Why does our culture place value in that which is deemed authentic or original? What happens when we find out that the thing we have enshrined as authentic is determined to be nothing more than a copy? How does our relationship to the ideas of authenticity and originality impact the decisions we make from what […]

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There are times in our lives when we have no choice but to perform. The stakes are high, the pressure is on, the price of failure immense. It seems natural that most of us would try to minimize the amount of time that we spend in such anxiety-inducing situations. But what of those people who […]

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In a certain sense, childhood is most acutely experienced in retrospect. As a child, it’s simply life as you know it. But, as an adult, childhood (both one’s own and the developmental category in general) takes on a kind of mythic significance and, perhaps, nostalgic appeal. In this episode of Off Topic we look at […]

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This week on Off Topic, we take a close and critical look at the institution of marriage. Why do we do it? What do we hope it will be? What is it really? How has it changed?

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Professor Stillman battles a pesky woodpecker, and in so doing, comes face to […]

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The figure of the Genius looms large in our contemporary thinking about art and creativity. Art is a gift given to the masses by those fortunate few who are capable of creating something from nothing, of inventing forms and sounds that the rest of us simply couldn’t imagine. Well, maybe that’s overstating it […]

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In this episode of Off Topic:

Professor Stillman confronts the ambiguities inherent in the snake’s side of the story.
Canadian novelist Peter Behrens discusses how the Irish established the template for what it means to be an immigrant in North America.
Duke […]

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In case you missed the premiere episode of Off Topic on Friday night at 7pm, we’ve posted it here for you to enjoy at your leisure.

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March 30, 2017 | NPR · The time has come to say goodbye to Dandelion, one of two yellow crayons in Crayola’s 24-count pack. It will go into retirement and the Crayola Hall of Fame.
 

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March 30, 2017 | NPR · California is expected to begin easing sweeping water use and drought restrictions after an extraordinary winter of storms. But a fierce debate rages over whether the rules should become permanent.
 

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March 30, 2017 | NPR · The bodywide inflammation known as sepsis kills about 300,000 people in U.S. hospitals each year. Promising treatments have come and gone, warn skeptical doctors, who call for rigorous research.
 

Arts & Life

Courtesy of the Innocence Project
March 30, 2017 | NPR · Jerry Miller spent more than 25 years behind bars for crimes he didn’t commit. His story is part of a new collection that pairs exonerees with mystery/thriller writers.
 

A24
March 30, 2017 | NPR · This impressive debut from director Osgood Perkins, about schoolgirls left at a Catholic school over winter break, “feels like a throat-clearing exercise for a horror prodigy,” says our critic.
 

Focus Features
March 30, 2017 | NPR · This historical drama, based on the story of a Warsaw couple who helped hundreds of Jews flee Nazi-occupied Poland, is more interested in their heroism than their humanity.
 

Music

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March 30, 2017 | NPR · The “best rapper alive” dropped the second single from his forthcoming album on Thursday night.
 

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March 30, 2017 | WXPN · On Close Ties, the veteran singer-songwriter looks back on his life and the friends who have held special places in it. Hear a conversation and live performance.
 

YouTube
March 30, 2017 | NPR · Try to recognize the signs — race and relationships get a horrific send-up in this video that mirrors the recent hit social thriller Get Out.
 

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