do you care about culture?' Ninety-five say 'Yes.'" Jacki Lyden is perhaps best known for her reporting from wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. But in a new project, she's turned her attention to fashion. Here's why.

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For A French Rabbi And His Muslim Team, There's Work To Be Done

Saturday, March 07, 2015

Rabbi Michel Serfaty and his Muslim assistants work in poor neighborhoods where many residents are immigrants from Islamic countries. January's terror attacks only made him more determined.

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The Dinner Party Download

Episode 295: Dev Patel, Dave Barry, Lady Lamb

Friday, March 06, 2015

This week: "Chappie" star Dev Patel on acting alongside robots and Dames... Dave Barry brings a machete to our etiquette segment... Author Tania James sees life (and loss) through the eyes of a child elephant... Singer Lady Lamb makes a playlist for ...

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The Dinner Party Download

Episode 295: Dev Patel, Dave Barry, Lady Lamb

Friday, March 06, 2015

This week: "Chappie" star Dev Patel on acting alongside robots and Dames... Dave Barry brings a machete to our etiquette segment... Author Tania James sees life (and loss) through the eyes of a child elephant... Singer Lady Lamb makes a playlist for ...

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The Takeaway

A Less-Than-Best Hotel, Horrible Robots, and Cult Members on the Loose

Friday, March 06, 2015

In this week's podcast, Rafer and Kristen review "Chappie" and "The Second Best Marigold Hotel." They also dive into Tina Fey's new Netflix series, "The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt." 
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PRI's The World

'When I heard that ISIS is bulldozing the ancient city of Nimrud, I cried'

Friday, March 06, 2015

Iraq says ISIS has begun bulldozing the ancient city of Nimrud, once the capital of the Assyrian Empire, near Mosul. If true, it would be an enormous loss and an attack on the shared heritage of humanity.

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