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Krulwich Wonders...
6:52 pm
Thu May 30, 2013

Not Winging It, But Ringing It

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Originally published on Tue May 28, 2013 11:04 am

Humans do it with smoke.

Dolphins do it with air.

With a little snort, dolphins can produce a nearly perfect "air" rings, (sophisticated non-dolphins called them toroidal vortices) which they turn into underwater toys.

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All Songs Considered
6:51 pm
Thu May 30, 2013

New Music: Boards Of Canada, A Sharon Van Etten-Shearwater Duet, Thundercat, More

Clockwise from upper left: Sharon Van Etten, Boards Of Canada, Thundercat, Natasha Kmeto
Courtesy of the artists

Originally published on Wed May 29, 2013 9:26 pm

Last month the Scottish electronic duo Boards Of Canada released a series of mysterious recordings of a voice reading a set of numbers. Clever fans soon realized that the numbers were a code that, once entered, in order, online, revealed a video announcing Tomorrow's Harvest, the group's first new album in eight years. On this week's All Songs Considered we finally get a preview of the album with a brand new Boards Of Canada song "Reach For The Dead."

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Monkey See
6:51 pm
Thu May 30, 2013

Bad News, Men: You're Not Very Charming

Originally published on Tue May 28, 2013 10:09 am

I hate to break this to you, Men Of The Entire United States (Especially Actors), but The Atlantic has just run a lengthy piece pronouncing you un-charming.

At first, Benjamin Schwarz seems to mean "good conversationalist" when he says "charming." He says:

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The Picture Show
6:50 pm
Thu May 30, 2013

Dashing Through The Snow ... With A Reindeer In A Pickup Truck?

"Velvet Eyes" β€” a pet reindeer belonging to Carl Emmons β€” stands in the back of a pickup truck outside a market and gas station in Nome, Alaska.
David Gilkey NPR

Originally published on Wed May 29, 2013 8:45 am

As a photographer working for NPR, I travel the globe covering assignments with our reporters and correspondents. The logistics of getting into a place can be brutal, and rarely do photographs "just happen" without a tremendous amount of time and effort.

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Book Reviews
6:50 pm
Thu May 30, 2013

Sons, Guns And The Sins Of The Father In Meyer's Texas Epic

Cover of The Son

Originally published on Tue May 28, 2013 9:17 am

"Texas yesterday is unbelievable, but no more incredible than Texas today," wrote Edna Ferber, author of the iconic Lone Star State novel Giant. She continues, in what's as good a description of America's 28th state as you're likely to encounter, "Today's Texas is exhilarating, exasperating, violent, charming, horrible, delightful, alive." A huge contradiction of a place, Texas is as friendly as it can be frightening, with a history as vast and as variegated as the United States itself.

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Author Interviews
6:50 pm
Thu May 30, 2013

'The Son': A Texas Saga With Guilt And Gore To Go Around

Originally published on Tue May 28, 2013 9:16 am

The American West has always been fertile ground for writers. Now Philipp Meyer steps into that territory with his new novel The Son. It's a family saga that traces the settling of Texas from its days as a wild frontier to the oil boom β€” with no shortage of violence.

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This Is NPR
6:49 pm
Thu May 30, 2013

Paul F. Tompkins Loves NPR

Melissa Kuypers NPR

Originally published on Mon May 27, 2013 3:48 pm

New York might be the city that never sleeps, but here in Los Angeles, we're a little more laid back, though some of us need a little help getting there. Comedian Paul F. Tompkins came by NPR West for an All Things Considered review an app called Sleep Machine, that helps users fall asleep with relaxing sounds.

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Monkey See
6:49 pm
Thu May 30, 2013

Summer Movie Preview: Kids, Theft, The Apocalypse And Joss Whedon

Alexis Denisof and Amy Acker in Joss Whedon's Much Ado About Nothing.
Elsa Guillet-Chapuis Roadside Attractions

Originally published on Tue May 28, 2013 9:31 am

Trending, trending. M Night Shyamalan sees dead people. I see trends.

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Music
6:49 pm
Thu May 30, 2013

Keith Jarrett: 'I Want The Imperfections To Remain'

Keith Jarrett, Jack DeJohnette and Gary Peacock's new album of standards is titled Somewhere.
Daniela Yohannes Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Mon May 27, 2013 3:57 pm

Sometimes records have to steep. Four years after it was recorded live in Lucerne, Switzerland, an album of six standards called Somewhere is finally getting a proper release. Keith Jarrett and his trio, including bassist Gary Peacock and drummer Jack DeJohnette, just weren't happy with the sound of the room or the circumstances at the time. Listen to Somewhere, however, and none of that comes across.

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The Two-Way
6:40 pm
Thu May 30, 2013

TSA: No More Graphic, Full-Body Airport Scans

A U.S. Transportation Security Administration employee demonstrates the less intrusive Automated Target Recognition software in 2011.
Ethan Miller Getty Images

The Transportation Security Administration has told Congress that it's finished retrofitting airport scanners to blunt a widely criticized technology that shows graphic detail of a passenger's body as he or she goes through security checkpoints.

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