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7:10 pm
Thu May 30, 2013

Homemade Music Before YouTube, Fruity Loops Or Bandcamp

Interior of Enjoy the Experience.
Courtesy of Sinecure Books

Originally published on Thu May 30, 2013 7:57 am

A tween homeschooled by her veterinarian parents who wants to be a singer. A husband-wife duo taken with psychedelia, swinging, no-budget horror movies and the teachings of guru Sai Baba. A New Jersey truck driver who hoped Waylon Jennings would sing his songs. A Dallas musician who looks like a cross between Miles Davis and your high school chemistry professor. A scrawny Minnesotan Ph.D. student with a Barry White-deep baritone.

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Book Reviews
7:10 pm
Thu May 30, 2013

Coming Of Age Amid Upheaval In 'We Need New Names'

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Originally published on Mon June 10, 2013 4:38 pm

In 2011, NoViolet Bulawayo was awarded the Caine Prize for African Writing for her short story "Hitting Budapest." In this raw, fierce tale of a gang of near-feral children on the hunt for guavas, the young writer delivered one of the most powerful works of fiction to come out of Zimbabwe in recent years — a clear-eyed indictment of a government whose policies, in the decades since independence, have left many of its citizens destitute.

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Dance
7:09 pm
Thu May 30, 2013

Modern Movement: How The Ballets Russes Revolutionized Dance

Vaslav Nijinsky as the faun at the premiere of the Ballets Russes' production of Afternoon of the Faun at the Theatre du Chatelet in Paris in May 1912. Click here to see the full costume.
Edward Gooch Getty Images

Originally published on Thu May 30, 2013 9:30 am

If your idea of ballet is a flurry of tutus and toeshoes, a new exhibition at the National Gallery of Art in Washington will expand your vision. "Diaghilev and the Ballets Russes" shows the revolutionary impact a group of dancers, composers, artists and choreographers made on classical dance at the start of the 20th century.

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Monkey See
7:09 pm
Thu May 30, 2013

Theaters And Studios Squabble Over Shortening Movie Trailers

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Originally published on Fri May 31, 2013 1:18 am

Here's a question: If you go to the movies and the scheduled showtime is, say, 7:30, when do you actually expect the movie to start? If you said 7:30, you go to very unusual screenings. If you said 7:45, you're closer to what many experience. If you said 7:50, you're still in range: There's often some advertising other than trailers, the limit for trailer length is 2 1/2 minutes, and theaters sometimes run seven or eight trailers. Eight would add up to 20 minutes.

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A Blog Supreme
7:08 pm
Thu May 30, 2013

Jazz Pianist And Pedagogue Mulgrew Miller Dies

Mulgrew Miller onstage in 2011 in Potenza, Italy.
Giovanni Marino Getty Images

Originally published on Thu May 30, 2013 10:56 am

Mulgrew Miller, whose supple touch and thorough command made him a leading jazz pianist, died early Wednesday. His death was related to a stroke he suffered a week earlier, according to saxophonist David Demsey, coordinator of jazz studies at William Paterson University in Wayne, N.J., where Miller served as director of jazz studies. Miller was 57.

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The Two-Way
7:08 pm
Thu May 30, 2013

Soldier Accused In Afghan Shooting Rampage To Plead Guilty

Army Staff Sgt. Robert Bales pictured in Aug. 2011.
Spc. Ryan Hallock Associated Press

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

Staff Sgt. Robert Bales, charged with the murder of 16 Afghan villagers in one of the worst atrocities of the American-led war in that country, will plead guilty as part of a deal to avoid the death penalty, his attorney told The Associated Press on Wednesday.

Bales' attorney, John Henry Browne, says his client was "crazed" and "broken" in March 2012 when he entered a village in southern Kandahar province and opened fire on sleeping Afghan civilians. He said Bales would plead guilty next week.

The AP writes:

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The Two-Way
7:07 pm
Thu May 30, 2013

Algerian Terrorist Leader Clashed With His Bosses

Originally published on Wed May 29, 2013 7:08 pm

Algerian terrorist Mokhtar Belmokhtar was just not a team player.

As a top commander of al-Qaida in the Islamic Maghreb, or AQIM, Belmokhtar angered his bosses: He didn't return their calls, he didn't file his expense reports, he skipped important meetings and ignored their orders. And, he didn't carry out a single "spectacular operation" against the infidels.

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The Two-Way
7:07 pm
Thu May 30, 2013

New Discovery Knocks 'Oldest Bird' Off Its Perch

A photo released by the Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences shows the skeleton of a recently discovered dinosaur dubbed Aurornis xui.
Thierry Hubin AP

Originally published on Wed May 29, 2013 5:01 pm

Move over Archaeopteryx, an older bird just landed on the evolutionary tree.

Scientists writing in Nature magazine, say a feathered, chicken-sized creature known as Aurornis xui, unearthed recently in northeastern China, challenges the "pivotal position of Archaeopteryx" — long regarded as the oldest bird.

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Critics' Lists: Summer 2013
7:06 pm
Thu May 30, 2013

Summer Books 2013: The Complete List

Andrew Bannecker

Originally published on Thu August 1, 2013 10:03 am

Use the list below to browse NPR's 2013 Summer Books recommendations. Each critic's list is presented separately. Click on the article names to read our critics' comments about the books.

We'll be adding new lists from our critics throughout the summer.

City Slickers: 5 Books About The Urban Experience
Recommended by Franklyn Cater

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The Two-Way
7:06 pm
Thu May 30, 2013

And The New Miss Universe Canada Is... Oops!

After being crowned Miss Universe Canada, Denise Garrido was later told she finished third, while Riza Santos had won. Here, four of the top contestants pose on stage Saturday.
Beauties of Canada

Originally published on Wed May 29, 2013 2:54 pm

The happy yet doomed reign of Denise Garrido as Miss Universe Canada lasted just one day, after a scoring mix-up was found to have incorrectly awarded her the title Saturday. After organizers realized the error, the crown was given to another contestant, Riza Santos of Calgary.

Garrido says that she sensed things were not quite right after she was called into a meeting, as she told Canada's Breakfast Television Tuesday.

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