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America's One Night Stand with Robin Thicke Edition

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Julia Turner, Dana Stevens, Jessica Winter discuss the "Blurred Lines" jury verdict with Slate contributor Chris Molanphy, Snapchat Discover with Slate's Will Oremus, and alternative titles.

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Staring down stereotypes, (in)famous music critic Robert Christgau

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Winnipeg-based visual artist KC Adams on Perception, her portrait series challenging racial slurs routinely directed at Canada's aboriginal people. Plus, veteran music critic Robert Christgau on decades spent reviewing -- and riling up rockstars.

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The New Yorker: Out Loud

Chinese Translation

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Amelia Lester hosts Evan Osnos and Peter Hessler. They discuss the pros and cons of translating ones work into Chinese.

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Studio 360

Snap, Crackle, Pop Stars: Portraits in Cereal

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Artist Sarah Rosado plays with her breakfast food to make portraits of pop's most recognizable faces.
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An open letter to working moms, David Treuer's Prudence 03/17/2015

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Why Katharine Zaleski is apologizing to the working moms she once judged. Plus, celebrated author David Treuer on modern aboriginal history and his new WWII novel, Prudence.

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The Theory of Everything

Dark Karma

Monday, March 16, 2015

"G.S." was one of the first friends I made when I moved to Bozeman, Montana many years ago. The story he told me about how bad karma brought him from Devon, England to the C.U.T. bomb shelters in Gardiner, Montana still haunts me.

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'Awkward black girl' Issa Rae, Tom Cochrane performs 03/16/2015

Monday, March 16, 2015

Comedian and 'awkward black girl' Issa Rae on embracing the social clumsiness in us all. Cancon icon Tom Cochrane performs from Take It Home, his first new record since 2006, in Studio Q. Plus, we help CBC Music kick off Searchlight!

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Ask Me Another

AMA Bonus: Me, Myself and Pi

Saturday, March 14, 2015

It's March 14th, otherwise known as Pi Day--and this one's special, because the date (3/14/15) shows the first five digits. Math makes us hungry; join us in a pie shop for some pie-related trivia.

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Studio 360

Five Things You Had to See Online This Week

Friday, March 13, 2015

The dinosaurs from the TV show Dinosaurs dancing to Notorious B.I.G.'s "Hypnotize" wins the internet this week.
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The Moth comes north, Graham Yost, "carny culture", Great Lake Swimmers 03/13/2015

Friday, March 13, 2015

NPR's Ophira Eisenberg on The Moth storytelling series' first trip to Canada. Canadian showrunner Graham Yost on The Americans and Justified. Ward Hall sheds light on freak shows and "carny culture". Great Lake Swimmers perform live throughout the show.

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Unbreakable Tituss Burgess

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Actor Tituss Burgess reveals how he went from Broadway musicals to oddball TV roles on 30 Rock and Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, then sings a "sedentary" version of a Guys and Dolls classic.

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Studio 360

Backup Singers Bring the Hits

Thursday, March 12, 2015

There’s no predicting how well a particular song will do on the pop charts. But researchers have found that one characteristic unites a strong majority of hits: backup singers.

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“The Sculptor”: An Artist Makes a Deal with the Devil

Thursday, March 12, 2015

In Scott McCloud’s new graphic novel, “The Sculptor,” an artist trades his life for a chance at artistic immortality. 

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Björk, Scott McCloud, & the Secret to a Pop Hit

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Björk pushes pop music into new, weird territories of art and science. Scott McCloud teaches us how to understand comics. And research shows what pop hits have in common.

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Björk's Brave New Musical World

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Björk has expanded the definition of pop stardom to include art, fashion, and general weirdness. For her last album, she added app development and musical instrument invention.

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42 Years of Hits in 37 Minutes

Thursday, March 12, 2015

In “Billboard,” avant-garde musician and programmer R. Luke Dubois compresses four decades of chart-topping hits into one very strange-sounding song.  

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Q's 'Welcome Shad' Special! 03/12/2013

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Juno-winning rapper Shad's first official hello as new host of the show, plus an interview with Anna Maria Tremonti. Veteran CBC hosts share words of wisdom. K-OS, Skratch Bastid, The Arkells perform. Actress Molly Parker on her play Harper Regan.

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A Composer’s New Work Is Deemed Dangerous For Children

Thursday, March 12, 2015

The New York Youth Symphony abruptly canceled the Carnegie Hall debut of a young composer because his piece includes a musical quotation of the Nazi anthem. Did they make the right call?

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Aha Moment: “Love and Rockets”

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Comics and graphic novels haven’t traditionally been welcoming places for women. Jessica Abel, a graphic novelist and teacher, is working to change that. 

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Everything is Awesome About These Female Lego Figures

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Artist Maia Weinstock creates series of Lego minifigures based on trailblazing women like Justice Ruth Ginsberg and Temple Grandin. 
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