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PEN & Charlie Hebdo: Honoring Courage or Hostility?

Tuesday, May 05, 2015

The PEN American Center will be honoring the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo with its annual Freedom of Expression Courage Award at it gala tonight, a controversial decision.

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The Takeaway

Making Muppet Magic: Caroll Spinney on Being Big Bird & Oscar the Grouch

Tuesday, May 05, 2015

Caroll Spinney, who's played Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch for over 40 years, talks about his characters, and his primary inspiration in life, his wife Debra. 

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All Things Considered

'Charlie Hebdo' Staffer Pushes Back Against Writers' Opposition To Award

Monday, May 04, 2015

"If you're standing for the freedom of expression, you can't be at one moment for this freedom of expression, and two or three minutes later, against that," film critic Jean-Baptiste Thoret says.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Charlie Hebdo's Legacy

Monday, May 04, 2015

Charlie Hebdo cartoonist Jean-Baptiste Thoret will be awarded the PEN Freedom of Expression Courage Award -- while PEN's executive director, defends the decision to give him the award.

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For Advertisers, Baby Boomers Are A Market Hiding In Plain Sight

Saturday, May 02, 2015

Baby boomers account for about half of all consumer spending, yet only 10 percent of marketing dollars are aimed their way. Correspondent Ina Jaffe talks advertising strategy with NPR's Scott Simon.

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The Takeaway

The Best Five Things Online This Week

Friday, May 01, 2015

Every Friday, Sean Rameswaram, a producer with Studio 360 and host of the podcast Sideshow, rounds up the week in internet phenomena.

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PRI's The World

Is this London ad selling protein powder or body shaming?

Friday, May 01, 2015

Are you beach body ready? That's the question on an ad that has provoked a backlash against a British company that opponents say is body-shaming consumers, instead of helping them get fit.

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The Takeaway

Director of New Kurt Cobain Doc Weighs In on Artist's Unseen Life

Friday, May 01, 2015

"Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck" is the first fully authorized documentary on the life of Kurt Cobain. It's largely made up of never-before-seen footage. The director weighs in here.

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The Takeaway

Movie Date: Films to See and Avoid This Weekend

Friday, May 01, 2015

Every Friday, The Movie Date Podcast team drops by to review the new films hitting the box office. This week they discuss the new "Avengers" film and the drama-comedy "Welcome to Me."

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The Takeaway

No Labels, No Drama? Navigating The World of Modern Love

Friday, May 01, 2015

For a new generation of young people, the realities of modern dating often mean hooking up with no labels. 

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On The Media

Unseen & Inscrutable

Friday, May 01, 2015

The deep historical roots of the Baltimore protests, shedding light on drone strikes, and combating sex worker stereotypes. 

On The Media

A Sea of Black Ink

Friday, May 01, 2015

The White House has released data about last year's Freedom of Information Act requests. The AP analyzed the administration's numbers and found their claim of openness lacking.

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On The Media

Baltimore's Feedback Loop

Friday, May 01, 2015

The protests in Baltimore over the death of Freddie Gray evoke uprisings of the '60s, reminding us that the problems driving people to the streets today have profound historical roots. 

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The Takeaway

Today's Takeaways: Justifying Torture, Kurt Cobain's Unseen Life, and The Daunting World of Modern Love

Friday, May 01, 2015

The Takeaway explores new allegations about the American Psychological Association, the director of a new Kurt Cobain documentary drops by, and we explore dating in the digital age.

'Charlie Hebdo' Cartoonist Says He Will No Longer Draw Prophet Muhammad

Thursday, April 30, 2015

"He no longer interests me," Luz said in an interview. Militants attacked the magazine Jan. 7, killing editorial staff and others, in apparent retaliation for its depiction of their prophet.

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Morning Edition

'Baltimore Sun' Probe Exposes 'Disturbing Pattern' Of Police Brutality

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Renee Montagne talks to Mark Puentes, of The Baltimore Sun, whose investigation revealed the city paid about $5.7 million over 4 years to settle suits from citizens accusing police of excessive force.

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All Things Considered

Reporter Jason Rezaian Being Held On 'Accusations,' Brother Says

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

NPR's Melissa Block interviews Ali Rezaian about his brother Jason, the Washington Post bureau chief in Tehran, Iran, who has been charged in an Iranian court with espionage, among other things.

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Bud Light Pulls Label With Message That Sparked Backlash

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Bud Light was touted as "the perfect beer for removing 'no' from your vocabulary." But that's precisely the word that occurred to many people who saw it.

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The Takeaway

'Oregon Trail' Creator on The Video Game Hall of Fame Finalists

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

15 finalists have been selected for The Video Game Hall of Fame. Don Rawitsch, creator of "The Oregon Trail," discusses his legendary game, which is nominated for Hall of Fame status.

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The Takeaway

Wendell Pierce of 'The Wire' Reflects on Baltimore's Real-Life Struggle

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

As Bunk on "The Wire," Wendell Pierce lived and worked in Baltimore for years. He reflects on the fictionalized world of "The Wire," and the real-life problems of today.

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