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9:52 am
Wed February 20, 2013

Japan: Probe Of Battery Fire On Boeing 787 Finds Improper Wiring

The first Boeing 787-881 Dreamliner delivered to All Nippon Airlines.
Keith Draycott FlickrVision

Originally published on Wed February 20, 2013 12:33 pm

Two reports on troubles with lithium ion batteries aboard Boeing's 787 Dreamliner:

In Japan, where a battery on an All Nippon Airlines 787 overheated and began smoking on Jan. 16, forcing the plane to make an emergency landing, the Transport Ministry released a report Wednesday saying it found that the battery in question had been improperly wired.

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Live in Concert
9:50 am
Wed February 20, 2013

NPR Music Presents: Josh Ritter In Concert

Josh Ritter performs The Beast in Its Tracks at Le Poisson Rouge.
Ebru Yildiz for NPR

Originally published on Wed July 2, 2014 9:53 am

To stand out as an acoustic-guitar-wielding folk-rock singer-songwriter, you'd better have an awful lot of charisma at your disposal — and it helps if, like Josh Ritter, you're able to infuse your songs with a sense that stakes are high and words ring true. A prolific singer-songwriter who's appropriately delved into a side career as a novelist, Ritter crafts his words carefully, but never loses sight of what makes them relate to the experiences of those who hear him.

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Favorite Sessions
9:50 am
Wed February 20, 2013

KCRW Presents: Jose James

Jose James performs before a live audience for KCRW.
KCRW

Originally published on Wed July 2, 2014 1:16 pm

Watching Jose James perform live was one of the most remarkable experiences we've had at our intimate in-studio sessions.

The soulful jazz singer blends his powerful vocals with hip-hop beats, smooth R&B choruses and an equally talented backing band. You'll never hear James' songs the same way again after hearing them live.

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Book Reviews
9:49 am
Wed February 20, 2013

Undercurrents Of Unease In Kasischke's 'Stranger'

Originally published on Wed February 20, 2013 9:18 am

As writers churn out novels about zombies and the apocalypse — books that portray our shared anxieties about the early 21st century — Laura Kasischke's first collection of stories, If a Stranger Approaches You, describes a world haunted, not by the undead, but by the phantoms of unemployment, increased airport security and missed credit card payments. The signature confluence between realism and the uncanny found in much of Kasischke's writing, both as poet and novelist, makes this book an important addition to her own body of work and to the contemporary literature of end times.

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Books
9:49 am
Wed February 20, 2013

Beyond Visible: LGBT Characters In Graphic Novels

The Heart of Thomas, by Moto Hagio, was one of the first Japanese comics to deal with same-sex relationships.
Fantagraphics

Originally published on Wed February 20, 2013 6:03 am

OK, yes: To gay comics fans like me, DC Comics' decision to hire an anti-gay activist like Orson Scott Card to write Superman — an iconic character who exists to represent humanity's noblest ideals of justice and compassion — is deeply dispiriting.

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Kitchen Window
9:49 am
Wed February 20, 2013

Be Prepared: Girl Scout Cookie Cooking May Surprise You

Doreen McCallister/NPR

Originally published on Wed February 20, 2013 1:44 pm

I'm not the first to develop recipes using Girl Scout cookies. About 20 years ago, I saw an article in a newspaper using Girl Scout cookies to make cakes. I made one of the recipes, and it came out almost as pretty as the paper's picture, and it tasted really good.

I was hooked. But before I could get started in the kitchen baking and cooking with Girl Scout cookies, I had a hurdle to get over. I had to decide whether I wanted to eat the cookies I ordered shortly after I received them — or delay gratification and experiment with them. It was a tough choice.

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Planet Money
9:48 am
Wed February 20, 2013

Episode 437: Can Andrew Sullivan Make It On His Own?

Andrew Sullivan
Andrew H. Walker Getty Images

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

Will readers pay for digital content?

The uberblogger Andrew Sullivan recently struck out on his own. Now he's trying keep his blog afloat by asking readers for money — and hoping that they'll contribute enough to pay for the the blog's eight-person staff. On today's show, he tells us how he's doing.

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13.7: Cosmos And Culture
9:48 am
Wed February 20, 2013

Debris From Space Helped Shape Who We Are

Debris: friend or foe? Both!
Illustration NASA

Originally published on Tue February 19, 2013 8:10 pm

It's the light that really takes your breath away. It's a bright flare, with stark shadows trailing behind it across the Siberian sky. You can get mesmerized by the videos, watching the white-hot incandescence of ancient stone blasting through the atmosphere. Then it's gone, a brief meeting of heaven and Earth, leaving behind a bone-shaking ripple of sonic booms and broken windows.

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Political Junkie
9:47 am
Wed February 20, 2013

It's ScuttleButton Time!

Ken Rudin collection

Originally published on Tue February 19, 2013 2:52 pm

One category that, regrettably, won't be discussed during next Sunday's Academy Awards ceremony: best on-line button puzzle.

I don't know about you, but in my book that would be ScuttleButton.

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All Songs Considered
9:47 am
Wed February 20, 2013

Watch Kishi Bashi Cover Beirut

Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue February 19, 2013 3:54 pm

Kishi Bashi (who's real name is K Ishibashi) is known for his thrilling live performances, looping and layering his violin and voice to create a symphony of sound. But when he decided to cover "A Sunday Smile," one of his favorite songs by the band Beirut, K went for "real" musicians, captured in this live-in-studio video.

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