Documentary Special

Thursday 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

A different documentary special is featured each week.

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Documentary Special
2:00 pm
Thu February 13, 2014

State of the Re:Union Re:Defining Black HIstory

2/20/2014 - During a month selected to celebrate “history,” we certainly are treated to a lot of the same familiar stories: the battles won for Civil Rights, the glory of Martin Luther King Jr.’s words, the hardships endured by slaves. And as important as those narratives are for us to collectively remember, many others get lost in trumpeting the same heroic tales. In this hour, State of the Re:Union zeroes in some of those alternate narratives, ones edited out of the mainstream imagining of Black History, deconstructing the popular perception of certain celebrated moments.

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Documentary Special
10:41 am
Fri February 7, 2014

Love Me Did: A History of Courtship

2/13/2014 - The History Guys explore three centuries of pre-marital intimacy.  Did economic considerations used to play a greater role in coupling? In what ways have dating practices challenged class and racial boundaries?  Has the idea of "romance" itself morphed over time?  Considering the stereotypes about Puritan New England, you might be surprised to learn that sweethearts in the 18th century were no only allowed to sleep together before marriage - they were encouraged!  The catch?

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Documentary Special
10:10 am
Fri January 31, 2014

State of the Re:Union Special - SOTRU - The Southwestern Range

2/6/2014 - Among the most iconic landscapes in America is the Western Range, a stretch of millions of acres of land, much of it remote and undeveloped.  Deep traditions tie people to this land.  But in the 21st century, it is also contested ground.  Development pressures threaten open space as the Sun Belt becomes an economic powerhouse.  Border issues mean life in some of these rural places has been transformed by violence and politics.  But new ways are being forged on these fronts, ways that involve collaboration, innovation, and the rediscovery and re-imagining of history on...the new S

Documentary Special
10:09 am
Wed January 29, 2014

Obamacare Is Now Beyond Rescue

1/30/2014 - Intelligence Squared US presents - With the disastrous launch of the HealthCare.gov website, critics of the Affordable Care Act, or “Obamacare,” were given more fuel for the fire. Is this political hot potato's inevitability once again at stake? And is the medical community really on board with the law, or resisting (rewriting?) it from the sidelines?

http://intelligencesquaredus.org/debates/past-debates/item/1016-obamacare-is-now-beyond-rescue

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Documentary Special
9:15 am
Thu January 23, 2014

Don't Eat Anything With a Face

 

1/23/2014 - According to a 2009 poll, around 1% of American adults reported eating no animal products. In 2011 that number rose to 2.5%--more than double, but still dwarfed by the 48% who reported eating meat, fish or poultry at all of their meals. In this country, most of us are blessed with an abundance of food and food choices. So taking into account our health, the environment and ethical concerns, which diet is best? Are we or aren't we meant to be carnivores?

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Documentary Special
2:11 pm
Thu January 2, 2014

Spy On Me, I'd Rather Be Safe

1/9/2014 - An 

- The NSA collects data on billions of phone calls and internet communications per day.  Are these surveillance programs legal?  Do they keep us safe?  What tradeoffs are we willing to make between security and privacy? As Benjamin Franklin might have asked, "Are we giving up essential liberty to purchase temporary safety, and thus deserving of neither?"  The debaters are Stewart Baker, David Cole, Richard Falkenrath, and Michael German.

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Documentary Special
2:02 pm
Thu January 2, 2014

Has The Constitutional Right to Bear Arms OUtlived its Usefulness?

1/2/2014 - An Intelligence Squared Debate - Recent mass shooting tragedies have renewed the national debate over the 2nd Amendment.  Gun ownership and homicide rates are higher in the U.S.

Documentary Special
1:15 pm
Fri December 13, 2013

The Cobra Effect - Freakonomic Special

12/19/2013 - If you want to get rid of a nasty invasive pest, it might seem sensible to offer a bounty.  But as we'll hear in this episode of Freakonomics Radio, bounties can backfire.  We look at bounties on snakes in Delhi, rats in Hanoi, and feral pigs in Fort Benning, Georgia.  In each case, bounty seekers came up with creative ways to maximize their payoff - and pest populations grew.  Host Stephen Dubner talks to Steve Levitt about how incentives don't always work out the way you'd expect.

Documentary Special
1:12 pm
Thu December 12, 2013

America Abroad Global Entrepreneurship

12/12/13 - This month America Abroad takes listeners to Mexico and Nigeria to meet the many faces of global entrepreneurship.

Documentary Special
9:51 am
Tue November 26, 2013

Hanukkah Lights 2013 - NPR Holiday 2013

Hanukkah Lights 2013

12/5/2013 - A perennial NPR favorite, Hanukkah Lights features stories and memoirs written by acclaimed authors expressly for the show, as read by NPR's Susan Stamberg and Murray Horwitz.

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