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Bob Boilen

Bob Boilen

From the host and creator of NPR’s All Songs Considered and Tiny Desk Concerts comes , an oral history of modern music told in the voices of iconic and up-and-coming musicians.

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Don DeLillo

Don DeLillo

An ode to language and humanity, and a meditation on death and an embrace of life, Zero K contains DeLillo’s signature observations and sentences, his wry comedy, and his true love of language.

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Running Club

Running Club

Lace up your sneakers and hit the streets for a fun run around town, followed by a meal at a local eatery. Choose either a two-mile or four-mile route.

FiveThirtyEig...

FiveThirtyEight Elections Podcast

The FiveThirtyEight team covers the 2016 presidential election, tracking the issues and “game-changers” every week. Through special reports, quick reaction and honest, credible data, the FiveThirtyEight team of Nate Silver, Jody Avirgan, Harry Enten, and Clare Malone report on the latest election news.

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Chris Anderson

Chris Anderson

In TED Talks: The Official TED Guide to Public Speaking, the curator of TED shares how carefully crafted short talks can be the key to unlocking empathy, stirring excitement, and sharing knowledge.

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Born Survivor...

Born Survivors: A Holocaust Remembrance Day Celebration

Three mothers and their newborn babies survive the Holocaust. Seventy years later, Author Wendy Holden captured the mothers’ stories in Born Survivors. Holden and all three of the children will be here to share how their mothers defied the Nazis in order to give them life.

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Distant Cousins

Distant Cousins

The Los Angeles-based band brings their vibrant folk-pop sound to our Downstairs stage.

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Angela Duckworth

Angela Duckworth

In Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance, MacArthur “genius grant” recipient Angela Duckworth shares new insights from her decades of research on grit and explains why talent is hardly a guarantor of success.

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Trivia Night

Trivia Night

From sports to pop culture, geography to politics, we’ll test your knowledge of it all. Coming solo? Sit at the “Mix & Match” table to meet new people and share your brainpower.

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Irene Pollin

Irene Pollin

In Irene and Abe: An Unexpected Life, Irene Pollin details her life’s journey with her husband, from the time they fell in love as teenagers through their experience bringing NBA basketball and NHL hockey to the Nation’s Capital, and ultimately, to Mr. Pollin’s passing in 2009.

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Safam

Safam

The Boston based six-man band has dominated Jewish music in America with their Jewish-American Sound since 1974. Often copied, never duplicated, they are originals. Songs like Leaving Mother Russia, Amnesty, Just Another Foreigner, Moranno and Nachamu Ami by group composers Joel Sussman and Robbie Solomon have become classics and have kept Safam at the forefront of the Jewish music scene.

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Buzz Aldrin

Buzz Aldrin

Half a century after walking on the moon, icon and astronaut Buzz Aldrin reflects on a lifetime of achievements and what he’s learned through it all in No Dream Is Too High: Life Lessons from a Man Who Walked on the Moon.

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Moby

Moby

In Porcelain, Moby recounts his path from suburban poverty and alienation to a life of beauty, squalor and unlikely success.

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Siddhartha Mu...

Siddhartha Mukherjee

In The Gene, Mukherjee enumerates the realms transformed by the understanding of the gene: race and identity, sexuality, gender identity, sexual preference, illness, temperament, even free will.

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Camp Sixth &#...

Camp Sixth & I

Pack your bags for the third annual Jewish summer camp-inspired weekend at the idyllic Pearlstone Retreat Center. Experience a spiritual Shabbat service, a Saturday night bonfire and Havdallah, and more of Sixth & I’s signature programs—all set against the backdrop of the great outdoors.

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Camp Sixth &#...

Camp Sixth & I

Pack your bags for the third annual Jewish summer camp-inspired weekend at the idyllic Pearlstone Retreat Center. Experience a spiritual Shabbat service, a Saturday night bonfire and Havdallah, and more of Sixth & I’s signature programs—all set against the backdrop of the great outdoors.

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Camp Sixth &#...

Camp Sixth & I

Pack your bags for the third annual Jewish summer camp-inspired weekend at the idyllic Pearlstone Retreat Center. Experience a spiritual Shabbat service, a Saturday night bonfire and Havdallah, and more of Sixth & I’s signature programs—all set against the backdrop of the great outdoors.

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Reagan, FX’s ...

Reagan, FX’s The Americans, and the 1980s

Jacob Weisberg, chairman of The Slate Group and author of a new biography about Ronald Reagan, speaks with his brother Joe, a former CIA agent and the creator of FX’s hit series The Americans about how ’80s politics and culture shaped our current landscape.

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Running Club

Running Club

Lace up your sneakers and hit the streets for a fun run around town, followed by a meal at a local eatery. Choose either a two-mile or four-mile route.

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Faithfully Fe...

Faithfully Feminist

Contributors to the anthology Faithfully Feminist: Jewish, Christian, and Muslim Feminists on Why We Stay discuss how to navigate faith and feminism.

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Moira Weigel

Moira Weigel

In Labor of Love: The Invention of Dating, Weigel follows the concept of dating to its origin in the late 19th century and guides us back to the present for a lively history of how Americans – women, men, gay, straight, black, and white – have approached the public and private activities of love and sex.

Man’s A...

Man’s Attempt at Thoughtfulness: Feelings

Combining spirituality, psychology, modern masculinity, and excellent bourbon, Rabbi Scott brings a group of men together to attempt some thoughtfulness about the new scientific advances in the area of “feelings.”

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Cass Sunstein

Cass Sunstein

The World According to Star Wars is an original celebration of George Lucas’s masterpiece and an exploration of what we can learn from Star Wars: history, presidential politics, law, economics, fatherhood and culture.

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Maybe Baby?

Maybe Baby?

Susan Weidman Schneider, Editor in Chief of Lilith Magazine, leads an interactive discussion about choosing motherhood (or not) and how Jewish culture can influence the decision.

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