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Sex, Heartbreak and Redemption (Tuesday, April 02, 2013) — This week on All Songs Considered, hosts Bob Boilen and Robin Hilton go on a haphazard musical journey across the globe to share their favorite new discoveries. Manchester’s The 1975 start things off with the band’s punchy song called “Sex.” Then we head to Brooklyn for soul singer Charles Bradley, who keeps things heated with “You Put The Flame On It,” a track from his upcoming album Victim Of Love. Back in Iceland, Ólöf Arnalds (not to be confused with her cousin Ólafur Arnalds) shares her beautifully sung new track “Treat Her Kindly.” Also on the show: German musician, composer and Kraftwerk alumnus Karl Bartos supplies us with an epic electronic track, before we finish things off with a hauntingly beautiful cut from London-based poet, singer, illustrator and one-to-watch Keaton Henson.
Book Review Podcast (Friday, April 05, 2013) — This week, Monte Reel talks about “Between Man and Beast”; Leslie Kaufman has notes from the field; Ada Calhoun discusses Mike Piazza’s memoir; and Gregory Cowles has best-seller news. Sam Tanenhaus is the host.
NPR: 04-04-2013 Books (Thursday, April 04, 2013) — Stories: 1) In A New Memoir, Maya Angelou Recalls How A ‘Lady’ Became ‘Mom’ 2) ‘Life After Life,’ The Many Deaths And Do-Overs Of Ursula Todd 3) Mining Books To Map Emotions Through A Century 4) ‘Burgess Boys’ Family Saga Explores The Authenticity Of Imperfection 5) David Sheff On Addiction: Prevention, Treatment And Staying ‘Clean’
Why should you wash new clothes before wearing them? (Friday, April 05, 2013) — Some clothes have tags that say “wash before wearing” or “wash separately.” Find out why it’s sometimes a good idea to wash new clothes before you wear them in this episode.
How do dry chemical fire extinguishers work? (Wednesday, April 03, 2013) — Three elements create a fire. Discover what they are and how dry chemical fire extinguishers combat them in this podcast from HowStuffWorks.com.
How does satellite Internet work? (Monday, April 01, 2013) — If you’re trying to access the Internet in a very rural or remote place, satellite Internet is probably your best bet. In this episode, Marshall explains how satellite Internet works.
When in Rome, why not visit another country? (Friday, April 05, 2013) — The smallest sovereign country in the world, Vatican City — officially known as the State of the Vatican City — makes its home in the heart of Italy’s capital, Rome. Explore this unique city-state and its world-renowned attractions in this episode.
In The Long Run (Friday, April 05, 2013) — This week on Pop Culture Happy Hour, NPR Monkey See’s Linda Holmes, Stephen Thompson, Trey Graham and Glen Weldon talk about whether it’s really possible to capture the magic of a first season later on in a series. What do shows do to reinvigorate themselves and last a long time? They’ll talk ‘Law and Order,’ ‘The Wire’ and ‘Mad Men,’ which returns this weekend. Next, they’ll discuss movie red flags. What indicates that a movie, particularly a sequel, won’t be good? All that, plus What’s Making Us Happy This Week.
Episode 411: G.I. Joe: Retaliation (Monday, April 01, 2013) — We lock and reload with G.I. Joe: Retaliation and discuss new trailers for The Wolverine and White House Down, plus Admission, Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters, Wrong, From Dusk Till Dawn, How to Survive a Plague and Alienator.
The Tax Man Nudgeth (Wednesday, April 03, 2013) — Real tax reform may or may not ever happen. In the meantime, how about making the current system work a bit better?
Greatest Hits: Manic Pixie Dreamgirls (Wednesday, April 03, 2013) — She’s quirky, nutty and totally unfettered. She shows brooding screen heroes that life is full of fun and wonder. She’s Manic Pixie Dream Girl, and her roots as a cinema archetype go back further than you probably suspect.
Greatest Hits: Wanna go to prom? (Monday, April 01, 2013) — It’s exciting, it’s a rite of passage, it’s expensive and often a letdown. Few people look back on their proms and think “That was one of the greatest nights of my life!” Tracy and Holly relay memories of their proms and the origins of this tradition.
Start Talking: Synthetic Biology and Conservation Biology Meet, Part 2 (Wednesday, April 03, 2013) — Conservation biologist Kent Redford talks about the issues facing the intersection of synthetic biology and conservation biology and a conference that starts April 9th called “How will synthetic biology and conservation shape the future of nature?”
Start Talking: Synthetic Biology and Conservation Biology Meet, Part 1 (Tuesday, April 02, 2013) — Conservation biologist Kent Redford talks about the issues facing the intersection of synthetic biology and conservation biology and a conference that starts April 9th called “How will synthetic biology and conservation shape the future of nature?”
Sound Opinions Celebrates Musical Grand Slams (Sunday, March 31, 2013) — This Week, Jim and Greg let the sports metaphors fly. They celebrate baseball’s Opening Day by running down musical Grand Slams: four knockout albums in a row. Plus, have New Yorkers The Strokes hit it out of the park on album number five?
3D Printer of the Gods, Part 2 (Thursday, April 04, 2013) — Sure 3D printers are cool, but where will they ultimately take us? In this episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Robert and Julie discuss some of the amazing things happening in 3D printing, what the future will bring and whether it will destroy us all.
STBYM Listener Mail Extravaganza (Monday, April 01, 2013) — Stuff to Blow Your Mind listeners regularly send in imaginative and jaw-dropping correspondence. Sadly, Julie and Robert rarely have time to read it all. So here’s a bonus episode devoted to your listener mail, courtesy of everyone’s favorite mailbot.
3D Printer of the Gods, Part 1 (Friday, March 29, 2013) — Sure 3D printers are cool, but where will they ultimately take us? In this episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Robert and Julie discuss some of the amazing things happening in 3D printing, what the future will bring and whether it will destroy us all.
Albert J. Tirrell, the First Sleepwalking Killer (Wednesday, April 03, 2013) — On Oct. 27, 1845 Mary Ann Bickford’s body was found in her Boston boardinghouse room. Her paramour Albert J. Tirrell was eventually charged with murder. Tirrell hired Rufus Choate to defend him, and Choate claimed his client had episodes of somnambulism.
Australia’s Rabbit-proof Fence (Monday, April 01, 2013) — Many English settlers brought animals and plants to Australia, including rabbits. The rabbit population exploded, and rabbit-controlling fences were started by the 1880s. Work on the State Barrier Fence began in 1901, and it’s still maintained today.
How Grief Works (Thursday, April 04, 2013) — Since 1969, the five stages of grief have become pretty well known. But later researchers are finding that grief is rarely cut and dried, and may not be as widely experienced as we thought. Join Josh and Chuck as they look at the sad science of grief.
How the Panama Canal Works (Tuesday, April 02, 2013) — The Panama Canal is one of the greatest engineering feats ever undertaken. First conceived of in the 1580s and completed in 1914, the canal’s fascinating history includes a stint where it was considered U.S. soil. Learn all about it on this episode.
Shorts: Radiolab Presents: TJ & Dave (Tuesday, April 02, 2013) — Improv comedy puts uncertainty on center stage — performers usually start by asking the audience for a prompt, then they make up the details as they go. But two actors in Chicago are taking this idea to its absolute limit, and finding ways to navigate the unknown.