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  • New Yorkers Seeking Suds for Their Duds

    The Brian Lehrer Show

    Some people are finding a laundromat scarcity in neighborhoods with wealthier residents. For others, gentrification is bringing more laundromats. How does your neighborhood wash?

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  • How Corruption Drives Extremism

    The Leonard Lopate Show

    Since the late 1990s, some governments have come to resemble glorified criminal gangs, bent solely on their own enrichment. 

  • Margaret Cho's Sex Education

    Death, Sex & Money

    Comedian Margaret Cho frequently jokes about her wild sexual adventures. But now, she says she wants something less X-rated and more like a middle school romance. 



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  • Democrats Say Silver Will Relinquish Speakership

    The Assembly's Majority Leader is to take up the post temporarily until Democrats elect a new Speaker on Feb. 10.

  • NYC's First Lady Announces a New Approach to Mental Health

    The first step is to diagnose the problem, says First Lady Chirlane McCray.

  • If You're Looking for a Place to Farm — Start by Looking Up

    All you need to start a farm in New York City is the right roof.

  • Is It OK To Pay Pregnant Women To Stop Smoking?

    It's notoriously hard to get people to quit smoking. Pregnant women in Scotland were more apt to stop smoking if they got $600 in gift cards. But are those kinds of payments ethical?

  • Assembly Speaker Silver's Departure Could End Up Raising Your Rent

    Sheldon Silver brokered a deal between housing advocates and real estate developers on a key bill up for re-approval. Without him, stakeholders have their claws out.

Arts and Culture

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  • What Happens When You Google Sex

    The Brian Lehrer Show

    According to an article in the New York Times, men and women both search for answers about the male sex organ, but the questions asked reflect nearly opposite concerns. 

  • Questions to Ask Yourself Before You Become a Farmer

    The farm-to-table ethos is firmly established in New York City's restaurant scene. But a growing number of New Yorkers are becoming more interested in the farm side of the equation.

  • Controversy Swirls Around Oscar-Nominated Film

    The Takeaway

    "Timbuktu" has been nominated for a best foreign picture Oscar this year, but it's also been accused of making apologies for terrorism.  

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  • Learning to Be Bored With Gary Shteyngart

    The Leonard Lopate Show

    The WNYC podcast New Tech City is taking on a big new project to get people to rethink their relationship with technology. They call it Bored and Brilliant.

Tech and Media

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  • What 95 Minutes of Phone Time a Day Does to Us

    New Tech City

    Prepare for our week of Bored and Brilliant challenges with a peek at the data we're gathering on how much you use your phones and the science behind why it matters for your brain.

  • How Will Digital Currencies Change Our Way of Life?

    The Leonard Lopate Show

    Digital currency could reinvent traditional financial and social structures, and bring the world's billions of "unbanked" individuals into a new global economy. 

  • Just Plane Sad: A Show Of Support For SkyMall

    News last week that SkyMall's parent company has filed for bankruptcy protection inspired an outpouring of odes to the kitschy in-flight catalog.

Music for your day

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  • Sonic Youth's Lee Ranaldo Celebrates Steve Reich

    The Sonic Youth guitarist reflects on the work of composer Steve Reich.

  • The Manic Musical Worlds of Nick Kroll


    The multi-talented, many-faced comedian talks about the colorful musical personalities that have studded the storyline of 'Kroll Show.' 

  • Johnny Flynn Hits a New Note in 'Song One'


    The British singer-songwriter and actor joins director Kate Barker-Froyland in the Soundcheck studio to talk about their new film 'Song One,' also starring Anne Hathaway. 

  • Kaija Saariaho's Masterful Chamber Music Shines on a Larger Scale

    Utterly original and new, the music of Kaija Saariaho is nevertheless recognizable as a successor to an old French tradition of rich lyricism and colorful orchestration.

  • Stream 44 New Tunes For The New Year


    With 2014 firmly behind us, there's not much to do but look ahead to the looming tidal wave of records coming in 2015. Stream the songs Soundcheck is most excited about this year.

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