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4:15 pm
Mon February 25, 2013

Jake Tapper Of ABC News Plays Not My Job

Ely Brown Little, Brown and Company

Originally published on Sat February 23, 2013 10:28 am

This segment was originally broadcast on Nov. 30, 2012.

Jake Tapper is the longtime chief White House correspondent for ABC News and has just written a new book called The Outpost: An Untold Story of American Valor.

We've invited him to play a game called "It's Mr. Bojangles to you." Three questions for a guy named Tapper about an actual tapper: Bill "Bojangles" Robinson, who some say was one of the greatest tap dancers of all time.

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Planet Money
4:14 pm
Mon February 25, 2013

Planet Money: Mavericks, Monopolies And Beer

Joe Raedle Getty Images

Originally published on Sat February 23, 2013 10:27 am

Two big companies have hatched a plan that could allegedly take money out of the pockets of ordinary Americans. And it's not just any money: it's our beer money.

Anheuser-Busch InBev, the biggest brewer in the world, wants to buy Grupo Modelo, the maker of Corona. The U.S. Department of Justice is suing to block the acquisition.

On today's show: The story behind the case, and what it says about monopolies, competition and government regulation.

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The Record
4:14 pm
Mon February 25, 2013

Clive Davis: A Life With A 'Soundtrack'

Clive Davis poses with Whitney Houston, then a rising star, shortly after Houston signed a contract with Arista Records in 1983.
AP

Originally published on Sat February 23, 2013 10:55 am

If Columbia Records hadn't signed Bruce Springsteen in the early 1970s, there's a chance The Boss could have just been a small-stakes act, playing gigs around Asbury Park.

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The Record
4:14 pm
Mon February 25, 2013

Music, The Food Of 'Amour'

Emmanuelle Riva in Michael Haneke's Amour.
Sony Pictures Classics

Originally published on Sat February 23, 2013 10:31 am

Film scores are, by and large, manipulative. They do their work at the periphery of the senses, signaling danger, heralding victory, prodding us toward fear and joy in time with the unfolding story. Crucially, they are also empathic, letting us in on what the actors' words or faces may not convey. And when things get unpleasant, the score can step in as an emotional buffer — a layer of unreality between us and the action that lets us know we're safe. Sunday night at the Oscars, Hollywood will honor a film whose music manages to get all these things right.

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Favorite Sessions
4:11 pm
Mon February 25, 2013

Esperanza Spalding: Song For A 'City Of Roses'

Esperanza Spalding performs live for opbmusic.
opbmusic

Originally published on Sat February 23, 2013 6:35 am

Esperanza Spalding has often said that she hopes to use the fame from her 2011 Best New Artist Grammy to help give her friends and mentors in the jazz world the recognition they deserve. She got her chance earlier this month, when Spalding and her longtime teacher and mentor, trumpeter Thara Memory, accepted the Grammy for their arrangement of "City of Roses" from Spalding's 2012 album Radio Music Society.

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The Two-Way
4:11 pm
Mon February 25, 2013

Nuclear Waste Seeping From 6 Containers In Washington

Workers at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation near Richland, Wash., in 2010.
Shannon Dininny AP

Originally published on Fri February 22, 2013 5:47 pm

The number of underground containers seeping nuclear waste has increased to six from one at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation near Richland, Wash.

On his twitter account, Gov. Jay Inslee said he received the news during a meeting with Secretary of Energy Stephen Chu. Inslee called the news "disturbing."

"News of six leaking tanks at Hanford raises serious questions about [the] integrity of all single tanks," Inslee said on Twitter. "But there are no immediate health risks."

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This Is NPR
4:11 pm
Mon February 25, 2013

Vote For Best Picture In The 'I Heart NPR' Category

As master of ceremonies for the big bash, we first introduce funnyman Seth MacFarlane who is serious about his NPR love. A lesser known fact, the Ted writer-director also wrote lyrics for the film's song, "Everybody Needs A Best Friend," nominated in the music - original song category. (http://n.pr/LJhGvU)
Melissa Kuypers NPR

Originally published on Fri February 22, 2013 5:52 pm

We're rolling out our own red carpet for the 2013 Academy Awards with Oscar contenders who have announced their love for NPR on camera.

While the Academy is keeping the official envelopes sealed until Sunday, vote now for your favorite fan of NPR from this year's batch of Oscar-nominated films and actors.

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Song Travels
4:10 pm
Mon February 25, 2013

Stephen Holden On 'Song Travels'

New York Times critic Stephen Holden.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Fri December 27, 2013 10:08 am

Writer and critic Stephen Holden has covered everything from film to cabaret for The New York Times, as well as for TV programs such as 60 Minutes and 20/20. While he'd hoped to become a pop singer in his adolescence, Holden later embraced poetry and was published in The New Yorker.

Music remained a passion for Holden and became a key subject of his writing. He covered the singer-songwriter explosion of the 1970s, and his 1980 satirical novel Triple Platinum was based on his experiences as a journalist and executive with RCA.

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Live in Concert
4:10 pm
Mon February 25, 2013

Anthony 'Big A' Sherrod & Robert 'Bilbo' Walker: Live In Concert

Mississippi native Robert "Bilbo" Walker fits right in at Philadelphia's World Cafe Live.
Joe del Tufo for WXPN

Originally published on Fri February 22, 2013 2:18 pm

Juke-joint bluesmen Robert "Bilbo" Walker and Anthony "Big A" Sherrod know how to rock a party. Sherrod, 29, wrote the title song to the blues documentary We Juke Up In Here, while Walker (his father-in-law) is one of the most charismatic 76-year-olds you'll ever meet.

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The Record
4:10 pm
Mon February 25, 2013

Music's New 'Real Ambassadors'

The band noori was invited by the State Department to tour the U.S., as part of a program called Center Stage.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Fri February 22, 2013 7:32 pm

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