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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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Monkey See
7:01 pm
Thu May 30, 2013

Ahem: Asking Someone To The Prom Is Not A 'Proposal'

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Originally published on Wed May 29, 2013 9:56 am

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Favorite Sessions
7:01 pm
Thu May 30, 2013

KCRW Presents: Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr.

Daniel Zott (left) and Joshua Epstein of Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. perform live on KCRW.
Larry Hirshowitz KCRW

Originally published on Wed July 2, 2014 12:40 pm

For its return to KCRW's Morning Becomes Eclectic, the Detroit duo Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. brought with it some new tracks, a ton of dance-happy beats and, of course, a saxophone. After previously touring as a duo, Joshua Epstein and Daniel Zott brought in extra players to fill out a bigger sound, yet the simplicity of their signature pop songs still sets them apart. "War Zone" is a great indicator of what's to come on their forthcoming full-length album, due this fall.

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Monkey See
7:01 pm
Thu May 30, 2013

Entirely Real Photos: Wax Will Smith Gets Jiggy With Wax George Clooney

The Will Smith waxwork figure is unveiled at Madame Tussauds on May 22, 2013 in London, where it hangs out with the George Clooney and Emma Watson wax figures, because why not?
Ben A. Pruchnie Getty Images

Originally published on Wed May 29, 2013 7:39 am

As you know, we at Monkey See enjoy creepy wax figurines maybe more than anything in the world, and now, Wax George Clooney (whose adventures we have chronicled in the past) has been joined at a photo shoot in London by Wax Will Smith, as well as Wax Emma Watson. You know, just to hang out. To talk about movies. To talk about being made of wax.

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Book Reviews
7:00 pm
Thu May 30, 2013

The Courage To Cross An Ocean, Explored In 'TransAtlantic'

Originally published on Sun June 9, 2013 5:36 pm

In 1845, Frederick Douglass sailed to Ireland on a speaking tour to raise money for the abolitionist cause back home. About 75 years later, two airmen, Jack Alcock and Teddy Brown, performed the first nonstop trans-Atlantic flight, flying 16 hours from Newfoundland to land in an Irish bog. And 79 years after that, George J. Mitchell, the former senator from Maine, repeatedly crisscrossed the ocean — New York, Belfast, New York, Belfast — to steer the Northern Ireland peace process on behalf of President Clinton.

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First Reads
7:00 pm
Thu May 30, 2013

Exclusive First Read: 'TransAtlantic' By Colum McCann

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Originally published on Wed May 29, 2013 10:51 am

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Like his 2009 National Book Award-winning novel, Let the Great World Spin, Colum McCann's TransAtlantic is a braided novel that weaves together the stories of various characters — some historical, others invented. The storylines illustrate the deep and complex connections tying Ireland and the U.S. over a span of some 150 years, beginning with Frederick Douglass, who visits Ireland in 1845 to drum up abolitionist support, and ending with Sen.

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Political Junkie
7:00 pm
Thu May 30, 2013

Virginia Lt. Gov. Nominee Excites The Right, And Democrats Couldn't Be Happier

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Originally published on Wed May 29, 2013 5:53 am

It's taken awhile, but Tea Party activists and social conservatives are finally beginning to get smiles on their faces. Whether that will last through the November election is another story.

After watching their insufficiently conservative (in their view) presidential nominee lose last November, their opposition to taxing-the-rich fall by the wayside thanks to congressional Republican acquiescence, and changes in same-sex marriage and immigration coming faster than they might have wished, some on the right were becoming inconsolable.

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Political Junkie
7:00 pm
Thu May 30, 2013

It's ScuttleButton Time!

Ken Rudin collection

Originally published on Wed May 29, 2013 9:32 am

Just a reminder that there is a possibility ScuttleButton may disappear from the NPR Web site in the next month or so. So if I were you, I'd sign up for the Political Junkie mailing list (info below) to make sure you'll be in the know as to where these irreplaceable and delightful features wind up.

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Parallels
6:59 pm
Thu May 30, 2013

Pope Francis: Even Atheists Can Be Redeemed

Pope Francis, shown here at his weekly general audience in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican on Wednesday, has emphasized inclusiveness in many of his speeches. In recent remarks, he reached out to atheists.
Andreas Solaro AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Wed May 29, 2013 1:36 pm

Pope Francis has been in office for just over two months and has been making headlines for many remarks that emphasize inclusiveness, contrasting sharply with his predecessors' style and apparently even with centuries-old Catholic dogma.

The latest was a statement last week that all human beings, even atheists, can be redeemed.

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Kitchen Window
6:57 pm
Thu May 30, 2013

Rhubarb Brings Spring To The Table

Nicole Spiridakis for NPR

Originally published on Wed May 29, 2013 12:48 pm

Rhubarb — like spring itself — is fleeting and lovely. A vegetable that often masquerades as a fruit in sweet dishes, it is a true harbinger of the season, appearing in April and, if we're lucky, lasting until July. But it is best to seize rhubarb's moment and take full advantage as soon as its delicate pink and green ribs start appearing in markets and gardens.

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