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Deceptive Cadence
10:05 am
Wed January 23, 2013

Musical Google Earth: Composer Paul Moravec's Sense Of Place

The mountainside Montserrat monastery, north of Barcelona, inspired Paul Moravec to write a cello concerto.
Luis Davilla Cover/Getty Images

Originally published on Wed January 23, 2013 2:10 pm

"Location, location, location" is the mantra of real estate, but for centuries geographical locales have also been a boon to the imagination of many a composer. Think of Tchaikovsky, who mimicked the bugle calls he heard each morning while visiting Rome in the opening brass fanfare of his Capriccio Italien.

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Book Reviews
10:04 am
Wed January 23, 2013

Missing Out: On The Uses Of Dissatisfaction

Farrar, Straus and Giroux

Originally published on Wed January 23, 2013 10:11 am

From Malcolm Gladwell to the Freakonomics guys to (discredited) science writer Jonah Lehrer, writers these past few years have flooded bookstores with popular nonfiction titles that purport to tell us how we think. But something has been lost amid the recent vogue for cognitive science and behavioral economics. What about the human part of human behavior — the dreams and desires that set us apart from animals and computers? Are we just assemblages of neurons and chemicals?

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Favorite Sessions
10:04 am
Wed January 23, 2013

The Lone Bellow: A Perfect Song For Singing Along

The Lone Bellow performs at Rockwood Music Hall.
WFUV

Originally published on Tue January 22, 2013 11:04 am

A lot is about to change for The Lone Bellow, a trio of Southerners who now call Brooklyn home: The band has yet to perform outside of New York, but its self-titled debut album is already charting on iTunes. Its members just quit their day jobs this month so they can go on tour.

You'll see in this performance why they're bound to connect with new fans on the road. Zach Williams, Kanene Pipkin and Brian Elmquist are natural, passionate live performers who play and sing infectious folk-rock in close harmony with startling confidence.

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Planet Money
10:04 am
Wed January 23, 2013

Planet Money: How Fear Turned A Surplus Into Scarcity

Women in India harvesting rice. The global rice panic of 2008 started in India.
Anupam Nath AP

Originally published on Tue January 22, 2013 10:03 am

Today on the podcast, the story of one of the most destructive and mysterious food shortages in recent memory. Colbert described it on his Threatdown segment:

The global food shortage is finally becoming an important story, because now it is affecting me. Costco and Sam's Club are now both rationing rice. You can't buy more than 80 pounds in a single visit. How am I supposed to make my famous kiddie pool paella?!?

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Political Junkie
10:04 am
Wed January 23, 2013

Monday Was All About Obama. Now All He Needs Is A Cabinet.

President Barack Obama, center, makes a statement to the media before the start of a meeting with his Cabinet on Nov. 28, 2012.
Jacquelyn Martin AP

Originally published on Tue January 22, 2013 12:37 pm

The day had history and symbolism written all over it: the inauguration of President Barack Obama, coming on the very day the nation was honoring the birth of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

The pomp, the ceremony, the speech, the festivities, the parade, the emotions, the hugs, the tears. It's all part of America's finest moment, and yesterday was no exception.

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Heavy Rotation
10:03 am
Wed January 23, 2013

Heavy Rotation: 5 Songs Public Radio Can't Stop Playing

Parquet Courts
Heather Strange

Originally published on Tue January 22, 2013 3:31 pm

Earlier this month, we welcomed two new music channels to the public radio family — KUTX in Austin and XPN2: Singer-Songwriter Radio in Philadelphia — so for this installment of Heavy Rotation, we asked them to share their favorite songs of their first two weeks on the planet.

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Monkey See
10:03 am
Wed January 23, 2013

The Inaugural Ball: Thousands Of Dresses Searching For An Experience

President Obama and first lady Michelle Obama attend an inaugural ball at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center on Monday night.
Mandel Ngan AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Tue January 22, 2013 11:27 am

You won't find consistently formal attire at the orchestra anymore. Or at the opera, or at a play, or at a nice restaurant, or at a wedding. Many women don't even own a dress that goes all the way to the floor (and if they do, there's probably a 50/50 chance it's a bridesmaid's dress), because how often do we need one? You're better off spending your money on a clown costume. At least it's amusing.

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The Two-Way
10:03 am
Wed January 23, 2013

WATCH: Three Lighter Moments From Inauguration Day

President Barack Obama kisses first lady Michelle Obama as their daughters Sasha, left, and Malia, second from left, look on during the Inaugural parade.
Gerald Herbert AP

Originally published on Mon January 21, 2013 5:53 pm

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This Is NPR
10:02 am
Wed January 23, 2013

Vicki Yohe Loves NPR

Ryan Smith NPR

Originally published on Mon January 21, 2013 5:18 pm

Nashville-based singer Vicki Yohe is breaking the mold of gospel singers with her country-western looks.

She recently stopped by NPR for a performance chat with Tell Me More Host Michel Martin and addressed questions on race, faith and music, including her new album, I'm at Peace: A Praise & Worship Experience.

After performing a few of her popular sings, Yohe took to the 88 keys to show her love for NPR.

Monkey See
10:02 am
Wed January 23, 2013

Searching For Signs Of King's Inner Life In His Advice Column

Even when dispensing life advice to Ebony readers, Martin Luther King Jr. didn't reveal much about himself
AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Mon January 21, 2013 4:35 pm

When you think of Martin Luther King Jr., all sorts of things immediately spring to mind. The climax of the "I Have a Dream" speech. The Montgomery bus boycotts. Maybe some black-and-white images of the man meeting with important people or contemplating weighty matters.

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