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Board Games That Bored Gamers

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Strolling through the board games of yesteryear we find some that succeeded and some that faded away.

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How Snobbery Helped Take The Spice Out Of European Cooking

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Complex, contrasting flavors are a hallmark of Indian cooking. They used to dominate Western food, too. What changed? When spices became less exclusive, Europe's elite revamped their cuisines.

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Soundcheck

Pierre Boulez Picks 10 Great Works of the 20th Century

Thursday, March 26, 2015

On the occasion of the great composer's 90th birthday, listen to the performances that he thinks are the most important of the last century. 

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Fishko Files

Robin Hood

Thursday, March 26, 2015

WNYC’s Sara Fishko takes us back to one memorable version of Robin Hood that contains some peculiar twists of history and mystery

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All Things Considered

Heinz And Kraft: Before They Were Food Giants, They Were Men

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Henry Heinz was big into pickles before ketchup came along. James Kraft gave the world American cheese. (Ironically, he was Canadian.) Now, two companies that revamped how we eat will become one.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

The Controversial History - and Present - of Sex Education

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Teaching sex education to kids in school has never exactly been smooth sailing. Author Jonathan Zimmerman traces the history of the controversial subject.

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The Takeaway

Today's Takeaways: Conversations on Family, Health and War

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

The Takeaway explores a new initiative on birth records in Ohio, the hard decisions faced by people with a high risk of cancer, and the emotional toll of war for U.S. veterans.

Radiolab

Los Frikis

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

The story of how punk rock’s arrival in Cuba allowed a small band of outsiders to sentence themselves to death and set themselves free.
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From A Congresswoman To A 'Queen,' Girl's Dress-Up Photo Series Rolls On

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Photos of 5-year-old Lily Bushelle dressed up as heroines of African-American history have gone viral. Her family is finding new icons to continue their series.

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Old-Timey Slang: 'Polking' Was A Vulgar Word

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Slang words come and go — and some stay on forever.

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The Takeaway

Lost Tennessee Williams Horror Story Surfaces

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

The Strand Magazine's Andrew Gulli is something of a detective when it comes to lost literature. His latest discovery is a never-before published horror story by Tennessee Williams.

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The Takeaway

Struggling With the Right to Die Years After Kevorkian

Monday, March 23, 2015

The man known as Dr. Death got the nation talking about doctor-assisted suicide. Now some states have laws allowing the practice. 

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The Takeaway

Today's Takeaways: Samantha Power, Meaning in The Stars, & Tranquility in Taxes

Monday, March 23, 2015

The Takeaway talks with the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, a physicist stops by to explain his latest research, and we look at the legacy of David Foster Wallace.

Specials

A Latino History of Hip-Hop

Monday, March 23, 2015

Latino USA presents the first of a two-part series on how Latinos and New York City have influenced hip-hop: from MCing to DJing, graffiti and break dancing.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

The Instigators, and Losers, of The First World War

Monday, March 23, 2015

A WWI story from the perspectives of its instigators and losers, the Germans and Austro-Hungarians.

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Decades Before YouTube, Video Pioneers Captured Turbulent Era

Sunday, March 22, 2015

In the pre-digital age, shooting video was unwieldy and expensive. But in the late 1960s, storytellers calling themselves "Videofreex" used the first portable video recorders to film a changing world.

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Might A Brush With Death Set The Stage For Greatness?

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Izola Ware Curry, who stabbed but did not kill Martin Luther King Jr., has died. NPR's Scott Simon wonders about other public figures who came close to death, but went on to great things.

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WNYC News

An Ironic Ode to Photography

Saturday, March 21, 2015

In an era when everyone is a photographer, Polish artist Piotr Uklański is trying to make sense of the medium with his new exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum.

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The Takeaway

The Invention That Changed March Madness

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Welcome to The Takeaway Weekender Podcast!

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BackStory

A-dressing a Mystery

Friday, March 20, 2015

With the American History Guys

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