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All Songs Considered
6:43 pm
Sun January 13, 2013

First Watch: Mystical Weapons, 'Colony Collapse Disorder'

Greg Saunier (left) and Sean Lennon of the band Mystical Weapons.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Thu January 10, 2013 1:03 pm

The music of Mystical Weapons, a duo formed by Sean Lennon and Deerhoof drummer Greg Saunier, is entirely improvised — made up on the fly without any agenda or deeper meaning in mind. But in the hands of video director and animator Martha Colburn, the group's latest single, "Colony Collapse Disorder," takes on apocalyptic themes with swirling religious symbolism.

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JazzSet with Dee Dee Bridgewater
6:43 pm
Sun January 13, 2013

Geof Bradfield's 'Melba!' On JazzSet

Geof Bradfield's suite traces Melba Liston's (pictured) life story through her work with Dizzy Gillespie and Randy Weston.
Courtesy of Institute Of Jazz Studies, Rutgers University

Originally published on Thu October 10, 2013 9:53 am

Not long ago, when musicians needed good charts, they called Melba Liston. She wrote for Dizzy Gillespie, Randy Weston, Elvin Jones, Clark Terry and many more.

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The Picture Show
6:42 pm
Sun January 13, 2013

100 Words: On Peru's Interoceanic Highway

A man crosses the Interoceanic Highway near the Peru-Brazil border.
Robert Guerra

Originally published on Thu January 10, 2013 12:43 pm

In 2010, I began documenting life along Peru's Interoceanic Highway, a new route crossing the spectacular terrain from the Pacific Coast, over the Andes Mountains, through the Amazon Basin to the Brazilian border.

The highway is an apt metaphor for "development" in today's globalized world: It's bringing opportunity, while at the same time enabling activities that threaten some of the most biodiverse ecosystems on the planet and the survival of indigenous cultures.

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Deceptive Cadence
6:41 pm
Sun January 13, 2013

Symphonic Resolutions: What's On Your Classical Music Wish List?

Tell us your hopes for classical music in 2013.
Lalito iStockphoto.com

Originally published on Fri January 11, 2013 8:13 am

Are you the type to make New Year's resolutions? They're easy to make, but tough to keep — at least when it comes to your own. So how about brainstorming a few resolutions that are a little less personal?

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Alt.Latino
6:40 pm
Sun January 13, 2013

Cooking Tamales For The Beatles: Guest DJ Sandra Cisneros

Author Sandra Cisneros.
Jessica Fuentes Jessica Fuentes

Originally published on Mon June 17, 2013 10:04 am

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13.7: Cosmos And Culture
6:37 pm
Sun January 13, 2013

Jared Diamond, A New Guinea Campfire, And Why We Should Want To Speak Five Languages

Chances are they already speak more languages than you: children from Papua New Guinea's Andai tribe of hunter-gatherers wait for their parents to vote in the village of Kaiam. Over 800 languages are spoken in PNG, a country of about six million people.
Torsten Blackwood AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Thu January 10, 2013 10:06 am

Some years ago, Jared Diamond, the Pulitzer-Prize winning author of Guns, Germs, and Steel, was sitting around a campfire in the highlands of Papua New Guinea. He'd recently had a conversation with a New Guinea friend who spoke a total of eight languages: five were local to the friend's village and the friend had just picked them up as a child, the other three he learned in school.

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Monkey See
6:36 pm
Sun January 13, 2013

Oscar Nominations: 'Lincoln' Leads The Pack, But Where Is Kathryn Bigelow?

Daniel Day-Lewis stars as President Abraham Lincoln in director Steven Spielberg's drama Lincoln.
Twentieth Century Fox

Originally published on Wed February 20, 2013 2:14 pm

It turns out that if you ask the Academy at large who are the best directors, you get a very different answer from the one you get if you ask the Directors Guild of America (DGA). The DGA nominations a couple of days ago went to Ben Affleck for Argo, Kathryn Bigelow for Zero Dark Thirty, Tom Hooper for Les Miserables, Ang Lee for Life Of Pi, and Steven Spielberg for Lincoln.

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The Two-Way
6:36 pm
Sun January 13, 2013

Stranded Killer Whales Escape Ice Trap Near Hudson Bay

From Canada's CTV: a screen image of one whale surfacing at the small hole where the pod could get air before it managed to escape its icy trap.
CTV.com

Originally published on Fri January 11, 2013 6:27 am

A pod of killer whales trapped in shifting ice near a remote northern Canadian village appears to be free.

A 'family' of orcas was stuck underneath ice in northern Quebec yesterday, with only a small opening for them to surface and breathe. There were about a dozen whales in the pod; each took turns to bob up in the Arctic water to snatch air and duck down again, notes ABC. They weren't able to swim far enough underneath the ice to reach open water.

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All Songs Considered
6:34 pm
Sun January 13, 2013

Song Premiere: The Besnard Lakes, 'People Of The Sticks'

Photographer: Richmond Lam

Originally published on Thu January 10, 2013 10:26 am

The Besnard Lakes have a new album coming out in April, and after hearing the song "People Of The Sticks," it's safe to say we're in for another soaringly gorgeous record from the Canadian rock group.

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All Songs Considered
6:32 pm
Sun January 13, 2013

We Get Mail: A Father-Daughter Wedding Dance That Won't Make Everyone Gag

How do you pick a song for a father and daughter's wedding dance without spiraling into sappiness?
Lindsay Pierce via carolynhack/Flickr

Originally published on Tue May 28, 2013 1:25 pm

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