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Tiny Desk Concerts
5:44 pm
Thu December 13, 2012

Lyle Lovett: Tiny Desk Concert

Lyle Lovett performs a Tiny Desk Concert on Nov. 13, 2012.
Ryan Smith NPR

Originally published on Mon December 23, 2013 5:48 pm

For all of Lyle Lovett's considerable artistic gifts β€” a distinctive voice, easygoing charisma, rare talent for wordplay β€” his greatest attribute may be the way he radiates infectious calm. He's a one-time tabloid fixture who writes wry, bittersweet songs of longing, but Lovett in person is like a vortex into which stress and drama disappear.

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The Salt
5:43 pm
Thu December 13, 2012

Sandwich Monday: The Latke Double Down

A look within.
NPR

Originally published on Mon December 10, 2012 12:31 pm

We all remember the KFC Double Down: the sandwich that replaced bread with fried chicken and changed our lives for the fatter. Just in time for Hanukkah, the Jewish Journal has created the Latke Double Down, which replaces the bread with latkes, aka fried potato pancakes. They fill theirs with lox.

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Music Interviews
5:42 pm
Thu December 13, 2012

K'Naan On Cheapening His Music For The Money

Somali-Canadian rapper K'Naan released his first album in 2005.
Alberto E. Rodriguez Getty Images

Originally published on Thu December 13, 2012 1:30 pm

Somali-born rapper and musician K'naan became a success based, at least in part, on gritty stories from his childhood in war-torn Mogadishu. But on his most recent album, Country, God, Or the Girl, the edginess of past songs has been replaced with a polished pop sound and lyrics directed to a young American audience.

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The Record
5:42 pm
Thu December 13, 2012

Grammy Nominations 2012: The Comedown

Nate Ruess performs at the Grammy nominations concert on Dec. 5. Ruess's band, fun., was nominated for Album, Record and Song of the year.
Kevin Winter Getty Images

Originally published on Mon December 10, 2012 11:32 am

Thanks largely to a few flukes, the Grammy Awards had an awfully good 2012.

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Monkey See
5:41 pm
Thu December 13, 2012

Crushes, Breakups And Natural Lives: How The Critical Romantic Watches Television

Claire Danes as Carrie Mathison in Homeland.
Kent Smith Showtime

Originally published on Mon December 10, 2012 9:35 am

[This piece contains a little information about Lost. Take it under advisement.]

I vanished into an introspective fog on the train this morning, as I sometimes do, and for whatever reason, I found myself thinking about Lost, and about Charlie, and about his hand flattened against the glass: "NOT PENNY'S BOAT." And suddenly, I realized that my fingers had straightened and spread; without thinking, I was making a Charlie hand.

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PG-13: Risky Reads
5:39 pm
Thu December 13, 2012

Fatal Attraction: My Heart Was Stolen By A Ninja Assassin

Originally published on Mon December 10, 2012 7:36 am

Sean Howe is the author of Marvel Comics: The Untold Story.

In 1980, the comic book artist Frank Miller introduced the raven-haired femme fatale Elektra Natchios in the pages of Marvel Comics' Daredevil. She was the former lover of Daredevil's alter ego Matt Murdock, and his Columbia University classmate until her diplomat father was killed and she left the United States.

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Middle East
5:39 pm
Thu December 13, 2012

Syrian Villagers Hope Their Example Will Be A Model

Razan Shalab Alsham, in bright blue, works for the Syrian Emergency Task Force. She helped provide uniforms for the new civil police force of Khirbet al-Joz.
Deborah Amos

Originally published on Mon December 10, 2012 12:19 pm

As part of an advance by Syrian rebels, they captured a village this fall near the northern border with Turkey called Khirbat al-Joz.

Syrian families who had fled to Turkish refugee camps returned to see what had happened to their homes and farms. Many found charred ruins β€” a village devastated by war.

Now, the villagers are rebuilding. And with the help of Syrian activists, they are trying to set a small example of a secular, democratic place.

New Uniforms For A New Police Force

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Europe
5:38 pm
Thu December 13, 2012

Dominique Strauss-Kahn's Story Plays Out On Stage

Former IMF leader Dominique Strauss-Kahn and Nafissatou Diallo, who accused him of sexual assult. Lawyers for both sides will appear in court on Monday in Diallo's civil suit against Strauss-Kahn.
Allan Tannenbaum/Mary Altaffer AP

Originally published on Mon December 10, 2012 9:57 am

Former International Monetary Fund leader Dominique Strauss-Kahn, who was accused by a hotel maid of sexually assaulting her in a New York hotel room, has all but vanished from the public sphere in France, but he remains a subject of fascination. A play imagining what could have transpired in that hotel suite in May 2011 has just opened in Paris.

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The Record
5:38 pm
Thu December 13, 2012

The Week In Music: What To Read Now, 4th Quarter Edition

Mick Jagger performing Saturday night in Brooklyn β€” the Rolling Stones' first American date on the band's 50th anniversary tour.
DON EMMERT AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Sun December 9, 2012 1:34 pm

As 2012 winds down and the Top 10 game kicks into high gear, we're all replaying the past year in our heads. Hype recedes as we reflect and the industry begins to check out for the holidays. That doesn't mean the fires are out β€” Camille Paglia waded into the feminist conversation around Katy Perry and Taylor Swift, Geeta Dayal poked holes in Beck's latest project and a collection of quotes from Pitchfork interviews got under our skin all over again.

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Music Interviews
5:37 pm
Thu December 13, 2012

A Few Questions For One Direction

Formed in 2010, One Direction are one of the biggest pop acts in the world. Left to right: Niall Horan, Louis Tomlinson, Harry Styles, Liam Payne, Zayn Malik.
Courtesy of the artists

Originally published on Sun December 9, 2012 2:33 pm

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