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Episode 643: The Taxi King

Friday, July 31, 2015

Gene Freidman built a taxi empire in New York City. Now his empire is starting to crumble.

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Strangers

Love Hurts – One Year Later

Friday, July 31, 2015

One year ago today, July 31st, Lea went to interview Robert, a guy she’d dated, about why he’d turned her down. That became the first of a series of episodes called “Love Hurts,” where Lea investigated why she was having trouble finding love again in the four years since she found herself pregnant and alone … Continue reading Love Hurts – One Year Later

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Studio 360

American Icons: Native Son

Thursday, July 30, 2015

The story of a young man in the ghetto who turns to murder was an overnight sensation. But some think "Native Son" exploited the worst stereotypes of black youth. 

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Episode 642: The Big Red Button

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

The big question surrounding automation isn't just about economics or technology. It's also about psychology. How do designers make us comfortable with something that can be really scary?

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Studio 360

Sideshow Podcast: How 'Kung Fury' Went from Karate Joke to Kickstarter to Cannes

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

When David Sandberg posted a trailer featuring karate, time travel, dinosaurs, Hasselhoff, and a unicorn to YouTube, he had no idea he would end up taking his film to Cannes. No one did.
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Fugitive Waves

26 – Horses, Unicorns & Dolphins

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Horses and dolphins and unicorns— creatures that possess the imagination of so many young girls—borderland creatures—gateway animals to other worlds. "They let us be cowgirls and oceanographers and mermaids and princesses, wizardessess."

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Episode 641: Why We Work So Much

Friday, July 24, 2015

The world economy is more productive than ever before. A lot of people could work fewer hours and still meet their basic needs. But we don't. Why?

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Road Trip with WNYC

Home Movie Edition: Use the Internet to Meet Your Idol

Friday, July 24, 2015

Sideshow explains how a 25-year-old working at a Seattle mall convinced Billy Idol to play his birthday party for free.

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Studio 360

Charlie Wilson of The Gap Band, The Silver Lake Chorus, & Poet Mary Jo Bang

Thursday, July 23, 2015

On this week’s show: R&B’s Charlie Wilson Defies Drug Addiction, while Poet Mary Jo Bang Marks Time and Indie Choral Group Celebrates Irony. 

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Episode 640: The Bottom Of The Well

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

On today's show: the screwed-up economics of drought, and why the rational thing to do in California right now is use more water.

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Episode 639: Where To Hide €50,000, And Other Stories From Greece

Saturday, July 18, 2015

On a visit to Greece, we talk to a guy who found an ingenious place to hoard his cash, a government-protected milk peddler, and a would-be olive oil tycoon.

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Road Trip with WNYC

U-Turn Edition: Al Madrigal on Being 'Half'

Friday, July 17, 2015

The Daily Show's "Senior Latino Correspondent" explores his ambivalence with his ethnic identity, discovering that he can't pronounce his own name—and that he doesn't really care.

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Studio 360

Ian McKellen, “Go Set a Watchman,” & Mac DeMarco

Thursday, July 16, 2015

On this week’s show: Ian McKellen plays a twilight Sherlock, Harper Lee’s sophomore surprise, and a Los Angeles museum preserves Eastern Bloc culture.

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Episode 638: Tweak The World

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Today on the show: We're going small. We ask some of the smartest people we know what little thing they would change to improve the world.

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Studio 360

Sideshow Podcast: Teach Me How to Summah (feat. Howard Kremer)

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Howard Kremer has built a comedy empire on one memorable theme: "summah." He teaches us how to properly celebrate the season with songs, stories, and a little bit of yelling.
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Fugitive Waves

25 – Hidden Kitchens Texas with host Willie Nelson

Monday, July 13, 2015

Willie Nelson and Dallas-born actress Robin Wright, along with some wild and extraordinary tellers, take us across Texas and share some of their hidden kitchen stories. Gas station tacos, ice houses, the birth of the Frito, the birth of 7-Eleven, the birth of the frozen margarita, and more.

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Strangers

The Teacher Who Couldn’t Read

Friday, July 10, 2015

John Corcoran graduated from high school and college and then spent 17 years as a high school teacher without knowing how to read or write. How on earth did he pull that off? And why? This is his story. A different version of this story was originally presented on Strangers in early 2012. Get the … Continue reading The Teacher Who Couldn’t Read

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Episode 288: Manufacturing The Song Of The Summer

Friday, July 10, 2015

The story of the secret battle to create the song of the summer — the music industry's holy grail.

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Studio 360

Tony Bennett, Music History in Drag, & Reading “On the Road” for the First Time

Thursday, July 09, 2015

On this week’s show, a conversation with music legend Tony Bennett. And Taylor Mac reimagines 20th Century American music in drag.

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Radio Diaries

#37: Mandela’s Prison Years

Wednesday, July 08, 2015

While Mandela and other political leaders languished in prison, the government cracked down. It seemed that resistance to apartheid had been crushed. But on June 16, 1976, a student uprising in Soweto sparked a new generation of activism. This is Chapter 3 of our documentary (and 2015 Audiobook of the Year) Mandela: An Audio History.

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