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Week of April 5, 2015

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It's All About Cats

April 5, 2015

Who really rules the internet?  Cats, of course.  We can't take the cuteness anymore so here it is -- our first (and only) show about cats! 

  1. He Made A Cat Video And You'll Never Guess What Happened Next...

    In the world of cat videos, Henri Le Chat Noir is a superstar.  Filmmaker Will Braden talks about the glory that is Henri and the embarrassment of telling strangers what he does for a living. 

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  2. The Case For Cat Citizenship

    Cats have convinced some of their owners that cats deserve legal citizenship.  Be afraid. Be very afraid.

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  3. Cats Hate Your Music - Here's What They Want You To Play

    Researchers have discovered that cats have their own taste in music. It sounds nothing like that crap you listen to.

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  4. The Big Cat Biologist And The Blind Date: 3-Minute Fiction

    A big cat biologist goes on a blind date. It doesn't go well.  Writer Ben Hoffman reads from a work in progress.

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  5. The Shocking Truth About Tiger Farms

    In China's government-supported tiger farms, big cats are raised and harvested for their body parts -- part of a multi-million dollar trade in tiger bone wine and tiger skin decor.  Meanwhile, wild tiger numbers are at an all-time low.

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  6. Dogs Helped Humans Conquer The World

    When it comes to loyalty, dogs win. Now, new evidence suggests dogs and early humans formed an alliance 36,000 years ago.  Together, they drove Neanderthals to extinction, then invaded and conquered the rest of the planet. 

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Re-Remixing

April 5, 2015

Ever get the feeling that nothing’s original these days, that every new song that comes out is just a rehash of another? This hour, we’re looking at the fine line between inspiration and imitation, and finding out what separates an original work from a bland copy.

  1. The Thin Line Between Inspiration and Imitation

    The recent "Blurred Lines" copyright decision has again raised questions about the limits of copyright law, and the disinction between inspiration and imitation. UCLA law professor Kal Raustiala believes the verdict sets a risky precedent for artists and misunderstands the way the creative process works.

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  2. Why Is Pop Culture So Obsessed With the Past?

    How come many of the latest pop songs sound as if they could have been released decades ago? Music journalist Simon Reynolds tells Steve Paulson that our obsession with our immediate past could get in the way of future creativity.

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  3. The Evolution of Copyright

    In the U.S., copyright originally lasted only 14 years. These days, creative works could be protected for as long as the author's alive, plus an additional 70 years. Cultural historian Siva Vaidhyanathan explains the evolution of copyright law, and how it's affected artists.

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  4. A Cassette From My Ex

    Before there was iTunes, Spotify, or Pandora, there was the mixtape. Jason Bittner is nostalgic for those days, when sweethearts would spend days crafting the perfect playlist. He's the editor of a book and former website called "Cassette From My Ex". He shares some songs from his collection, and explains why the mixtape is such a powerful medium.

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  5. Dangerous Idea: Latin Can Save Your Life

    Princeton historian Anthony Grafton explains how learning conversational Latin inspired his students. 

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  6. What Early Christian Texts Suggest About the Life of Jesus

    Karen King is a historian at the Harvard Divinity School. She tells Anne Strainchamps that there are many early Christian texts that didn't make it into the Bible and that they give us a much fuller understanding of what it means to be a Christian.

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  7. Inspiration or Imitation? [Playlist]

    While "Blurred Lines" is the latest pop song to be accused of plagiarizing another, it's certainly not the only one. In fact, some of most iconic songs of the last half-century have been accused of being copies. Here's a small sampling, along with their purported originals.

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