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This Is NPR
4:15 pm
Fri July 5, 2013

Thoughts On A Move: An NPR Short Film

Tell Me More Host Michel Martin and All Songs Considered Host Bob Boilen at the former NPR headquarters at 635 Mass. Ave.
NPR

Originally published on Wed July 10, 2013 9:02 am

For many folks at NPR, our recent headquarters move was a first-time experience. But for others this wasn't the first time they've packed up their work spaces while sticking with the ever-present daily news and production deadlines.

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Economy
4:13 pm
Fri July 5, 2013

Jobs Keep Growing. How Soon Should The Fed Stop Helping?

Many economists are encouraged by the latest jobs report because the stronger growth doesn't appear to be just a one-month blip.
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Originally published on Tue July 9, 2013 11:37 am

The latest employment report is encouraging to many economists because the stronger job growth doesn't appear to be just a one-month blip. But some worry that it's so strong the Federal Reserve may pull back efforts to boost the economy.

The Labor Department's newest data released Friday shows the U.S. added 195,000 jobs in June. The prior two months were also revised upward — above 190,000 for both April and May.

That's three months of more-robust job growth.

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Song Travels
4:12 pm
Fri July 5, 2013

Mark O'Connor On 'Song Travels'

Mark O'Connor.
Jim McGuire Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Fri July 5, 2013 11:43 am

Violinist Mark O'Connor is one of the most versatile fiddlers in music today: He seems equally at home playing bluegrass, country, jazz and classical. With its roots in Texas fiddling, O'Connor's music has shaped an entirely American school of string playing. His approach to teaching violin is considered a rival to the Suzuki method.

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From Scratch
4:12 pm
Fri July 5, 2013

Rodney Brooks, Founder Of Rethink Robotics

Originally published on Fri July 5, 2013 11:40 am

Dr. Rodney Brooks is the co-founder of Rethink Robotics, a company that makes robots for the manufacturing industry. Rethink's first robot, Baxter, was introduced in October 2012 with the goal of increasing US manufacturing productivity. Prior to Rethink, Dr. Brooks co-founded iRobot, which makes robots for the consumer and defense industries. iRobot's first consumer product was the Roomba, a vacuum robot, introduced in 2002. Dr. Brooks is professor emeritus at MIT, where he was on the faculty from 1984 to 2010.

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Planet Money
4:11 pm
Fri July 5, 2013

Planet Money: Libertarian Summer Camp

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Originally published on Fri July 5, 2013 12:47 pm

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On today's Planet Money, we travel to a place where people are trying to live without government interference. A place where you can use bits of silver to buy uninspected bacon. A place where a 9-year-old will sell you alcohol.

It's the 2011 Porcupine Freedom Festival, known to its friends as PorcFest. It's the summer festival for people who think we should return to the gold standard and abolish the IRS.

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Deceptive Cadence
4:10 pm
Fri July 5, 2013

Behind The Music: Charles Ives

Pablo Helguera

Originally published on Fri July 26, 2013 9:49 am

In honor of our search for the great American symphony, here's an encore presentation of one of our favorite Artunes. Got an idea for a classical cartoon or a reaction to this one? Leave your thoughts in the comments section.

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Monkey See
4:03 pm
Fri July 5, 2013

Pop Culture Happy Hour: 'The Heat' Is On, So Come On Down

NPR

Originally published on Fri July 5, 2013 10:57 am

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With apologies for an abbreviated post this week (I'm actually not at the office; I am invisible!), we bring you a show all about The Heat, the buddy comedy starring Melissa McCarthy and Sandra Bullock, which — hey! — we really liked, along with much of the rest of the universe. We'll talk about the comedy, the weird idea that a hit starring these particular actresses is a "surprise" hit, the script that made us laugh, and lots more.

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Alt.Latino
4:03 pm
Fri July 5, 2013

Spanish Hip-Hop, An Afro-Colombian Remix And More

This week on Alt.Latino, hear a song from Spanish rapper Mala Rodriguez's new album, Bruja.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Thu August 15, 2013 2:31 pm

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The Protojournalist
4:03 pm
Fri July 5, 2013

Haiku In The News: First Lady Poet

Former first lady Laura Bush and first lady Michelle Obama.
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Originally published on Fri July 5, 2013 10:33 am

"On the other hand

"We get to work on what we're

"Passionate about."

From remarks by first lady Michelle Obama, appearing with former first lady Laura Bush at the African First Ladies Summit in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, on July 2.

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13.7: Cosmos And Culture
4:02 pm
Fri July 5, 2013

Sometimes Less Is More: Reflections On X-Ray Vision

Warner Bros. Pictures

Originally published on Fri July 5, 2013 9:55 am

I saw Man of Steel last week — the latest retelling of the Superman story — and I was thrilled to see that now, finally, an effort has been made to make better sense of Superman's X-ray vision.

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