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All Songs Considered
3:07 pm
Sat July 27, 2013

New Music: Sebadoh, Moderat, Typhoon, The Civil Wars And More

Clockwise, from upper left: Sebadoh, Lucy Schwartz, Moderat and Kyle Morton of the band Typhoon
Courtesy of the artists

Originally published on Tue July 23, 2013 3:14 pm

On this week's episode of All Songs Considered: Hosts Bob Boilen and Robin Hilton offer up huge premieres, including a preview of '90s lo-fi rock pioneer Sebadoh's first new album in 14 years. There's also new music from folk duo The Civil Wars, which finished its new album just before going on hiatus, and pianist singer Lucy Schwartz.

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NPR Story
3:07 pm
Sat July 27, 2013

Facebook Debuts New Anti-Bullying Features

A screenshot of one of the new messages geared toward teenage Facebook users who might be experiencing bullying. (Facebook)

Originally published on Tue July 23, 2013 2:08 pm

Child psychologist Marc Brackett, director of the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence, is working with Facebook to develop what he says is the first emotionally-intelligent bullying prevention system on a social network.

Brackett says that if young teenagers — 13 and 14-year-olds — encounter posts they think are a problem, they will see icons designed specially for them that say “this post is a problem,” and they will be guided through screens that help them sort through their emotions and how best to respond.

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NPR Story
3:06 pm
Sat July 27, 2013

Baseball Fans Wonder Who Will Be Suspended Next

Milwaukee Brewers' Ryan Braun in the dugout during the seventh inning of a baseball game against the Cincinnati Reds Wednesday, July 10, 2013, in Milwaukee. (Morry Gash/AP)

Originally published on Tue July 23, 2013 2:08 pm

Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Ryan Braun is out of the game. Braun has accepted a season ending 65-game suspension for “violations” of baseball’s drug program.

He’ll sit out the rest of the season without pay, losing about $3.4 million. He’ll be able to come back next year and the $117 million he’s still owed through 2020 won’t be affected.

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NPR Story
3:06 pm
Sat July 27, 2013

Pete Cashmore On Mashable's Success And The Next Big Thing

Pete Cashmore is founder and CEO of Mashable.

Originally published on Tue July 23, 2013 12:40 pm

When he was a 19-year-old living in rural Scotland, Pete Cashmore kept a personal blog about technology.

A few years later, Cashmore’s blog grew into Mashable, an online media company that focuses on innovation and technology. Mashable now has offices and reporters based in New York and San Francisco.

The next devices that will change consumption will be smaller and smaller.
–Pete Cashmore

Secret to success

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NPR Story
3:06 pm
Sat July 27, 2013

Pentagon Puts Price Tag On Military Options In Syria

Originally published on Tue July 23, 2013 2:08 pm

For the first time, the Department of Defense is detailing the U.S. military options to stem the tide of the civil war in Syria.

The letter to the chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, Carl Levin, and the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Martin Dempsey, lists options which range from training opposition troops to conducting air strikes and enforcing a no-fly zone.

But the options come with costs, according to Dempsey, in the billions of dollars.

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The Two-Way
3:06 pm
Sat July 27, 2013

More Than 1,000 Prisoners Escape In Massive Libyan Jailbreak

Libyan protesters shown after ransacking the offices of the Muslim Brotherhood-backed Party of Justice and Construction, in Tripoli on Saturday.
Mahmud Turkia AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Sat July 27, 2013 4:14 pm

More than 1,000 inmates, many convicted of serious crimes, have escaped from a prison in Libya's eastern city of Benghazi, the country's prime minister confirmed.

According to The Associated Press, it wasn't immediately clear if the jailbreak at Koyfiya prison was part of a larger series of protests taking place across the country on Saturday in response to the assassination on Friday of prominent political activist Abdelsalam al-Mosmary, who was an outspoken opponent of the Muslim Brotherhood.

According to AP:

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Book Reviews
3:05 pm
Sat July 27, 2013

Reclusive, Curmudgeonly Writer Still Nicer Than Salinger In 'Sons'

Originally published on Tue July 23, 2013 11:54 am

When someone uses the term "instant classic," I typically want to grab him and ask, "So this is, what, like the new Great Expectations? You sure about that?" But David Gilbert's novel & Sons, seductive and ripe with both comedy and heartbreak, made me reconsider my stance on such a label. & Sons feels deeply familiar, as though it existed for decades and I was just slow to find it. Revolving around a New York writer of J. D.

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It's All Politics
3:04 pm
Sat July 27, 2013

Polls Show Wide Racial Gap On Trayvon Martin Case

Aqua Etefia holds up a Trayvon Martin mask at a rally Saturday in Miami.
Wilfredo Lee AP

Originally published on Tue July 23, 2013 10:09 am

Two polls released Monday revealed a dramatic racial gap in public opinion surrounding the Trayvon Martin case, with notable disparities on issues ranging from reaction to the verdict to the need for a national discussion on race.

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Tiny Desk Concerts
2:53 pm
Sat July 27, 2013

Guards: Tiny Desk Concert

Guards performs a Tiny Desk Concert in June 2013.
Denise DeBelius NPR

Originally published on Mon December 23, 2013 5:21 pm

Guards' music captures the pop sound of the late '50s and early '60s, but with more power and polish. It's hard not to hear a bit of Buddy Holly's melody and spirit — think 1958's "Rave On" — when you hear Guards play "Silver Lining," the first song in this Tiny Desk Concert.

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All Tech Considered
2:53 pm
Sat July 27, 2013

On Digital Dating: Never Committing, And Never Breaking Up

Texting and social media make romantic ties simultaneously easy to avoid and harder to shake.
Ben Margot AP

Originally published on Mon July 22, 2013 4:54 pm

I've been out of the dating world for the past decade, which makes me unqualified to speak from personal experience but intensely curious about how technology has upended courtship conventions. Based on the recent headlines, it seems an interesting paradox has emerged: Texting and social media make romantic ties simultaneously easy to avoid and harder to shake.

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