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It's All Politics
3:11 pm
Fri April 26, 2013

Budget Politics Forcing Congress To Pick Favorites

Call it the Whac-a-Mole approach to budgeting.

Congress restored budget flexibility so the FAA can keep air traffic controllers working, just days after their furloughs had started and flight delays began stacking up.

With spending cuts caused by sequestration rolling throughout the government, the question becomes which programs Congress might address next β€” and why.

"That's the parlor game in Washington," says Scott Lilly, a former staff director of the House Appropriations Committee. "There are dozens and dozens of candidates."

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2:56 pm
Fri April 26, 2013

On Broadway, One Runt To Rule Them All

The Broadway musical Matilda put NPR's Bob Mondello in mind of two other big-budget tuners with plucky kids at the center of the action β€” and got him thinking about what these shows say about their eras.
Joan Marcus

Originally published on Thu April 25, 2013 7:16 pm

Broadway's newest family-friendly musical, Matilda, based on the Roald Dahl novel about a precocious child who proves smarter than all the adults in her life, opened earlier this month to some of the best reviews of the year.

While it's a brand-new show, seeing it jogged my memory β€” jogged it all the way back to my very first commentary for All Things Considered exactly 29 years ago.

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Code Switch
2:52 pm
Fri April 26, 2013

A Family's Agony Intersects With A National Tragedy

Sangeeta (from left), Sunil and Ravi Tripathi. Sunil had been missing since March, and rumors on social media had erroneously implicated him in last week's Boston Marathon bombings.
The Tripathi Family

Originally published on Thu April 25, 2013 5:38 pm

Early Tuesday morning, the Brown University crew team discovered a body floating in the water off India Point Park in Providence, R.I.

Today the body was identified as that of Sunil Tripathi, a missing Brown University student who for a few hours was erroneously identified on social media sites as one of the suspects in the Boston Marathon bombings.

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Code Switch
2:51 pm
Fri April 26, 2013

Benson Lee Goes 'Seoul Searching'

Filmmaker Benson Lee poses for a photo.
Karen Grigsby Bates NPR

Originally published on Thu April 25, 2013 5:36 pm

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All Tech Considered
2:51 pm
Fri April 26, 2013

Steadicam Creator Joins Inventors Hall of Fame

Garrett Brown with Sylvester Stallone during the filming of Rocky II.
Courtesy Garrett Brown

Originally published on Tue April 30, 2013 10:32 am

Rocky Balboa's sprint up the stairs of the Philadelphia Art Museum in Rocky is a scene that would have once been impossible to film. Camera innovator Garrett Brown made it possible when he invented the Steadicam, a body-mounted camera that stabilizes handheld shots.

Brown has received three Academy Awards for his technical inventions and holds 50 patents for cinematography devices. The college dropout-turned-inventor will be inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame in May.

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All Songs Considered
2:50 pm
Fri April 26, 2013

We Get Mail: Should Parents Try To Get Their Kids Into Great Music?

How much should parents feel responsible for making sure their kids hear Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band?
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue May 28, 2013 1:05 pm

We get a lot of mail at NPR Music, and amid the solicitations disguised as tax refunds is a slew of smart questions about how music fits into our lives β€” and, this week, what role parents can and should play in teaching their kids about classic albums.

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13.7: Cosmos And Culture
2:49 pm
Fri April 26, 2013

When Humans Mourn: The Mozart Requiem And A Matter Of Scale

A visitor walks through the Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe, also known as the Holocaust Memorial, in Berlin, Germany.
Sean Gallup Getty Images

Originally published on Thu April 25, 2013 10:35 am

My husband and I recently attended a production of the Mozart Requiem at James Madison University's gorgeous Forbes Center for the Performing Arts. The stage was full. Conducted by Dr. Jo-Anne van der Vat-Chromy, sung by the JMU Chorale (in which our daughter is a soprano), with music by the JMU Chamber Orchestra, the work was masterful and moving.

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A Blog Supreme
2:49 pm
Fri April 26, 2013

Piano Vs. Piano, And Why Style Matters

Jaki Byard (left) and Tommy Flanagan.
Tom Copi Resonance Records

Originally published on Thu April 25, 2013 9:15 am

Comparisons have always helped me appreciate jazz. An artist plays a tune fast; another does it as a ballad. A trumpeter finishes his solo, and a saxophonist takes that closing phrase and morphs it in a different direction. A musician revisits a composition years later with a new arrangement and ensemble. Aligned side by side, you get a good sense of why jazz is a music of individual style, and of gradual accretion, and of friendly "Oh, yeah, watch this" motivation.

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The Picture Show
2:47 pm
Fri April 26, 2013

Chicano Males Stare Down Stereotypes

Courtesy of Harry Gamboa, Jr.

Originally published on Thu April 25, 2013 8:43 am

When Harry Gamboa Jr. saw Chicanos in the mainstream media, he didn't see himself, or the people he knew. And he wanted to change that.

Growing up during the 1960s Chicano movement, the Los Angeles-based artist resented how Chicanos were often portrayed, he says. His photo series Chicano Male Unbonded was his response.

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The Salt
2:37 pm
Fri April 26, 2013

Why Caffeine In Coffee Is A Miracle Drug For The Tired

Many believe that humanity's caffeine addiction has wrought a lot of good.

Originally published on Thu January 9, 2014 2:46 pm

NPR's Coffee Week is winding down, but we'd be remiss if we didn't give some space to caffeine, the most widely used stimulant drug in the world.

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