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This winter, we could all use a little Holi

Friday, March 06, 2015

Holi is a Hindu festival in northern India that celebrates the coming of spring on the lunar calendar. Celebrants spray each other with colors. It can get pretty raucous. Indian-American writer Deepak Singh remembers Holi as a kid in Lucknow, and thinks about what it would be like to celebrate at his current home, in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

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The Takeaway

Movie Date: Films to See & Avoid This Weekend

Friday, March 06, 2015

The Movie Date team, Rafer Guzman and Kristen Meinzer, review three of this week's big movie releases: "The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel," "Chappie," and "Unfinished Business."

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Evolution And Airplane Security

Friday, March 06, 2015

In recent years, airplane service carts have found a new role in security. It's a striking example of the sort of co-adaptation that is often at work in natural biological evolution, says Alva Noë.

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The Takeaway

Humans Are Made of Stardust: Discoveries From Exploring The Cosmos

Thursday, March 05, 2015

Do you dream of exploring the cosmos? NASA Astronomer Natalie Batalha tell us what it's like to be an exoplaneteer—and what it'll be like for humanity as we venture into the universe.

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On The Media

#48 -- Art Critics Love Us On Yelp

Thursday, March 05, 2015

What happens when a professional critic reviews art on Yelp?
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The Takeaway

The Dynamics of a Family Band

Thursday, March 05, 2015

Does talent run in the family? It does for the Durham's. Kitty, Daisy and Lewis discuss their creative process and the dynamics of a family band. 

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The Takeaway

The Politics of Religious Holidays & School Breaks

Thursday, March 05, 2015

Muslim-Americans campaigning for school days off on holy holidays got a victory in New York. Other communities have recently struck religious holidays from the calendar. Who's right?

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In Israel, A Vote To Choose A Leader And An Identity

Thursday, March 05, 2015

Israel is a small country with an extremely diverse population. NPR's Emily Harris spoke to five very different Israelis about their hopes for the election and the kind of country they want to see.

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Winter Zen: Taking A Cue From Snow Monkeys

Thursday, March 05, 2015

Famous already for epic snowstorms, winter 2015 isn't done with us yet. Anthropologist Barbara J. King says she found much-needed calm in this film of Japanese snow monkeys coping with winter.

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Morning Edition

In Berlin, Grassroots Efforts Work To Integrate Inner-City Schools

Thursday, March 05, 2015

In parts of the city, racial segregation in schools is often a reality. But small parent-led initiatives — one immigrant-led, one native-led — have been working to change perceptions and enrollment.

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All Things Considered

Many French Muslims Find Lives Of Integration, Not Separation

Wednesday, March 04, 2015

Despite a minority suspected of holding extremist views, the vast majority of French Muslims say they feel fully integrated into society. France has the largest number of Muslims in Western Europe.

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PRI's The World

This Louisiana radio station likes their news 'en Franglais'

Wednesday, March 04, 2015

For more than half a century, one small commercial radio station has been keeping French alive in the bayous of Louisiana.

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The Takeaway

What A Habitable Moon Would Look Like

Wednesday, March 04, 2015

It's possible that we might not find extrasolar life on another planet, but on a moon. The Takeaway explores what it would take to create a habitable moon around a Jupiter-sized planet.

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All Things Considered

In France, Young Muslims Often Straddle Two Worlds

Tuesday, March 03, 2015

An estimated 40 percent of France's 7 million Muslims live in and around Paris, many of them in the poor suburbs. It's hard to escape the banlieues, even for those who work or attend school elsewhere.

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The Takeaway

I Parasailed Planet KOI 314.02 And All I Got Was This Lousy T-Shirt

Tuesday, March 03, 2015

The Takeaway returns to another "Earth-like" exoplanet. This time, we take light steps on a low-gravity world called KOI 314.02.

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The Takeaway

Today's Takeaways: Law Enforcement Reform, Campus Due Process, and Other Worldly Exoplanets

Tuesday, March 03, 2015

The Takeaway looks at two new initiatives from the Department of Justice, sexual violence on college campuses, and the planet KOI 314.02.

All Things Considered

Britain's Muslims Still Feel The Need To Explain Themselves

Monday, March 02, 2015

Many young Muslims say they feel part of their communities in Britain but have to deal with a range of misconceptions.

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PRI's The World

Some Italians are demanding their English-speaking leaders 'say it in Italian'

Monday, March 02, 2015

Italy's youngest-ever prime minister, Matteo Renzi, likes to use English phrases to describe his political and economic reforms. His use of Italian peppered with English is enough to spark a campaign urging Italian politicians to "say it in Italian."

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The Takeaway

Could Humans Survive On Kepler-438b?

Monday, March 02, 2015

One of NASA's favorite planetary candidates for habitability is Kepler-438b. But even an "Earth-like" planet like Kepler-438b is still pretty alien.

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PRI's The World

After more than a decade, Iraq's national treasures go back on display

Monday, March 02, 2015

Last week, a group of ISIS fighters destroyed ancient statues and artifacts in the museum of Mosul. Iraqi government responded on Sunday by re-opening the Baghdad Museum, giving people in Baghdad their first glimpse of national treasures in more than a decade.

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