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The Two-Way
4:37 pm
Mon November 5, 2012

EPA Cites Hyundai, Kia For Inflating Gas Mileage On 900,000 Cars

The Environmental Protection Agency found Hyundai and its sister company, Kia, overstated the fuel economy ratings on about 900,000 cars.
Nam Y. Huh AP

Originally published on Mon November 5, 2012 5:16 pm

If you bought a Hyundai or Kia over the past three years, you could soon be getting some money back from the two automakers.

The Environmental Protection Agency says the South Korean carmakers, owned by the same parent company, overstated the gas mileage on 900,000 vehicles over the past three years. The EPA discovered the bloated figures during an audit of gas mileage tests undertaken by the companies. The agency said last week it was investigating how the carmakers arrived at the numbers.

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The Two-Way
4:17 pm
Mon November 5, 2012

Life On Mars? Curiosity Rover Sniffs For Methane, Comes Up Empty

This picture shows a lab demonstration of the measurement chamber inside the Tunable Laser Spectrometer, an instrument that is part of the Sample Analysis at Mars investigation on NASA's Curiosity rover.
NASA/JPL-Caltech

Originally published on Fri November 2, 2012 5:58 pm

Today scientists working on the Mars Curiosity Rover mission made an important announcement: The rover used its lasers to "sniff" for methane. As NASA explains, methane is a "precursor chemical" for life, because creatures like us produce methane.

The Rover came up empty, or rather the most sensitive measurements ever taken in the planet's atmosphere reveal "little to no methane."

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This Is NPR
4:15 pm
Mon November 5, 2012

NPR Unfiltered on the Campaign Trail

Ari Shapiro NPR

Originally published on Fri November 2, 2012 5:39 pm

Traveling from rallies to conventions to debates, the NPR Washington and Election teams have witnessed countless photo-worthy moments on the ground and in the air during their coverage of the 2012 elections. In addition to their on-air and online reporting, our journalists often shared stories from the campaign trail through pictures in social media.

These special, behind-the-scenes and often candid images from cross-country travels (and more than a handful from campaign hotspots Ohio, Florida and Colorado) were shared with thousands of their followers via Twitter and Instagram.

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A Blog Supreme
4:12 pm
Mon November 5, 2012

A Brief History Of Jazz Education, Pt. 1

Bassist Percy Heath demonstrates a technique to a student at the summer jazz workshop in Lenox, Mass. in 1959.
Alfred Eisenstaedt Time & Life Pictures/Getty Images

Originally published on Fri November 2, 2012 12:21 pm

One year ago, when I began graduate study in ethnomusicology at UCLA, I found myself undergoing what has become a familiar ritual. As I played my trombone in a near-empty classroom accompanied by a play-a-long recording, it occurred to me that I was in the midst of my sixth college big band audition. A professor — in this special case, guitar legend Kenny Burrell — led the proceedings. When he engulfed my hand in his massive grip, I learned that I was in.

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Deceptive Cadence
4:11 pm
Mon November 5, 2012

Exercise Your 'Rite' To Vote

Pablo Helguera

Originally published on Fri November 2, 2012 10:56 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.

Movies
4:11 pm
Mon November 5, 2012

Lincoln's Screen Legacy, Decidedly Larger Than Life

Lincoln's life has been adapted for the screen so often that there's room for the artistic liberties of films like Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter.
Twentieth Century Fox

Originally published on Mon November 5, 2012 4:49 pm

He's a statue in many a monument, a profile on the penny, a face on the $5 bill, and an animatronic robot at Disneyland. He's even carved into a mountain in South Dakota. So, of course, Abe Lincoln has been a character in the movies — more than 300 of them, in fact.

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The Picture Show
4:08 pm
Mon November 5, 2012

Architectural Ghosts Of Detroit's Past

Photos from the 100 Abandoned Houses project
Courtesy of Kevin Bauman

Originally published on Fri November 2, 2012 10:23 am

Kevin Bauman began photographing abandonment in Detroit in the 1990s, he writes on his website, 100 Abandoned Houses. While parts of the city have seen rebirth, much of it has remained deserted; those are the places Bauman has explored.

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Deceptive Cadence
4:07 pm
Mon November 5, 2012

Classical Crib Sheet: Top 5 Stories This Week

Some of the instruments, scores and other materials the New Amsterdam label is trying to salvage after Sandy.
David Andrako courtesy of New Amsterdam Records

Originally published on Fri November 2, 2012 8:57 am

  • Sandy has wreaked havoc for many musicians in the Northeast, along with everyone else up here. The New Amsterdam label for new music, located in Brooklyn's Red Hook neighborhood, says it took quite a hit: "Our space was flooded with almost four feet of polluted sea water. As a result, about 70% of our catalog of CDs has been destroyed — CDs we hold on behalf of our artists (we do not own them). Literally ALL of our financial records were destroyed, including our back-up hard-drive.
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The Salt
4:06 pm
Mon November 5, 2012

Cookies, Wax And The Vote: Kids Choose The Next President

Noah Hope, 10, shows off his I Voted sticker during the children's mock Election Day at Madame Tussaud Wax Museum in Washington D.C.
Karen Castillo Farfán NPR

Originally published on Wed November 7, 2012 3:14 pm

Election Day is Tuesday, and it's easy to forget about those who don't have a vote — children. But it can be a fun experience if parents take the time to include the kids, and maybe bribe them with a little sugar.

Over the weekend, the Madame Tussaud Wax Museum in Washington D.C, did just that. Kids got to make patriotic sugar cookies, personally meet all the American presidents' wax figures and vote for the next president of the United States.

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Planet Money
4:06 pm
Mon November 5, 2012

Even After Solid Gains, 22 Million Americans Are Unemployed Or Underemployed

Lam Thuy Vo / NPR

Originally published on Fri November 2, 2012 9:09 am

Note: This post was updated to reflect the October jobs report, which was released this morning.

The U.S. added 171,000 jobs in October, according to this morning's big jobs report. That's a solid gain. Job gains for the previous few months were also larger than initial estimates suggested. But the U.S. labor market is still digging out of a deep hole.

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