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India's Controversial Leader Gets Rock Star Treatment in U.S.

Monday, September 29, 2014

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi kicked off a five-day visit to the U.S. with a sold-out appearance at Madison Square Garden. 

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PRI's The World

BollyX combines Bollywood dance moves with aerobics to make you more fit

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Have you ever done the "screw in the light bulb" dance move? How about the "picking fruit?" You'll learn them and more moves at the new BollyX fitness class.

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PRI's The World

For Bengali Hindus, radio is an unchanging part of a religious tradition

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Reporter Rhitu Chatterjee woke up yesterday in New Delhi to the sound of something she hasn’t heard in years — a radio broadcast heralding the start of the Hindu religious festival of Mahalaya. It turns out the program has been the exact same recording for decades, uniting generations of Bengalis.

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PRI's The World

India is over the moon about its mission to Mars

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

India's big messy democracy celebrated a celestial triumph today. It's on-the-cheap mission to Mars entered the Red Planet's orbit on its first try, making it the first Asian nation to accomplish such a feat. And it did so for the bargain price of $75 million dollars, less than the budget for the film, "Gravity."

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Why the sugary sweetness of mithai is a social currency in India

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

When Indian-American writer Deepak Singh went home to India this summer, he ate what felt like a year's worth of mithai — Indian sweets. But along the way, he realized that they're more than just sugary treats.

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PRI's The World

With terrorism, as with business, it's all about market share

Friday, September 19, 2014

Before the rise of ISIS in Iraq and Syria, al-Qaeda was the most-feared jihadi group in the world. But like a nimble start-up, ISIS broke away from al-Qaeda and let the parent fight the big powers, while it used new tactics and social media to gain money, power and a big reputation.

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PRI's The World

The US has a wide variety of mosques, and these two guys have seen a lot of them

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Aman Ali and his friend Bassam Tariq know how diverse the Muslim community is- a couple years ago, they criss-crossed the US and visited a different mosque every day for a month. Aman says the Muslim communities he met with are as diverse as America itself- and the mosques are just as unique.

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PRI's The World

Richard Attenborough's Gandhi needed hundreds of thousands of extras. Meet one of them

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

In 1980, when director Richard Attenborough was shooting scenes for Gandhi, thousands of Indians volunteered for parts as extras. New York-based film critic Aseem Chhabra remembers getting a part as a passenger on the train that carried Gandhi back to Delhi.

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On The Media

Indian State Outlaws "Objectionable Content," Will Start Arresting People for Precrime

Monday, August 25, 2014

The Indian state of Karnataka has not only outlawed sharing "malicious or misleading images" online, it can also arrest citizens for breaking the law before they actually commit a crime.
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PRI's The World

Remembering Indian yoga guru BKS Iyengar — the man who brought yoga to the US

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

BKS Iyengar was known as the man who introduced the ancient Indian practice of yoga to the world. He died on Wednesday, age 95.

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PRI's The World

In India, reliable electricity is no guarantee

Friday, August 15, 2014

People in India have had to adapt to the country's notoriously unreliable electricity. Deepak Singh is staying with his parents in Lucknow for the summer, where he has relearned how to live without the promise of sustained power.

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PRI's The World

I'm supposed to be my sister's keeper, but she's the one who looks after me

Thursday, August 07, 2014

The Hindu festival Raksha Bandhan is a celebration of brothers and sisters. This year, Indian-American writer Deepak Singh feels lucky to be able to celebrate with his sister back home in India.

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PRI's The World

The key to some big endangered species crime investigations is a small lab in Oregon

Wednesday, August 06, 2014

Trying to figure out where that confiscated rhino horn came from? Is that guitar made from a piece of endangered tropical hardwood? You might find the answers to your questions at the US Fish & Wildlife Service's Forensic Lab in Ashland, Oregon, the only one like it in the world.

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On Being

Anita Desai and Andrew Robinson — The Modern Resonance of Rabindranath Tagore

Wednesday, August 06, 2014

Anita Desai and Andrew Robinson — The Modern Resonance of Rabindranath Tagore

He bestowed the title “Mahatma” on Gandhi. He debated the deepest nature of reality with Einstein. He was championed by Yeats and Pound to become the first non-European to win the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1913. Rabindranath Tagore was a polymath — a writer and a painter, a philosopher and a musician, and a social innovator — but much of his poetry and prose is virtually untranslatable (or inaccessibly translated) for modern minds. We pull back the "dusty veils" that have hidden his memory from history.

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On Being

[Unedited] Andrew Robinson with Krista Tippett

Wednesday, August 06, 2014

[Unedited] Andrew Robinson with Krista TippettThis unedited conversation with Andrew Robinson comes from the produced show "The Modern Resonance of Rabindranath Tagore." He bestowed the title “Mahatma” on Gandhi. He debated the deepest nature of reality with Einstein. He was championed by Yeats and Pound to become the first non-European to win the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1913. Rabindranath Tagore was a polymath — a writer and a painter, a philosopher and a musician, and a social innovator — but much of his poetry and prose is virtually untranslatable (or inaccessibly translated) for modern minds. We pull back the "dusty veils" that have hidden his memory from history. See more at www.onbeing.org/program/anita-desai-and-andrew-robinson-rabindranath-tagore/6342

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On Being

[Unedited] Anita Desai with Krista Tippett

Wednesday, August 06, 2014

[Unedited] Anita Desai with Krista TippettThis unedited conversation with Anita Desai comes from the produced show "The Modern Resonance of Rabindranath Tagore." He bestowed the title “Mahatma” on Gandhi. He debated the deepest nature of reality with Einstein. He was championed by Yeats and Pound to become the first non-European to win the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1913. Rabindranath Tagore was a polymath — a writer and a painter, a philosopher and a musician, and a social innovator — but much of his poetry and prose is virtually untranslatable (or inaccessibly translated) for modern minds. We pull back the "dusty veils" that have hidden his memory from history. See more at www.onbeing.org/program/anita-desai-and-andrew-robinson-rabindranath-tagore/6342

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PRI's The World

India's first female surfer takes on more than waves

Friday, August 01, 2014

Ishita Malaviya isn't just a surfer — she India's only professional female surfer. She pushes cultural boundaries with her surfing, and, when she's not competing, she's busy teaching Indian kids how to take to the waves at the Shaka Surf Club in the state of Karnataka.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Fighting Corruption in India's Unruly Democracy

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Exploring the battle between the deep-rooted system of graft and patronage and the forces demanding change.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Past and Present: In India, Italy and Iraq

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Simon Denyer, former Indian bureau chief for the Washington Post, looks at corruption, the expanding middle class, and the people who are shaping democracy and politics in India. Joseph Luzzi talks about Italy’s passion for art, food, and family, and the country’s north-south divide, and why Italian Americans have a complicated relationship with the “old country.” The Sporkful’s Dan Pashman and Leonard debate whether a hot dog is a sandwich. Roy Scranton, a veteran who served in Iraq in 2003, on returning to Baghdad and the state of that country 10 years later.  

The Leonard Lopate Show

“Siddharth,” a Film about a Father Searching for His Son in India

Friday, June 27, 2014

Director Richie Mehta discusses his film “Siddharth,” along with Tannishtha Chatterjee, who stars in it. Inspired by a real life encounter the filmmaker had in 2010 with a man he met on the streets of India, this narrative film details an impoverished father's attempts to find his missing child, searching throughout the urban slums of India. “Siddharth” opens June 27 at Lincoln Plaza Cinemas.  

 

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