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Koreatown's 'ghostbusters' usher in good luck for the Year of the Goat

Monday, March 02, 2015

If you go to LA's Koreatown neighborhood at the Lunar New Year, it's hard to miss the loud and colorful drumming crew parading the streets wishing good luck to local businesses. It's now a beloved tradition, but it wasn't always that way.

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The Takeaway

Red Baraat Live at The Takeaway!

Monday, March 02, 2015

It's not everyday that we have a live soundtrack for the news.

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The Sporkful

The Moist Towelette Museum Is A Thing

Monday, March 02, 2015

Dan talks to the Moist Towelette Museum's curator, then discusses whether napkin color affects meal enjoyment and whether restaurants should be banned from using scented hand soap.

In Israel, Jewish Divorce Is Granted Only By Husband's Permission

Sunday, March 01, 2015

An Israeli film playing in the U.S. shows how rabbinical rules regulating Jewish divorces in Israel can trap women. Rabbinical judges have taken the highly unusual step of seeing the film themselves.

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A German Muslim Asks His Compatriots: 'What Do You Want To Know?'

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Inside his dentist's office, Sadiqu al-Mousllie is treated like any other German. It's different when the Syrian-born man steps outside. He's trying to fight Islamophobia, one question at a time.

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The Dinner Party Download

Episode 294: Jason Schwartzman, Weezer, Barbara Kruger, Tenacious D

Friday, February 27, 2015

Encore Broadcast: Actor Jason Schwartzman – star of the new film "Listen Up Philip" – pits his ego against Brendan's... A soundtrack from Weezer's Rivers Cuomo inspires hand-holding... Iconoclastic artist Barbara Kruger points and doesn't shoot.. ...

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The Takeaway

Con Artists, Bringing Back the Dead, and Vampires in their Downtime

Friday, February 27, 2015

In this week's podcast, there are a lot of heavy topics and lousy movies. But on the bright side, Jemaine Clement, of Flight of the Conchords fame, stops by to talk about his new film!  
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PRI's The World

Experts watch in horror as Islamic State fighters destroy ancient artifacts

Friday, February 27, 2015

A video emerged this week that shows Islamic State fighters destroying artifacts in Mosul, Iraq, dating back thousands of years.

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PRI's The World

Leonard Nimoy, 'Star Trek''s Spock, dies at 83

Friday, February 27, 2015

Leonard Nimoy, most famous for playing Spock in the original "Star Trek" TV show and many of the franchise's movies, died on Friday at the age of 83

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The Takeaway

Jemaine Clement of Flight of the Conchords on His New Comedy-Horror Mockumentary

Friday, February 27, 2015

The new mockumentary focuses on the less glamorous side of vampire life. Called "What We Do in the Shadows," Clement co-wrote, co-directed & stars in it with Oscar nominee Taika Waikiti.

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After 6,000 Years, Time For A Renovation At Iraq's Citadel

Friday, February 27, 2015

The Citadel, at the heart of the Kurdish city of Erbil, has been inhabited for six millennia. Now, amid war and destruction, it's undergoing a much-needed restoration and upgrade of city services.

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The Takeaway

The Best Five Things Online This Week

Friday, February 27, 2015

Every Friday, Sean Rameswaram, a producer with Studio 360 and host of the podcast Sideshow, rounds up the week in internet phenomena.

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PRI's The World

Two Pakistani sisters out-Bieber the Bieb

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Two teenage sisters have become web — and now TV — sensations by singing songs from their hero: Justin Bieber.

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A Toxic Stew: Risks To Women Of Public Feminism

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Threats to physical and emotional well-being often assail women who publicly avow their feminism, says anthropologist Barbara J. King.

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The Takeaway

The Fight Against Digital Dead Zones

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Forget streaming Netflix—many children in Western Massachusetts sit in cars in library parking lots in order to access wifi to complete homework assignments. 

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All Things Considered

Jordan's Fuzzy Definition Of Free Speech

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

The government says free expression can combat radicalization. Yet a military court recently sentenced a man to 18 months in prison for a Facebook post deemed insulting to the United Arab Emirates.

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PRI's The World

How Doctor Who's David Tennant distorted time for the BBC's radio audience

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

David Tennant is already famous in the United Kingdom for his performance on Doctor Who, a long-running BBC sci-fi show. Now he's made history on another popular British program of a very different kind.

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The Man Who Turned Life Into Magic

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Oliver Sacks is a rare soul-reader among us — and we are blessed to have him as a listener, at once scribe and bard of the human condition, says commentator Marcelo Gleiser.

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New Tech City

Ethical Questions for Your Inner Couch Potato

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

The creators of the web video "High Maintenance" tell us how they choose what to stream online. Plus: how they feel about paywalls, sharing Netflix passwords, and what they smoke on set.

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PRI's The World

Car-lovers mourn Yutaka Katayama, father of the classic 'Z' sports line

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

He wanted an affordable sports car for the everyday man. Katayama, known as Mr. K, turned the Datsun car company into a household name and touted the smooth-riding 'Z.'

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