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6:45 am
Mon July 1, 2013

Gospel Legend Mavis Staples Comes 'Full Circle'

Mavis Staples has been performing for more than six decades. One True Vine is her second album-length collaboration with Wilco frontman Jeff Tweedy.
Zoran Orlic Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed June 26, 2013 6:14 pm

From small country churches to the stages of the civil rights movement to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Mavis Staples' career has spanned more than 60 years.

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Parallels
6:44 am
Mon July 1, 2013

The U.S. Wants Snowden. Why Won't The World Cooperate?

Journalists show passengers arriving at Russia's Sheremetyevo airport on Sunday an image of Edward Snowden.
Alexander Zemlianichenko AP

Originally published on Wed June 26, 2013 7:53 pm

China appeared perfectly happy to let Edward Snowden slip away despite a U.S. request for his arrest. Russia appears to enjoy thumbing its nose at Washington as Snowden cools his heels at a Moscow airport. Ecuador is toying with the notion of granting him asylum.

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The Protojournalist
6:44 am
Mon July 1, 2013

Weird Public Library Stuff: Check It Out

Olivia, a 5-year-old Angolan colobus monkey, at the Brookfield Zoo near Chicago.
Scott Olson Getty Images

Originally published on Wed June 26, 2013 11:04 am

Sure, at certain public libraries around the country you can check out ebooks and audiobooks and DVDs and iPads and Nooks and Kindles. Paintings to hang on your walls at home? Yep. Bridal magazines? Yep, those too. You can also check out a bunch of strange stuff, including:

1) A fishing pole from the Erie County Public Library in Erie, Pa.

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Deceptive Cadence
6:44 am
Mon July 1, 2013

Hit The Road And Hear Some Music: Summer Classical Festivals 2013

At the Moab Festival in Utah, patrons can hike to a secret spot to hear concerts.
Richard Bowditch Moab Music Festival

Originally published on Thu June 27, 2013 7:55 am

Summer is heating up and so are dozens of classical music festivals all around the country. We couldn't possibly list them all, but here's a sampling of some of the best events, from open-air venues and seaside spots to historic concert halls. Been to a great summer festival we've missed? Feel free to pass along your own reviews in the comments section.

EAST

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13.7: Cosmos And Culture
6:43 am
Mon July 1, 2013

Laws Of Man And Laws Of Nature

The Sundarbans, a mangrove forest at the edge of the Bay of Bengal, stretch across parts of southwestern Bangladesh and southeastern India.
NASA

Originally published on Wed June 26, 2013 7:33 am

We humans are an unruly bunch. So much so that we need laws to keep order, to make sure we stay on track. Without our laws, society would quickly descend into chaos. The laws of man are guarantors of order, a necessary control against the inherent greediness of our species.

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Book Reviews
6:41 am
Mon July 1, 2013

'The Hare' Leads A Merry Chase

iStockphoto.com

Originally published on Wed June 26, 2013 6:03 am

To love the novels of Cesar Aira you must have a taste for the absurd, a tolerance for the obscurely philosophical and a willingness to laugh out loud against your better judgment. His latest novel to be translated into English, The Hare, is set in the Argentine pampas at the end of the 19th century. But don't let any veneer of realism fool you.

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Code Switch
6:41 am
Mon July 1, 2013

Happy Ruling For Adoptive Couple, Uncertainty For Baby Girl

Baby Veronica and her biological father, Dusten Brown, feed geese and ducks in April in Nowata, Okla.
Jeremy Charles for The Washington Post Getty Images

Originally published on Wed June 26, 2013 6:21 pm

Baby Veronica still does not have a permanent home.

The adopted, 3-year-old Native American girl has been caught in the middle of an emotional custody battle that reached all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court, whose ruling on Tuesday sided with her white adoptive parents, Matt and Melanie Capobianco.

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Kitchen Window
6:40 am
Mon July 1, 2013

Helping Pasta Salad Dress For Success

Deena Prichep for NPR

Originally published on Wed June 26, 2013 2:08 pm

So many people have the wrong idea about pasta salad — that staple of the summertime picnic season. It's a complete dish (often with starch, vegetable and protein all together), it's happy to hang out in your basket for several leisurely hours without complaint and it doesn't require much more than a fork to enjoy al fresco. Far too often, though, it's just done wrong.

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Planet Money
6:39 am
Mon July 1, 2013

Planet Money: Kid Rock Vs. The Scalpers

Scott Legato Getty Images

Originally published on Wed June 26, 2013 9:39 am

We live in a society full of people who are obsessed with making sure that prices are right and supply meets demand. And then there's the live-music business.

Concert tickets are often too cheap, and the supply is too limited. Scalpers are the proof: If tickets were more expensive to begin with, or if venues were bigger, scalpers wouldn't be able to charge more than face value.

On today's show, we talk to Kid Rock about how he's trying to cut scalpers out of the business — and still sell cheap tickets to his shows.

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The Two-Way
6:39 am
Mon July 1, 2013

Democratic Rep. Edward Markey Wins Mass. Senate Race

Originally published on Tue June 25, 2013 9:00 pm

Democratic Rep. Edward Markey has won the special election in Massachusetts Tuesday for the U.S. Senate seat held by John Kerry. Kerry resigned the seat to become U.S. secretary of state.

Markey, 66, defeated Republican newcomer Gabriel Gomez, a 47-year-old businessman and former Navy SEAL.

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