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SXSW: Live From Austin
11:10 am
Thu March 14, 2013

Alt-J, Live In Concert: SXSW 2013

Alt-J lead vocalist Joe Newman gives his unique voice a break during the band's show at NPR Music's SXSW showcase at Stubb's in Austin.
Adam Kissick for NPR

Originally published on Tue April 2, 2013 9:02 pm

  • Alt-J Recorded Live At Stubb's

Alt-J's Joe Newman has a funny way of singing — especially for the uninitiated, it can seem cartoonish or, worse, affected. He bends his high, twisty voice in strange ways, wrapping it around inventive arrangements that burble and boom and otherwise ramp up a sense of unease. The easiest way to embrace Alt-J's idiosyncratic charm is to witness the band live; to hear how often Newman sings quietly and subtly, and to get a fuller feel for the prettiness at the core of Alt-J's songs.

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SXSW: Live From Austin
11:09 am
Thu March 14, 2013

Youth Lagoon, Live In Concert: SXSW 2013

Trevor Powers of Youth Lagoon performs at NPR Music's 2013 SXSW Showcase at Stubb's.
Adam Kissick for NPR

Originally published on Thu April 11, 2013 9:00 am

A studio wizard still in his early 20s, Youth Lagoon's Trevor Powers makes music that documents the spiraling uncertainty of a worried mind. It must have been tough to translate to the live stage, where the comfort and cover of the studio are stripped away and every fussy swirl has to be thoughtfully re-created or excised entirely.

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SXSW: Live From Austin
11:08 am
Thu March 14, 2013

Waxahatchee, Live In Concert: SXSW 2013

Katie Crutchfield of Waxahatchee performs at NPR Music's 2013 SXSW Showcase at Stubb's.
Adam Kissick for NPR

Originally published on Tue April 2, 2013 9:03 pm

  • Waxahatchee, Recorded Live At Stubb's

If Katie Crutchfield ever becomes a solo star, it's hard to imagine how the Waxahatchee singer's most bruised and beautiful songs will translate to a gigantic stage. Tucked into a back room at Stubb's during SXSW on March 13 — and following in the immediate aftermath of Nick Cave's swaggering turn under the stars — Crutchfield opened her 25-minute set with a string of fragile solo songs, each more delicate than the last. This was interior music, made of guts and nerves and other viscera we don't share easily.

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The Two-Way
11:07 am
Thu March 14, 2013

Former FDIC Chair: Don't Call It A Housing Recovery Yet

Originally published on Thu March 14, 2013 7:45 am

Most economists say the U.S. housing market is recovering at last. But one banking expert who grappled with the colossal housing bust during the Great Recession says it's too soon to celebrate.

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The Two-Way
11:07 am
Thu March 14, 2013

Pope Francis: A Saintly Name, Hold The 'I'

The newly elected Pope Francis appears on the main balcony of St Peter's Basilica. His name was chosen after St. Francis of Assisi, the Vatican says.
L'Osservatore Romano Getty Images

Originally published on Wed March 13, 2013 7:16 pm

After his election as pope Wednesday, Jorge Mario Bergoglio chose a name that, for many Catholics, sent an immediate signal of his goal to unite the Roman Catholic Church: Pope Francis. The name also prompted some confusion whether it should include "I."

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This Is NPR
11:07 am
Thu March 14, 2013

Host ProFile: 'The Single Most Important Thing I Do Is Listen.'

©2006 NPR, by Jacques Coughlin

Originally published on Thu March 14, 2013 6:08 pm

My name... Michele Norris
NPR employee since... October 2002
Public radio listener since... I grew up as a prisoner of public radio. I've been listening since I was a kid.

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The Papal Succession
11:06 am
Thu March 14, 2013

Transcript: Pope Francis' First Speech As Pontiff

Pope Francis blesses the crowd from the central balcony of St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican on Wednesday.
Dmitry Lovetsky AP

Originally published on Wed March 13, 2013 4:12 pm

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13.7: Cosmos And Culture
11:06 am
Thu March 14, 2013

Is Mathematics A Criterion For Truth In The Natural World?

Math and sports are expressions of our controlled creativity. Above, Brazil goalkeeper Julio Cesar watches as the ball sails past for an England goal by Frank Lampard during a friendly at London's Wembley Stadium on February 6, 2013.
Adrian Dennis AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Thu March 14, 2013 8:49 am

Some results in mathematics have the force of real truths, being independent of interpretation or context. When we state that 2 + 2 = 4 we know that this will be correct for any intelligent entity able to count. In algebra, given an equation, say, x + 3 = 4, we know that there is only one solution, x = 1. The same with Euclidean geometry that we learn in high school. Given certain axioms (assertions taken to be true that are the starting point to obtain results), we can prove a series of theorems that are unique.

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Deceptive Cadence
11:06 am
Thu March 14, 2013

Breaking: Pope Francis Loves Opera

The newly elected Pope Francis (formerly known as opera lover and Argentine Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio) appears on the balcony of St Peter's Basilica on March 13, 2013 in Vatican City.
Peter Macdiarmid Getty Images

Originally published on Thu March 14, 2013 9:38 am

Here's a quick side note to today's big news ...

Immediately after the announcement of the papal election result and the name the new pope had chosen, Brian Williams of NBC News asked New York's Cardinal Edward Egan about the new pontiff, Francis.

"Your Eminence?" Williams said.

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Shots - Health News
11:04 am
Thu March 14, 2013

Cardiac Arrest Survivors Have Better Outlook Than Doctors Think

Students at the College of Central Florida in Ocala, Fla., perform CPR on a mock patient.
Bruce Ackerman Ocala Star-Banner /Landov

Originally published on Sat March 16, 2013 8:48 am

Every day something like 550 hospitalized Americans suffer cardiac arrest. That's bad news. Only about one in five will live to leave the hospital.

But for the lucky 44,000 a year who are resuscitated and survive, the outlook is much better than expected, authors of a new study say.

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