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TED Radio Hour
7:41 pm
Fri April 19, 2013

Are Some Things Universally Beautiful?

Philosopher Denis Dutton suggests that humans are hard-wired to seek beauty.
James Duncan Davidson TED

Originally published on Fri June 27, 2014 12:23 pm

Part 1 of the TED Radio Hour episode What Is Beauty?

About Denis Dutton's TEDTalk

Denis Dutton has a provocative theory on beauty — that art, music and other beautiful things, far from being simply "in the eye of the beholder," are a core part of human nature with deep evolutionary origins.

About Denis Dutton

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Deceptive Cadence
7:41 pm
Fri April 19, 2013

The Art Of The Centri-Fugue

Pablo Helguera

Originally published on Fri April 19, 2013 10:53 am

Got an idea for a classical cartoon or a reaction to this one? Leave your thoughts in the comments section.

Pablo Helguera is a New York-based artist working with sculpture, drawing, photography and performance. His new book is Helguera's Artunes. You can see more of his work atArtworld Salon and on his own site.

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All Songs Considered
7:41 pm
Fri April 19, 2013

We're Not Sure What's Happening In This Wreck And Reference Video

Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Sat April 20, 2013 9:08 am

Albums that act like sketchbooks can be brilliant in their own messy ways, with tossed-off riffs or unfinished beats that offer a glimpse into the creative process. The uncategorizable Wreck and Reference has released two weirdly heavy and unnerving records thus far — Black Cassette and Youth (pronounced "No Youth") — by scribbling together doom metal, industrial, drone, noise and whatever else with drums, guitar and a Korg sampler.

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The Salt
7:41 pm
Fri April 19, 2013

Frozen Food Gets Ready For Its Image Upgrade

Are you thinking healthy and nutritious?
Bebeto Matthews AP

Originally published on Fri April 19, 2013 10:33 am

Alarmed by a nation that increasingly equates fresh with healthy, the frozen food industry has a message for you.

"What we call fresh in the supermarket is really better termed raw," says Kristin Reimers, a registered dietitian and manager of nutrition for ConAgra Foods. "A lot of times, those vegetables have been transported for days, and then sit. It could be a matter of weeks between when they're picked and consumed."

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The Two-Way
7:39 pm
Fri April 19, 2013

Watertown Residents Hunker Down As Manhunt Unfolds

A police officer evacuates a shoeless man holding a child as members of law enforcement conduct a search for a suspect in the Boston Marathon bombings in Watertown, Mass., on Friday.
Matt Rourke AP

Originally published on Fri April 19, 2013 11:01 am

Joel Obermayer is a former NPR contributor who lives and works near the scene of the overnight showdown in Watertown, Mass.

While the manhunt for a suspect in the Boston Marathon bombings continued Thursday night into Friday morning, residents of Watertown, Mass., and surrounding communities were hiding in bedrooms, looking out from roofs and peering from behind locked doors.

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NPR Story
7:39 pm
Fri April 19, 2013

Esperanza Spalding On Piano Jazz

Esperanza Spalding.
Johann Sauty Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Fri April 19, 2013 1:03 pm

On this Piano Jazz from 2008, bassist and singer Esperanza Spalding brings her neo-soul style to a set of standards with the aid of pianist Leo Genovese. Spalding is one of the most talked about artists in jazz today.

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The Two-Way
7:38 pm
Fri April 19, 2013

Texas Authorities Confirm 14 Dead In Fertilizer Plant Blast

An aerial photo of West, Texas, shows the remains of a nursing home (from left), apartment complex and fertilizer plant destroyed in an explosion at the plant Wednesday.
Tony Gutierrez AP

Originally published on Sat April 20, 2013 3:04 am

Update at 6 p.m. ET. Death Toll Rises:

The Texas Department of Public Safety now confirms 14 have died as a result of the fertilizer plant explosion in West, Texas.

Update at 11:15 a.m. ET. Firefighters Unaccounted For:

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'It's All Politics': NPR's Weekly News Roundup
7:37 pm
Fri April 19, 2013

It's All Politics, Apr. 18, 2013

Mandel Ngan AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Fri April 19, 2013 8:50 am

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A somber week, with people wasting no time putting the Boston tragedy in political terms. President Obama unleashes on Congress after a background check amendment to the gun bill goes down in the Senate. At least the latest exploits of Mark Sanford and Anthony Weiner keep NPR's Ken Rudin and Ron Elving amused in the latest episode of the It's All Politics podcast.

Explosions At Boston Marathon
7:34 pm
Fri April 19, 2013

Older Suspect Described As Controlling, Manipulative

Originally published on Fri April 19, 2013 9:51 pm

Transcript

MELISSA BLOCK, HOST:

Big cheers in Watertown, Massachusetts, tonight and this tweet from the Boston Police Department, captured with three exclamation points, the hunt is over, the search is done, the terror is over, and justice has won, suspect in custody. We've been gathering a lot of information all day on the bombing suspects' backgrounds. NPR's Laura Sullivan reached three women who were roommates with a longtime girlfriend of the older brother, Tamerlan Tsarnaev.

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The Two-Way
7:30 pm
Fri April 19, 2013

A Timeline Of The Boston Manhunt

Police with guns drawn search for one of the Boston Marathon suspects early Friday in Watertown, Mass.
Mario Tama Getty Images

Originally published on Fri April 19, 2013 9:53 pm

A timeline of how events unfolded overnight in the search for the Boston Marathon bombing suspects. We'll update as new information is released.

  • Approximately 5:20 p.m. ET on Thursday: The FBI releases images of two suspects in the Boston Marathon bombings. Suspect No. 1 is wearing a black hat, and suspect No. 2 is wearing a white hat. The FBI urges people to call in with any information.
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