State and National News


4:40 pm
Thu June 27, 2013

In Alabama, Voting Decision Seen As Sign Of Progress, Setback

Shelby County, Ala., attorney Butch Ellis talks to reporters outside of the U.S. Supreme Court in February, when oral arguments were heard in the Voting Rights Act case.
Chip Somodevilla Getty Images

Originally published on Tue June 25, 2013 5:27 pm

The U.S. Supreme Court's decision to strike down a key provision of the 1965 Voting Rights Act came in a case from the very state that helped shape the statute: Alabama.

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4:39 pm
Thu June 27, 2013

A First Lady No Longer, Carla Bruni Returns To Music

Carla Bruni's new album, her first since her husband, former President Nicolas Sarkozy, left office, is titled Little French Songs.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue June 25, 2013 7:06 pm

Ella Fitzgerald was known as the First Lady of Song, but Carla Bruni is the singer-songwriter of first ladies.

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Movie Interviews
4:37 pm
Thu June 27, 2013

'Let The Fire Burn': A Philadelphia Community Forever Changed

Throughout the '70s and '80s, the radical African-American MOVE organization had several dramatic encounters with police.
Courtesy of Amigo Media

Originally published on Wed June 26, 2013 1:05 pm

On May 13, 1985, after a long standoff, Philadelphia municipal authorities dropped a bomb on a residential row house. The Osage Avenue home was the headquarters of the African-American radical group MOVE, which had confronted police on many occasions since the group's founding in 1972.

The resulting fire killed 11 people — including five children and the group's leader, John Africa — destroyed 61 homes, and tore apart a community.

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All Songs Considered
4:34 pm
Thu June 27, 2013

New Music: Sigur Rós, Zola Jesus, Jon Hopkins, Ebony Bones, More

Clockwise from upper left: Jon Hopkins, Ebony Bones, Sigur Ros, Zola Jesus
Courtesy of the artists

Originally published on Tue June 25, 2013 1:38 pm

On this week's episode of All Songs Considered, co-hosts Bob Boilen and Robin Hilton split right down the middle when it comes to bringing the noise.

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Krulwich Wonders...
4:32 pm
Thu June 27, 2013

The Man With A 'Battery Operated Brain'

Originally published on Tue June 25, 2013 10:49 am

He calls himself the "human with the battery operated brain" because he does, in fact, have electrodes in his head, put there by his New Zealand doctors.

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The Protojournalist
4:31 pm
Thu June 27, 2013

The Obama Report Card: Best And Worst


Originally published on Tue June 25, 2013 10:43 am

Arguably, Barack Obama is the best president in American history, says Larry Sabato, director of the Center for Politics at the University of Virginia, because Obama "has managed to do what no African-American ...

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13.7: Cosmos And Culture
4:29 pm
Thu June 27, 2013

How To Love The Zombie Apocalypse

World War Z is just the latest pop-culture incarnation of the Zombie Apocalypse. Adam Frank says the zombies keep coming because they're trying to tell us something.
MPC/Paramount Pictures

Originally published on Tue June 25, 2013 6:00 pm

"Zombie Apocalypse? What the hell are you talking about?"

It was our weekly astronomy group lunch when everyone, from the professors down to the undergrads, gets together for pizza. I'm not quite sure how the conversation took this turn, but at some point I quipped: "But of course that's after the Zombie Apocalypse."

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The Picture Show
4:28 pm
Thu June 27, 2013

Help Us Solve An 'NPR' Camera Mystery

Where did this camera come from and what does "NPR NY" mean?
Courtesy of Al Suke

Originally published on Tue June 25, 2013 11:22 am

A few days ago I got an email that contained a bit of a mystery.

It said:

"We have a small antique store in Toronto and have come across a pre-1950s Kalart Range Finder Crown Graphic camera made by Graflex Inc., with the etched inscription 'NPR, NY' on it. Was this something that belonged to your organization at one point? If you are interested I can email some pics over."

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Monkey See
4:27 pm
Thu June 27, 2013

The Seven Ways To Write About Television

Originally published on Tue June 25, 2013 7:52 am

Perhaps it's the combination of Sunday night's Mad Men finale and the flurry of Sopranos discussion that followed the death of James Gandolfini, but it's hard not to be struck by the explosion of writing about television that's occurred in the last 15 years or so, facilitated (of course) by the ability to go from rolling credits to publication in an hour (if necessary). After any major episode, there will be a flurry of commentary, and even after minor episodes of minor shows, there are write-ups here and there.

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The Record
4:26 pm
Thu June 27, 2013

On John Grant And Healing Yourself

John Grant.
Sebastien Dehesdin Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed July 3, 2013 12:59 pm

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