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10:59 am
Wed July 17, 2013

Last Words: An Author's Rhymed Farewell

David Rakoff was a radio essayist for public radio's This American Life.
Deirdre Dolan

Originally published on Tue July 16, 2013 6:03 am

What a loss. That's the thought that kept running through my head as I flagged one inspired rhyme after another in David Rakoff's risky (though hardly risqué) posthumous first novel. Why risky? For starters, Rakoff, who died of cancer last summer, at 47, chose to write this last book in verse — albeit an accessible, delightful iambic tetrameter that is more akin to Dr. Seuss than T.S. Eliot.

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Book Reviews
10:58 am
Wed July 17, 2013

For The Love Of The Game: How Cricket Transformed India

Cricket Game
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Originally published on Tue July 16, 2013 6:03 am

The English language and cricket were Britain's two largest colonial legacies in India, says journalist James Astill, but it is the second of these bequests that is the subject of his important and incisive new book, The Great Tamasha: Cricket, Corruption, And the Turbulent Rise of Modern India. Astill is a former bureau chief for the Economist in New Delhi, and he notes the parallels between the country's control of cricket and its dramatic economic rise.

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Food
10:57 am
Wed July 17, 2013

Cook Your Cupboard: Chowchow Down With Jacques Pepin

Samantha Lunn in Chattanooga, Tenn., wants to know what to do with currants, pickled onions and chowchow.
Courtesy of Samantha Lunn

Originally published on Tue July 16, 2013 5:22 am

This is an installment of NPR's Cook Your Cupboard, an ongoing food series about working with what you have on hand. Have a food that has you stumped? Share a photo and we'll ask chefs about our favorites. The current submission category: Booze!

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The Two-Way
10:56 am
Wed July 17, 2013

Drug Kingpin Of Zetas Cartel Captured In Mexico

Originally published on Mon July 15, 2013 9:04 pm

The leader of one of Mexico's most violent drug cartels was captured on Monday in a city across the border from Texas.

The man, Miguel Ángel Trevino Morales, also known as "Z-40," was reportedly captured by Mexican Marines. The New York Times reports that Morales is wanted on both sides of the border:

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The Record
10:56 am
Wed July 17, 2013

Sub Pop's Silver Jubilee Celebrates 25 Years Of Artisanal Music In Seattle

Touch Me I'm A Local Institution: Mudhoney plays from more than 500 feet above Seattle, on the roof of the Space Needle, as part of a set celebrating Sub Pop's Silver Jubilee broadcast by KEXP
Morgen Schuler KEXP

Originally published on Thu August 8, 2013 6:38 am

Last Thursday Mark Arm was on the top of the Space Needle; two days later, he was riding around in a golf car full of trash. Truth in criticism: I never actually saw the Mudhoney singer in the vehicle to which his name was affixed (the sign read: "MR. ARM") scooting around the streets of Georgetown, the Seattle industrial neighborhood where Sub Pop Records held its Silver Jubilee mini-festival on Saturday. But I did see it hauling recyclables and getting stopped by numerous concertgoers snapping phone photos.

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This Is NPR
10:54 am
Wed July 17, 2013

Protecting Public Media, One Story at a Time

NPR

Originally published on Mon July 15, 2013 3:47 pm

So many of us have one: a moment that triggered the passionate public media junkie inside.

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13.7: Cosmos And Culture
10:53 am
Wed July 17, 2013

Human Emotions Explained In 60 Short Interviews

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Originally published on Mon July 15, 2013 2:48 pm

In some sense we're all experts in emotion. We experience emotion every day, all the time. We constantly observe the emotional responses of others, and we often make decisions based on anticipated emotions: we pursue something because we think it will make us happy, or avoid something because we worry it will anger someone else.

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All Songs Considered
10:53 am
Wed July 17, 2013

Question Of The Week: What Music Will You Be Nostalgic For In 20 Years?

Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Mon July 22, 2013 6:26 am

Earlier this week week we asked you to look ahead 20 years from now, and guess what music from today you'll be the most nostalgic about. There were some great suggestions, including Wilco, Outkast and Sufjan Stevens.

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Tiny Desk Concerts
10:53 am
Wed July 17, 2013

Alice Russell: Tiny Desk Concert

Alice Russell performs a Tiny Desk Concert on April 9, 2013.
Marie McGrory NPR

Originally published on Mon December 23, 2013 5:22 pm

There's nothing restrained about an Alice Russell performance: It's emotionally fiery from the start and just gets hotter and grittier — especially when she's singing "To Dust," the title track from her first new solo album in almost five years.

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Krulwich Wonders...
10:51 am
Wed July 17, 2013

I Bet I Can Create A 25 Million-Year-Old False Alarm, Says Biologist E.O. Wilson

Noah Poritz Science Source

Originally published on Mon July 15, 2013 3:33 pm

The world's most famous ant-scholar likes to daydream. "So much good science — and perhaps all of great science," he writes in his new book "has its roots in fantasy."

Here's his.

After seeing Jurassic Park, where scientists clone dinosaurs from the blood of ancient dino-biting mosquitoes,Wilson thought: Hmmm, that's a little far-fetched, but I bet I can do a version that might be "really and truly possible."

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