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Deceptive Cadence
8:14 pm
Sat February 16, 2013

Jailhouse Bach

Pablo Helguera

Originally published on Fri February 15, 2013 10:53 am

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Pablo Helguera is a New York-based artist working with sculpture, drawing, photography and performance. His new book is Helguera's Artunes. You can see more of his work at Artworld Salon and on his own site.

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The Two-Way
8:13 pm
Sat February 16, 2013

Grad Who Sued Over C+ Grade Flunks In Court

Megan Thode, who lost her case against Lehigh University.
Donna Fisher/The Morning Call MCT /Landov

Originally published on Fri February 15, 2013 10:22 am

The latest person to sue a university over a "bad" grade has failed to make her case.

As the Allentown, Pa., Morning Call reports, "a Northampton County judge on Thursday rejected the claims of a Lehigh University graduate suing over her C+ grade, a verdict that upheld the school's insistence that she earned the mark she got."

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'It's All Politics': NPR's Weekly News Roundup
8:13 pm
Sat February 16, 2013

It's All Politics, Feb. 14, 2013

Charles Dharapak DPA/Landov

Originally published on Fri February 15, 2013 9:23 am

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Mr. Speaker, The Podcast of the United States! NPR's Ken Rudin and Ron Elving dissect President Obama's State of the Union address, make the obligatory and sophomoric quench-filling jokes about Marco Rubio and look at what seems to be the makings of a filibuster against Defense Secretary-nominee Chuck Hagel.

All Songs Considered
8:12 pm
Sat February 16, 2013

New Music By Wormed: In Space, No One Can Hear You Growl

Wormed.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Fri February 15, 2013 3:43 pm

In its quest to become the world's most brutal, ugly and offensive death-metal act, a young band should ask itself three questions: "How fast can the drummer blast-beat?" "How many unspeakable acts can we cram into three minutes, lyrically speaking?" "Are the riffs-per-second an accurate measure of how brutal we truly are?" I'm only sort of kidding. These exercises in ridiculousness are par for the course, though their excess is not unrewarded. Enter Wormed.

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Monkey See
8:12 pm
Sat February 16, 2013

Pop Culture Happy Hour: Justin Timberlake, LL Cool J And The Presidency

NPR

Originally published on Fri February 15, 2013 9:12 am

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This week's show was taped while Stephen and I were still recovering from live-blogging the Grammy Awards on Sunday night, so that was still fresh in our minds. Trey and Glen saw the show as well, so we spend some time this week talking about the awards, the performances, and whether we learned anything. You will experience my new way of tormenting Stephen, and perhaps you'll want to join in!

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Krulwich Wonders...
8:12 pm
Sat February 16, 2013

A Crazy But Rational Solution To Our Electoral College Problem

Courtesy of Fake Is The New Real

Originally published on Fri February 15, 2013 1:26 pm

Let's pretend. Let's pretend that politics doesn't matter, politicians don't matter, history doesn't matter, nostalgia doesn't matter, emotion doesn't matter, habit doesn't matter, romance doesn't matter, prejudice doesn't matter — all that matters is good old rational, mathematical, look-at-the-numbers common sense.

And now let's look at the Electoral College.

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Monkey See
8:12 pm
Sat February 16, 2013

Morning Shots: A Painful Casting Couch Memory And A History Of The Harlem Shake

iStockphoto.com

Originally published on Fri February 15, 2013 7:59 am

I refuse to say anything about Kate Gosselin joining Celebrity Wife Swap that references the apocalypse in any way, because the apocalypse doesn't deserve that affiliation. [Today]

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The Two-Way
8:12 pm
Sat February 16, 2013

Top Stories: Russian Meteor; Olympic Runner Charged With Murder

Originally published on Fri February 15, 2013 7:19 am

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First Reads
8:11 pm
Sat February 16, 2013

Questions For Alaya Dawn Johnson, Author Of 'The Summer Prince'

Alaya Dawn Johnson lives and writes in New York City.
Alden Ford

Originally published on Fri February 15, 2013 6:03 am

Alaya Dawn Johnson has written a number of novels for adults (including the delightful Zephyr Hollis series), and now she's venturing onto the young adult shelves with The Summer Prince, a complex science-fiction narrative set in post-apocalyptic Brazil. The action takes place in the city of Palmares Tres, which is entirely contained in a giant pyramidal structure on a bay, surrounded and fed by giant algae vats.

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First Reads
8:09 pm
Sat February 16, 2013

Exclusive First Read: 'The Summer Prince' By Alaya Dawn Johnson

Arthur A. Levine Books

Originally published on Fri February 15, 2013 10:55 am

Hundreds of years into the future, in a post-apocalyptic world, there's a beautiful city in a steel-and-glass pyramid, perched on a Brazilian bay. It's Palmares Tres, founded and run by women after men made a wreck of the world, and named for a famous 17th century city founded by escaped slaves. The city runs on a combination of futuristic technology and ancient, bloody ritual: Every five years, a Summer King is elected by the people and sacrificed at the end of the year.

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