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8:07 pm
Fri April 19, 2013

A Creative Goodbye To NPR's Old Headquarters

Marie McGrory NPR

Originally published on Wed April 24, 2013 2:27 pm

As children, we are frequently told to never, ever write on the walls at home or at school. And we dream of an adulthood filled with extra recess, as many cookies as you can eat and Crayola masterpieces adorning every surface.

Unfortunately, these dreams don't usually pan out quite as we had wished (NPR has way less scheduled recess time than I had hoped...), and there are few occasions to scribble with abandon. But as an adult, if you wait for the perfect moment, you might just get a bit more flexibility in the rules.

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This Is NPR
8:06 pm
Fri April 19, 2013

Public Displays Of Affection: Artists & Fans Celebrate Local Music Stations

Maxine Frost Classical KING FM

Originally published on Fri April 19, 2013 4:55 pm

Free music, air conducting contests, pub-love and original illustrations (of Beethoven nonetheless). Oh, and more free music.

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The Picture Show
8:03 pm
Fri April 19, 2013

Finding Comfort In Portraits Of Bostonians

"I'm trying to stay on the Straight And Narrow, but I keep getting caught up in the Booga Wooga." "What's the Booga Wooga?" "Everything that's not the Straight And Narrow."
Courtesy of Brandon Stanton

Originally published on Sat April 20, 2013 11:00 am

Brandon Stanton decided to travel to Boston on Tuesday after one of his Facebook followers suggested he take his signature portrait-plus-anecdote style to the community coping with tragedy.

"I didn't come to depict a city in crisis," he said over the phone, "but to depict the vast majority of the city that is ... getting back on its feet and getting back to normal."

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Code Switch
8:02 pm
Fri April 19, 2013

When Audiences Go To The Movies Out Of Moral Obligation

42, the biopic about Jackie Robinson, won the box office last weekend, earning $27 million.
Warner Bros.

Originally published on Fri April 4, 2014 10:39 am

Just before Red Tails dropped last year, George Lucas went on The Daily Show and said that he had a hard time getting studios to bankroll and distribute his film about the Tuskegee Airmen, the pioneering black fighter pilots from World War II.

"It's because it's an all-black movie," Lucas said. "There's no major white roles in it at all. ... I showed it to all of them and they said, 'No. We don't know how to market a movie like this.' "

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Monkey See
7:57 pm
Fri April 19, 2013

Pop Culture Happy Hour: A Sense Of Place And A Nostalgic Quiz

NPR

Originally published on Fri April 19, 2013 1:45 pm

  • Listen to Pop Culture Happy Hour

So let's speak candidly for a moment.

This is not an ordinary day. It has not been an ordinary week. We taped this week's podcast on Monday at 6:00 p.m., in the first hours of coverage of the bombings in Boston. We are posting it on Friday, in the first hours of coverage of a series of events that currently have many of our good pals — and many of our listeners — "sheltering in place" at home.

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From Scratch
7:57 pm
Fri April 19, 2013

Kevin Ryan Co-Founder Of Gilt Groupe

Originally published on Fri April 19, 2013 1:29 pm

Jessica Harris will speak with Kevin Ryan, co-founder of Gilt Groupe, a luxury e-commerce community, 10Gen, an open source database company, and Business Insider, an online news site for the technology and media industries. Ryan is an internet entrepreneur who has led innovation in the online advertising and e-commerce space since the late 1990s. He was also the CEO of DoubleClick, the advertising serving company that was eventually sold to Google for $3.5 Billion.

Later, Harris will also talk to Fred Swaniker, co-founder of African Leadership.

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The Two-Way
7:47 pm
Fri April 19, 2013

Boy Scouts Propose Ending Ban On Gay Youth

A statue outside the National Scouting Museum in Irving, Texas.
Tom Pennington Getty Images

Originally published on Fri April 19, 2013 11:51 am

The Boy Scouts of America says it will propose lifting its ban of gay members of the organization. The matter will be put to a vote of its 1,400 members of the Boy Scout National Council next month.

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Ask Me Another
7:46 pm
Fri April 19, 2013

Six Degrees of Francis Bacon

Originally published on Fri July 26, 2013 9:11 am

Was Francis Bacon a 16th-century pioneer of the scientific method, or a 20th-century painter known for his raw graphic imagery? The answer is: both! In this game, Ophira Eisenberg quizzes contestants about famous people who share the same first and last name. Extra credit if you can link the two celebrities in six degrees or less. After the game, hear house musician Jonathan Coulton get sassy with a cover of the Destiny's Child hit "Bills Bills Bills."

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Ask Me Another
7:46 pm
Fri April 19, 2013

Michael Ian Black: Jack Of All Trades

Michael Ian Black's number one parenting tip? "When they say they hate you...it's best to just go, 'I hate me too.'"
Lam Thuy Vo NPR

Originally published on Fri July 26, 2013 9:11 am

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TED Radio Hour
7:46 pm
Fri April 19, 2013

Are We Hard-Wired For Beauty?

"Beauty draws us in...It takes us outside ourselves and it motivates us. It's essential to life and to happiness."
Asa Mathat TED

Originally published on Fri June 14, 2013 7:55 am

Part 2 of the TED Radio Hour episode What Is Beauty?

Psychologist Nancy Etcoff joins philosopher Denis Dutton to explain why beauty inspires and motivates us. Etcoff says our response to beauty is visceral, and we use strong words — like "bombshell" — when we talk about it.

About Nancy Etcoff

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