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Deceptive Cadence
10:08 am
Fri May 3, 2013

Coaxing The Baby To Sleep: A Violinist's Hand-Picked Lullabies

Violinist Rachel Barton Pine says she had her infant daughter in mind when she decided to record an album of lullabies.
Andrew Eccles Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed May 1, 2013 6:48 pm

In German, it's wiegenlied; in French, berceuse; in Norwegian, vuggevise. In any language, the universal effect of what we know as the lullaby is, of course, to coax a baby to sleep.

Violinist Rachel Barton Pine had her own baby in mind when she decided to record a collection of lullabies. Her infant daughter appears on the cover of the new album Violin Lullabies — all folded up, fast asleep, so tiny she just about fits in her dad's hands.

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All Songs Considered
10:08 am
Fri May 3, 2013

Vampire Weekend On New York, Souls Of Mischief And The Secrets Of Its New Album

Vampire Weekend in New York City: (from left) Chris Tomson, Chris Baio, Rostam Batmanglij and Ezra Koenig.
Alex John Beck Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed May 8, 2013 2:22 pm

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U.S.
10:08 am
Fri May 3, 2013

U.S. Aims To Track Foreigners Who Arrive, But Never Leave

A Customs and Border Protection officer explains to arriving international passengers at Los Angeles International Airport how to provide their fingerprints. While visitors are fingerprinted and photographed upon arrival in the U.S., they are currently not tracked upon departure.
Reed Saxon AP

Originally published on Thu May 2, 2013 8:02 am

Nearly half the people now in the U.S. illegally didn't climb walls, wade across the Rio Grande or trek through the desert to get here. They arrived legally, with tourist or student visas. And when those visas expired, they just never left.

Like the rest of the 11 million undocumented people in the United States, they are part of the underground economy and the government doesn't know where they are. The Senate immigration bill now before Congress tries to address this problem — though not as richly as it does border security.

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Code Switch
10:06 am
Fri May 3, 2013

On Celebrating 'Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month'

Reps. Bobby Scott of Virginia, Mazie Hirono of Hawaii and Judy Chu of California pose with President Obama in 2010, during a reception to celebrate Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month.
Pool Getty Images

Originally published on Wed May 1, 2013 1:44 pm

Today marks the start of Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month, which you may or may not have known.

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Monkey See
10:04 am
Fri May 3, 2013

Discovery's 'Big Brain Theory': Not That Kind Of Nerd TV

Alison Wong, a contestant on Discovery's new The Big Brain Theory, does the math.
Jason Elias Discovery

Originally published on Wed May 1, 2013 12:45 pm

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Planet Money
10:02 am
Fri May 3, 2013

'The Single Most Valuable Document In The History Of The World Wide Web'

Originally published on Wed May 1, 2013 2:06 pm

Twenty years ago this week, researchers renounced the right to patent the World Wide Web. Officials at CERN, the European research center where the Web was invented, wrote:

CERN relinquishes all intellectual property to this code, both source and binary form and permission is granted for anyone to use, duplicate, modify and redistribute it.

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The Picture Show
9:57 am
Fri May 3, 2013

Things Come (Very, Very) Apart

Todd McClellan Courtesy of Thames & Hudson

Originally published on Wed May 1, 2013 8:52 pm

Todd McLellan must have a lot of fun at his job.

How else to explain someone who meticulously dismantles, then painstakingly rearranges hundreds of tiny parts of machinery. And that's before he throws everything into the air.

The Toronto-based commercial photographer was the kind of kid who always took things apart, including an entire 1985 Hyundai Pony in secondary school. He said that if an object interested him, it would soon be in pieces.

"I've always had a technical grounding trying to figure out how things work," he said in a phone interview.

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Classics in Concert
9:56 am
Fri May 3, 2013

Spring For Music: Detroit Symphony Orchestra At Carnegie Hall

Leonard Slatkin leads the Detroit Symphony Orchestra at the Spring for Music festival at Carnegie Hall.
Torsten Kjellstrand for NPR

Originally published on Tue April 15, 2014 2:29 pm

The Detroit Symphony Orchestra's performances at the 2013 Spring for Music festival represent a dramatic reversal of fortunes, and one that can only happen among modern-day American orchestras.

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Monkey See
9:55 am
Fri May 3, 2013

Which Comics Should I Get? Your Free Comic Book Day Cheat Sheet

Mary Ann Shilts takes one of the give away comic books from the display rack at the New Dimensions Comics store in Cranberry, Pa., Butler County, as part of Free Comic Book Day 2012. Free Comic Book Day 2013 is Saturday, May 4.
Keith Srakocic AP

Originally published on Wed May 1, 2013 1:08 pm

This Saturday, May 4th, is Free Comic Book Day, the comics industry's annual attempt to sail out past the shallow, overfished shoals where Nerds Like Me lazily and inexpertly spawn, to instead cast their line into the colder, deeper waters where Normals Like You swim free, blissfully unconcerned about the myriad nettlesome continuity issues surrounding Supergirl's underpants.

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This Is NPR
9:54 am
Fri May 3, 2013

Host ProFile: 'I Love Figuring Stuff Out And Explaining It To People'

Lam Vo NPR

Originally published on Wed May 8, 2013 8:04 am

As co-host of Planet Money, Alex Blumberg is making a t-shirt (well, about one thousand of them) – and bringing listeners on the complicated global odyssey behind the production of the basic cotton tee.

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