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7:14 am
Mon July 1, 2013

A Paris Vacation For Nashville Millionaires' French Art

A table (Le Dejeuner), an 1892 oil painting by Edouard Vuillard, appears to show a quiet domestic scene. But Isabelle Cahn, the curator of a new show at the Musee d'Orsay, says this painting actually depicts a scandal-ridden household.
Courtesy Musee d'Orsay

Originally published on Thu June 27, 2013 11:05 am

To say that Nashvillean Spencer Hays is crazy for French art is an understatement. "French art just quickens our step, fires our spirit and touches our heart," he says.

Hays' passion began when he was in his 30s. By then he was already a millionaire; Forbes estimated his worth at $400 million in 1997, money earned from book-selling and clothing businesses. Hays had humble beginnings.

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The Two-Way
7:11 am
Mon July 1, 2013

After Drifting For Hours On Arctic Ice Floe, 20 Tourists Are Safe

Originally published on Wed June 26, 2013 7:22 pm

A group of tourists got a bit more adventure in the Canadian Arctic than they wanted Tuesday, after they realized the ice floe on which they were camping had split off and begun drifting into open water. The 20 tourists and their guides were finally airlifted to the mainland Wednesday afternoon.

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This Is NPR
7:10 am
Mon July 1, 2013

'Talk of the Nation' Memories: Working With Neal Was A True Highlight

Talk of the Nation Host Neal Conan talks with Gallaudet University President I. King Jordan on October 12, 2006.
Jacques Coughlin NPR

Originally published on Thu June 27, 2013 9:59 am

All this week, we are remembering our favorite moments from the 21-year-run of Talk of the Nation. With so many driveway moment-inducing interviews, hours of live breaking news, segments with familiar voices, and insights from audience members, it's hard to know where to start. So we asked a few of those who worked on Talk of the Nation over the years to share a story or two.

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Shots - Health News
7:09 am
Mon July 1, 2013

NIH Takes Another Step Toward Retirement Of Research Chimps

Chimpanzees play at Chimp Haven, a retirement home for former research animals, in Keithville, La.
Gerald Herbert AP

Originally published on Thu June 27, 2013 8:32 am

The National Institutes of Health says it will retire hundreds of chimpanzees that the agency had been using for research. Animal rights activists see the move as a big step towards ending the use of chimps in research, but it will be awhile before any of the research chimps find their way into retirement homes.

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Parallels
7:08 am
Mon July 1, 2013

Thanks, But No: Social Media Refuses To Share With Turkey

An anti-government protester wearing a gas mask uses a cellphone to read the news on social media as demonstrators gather at midnight in Istanbul's Taksim Gezi Park on June 13.
Ozan Kose AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Wed June 26, 2013 2:37 pm

Turkey's battle with the Internet took a new twist on Wednesday.

A Turkish government minister said Twitter has refused to cooperate with the government, but that Facebook had responded "positively" and was "in cooperation with the state."

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Planet Money
7:08 am
Mon July 1, 2013

'My Startup Has 30 Days To Live'

Lynne Sladky AP

Originally published on Wed June 26, 2013 2:38 pm

Yesterday, an anonymous, soon-to-be-failed entrepreneur started a blog called "My Startup Has 30 Days To Live." It's a good, bitter counterpoint to all the Silicon Valley hype.

In the first post, the founder blames himself for his company's imminent failure.

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All Tech Considered
7:07 am
Mon July 1, 2013

Translation, Please: Hand-Held Device Bridges Language Gap

ELSA, or Enabling Language Service Anywhere, gives users quick access to interpreters who can translate between English and 180 other languages.
YouTube

Originally published on Thu June 27, 2013 4:34 am

Communicating between languages is an age-old challenge. Today computer programs can translate words instantly. But what about conversations? Intense ones? Maybe even the kind where life or death hangs in the balance?

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Music Reviews
7:07 am
Mon July 1, 2013

Chico Mann: Plastic Keys, Blinking Lights And Burbling Beats

On his new album, Magical Thinking, Chico Mann uses a host of electronic playthings to craft West African, Latin and 1980s "boogie" rhythms.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue July 1, 2014 10:37 am

Marcos Garcia took his alter ego Chico Mann not from the 1970s TV series Chico and the Man but from a bit of dialogue in the early-'80s hip-hop film Wild Style. For years, Garcia was best-known as one of the members of the New York Afrobeat ensemble Antibalas. But one day, he began tinkering with his daughter's Casio keyboard, and since then he's only built on his arsenal of electronic playthings.

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The Two-Way
7:07 am
Mon July 1, 2013

Book News: Penguin, Random House Complete Publishing Mega-Merger

The daily lowdown on books, publishing, and the occasional author behaving badly.

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Books
7:05 am
Mon July 1, 2013

In 'Sisterland,' Familial Fissures And A Pair Of Psychic Twins

Originally published on Thu June 27, 2013 4:34 am

Curtis Sittenfeld is the Ed Norton of the literary world. Popular but intellectual, accessible but mysterious and, above all — a perspective chameleon with an uncanny ability to enter the minds of callow prep school outcasts and devotedly compromising first ladies alike. With Sisterland, she takes this mind-entering business to a literal level. The story of a pair of adult psychic twin sisters in St. Louis, it would have been an obvious choice for Sittenfeld to tell her story in the form of dueling narration.

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