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Planet Money
7:05 pm
Thu May 30, 2013

Does Microcredit Deliver On Its Promises?

An official from a microfinance company talks with a borrower in Vadod, India.
Sam Panthaky Getty Images

Originally published on Wed May 29, 2013 3:55 pm

The idea behind microcredit is that if you give poor people in developing countries access to credit, the ability to borrow, they will use that money to start or expand businesses which will eventually help them pull themselves out of poverty. But ever since these programs boomed in the early 2000's, questions have been raised about how effective they are.

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Deceptive Cadence
7:05 pm
Thu May 30, 2013

100 Years After The Riot, The 'Rite' Remains

Michael Tilson Thomas conducts the San Francisco Symphony.
Bill Swerbenski San Francisco Symphony

Originally published on Thu May 30, 2013 7:51 am

One hundred years ago, a landmark of modern music was unveiled before a Paris audience. And that audience famously and mercilessly greeted it with boos, jeers and hisses. It was the premiere of the Ballets Russes' The Rite of Spring.

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Deceptive Cadence
7:03 pm
Thu May 30, 2013

We Asked, You Created: Your 'Rite Of Spring' Videos

A still from Ann Robideaux' choreography for the last minute of The Rite of Spring.
courtesy of Ann Robideaux

Originally published on Wed May 29, 2013 8:35 pm

A few weeks ago, we asked you to take the last minute of Stravinsky's famous music for The Rite of Spring, transform it into something new and post your creations to YouTube. And boy, did you guys deliver, just in time to mark the ballet's 100th anniversary — it premiered May 29, 1913 — in brilliant fashion.

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13.7: Cosmos And Culture
7:03 pm
Thu May 30, 2013

Funny Things Happen When Space And Time Vanish

Valeriy Kalyuzhnyy iStockphoto.com

Originally published on Wed May 29, 2013 1:38 pm

Of the many mysteries of modern physics, few compare to "nonlocality" in quantum physics. Nonlocality means that far away objects can influence one another instantaneously (or, at least, much faster than the speed of light). It is as if space and time didn't exist!

"Influence" may not be the right word here; in fact, we don't have a good word for it given that words are devices we create to express experiences anchored in our sensorial perception of reality.

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Monkey See
7:03 pm
Thu May 30, 2013

Kerfuffle Politics: The Statement Adam Levine Shouldn't Need To Make

Adam Levine made a very unnecessary statement after Tuesday night's The Voice.
Trae Patton NBC

Originally published on Wed May 29, 2013 1:23 pm

Tuesday night on The Voice, Adam Levine — who's the lead singer of Maroon 5 when he's not judging reality television — had two of the singers on his team eliminated. To understand this, just know that each of the four judge-coaches (Levine, Shakira, Usher and Blake Shelton) starts out with a team of singers they're mentoring, and as they go through the competition, the coaches get pretty attached to the folks on their team and try to help them win. If one of your singers wins, you're sort of the "winning" coach for that season.

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Arts & Life
7:03 pm
Thu May 30, 2013

Cartoonist Lynda Barry Helps College Students Tap Innate Creativity

Angela Richardson

Originally published on Thu May 30, 2013 10:50 am

Like most of her work, cartoonist Lynda Barry's class at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, is unorthodox. "No artistic talent required," the course description states. The course is described as a "writing and picture-making class with focus on the basic physical structure of the brain."

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The Picture Show
7:02 pm
Thu May 30, 2013

Finding And Photographing Alaska's Remote Veterans

Kelly Anungazuk, 61, served in the U.S. Army from 1970-73. A disproportionate number of veterans live in rural, sometimes remote parts of the country, like Wales, Alaska. As the veteran population ages, their health care needs increase, but many have not even filed claims with the Department of Veterans Affairs.
David Gilkey NPR

Originally published on Wed May 29, 2013 11:36 am

The backlog of veterans waiting to receive benefits is a bureaucratic nightmare — but that's not news. In Alaska, the issues run even deeper: There are veterans who don't even know they're entitled to benefits.

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Monkey See
7:02 pm
Thu May 30, 2013

CBS Debuts A Baking Competition As Broadcast Continues Borrowing From Cable

Brian Emmett competes as one of 10 amateur bakers vying for $250,000 and a Gallery Books cookbook contract on CBS's The American Baking Competition, which premieres Wednesday night.
Monty Brinton CBS

Originally published on Thu May 30, 2013 7:03 am

Broadcast TV has seen the writing on the walls at Food Network, Bravo and TLC: competitive food shows can build solid followings (Chopped, Top Chef) and so can shows about baking (Cake Boss, Cupcake Wars). Throw in a format popular in Britain called The Great British Bake-Off, and add the appeal of television that leads with how unpretentious and down-home it is. Soak in a deep dish of Jeff Foxworthy, and you've got CBS's new offering, The American Baking Competition, which premieres Wednesday night.

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Books
7:02 pm
Thu May 30, 2013

Chopra Brothers: Separate Paths But Common Bond

Brad Walker Getty Images

Originally published on Wed May 29, 2013 1:43 pm

Deepak and Sanjiv Chopra both followed in their father's footsteps and became physicians. But while one chose Western medicine, the other took a spiritual approach. Now they've teamed up for a memoir. Tell Me More host Michel Martin speaks with the Chopras about their new book, Brotherhood: Dharma, Destiny, and the American Dream.

On the different paths each took

Deepak Chopra: "I like to say that Sanjiv took care of the body and I took care of the soul."

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The Record
7:02 pm
Thu May 30, 2013

What It Means When 'Hip' Albums Top The Charts

Daft Punk's album Random Access Memories sold 339,000 copies in its first week in stores, the second highest total for any new album in 2013.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed May 29, 2013 5:50 pm

This past week, the No. 1 album in America was by a polo-shirted New York band that has never had a hit single. Even alt-rock radio doesn't play them much.

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