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Midterm Myths, Emotional Algorithms, and More

Friday, November 07, 2014

An unpacking of the post-midterm election myths, whether algorithms can intuit emotions, and 25 years after the Berlin Wall. 

Alaska Station Sets Dubious Record: Most Senate Campaign Ads

Thursday, November 06, 2014

The Center for Public Integrity calculates that KTUU in Anchorage ran more U.S. Senate ads this cycle than any station in the country.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Marc Maron Probes the Inner Lives of Comedians

Thursday, November 06, 2014

The popular podcast host tells us about his roots in stand-up comedy, his ventures into radio and television, and how he approaches his interviews with comedians.

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Morning Edition

'GMA' Cumberbatch Tweet Rankles 'Times' Of London

Thursday, November 06, 2014

Actor Benedict Cumberbatch is engaged. The news broke in a small box of text in London's The Times newspaper. ABC's Good Morning America got in trouble with the paper while spreading the news.

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Morning Edition

The Man Behind The 'Morning Edition' Theme Music. Also, Lyrics!

Thursday, November 06, 2014

Composer BJ Leiderman talks about writing the show's theme music and sings some of the lyrics that accompany that catchy tune.

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'Daily Show', 'Colbert' Strain To Lampoon Democratic Losses

Wednesday, November 05, 2014

Both comedy shows aired live, election-themed episodes Tuesday. NPR TV critic Eric Deggans says the broadcasts showed the limits of news-tinged satire on the political scene.

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What Is An Ending? 'Serial' And The Ongoing Story Of Wanting Too Much

Wednesday, November 05, 2014

A new and very popular podcast reporting over a period of weeks on a single crime story poses interesting questions about both telling true stories and writing fiction.

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Morning Edition

'Morning Edition' Celebrates 35 Years With A Trip Down Memory Lane

Wednesday, November 05, 2014

On this day in 1979, Morning Edition broadcast its first show, bringing a new style of storytelling to the early-drive-time airwaves. That first show was hosted by Bob Edwards and Barbara Hoctor.

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2015 Emoji Update Will Include More Diverse Skin Tones

Tuesday, November 04, 2014

The Unicode Consortium had previously backed only one skin color, a yellow-orange tone it considered generic. But the group threw away that approach after a wide call for more variety.

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The Takeaway

Remembering Car Talk's Tom Magliozzi

Tuesday, November 04, 2014

For years, Tom Magliozzi and his brother Ray—"Click and Clack the Tappet Brothers"—gave listeners more than just car advice. They redefined what public radio could be.

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The Takeaway

Rejoice! The Horrible Election Ads Are Finally Over

Tuesday, November 04, 2014

It's Election Day, which means we can finally say goodbye to nasty political ads—at least for 10 minutes. To celebrate, we created some fake ads that are just as awful as the real thing.

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Morning Edition

'Car Talk' Executive Producer Remembers Tom Magliozzi

Tuesday, November 04, 2014

Tom Magliozzi of NPR's Car Talk duo died Monday at age 77 of complications from Alzheimer's disease. The show's Executive Producer Doug Berman talks to David Greene about Magliozzi.

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Morning Edition

Popular 'Car Talk' Co-Host Tom Magliozzi Dies At 77

Tuesday, November 04, 2014

Tom Magliozzi died Monday of complications associated with Alzheimer's disease. Tom and his brother Ray were known as Click & Clack, the Tappet Brothers. Their specialty: cars and puns.

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Morning Edition

'Sherlock' Star Benedict Cumberbatch: Show's Last Season 'Really Freudian'

Tuesday, November 04, 2014

The BBC has just released a new deluxe DVD box set with all three seasons of Sherlock, and star Benedict Cumberbatch says the show's last season was its most revealing yet.

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The Takeaway

Today's Takeaways: An Addiction to War, The United States of Texas, and Hilariously Awful Election Ads

Tuesday, November 04, 2014

The Takeaway explores the new film by Sebastian Junger, the ways Texas is transforming America, and we made some pretty funny fake election ads.

All Things Considered

Friction At First Look Media Spills Into Public View

Monday, November 03, 2014

Internal tension at the digital journalism outfit First Look spilled into public view this week. As First Look itself reported, a spat between journalists and the company's billionaire founder ended with the departure of one of its most prominent employees, writer Matt Taibbi.

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Morning Edition

'Car Talk' Co-Host Tom Magliozzi Dies At 77

Monday, November 03, 2014

As half of the wisecracking NPR radio show, Tom Magliozzi made us laugh at our car problems. He and his brother, Ray, also taught us how things work.

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All Things Considered

Tom Magliozzi, Popular Co-Host Of NPR's 'Car Talk,' Dies At 77

Monday, November 03, 2014

Tom Magliozzi bantered weekly with his brother on the public radio show. They joked and sometimes even gave good advice to listeners with car troubles. Tom Magliozzi was 77 years old.

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HBO's 'Olive Kitteridge' May Be The Best Depiction Of Marriage On TV

Monday, November 03, 2014

HBO's miniseries, starring Frances McDormand as a sharp-tongued wife, concludes tonight. NPR TV critic Eric Deggans calls it an unsparing, detailed look at the most quietly troubled marriage on TV.

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AP: No-Fly Zone In Ferguson Meant To Keep Media Out

Sunday, November 02, 2014

During the unrest in Ferguson, Mo., this August, police requested a no-fly zone in the area. Audio recordings show those restrictions were aimed at news helicopters, The Associated Press reports.

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