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German singer Helene Fischer performs on stage during the final German TV show 'Wetten dass...?' (Bet that ...?) in Nuremberg, Germany, Saturday, Dec. 13, 2014. (AP)
Posted on Monday, February 2, 2015

So we know what Germany was listening to in the 19th Century. But what about the 21st Century? Answers within.

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Pediatrician Charles Goodman vaccinates 1 year- old Cameron Fierro with the measles-mumps-rubella vaccine, or MMR vaccine at his practice in Northridge, Calif., Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015.  (AP)
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A New York Times Rocky Mountain reporter tells us more about the measles outbreak in southern California, and beyond.

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As greater Boston soldiered through an historic snowstorm this week, many residents reported yeti sightings around the region. (@BostonYeti2015)
Posted on Friday, January 30, 2015

Emails, on-air interactions and the dystopic legend of Shia LaBeouf. (We aren’t kidding about that last one, we swear).

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Senator Joni Ernst (R-IA) delivered the Republican Party's response to President Barack Obama's State of the Union address on Tuesday, January 20 while wearing some rather distinctive shoes. (ABC News)
Posted on Friday, January 23, 2015

New thoughts on Facebook, new analysis of State of the Union twitter activity and new weekend excitement. New! And exciting!

 
Apparently, it's Bill Murray Day today, and Canada. Gets. It. (Steve Murray / National Post)
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Good news! We have interns, and they are wonderful, and here they are for the spring term. Meet them digitally, right here.

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Author Ron Rash (Western Carolina University)
Posted on Thursday, January 22, 2015

An unexpected caller from South Carolina brings back guest Ron Rash’s years as a community college professor in a movingly real way.

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In this Nov. 2014 photo provided by Serial, Emily Condon poses for a photo in the Serial office in New York. (AP)
Posted on Friday, January 16, 2015

You like podcasts? We like podcasts. Here are some podcasts that you could listen to, if you’re into that kind of thing.

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The rug in the sheriff's office in Florida's Pinellas County praised the glory of dog for more than two months. (AP)
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On comments, space-bound manatees and he importance of Dog in everyday policing.

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Chris Pine, left, and Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs announce the Academy Awards nominations at the 87th Academy Awards nomination ceremony on Thursday, Jan. 15, 2015 in Beverly Hills, Calif.  (AP)
Posted on Thursday, January 15, 2015

The 2015 Oscar Nominees are out, and we’re more than happy to highlight some of our conversations with and about some nominated films and actors.

 
Dr. Rick Sacra, an American doctor who contracted the Ebola virus in Africa walks into a room to take part in a media availability in front of his wife Debbie at the University of Massachusetts Medical School Friday Sept. 26, 2014 in Worcester, Mass. (AP)
Posted on Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Massachusetts’ own Dr. Rick Sacra contracted Ebola while working in Liberia. He survived, and is now headed back to West Africa. He explains why.

 
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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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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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