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  • Two Million Voters Have No Voice in Albany

    Some ran for other offices, some got other jobs — and some wound up in handcuffs. There are 13 empty seats in the legislature, leaving two million with no vote.

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  • Building Better S’mores, Inside Out Or In Pie Form

    The Sporkful

    S'mores combine superb flavors and textures in a format that's structurally problematic. Graham crackers splinter upon bite impact, resulting in a s'more I'd like s'less of.

  • Keeping the Wilderness Wild

    The Leonard Lopate Show

    President Johnson signed the Wilderness Protection Act to preserve a “glimpse of the world as it was in the beginning.” Has it worked?

  • What Exactly Is That Birdlike Thing?

    Is it a bird ... a moth. .. two creatures in one?

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  • Playing Fantasy with Hollywood's Favorite Bro

    The Takeaway

    After a steady run of indie films, actor Mark Duplass has hit man-child stardom with "The League," his show about 30-something guys obsessed with fantasy football.

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  • Check Ahead: Dry The River, 'Alarms In The Heart'

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    Following the success of its 2012 debut, Shallow Bed, Dry The River decamped to Iceland to record its new album, Alarms In The Heart. Known for its delicate folk songs that build to emotional climaxes, the London band's new songs cannot help but sound inspired by the country's grandiose landscapes. Stream the album in its entirety a week before its release on Aug. 26.

  • Pick Three: Matthew Weiner

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    Mad Men creator Matthew Weiner discusses the use of music in his new film, Are You Here, and picks three songs that he finds emotionally moving.

  • How To Be Smarter About... Van Morrison's 'Astral Weeks'

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    Let's face it: as much as we all know and love about music, everyone has at least some blind spots. In our new series, "How To Be Smarter About…" Billboard's Joe Levy delves into the beautiful, and weird world of Van Morrison's classic 1968 album Astral Weeks.

  • Nina Simone: A Revolutionary Voice Of The Civil Rights Movement

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    New Yorker staff writer, Claudia Roth Pierpont, gives context for the recent Nina Simone film controversy and discusses the events that fueled the singer's darkest songs and most provocative performances.

  • Gem Club: Exquisite And Aching Pop Songs

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    Hear Boston chamber pop band Gem Club perform songs from its latest album, In Roses, in the Soundcheck studio.

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