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November 30, 2019

BBC World Service Special - Rocking the Stasi

Did music help to end the Berlin Wall conflict?  For the first time, we hear recordings of secret meetings in which Stasi chief Erich Mielke discussed the threat of punk and heavy metal.  Against the backdrop of a stellar soundtrack, we hear from those who organized secret and illegal concerts in East Germany and from a former member of the Stasi who tried to stop them.  Chris Bowlby uncovers this fascinating aspect of Cold War history.

November 23, 2019

The Great Listen from Storycorps and NPR

Imagine what we'd find out - if we'd just ask? We've gathered the best moments from the Storycorps recording project, and the Storycorps App - for an hour that will surprise and delight. Hosted by NPR's Audie Cornish.

November 16, 2019

Intelligence Squared U.S. - Is Parenting Overrated?

What shapes us more: our DNA, or the way we’re raised? This debate, commonly recognized as “nature versus nurture,” has drawn disagreement for thousands of years. So which one matters more? Emerging genetic research indicates that the scale may be tipping toward biology. Others strongly disagree, saying that parenting is very important, and the individuals who rear us influence our development, growth, and, ultimately, our lives. 

November 9, 2019

APM Reports: Soldiers for Peace

Soldiers for Peace takes a deep look at why a significant number of Vietnam veterans felt compelled to oppose the war rather than simply try to put it behind them when they returned home. Through first-person storytelling, it explores the way their conceptions of patriotism changed and evolved as their faith in the Vietnam War and the American government dissolved.

November 2, 2019

NPR Special Report: The Impeachment Inquiry Against Donald J. Trump

NPR’s Steve Inskeep hosts this special report on the impeachment inquiry.  At the center of the impeachment inquiry is a whistle blower’s complaint about the President’s actions on a call to the president of Ukraine.  Did the president abuse his power when he asked for investigation into a political rival?   Inskeep, along with other NPR hosts, correspondents, and producers step through the story as we know it so far - explaining who the key players are and what they knew.

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