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2:45 pm
Sat July 27, 2013

OMD: New-Wavers Look Backward To Go Forward

Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark
Tom Oxley Big Hassle Media

Originally published on Sun July 21, 2013 6:16 pm

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This Is NPR
2:44 pm
Sat July 27, 2013

Stay Cool With Sweet Stories On 'National Ice Cream Day'

Katie Burk NPR

Originally published on Sun July 21, 2013 6:42 am

You may need some napkins for this one. Today we all scream for what may be the coolest holiday of the year, National Ice Cream Day.

Before you run to your freezer, we're serving up a few stories from NPR and NPR Member Stations about the sweet treat, from unusual recipes to the science behind brain freezes. To top it off, we found a photo of Carl Kasell getting in on the frozen fun.

Scoop on!


More Ice Cream from NPR Member Stations

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PG-13: Risky Reads
2:44 pm
Sat July 27, 2013

A Gut-Punch Of Sadness In James Joyce's 'Dubliners'

Originally published on Sun July 21, 2013 5:24 am

Kevin Maher is the author of The Fields, which comes out in the U.S in August.

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
2:44 pm
Sat July 27, 2013

Comedian Tig Notaro Plays Not My Job

Courtesy of Ruthie Wyatt

Originally published on Sat July 20, 2013 12:53 pm

In 2012, comedian Louis C.K. tweeted: "In 27 years doing this, I've seen a handful of truly great, masterful standup sets. One was Tig Notaro last night at Largo." The set C.K. was referring to was Notaro's performance the day she was diagnosed with Stage 2 breast cancer. That set became "Tig Notaro: Live," which is now out now on iTunes.

We've invited Notaro to play a game called "Tig, meet Tug." Frank Edwin McGraw, known as Tug, was one of the great relief pitchers in baseball, or at least the most colorful. We'll ask Notaro three questions about her near-namesake.

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Commentary
2:43 pm
Sat July 27, 2013

'Wringing' Out Personal Bias Is A Daily Exercise

President Barack Obama delivered remarks on the Trayvon Martin case from the White House briefing room Friday.
Win McNamee Getty Images

Originally published on Sat July 20, 2013 3:48 pm

President Obama, in his speech on Friday, said that all of us should do some soul searching.

Not a conversation on race organized by politicians, he said. He suggested smaller and more personal places for those conversations — families, churches and workplaces — and he suggested a conversation that each person could have with him or herself: "Am I wringing as much bias out of myself as I can?"

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Music Interviews
2:43 pm
Sat July 27, 2013

Bombadil: Scattered By Fate, A Band Regroups And Rebuilds

Left to right: Daniel Machalak, James Philips and Stuart Robinson of Bombadil.
Melissa Fuller Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Sat July 20, 2013 6:32 pm

Bombadil was founded by a group of friends who met while attending college in Durham, N.C. They graduated in 2006, released a self-titled EP that was well-received, and soon seemed on their way to finding an audience. But by 2009, bassist Daniel Michalak was struggling with an unexplained pain in his hands.

"I started noticing it during shows," he says. "And it got to the point where I couldn't hold a spoon to feed myself, or brush my teeth, or hold the phone to my ear."

Michalak's daily routines became increasingly difficult — and draining.

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Author Interviews
12:57 pm
Sat July 27, 2013

Q&A: Director Henry Jaglom, Author Of 'My Lunches With Orson'

Originally published on Sun July 21, 2013 8:33 am

In the final years of his life, Orson Welles regularly met his friend and business partner Henry Jaglom for lunch in L.A. to discuss future projects, old anecdotes, and Hollywood gossip. Jaglom, a filmmaker in his own right (his work includes A Safe Place, Someone to Love, and Festival in Cannes), kept a tape recorder running in his bag — which Welles requested, according to Jaglom, to accumulate material for an autobiography.

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Krulwich Wonders...
12:56 pm
Sat July 27, 2013

Getting Cozy With Baby Butterflies ... So Cozy, They Whisper A Wriggly Secret

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Originally published on Sat July 20, 2013 4:00 am

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Tiny Desk Concerts
12:56 pm
Sat July 27, 2013

Cheyenne Mize: Tiny Desk Concert

Cheyenne Mize performs a Tiny Desk Concert on May 16, 2013.
Marie McGrory NPR

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

In the years since she first surfaced as a suitably rustic duet partner for Will Oldham — the two Kentuckians released an EP together back in 2010 — Cheyenne Mize has broadened and deepened her sound, injecting it with slinkiness and sparkle. Her new album Among the Grey continues that evolution, bringing out the lushness in songs that can shimmer prettily or punch with the force of a PJ Harvey.

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13.7: Cosmos And Culture
12:56 pm
Sat July 27, 2013

Baseball's Great Equalizer: The Knuckleball

Pitcher R.A. Dickey of the Toronto Blue Jays throws a knuckleball against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Florida.
J. Meric Getty Images

Originally published on Sat July 20, 2013 3:59 am

If Bugs Bunny had a pitch, it would be the knuckleball. It weaves and bobs, zigs and zags, and acts like it has a mind of its own. Catchers have trouble catching this pitch. It leaves hitters dazed. Even the pitcher can't really say for sure what it's going to do. And that's the idea. It isn't a power pitch. It isn't a control pitch. It is, precisely, an uncontrol pitch.

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