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The Takeaway

Today's Takeaways: Debunking a Civil War Myth, a Famous Literary Character, and Fighting Ebola With Celebrities & Christmas

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

The Takeaway explores Gen. Sherman's historic march, novelist Richard Ford discusses his new book, and we look at the remake of a hit 1980s charity album.

The Leonard Lopate Show

Firestone in Liberia, Khruschev in America

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

How the tire company Firestone funded Liberian warlord Charles Taylor. Jazz singer Sheila Jordan. Nikita Khruschev in America. How trial courts work and why they're important.

The Takeaway

The Secret & Disturbing History of Washington D.C.

Monday, November 17, 2014

Today, Washington D.C. is mostly seen as an orderly layout of marble government buildings. But one historian says that the nation's capital was once a chaotic and disturbing city.

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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

Is Beauty In The Eye(Lid) Of The Beholder?

Monday, November 17, 2014

Half of people of Asian descent have double eyelids — folds above the lash line — and the other half don't. There's a controversial surgery some people get to give themselves that crease.

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NYPR Archives & Preservation

The Verrazano-Narrows Bridge, "The Most Princely"

Monday, November 17, 2014

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Three NYC officials profess their love for the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge.
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The Brian Lehrer Show

Chuck Todd, Bill Keller; Gay Talese; Karim Camara & Young Jean Lee

Monday, November 17, 2014

NBC's Chuck Todd; the launch of The Marshall Project, a new non-profit news organization covering criminal justice; New Journalism pioneer Gay Talese; and playwright Young Jean Lee.

The Takeaway

Today's Takeaways: Playing Politics With Energy, Following a Space Trail, and Washington's Secret History

Monday, November 17, 2014

The Takeaway looks at the politics of the Keystone XL pipeline, we check-in on the Philae lander, and we examine the rise of Washington D.C.

Family Film Offers Glimpse Of 'Three Minutes In Poland' Before Holocaust

Sunday, November 16, 2014

In 1938, Glenn Kurtz's grandfather went on vacation and filmed a few minutes of footage of his Polish hometown. Seventy years later, his grandson set out to find the people who appeared in that film.

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The Takeaway

The Takeaway Weekender: Power, War, and The Best of The Web

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Welcome to The Takeaway Weekender!

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On The Media

Survivor Library

Friday, November 14, 2014

In 1959, a solar storm threw an electromagnetic pulse at Earth so strong it fried the telegraph system. A whole lot more is on the line now.  

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BackStory

Listener Calls

Friday, November 14, 2014

With the American History Guys

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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 Brian Lehrer Show

BL Weekend: The 'Rosewater' Story; John McCain; Mind-Changing Books

Friday, November 14, 2014

Three of our favorite segments from the week, in case you missed them: Maziar Bahari, the man behind 'Rosewater'; Senator John McCain; and books that changed your mind.
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The Brian Lehrer Show

What We Learned From 'The Death of Klinghoffer'

Friday, November 14, 2014

Operas rarely make headlines, but most don't jump into the world's most divisive issues. As Klinghoffer's run at the Met ends, we ask critics and the show's creators if it succeeded. 

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TED Radio Hour

What Does It Mean To Be 'Articulate'?

Friday, November 14, 2014

Educator and poet Jamila Lyiscott is a "tri-tongued orator." She unpacks the three distinct flavors of English she speaks with her friends, family, and colleagues.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Nelson Rockefeller: Iconic New York Governor, Face of Liberal Republicanism

Friday, November 14, 2014

A look at Nelson Rockefeller's improbable journey to the New York governor’s mansion, and how his personal life affected his political life.

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On The Media

The Suicide Letter

Friday, November 14, 2014

The attempts by late FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover to discredit Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. were an ugly and well-documented chapter in American history. 

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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 Leonard Lopate Show

How America Became a Safe Haven for Nazis after WWII

Friday, November 14, 2014

Investigative reporter Eric Lichtblau tells how some Nazis received help and protection from the U.S. government—and were hired by the CIA, FBI, and the military.

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