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9:39 pm
Sun June 16, 2013

Latin Roots: Timba, Cuba's Funky Dance Music

The timba collective Giraldo Piloto y Klimiax.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed September 25, 2013 4:51 pm

The Cuban music form known as timba developed in the 1980s, but exploded in popularity throughout the '90s. While training in jazz and classical conservatories, many Cuban musicians were looking for a new musical form that would challenge their skills. By combining rumba with funk and other dance music, timba became a new Cuban genre of synthesized styles.

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The Picture Show
9:38 pm
Sun June 16, 2013

Via Instagram, Insight Into Turkey's Protests

Demonstrators sleep in a burnt-out bus in Taksim Square.
Engin Iriz

Originally published on Thu June 13, 2013 3:47 pm

Serkan Bac is not a professional photographer, but he enjoys posting photos to Instagram, many showing places he's visited in his hometown of Istanbul and throughout Turkey.

Two weeks ago, for example, during a work trip to Izmir, Bac posted a photo of people watching the sunset.

"A lover couple, friends sitting by the sea and sundown, enjoying their lives," he says in an email interview with NPR, "just like a happy ending of a Hollywood movie."

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Planet Money
9:38 pm
Sun June 16, 2013

Pop Stars And The Rise Of Inequality In America, In 2 Graphs

Alan Krueger White House

Originally published on Thu June 13, 2013 12:52 pm

"The music industry is a microcosm of what is happening in the U.S. economy at large," Alan Krueger, on of President Obama's top economic advisers, said yesterday. "We are increasingly becoming a 'winner-take-all economy' ..."

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All Songs Considered
9:38 pm
Sun June 16, 2013

The Good Listener: For Music-Festival Rookies, A Survival Guide

If you're going to Bonnaroo this weekend, as these folks did back in 2010, you could use a few tips.
NPR

Originally published on Thu June 13, 2013 4:26 pm

We get a lot of mail at NPR Music, and amid the American Girl catalogs we never ordered is a slew of smart questions about how music fits into our lives — and, this week, how first-time music-festival attendees can survive and thrive in an overwhelming setting.

Kendall Levinson writes: "Any advice for a young person going to his or her first music festival this summer? Any tips for preparation or survival would be appreciated."

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Music Interviews
9:38 pm
Sun June 16, 2013

India.Arie Returns, With An Eye Toward A New 'SongVersation'

India.Arie reinvents herself on her new album, SongVersation.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Thu June 13, 2013 4:25 pm

When singer-songwriter India.Arie broke through in 2001, her debut album Acoustic Soul went double platinum, and her music and influence continued to gain momentum in the years that followed. Since her debut, she's been nominated for 21 Grammys — and won four — while selling 10 million albums worldwide.

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The Two-Way
9:38 pm
Sun June 16, 2013

Positive Signs: Jobless Claims Drop, Retail Sales Rise

Originally published on Thu June 13, 2013 11:59 am

The number of first-time claims for unemployment insurance has dropped back down to one of its lowest levels since January 2008, the Employment and Training Administration says.

According to that agency, there were 334,000 initial claims filed last week, down 12,000 from the week before.

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Krulwich Wonders...
9:37 pm
Sun June 16, 2013

Why Dolphins Make Us Nervous

Robert Krulwich NPR

Originally published on Thu June 13, 2013 10:32 am

What is it about dolphins? They have very, very big brains, and that makes we humans, whose brains are nothing to sniff at, nervous. We don't know what to make of them.

The latest example: On May 17 in India, the Ministry of Environment and Forests issued an order to all Indian states banning dolphin amusement parks. No leaping out of pools to catch balls, no jumping through hoops. Forcing dolphins to entertain humans, the ministry said, was morally unacceptable.

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NPR Story
9:37 pm
Sun June 16, 2013

The Printable List: What NPR's Backseat Book Club Has Read So Far

Originally published on Wed December 4, 2013 3:22 pm

Ever since we launched NPR's Backseat Book Club in 2011, our young listeners have been busy reading — classics like The Wizard of Oz, Black Beauty and The Phantom Tollbooth, and newer tales, like Diary of a Wimpy Kid and The Graveyard Book. If you know a kid age 9-14 who's looking for a great read, look no further: Here are all the books we've read so far.

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Books News & Features
9:37 pm
Sun June 16, 2013

Amid Dropping Test Scores, Teen Writers' Creativity Soars

Originally published on Thu June 13, 2013 9:58 am

NPR correspondent Joseph Shapiro and his daughter Eva spent the weekend at the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards. Eva, 15, won the "Best in Grade" award, one of two for ninth-grade writers, for a short story. She takes writing classes with Writopia Lab in Washington, D.C.

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Book Reviews
9:36 pm
Sun June 16, 2013

Reader Advisory: 'Shining Girls' Is Gruesome But Gripping

Originally published on Tue June 18, 2013 5:18 pm

Borrow from Stephen King a house with a wormhole that somehow allows for time travel, re-create the monstrous chilliness of scenes between a serial killer and his female victims in The Silence of the Lambs, and you could easily end up with a pretty derivative thriller. But talented Cape Town writer Lauren Beukes has managed to turn such borrowing and theft into a triumph in her new novel, The Shining Girls. It's her third book, and a marvelous narrative feat that spans the history of Chicago from the 1930s to the 1990s.

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