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The Takeaway

ZIP Odes from Across the Nation

Thursday, April 30, 2015

​As April comes to a close, we're sharing just a few more of the incredible Zip Odes Takeaway listeners have been composing all month long.

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On Being

Mohammed Fairouz — The World in Counterpoint

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Called a “post-millennial Schubert,” Mohammed Fairouz weaves poetic language, even political speech, into his compositions — opening wide the notions of illustrious language as a form of music too.

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On Being

[Unedited] Mohammed Fairouz with Krista Tippett

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Called a “post-millennial Schubert,” Mohammed Fairouz weaves poetic language, even political speech, into his compositions — opening wide the notions of illustrious language as a form of music too.

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Studio 360

Poet Terrance Hayes: Anything but Invisible

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Terrance Hayes may be the only poet to win a MacArthur “genius” grant, a National Book Award, and a spot on "People’s" Sexiest Man Alive list.

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Schoolbook

Maybe the Only Poem About the Long Island Rail Road (and More From Tiny Poets)

Monday, April 27, 2015

They might not be able to spell, but these first graders from Ms. Marisa's class at PS 859 in Manhattan are fast becoming wee Wordsworths.    
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The Takeaway

Today's Takeaways: Hope in Nepal, Tension in Baltimore, and Courage Among the Trans Community

Monday, April 27, 2015

The Takeaway looks at the earthquake relief efforts underway in Nepal, protests in the streets of Baltimore, and Bruce Jenner's interview with 20/20's Diane Sawyer.

The Takeaway

Listeners Share Odes to Their Zip Codes

Monday, April 27, 2015

Listeners from Clarkdale, Arizona to Ferguson, Missouri, share poems inspired by their ZIP codes.

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To the Best of Our Knowledge

Poet Rae Armantrout on Reading Poetry Out Loud

Sunday, April 26, 2015

You know poems can be different things to different people: solace, a call to action, beauty. A reflection on war. But to Rae Armantrout there’s one thing that all poetry should be - read out loud.

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To the Best of Our Knowledge

Here, Bullet - War Poetry by Flashlight

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Brian Turner was an average young American who volunteered for military service in Iraq. At night he wrote poetry by flashlight. When his tour ended, he collected his poems into a book called "Here, Bullet." This one is called "A Night in Blue."

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To the Best of Our Knowledge

Ken "The Voice" Nordine reads his jazz poem "Yellow"

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Ken Nordine is the epitome of jazz poetry. He has an amazing voice. His nickname is, in fact, "The Voice."  Best known for his Word Jazz series, this poem is one he did for a paint company. The paint company is long forgotten but the poem lives on.

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Specials

A Poetry Month Special From State Of The Re:Union

Friday, April 24, 2015

State Of The Re:Union looks at how poetry is used to connect and bind communities all around the country as part of National Poetry Month.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Elizabeth Alexander on the Universal Trauma of Love and Loss

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Poet and Pulitzer Prize finalist Elizabeth Alexander discusses the sudden death of her husband, and the existential crossroads that followed, in her memoir.

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The New Yorker: Poetry

Robert Pinsky reads “At the Fishhouses” by Elizabeth Bishop

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Robert Pinsky reads and discusses with host Paul Muldoon a poem by Elizabeth Bishop and a poem of his own.

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The Greene Space

On-Demand Video: Spinning on Air - An Earth Day Special on Climate Change

Thursday, April 09, 2015

This Earth Day, Spinning on Air brought poets, musicians, writers and actors together in The Greene Space for an inspiring evening around climate change.

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The Takeaway

Poetry Contest: Write An Ode to Your ZIP Code

Monday, April 06, 2015

We’re asking you to memorialize your federally appointed numerical designation by writing a poem about your ZIP code. 

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Brian Lehrer Weekend: Public Shaming, Toms River & Subway Poetry

Friday, April 03, 2015

Three of our favorite segments from the week, in case you missed them: Public Shaming (First) | Toms River Pollution (Starts at 18:44) | Subway Poetry (Starts at 37:53)
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The Brian Lehrer Show

Subway Stranger Poetry

Friday, March 27, 2015

Every time she rides the subway, Madeline Schwartzman asks a stranger to write a poem. She discusses her ambitious and eccentric project "365 Day Subway: Poems by New Yorkers."

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On Being

Alan Dienstag — Alzheimer's and the Spiritual Terrain of Memory [remix]

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Alzheimer's disease has been described as "the great unlearning." But what does it reveal about the nature of human identity? What remains when memory unravels?

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On Being

[Unedited] Alan Dienstag with Krista Tippett

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Alzheimer's disease has been described as "the great unlearning." But what does it reveal about the nature of human identity? What remains when memory unravels?

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The New Yorker: Poetry

Major Jackson reads “In Italy” by Derek Walcott

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Major Jackson reads and discusses with host Paul Muldoon a poem by Derek Walcott and poem of his own.

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