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13.7: Cosmos And Culture
4:32 pm
Mon February 25, 2013

Science: A Relationship You May Not Understand

Don't let your beautiful relationship with science run up on the rocks just because of the occasional contradiction or misunderstanding. Take a minute to try and see things from another perspective.
Pascal Guyot AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Tue February 26, 2013 8:43 am

Eating more antioxidants can reduce your risk of stroke and dementia. Or maybe not. Moderate alcohol consumption has some health benefits. But also some risks. Women should take calcium supplements. Or maybe they shouldn't.

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Krulwich Wonders...
4:32 pm
Mon February 25, 2013

What's That Thing Hanging Outside My Bathroom Window? My Neighbor's Drone

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Originally published on Mon February 25, 2013 11:08 am

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Mountain Stage
4:30 pm
Mon February 25, 2013

Justin Townes Earle On Mountain Stage

Justin Townes Earle performs on Mountain Stage.
Brian Blauser Mountain Stage

Originally published on Tue February 26, 2013 10:41 am

Singer-songwriter Justin Townes Earle makes his second appearance on Mountain Stage, recorded live on the campus of West Virginia University in Morgantown. Backed by his own band — which includes Paul Niehaus on pedal steel, Vince Ilagan on upright bass and Jon Radford on drums — Earle plays songs from his new album, Nothing's Gonna Change The Way You Feel About Me Now.

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Monkey See
4:29 pm
Mon February 25, 2013

What You Didn't See At The Academy Awards

Actress Jennifer Lawrence stumbles as she walks on stage.
Chris Pizzelo AP

Originally published on Mon February 25, 2013 7:06 pm

NPR's Sam Sanders and Mandalit del Barco were backstage at the Oscars on Sunday, covering the awards show. They sat in the press room, where winners go for interviews during and after the show. Here's a roundup of what they saw that you didn't see, in senior superlative form.

Most Likely To Stand By Her Man Until The End Of All Natural Time: Jennifer Garner

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Political Junkie
4:29 pm
Mon February 25, 2013

Chicago's Robin Kelly On Track To Join List Of Black Women To Serve In Congress

Shirley Chisholm (N.Y.) was the first black woman elected to Congress; Barbara Jordan (Texas) was twice the Dem keynote speaker; Cynthia McKinney (Ga.) was later a Green Party prez nominee; Stephanie Tubbs Jones (Ohio) served as House ethics cmte chair and played a big role in the 2008 Clinton campaign.
Ken Rudin collection

Originally published on Tue February 26, 2013 11:10 am

Once, the special election to succeed the disgraced Jesse Jackson Jr. in Illinois' 2nd District seemed impossible to handicap, especially with some two dozen or so candidates on the ballot. Thus, it became not so much a horse race discussion as a conversation dominated by concerns about race and guns. Now, according to many observers, many of the questions have given way to the sense that Tuesday's winner will be Robin Kelly, a former state representative. (We officially must wait for the general election, on April 9.)

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First Listen
4:25 pm
Mon February 25, 2013

First Listen: Josh Ritter, 'The Beast In Its Tracks'

Josh Ritter's new album, The Beast in Its Tracks, comes out March 5.
Laura Wilson Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue February 26, 2013 6:41 am

As one of the most thoughtful singer-songwriters around, Josh Ritter isn't one to write angry, over-the-top, knee-jerk breakup songs — even though his new album, The Beast in Its Tracks, was written entirely in response to his own recent divorce. Gentility and empathy are wired into Ritter's songwriting, so his idea of a breakup anthem is the gorgeous and glorious "Joy to You Baby," in which he closes the book on a relationship by wishing everyone well, himself included.

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First Listen
4:25 pm
Mon February 25, 2013

First Listen: Bajofondo, 'Presente'

Bajofondo's new album, Presente, comes out March 5.
Picky Talarico Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed March 6, 2013 6:52 am

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I was initially drawn to Bajofondo because of the way the band ignored expectations.

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First Listen
4:25 pm
Mon February 25, 2013

First Listen: Waxahatchee, 'Cerulean Salt'

Waxahatchee's new album, Cerulean Salt, comes out March 5.
Jesse Riggins Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed March 6, 2013 6:50 am

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There's a line tucked into "Coast to Coast," from Waxahatchee's new album Cerulean Salt, that makes for a great introduction to Katie Crutchfield. After perhaps the most anthemic moment of the record — an exasperated reference to a talk show that keeps truckers and touring musicians awake at the wheel — she slips in what at first appears as an afterthought, but becomes a raison d'être the more you listen: "I'll try to embrace the lows."

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First Listen
4:25 pm
Mon February 25, 2013

First Listen: Youth Lagoon, 'Wondrous Bughouse'

Youth Lagoon's new album, Wondrous Bughouse, comes out March 5.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue February 26, 2013 1:31 pm

Youth Lagoon's second album, Wondrous Bughouse, is one of the most arresting headphone records you'll hear this year. Trevor Powers, the band's sole member, layers strange but alluring synth textures under quirky melodies and simple pop beats, in the process creating an expansive and endlessly engrossing world of sonic curiosities.

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First Listen
4:24 pm
Mon February 25, 2013

First Listen: Cloud Cult, 'Love'

Cloud Cult's album, Love, comes out March 5.
Cody York Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Sun March 10, 2013 8:04 am

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