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The Two-Way
3:52 pm
Fri November 16, 2012

Middle East: The Sights And Sounds Of A Region Under Siege

Fire rises from a building during an explosion following an Israeli strike in the town of Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip on Friday.
Said Khatib AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Sun November 25, 2012 8:46 am

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A Blog Supreme
3:31 pm
Fri November 16, 2012

The Lead Sheet: Top 5 Jazz Stories This Week

Originally published on Fri November 16, 2012 3:25 pm

Tweets like these will make more sense in a second:

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Deceptive Cadence
3:29 pm
Fri November 16, 2012

Harmonic. Phil Harmonic.

Pablo Helguera

Originally published on Fri November 16, 2012 10:58 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. You can see more of his work at Artworld Salon and on his own site.

The Two-Way
3:28 pm
Fri November 16, 2012

Japan Sets Date For National Election

Japanese prime minister Yoshihiko Noda
Vincnt Thian AP

Originally published on Fri November 16, 2012 9:53 am

Unpopular Japanese prime minister Yoshihiko Noda dissolved Japan's lower house of parliament today, and called for national elections. Voters have increasingly disapproved of Noda, his predecessor and their Democratic Party of Japan since the tsunami and earthquake in March, 2011.

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Monkey See
3:28 pm
Fri November 16, 2012

Pop Culture Happy Hour: Let's Talk Turkey

NPR

Originally published on Fri November 16, 2012 2:13 pm

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It's Thanksgiving time again, and while we're very sad to be without our pal Glen Weldon this week, we're happy to be joined by the lovely Barrie Hardymon.

We start with a discussion of Thanksgiving and pop culture — and, more specifically, why there's not as much Thanksgiving-themed pop culture as you might think, particularly compared to Christmas. We explore the turkey episodes of Friends and other comedies, but talk a little about the surprising dearth of Thanksgiving movies.

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Deceptive Cadence
3:27 pm
Fri November 16, 2012

Classical Crib Sheet: Top 5 Stories This Week

Minnesota Orchestra music director Osmo Vänskä, whose pleas to his symphony's management and players just went public.
Todd Buchanan courtesy of the Minnesota Orchestra

Originally published on Fri November 16, 2012 10:07 am

  • Minnesota Orchestra music director Osmo Vänskä has finally (and unusually for a conductor) spoken out about management's lockout of his players.
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Opinion
3:26 pm
Fri November 16, 2012

Five Surprising Things About Philanthropy

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Originally published on Fri November 16, 2012 9:55 am

Howard H. Stevenson and Shirley Spence are the authors of Getting to Giving: Fundraising the Entrepreneurial Way.

In the debate about the fiscal cliff, it is clear that private philanthropy will have a continuing and growing role. As a donor, nonprofit board member (including at NPR) and fundraiser, I've learned some things over the years about philanthropy. Here are a few things that may surprise you about the art of doing good.

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Monkey See
3:24 pm
Fri November 16, 2012

Eric Idle: A Python In Winter

British comedian Eric Idle performs during the closing ceremony of the 2012 London Olympic Games in August.
Adrian Dennis AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Fri November 16, 2012 8:07 am

At the beginning of What About Dick?, a stage performance released this week as a digital download, writer/performer Eric Idle announces that the audience will be witnessing "Aural Cinema." The story — a tangential, broadly comic yarn involving the decline of the British Empire and "the birth of a sex toy invented in Shagistan in 1898" — is to be performed in the style of a radio play, with the actors (Russell Brand, Eddie Izzard, Billy Connolly, Tim Curry and Tracey Ullman, to name five) reading their parts from scripts into

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The Mix
3:23 pm
Fri November 16, 2012

The Mix: ThistleRadio's 100 Essential Celtic Songs

Scottish folk band Capercaillie is featured twice on Fiona Ritchie's list of essential Celtic songs.

Originally published on Wed May 22, 2013 2:57 pm

During almost 30 years hosting The Thistle & Shamrock, I've been privileged to hear thousands of albums recorded on everything from vinyl to MP3. For my list of 100 Essential Celtic Songs, I hand-picked songs and instrumentals by passionate performers from across the decades who helped define the sound of my radio shows.

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13.7: Cosmos And Culture
3:21 pm
Fri November 16, 2012

Children Are Not Born Bad, Stupid or Lazy

Originally published on Fri November 16, 2012 2:01 pm

Walk into a 3rd-grade classroom and see children negotiating an obstacle course: desks, chairs and boxes create tunnels through which the students are crawling. A whistle blows and the students freeze in place; when a bell sounds, the kids once again negotiate their makeshift maze.

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