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Tiny Desk Concerts
5:34 pm
Mon March 11, 2013

Martin Hayes & Dennis Cahill: Tiny Desk Concert

Martin Hayes and Dennis Cahill perform a Tiny Desk Concert on Feb. 25, 2013.
Gabriella Demczuk NPR

Originally published on Mon December 23, 2013 5:37 pm

You're about to watch one of the best fiddlers on the planet and a subtle guitar master work their magic. For too many of us, Irish music is something that merely gets trotted out around this time of year, associated with St. Patrick's Day and the coming of spring — and made a cliche by commercialism and whatever other shallow notions make cliches what they are.

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The Two-Way
5:26 pm
Mon March 11, 2013

Claims Of A Meteorite's Ancient Aquatic Fossils Spark Debate

Images show what researchers say could be a "hystrichosphere," a fossilized dinoflagellate cyst.
Journal of Cosmology

A meteorite that lit the sky over Sri Lanka with a yellow and green flame when it fell to earth on Dec. 29, 2012, contains "fossilized biological structures," according to researchers in Britain, Sri Lanka, and the United States. Elaborating on claims they first made in January, the scientists are also seeking to answer critics who are skeptical of their findings.

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Krulwich Wonders...
5:25 pm
Mon March 11, 2013

The History Of Mankind In Five Words, And Other Things Reza Knows

Poorly Drawn Lines

Originally published on Mon March 11, 2013 12:49 pm

Here are some of the things Reza Farazmand knows. He knows how we dream.

He knows how we hurt ...

He knows how little we know.

And, in his sly way, he knows about imagination ...

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The Record
5:24 pm
Mon March 11, 2013

When Punk Met Funk, Deep In The Heart Of Texas

Big Boys in West Texas on the way to California in 1982. Randy "Biscuit" Turner is at the left, Chris Gates at the right, and Tim Kerr at the back.
Bill Daniel Courtesy of Light in the Attic Records

Originally published on Mon March 11, 2013 1:18 pm

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Political Junkie
5:24 pm
Mon March 11, 2013

How Jeb Bush Did In His 2016 Tryout

Ready for another Bush vs. Clinton election?
Ken Rudin collection

Originally published on Mon March 11, 2013 12:07 pm

Contrary to what you read, everything politicians say and do don't necessarily always have to be only about 2016. Sometimes, really and truly, presidential calculations are not part of the conversation.

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13.7: Cosmos And Culture
5:24 pm
Mon March 11, 2013

Is Having A Child A Rational Decision?

iStockphoto.com

Originally published on Tue March 12, 2013 1:31 pm

Debates about whether it's rational to have children are nothing new.

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Planet Money
5:24 pm
Mon March 11, 2013

In One Key Way, The Housing Crisis Is Still Going Strong

Lam Thuy Vo / NPR

Originally published on Mon March 11, 2013 12:54 pm

The housing market is recovering. Prices are rising, the number of foreclosures is falling, and construction crews are finally starting to build again. But in one key way, housing remains in crisis mode: The U.S. housing market is still a ward of the state.

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Deceptive Cadence
5:23 pm
Mon March 11, 2013

Marches Madness: Sticking Together

Valdres is a friendly, lilting march with clever contrapuntal touches.
iStockphoto.com

Originally published on Mon March 11, 2013 12:14 pm

Chekhov said you shouldn't include a gun in a play if it's not going to be fired. The same rule applies to the line of snare drummers standing stock still at the start of this video.

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Music Interviews
5:00 pm
Mon March 11, 2013

A Pioneer Of 'Chillwave,' On California's Complications

Toro y Moi's latest album is titled Anything in Return.
Andrew Paynter Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Thu March 14, 2013 8:48 pm

Chaz Bundick is the producer and singer-songwriter credited with pioneering a new genre of music called chillwave: a mix of electronic, hip-hop and dance music. Think house music meets R&B.

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The Salt
4:29 pm
Mon March 11, 2013

Sleep Less, Eat More, Gain Weight

Less sleep equals less self-control when it comes to eating, a new study finds.
iStockphoto.com

Originally published on Wed March 13, 2013 4:11 pm

Tired? Surely those cookies will help. And a burger. Chips. And a cupcake. Yeah, soda, too.

People do eat more when they're short of sleep. And that impulse to snarf when sleepy can cause quick weight gain, according to a new study.

Since Americans are chronically sleep deprived, it's no wonder that our waistlines have been expanding. One-third of American workers say they're sleeping six or fewer hours a night, compared with the seven to nine hours recommended.

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