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Monkey See
12:09 pm
Fri February 1, 2013

Kid President Coaches Up the Entire Internet

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Originally published on Fri February 1, 2013 10:46 am

If you've been online in the last week, you've probably already gotten a pep talk from Kid President.

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All Songs Considered
12:08 pm
Fri February 1, 2013

Song Premiere: Jozef Van Wissem, 'Where You Lived And What You Lived For'

Jozef Van Wissem with his one-of-a-kind black lute.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Fri February 1, 2013 1:14 pm

When Jozef Van Wissem plays the lute, he doesn't sit. Instead, the New York-based Dutchman stands, looming over his low-hanging instrument like the "figure in black" character in "Black Sabbath" — that'd be the song "Black Sabbath," from the album Black Sabbath, by Black Sabbath — that scares the living bejeezus out of everyone.

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The Two-Way
12:07 pm
Fri February 1, 2013

On the Edge? Zimbabwe Briefly Had Just $217 In the Bank

Zimbabwean foreign currency dealers conduct a transaction from the trunk of a car using money stashed in a cooler box in Harare.
AP

Originally published on Tue July 30, 2013 4:21 pm

"If Zimbabwe was a private company it would have closed down," Zimbabwean finance minister Tendai Biti told reporters this week. At a meeting in Harare, the capital, Biti told a group of reporters his country had just $217 in the treasury, according to the Guardian.

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NPR Story
12:04 pm
Fri February 1, 2013

Bill Frisell On Piano Jazz

Bill Frisell.
Michael Wilson Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Fri February 1, 2013 11:57 am

Guitarist and composer Bill Frisell brings his sparkling, atmospheric sound to this episode of Piano Jazz with host Marian McPartland, in a session that originally aired in October 2007.

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Deceptive Cadence
12:04 pm
Fri February 1, 2013

Classical Crib Sheet: Top 5 Stories This Week

Originally published on Fri February 1, 2013 9:03 am

  • Hugely good news for all you wandering minstrels: After years of pressure from groups like the American Federation of Musicians, the FAA has just passed a bill that (finally!) allows musicians to carry their instruments as carry-on luggage or, for larger instruments, to buy an extra seat. However, the federal agency has a year to implement the new standards.
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Monkey See
12:03 pm
Fri February 1, 2013

Morning Shots: Lois Lane Has An iPad, And Linda Gray Has A Story About Her Leg

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Originally published on Fri February 1, 2013 8:15 am

Does Lois Lane's iPad mean that Zack Snyder's approach to Superman will be fresher and more modern than people are expecting? [The Guardian]

Too much? Too little? How much information are you supposed to hand out in a movie trailer anyway? [The New York Times]

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The Two-Way
12:03 pm
Fri February 1, 2013

Deadly Chinese Fireworks Explosion Collapses Highway Overpass

Originally published on Fri February 1, 2013 8:05 am

Fireworks inside a truck exploded on a major roadway in the central Chinese province of Henan today, as the driver was taking the devices to a Chinese Lunar New Year's event. The blast caused a highway overpass to crumble, and several vehicles plunged as much as 100 feet to the ground, says the Associated Press.

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The Picture Show
12:00 pm
Fri February 1, 2013

The Super Bowl No One Cared About

Quarterback Len Dawson in the Chiefs' locker room, Super Bowl I, 1967
Bill Ray Time & Life Pictures/Getty Images

Originally published on Fri February 1, 2013 2:28 pm

It's hard to imagine a day when the Super Bowl wasn't a spectacle of all things over the top.

It's harder still to imagine that the first-ever Super Bowl really wasn't that super. It wasn't even called the Super Bowl. It was known as the First AFL-NFL World Championship Game. Played in Los Angeles in January 1967, the Green Bay Packers versus the Kansas City Chiefs, it remains the only Super Bowl that did not sell out. The most expensive ticket, according to the NFL, sold for a mere $12.

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The Salt
11:32 am
Fri February 1, 2013

Pig Out In The Winter Or When Money's Tight? Blame Evolution

When times are tough, that prehistoric urge to splurge on high-calorie treats like M&Ms still kicks in.
Daniel M.N. Turner NPR

Originally published on Fri February 1, 2013 4:39 pm

Has the recession made you fat?

To the long and growing list of risk factors known to increase the risk of obesity, scientists recently added a new one: scarcity.

People given subtle cues that they may have to confront harsh conditions in the near future choose to eat higher-calorie food than they might do otherwise, a response that researchers believe is shaped by the long hand of evolution.

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Science & Health
11:02 am
Fri February 1, 2013

Are NFL Football Hits Getting Harder And More Dangerous?

Adam Cole NPR, Getty Images, AP Images

Originally published on Mon February 4, 2013 6:56 am

Super Bowl XLVII will kick off Sunday with its typical bombastic fanfare: Beyonce will wow us with her live halftime show, and "space baby" commercials will overload us with cuteness.

But this year, there's a gray cloud hanging over the Super Bowl: the mounting anger about devastating injuries to players' brains and bodies.

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