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Code Switch
2:58 pm
Tue August 13, 2013

Some Of My Best Friends Aren't Black Or Brown Or Asian...

Hey! We're just a bunch of ethnically diverse friends of varying ages who like blues and neutrals hanging out and acting natural!
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Originally published on Mon August 12, 2013 2:47 am

Let's coin a new stereotype right here: Latinos are mad friendly.

Ninety percent of Latinos said that they are friends with people of a different race, according to new poll from Reuters and Ipsos, making them much more likely than the rest of America to reach across racial lines to make friends.

'Nine out of 10 Latinos can say, some of my best friends are not-Latino,' my Code Switch teammate Hansi Lo Wang reported recently for NPR's Newscast unit.

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The Two-Way
2:56 pm
Tue August 13, 2013

Singer Eydie Gorme Dies At 84

Eydie Gorme performs in Sunrise, Fla., on Feb. 2, 2008. Gorme died Saturday at age 84.
Michael Bush UPI /Landov

Originally published on Sun December 29, 2013 10:28 am

Eydie Gorme, whose singing career as a solo act and teamed with husband Steve Lawrence spanned half a century, died Saturday in Las Vegas, according to published reports. She was 84.

People published a statement from Gorme's spokesman, Howard Bragman:

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The Two-Way
2:46 pm
Tue August 13, 2013

Sprites: A Rarely Seen Sky Phenomenon Caught On Camera

Sprites sparkle over Red Willow County, Neb., on Monday.
Jason Ahrns via Flickr

Originally published on Tue August 13, 2013 2:57 pm

When thunderstorms emit lightning, we see the white, snaking electricity from the ground. But if you flew above the clouds, you would see a sky phenomenon known as sprites.

These are rarely seen bolts of red light that look like very fast burning sparklers. The Capital Weather Gang over at The Washington Post describes them like this:

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Monkey See
2:32 pm
Tue August 13, 2013

Karen Black, Strange And Lovely, And Always Game

Karen Black and Kris Kristofferson were photographed together in 1972, when they co-starred in Cisco Pike, a saga of drug-ruined rockers and crooked cops.
John Springer Collection/CORBIS

Originally published on Mon August 12, 2013 12:26 pm

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Deceptive Cadence
2:32 pm
Tue August 13, 2013

The American Symphonic Legacy: Not Just For White Guys

George Walker is considered the elder statesman of today's African-American composers.
Gregory Walker Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue August 20, 2013 11:23 am

This summer, NPR Classical has been looking for the great American symphony — or at least some idea of what it might sound like.

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Music News
2:32 pm
Tue August 13, 2013

In West Virginia, A Band Camp Of Sorts Prizes Old-Time Music

Students jam at one of the Augusta Heritage Center's themed, week-long summer music camps.
Stephanie Coleman for NPR

Originally published on Sun August 11, 2013 6:43 am

A group of 20 students sits in a big circle in the front parlor of a Victorian mansion at Davis & Elkins College. Everyone has a fiddle. And all eyes are on the teacher. Heads bop and toes tap as Dave Bing plays a West Virginia tune called "Camp Chase." Outside, a bevy of banjos plink out a mournful melody. Down the road the mandolin and guitar classes combine to jam on a new tune they've learned.

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The Record
2:31 pm
Tue August 13, 2013

'Something Being Born': On Making A Classic Album With A Boombox

More than 10 years ago, John Darnielle of The Mountain Goats made a career-defining record with the crudest possible tools.
D.L. Anderson Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Sun August 11, 2013 6:43 am

John Darnielle was a little lonely when he wrote the songs on All Hail West Texas, the 2002 album that became a highlight of his music career. His band, The Mountain Goats, is a trio now, but back then it was a one-man show. Darnielle would come home from the long, dragging hours of his healthcare job, alone in his house while his wife was away at hockey camp. He'd sit down on his couch with his guitar, cobble together some words and music, and hit record on his Panasonic boombox.

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Author Interviews
2:31 pm
Tue August 13, 2013

Contested Memories Find Common Ground In 'The Storied South'

Originally published on Sun August 11, 2013 6:43 am

For four decades, William Ferris tracked down some of the most inspirational artists and historians of the American South. He sat down with Eudora Welty, Alice Walker, Pete Seeger, Bobby Rush and Alex Haley, capturing their reflections on tape and their images on camera.

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Tiny Desk Concerts
2:31 pm
Tue August 13, 2013

Jim Guthrie: Tiny Desk Concert

Musician Jim Guthrie performs a Tiny Desk Concert at the NPR headquarters in Washington, D.C. on Friday, May 31, 2013.
NPR

Originally published on Mon December 23, 2013 5:17 pm

We've had bands from all over the world visit the Tiny Desk. Most recently, we published a set by Keaton Henson, who was in from London. Back in May, we had singer M.R. Shajarian from Iran.

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Parallels
2:31 pm
Tue August 13, 2013

Russian Vodka (Made In Latvia) And Other 'National' Products

If you look carefully, you'll see that the labels on bottles of Stolichnaya vodka sold outside Russia (like these in New York City) read "Premium Vodka," not "Russian Vodka."
Craig Barritt Getty Images for Tribeca Film Festival

Originally published on Wed October 9, 2013 3:01 pm

Activists around the world are trumpeting a call to "Dump Russian Vodka" — Stolichnaya, in particular — a protest against the implementation of several anti-gay laws in Russia, the latest in a marked surge in anti-gay sentiment and violence in the country.

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