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The Picture Show
11:12 am
Mon March 11, 2013

Documenting West Texas And Big Bend National Park

Judy Majers, known as the Burro Lady
Courtesy of James H. Evans

Originally published on Mon March 11, 2013 10:07 am

Big Bend National Park lies in West Texas, surrounded by mountains and the Chihuahuan Desert. It's one of the least-visited national parks in the country, according to the National Parks Service.

For those simply passing through, it can be hard to capture the spirit of the place — which is why photographer James H. Evans moved there in 1988, and has never left.

"The big difference of living out here is that in the city the stars are on the ground, and here the stars are in the sky," Evans says over the phone.

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Author Interviews
11:12 am
Mon March 11, 2013

'Lean In': Facebook's Sheryl Sandberg Explains What's Holding Women Back

Courtesy Knopf

Originally published on Tue March 12, 2013 3:37 pm

Of all the posters plastered around Facebook's Silicon Valley headquarters — "Move Fast and Break Things," "Done Is Better Than Perfect" and "Fail Harder" — Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg has a favorite: "What Would You Do If You Weren't Afraid?"

"[It's] something that I think is really important and I think very motivating," Sandberg tells NPR's Renee Montagne. " ... I wrote in my book, what I would do if I wasn't afraid is, I would speak out more on behalf of women."

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The Two-Way
11:11 am
Mon March 11, 2013

Report: Accused Man In India Rape Case Commits Suicide In Jail

Originally published on Sun March 10, 2013 10:31 pm

The Associated Press is reporting that police officials say that the main suspect in the gang rape and fatal beating of a woman on a New Delhi bus committed suicide in jail on Monday.

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First Listen
11:10 am
Mon March 11, 2013

First Listen: Kacey Musgraves, 'Same Trailer Different Park'

Kacey Musgraves' album, Same Trailer Different Park, comes out on March 19.
Kelly Christine Musgraves Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed March 27, 2013 4:43 pm

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First Listen
11:09 am
Mon March 11, 2013

First Listen: Suede, 'Bloodsports'

Suede.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed March 20, 2013 7:52 am

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We're just two months into 2013, and it's already been a huge year for living legends of British pop. David Bowie bucked the exaggerated reports of his decline with The Next Day, his first album in 10 years. Kevin Shields and My Bloody Valentine created an Internet frenzy by posting their 22-years-in-the-making m b v online on short notice. Smiths guitarist Johnny Marr released a solo album almost 30 years after we first fell in love with that shimmering black Rickenbacker.

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First Listen
11:09 am
Mon March 11, 2013

First Listen: Low, 'The Invisible Way'

Low's new album, The Invisible Way, comes out March 19.
Zoran Orlic Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed March 20, 2013 7:47 am

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In 20 years, Low's basic ingredients haven't changed much: Guitarist Alan Sparhawk and drummer Mimi Parker swap and sometimes layer their vocals, with a third member joining the married couple on bass. The pace, for the most part, is kept deliberate, even glacial, with strategically deployed silence hanging between notes in order to enhance their power. Low songs don't often change tempo noticeably, instead achieving tension through variations in volume.

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First Listen
11:09 am
Mon March 11, 2013

First Listen: Simone Dinnerstein & Tift Merritt, 'Night'

Simone Dinnerstein (left) and Tift Merritt's new album, Night, comes out March 19.
Lisa-Marie Mazzucco Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed March 20, 2013 7:49 am

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Those steeped in radio-station jargon know all about "dayparting" — knowing when to program what depending on the habits of listeners during any given part of the day.

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First Listen
11:09 am
Mon March 11, 2013

First Listen: Brandt Brauer Frick, 'Miami'

Brandt Brauer Frick's new album, Miami, comes out March 19.
Nico Stinghe & Park Bennett Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed March 20, 2013 7:47 am

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The German trio of Daniel Brandt, Jan Brauer and Paul Frick make techno like Emerson, Lake & Palmer made rock — with a honed neoclassical technique. The band's take on techno isn't cold, detached or inert; in fact, nearly every sound the three men sample comes from a real, live instrument. Master synthesists, sure, their firm has made its name by making strings, winds, brass and percussion sound like anything but. Beneath all the processing, though, lies a truly organic source.

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13.7: Cosmos And Culture
11:09 am
Mon March 11, 2013

Explaining Big Data

Originally published on Mon March 11, 2013 9:17 am

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Sunday Puzzle
11:09 am
Mon March 11, 2013

From A To Z

NPR Graphic

Originally published on Sun March 10, 2013 10:20 am

On-air challenge: Every answer is a word containing an A and a Z. Given anagrams of the remaining letters, name the word. For example, given "leg," the answer would be "glaze".

Last week's challenge: Eight people are seated at a circular table. Each person gets up and sits down again — either in the same chair or in the chair immediately to the left or right of the one they were in. How many different ways can the eight people be re-seated?

Answer: 49

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