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Incarceration and Liberation

A former State Senator behind bars. The roots of the Black Panthers. The disappearance of magicians and street performers in India. The rise of superbugs in ground beef.
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The Birth of The Black Panthers

Tuesday, September 01, 2015

The Black Panthers began as a response to police brutality in Oakland in the 1960s. A new film traces their legacy. 
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A Senator Calls For Prison Reform, After Time on the Inside

Tuesday, September 01, 2015

In 2009, Missouri State Senator Jeff Smith lied about about a campaign malfeasance, and he received a year and a day in a Kentucky prison.
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An Artist's Colony Disappears in India

Tuesday, September 01, 2015

A new documentary explores Kathputli, a mysterious hand–built artist colony, which is now being threatened by destruction.
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Another Reason To Avoid Factory Farmed Beef

Tuesday, September 01, 2015

A new report finds that conventional ground beef is twice as likely to contain antibiotic resistant superbugs as sustainable beef.
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Some Pregnancy Centers Are Not What They Seem

Monday, August 31, 2015

Thousands of women each year seek help at pregnancy centers, some of which appear to be secular medical clinics but are actually Christian anti-abortion centers. 
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Unemployed Autoworkers and A Vision of the Future

Monday, August 31, 2015

A sociologist takes a look at some of the workers who, years after the Great Recession, have remained stuck in long term unemployment.
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Tribute: Wes Craven

Monday, August 31, 2015

Wes Craven became known as the King of Horror with genre-defining films like A Nightmare on Elm Street. After a battle with brain cancer, he died on Sunday at age 76.
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Tribute: Oliver Sacks

Monday, August 31, 2015

Oliver Sacks' books, about the hidden lives of patients, sold millions of copies. In February, he announced that he had terminal cancer. He died yesterday at the age of 82. 
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The Odyssey: The Musical!

Monday, August 31, 2015

Inspired by the historical pageantry movement of the early 1900s—blending mass spectacle with community engagement—this new adaptation of The Odyssey reimagines the Greek epic.
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Falling To The Bottom, Rising To The Top

Monday, August 31, 2015

Understanding long term unemployment. A documentary about the first African American to win Wimbledon. A musical adaptation of The Odyssey. Investigating crisis pregnancy centers.
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Before Serena Williams, There Was Althea Gibson

Monday, August 31, 2015

People often cite Arthur Ashe as the first African American to win Wimbledon. In fact, it was female pro Althea Gibson, who won the championship in both 1957 and 1958. 
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Leonard Lopate Weekend: Manhattan Pizza, Chameleons & A Death In Prison

Friday, August 28, 2015

Our three favorite segments from the last week, in case you missed them! 
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Guest Picks: Wim Wenders

Friday, August 28, 2015

We spoke to famed director Wim Wenders about his 40 year retrospective. He told us about a few of his favorite books, music, and food. Check it out!
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Tracking Illegal Ivory, Using GPS

Friday, August 28, 2015

An in-depth look at the devastating effects of the global illegal ivory trade, and a new tool that tracks how illegal ivory is moved both within Africa and outside of its borders.
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Tracking Ivory, Honoring Laughable Science, Understanding Roaches

Friday, August 28, 2015

The devastating effects of the global ivory trade. Wim Wenders' 40 year career in film. Honoring scientific achievements that make people laugh. Please Explain is all about cockroaches!
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Wim Wenders' Career From New German Cinema to Art-House Blockbusters

Friday, August 28, 2015

A new retrospective looks back at the prolific director's 40 year run in film. 
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Celebrating the Funniest Scientific Studies

Friday, August 28, 2015

Marc Abrahams discusses the annual award ceremony he created, which honors scientific achievements that make people laugh, then think. 
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Cockroaches: They've Been Around Forever, And They Aren't Going Anywhere

Friday, August 28, 2015

Our efforts to exterminate these creatures has developed into chemical warfare, but roaches’ basic design has persisted unchanged for millions of years.
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How To Make Millions Off of Lead Poisoning

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Victims of lead-paint poisoning are often awarded 'structured settlements,' payments that occur monthly over decades. A secondary market for these settlements has cropped up.
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Mass Hysteria in the 1980s, Amassing Wealth in the 1500s

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Understanding the epidemic of prosecutions of day care workers in the 1980s. The Renaissance banker who became the richest man who ever lived. Tom McCarthy's novel, Satin Island.
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