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  • First-Time Voters Stir Revolution in Both Parties

    The Takeaway

    As the New Hampshire primary and Iowa caucus result show, young people are supporting Bernie Sanders in large numbers. But Republicans believe that they can also rally first-time voters.

  • The Imagery and Politics of Beyoncé’s ‘Formation’

    The Brian Lehrer Show

    Beyoncé dropped a song and video invoking post-Katrina imagery in New Orleans, Black Lives Matter (though not by name) and other social issues. Is her social consciousness praise-worthy?



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Arts and Culture

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  • How Criticism Allows Creativity to Flourish

    The Leonard Lopate Show

    Film critic A.O. Scott discusses the value of criticism and how it shapes art, literature and pop culture in his new book. 


    Death, Sex & Money

    You've been sending us your anthems of change. Now, we want to see you rock out to them. 

  • When NBA All-Stars Trade Free Throws for Freestyling


    Now that Kobe's retiring, will he decide to resurrect his rap career? Bryant is just one of many NBA All-Stars to have tried their hand at hip hop.

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  • Mapping the Book that Guided Black Travelers Across a Segregated America

    The "Green Book" guided black travelers to welcoming destinations.

Tech and Media

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  • What We Learned When 25,000 People Tried to Fight Information Overload

    Note to Self

    What we learned through a week of experimenting with information overload interventions.

  • #MemeOfTheNight: Bernie Sandwich

    An MSNBC host accidentally called the candidate "Bernie sandwich." Sanders supporters and adversaries on Twitter jumped in.

  • The Clash of Two Tech Titans

    Money Talking

    For a short time, Google's parent company Alphabet surpassed Apple as the most valuable company in the world — which might signal a shift in the economy.

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  • Ezra Furman Connects, Loud and Clear


    The genre-busting and gender-bending singer visits the Soundcheck studio.  

  • Weekly Music Roundup: Roma, Celts, Dunedin, and Queen Bey


    This week, revisiting a great gypsy singer, updating a classic rock sound, and the real winner of the Super Bowl.

  • New Mix: Shearwater, Lily & Madeleine, Eskimeaux, More

    On this week's show: songs of power, protest and passion, including a cut from Shearwater's "angriest" record, and singer Kevin Morby's fervent if exasperated attempt to make sense of police violence.

  • #3828: More Music for Pictures at an Exhibition

    New Sounds

    Listen to works inspired by some of the great painters of the 20th Century: Kandinsky, Schiele & Miró, in music by Brooklyn Rider, the group Rachel’s & drummer/composer Bobby Previte.

  • Benjamin Clementine: From Paris Metro to World Stage


    The smoldering pianist plays songs from his full-length debut 'At Least For Now' live on Soundcheck.

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