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Get Your Medieval On!

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Some people people prefer their medieval adventures up close and personal. Producer Aubrey Ralph takes inside one of those groups.

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To the Best of Our Knowledge

Geoffrey Chaucer, Detective

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Medievalist Bruce Holsinger writes historical fiction starring some names familiar to English majors -- Geoffrey Chaucer and John Gower.  They were poets but in Holsinger's novels they also deal in secrets.

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All Things Considered

Know That THX 'Sound' Before Movies? That's Actually 20,000 Lines Of Code

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Deep Note, THX's distinctive audio logo often heard before movies, is getting an upgrade. The sound's creator, James A. Moorer, first composed it in code in 1982.

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The Takeaway

Ballpark Figures: The Unsung Heroes of Baseball

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Welcome to The Takeaway Weekender Podcast! 

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All Things Considered

Painting The 'Epic Drama' Of The Great Migration: The Work Of Jacob Lawrence

Friday, April 10, 2015

A rare exhibition at New York's Museum of Modern Art features 60 of Lawrence's paintings about the journey of 6 million African-Americans, who fled the segregated South during the Great Migration.

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All Things Considered

Remembering Apollo 13, NASA's Most Famous 'Successful Failure'

Friday, April 10, 2015

Space travel is never routine or easy and the Apollo 13 mission to the moon proved that point. An explosion aboard the spacecraft 55 hours after liftoff forever changed NASA.

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BackStory

Trials & Tribunes

Friday, April 10, 2015

With the American History Guys

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NYPR Archives & Preservation

The U.N. and the Challenge to Provide an International Education

Friday, April 10, 2015

WNYC
The formation of the United Nations was the perfect impetus for an international school in New York, but what goes into shaping an international "citizen of the world"?
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Defeating Polio, The Disease That Paralyzed America

Friday, April 10, 2015

On April 12, 2015, the world will celebrate the 60th anniversary of Jonas Salk's vaccine that helped defeat a contagious, crippling virus.

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Morning Edition

'Grand Illusion' Exhibit Lifts Curtain On The Secrets Of Setting The Stage

Friday, April 10, 2015

An exhibit at the Library of Congress is devoted to the art of theatrical design. Drawings, sketches, watercolors, posters and scale models reveal how magic and spectacle are achieved before our eyes.

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Morning Edition

Meet The 'Capital Dames,' Civil War Washington's Secret Power Brokers

Friday, April 10, 2015

In her new book, Cokie Roberts explains how women like Mary Todd Lincoln and Jessie Benton Fremont influenced Washington's men of power when they weren't even allowed to vote.

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Specials

America Abroad: Burma at the Crossroads

Friday, April 10, 2015

On this episode of America Abroad, an examination of the history, politics, and promise of Burma -- a nation in transition -- as they prepare for a historic presidential election.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Why Choose a School that Makes You Feel Stupid?

Thursday, April 09, 2015

The New Yorker's Malcolm Gladwell joins us to discuss choosing the right college and why being a little fish in a big pond can be a disadvantage.

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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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The Takeaway

Former Clinton Drug Czar on The Fight Between Science and Politics

Thursday, April 09, 2015

Gen. Barry McCaffrey weighs in on the behind the scenes jockeying over a scientific report on drug policy. He says science can easily get distorted when political agendas are at stake.

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Specials

Confronting Hatred: 70 Years After the Holocaust

Thursday, April 09, 2015

We examine the ways in which the Holocaust continues to inform contemporary discussions about hate speech, propaganda, and human rights in this new special narrated by Morgan Freeman.

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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.

NYPR Archives & Preservation

Do You Have What it Takes to Be a WNYC Announcer?

Wednesday, April 08, 2015

WNYC
Take an announcer's exam from 1948 to find out if you would have made the cut!
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In Korea, Spam Isn't Junk Meat — It's A Treat

Wednesday, April 08, 2015

It's a gelatinous slab of pork, salt and starch — and in fancy packaging, it's a popular holiday gift. So how did South Korea become the world's No. 2 Spam consumer? Blame it on the war.

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Morning Edition

April Marks The Centennial Of Armenian Genocide

Wednesday, April 08, 2015

Some countries, including the U.S., have yet to fully and formally recognize the event. Steve Inskeep revisits history with Eugene Rogan, author of The Fall of the Ottomans.

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