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10:32 am
Wed July 31, 2013

New Health Exchanges: What You Need To Know

On October 1st, online health insurance exchanges open up as part of the Affordable Care Act. Kaiser Health News' Mary Agnes Carey speaks to host Michel Martin about what will change, and how you can prepare for the roll-out.

Tiny Desk Concerts
10:18 am
Wed July 31, 2013

Time For Three: Tiny Desk Concert

Time For Three performs a Tiny Desk Concert.
NPR

Originally published on Mon December 23, 2013 5:20 pm

Pigeonholing the classically trained string trio Time for Three isn't easy, but that's also a blessing. The musicians — violinists Zachary De Pue and Nick Kendall with double bassist Ranaan Meyer — say they love a kaleidoscopic spectrum of music. "If we like it, we play it" is their motto.

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Author Interviews
10:18 am
Wed July 31, 2013

'The Telling Room': This Cheese Stands Alone

Originally published on Sat July 27, 2013 11:59 am

Here's a great piece of travel writing, storytelling, mythmaking and hero worship — all rolled into one book with a near record-breakingly long title. It's by magazine writer Michael Paterniti of GQ, and it's called The Telling Room: A Tale of Love, Betrayal, Revenge, and the World's Greatest Piece of Cheese.

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Music Interviews
10:18 am
Wed July 31, 2013

In A Desert Encampment, Songs Of A Vanishing Way Of Life

The musicians of Etran Finatawa come from the Tuareg and Wodaabe tribes, two nomadic groups who have historically been rivals.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Sat August 3, 2013 8:20 am

In January, English musician and record producer Colin Bass found himself in the midst of an extraordinary assignment. Bass had traveled, with microphones and recording equipment in tow, to the Sahara desert to meet up with a musical group called Etran Finatawa.

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Music News
10:17 am
Wed July 31, 2013

Van Dyke Parks Lights Up Songs From Inside

Over the course of nearly five decades, Van Dyke Parks has released an album under his own name roughly every five years. His latest, Songs Cycled, is a nod to his similarly titled solo debut.
Henry Diltz Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Sat July 27, 2013 2:06 pm

At age 70, Van Dyke Parks has worked with artists from just about every genre, including The Beach Boys, U2 and Skrillex. But every now and then he takes some time to focus on his own material.

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Economy
9:41 am
Wed July 31, 2013

GDP Report Is Better Than Economists Expected

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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

NPR's business news starts begins with some surprising economic growth.

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GREENE: The U.S. Commerce Department says the economy grew at an unexpectedly swift pace during the second quarter of the year. The Gross Domestic Product, or GDP, grew at an annual rate of 1.7 percent. That compares to the first quarter, when it grew at 1.1 percent. As NPR's Yuki Noguchi reports, this might mean the economy has not been hit hard by the automatic government spending cuts known as sequestration.

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Dance
9:32 am
Wed July 31, 2013

Preserving Balanchine's Ballet Legacy, 30 Years Later

Dancers perform George Balanchine's Serenade in a 2007 production staged by Francia Russell and Suzanne Schorer at the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow.
Maxim Marmur AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Sat July 27, 2013 11:59 am

Francia Russell hasn't performed in 50 years, but she says as soon as she hears the music for George Balanchine's Concerto Barocco, her body starts to move: "I could do it in my sleep, you know, get up and sleepwalk and do it."

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Author Interviews
9:31 am
Wed July 31, 2013

What If The X-Men Were Real? Q&A With Marcus Sakey, Author Of 'Brilliance'

Originally published on Sat July 27, 2013 5:30 am

What if the X-Men were real? And what if they weren't mutants in spandex, but people like you and me and Bob in accounting, just endowed with superhuman talents for things like pattern recognition, programming and strategy?

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NPR Story
9:28 am
Wed July 31, 2013

Who's Next In Line For The Federal Reserve?

The two top contenders to head the Federal Reserve are Lawrence Summers (left) and Janet Yellen. (AP)

Originally published on Fri July 26, 2013 4:25 pm

It’s widely thought that Federal Reserve Chair Ben Bernanke will step down when his appointment expires next January.

Two well-known economists are considered top contenders for the position: Larry Summers and Janet Yellen.

Summers, who previously served as the president of Harvard University and Secretary of the Treasury in the Clinton administration from 1999 to 2001, has close ties to President Obama.

But Summers received flak for his support of financial deregulation in the 1990s.

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NPR Story
9:28 am
Wed July 31, 2013

The Ad-Woman Who Made Diamonds 'Forever'

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Originally published on Fri July 26, 2013 2:04 pm

The Engagements,” the new novel by J. Courtney Sullivan interweaves four tales about the significance of diamonds with the real-life story of Frances Gerety, who was a copywriter with the Philadelphia ad agency N.W. Ayer and Son beginning in the 1940s.

Advertising Age magazine named “A Diamond is Forever,” the phrase that Gerety penned to help promote the De Beers company’s products, the slogan of the 20th century.

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