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Not Too Much, Not Too Little: Sweden, In A Font

Sunday, February 08, 2015

Sweden's government commissioned a typeface to represent the country on websites and elsewhere. The result, the designers of Swedish Sans say, reflects the clean and easygoing Scandinavian aesthetic.

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To the Best of Our Knowledge

Dangerous Idea: Do Not Write For Free

Sunday, February 08, 2015

Writer and activist Yasmin Nair's Dangerous Idea? Writers should always 

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To the Best of Our Knowledge

MFA or NYC?

Sunday, February 08, 2015

Chad Harbach is a cofounder and coeditor of the literary magazine N+1. A few years ago, he penned a widely circulated essay looking at the rise of creative writing MFA programs in the US. He believes they're creating a distinctly new literary culture, with its own set of motivations and goals.

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To the Best of Our Knowledge

The Decline of the Creative Class

Sunday, February 08, 2015

It's not just writers that are struggling to make a living these days. Artists and other creative types are also feeling the pinch, especially as more and more businesses that support them disappear — think indie record stores or bookstores. Scott Timberg is a writer who believes the arts economy is collapsing. He tells Sara Nics that if the trend continues, the only artists who'll surive are those at the very top.

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The Takeaway

'Jupiter Ascending,' 'Mr. Turner,' 'Lovesick,' 'Spongebob,' 'Seventh Son,' Movie Therapy & Sweatpants!

Friday, February 06, 2015

It's a jam-packed week at the Movie Date podcast, as Rafer and Kristen take on 'Jupiter Ascending,' 'Mr. Turner,' 'Lovesick,' 'Spongebob,' 'Seventh Son,' Movie Therapy & Sweatpants!
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The Dinner Party Download

Episode 291: Eddie Redmayne, Issa Rae, Andrew Jarecki

Friday, February 06, 2015

Eddie Redmayne reveals his egg-y fears ... Issa Rae gives tips for shutting down awkward asks ... Why not leaving a tip might be the nicest thing you can do for a waiter ... Swedish star Seinabo Sey warms us up ... A documentarian tells us why audien ...

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Getting Caught Up In Telling Stories

Friday, February 06, 2015

The revelation that NBC's Brian Williams lied about his experiences as a reporter in Iraq shouldn't shock us, says commentator Alva Noë. Williams was just doing what he's paid to do — entertain us.

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New Tech City

Challenge 5: One Small Observation

Friday, February 06, 2015

For today's challenge, we want you to take note of one person, object, or interesting, uninventable detail you would have missed if your nose were glued to your phone.

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PRI's The World

Argentine president in China to negotiate deals on 'lice and petloleum'

Thursday, February 05, 2015

Tweeting in Spanish during her state visit to China, Argentina's president made fun of Chinese accents and caused a furor on social media.

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All Things Considered

Decades After His Murder, An Archbishop Is Put On Path To Sainthood

Thursday, February 05, 2015

Pope Francis has declared slain Archbishop Oscar Romero a martyr. Previous popes declined to do so, possibly because of Romero's role in liberation theology.

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PRI's The World

A story on Russian immigrants in Hawaii prompts a reader's tale

Thursday, February 05, 2015

Reporter Alina Simone's story on Russian immigrants in Hawaii caught the eye of one of our readers, who recognized her great-grandmother in one of the photos.

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Fishko Files

Post-War Painters

Thursday, February 05, 2015

In this edition of Fishko Files, WNYC’s Sara Fishko hears tales from postwar painters.

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The Takeaway

Tavi Gevinson: Taking Back the Online Conversation

Wednesday, February 04, 2015

With the online magazine "Rookie," Tavi Gevinson curates an online community for young women—a magazine many older women wish they'd had in their teen years.  

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PRI's The World

Curtain still rises for opera in a battle-scarred Ukrainian city

Tuesday, February 03, 2015

Amid the intense gun battles, the lack of food and medicine that teeters on becoming a humanitarian crisis — there is one bright light. And that's at the Donetsk Opera House, where cast and crew still put on performances and audiences still attend.

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The Takeaway

Autism, All Grown Up

Tuesday, February 03, 2015

For adults with autism, it can be difficult to find services and programs to help navigate the world and job market. 

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PRI's The World

What the bleep? It's Mumbai, not Bombay

Tuesday, February 03, 2015

Singer/songwriter Mihir Joshi was surprised when Indian censors cited him for using offensive language in his recently released track, "Sorry." The word in question: Bombay.

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Morning Edition

The Oscar Nominees Are In; The Shanghai DVD Sellers Are Stocking Up

Tuesday, February 03, 2015

The Academy Awards are coming this month and if you're still trying to see all the nominated films, it may be easier to find them in China than the U.S. As long as you don't mind the pirated version.

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The Takeaway

Today's Takeaways: A Russian Flash Point, Women in Power, and Austism Grows Up

Tuesday, February 03, 2015

The Takeaway explores the escalating conflict in Ukraine, the number of women in Congressional leadership positions, and services for autistic adults.

The Takeaway

How Public Radio Listeners Reacted to the Super Bowl's Wild Ending

Monday, February 02, 2015

With the utmost graciousness. In this audio essay, hear remarkably kind words from fans of both the Seahawks and the Patriots, who seemed more interested in camaraderie than the score.

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The Sporkful

Calls: Life Without Menus, Engineering A Better Jelly Donut, and Storing Peanuts In Your Cheeks

Monday, February 02, 2015

Listeners call in to confess their quirkiest eating habits and desires. But if we’re all weird, doesn’t that make us all normal?