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10:14 am
Mon January 28, 2013

First Listen: Richard Thompson, 'Electric'

Richard Thompson's Electric comes out Feb. 5.
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Originally published on Wed February 6, 2013 11:24 am

Audio for this feature is no longer available.

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NPR Ombudsman
10:14 am
Mon January 28, 2013

Allowing Hagel To Be Called 'Anti-Semitic' On NPR

Former Sen. Chuck Hagel speaks after President Barack Obama nominated him for secretary of defense during an event at the White House on Jan. 7, 2013.
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Originally published on Sun February 3, 2013 11:49 am

When Elliott Abrams, a foreign policy official in the Ronald Reagan and George W. Bush administrations, called former Sen. Chuck Hagel "anti-Semitic" on All Things Considered, many listeners were enraged.

"How dare you NPR - how dare you allow discredited neocon hack Elliott Abrams to smear and mislead about Chuck Hagel on my Public Air Waves," wrote Larry James of Fairfax Station, Va. "Questioning Israel's actions from time to time is not anti-Semitism."

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Books
10:14 am
Mon January 28, 2013

'Pride And Prejudice' Turns 200

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Jen Sorensen

Originally published on Mon January 28, 2013 5:05 pm

This week marks an important milestone for anyone who swoons at the very mention of Mr. Darcy. Pride and Prejudice is turning 200, and to celebrate its bicentennial, cartoonist Jen Sorensen drew up an illustrated version of the classic.

Commentary
10:14 am
Mon January 28, 2013

Oysters Rebound In Popularity With Man-Made Bounty

Along the East Coast, wild oysters have been disappearing, but the number of farm-raised oysters is exploding.
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Originally published on Sun January 27, 2013 9:00 am

In Colonial Virginia, oysters were plentiful; Capt. John Smith said they lay "thick as stones." But as the wild oyster harvest has shrunk, Weekend Edition food commentator Bonny Wolf says the market for farm-raised oysters is booming.

The local food movement is expanding from fertile fields to brackish waters.

Along the rivers and bays of the East Coast, where wild oysters have been decimated by man and nature, harvests of farm-raised oysters are increasing by double digits every year. At the same time, raw oyster bars are all the rage.

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Music Interviews
10:13 am
Mon January 28, 2013

Trixie Whitley: Songs For A Charmed — And Checkered — Life

Trixie Whitley first emerged several years ago as the lead singer of the Daniel Lanois project Black Dub. Her debut as a solo artist is called Fourth Corner.
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Originally published on Sun January 27, 2013 9:00 am

In 2010, a young, Belgian-born, blues-rock singer burst onto the scene as the voice of Black Dub, a musical project founded by producer Daniel Lanois.

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Music
10:13 am
Mon January 28, 2013

New Latin Music For 2013

The Oakland, Ca. ensemble Candelaria is one of Alt.Latino's artists to watch for 2013.
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Originally published on Sun January 27, 2013 9:00 am

What better way to fight off the winter blues than with some good music? Felix Contreras and Jasmine Garsd, hosts of NPR's Alt.Latino podcast, return to Weekend Edition Sunday to share some exciting releases from the coming year.

Copyright 2013 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.

Transcript

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "NO. NO. NO.")

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Sunday Puzzle
10:13 am
Mon January 28, 2013

Two Blanks For The Price Of One

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Originally published on Sun January 27, 2013 9:00 am

On-air challenge: You will be given some sentences with two blanks. Add the letters E and Y to the word that goes in the first blank to get a new word that goes in the second blank to compete the sentence.

Last week's challenge: Take the last name of a famous world leader of the past. Rearrange the letters to name a type of world leader, like czar or prime minister. What world leader is it?

Answer: (Golda) Meir; emir

Winner: Daniel Fisher of Westport, Conn.

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Theater
10:13 am
Mon January 28, 2013

25 Years Strong, 'Phantom Of The Opera' Kills And Kills Again

Hugh Panaro is The Phantom and Sierra Boggess is Christine in the 25th anniversary cast of The Phantom of the Opera on Broadway.
Joan Marcus

Originally published on Sun January 27, 2013 12:31 pm

The longest-running Broadway musical ever, Andrew Lloyd Webber's The Phantom of the Opera, celebrated Saturday another milestone: its 25th anniversary.

When it all started Jan. 26, 1988, Ronald Reagan was president of the United States, a gallon of gas cost about 90 cents and a ticket to The Phantom of the Opera was a whopping $50. It was the hottest ticket in town.

Times have changed, prices have changed, but that disfigured, tortured genius who haunts the Paris Opera House, creating havoc and causing the chandelier to fall, has endured.

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The Picture Show
10:12 am
Mon January 28, 2013

An Iconic 'Life' Image You Must See

U.S. Marine in Vietnam, October 1966.
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Originally published on Sun January 27, 2013 5:08 am

"Larry Burrows made a photograph that, for generations, has served as the most indelible, searing illustration of the horrors inherent in that long, divisive war — and, by implication, in all wars."

That's according to Ben Cosgrove, editor of LIFE.com. He is referring to the image above, made in 1966 and titled Reaching Out.

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PG-13: Risky Reads
10:11 am
Mon January 28, 2013

'Emmanuelle' And The Seductive Power Of Words

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Originally published on Sun January 27, 2013 4:34 am

Teddy Wayne is the author of the novel The Love Song of Jonny Valentine.

One afternoon when I was 13, I discovered, in our house's airless attic, an aged paperback copy of the French novel Emmanuelle. The cover featured a woman's lips opened provocatively over a black background and this text: "The great French erotic novel now a sensational film. With 25 photographs from the film."

I was 13 years old, and this was the pre-Internet age: I flipped straight to the photos.

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