Staff Picks

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Antonio Stradivari created instruments that have given the world their unique and rich sounds for hundreds of years. Author Tony Faber joined us to talk about Stradivari’s enduring work. This episode was picked by KUER’s newsroom managing editor Elaine Clark. 

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Albert Maysles has created dozens of films. And many of them are landmarks in documentary filmmaking. In fact, he and his brother David were pioneers in non-fiction feature films. Albert Maysles joins us to talk about the world he sees through his lens. This episode was picked by Doug.

 

Since the 1950s, a war has been waged in America against an accused dietary culprit: fat. However, as the investigative journalist Nina Teicholz discovered, there isn’t solid evidence for the benefits of a low-fat diet, nor of the dangers of fat. This episode was picked by producer Benjamin Bombard.

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Radiolab co-host Jad Abumrad is a genius. Back in 2011, he was certified when the MacArthur Foundation awarded him a “genius grant.” Jad thinks public radio should be more chaotic, more joyous and more lifelike. This episode was picked by Doug.

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The Gospel of Mary, written in the name of Mary Magdalene, didn’t make it into the canon of Christian texts. It taught believers to rethink the basis of authority, the nature of sin, and it also speaks of an inner journey to true spirituality. This episode was picked by Elaine Clark.

  In 1942 the Japanese army forced 70,000 prisoners to march across the Bataan Peninsula. Gene Jacobsen was among them, and he tells his story of three and a half years as a prisoner of war. This episode picked by Doug Fabrizio.

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A lot of people these days are wondering how they should eat, how they should exericse, how they should use their bodies. To answer those questions, it helps to toss in another one: What is the human body adapted for? Today's pick comes from producer Benjamin Bombard.

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