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Brazil's World Cup Defeat: A National Trauma?

Friday, July 11, 2014

Brazil suffered a humiliating defeat at the hands of Germany earlier this week. The loss is being compared to the infamous 1950’s defeat of Brazil by Uruguay in the final match of the World Cup. Dario Campos was 20 years old when Brazil and Uruguay played in 1950, and he's part of the last generation to have witnessed both games.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Our Noisy Lives

Friday, July 11, 2014

Noise is the top quality-of-life complaint to 311, but noise can also be a good thing. What noises drive you crazy, calm you down, damage your hearing or peace of mind, help you create?

Radiolab

Shattering Silence and An Eye of God

Thursday, July 10, 2014

In our Morality show, we tell the story of Eastern State Penitentiary -- a radical new kind of prison engineered to crack into the hearts and minds of 19th-Century criminals, and make them feel true remorse.

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All Things Considered

In The High Drama Of Its 1964 Convention, GOP Hung A Right Turn

Thursday, July 10, 2014

In advance of the 50th anniversary of the 1964 Republican Convention, Robert Siegel speaks with The New York Times writer-at-large Sam Tanenhaus. They discuss the impact that the Civil Rights Act, passed earlier that year, had on the nomination of Barry Goldwater.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

An Illustrated Contrarian U.S. History Book

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Ilan Stavans, Lewis-Sebring Professor of Latin American and Latino Culture at Amherst College, discusses his new graphic novel, A Most Imperfect Union: A Contrarian History Of The United States, an examination of U.S. history from a contrarian's perspective.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

A Brief History (and Spirited Defense) of Spam

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Is the most processed of processed meats really worse than a hot dog? Would a slice of Spam Upsidedown Pie change your mind?

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The Takeaway

Today's Takeaways: Thousands Without Water in Detroit, Fear and Uncertainty in Belfast, and One House of Worship for All

Thursday, July 10, 2014

 

The Brian Lehrer Show

A Most Imperfect Union

Thursday, July 10, 2014

The latest Snowden leaks reveal that the NSA targeted particular Muslim-Americans for surveillance. Shane Harris, Senior Writer at Foreign Policy and author of The Watchers, weighs in. Plus: The near future might bring instant access to doctors via email, Skype, or text; "coming out" on your resume might actually help job-seekers; parents feel the pressure to enroll their kids in extracurricular summer camps; and U.S. history from a contrarian's perspective.

The Takeaway

Nikki Giovanni on Langston Hughes' 'Conversation With the Future'

Wednesday, July 09, 2014

In a speech aired on WNYC in 1957, poet and civil rights icon Langston Hughes grappled with finding an authentic American voice in the face of prejudice.

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Radiolab

The Meter: The Measure of a Man

Wednesday, July 09, 2014

About six and a half billion people use the metric system every single day.  That's more than the citizens of any single nation, the followers of any single religion or the speakers of any single language.  Sociologist Hector Vera has called the metric system “more popular than Jesus.”

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Jacobs vs. Moses in WNYC's History

Wednesday, July 09, 2014

As part of WNYC's 90th anniversary celebration, Kenneth T. Jackson, Editor in Chief of The Encyclopedia of New York City: Second Edition (Yale University Press; 2 edition, 2010) and president emeritus of the New York Historical Society, listens to archival audio of Robert Moses and Jane Jacobs giving speeches that reflect their influence on the definition of urbanism and New York and discusses their lasting impact on the city.

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The Takeaway

Today's Takeaways: The Catholic Church Responds to Influx of Child Migrants, Germany Crushes Brazil in World Cup, and the Legacy of Langston Hughes

Wednesday, July 09, 2014

1.Texas Bishop: We Contribute to Child Migrant Crisis | 2. Crystal Miller: 28 Years Old and Battling Breast Cancer | 3. What Germany's Win Means to a Die-Hard Fan | 4. Langston Hughes: In His Own Words

The Takeaway

Dr. Who Fans: Look Away Now

Tuesday, July 08, 2014

When we last left Doctor Who he had regenerated yet again from a young man, played by actor Matt Smith, to someone much older, but just as dashing. The season premiere is set for August 23rd, but much to the chagrin of the good Doctor's ardent fans, scripts from the first five episodes of the new season were leaked this week. 

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Celebrating WNYC's 90th Anniversary

Tuesday, July 08, 2014

For 90 years, WNYC has reflected -- and reflected on -- our ever-changing city. Here are some of the sounds and voices that have defined New York and New York Public Radio since July 8, 1924. 

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The Leonard Lopate Show

The Wall Street Journal Turns 125

Tuesday, July 08, 2014

On the 125th anniversary of The Wall Street Journal, three editors talk about the paper's legacy, and its future.  

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Morning Edition

Oops! We Left Out 2 Words In The Declaration Of Independence

Monday, July 07, 2014

In the broadcast reading of the Declaration of Independence we inadvertently dropped two words: establish commerce. We muse about what would be different if those words had not been in the document.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Changes in the Neighborhood

Monday, July 07, 2014

The news is all bad regarding heroin in our area, but do the numbers justify calling it an epidemic? Michael Tracey, who wrote about this for Al Jazeera, discusses whether the response has been appropriate. Plus: A Green Beret who served in Afghanistan talks about the roles of special forces soldiers; and historian John Strausbaugh takes us for a spin through archival WNYC shows that document the changes that were happening in Greenwich Village in the late 1950s.

BackStory

Frederick Douglass and July 4th

Saturday, July 05, 2014

With the American History Guys

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All Things Considered

Celebrating A Star-Spangled Anthem ... That's Really Hard To Sing

Friday, July 04, 2014

It's been nearly 200 years since Francis Scott Key wrote the words of "The Star-Spangled Banner" in 1814. Set to the melody of a popular English tune, America's anthem spans one and a half octaves.

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Morning Edition

Reading The Declaration Of Independence: A Tradition Continues

Friday, July 04, 2014

More than 200 years ago Friday, the Continental Congress adopted the Declaration of Independence, changing the course of history. NPR marks the anniversary each year by reading the full document.

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