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4:11 pm
Mon February 25, 2013

Esperanza Spalding: Song For A 'City Of Roses'

Esperanza Spalding performs live for opbmusic.
opbmusic

Originally published on Tue July 8, 2014 9:10 am

Esperanza Spalding has often said that she hopes to use the fame from her 2011 Best New Artist Grammy to help give her friends and mentors in the jazz world the recognition they deserve. She got her chance earlier this month, when Spalding and her longtime teacher and mentor, trumpeter Thara Memory, accepted the Grammy for their arrangement of "City of Roses" from Spalding's 2012 album Radio Music Society.

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The Two-Way
4:11 pm
Mon February 25, 2013

Nuclear Waste Seeping From 6 Containers In Washington

Workers at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation near Richland, Wash., in 2010.
Shannon Dininny AP

Originally published on Fri February 22, 2013 5:47 pm

The number of underground containers seeping nuclear waste has increased to six from one at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation near Richland, Wash.

On his twitter account, Gov. Jay Inslee said he received the news during a meeting with Secretary of Energy Stephen Chu. Inslee called the news "disturbing."

"News of six leaking tanks at Hanford raises serious questions about [the] integrity of all single tanks," Inslee said on Twitter. "But there are no immediate health risks."

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This Is NPR
4:11 pm
Mon February 25, 2013

Vote For Best Picture In The 'I Heart NPR' Category

As master of ceremonies for the big bash, we first introduce funnyman Seth MacFarlane who is serious about his NPR love. A lesser known fact, the Ted writer-director also wrote lyrics for the film's song, "Everybody Needs A Best Friend," nominated in the music - original song category. (http://n.pr/LJhGvU)
Melissa Kuypers NPR

Originally published on Fri February 22, 2013 5:52 pm

We're rolling out our own red carpet for the 2013 Academy Awards with Oscar contenders who have announced their love for NPR on camera.

While the Academy is keeping the official envelopes sealed until Sunday, vote now for your favorite fan of NPR from this year's batch of Oscar-nominated films and actors.

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Song Travels
4:10 pm
Mon February 25, 2013

Stephen Holden On 'Song Travels'

New York Times critic Stephen Holden.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Fri December 27, 2013 10:08 am

Writer and critic Stephen Holden has covered everything from film to cabaret for The New York Times, as well as for TV programs such as 60 Minutes and 20/20. While he'd hoped to become a pop singer in his adolescence, Holden later embraced poetry and was published in The New Yorker.

Music remained a passion for Holden and became a key subject of his writing. He covered the singer-songwriter explosion of the 1970s, and his 1980 satirical novel Triple Platinum was based on his experiences as a journalist and executive with RCA.

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Live in Concert
4:10 pm
Mon February 25, 2013

Anthony 'Big A' Sherrod & Robert 'Bilbo' Walker: Live In Concert

Mississippi native Robert "Bilbo" Walker fits right in at Philadelphia's World Cafe Live.
Joe del Tufo for WXPN

Originally published on Mon June 23, 2014 8:57 am

Juke-joint bluesmen Robert "Bilbo" Walker and Anthony "Big A" Sherrod know how to rock a party. Sherrod, 29, wrote the title song to the blues documentary We Juke Up In Here, while Walker (his father-in-law) is one of the most charismatic 76-year-olds you'll ever meet.

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The Record
4:10 pm
Mon February 25, 2013

Music's New 'Real Ambassadors'

The band noori was invited by the State Department to tour the U.S., as part of a program called Center Stage.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Fri February 22, 2013 7:32 pm

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From Scratch
4:10 pm
Mon February 25, 2013

Gary Kremen, Founder Of Match.com

Originally published on Fri February 22, 2013 1:35 pm

Jessica Harris speaks with serial entrepreneur Gary Kremen, the founder of match.com - an online dating site. He is also responsible for the creation of companies like Clean Power Finance and Sociogramics. Harris also talks to Fadi Jaber, founder of Sugar Daddy's Bakery.

Copyright 2013 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.

The Two-Way
4:07 pm
Mon February 25, 2013

Brooklyn Assemblyman Defends Blackface Costume

Dov Hikind is in the middle.
Facebook

Brooklyn Assemblyman Dov Hikind is facing a storm of criticism after he dressed as an African-American basketball player in blackface. Hikind wore the costume to a party at his house celebrating the Jewish holiday of Purim.

He posted a picture of himself on Facebook wearing an afro wig and an orange jersey.

The New York Times reports that some fellow Democrats criticized the costume. The Times adds:

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Shots - Health News
4:02 pm
Mon February 25, 2013

Most People Can Skip Calcium Supplements, Prevention Panel Says

Forgoing calcium supplements is a fine approach for most people, a preventive services panel says.
iStockphoto.com

Women have been told for years that if they don't take calcium supplements religiously, they're putting themselves at risk of crippling hip fractures in old age.

Now the word from a major government panel: Why bother?

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Television
4:01 pm
Mon February 25, 2013

An Oprah-less Chicago Tries To Keep Talk Show Spirit Alive

Members of the studio audience wait outside Harpo Studios before the final taping of The Oprah Winfrey Show in Chicago in May 2011.
Paul Beaty AP

Originally published on Mon February 25, 2013 6:23 pm

It's been nearly two years since Oprah ended her daily show, and Chicago's been adjusting to the loss of the daytime talk queen. Although she left a huge void, there's no need to write an obituary for the TV talk genre in Chicago.

In the lobby of Chicago's NBC Towers, the crowd of excited fans gathered for a TV taping is reminiscent of the Oprah days of old. But instead of Oprah, they're lined up to see veteran comedian Steve Harvey's show.

"I like Steve's energy. I like his shows. He's funny. He covers all topics," says fan Deloris Neal.

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