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Actor Oscar Isaac on the Robert Takeover

Friday, April 10, 2015

Oscar Isaac, star of "Inside Llewyn Davis," "A Most Violent Year," and the upcoming "Star Wars" films, talks about his newest role in "Ex Machina."

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To the Best of Our Knowledge

Racial Paranoia

Friday, April 10, 2015

When you think about the accomplishments of the Civil Rights Movement and the last 50 years, it's tempting to think we've become a post-racial society. But University of Pennsylvania professor John Jackson Jr. believes we're seeing a new type of racial divide, characterized by distrust and paranoia.

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The Takeaway

Today's Takeaways: School Discipline, Silencing Gun Research & Game of Thrones

Friday, April 10, 2015

The Takeaway looks at a new investigation into police in schools, we explore NRA lobbying efforts, and we prepare you for the return of the hit series "Game of Thrones."

On The Media

Episodes 7 & 8: A Change in the Weather

Thursday, April 09, 2015

Brooke discusses the seventh and eighth episodes of House of Cards with Michael Waldman and John Dean.
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All Things Considered

Cultural Revolution-Meets-Aliens: Chinese Writer Takes On Sci-Fi

Thursday, April 09, 2015

Liu Cixin's science-packed, futuristic best-sellers explore the cosmos and offer commentary on current events. The first book in his trilogy has been translated into English.

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The Takeaway

Ballpark Figures: The Life of a Ballpark Vendor

Thursday, April 09, 2015

Next up in Ballpark Figures: Ted Berg, a former stands vendor at Shea Stadium, tells us what he did when a Yankee fan spit chewed hot dog at him.

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PRI's The World

This young Yemeni American is on a quest to bring coffee from the 'land of Mocha' to the world

Thursday, April 09, 2015

Hail to the Yemeni coffee bean, rebels and airstrikes be damned.

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The Takeaway

Moral Darwinism: The Surprising Evolution of Human Values

Thursday, April 09, 2015

In his latest book, Ian Morris, a professor of classics at Stanford University, argues that our moral values are actually a function of the ways society organizes itself to get energy.

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Morning Edition

Rome's Plan For Prostitutes Upsets Sex Workers And The Catholic Church

Thursday, April 09, 2015

One neighborhood is creating a "zone of tolerance" to confine prostitutes to certain areas. The community likes it and says it had to act because Italian society has failed to address the issue.

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Morning Edition

China's 'Barefoot Lawyer' And His Great Escape

Thursday, April 09, 2015

In his new book, exiled Chinese dissident Chen Guangcheng tells the story of growing up blind, being beaten under house arrest and finding refuge in the American Embassy in Beijing in 2012.

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The Takeaway

Today's Takeaways: ISIS Propaganda, Costly Gambles, and Evolving Human Values

Thursday, April 09, 2015

The Takeaway looks at new strategies being pursued by ISIS, an investigative report into Pentagon spending after 9/11, and the way our values change with the economy.

The Takeaway

Cracking the Code to the Iconic Song "American Pie"

Wednesday, April 08, 2015

What really happened "the day the music died"? The lyrics to “American Pie” were sold on Tuesday for over $1 million—and those lyrics could unlock the code to the song’s true meaning.

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On The Media

Episode 5: Marking Their Territory

Wednesday, April 08, 2015

Brooke discusses the fifth episode of House of Cards with Fred Kaplan and Patti Solis-Doyle.
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Internet Explorer

A Guide To Accidentally Becoming A Chinese Internet Celebrity

Wednesday, April 08, 2015

BuzzFeed editor Matt Stopera stops by the studio to talk about how he accidentally became one of the most massive celebrities in China. Then Ryan vents a little bit about April Fools' Day and shares some of his favorite dog vines. This episode pretty much has everything.

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The Takeaway

Today's Takeaways: Justice in South Carolina, The Brontosaurus Makes a Comeback, and Twins in Space

Wednesday, April 08, 2015

The Takeaway looks at the shooting death of Walter Scott, we explore new information about the Brontosaurus, and we chat with Astronaut Mike Kelly about his twin brother's space trip.

PRI's The World

LA's master mariachi tailor says sewing started out like a game for him

Tuesday, April 07, 2015

Some call him "El Maestro" — the master — but his real name is Jorge Tello. It’s a fitting title for a Los Angeles-based tailor known for crafting some of the most intricate suits around, those worn by Mexican mariachis. But Tello isn’t even from Mexico.

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Another Round

Episode 4: A Podcast of One's Own

Tuesday, April 07, 2015

Tracy talks about attending a Klan rally and we chat with Gene Demby, lead blogger at NPR’s Code Switch team, about the whiteness of the “public radio voice.”

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Pew: Japan And U.S. Respect Each Other And Distrust China

Tuesday, April 07, 2015

Japanese and Americans surveyed say they want the two nations to remain close, or get closer. And they share a suspicion of China.

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The Takeaway

Kristen Stewart on Growing Up and Growing Strong in Hollywood

Tuesday, April 07, 2015

"Twilight" made Kristen Stewart a megastar. And tougher indie projects like "The Clouds of Sils Maria" are making sure her star will continue to rise. 

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Ice Cream Activism

Monday, April 06, 2015

Commentator Tania Lombrozo renews her call for ice-cream-based activism in light of a petition for the creation of her proposed Ben & Jerry's flavor: Ruth Bader Ginger.

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