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The Picture Show
4:13 pm
Mon February 11, 2013

100 Words: In A Russian Arctic City

Even in the springtime snowfall buries the city.
Tomeu Coll

Originally published on Fri February 8, 2013 3:50 pm

It's a 40-hour train ride from Moscow to Vorkuta. The city, north of Russia's Arctic Circle, was constructed in the 1930s in large part by prisoners who were part of the Soviet gulag system of forced labor. Many workers died and were buried next to the railroad they were building to connect the city to the outside world.

The long ride offers plenty of time to contemplate this painful history. Vorkuta and other Soviet cities in the Arctic were built upon mining. But many are now shrinking or being abandoned altogether.

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The Record
4:13 pm
Mon February 11, 2013

Famous Behind The Scenes, A Hitmaker Covets The Spotlight

Producer and songwriter Jeff Bhasker is nominated for four Grammy Awards this weekend, including producer of the year, non-classical division.
Ninelle Efremova Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Fri February 8, 2013 6:09 pm

In the hippest building on what has been called the coolest block in America, Venice Beach's Abbot Kinney Boulevard, Jeff Bhasker is wearing white jeans and a T-shirt, smoking an American Spirit cigarette. He's seated at his brand new piano in his brand new apartment.

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Art & Design
4:12 pm
Mon February 11, 2013

Could Reclusive Designer Balenciaga Make It Today?

Cristobal Balenciaga was known as a perfectionist, especially when it came to sleeves. Blume says, "It was perhaps a sign of real personal attention if you were one of the rare clients that he had lunch with, and at the end of the lunch he ripped out [your] sleeve and reset it."
Francois Kollar AP

Originally published on Sat February 9, 2013 6:37 am

As New York Fashion Week looks ahead to fall 2013, we're taking a moment to look back at one of the 20th century's most well-known designers — and how life as a designer has changed since his time.

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This Is NPR
4:12 pm
Mon February 11, 2013

Rob Lowe Hearts NPR

Melissa Kuypers NPR

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

City Manager Chris Traeger came in to... wait, I mean, Rob Lowe came in to NPR West for a talk with KPCC host Alex Cohen about his new political thriller Knife Fight. It's pretty easy to mistake the seasoned actor for his Parks and Recreation character, as Lowe's friendliness and enthusiasm are not lost on his TV counterpart.

After chatting with Cohen about his latest project and his long career in TV and film, we asked if he'd mind posing for a quick photo.

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13.7: Cosmos And Culture
4:12 pm
Mon February 11, 2013

Do We Know How Life Began? Not Really

Egg reassembly machine?
Johannes Eisele AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Mon February 11, 2013 11:41 am

The account of evolution we call Darwinian can explain the great diversity of life on Earth. The origin of species and the descent of human beings are well understood.

Darwinism is silent on the question of life's first beginnings, however. This is not a hole or an omission; it represents no unfulfilled promise. The theory of evolution is not a theory of that.

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All Songs Considered
4:12 pm
Mon February 11, 2013

In 'Letter Of Intent,' Hear Indie Rock Reimagined As Deep House

We didn't expect DJ Sprinkles to dabble in indie rock.
Mule Musiq

Originally published on Fri February 8, 2013 1:04 pm

Well, this was a surprise. The boundaries between indie rock and electronic music have been dissolving for a while now, but who could have foreseen Ducktails' Matt Mondanile — also a guitarist in the straightforward indie-pop band Real Estate — seeking out cult icon DJ Sprinkles for a deep house remix of his new single "Letter of Intent"?

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Middle East
4:12 pm
Mon February 11, 2013

Women In Prayer Shawls Detained At Judaism's Holiest Site

Rabbi Susan Silverman (center, left), the sister of American comedian Sarah Silverman, along with her teenage daughter Hallel Abramowitz (center, right), are arrested by Israeli police as they leave the Western Wall in Jerusalem, on Monday.
Jim Hollander EPA/Landov

Originally published on Thu February 21, 2013 8:40 am

Police in Jerusalem on Monday detained 10 women for wearing the tallit, a Jewish prayer shawl traditionally worn by men, while praying at the Western Wall.

The Women of the Wall have been fighting for years for permission to worship in the manner that men do at the Western Wall, the holiest site in Judaism for prayer. The stone structure is part of the retaining wall that surrounded the Second Jewish Temple, which was destroyed by the Romans in A.D. 70.

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A Blog Supreme
4:04 pm
Mon February 11, 2013

Remembering Donald Byrd, Jazz Trumpeter Who Spanned Generations

Donald Byrd onstage, in an image circulated by his record label at the time, Blue Note Records.
Echoes/Redferns Getty Images

Originally published on Tue August 6, 2013 10:23 am

The trumpeter and educator Donald Byrd, a top jazz practitioner in the '50s and '60s whose later work shaped black pop music through multiple generations, died Feb. 4 in Dover, Del. Haley Funeral Directors near Detroit confirmed the news, which was first circulated online last week. He was 80.

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The Two-Way
4:00 pm
Mon February 11, 2013

Gabrielle Giffords Stars In First Ad Paid By Her Gun Control Super PAC

A screen shot of a new ad calling for stricter gun-control laws.
YouTube

The Super PAC founded by former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and her husband, the former astronaut Mark Kelly, has released its first television ad.

It features Giffords, who was shot in the head during a shooting rampage in Tucson, Ariz., front and center.

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Shots - Health News
3:56 pm
Mon February 11, 2013

Need A Price For A Hip Operation? Good Luck With That

If you bought this 1954 Buick when it was new, the price was just about as mysterious as it is today for hip replacement surgery.
Hugo90 Flickr

Originally published on Thu February 14, 2013 8:44 am

Let's say your 62-year-old granny is feeling creaky. One of her hips has been giving her trouble, and her doctor tells her it's time to get it replaced with an implant.

There's a catch. Grandma isn't old enough for Medicare and she doesn't have health insurance. She does, however, have a stack of cash in the bank and is willing to pay for surgery right away.

So how much will it cost her?

Who knows. Seriously.

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