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The Takeaway

The Unofficial, Crowd-Sourced Inaugural Poem

Monday, January 21, 2013

Last week, noted poet Kwame Dawes started our our crowd-sourced inaugural poem project with these lines: Say "nation." In the wake of quarrels, say "hope." And you took it from there, sending us hundreds of suggestions for lines to be included in the poem via Facebook, Twitter, and more.

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WNYC News

Watch Live: President Obama's Second Inauguration

Monday, January 21, 2013

Watch President Barack Obama's second inauguration, live from the National Mall in Washington D.C. The ceremony will feature performances by Beyonce, James Taylor and poet Richard Blanco. As you watch, help us create a People's Poem, by Tweeting your ideas using #PrezPoem and follow along with the best responses.

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The Takeaway

How to Crowd-Source a Story

Thursday, January 17, 2013

The presidential inauguration is less than a week away. But if you don’t have tickets to an inaugural ball or you’re not planning to be out there watching the swearing-in in Washington, don’t worry, we’ve still got a way for you to be part of the occasion. Willy Chyr, founder of Collabowriters, a website that’s crowd-sourcing a novel, shares his advice for curating a crowd-sourced story.

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On Being

Elizabeth Alexander — Words That Shimmer [remix]

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Poetry is something many of us seem to be hungry for these days. We're hungry for fresh ways to tell hard truths and redemptive stories, for language that would elevate and embolden rather than demean and alienate. Elizabeth Alexander shares her sense of

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On Being

[Unedited] Elizabeth Alexander with Krista Tippett

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Poetry is something many of us seem to be hungry for these days. We're hungry for fresh ways to tell hard truths and redemptive stories, for language that would elevate and embolden rather than demean and alienate. Elizabeth Alexander shares her sense of

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The Takeaway

Today's Takeaway | January 16, 2013

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

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The Takeaway

Inaugural Poetry and The Takeaway's #PrezPoem Challenge

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Robert Frost marked the beginning a new tradition when he read "The Gift Outright" at President John F. Kennedy's 1961 Inaugural. In both of his inauguration ceremonies, President Barack Obama has chosen to put poetry front and center. Renowned poet Kwame Dawes discusses the very American tradition of inaugural poetry.

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The Takeaway

Help Us Write a People's Poem for the Inauguration!

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

At The Takeaway, we think poetry was built for the digital age — and this inauguration could use a People’s Poem. So we invited noted poet Kwame Dawes to start us off with a first line — and we want you to be our co-authors! It’s a grand experiment — and here’s how you can make your voice heard.

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Studio 360

Best of 2012: 360 Behind the Scenes

Thursday, December 27, 2012

This year, Studio 360 redesigned teachers, profiled up-and-coming stars of the music world, and featured hundreds of works of art made by you. Our cup runneth over with great tape. The staff assembled this list of our favorite moments from 2012 — the segments we liked working on and listening ...

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Soundcheck

Sophie Auster: Ready For 'Red Weather'

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

New York singer-songwriter Sophie Auster performs songs from her new EP, Red Weather.

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Poetifully, Youngerly, Ogden Nash's Poetry Begs an Encore, Wonderfully

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

WNYC

Promoting his collection Parents Keep Out, poems aimed primarily at teenagers, the poet Ogden Nash displays the well-known rhyming ability and whimsical attitude of his widely appreciated, inimitable light verse at this 1951 Books and Authors Luncheon.

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Fishko Files

Culture Shock 1913 - PODCAST - The Ascent of Poetry

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

    CULTURE SHOCK 1913, our radio special on the landmark year 1913, starts airing December 6th, with other dates to follow. Our related four-part podcast series continues today with its third installment: "The Ascent of Poetry." 1913 marked a moment when a new type of verse emerged and set off a poetry fad in the United States.

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    Vladimir Nabokov's Passionate Reading of 'An Evening of Russian Poetry,' 1958

    Monday, November 26, 2012

    WNYC

    Before the controversy of the American publication of Lolita, Vladimir Nabokov cuts a different figure at this 1958 Books and Authors Luncheon.

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    Fishko Files

    Culture Shock 1913: Podcast Series

    Thursday, November 01, 2012

    Listen to our 1913 podcast series!

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    Slate Culture Gabfest

    The Culture Gabfest: Ya Big MOOC Edition

    Tuesday, October 09, 2012

    Slate critics Stephen Metcalf, Dana Stevens and Julia Turner discuss the new film "Pitch Perfect," Family Guy creator Seth Macfarlane and his selection as Oscars host, and the growth of online university courses.

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    Soundcheck

    Vijay Iyer: Turning Veterans' Dreams Into Music

    Wednesday, September 26, 2012

    Pianist Vijay Iyer, poet Mike Ladd and and Iraq War veteran Maurice Decaul join us for a live performance and discussion about the Harlem Stage-commissioned work Holding It Down: The Veterans’ Dreams Project.

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    Soundcheck

    Vijay Iyer: Transforming Veterans' Dreams Into Music

    Monday, September 17, 2012

    The latest collaboration between pianist and composer Vijay Iyer and spoken word artist Mike Ladd delves deep into the psyche of modern-day veterans. "Holding It Down: The Veterans' Dreams Project" transforms dreams experienced by Iraq and Afghanistan veterans into poetry and music. 

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    Radiolab

    Murmuration

    Monday, September 17, 2012

    Inspired by our Emergence episode, Lulu Miller shares a poem and a video that capture that jolt of awe you feel when nature overwhelms you.

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    The Poet Speaks: Pastoral Tradition and the Search for Farmer Poets

    Tuesday, August 14, 2012

    WNYC

    Harp music plays as announcer Sy Freed quotes Voltaire, “Poetry is the music of the soul and above all of great and inspired souls.” So begins this episode of The Poet Speaks from 1949, featuring poets A.M. Sullivan and Shaemas O’Sheel.

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