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Musician Lead Belly plays an accordion in an undated photograph. (Wikicommons)
Posted on Monday, March 2, 2015

Loved our show on Lead Belly, but unsure on where you should start to listen? Jeff Place of the Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage offers his best picks for a beginning Lead Belly listener.

 
Leonard Nimoy playing Spock with William Shatner as Kirk, 1968. (Wikimedia)
Posted on Friday, February 27, 2015

We won’t lead you into a debate on the color of #TheDress (it’s blue and black, end of debate), but we do wonder about the blurring lines between so-called Internet culture and general popular culture. Also, it’s snowing in Boston. Still.

 
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of Calif., accompanied by House Democrats, calls on their GOP colleagues to pass a funding bill for the Homeland Security Department that does not contain provisions aimed at blocking President Barack Obama's executive actions on immigration, Friday, Feb. 13, 2015, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP)
Posted on Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Rep. Jim Jordan of Ohio and Rep. Chris Van Hollen of Maryland present their views on the ongoing Congressional budget fight over Department of Homeland Security funding. (Spoiler: They do not agree on a resolution of the crisis).

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Vice President Joe Biden talks with Stephanie Carter, wife of incoming Defense Secretary Ash Carter during Carter's swearing in ceremony, Tuesday, Feb. 17, 2015, in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington. Carter, 60, is President Barack Obama's fourth secretary of defense. (AP)
Posted on Friday, February 20, 2015

We explain what happened with the old podcast feed this week and last, share some other Oscar categories and reminisce about the golden days of Double Rainbows and Honey Badgers who just don’t care.

 
Preparation is underway for the 87th annual Academy Awards on Hollywood Blvd. at the Dolby Theatre on Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2015, in Los Angeles. (AP)
Posted on Thursday, February 19, 2015

Want the inside scoop on who will win big on Sunday’s 87th Academy Awards? (Look elsewhere, sorry). But we’ve got great shows on some of the year’s best movies, all right here.

 
Posted on Wednesday, February 18, 2015

What YouTube viral videos have you watched again (and again, and again, and again)? We share some of our (and your) favorites here.

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David Carr, culture reporter and media columnist for The New York Times poses for a photograph on Eighth Avenue, Monday, Aug. 11, 2008, in New York.  Carr died on February 12, 2015 at the age of 58. (AP)
Posted on Friday, February 13, 2015

“I’m still grappling with how to talk about David Carr in the past tense.” CNN’s Brian Stelter remembers his mentor and colleague, New York Times media critic David Carr.

 
Australia's oldest living man spends his free time knitting sweaters for injured penguins. Yes. He does. (AAT Kings)
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We try and explain what’s going on in our comments section lately, share some besweatered penguins and a whole bunch of capybaras go visit some hot springs.

 
New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski hangs out of a duck boat as fans cheer during a parade in Boston, Wednesday, Feb. 4, 2015, to honor the NFL football team's victory over the Seattle Seahawks in Super Bowl XLIX in Glendale, Ariz. (AP)
Posted on Friday, February 6, 2015

The Patriots won the Super Bowl, none of you emailed us about email comments and Tom Ashbrook <3s TV. Also, German pop.

 
This Jan. 19, 2015 photo shows cauliflower soup topped with tamari Pepitas in Concord, N.H. This recipe is by J.M. Hirsch.  (AP)
Posted on Thursday, February 5, 2015

As you listen to our soup show, fill your bowls — and your bellies — with some delicious winter recipes.

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Mar 3, 2015
A group of community activists in San Francisco, CA celebrate that city's February 2014 embrace of the Fair Chance Campaign's efforts to alter background checks on employment and housing for convicted criminals. (Courtesy All of Us Or None)

Is it time to stop asking job applicants if they’ve been convicted of a crime? We’ll look at employment and unemployment after prison.

Mar 3, 2015
This July 21, 2014 photo shows strawberry banana chia breakfast smoothie in Concord, N.H. Breakfast habits in America are changing, leading to dramatic shifts in business strategy. (AP)

Food guidelines are changing. So is what we eat for breakfast. Cereal? Out of favor. Eggs? Maybe OK. And all kinds of new menus. We’ll look at Americans and breakfast.

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Mar 2, 2015
This image provided by NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center shows an artists rendering on how a gamma ray burst occurs with a massive star collapsing and creating a black hole and beaming out focused and deadly light and radiation bursts. Astronomers and space telescopes in April 2013 saw the biggest and brightest cosmic explosion ever witnessed, a large gamma ray burst. (AP)

A super-massive black hole, newly discovered, deep in space. We’ll peer into the realm of the black hole.

 
Mar 2, 2015
In this Tuesday, March 4, 2014 file photo, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, accompanied by his wife Sara, right, speaks before the screening of the television documentary "Israel: The Royal Tour" at Paramount Studios in Los Angeles. (AP)

On the eve of Israel Prime Minister Netanyahu’s controversial address to Congress, we look at the US-Israel falling out over Iran nuclear negotiations.

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Want To Listen To Lead Belly? Here’s Where To Start
Monday, Mar 2, 2015

Loved our show on Lead Belly, but unsure on where you should start to listen? Jeff Place of the Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage offers his best picks for a beginning Lead Belly listener.

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Our Week In The Web: February 27, 2015
Friday, Feb 27, 2015

We won’t lead you into a debate on the color of #TheDress (it’s blue and black, end of debate), but we do wonder about the blurring lines between so-called Internet culture and general popular culture. Also, it’s snowing in Boston. Still.

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Two Congressmen Weigh In On DHS Funding
Tuesday, Feb 24, 2015

Rep. Jim Jordan of Ohio and Rep. Chris Van Hollen of Maryland present their views on the ongoing Congressional budget fight over Department of Homeland Security funding. (Spoiler: They do not agree on a resolution of the crisis).

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