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Wednesday, December 31, 1969 | 11:00 AM
Musician Lead Belly plays an accordion in an undated photograph. (Wikicommons)

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.

 
Friday, February 27, 2015 | 11:00 AM
This image released courtesy of the Lead Belly Estate shows folk and blues musician Huddie William Ledbetter, better known as Lead Belly. Huddie "Lead Belly" Ledbetter never had a hit record before he died of Lou Gehrig's disease in 1949. (AP)

Going back to Lead Belly. The blues legend is back. His influences, as big as ever.

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Tuesday, February 24, 2015 | 11:00 AM
Wendy Whalen, in a photographic portrait by Nisian Hughes. (Nisian Hughes)

Prima ballerina Wendy Whelan is with us. One of the country’s most famous ballerinas looks at dance as she approaches 50.

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Friday, February 20, 2015 | 11:00 AM
Workers move red carpet as preparations are made for the 87th Academy Awards in Los Angeles, Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2015. The Academy Awards will be held at the Dolby Theatre on Sunday, Feb. 22. (AP)

Oscars this weekend. “Birdman,” “Boyhood,” “American Sniper”? We’ll talk who should win, and why.

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Wednesday, February 18, 2015 | 11:00 AM
President Barack Obama sits down for an interview with YouTube star Glozell Green on January 22, 2015. (The White House/File)

YouTube turns ten. We’ll look at how it has changed music, culture, and the media.

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Tuesday, February 17, 2015 | 11:00 AM
The punk rock band Sleater-Kinney (from L: Janet Weiss, Carrie Brownstein and Corin Tucker) (Courtesy the Band)

Feminist punk-rockers, the band Sleater-Kinney, is with us. Reunited. Hotter than ever.

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Wednesday, December 31, 1969 | 11:00 AM
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)

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

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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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Tuesday, January 20, 2015 | 11:00 AM
From left to right Grateful Dead's Phil Lesh, and Bob Weir with San Francisco Giants' Tim Flannery sing the national anthem before Game 3 of the National League baseball championship series between the San Francisco Giants and the St. Louis Cardinals on Tuesday, Oct. 14, 2014, in San Francisco. (AP)

The Grateful Dead, reuniting. We look at the long strange trip of one of the most successful bands in history.

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Monday, January 12, 2015 | 11:00 AM
The cast of the new movie "Selma," based on the historic 1965 march in support of voting rights in Selma, AL. (Paramount Pictures)

The new movie “Selma,” out this weekend. Its depiction, and your reaction, to civil rights on the march, from Selma to Montgomery.

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Mar 5, 2015
A car passes a memorial for Michael Brown, who was shot and killed by Ferguson, Mo., Police Officer Darren Wilson last summer, Tuesday, March 3, 2015, in Ferguson. A Justice Department investigation found sweeping patterns of racial bias within the Ferguson police department, with officers routinely discriminating against blacks by using excessive force, issuing petty citations and making baseless traffic stops, according to law enforcement officials familiar with the report.  (AP)

The big Justice Department report finds a pattern of racial bias in the Ferguson Police Department. Now what? We’re back in Ferguson – and beyond — for answers.

Mar 5, 2015
One in four women use psychiatric medication. The reasons for the medication aren't always so clear. (Flickr)

Are American women being prescribed psychiatric drugs – anti-depressants, anti-psychotics — for normal emotions? We’ll hear out one psychiatrist’s bold claim.

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Mar 4, 2015
This photo taken July 31, 2012 shows a "tiny" house April Anson built in Portland, Ore. For the past couple of months, 33-year-old Anson and her friends have been planning, measuring, sawing and hammering their way toward completion of what might look like a child’s playhouse. (AP)

Tiny houses, micro-apartments. They’re hot. Americans are downsizing.

 
Mar 4, 2015
Hillary Rodham Clinton speaks during a keynote address at the Watermark Silicon Valley Conference for Women, Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2015, in Santa Clara, Calif.  (AP)

Hillary Clinton’s week of bad headlines: about her emails and foreign money going to the Clinton Foundation. We’ll dig in.

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Answers To Your Questions On Black Holes
Tuesday, Mar 3, 2015

Yale University’s Priyamvada Natarajan answers your black hole questions in full. (Well, most of them.)

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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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