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Tuesday, June 15, 2010 | 11:00 AM
"Ludwig van Beethoven," by Karl Joseph Stieler (Art Archive/Beethoven House)

Deconstructing Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, with its monumental “Ode to Joy.” We get inside the music, and the world that inspired it.

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Wednesday, December 31, 1969 | 11:00 AM

Superstar food critic and chef Anthony Bourdain spoke with us Monday. Tom asked him about how he’s changed over the years: “Are you still as tough?”

 
Monday, June 14, 2010 | 11:00 AM
Anthony Bourdain in his show "No Reservations" cutting steak. (Credit: TravelChannel.com)

A decade after “Kitchen Confidential” lifted the lid on the drug-fuelled kitchens of New York, Anthony Bourdain is back and dishing again, in his latest book, “Medium Raw.”

 
Thursday, June 10, 2010 | 11:00 AM
South Africa's Steven Pienaar, center, controls the ball during a training session, ahead of their opening World Cup match against Mexico on Friday, in Johannesburg, South Africa, June 9, 2010. (AP)

On the eve of the World Cup, we take a world tour—ground level, back lot, of how soccer is played around the world. Plus, the U.S. goalkeeper, Tim Howard, in focus.

 
Wednesday, June 9, 2010 | 11:00 AM
Writer Yiyun Li. (Credit: YiyunLi.com)

The New Yorker names its top fiction writers under 40. Three talk to us.

 
Wednesday, December 31, 1969 | 11:00 AM

When it comes to a marquee matchup, there’s nothing like the Celtics-Lakers…

 
Friday, June 4, 2010 | 11:00 AM

With “Sex and the City 2″ getting panned, we get picks from critics, and you, on the best “worst” movies of all time.

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Wednesday, December 31, 1969 | 11:00 AM

Actor and director Tina Packer was in the studio for a memorable hour today. So how does she feel about a life spent cheek-to-cheek with Shakespeare? Here’s her answer…

 
Monday, May 24, 2010 | 11:00 AM
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The end of “Lost.” We say goodbye to the TV series that began with a plane crash and became a phenomenon. Plus, a look back at Jack Bauer and “24.”

 
Wednesday, December 31, 1969 | 11:00 AM

Kansas City Star t.v. critic Aaron Barnhart, a guest on our show today, looks at the three “defining dramas” that are bowing out. What do you think?

 
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Mar 6, 2015
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu waves as he speaks before a joint meeting of Congress on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, March 3, 2015. Since Republicans took control of Congress two months ago, an elaborate tug of war has broken out between GOP lawmakers and Obama over who calls the shots on major issues for the next two years. (AP)

Netanyahu’s speech. Hillary Clinton’s email. Obamacare back at the high court. A stunning start to the Boston Marathon bombing trial. Our weekly news roundtable goes behind the headlines.

Mar 6, 2015
"The Sellout" is novelist Paul Beatty's new book. (Courtesy Farrar, Strauss & Giroux)

Author Paul Beatty’s novel “The Sellout” is a satirical look at race relations in America. He joins us.

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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.

 
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.

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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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