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A Valentine For People Living With Dementia

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Sometimes our loved ones who suffer from dementia surprise us — and teach us new lessons, as commentator Barbara J. King found out this week.

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The Takeaway

If the Digits Are Random, the Price Is Right

Thursday, February 12, 2015

For most people, ten bucks sounds prohibitively steep for a bottle of artisanal olive oil. But at $12.67, you're more likely to buy it. Here's how marketers are working us.

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The Takeaway

The Reunion of Tommy Tutone & 867-5309

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Tommy Tutone, one of the greatest one-hit wonder bands of all time, discusses their hit song "867-530/Jenny," before hitting the stage together for the first time in 30 years. 

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The Takeaway

Your TV Is Listening to You. And Messing With It Could Be a Felony.

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Your TV might be listening in on your conversations. Want to change it? Meddle with the technology on the TV, and it could be a felony under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act. 

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The Takeaway

Harper Lee's Sequel Brings Excitement & Worry

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Starling Lawrence, former editor-in-chief at W. W. Norton and a friend of Harper Lee, responds to the news that the author will publish a sequel to "To Kill a Mockingbird." 

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Should We Be Afraid Of Aliens?

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

The notion that other intelligences exist in the universe is pervasive in popular culture: Aliens are often portrayed as evil invaders. Astrophysicist Marcelo Gleiser ponders whether we should worry.

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Beauty in The Eyes of a Sightless Beholder

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

When you're blind, how do you define beauty? And is it important? UC Berkeley English Professor Georgina Kleege, who is blind, shares her thoughts. 

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PRI's The World

How this mortician wants to dispose of her body: Vultures

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Have you asked your loved one lately how they'd like to die? That's the conversation that mortician Caitlin Doughty would like to get started in America.

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What's in a Face? Exploring The 'Curse' of Beauty

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Amanda Filipacchi's novel "The Unfortunate Importance of Beauty," imagines a beautiful woman hiding under an elaborate disguise to make herself appear unattractive.

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The Takeaway

Report Claims Right-Wing Films Break the Box Office

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

According to conservative watchdog group Movieguide, conservative films made three times as much money as liberal ones last year: $71.49 million per movie versus $22.48 million per film.

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PRI's The World

What a Westerner found at a North Korean Film Festival

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Mitch Moxley got a chance to visit North Korea for eight days to attend the Pyongyang International Film Festival. Yes, the country does have a Film Festival.

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The Takeaway

Retired Army Pilot Urges Hollywood To Portray Veterans Fairly

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

A group called "Got Your 6" plans to certify the films that meet their criteria. 

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The Takeaway

Today's Takeaways: Medicine's Struggle, Veterans on Film, and The Curse of Beauty

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

The Takeaway looks at the struggle to provide end-of-life care, we explore how veterans are portrayed in Hollywood, and we discuss the unfortunate importance of beauty.

The Takeaway

What the 2015 Grammys Got Right and Wrong

Monday, February 09, 2015

The 57th annual Grammy Awards were last night, and the big winners were Sam Smith and Beck, while Taylor Swift had a rough time. Soundcheck's John Schaefer re-hashes how it played out.

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PRI's The World

How France used fashion to spread the message to vaccinate

Monday, February 09, 2015

In the 18th century, King Louis XVI underwent a highly controversial medical procedure: smallpox inoculation. To commemorate his new immunity, milliners in France concocted a new fashion. A historian says we need a gimmick like that today to help us through a measles outbreak.

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PRI's The World

Remembering the Japanese designer who was compelled to create something beautiful after seeing Hiroshima's devastation

Monday, February 09, 2015

Kenji Ekuan designed Tokyo's famous bullet train, but today he's being remembered for the signature bottle and red cap that may be sitting on your dining room table.

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PRI's The World

These Kurdish refugee women are proud owners of facial tattoos

Monday, February 09, 2015

Photographer Jodi Hilton visited a Syrian refugee camp last fall. And she came across something unexpected: beauty. Kurdish women there have facial tattoos, also known as "deq."

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The Sporkful

Dan Savage Recommends A Polyeaterous Lifestyle

Monday, February 09, 2015

What should you cook for breakfast the morning after? How can couples share power in the kitchen? We talk food and relationships with Dan Savage and Death, Sex and Money’s Anna Sale.

The Takeaway

The Ancient Origins of Modern Beauty

Monday, February 09, 2015

This week we're asking a simple question: What is beauty? Today we discuss the Greek notion of beauty, and how those ideas expanded across the Western world and still influence us today.

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The Takeaway

Today's Takeaways: Brian Williams, The 2015 Grammys, and Ideas of Beauty

Monday, February 09, 2015

The Takeaway looks at the controversy surrounding news anchor Brian Williams, we explore what the Grammy Awards got right and wrong, and we ask the question: What is beauty?