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11:27 am
Tue January 8, 2013

Alt-J: An 'Awesome Wave' Of Eccentric Rock

Britain's Alt-J performs live at opbmusic's studios in Portland, Ore.
Inger Klekacz opbmusic.org

Originally published on Tue January 8, 2013 7:03 am

Even before Alt-J's An Awesome Wave took home this year's Mercury Prize (which honors a panel's choice for the best record to emerge from the U.K. each year), there had been considerable buzz about the band on this side of the Atlantic. By the time the album finally came out here in September — it had been released abroad several months earlier — An Awesome Wave's arrival received the kind of attention few debuts ever see.

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Book Reviews
11:27 am
Tue January 8, 2013

From George Saunders, A Dark 'December'

Flickr user Anja Jonsson

Originally published on Tue January 8, 2013 6:03 am

Since the publication of George Saunders' 1996 debut story collection, Civilwarland in Bad Decline, journalists and scholars have been trying to figure out how to describe his writing. Nobody has come very close. The short story writer and novelist has been repeatedly called "original," which is true as far as it goes — but it doesn't go nearly far enough. Saunders blends elements of science fiction, horror and humor writing into his trademark brand of literary fiction.

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Political Junkie
11:27 am
Tue January 8, 2013

It's ScuttleButton Time!

Ken Rudin collection

Originally published on Tue January 8, 2013 5:53 am

The fiscal cliff drama? Over. The Redskins' season? Kaput.

There's only one thing left. ScuttleButton.

ScuttleButton, of course, is that once-a-week waste of time exercise in which each Monday or Tuesday I put up a vertical display of buttons on this site. Your job is to simply take one word (or concept) per button, add 'em up, and, hopefully, you will arrive at a famous name or a familiar expression. (And seriously, by familiar, I mean it's something that more than one person on Earth would recognize.)

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The Two-Way
11:27 am
Tue January 8, 2013

Huell Howser, A Favorite Public TV Personality, Dies At 67

TV personality Huell Howser died of natural causes Sunday night, according to KCET. Here, he's seen at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in 2008.
Charley Gallay Getty Images

Originally published on Tue January 8, 2013 9:14 am

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NPR Ombudsman
11:26 am
Tue January 8, 2013

Gaining Or Losing Credibility By Humanizing A Reporter: A Kwanzaa Story

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Originally published on Thu January 24, 2013 3:02 pm

Jan. 8, 2013: This column has been updated with minor clarifications explained below.

A Morning Edition segment last week on the decline of Kwanzaa began as a noble attempt to break with mainstream media orthodoxy and reach out to the social media generation by humanizing a reporter, flaws and all.

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Krulwich Wonders...
11:07 am
Tue January 8, 2013

'No, Thank You': The Mysterious Transformation Of 50-Year-Olds

Courtesy of Harry Dent

Originally published on Tue January 8, 2013 11:08 am

Harry Dent, a financial newsletter writer, has been looking at the Census data, and he's uncovered something odd about American adults. When we turn 50, we dramatically change our clothes-buying habits. It's not gradual; gradual is what we'd expect. Instead, the change is drastic.

You can see it with men's shirts. In our early 50s, American men are at the top of our shirt buying game (either buying more shirts than at any other time in our lives, or maybe we're buying more expensively). Then watch what happens:

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The Two-Way
10:18 am
Tue January 8, 2013

A Life Examined: Who Was The Victim So Brutally Murdered In India?

At a vigil last week in Calcutta, India, the victim was remembered and calls were made for new laws to protect women.
Dibyangshu Sarkar AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Tue January 8, 2013 5:37 pm

Her death has caused outrage in India and around the world.

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Education
10:08 am
Tue January 8, 2013

Lessons From 30 Years Of Education Reporting

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

I'm Michel Martin and this is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. Coming up, we have a guest who says you don't have to be a baller or a bigshot to invest your money and get a big return. We'll find out how to make the most of a $1,000 investment. That's just ahead in Money Coach.

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Around the Nation
10:08 am
Tue January 8, 2013

2 Years After Giffords Shooting, Much Changed?

It's been two years since the shooting in Tucson, Ariz., that killed six people and injured former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, D-Ariz. To learn what has and hasn't changed since then, host Michel Martin talks with Daniel Hernandez Jr., Giffords' former intern who was credited with saving her life, and Carolyn Lukensmeyer of the National Institute for Civil Discourse.

Your Money
10:08 am
Tue January 8, 2013

What You Can Gain From Investing $1000

Originally published on Wed January 9, 2013 10:43 am

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

And now, we turn to matters of personal finance. We are sure that you are fully dedicated to this year's New Year's resolutions. I know you've been working out and eating better, of course, but even though you've probably kicked that smoking habit and organized the garage, it doesn't mean you can't find space for one more promise to yourself.

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