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    What is R. & B. Now?

    The Weeknd, a formerly shadowy figure whose songs are dark ...

    The Weeknd, a formerly shadowy figure whose songs are dark and sometimes disturbing, has reached the top of the pop charts. And he’s part of a new crop of artists who are set to redefine a genre whose limits can be hard to define in the first place. What does their music share with the chart-topping R. & B. stars, from Aretha Franklin to R. Kelly, who have come before them? And what are they doing that is truly new? Carrie Battan and Kelefa Sanneh join Amelia Lester and David Haglund to discuss what R. & B. has been and what it might become.

    Sep 28, 2015 Read more
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    The Pleasures of Disgust

    From bugs and rats to mold and mucus, everyone is ...

    From bugs and rats to mold and mucus, everyone is disgusted by something. But why? And why are we also attracted to the things that disgust us? Nicola Twilley and Joshua Rothman join Amelia Lester and David Haglund to discuss our complicated relationship with all things icky.

    Sep 21, 2015 Read more
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    Joan Didion: Writer and Icon

    On the occasion of a new biography, Louis Menand and ...

    On the occasion of a new biography, Louis Menand and Thessaly La Force join Amelia Lester and David Haglund to discuss the pervasive influence of Joan Didion, both on and off the page.

    Sep 14, 2015 Read more
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    This Podcast Will Change Your Life

    Podcasts have been around for a decade now, but in ...

    Podcasts have been around for a decade now, but in the past year they have attained a new degree of mainstream popularity. What makes the format distinct? And why are there so many podcasts aimed at self-improvement? Sarah Larson and Andrew Marantz join hosts Amelia Lester and David Haglund to discuss what makes a great podcast and whether or not podcasts can make you great.

    Sep 7, 2015 Read more
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    Serena and the Big Four

    Over the next two weeks, tennis fans around the world ...

    Over the next two weeks, tennis fans around the world will tune in to the U.S. Open. With Serena Williams in position to complete a calendar-year Grand Slam, and the foursome of Djokovic, Federer, Murray, and Nadal atop the men’s field, the stage is set for a memorable tournament. Nick Paumgarten and Reeves Wiedeman join Amelia Lester and David Haglund to discuss the players who are likely to dominate.

    Aug 31, 2015 Read more
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    Tasting Notes

    Which do you prefer: a rich Chardonnay with fine acidity ...

    Which do you prefer: a rich Chardonnay with fine acidity or a Garnacha with notes of orange zest and crushed stone? Wine criticism has become increasingly baroque, and it can be difficult to simply describe what you like to drink. Bianca Bosker and Rachel Arons join Amelia Lester and David Haglund to discuss the language of wine.

    Aug 24, 2015 Read more
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    Re-Reading Children’s Books

    Adam Gopnik and Sarah Larson join Amelia Lester and David ...

    Adam Gopnik and Sarah Larson join Amelia Lester and David Haglund to talk about how children’s books have evolved and why they’re worth revisiting as adults.

    Aug 17, 2015 Read more
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    Talking About “White People”

    Hua Hsu and Karan Mahajan join Amelia Lester and David ...

    Hua Hsu and Karan Mahajan join Amelia Lester and David Haglund to talk about the MTV documentary “White People” and contemporary conversations about whiteness.

    Aug 10, 2015 Read more
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    Killer Robots

    Joshua Rothman and Nicholas Thompson join Amelia Lester and David ...

    Joshua Rothman and Nicholas Thompson join Amelia Lester and David Haglund to discuss just how scared we should be of robots.

    Aug 3, 2015 Read more
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    Watching “Trainwreck”

    Richard Brody and Sarah Larson join Amelia Lester and David ...

    Richard Brody and Sarah Larson join Amelia Lester and David Haglund to discuss “Trainwreck” and the comedy stylings of Amy Schumer and Judd Apatow.

    Jul 27, 2015 Read more
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