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All Songs Considered
9:02 am
Thu February 7, 2013

Inspired By Filmmaker Kenneth Anger: First Watch By Lady Lazarus

Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed February 6, 2013 9:22 am

The music is languid and surreal; the images are hypnotic and poetic. Melissa Ann Sweat, a.k.a. Lady Lazarus, has a video for her new song "Lapsarian." Sweat, who collaborated on the project with director June Zandona, tells us that she was inspired by an experimental short film by Kenneth Anger called Puce Moment.

"I wanted to evoke its odd elegance, femininity and weird cloistered central figure," Sweat writes of the first track off her new album, All My Love in Half Light.

Sweat continues:

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The Two-Way
9:02 am
Thu February 7, 2013

At Prayer Breakfast, Obama Urges 'Humility'

President Obama speaking at the National Prayer Breakfast in Washington, D.C., on Thursday.
Mandel Ngan AFP/Getty Images

Speaking at his fifth National Prayer Breakfast since taking office, President Obama said Thursday morning that the annual gatherings are always "wonderful." But he worries, Obama told the lawmakers and clergy gathered in Washington, D.C., that "as soon as we leave the prayer breakfast, everything we've been talking about the whole time at the prayer breakfast is forgotten ... on the same day as the prayer breakfast."

"It's like we didn't pray," he added.

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The Two-Way
9:00 am
Thu February 7, 2013

VIDEO: In Israel, City Paints Car Into Handicap Spot, Then Tows It

A car after it was painted into a handicapped space.
YouTube

Originally published on Tue February 5, 2013 6:52 pm

There is plenty of unfairness in life. But today, an Israeli woman is getting some justice after the city of Tel Aviv tried to pull a fast one.

In a video Hila Ben Baruch posted on Facebook Monday, Tel Aviv municipal workers are seen painting the pavement and curb around her car. By the time they're done, it's clear that they've painted the car into a handicapped spot.

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This Is NPR
8:59 am
Thu February 7, 2013

Thom Yorke Loves NPR

Brian McCabe NPR

Originally published on Sat February 9, 2013 8:12 am

More than six years ago, Radiohead frontman Thom Yorke brought together five well-known musicians to back his solo album, The Eraser. Fast forward to today, and the eclectic group, Atoms For Peace, is preparing to release their own debut album called Amok.

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Kitchen Window
8:58 am
Thu February 7, 2013

Chocolate: Out Of The Box, Into The Frying Pan

Peter Ogburn for NPR

Originally published on Wed February 6, 2013 11:02 am

Chocolate is like sex or pizza: Even when it's bad, it's still pretty good. There are those who prefer light, refreshing desserts after a big meal, but I think those people are crazy. I always gravitate to the most decadent dessert on the menu, which is usually laden with chocolate. And while I love the stuff, there is nothing sadder than giving or receiving a box of boring chocolates on Valentine's Day. Each year, men and women shamefully duck into grocery stores and pharmacies to grab a box of assorted chocolates. Because nothing says "I love you" quite like chocolate from a gas station.

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Monkey See
8:58 am
Thu February 7, 2013

Ann Harada, From 'Smash' To Stepsisterhood

Actress Ann Harada (in pink) returns to the stage in the Broadway premiere of Rodgers & Hammerstein's Cinderella, an update of the made-for-TV movie from 1957. Her other theater work has included Avenue Q and Les Miserables.
Carol Rosegg

Originally published on Tue February 5, 2013 3:45 pm

Ann Harada is that rare Asian-American musical theater actress who's never starred in The King and I or Miss Saigon. After a few summer stock stints as Bloody Mary in South Pacific, Harada realized if she was going to make it in theater, it would be as a character actor. In 2003, she originated the role of Christmas Eve in the irreverent puppet musical Avenue Q, a part she played on and off for six years.

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NPR Story
8:58 am
Thu February 7, 2013

Survey finds more women than men in East Texas homeless shelters

A Longview, Texas, homeless shelter is preparing to build a larger women’s and family shelter. The Hiway 80 Rescue Mission has seen a spike in homeless women over the past seven months. It’s currently housing 65 women and children, up from 25 at this time last year, according to associate director Rusty Fennell.

“We’re over bed capacity already. We’ve been over bed capacity for awhile,” Fennell said.

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Politics
8:57 am
Thu February 7, 2013

How The Labor Movement Did A 180 On Immigration

AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka leaves the White House on Tuesday after meeting with President Obama to discuss immigration policy and other issues.
Alex Wong Getty Images

Originally published on Tue February 5, 2013 5:36 pm

The AFL-CIO begins a big push this week to build momentum for comprehensive changes to the nation's immigration laws.

But it wasn't long ago that organized labor viewed illegal workers in the U.S. as a threat — and fought against proposals that would lead to citizenship.

Richard Trumka, president of the AFL-CIO, referenced the labor movement's history with the immigration issue in a YouTube message to members late last year.

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Books News & Features
8:57 am
Thu February 7, 2013

Why Traditional Publishing Is Really In A 'Golden Age'

Michael Pietsch is currently executive vice president and publisher of Little, Brown and Company. He'll become CEO of Hachette on April 1.
Courtesy of Hachette

Originally published on Tue February 5, 2013 5:36 pm

How healthy is the traditional publishing industry? Not very, says Mark Coker, founder of the self-published book distributor Smashwords. On Monday, Coker told NPR's Audie Cornish that "over the next few years, traditional publishers are going to become more and more irrelevant."

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Shots - Health News
8:56 am
Thu February 7, 2013

Despite Rocky Economy, Money For Global Health Remains Solid

After going through a huge growth spurt, money for global health has plateaued recently. The U.S. government remains the biggest donor, but private charities like the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation have boosted donations.
Courtesy of the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation

Originally published on Thu February 7, 2013 9:06 am

Given the world's economic troubles, you'd probably expect money to fight HIV and other illnesses around the world to have plummeted in the past few years.

But foreign aid for global health held steady in 2011 and 2012, hovering right around $28 billion a year, a report published Wednesday finds.

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