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Tiny Desk Concerts
3:26 pm
Mon February 18, 2013

Night Beds: Tiny Desk Concert

Night Beds' members perform a Tiny Desk Concert on Feb. 6, 2013.
Marie McGrory for NPR

Originally published on Mon December 23, 2013 5:42 pm

Winston Yellen didn't start singing until he was 18 — he's 23 now — but he's already got one of 2013's most arresting new voices. As the singer for the country-rock group Night Beds, Yellen often performs a cappella, with tremendous soul and nuance.

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World Cafe
3:23 pm
Mon February 18, 2013

Next: Pickwick

Pickwick.
Kyle Johnson Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue February 19, 2013 7:35 am

Formed in 2008, Pickwick members Galen Disston, Michael and Garrett Parker, Cassady Lillstrom, Alex Westcoat, and Kory Kruckenberg forged a path toward neo-soul and in 2011 released a compilation of music from three of their EPs. The result was Myths, released one single at a time on 7" vinyl, which put the band on the map and became one of the most popular albums of the year in Seattle.

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Author Interviews
3:22 pm
Mon February 18, 2013

'Immortal' Cells Of Henrietta Lacks Live On In Labs

Originally published on Mon February 18, 2013 12:03 pm

This interview was originally broadcast on Dec. 13, 2010.

The HeLa cell line — one of the most revolutionary tools of biomedical research — has played a part in some of the world's most important medical advances, from the polio vaccine to in vitro fertilization.

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Author Interviews
3:20 pm
Mon February 18, 2013

How To 'Thrive': Short Commutes, More Happy Hours

"Many of us spend more than half our waking hours at work," writes Buettner. So he recommends you find the right job, limit your workweek to 40 hours, take vacations and go to happy hour for some satisfying socializing.

Richard Hume

Originally published on Mon February 18, 2013 12:03 pm

This interview was originally broadcast on Oct. 19, 2011.

Many people believe that happiness comes from money or youth or beauty, but Dan Buettner would respectfully disagree. Buettner visited some of the happiest places on Earth and argues that the real keys to happiness lie in fundamental, permanent changes to the way we live.

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Around the Nation
3:19 pm
Mon February 18, 2013

Seeking Revenge In The 'Underworld' Of Stolen Bikes

Even locks won't stop the most ambitious thieves, Patrick Symmes warns: "If they can't steal your whole bike, they'll steal the wheels. If they can't steal the wheels, they take the seat."
iStockphoto.com

Originally published on Mon February 18, 2013 12:03 pm

This interview was originally broadcast on Feb. 6, 2012.

In 2006, thieves stole writer Patrick Symmes' bike in broad daylight on a crowded, New York City street. This inspired Symmes to set out to catch a bike thief — any bike thief.

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The Two-Way
3:19 pm
Mon February 18, 2013

Sen. Mike Johanns Says He Won't Seek Re-Election

Originally published on Mon February 18, 2013 6:39 pm

Mike Johanns, the Republican senator from Nebraska, announced Monday that he won't seek another term in the Senate.

Here's more from the Omaha World-Herald:

"Johanns said it was time to 'close this chapter' in his life. He noted that he and his wife, Stephanie, have spent 32 years in public life and that they want to spend more time with family.

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Books
3:18 pm
Mon February 18, 2013

'The Dinner' Asks: What Will You Do To Protect Your Family?

Herman Koch is a Dutch writer and actor. The Dinner is his sixth novel; it originally came out in Dutch in 2009, and has since been published in 25 countries.
Mark Kohn

Originally published on Mon February 18, 2013 5:42 am

Dutch author Herman Koch's new novel The Dinner is one meal you may feel a little strange after. The titular dinner is one planned by two couples — two brothers and their wives — at which they must discuss a terrible crime most likely committed by their sons. The crime is not yet public, but grainy video footage exists — and both sets of parents know it depicts their offspring.

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First Listen
3:17 pm
Mon February 18, 2013

First Listen: Chelsea Light Moving, 'Chelsea Light Moving'

Chelsea Light Moving's self-titled debut comes out March 5.
Carlos van Hijfte Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed March 6, 2013 6:55 am

Audio for this feature is no longer available.

In the chorus to Chelsea Light Moving's "Heavenmetal," Sonic Youth's Thurston Moore offers a moment of uplift to set the tone for his new band's self-titled debut: "Be a warrior — love life." But from there, Moore and his new bandmates set out to pulverize and polarize.

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First Listen
3:17 pm
Mon February 18, 2013

First Listen: Bilal, 'A Love Surreal'

Bilal's new album, A Love Surreal, comes out Feb. 26.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed March 6, 2013 6:49 am

Audio for this feature is no longer available.

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First Listen
3:17 pm
Mon February 18, 2013

First Listen: Shout Out Louds, 'Optica'

Shout Out Louds' new album, Optica, comes out Feb. 26.
Frode & Marcus Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed February 27, 2013 6:11 pm

Audio for this feature is no longer available.

Say what you will about some of the biggest songs of the 1980s — go ahead and badmouth electric pianos, and by all means bemoan the prevailing production quality — but the decade continues to cast a long shadow over popular music. Given its enduring popularity on dance floors and on radios, not to mention the rise of '80s-emulating singers like Gotye, you could do far worse than look to that decade for tips on connecting with audiences.

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