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Joe's Big Idea

'Playing Around With Telescopes' To Explore Secrets Of The Universe

For astrophysicist Shrinivas Kulkarni, "The sky is so much richer and so much more imaginative than the imagination."

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Music Interviews

1,000 Songs From Holocaust Survivors Archived

In the summer of 1948, an amateur folklorist named Ben Stonehill recorded this music in New York City's Hotel Marseilles. Now, 66 of those songs are online.

Bad Body Double Imogen Heap 0:23

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Bad Body Double [Instrumental] Imogen Heap 0:59

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The 200-inch Hale Telescope, a masterpiece of engineering at Caltech's Palomar Observatory, was the world's largest telescope until 1993. Scott Kardel/Palomar Observatory/Courtesy of Palomar Observatory/California Institute of Technology hide caption

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Lyric The Sea and Cake 0:31

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Premise Terence Blanchard 0:30

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Mahshav Tim Sparks 0:14

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Returning From the River (Fun Tashlach) Tim Sparks 1:28

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Purple Octagon The Cellar and Point 0:32

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0852 The Cellar and Point 0:59

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Officials attend the launch of a Positive Train Control system for Los Angeles' Metrolink commuter trains in February 2014 at Los Angeles Union Station. Congress mandated the technology after a Metrolink engineer ran a red light while he was texting and crashed head-on with a freight train in 2008. Damian Dovarganes/AP hide caption

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Band of Brothers John Patitucci 0:09

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Exiles Son Volt 0:23

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Rideau Park Duplekita 0:30

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Closer to Thee Bhi Bhiman 0:13

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Guttersnipe Bhi Bhiman 1:28

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