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Replay: America The Beautiful

In this hour, we look at expressions of American patriotism from the flip side of history. We’ll learn more about African-American music celebrating the nation, the writer Ann Petry, Walt Whitman’s stint as …

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Replay: Nuts and Bolts: Our Brains on STEM

In this hour we look at how we can shape our brains to perform at higher levels in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM).

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Bringing Home the War Dead

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Replay: Imagining Yoko Ono

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Where Did You Come From?

“Where Did You Come From?” is the title of the first track on Suz Slezak’s upcoming collection of lullabies Watching the Nighttime Come. Slezak and David Wax, both members of …

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Replay: Let There Be Night

  Image courtesy Håkon Dahle Nights are getting brighter and most of us no longer experience true darkness. Paul Bogard (James Madison University), author of The End of Night: Searching …

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Bringing Back the Chestnut

Image via flickr user Sonja Stark Later in the show: Whether it’s a traditional hymn or a holiday song from our childhood, many people say Christmas just wouldn’t be Christmas …

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Replay: The Gospel Roots of Rock and Roll

Image via Wikipedia Sister Rosetta Tharpe attained great popularity in the 1930s and 1940s with her gospel recordings that were a unique mixture of spiritual lyrics and early rock and …

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America The Beautiful

Marian Anderson Sings at Lincoln Memorial: 1939 # 3 (Image courtesy Smithsonian Institution) From Marian Anderson’s 1939 concert at the Lincoln Memorial to Marvin Gaye’s singing of the National Anthem …

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Imagining Yoko Ono

Image courtesy Flickr user ge’shmally Yoko Ono is best known for her marriage to John Lennon and was vilified by the press in the 1960s for her perceived role in …

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Hip Hop, You Don’t Stop

American-invented hip hop music is now an international phenomenon with rappers in countries like Japan and Senegal. Kevin Kosanovich (College of William and Mary) traces hip hop’s roots, focusing on …

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Nuts and Bolts: Our Brains on STEM

Courtesy of Flickr member CaptPiper What if you could change not just how much you know, but your actual intelligence? Psychologist Oliver Hill (Virginia State University) believes that special cognitive training can rewire the …