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The Takeaway

A Dingo Ate Her Baby, and America Found a Punchline

Monday, November 17, 2014

Coroners finally determined, 32 years after the fact, that a dingo did kill Lindy Chamberlain's daughter. But as Retro Report details, more people know the joke rather than the truth.

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Morning Edition

In A Dutch Town, A Glowing Bike Path Inspired By Van Gogh

Monday, November 17, 2014

A modern artist installed a high-tech brick path that glows in the starry night, an homage to one of Van Gogh's most famous paintings.

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Should Science End Humankind?

Monday, November 17, 2014

How ready are we to be completely replaced? Commentator Adam Frank says it's a question that has to be asked because we are, as a culture, rapidly pushing the enabling technologies forward right now.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

The Problems of "Straight White Men"

Monday, November 17, 2014

A new play confronts the privileges afforded to straight, white men.

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The Sporkful

Why A Turkey Is Like A Tube Of Toothpaste

Monday, November 17, 2014

Serious Eats' Kenji Lopez-Alt discusses the science of turkey cookery, Slate's L.V. Anderson talks vegetarian options, and OTM's Brooke Gladstone shows us how not to make dessert.

At A Tense Jerusalem Holy Site, Palestinians Stand Watch

Saturday, November 15, 2014

With tensions rising over a sacred hilltop in Jerusalem, Muslims "defenders" say they are protecting the holy site against Jewish activists. But critics say this is just contributing to the friction.

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The Takeaway

Mormon Church Confronts Its Uncomfortable Past

Friday, November 14, 2014

For the first time, the Mormon Church has officially acknowledged the full extent of prophet Joseph Smith’s polygamy. Is the church being forthcoming or is this just a cynical PR move? 

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The Dinner Party Download

Episode 279: Anjelica Huston, Gabrielle Hamilton, and Glyn Johns

Friday, November 14, 2014

Anjelica Huston talks about bad boys and leading ladies ... The difficulty of making a film in a warzone ... Chef and author Gabrielle Hamilton cooks what she knows ... You may not have heard of Glyn Johns, but you've probably heard the long list of ...

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The Dinner Party Download

Episode 279: Anjelica Huston, Gabrielle Hamilton, and Glyn Johns

Friday, November 14, 2014

Anjelica Huston talks about bad boys and leading ladies ... The difficulty of making a film in a warzone ... Chef and author Gabrielle Hamilton cooks what she knows ... You may not have heard of Glyn Johns, but you've probably heard the long list of ...

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The Dinner Party Download

Episode 279: Anjelica Huston, Gabrielle Hamilton, and Glyn Johns

Friday, November 14, 2014

Anjelica Huston talks about bad boys and leading ladies ... The difficulty of making a film in a warzone ... Chef and author Gabrielle Hamilton cooks what she knows ... You may not have heard of Glyn Johns, but you've probably heard the long list of ...

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The Takeaway

Erasing Religious Holidays From School Calendars

Friday, November 14, 2014

A Maryland Muslim community asked its school board to recognize Muslim holidays. Instead, the board voted to strip the school calendar of religious holiday references.

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The Takeaway

'The Theory of Everything,' 'Foxcatcher,' 'Beyond the Lights,' 'Dumb and Dumber To,' Sweatpants & Listener Mail

Friday, November 14, 2014

If you doubted it was Oscar season, we have two words for you: "Dumb and Dumber To."
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PRI's The World

Napoleon's hat and other collectibles go up for auction — to fund palace repairs in Monaco

Friday, November 14, 2014

Ever needed to raise a bit of cash to do some home renovations? Prince Albert of Monaco is doing just that — auctioning off more than 1,000 personal items formerly belonging to French Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte so that he can pay for refurbishments to the royal palace.

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The Takeaway

The Five Best Things Online This Week

Friday, November 14, 2014

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

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The Takeaway

Today's Takeaways: GruberGate, Accountability in a Mine Disaster, and a School Holidays Controversy

Friday, November 14, 2014

The Takeaway looks at a gaffe made by an architect of Obamacare, the indictment of Massey Energy's former CEO, and a controversy over school holidays.

The Science Of 'Interstellar'

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Few, if any, movies have been this faithful to science and still managed to tell a gripping tale, says commentator Marcelo Gleiser — though some liberties are taken at points.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Books That Changed My Mind: The List

Thursday, November 13, 2014

The books that changed Brian Lehrer Show listeners' minds.
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All Things Considered

The Rare Place Where Israelis And Iranians Play Together

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Iran and Israel are sworn enemies, but Germany is neutral ground where people from those countries can collaborate musically. Sistanagila, an Israeli-Iranian ensemble, is doing just that.

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All Things Considered

Who's That Lebanese Man With A Beard: Hipster Or Jihadi?

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Hipsters in Beirut have a problem. Their long, lustrous beards are getting them mistaken for Islamist extremists and drawing unwanted scrutiny from the security forces.

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Morning Edition

The Jewish Divide Over Jerusalem's Most Sensitive Holy Site

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Israeli policy bars Jews from praying on the Temple Mount, the Jerusalem hilltop sacred to Jews and Muslims. But some rabbis and right-wing politicians are increasingly challenging the ban.

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