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Mystery Show

Mystery Show Trailer

Thursday, April 30, 2015

A new podcast about mysteries, hosted by Starlee Kine. From Gimlet Media. Coming soon.

The Takeaway

Cracking the Code to the Iconic Song "American Pie"

Wednesday, April 08, 2015

What really happened "the day the music died"? The lyrics to “American Pie” were sold on Tuesday for over $1 million—and those lyrics could unlock the code to the song’s true meaning.

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On Being

Joe Henry — The Mystery and Adventure of Life and Songwriting

Thursday, February 26, 2015

In life as in song, Joe Henry says "we're really called not to dispel mystery but to abide it, to engage it." He brings an inward wisdom to the art and craft of making music.

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On Being

[Unedited] Joe Henry with Krista Tippett

Thursday, February 26, 2015

In life as in song, Joe Henry says "we're really called not to dispel mystery but to abide it, to engage it." He brings an inward wisdom to the art and craft of making music.

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On Being

Paulo Coelho — The Alchemy of Pilgrimage

Thursday, August 14, 2014

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On Being

[Unedited] Paulo Coelho with Krista Tippett

Thursday, August 14, 2014

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Rumors, Cannibals, and Michael Rockefeller's Mysterious Disappearance

Monday, May 26, 2014

The explorer vanished in New Guinea in 1961, and despite exhaustive searches, no trace of him was ever found. More than 50 years later, one journalist thinks he knows what happened.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Michael Rockefeller's Mysterious Disappearance

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

The explorer vanished in New Guinea in 1961, and despite exhaustive searches, no trace of him was ever found. More than 50 years later, one journalist thinks he knows what happened. (Hint: it involves cannibals).

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On The Media

What Became of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370?

Friday, March 14, 2014

From terrorism to catastrophic structural failure to alien tractor beams, theories on the vanishing jetliner have come fast and furious. And one after another, they have themselves disappeared into nothingness. Bob reflects on how a story that lacks not only the “why,” but also the “what,” gets covered in the news.

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New Tech City

Solving the Grand Internet Mystery of Cicada 3301

Wednesday, January 01, 2014

For the last two years in January, an enigmatic message has appeared on the internet from an unknown source signed "3301, sending thousands in search of answers to increasingly complicated puzzles and mysteries. But for whom, and to what end?

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New Tech City

Meet the Teenage Codebreaker Who Helped Solve the Cicada 3301 Internet Puzzle

Monday, December 30, 2013

An enigmatic message on the internet from an unknown source named “3301” sends thousands searching to solve ever increasingly complicated puzzles for the past two years.  Will it happen again in 2014?  This week on New Tech City, Cicada 3301.  Can you solve it?

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Radiolab

Weekend Special: Name That Sound!

Monday, December 23, 2013

I'm going to play you a sound that you hear all the time. But this time, instead of hearing it in context (in a familiar setting — the movies, an Xbox, on TV, in a phone), it's all alone. Naked. Will you be able to identify it?

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Marisha Pessl's Night Film

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Marisha Pessl talks about her new novel, Night Film, a suspenseful literary thriller. A beautiful young woman is found dead in an abandoned warehouse in lower Manhattan. Her death is ruled a suicide, but investigative journalist Scott McGrath suspects otherwise.

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Radiolab

Krulwich Wonders: The Rubik's Cube That Isn't

Thursday, November 29, 2012

NPR

This is your brain making things up.

What you see isn't really there.

Even if I tell you "this isn't what you think," you'll think it anyway -- until I make a simple move, and suddenly -- you know.

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The Takeaway

Mystery Donor Leaves Envelopes of Money in German Town

Monday, March 05, 2012

A small town in Germany has found that a mysterious person is leaving envelops filled with money around in an overwhelming display of generosity. Envelopes stuffed with 10,000 Euros, or about $13,000, have been found recently in the town of Braunschweig. Steve Evans of our partner the BBC reports from the scene of a generosity mystery.

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The Takeaway

Walter Mosley on 'The Last Days of Ptolemy Grey'

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Walter Mosley is widely known for his best-selling historical mysteries featuring Easy Rawlins — a hard-boiled black detective and World War II veteran living in the Watts neighborhood of Los Angeles. But Mosley's writing spans a number of genres, including science fiction, graphic novels, young adult literature, and political non-fiction. His newest book is called “The Last Days of Ptolemy Grey.” It centers on 91-year-old Ptolemy Grey, an African American living alone in violent South Central L.A.. Suffering from dementia and poor health, Ptolemy seems ready to give up on life, until he meets a 17-year-old girl who may be able to help him recover his lucidity...at a cost.

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On Being

James Prosek — Fishing with Mystery [remix]

Thursday, August 06, 2009

James Prosek is an artist, fly-fisher, author, and environmental activist who has always, as he puts it, found God "through the theater of nature." From a young age he has been fascinated by trout and now eel - which he sees as "mystical creatures" - and

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On Being

[Unedited] James Prosek With Krista Tippett

Thursday, August 06, 2009

James Prosek is an artist, fly-fisher, author, and environmental activist who has always, as he puts it, found God "through the theater of nature." From a young age he has been fascinated by trout and now eel - which he sees as "mystical creatures" - and

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