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Sweetness And Light
12:53 am
Wed March 13, 2013

School Bands Should Not Be Entertainment Adjunct For Sports

A marching band performs at halftime on the field during a high school football game.
Jani Bryson

Originally published on Wed March 13, 2013 4:36 pm

Several years ago I gave a speech in which I mentioned that athletes tended to be the only college students who were awarded scholarships for what is an extracurricular activity.

Afterward, Myles Brand, the late president of the NCAA, told me I was wrong, that many music extracurricular scholarships were awarded at colleges.

Brand and I seldom agreed on much of anything, but I've always found him to be a gentleman. So, I expressed surprise at this claim.

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This Is NPR
8:59 pm
Tue March 12, 2013

Gustavo Santaolalla Hearts NPR

Melissa Kuypers NPR

Originally published on Tue March 12, 2013 6:34 pm

Gustavo Santaolalla might be best known for his Oscar-winning scores. He's taken home golden statues for both Brokeback Mountain and Babel. But Santaolalla is also a pioneer of Latin rock, with his Argentinean band Arco Iris.

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Planet Money
8:58 pm
Tue March 12, 2013

Planet Money: Don't Believe The Hype

Originally published on Wed March 13, 2013 8:20 am

Despite all the celebration, the Dow Jones industrial average has not hit record highs recently. If you adjust for inflation, the highs just aren't as high as they seem.

And even if it does hit a real, inflation-adjusted high in the next few weeks, it won't mean much. The Dow is a seriously flawed stock index, and it's certainly not a good way to measure what's going on in the overall economy.

On today's show, we rain on the Dow's parade and explain why a lot of very smart people say we should ignore the Dow.

For more on the Dow:

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Music Documentaries
8:57 pm
Tue March 12, 2013

Dan Deacon On Q2 Music's 'Spaces'

Dan Deacon's practice space.

Originally published on Wed July 2, 2014 2:51 pm

The music of electroacoustic composer Dan Deacon is defined by its extreme eclecticism. A tangle of sputtering beats, Disklaviers and homemade instruments, Deacon's compositional style draws as much from Conlon Nancarrow and electronic music pioneer Raymond Scott as it does from the worlds of pop, electronic and dance music.

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The Picture Show
8:57 pm
Tue March 12, 2013

Japanese Photography: A Tale Of Two Artists

Photos from the upcoming exhibition Japan's Modern Divide, by Kansuke Yamamoto (left) and Hiroshi Hamaya (right)
Courtesy of the J. Paul Getty Museum

Originally published on Tue March 12, 2013 3:47 pm

There's no way you can really reduce the photographic history of a place to just a few artists, let alone two. But the curators at L.A.'s J. Paul Getty Museum are trying — in the forthcoming exhibition, Japan's Modern Divide.

By focusing on two artists, the show will examine how, as Japan faced westernization, photography diverged in two general directions: Hiroshi Hamaya's documentary style centered on Japan's traditional culture, while Kansuke Yamamoto's avant-garde art more closely aligned with French surrealism.

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Music Interviews
8:57 pm
Tue March 12, 2013

Wild Belle: Musical Siblings Go Island Hopping

Wild Belle's debut album is titled Isles.
Jennifer Tzar Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue March 12, 2013 5:42 pm

Elliot and Natalie Bergman, a sibling duo originally from Chicago, are Wild Belle. Elliot has been in other bands (including NOMO) but says this project with his sister, eight years his junior, is just the right fit.

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Favorite Sessions
8:57 pm
Tue March 12, 2013

Beck's 'Song Reader': Interpreting An Apology

The Twin City Funk 'n' Soul All Stars performed Beck's "Sorry" for The Current.
Nate Ryan The Current

Originally published on Wed July 2, 2014 8:23 am

Beck Hansen's 12th and newest album isn't much of an album at all. Song Reader is a collection of 20 songs rendered as sheet music, released in December by McSweeney's Publishing. With the exception of one song performed at a benefit concert, Beck hasn't performed any of these songs live. The recordings can't be downloaded; you can't buy them on CD.

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Deceptive Cadence
8:56 pm
Tue March 12, 2013

Tell Us: Are Ballet And Opera Elitist?

In an age when we are hearing more music than ever, are opera and ballet elitist?
Carolina K. Smith

Originally published on Tue March 12, 2013 12:10 pm

It's a question virtually as old as the art forms themselves: Are ballet and opera elitist?

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13.7: Cosmos And Culture
8:56 pm
Tue March 12, 2013

Big Data Is The Steam Engine Of Our Time

Big Data: trying to make sense of the numbers
Kazuhiro Nogi AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Sat April 13, 2013 12:48 pm

We inhabit a world of blinding technological change. New devices, new programs and new infrastructure rise up, dominate discourse and pass away before we even have time to comprehend their intent. But for all the change we've experienced, the the most profound transformation of the digital era is really just getting started. Welcome to the era of Big Data.

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NPR Ombudsman
8:55 pm
Tue March 12, 2013

Let Me Live Long, But Don't You Dare Call Me Old

A traffic sign in the U.K. depicts "elderly people" as frail and hunched over. It was first created in the 80s, but many now consider it out of date.

Originally published on Tue April 2, 2013 1:31 pm

Who are the "elderly"?

Or let's get more personal. Who, when they get past the age of 60, wants to be called "elderly"? For you 20-something hot shots, this will be you, too, some day.

Dian Sparling, an actively working 71-year-old midwife, was horrified when a story about her carried a title online: "For Elderly Midwife, Delivering Babies Never Gets Old."

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