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2:16 pm
Tue August 13, 2013

Valerie June On Learning To Love 'Perfectly Imperfect' Voices

On her new album, Pushin' Against a Stone, Valerie June sings with a voice that's as powerful as it is unusual.
Matt Wignall Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed January 8, 2014 3:14 pm

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The Picture Show
2:13 pm
Tue August 13, 2013

Be A Square; Photograph In Public!

Clockwise from top left: Jonny, Mickey Mouse balloon vendor at Disneyland in Anaheim, Calif. (Sheldon Serkin/@shelserkin); Ting, clerk at Dong Xing Chinese and Japanese Takeaway; Marlene Lucien, Port-au-Prince, Haiti (John Poole/NPR/@johnwpoole); Hussain, newsstand kiosk vendor, Melbourne, Australia (Michael Baranovic/@mishobaranovic)
Instagram

Originally published on Fri August 9, 2013 3:14 pm

We love what we see on Instagram, and we think there's potential for something deeper. Something more communal. So today we're starting something new with our friends at KPCC in Los Angeles: A collective storytelling project called Public Square. Follow us! @npr + @kpcc

Each month will have a theme and hashtag. We'll ask you to share a glimpse of your life — but beyond that, to tell us stories.

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The Picture Show
2:10 pm
Tue August 13, 2013

Photography Phone Call: Are Snapshots Dead?

A snapshot from the collection of Robert E. Jackson
Robert E. Jackson Courtesy of National Gallery of Art

Originally published on Sat August 10, 2013 12:35 pm

I cannot begin to fathom the number of snapshots that have been produced between the first Kodak camera (circa 1888) and now. Let alone how anyone could begin paring it down into a collection.

And yet for years, Seattle-based businessman Robert E. Jackson has been sifting through discarded memories, searching for that certain something — nothing in particular — found in vintage, vernacular photography. He knows it when he sees it. And he now owns about 11,000 one-of-a-kind prints.

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It's All Politics
2:09 pm
Tue August 13, 2013

Star-Making Turn As Newark Mayor Launches Booker Toward D.C.

U.S. Senate candidate Cory Booker, the mayor of Newark, N.J., speaks to the media after casting his ballot for the Senate primary on Tuesday.
Eduardo Munoz Reuters/Landov

Originally published on Tue August 13, 2013 9:49 pm

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Krulwich Wonders...
2:07 pm
Tue August 13, 2013

Mosquito Exclusive! Yes, They Bite, But Half The Time They Miss

Robert Krulwich NPR

Originally published on Fri August 9, 2013 11:20 am

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Song Travels
2:06 pm
Tue August 13, 2013

Madeleine Peyroux On 'Song Travels'

Madeleine Peyroux.
Mary Ellen Mark Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Fri August 9, 2013 11:16 am

Vocalist Madeleine Peyroux started out busking on the streets of Paris, but went on to gain international acclaim for her versions of beloved folk tunes and jazz standards. Her latest album, The Blue Room, honors the legacy of artists such as Ray Charles and Leonard Cohen with interpretations of their songs.

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NPR Story
2:06 pm
Tue August 13, 2013

Teen Graffiti Artist Dies After Being Tasered By Police

An electrical arc glows at the end of a Taser. (Toby Talbot/AP)

Originally published on Fri August 9, 2013 4:11 pm

A tragic accident in Miami Beach, Florida, has once again drawn scrutiny on that city’s police force.

Israel Hernandez-Llach was caught spray painting his tag on a boarded-up storefront in Miami Beach and was chased on foot for 10 minutes.

After the 18-year-old was cornered, he ran toward police and was shot by a Taser in the chest.

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NPR Story
2:05 pm
Tue August 13, 2013

What's Eating Johnny Depp?

Johnny Depp is pictured in an scene from the movie "The Lone Ranger." (Disney)

Originally published on Fri August 9, 2013 4:11 pm

Johnny Depp’s “The Lone Ranger” is one of the biggest box office bombs of the summer, and it’s earned the actor yet more negative reviews of his work.

His roles in “Dark Shadows” and the more recent “Pirates” films were not well received either.

Critics are starting to ask what’s happening with the once highly respected actor.

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NPR Story
2:04 pm
Tue August 13, 2013

Perseid Meteor Shower To Light Up Sky This Weekend

A meteor from the annual Perseid meteor shower falls from space over ruins at Fort Churchill State Historic Park on Sunday, Aug. 12, 2012, in Silver Springs, Nev. (Kevin Clifford/AP)

Originally published on Fri August 9, 2013 2:09 pm

The annual Perseid meteor shower will be most visible on Sunday and Monday.

The best visibility in North America will be between 1 a.m. and dawn Eastern time, weather permitting.

“You want to get somewhere where it’s dark — no street lights or porch lights in your view. No telescopes are needed. Just look up where it’s really dark in the sky, and let it happen,” veteran space reporter J. Kelly Beatty told Here & Now.

The meteors themselves are tiny — about the size of Grape-Nuts, Beatty said.

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NPR Story
2:04 pm
Tue August 13, 2013

Doping Concerns Shadow Major Track Meet

IAAF president Lamine Diack, right, speaks alongside retired athlete and IAAF vice president Sergey Bubka during a news conference at a hotel in Moscow, Thursday, Aug. 8, 2013. (Matt Dunham/AP)

Originally published on Fri August 9, 2013 4:11 pm

The IAAF World Championships for track and field begin this weekend in Moscow without two of the sport’s highest-profile athletes.

Sprinters Tyson Gay and Asafa Powell are out because they tested positive for performance enhancing drugs recently.

More than two dozen other athletes will also miss the meet because of doping.

The BBC’s Alex Capstick reports.

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