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Thursday, February 19, 2015 | 11:00 AM
As people live longer and longer, questions rise around how to live better, longer. (Flickr / Yuliya Bahr)

We’re sorting through the science of living a longer, healthier life with the author of “Spring Chicken.”

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Monday, February 16, 2015 | 11:00 AM
Comedian and author Maz Jobrani stands next to a promotional photo for his ongoing book tour in Los Angeles, CA. (Courtesy Maz Jobrani)

After the murder of three young Muslim-Americans in Chapel Hill, we’ll open the phone lines for some serious talk with Muslim-American comedian Maz Jobrani.

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Wednesday, February 11, 2015 | 11:00 AM
David Duchovny arrives at the NBCUniversal Golden Globes afterparty at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Sunday, Jan. 11, 2015, in Beverly Hills, Calif. (AP)

Golden Globe-winning actor David Duchovny steps off the screen to write a debut novel about a sassy cow. He’s with us.

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Tuesday, February 10, 2015 | 11:00 AM
The Hindu god Krishna and Gopis in the forest. (WikiCommons)

The stunning poetry, prose, history and philosophy of classical Indian literature. Emerging in a huge new collection. We’ll dip in.

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Monday, February 9, 2015 | 11:00 AM
Visitors picture, from the left, models representing Flores, Homo Sapiens and Neanderthal women stand in the "Musee des Confluences", a new science and anthropology museum in Lyon, central France, Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014. (AP)

A new history of us –Homo Sapiens — and why fiction – stories – let us rule the world.

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Friday, February 6, 2015 | 10:00 AM
Jordanians chant slogans to show their support for the government against terror during a rally in Amman, Jordan, Thursday, Feb. 5, 2015. Jordanian warplanes bombed Islamic State targets on Thursday, state TV said, after Jordan's King Abdullah II vowed to wage a "harsh" war against the militants who control large areas of neighboring Syria and Iraq. (AP)

Jordan vows revenge on ISIS. Measles anger. Arms for Ukraine. Harper Lee’s new novel. Our weekly news roundtable goes behind the headlines.

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Monday, February 2, 2015 | 11:00 AM
Tenor and author Ian Bostridge. (Courtesy The Artist)

We’ll explore Franz Schubert’s Winterreise, or Winter Journey – the late great, strange song cycle with tenor Ian Bostridge. Plus: a fresh look at contemporary German pop music.

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Thursday, January 29, 2015 | 11:00 AM
This Tuesday, Dec. 30, 2014 a street side memorial with a painted portrait of Ezell Ford near where he was shot when police confronted him on Aug. 11, 2014, on a street near his home in South Los Angeles. (AP)

The author of “Ghettoside” takes us deep into murder and law enforcement in minority neighborhoods. We want your story.

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Wednesday, January 28, 2015 | 11:00 AM
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Did our sense of taste make us human? From evolution to culture, a new book explores the science and perception of flavor.

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Monday, January 26, 2015 | 11:00 AM
Frederick Daniel Hardy's "Baby's Birthday" (1867) shows a typical Victorian English family at home.  (Wikimedia / Creative Commons)

Brush your teeth with soot, stay away from water, wear a steel corset. We’ll talk with the author of “How to be a Victorian.” Strange ways from another age.

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May 25, 2015
New York Times columnist David Brooks explores a history of American moral character in his new book, "The Road to Character." Former US Labor Secretary Frances Perkins (R), is one of the subjects he profiles in his books. (David Burnett / AP)

New York Times columnist David Brooks on finding moral character in a self-preoccupied society.

May 25, 2015
Violinist Regina Carter warms up in the On Point studio on Friday, October 17. (Robin Lubbock / WBUR)

Regina Carter turns her jazz violin down home with her new album “Southern Comfort.”

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The Barden Bellas, the all-female a cappella group at the center of Pitch Perfect 2. (Richard Cartwright/Universal Pictures via AP)

Pitch Perfect 2 is the number one movie in the country, and it’s over the top on a capella.

 
May 22, 2015
Crashed cars with airbags deployed are shown to visitors as part of the display of Toyota Motor Corp.'s safety performance standards at the automaker's exhibition hall in Toyota, central Japan. (Shuji Kajiyama/AP)

ISIS rolls on. A TPP vote. Biggest recall ever – airbags. And Letterman’s last bow. Our weekly news roundtable goes behind the headlines.

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A Former Bike Gang Member Explains "The Life"
Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Larry called in from Lawrenceburg, KY and told us he was once a member of the Pagan’s Motorcycle Club, a mid-Atlantic biker gang. He didn’t sugar coat the facts as he explained the draw of the brotherhood and what makes the outlaw motorcycle corner the underworld go round.

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Our Week In The Web: May 15, 2015
Friday, May 15, 2015

We cancel a few hours and suddenly all of you get convinced of a global radio conspiracy! Plus, dragon zoos.

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Caller: ‘It Doesn’t Always Turn Out Okay’
Wednesday, May 13, 2015

One caller shares her own story of an extremely premature birth. Her daughter, born at 22 1/2 weeks in 2012, was taken off life support after seven days.

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