Playlist for June 21, 2012

Thursday, June 21, 2012

A track list of all the music used on today's show.

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George Zimmerman Video Released by ABC News

Thursday, June 21, 2012

George Zimmerman's defense team has posted a video where he re-enacts the fatal shooting. Zimmerman has been charged with second-degree murder in the February 26 shooting of Trayvon Martin, although his lawyers claim he is protected under Florida's "stand your ground" law.

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Heroes and their Valets

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

We have left the age of heroes behind us, perhaps forever. They say no man is a hero to his valet, and why is that? Because your personal attendant knows too much about you. He sees you with bed head, watches you swipe your runny nose when you have a ...

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John Hockenberry: Doing the Math on the Value of College

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Two kids starting high school. In New York City Public schools, that is an exciting moment and something of a relief. It concludes what can be a harrowing admissions process. My wife and I are certainly glad that's over for our twin 13-year-old daughters, but having two girls going into ninth grade starts something else rolling. The first day of ninth grade will be the first step down that long road to choosing and being ready — financially and otherwise — for college.

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Who Should Moderate the Presidential Debates? A Response

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Today The Takeaway spoke with Carole Simpson, the first woman and first minority to solely moderate a presidential debate. Janet Brown, executive director of the Commission on Presidential Debates, wrote to respond to some of Carole’s comments.

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Listeners Respond: What Would You Outlaw in Your Town?

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

After the town of Middleborough, Mass., voted to impose a $20 fine for the use of "unsavory language" in its public spaces, we asked our listeners on social media: "What would you outlaw in your city, if you could?"

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John Hockenberry's TED Talk: "We Are All Designers"

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Our very own John Hockenberry presented at the Design Studio session at TED2012 in March. Watch his talk below about how design taught him to live his life with intent.

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Why Is Dishonesty So Interesting?

Monday, June 11, 2012

The introduction to Dan Ariely's new book "The Honest Truth About Dishonesty."

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Novartis Responds to Gender Wage Gap Interview

Monday, June 11, 2012

Last week's segment on the gender wage gap prompted criticism from one the guests' former employers, Novartis Vaccines and Diagnostics Novartis. They sent us the following statement:

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Bumper Music for June 6, 2012

Wednesday, June 06, 2012

Today's bumper music is all about regret, politics, and pop music from the mid-seventies. Gov. Scott Walker survived his recall election in Wisconsin last night, and we don't know if he had any regrets, but we do know that a band called The Walker Brothers included a guy named Scott and that they played a song called No Regrets. What more explanation do you need?

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Twitter Responds: What Sounds Are Going Extinct?

Wednesday, June 06, 2012

Today we asked our twitter followers: What sounds from your childhood are going extinct? Rotary phones? Dial-up connections? Tetris?

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And You Call Yourself an American?

Wednesday, June 06, 2012

What is essential knowledge for an American citizen? For the government, that's not a philosophical question, it's a pragmatic list of essential civic knowledge, codified in the citizenship test. Think you could pass? Try it out with this practice test from the US Citizenship and Immigration Services department.

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Bumper Music for June 5, 2012

Tuesday, June 05, 2012

Two themes in today's bumper music: Venus coming directly between Earth and the Sun, and an audio essay by co-host John Hockenberry about how The Beach Boys, who released "Surfin' Safari" fifty years ago.

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Listeners Respond: What Would You Put in "The American Bible"?

Thursday, May 31, 2012

Today we asked our listeners to respond to our interview with Stephen Prothero, who's new book "The American Bible" attempts to bring together the core texts of the American experience.

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Bumper Music for May 30, 2012

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Aaron Freeman, Ween frontman, announced the band's breakup yesterday to Rolling Stone from his home in New Jersey. In Ween's honor, which was formed 25 years ago by Freeman and his high school classmate Mickey Melchiondo, today's bumper music is Ween-only.

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Excerpt: 'So Rich, So Poor: Why It's So Hard to End Poverty in America'

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Peter Edelman is among the most outspoken antipoverty advocates in the United States. Currently a law professor at Georgetown University School of Law, Edelman has became a household name in 1996 after he resigned from his position in the Department of Health and Human Services in protest against President Bill Clinton signing of the welfare reform bill into law. In his new book, "So Rich, So Poor: Why It's So Hard to End Poverty in America," Edelman explores the intricacies of poverty in America. You can order the book here.

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Excerpt from 'Memoir of a Debulked Woman' by Susan Gubar

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

"When I heard the diagnosis of ovarian cancer on November 5, 2008, I assumed it was a death sentence. Lying on a gurney in a hospital hallway, I concentrated on accepting my impending mortality with equanimity. Scientific advances have not yet made a significant impact on detection or treatment and ovarian cancer remains largely incurable."

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Excerpt from Patricia Ellis Herr's 'Up'

Friday, May 11, 2012

The following is an excerpt from "Up: A Mother and Daughter's Peakbagging Adventure" by Patricia Ellis Herr. You can also listen to The Takeaway's interview with Herr and her daughter, Alex.

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Excerpt from John Irving's 'In One Person'

Thursday, May 10, 2012

I’m going to begin by telling you about Miss Frost. While I say to everyone that I became a writer because I read a certain novel by Charles Dickens at the formative age of fifteen, the truth is I was younger than that when I first met Miss Frost and imagined having sex with her, and this moment of my sexual awakening also marked the fitful birth of my imagination. We are formed by what we desire. In less than a minute of excited, secretive longing, I desired to become a writer and to have sex with Miss Frost — not necessarily in that order.

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Letter: My social studies class think girls who posted about murder deserved expulsion

Wednesday, May 09, 2012

Karen Washington, a social studies teacher at Watertown High School in Massachusetts, sent us this message in response to Monday's story about a group of girls who were expelled for talking on Facebook about killing several peers and a teacher. Ms. Washington used the story as the foundation for a classroom discussion. She describes what her students had to say.

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