The Raw 10

1. Blame

We've all felt it, that irresistible urge to point the finger. But new technologies are complicating age-old moral conundrums about accountability. This hour, we ask what blame does for us -- why do we need it, when isn't it enough, and what happens when we try to push past it with forgiveness and mercy?

2. Shovels & Rope

Shovels & Rope's presence in the NPR Music offices attracted plenty of interest; many in attendance had long since fallen in love with the husband-and-wife duo's mix of rowdy folk-rock and rootsy balladeering. But once Cary Ann Hearst and Michael Trent showed up, the office quickly lost sight of the approaching performance, as the murmurs began: "There's a dog in the office there's a dog in the office there's a dog in the office!" You could practically see our coworkers' brains short out from a combination of cognitive dissonance and canine adoration. But, as endearing as our new friend was, Shovels & Rope soon won back the crowd's attention.

3. Jack and Ellen

Hey kids, this interview isn't for you. You should skip this one. Ellen was struggling for money, working as a Subway "sandwich artist" (yes, that's a real thing). So she decided to find a new job, and settled on one that allowed her to make over $30,000 for just a couple hours of work each week. One with emotional and moral consequences she didn't fully anticipate.

4. Female Ejaculation

It is intense and it is real.

5. Who Are the Most Successful Immigrants in the World?

It's impossible to say for sure, but the Lebanese do remarkably well. Why?

6. No Armed Bandit

Video technology expanded what slots could do. Now a machine could have more rows and columns than the standard three-by-three, and allowed you to place multiple bets on a single spin. A penny slot machine could let you place a hundred different one-cent bets per spin--so even if you win 40 cents on one line, and the machine congratulates you with flashing lights and chimes, you still lose 60 cents.

7. Sebastian Junger: War

A war journalist learns what soldiers experience.

8. Hot Pilgrims


Jan 22 13 | 87 minutes
What more is there to say?

9. Mysteries of Quebec

In which our heroes talk lots of shit.

10. How Dying Works

Chuck and Josh have covered just about every aspect of death except dying itself. Here, they fulfill the death suite of podcasts with an in-depth look at just how people die, what happens to the body during the dying process and how people accept death -- and what they regret not having done while they lived.

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