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Inside the Mind of a Fighter

Sunday, May 03, 2015

Ever wonder what goes through the mind of a fighter in the moments before a fight? Here's one take, courtesy of writer Jonathan Gottschall.

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The Ecstasy of the Fight

Sunday, May 03, 2015

Writer Kerry Howley spent months travelling through the Midwest, following two mixed martial artists as they tried to make a living through fighting. She writes about the experience in her book, "Thrown." Howley sees mixed martial arts as an ecstatic, transcendent, experience -- both for the fighters and the audience.

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A Cassette From My Ex

Sunday, April 05, 2015

Before there was iTunes, Spotify, or Pandora, there was the mixtape. Jason Bittner is nostalgic for those days, when sweethearts would spend days crafting the perfect playlist. He's the editor of a book and former website called "Cassette From My Ex". He shares some songs from his collection, and explains why the mixtape is such a powerful medium.

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The Thin Line Between Inspiration and Imitation

Sunday, April 05, 2015

The recent "Blurred Lines" copyright decision has again raised questions about the limits of copyright law, and the disinction between inspiration and imitation. UCLA law professor Kal Raustiala believes the verdict sets a risky precedent for artists and misunderstands the way the creative process works.

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Why Is Pop Culture So Obsessed With The Past?

Sunday, April 05, 2015

How come many of the latest pop songs sound as if they could have been released decades ago? Music journalist Simon Reynolds tells Steve Paulson that our obsession with our immediate past could get in the way of future creativity.

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Why Is Pop Culture So Obsessed With the Past?

Sunday, April 05, 2015

How come many of the latest pop songs sound as if they could have been released decades ago? Music journalist Simon Reynolds tells Steve Paulson that our obsession with our immediate past could get in the way of future creativity.

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He Made A Cat Video And You'll Never Guess What Happened Next...

Friday, April 03, 2015

In the world of cat videos, Henri Le Chat Noir is a superstar.  Filmmaker Will Braden talks about the glory that is Henri and the embarrassment of telling strangers what he does for a living. 

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Fishko Files

Liberace's Very Extreme Makeover

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Think: grand piano, candelabra and sequined suit. As a new Liberace film premieres, WNYC’s Sara Fishko reminds us of his beginnings in this episode of Fishko Files…

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