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Deceptive Cadence
6:53 pm
Mon July 15, 2013

From Carnegie Hall, A Youth Orchestra That's A National First

Conductor Valery Gergiev leads the National Youth Orchestra through its first rehearsal with the maestro, at Purchase College outside New York City.
Chris Lee

Originally published on Sat July 13, 2013 12:22 pm

It's a hot summer afternoon and the recital hall at Purchase College is abuzz with excitement and nervous energy. One hundred and twenty teenagers, from 42 states, are about to embark on an extraordinary musical and personal journey.

Clive Gillinson, executive director of Carnegie Hall, steps up to the podium to greet them. "Welcome to all of you," he says. "It's wonderful to welcome you here to the first-ever National Youth Orchestra of the United States of America!"

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Author Interviews
6:51 pm
Mon July 15, 2013

How Cricket Mirrors Indian Society, For Better And For Worse

Originally published on Sat July 13, 2013 12:22 pm

Americans can seem a little sports-crazy, thanks to multimillion-dollar salaries for stars and big games that are practically national holidays. But our passion for sports has its limits: football, baseball and basketball, yes. Cricket? Not so much. In contrast, perhaps no country has more passion for a sport — any sport — than India has for cricket.

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Food
6:51 pm
Mon July 15, 2013

Food In Science Fiction: In The Future, We Will All Eat Lasers

Ex-chef Jason Sheehan fears a robotic future without the humanity of food.
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Originally published on Sat July 13, 2013 1:44 pm

Near the beginning of the Road Warrior there is a scene in which Mel Gibson's character eats dog food.

It is a perfect moment, a beautiful moment, a completely defining moment — a pause in the post-apocalyptic action where the writers gave us everything we needed to know about Gibson's Max Rockatansky in one, long, wordless scene. And it was a moment that — watching the movie at likely far too young an age on some long-gone Saturday night at the drive-in — messed me up for life.

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Book Reviews
6:48 pm
Mon July 15, 2013

A Memoir About Finding One's Place In The Natural World

Originally published on Sat July 13, 2013 6:03 am

The latest addition to a body of work that includes six novels, a short story collection, and editorship of several folk tale anthologies, I Hate to Leave This Beautiful Place is just the right sort of read for those who usually take in non-fiction with a grim reluctance, as if it were cod liver oil. I was drawn by its promise of a memoir structured around five "incidents of arresting strangeness" in the author's life. I was not disappointed.

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13.7: Cosmos And Culture
6:46 pm
Mon July 15, 2013

Keeping Score: How To Understand Baseball

Mike Ehrmann Getty Images

Originally published on Sat July 13, 2013 6:13 am

In Thursday's New York Times there's an article on keeping a score card by hand at baseball games. Who does it anymore? Fewer and fewer people, according to the article. Why bother when you can enjoy a live play-by-play on your handheld device? And if you insist on keeping score yourself, there are apps you can download that make it much easier than doing it by hand.

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Krulwich Wonders...
6:45 pm
Mon July 15, 2013

'Why You? Why Now?' A Med Student's Journal

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Originally published on Sat July 13, 2013 7:02 am

I guess doctors, especially doctors-in-training, have to get used to sudden, inexplicable endings. You are trained to heal. That's the goal, that's the point. But every so often, you don't win. Something you didn't see coming, comes. I don't know which hurts more, the 'suddenly' or the 'why?" If the patient is clearly dying, it's easier. You can prepare.

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Code Switch
6:44 pm
Mon July 15, 2013

Trayvon Martin In Death: Whose Story Is It?

Trayvon Martin's mother, Sybrina Fulton, hears closing arguments in George Zimmerman's trial Thursday in Sanford, Fla. Nearly 60 years ago, Mamie Till used images of her dead son, Emmett, to show the nation how he died.
Pool Getty Images

Originally published on Sat July 13, 2013 12:31 pm

Note: The photo we're talking about is at the top of this Gawker article. Viewers may find it disturbing.

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The Two-Way
6:43 pm
Mon July 15, 2013

Pakistani Schoolgirl Wounded In Taliban Attack Addresses U.N.

Malala Yousafzai, the 16-year-old Pakistani advocate for girls' education who was shot in the head by the Taliban, speaks at the United Nations Youth Assembly on Friday.
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Originally published on Fri July 12, 2013 5:59 pm

Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani teen who was attacked by Taliban militants for promoting education for girls, received several standing ovations as she addressed the United Nations on Friday, calling on world leaders to provide free compulsory schooling to every child.

In October, Malala was shot in the head by Taliban militants who attacked a schoolbus she was on. She was targeted for her campaign promoting girls' rights.

"They thought that the bullets would silence us, but they failed," she said.

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Planet Money
6:43 pm
Mon July 15, 2013

Episode 472: The One-Page Plan To Fix Global Warming

Camille Seaman Barcroft Media/Landov

Originally published on Fri July 12, 2013 4:31 pm

Climate change seems like this complicated, intractable problem. But maybe it doesn't have to be.

On today's show, we talk to a couple economists about a very simple idea that could solve the climate-change problem: Tax carbon emissions.

A carbon tax could be paired with cuts in the income tax. And it would drive down emissions without picking winners or losers, and without creating complicated regulations.

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Planet Money
6:43 pm
Mon July 15, 2013

What Actually Happens At The End Of 'Trading Places'?

Feeling good.
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Originally published on Mon July 22, 2013 9:41 am

It's been 30 years since Trading Places came out. And, to be honest, I never really understood what happened at the end of that movie. Sure, Louis Winthorpe (Dan Aykroyd) and Billy Ray Valentine (Eddie Murphy) get rich, and the Duke brothers lose all their money. But what actually happens? How does it work?

I recently talked to Tom Peronis, a guy who has spent years trading OJ options. He walked me through every step of Winthorpe and Valentine's plan.

1. Give The Duke Brothers Bad Information

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