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The Record
4:32 pm
Mon May 13, 2013

The MIDI Revolution: Synthesizing Music For The Masses

Originally published on Sun May 12, 2013 6:44 am

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Music
4:31 pm
Mon May 13, 2013

For Amy Grant, Beauty And Tragedy Give Way To 'Mercy'

Amy Grant's new album is called How Mercy Looks from Here.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Sun May 12, 2013 12:28 pm

Amy Grant released her first album in 1977, when she was a teenager. Apart from a few secular mainstream hits in the 1990s, most of her work is unabashedly spiritual, and her name has become synonymous with contemporary Christian pop music. It doesn't bother the singer; for her, music has always represented a sacred place.

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The Changing Lives Of Women
4:30 pm
Mon May 13, 2013

She Works: How Do You Get Support?

Nina Totenberg (from left), Linda Wertheimer and Cokie Roberts at NPR headquarters around 1979.
NPR

Originally published on Sun May 12, 2013 4:36 am

For our series on the Changing Lives of Women, we're asking NPR women about their careers — and inviting you to join the conversation. This question goes to Cokie Roberts, who was NPR's longtime congressional correspondent.

Question: How do you get support?

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All Tech Considered
4:30 pm
Mon May 13, 2013

Make Your Own Comics: Storytelling With Friends

Nishat's got spring fever.
Bitstrips

Originally published on Sat May 11, 2013 7:33 pm

Jacob Blackstock first conceived of the burgeoning social comics site Bitstrips as a way to let the rest of the Internet participate in his childhood passion. As a kid, the comics he most enjoyed creating "were the ones I would make for my friends, starring those friends," he says.

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The Two-Way
4:30 pm
Mon May 13, 2013

In Pakistan, It's The 'Bat' Versus The 'Lion'

Election workers count ballots at a polling station in Lahore, Pakistan, on Saturday. The election marks the first time in the country's history that an elected government will hand over power to another elected government.
Daniel Berehulak Getty Images

Originally published on Sun May 12, 2013 7:37 am

At a bustling polling station in the Lahore district where Imran Khan is seeking a parliament seat, the attitudes of Pakistani voters on Saturday reflected the intensity of the contest between the former cricket star and former two-time Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif.

Supporting Khan: 'We Don't Need Loans; We Need Jobs'

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
4:29 pm
Mon May 13, 2013

Google Chairman Eric Schmidt Plays Not My Job

Knopf

Originally published on Sat May 11, 2013 10:12 am

We use Google to search for just about everything, so we've invited Google executive chairman Eric Schmidt to play a game called "Try Googling that, Bigshot." We'll ask him three questions about things that cannot be found.

Schmidt, who served as Google CEO for 10 years, is the co-author of the new book The New Digital Age: Reshaping the Future of People, Nations and Business.

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Code Switch
4:28 pm
Mon May 13, 2013

'Seeking Asian Female' Takes A Close Look At A Fetish

Filmmaker Debbie Lum poses with Steven and Sandy, her documentary subjects, on their wedding day.
Susan Munroe Seeking Asian Female

Originally published on Mon May 13, 2013 3:49 pm

It's hard to watch Seeking Asian Female, Debbie Lum's uncomfortably close look at the phenomenon some call "yellow fever" — when usually non-Asian men fetishize Asian women as romantic or sexual partners — without squirming. And at first, it seems like it wasn't so easy for Lum to document the phenomenon.

"I had to fight the urge to turn around and leave," Lum says in a voiceover, right before she meets the character we know only as "Steven" for the first time. She told me this guy had one of the "worst cases of yellow fever" she has seen.

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Author Interviews
4:28 pm
Mon May 13, 2013

A Nigerian-'Americanah' Novel About Love, Race And Hair

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie is a Nigerian-born author and MacArthur fellow. Her earlier works include the novels Purple Hibiscus and Half of a Yellow Sun and the short story collection The Thing Around Your Neck.
Ivara Esege Random House

Originally published on Tue May 14, 2013 4:22 pm

School romances face a lot of obstacles: the big decision at graduation, the competing demands of two burgeoning careers, perhaps a period spent in a long-distance relationship. But the young lovers in Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's latest novel, Americanah, must overcome even more challenges than usual: military rule, immigration restrictions and, during their years apart, other relationships.

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Monkey See
4:27 pm
Mon May 13, 2013

Christopher Guest Comes To HBO With A 'Family' Comedy That's Serious

Chris O'Dowd (left) stars in Family Tree, a new HBO show from Christopher Guest (right) and Jim Piddock.
Suzanne Tenner HBO

Originally published on Sat May 11, 2013 9:11 am

Christopher Guest has made so many people laugh since he started making mock documentaries with This Is Spinal Tap in 1984 that his fans might be surprised to hear his response to Scott Simon's question on Saturday's Weekend Edition about whether he ever thinks about making a serious movie.

Referencing Family Tree, his new show for HBO starring Chris O'Dowd as a man discovering his roots, Guest says that even with comedy, the emotional content can still be critical.

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Arts & Life
4:27 pm
Mon May 13, 2013

Mini-Memoirs: 6-Word Stories To Honor Mom

British cyclist Beryl Burton with her daughter Denise in March 1963. Mother and daughter later raced together in the 1972 world championships.
John Pratt Getty Images

Originally published on Sun May 12, 2013 8:48 am

This Mother's Day, think about the relationship you have with your mother. Now consider: Could you tell that story in just six words?

The newspaper The Forward recently put out a call for six-word memoirs about mothers — specifically, Jewish mothers. The submissions they received show that you can pack a lot of emotion into a half-dozen words, like in Jennifer Glick's memoir: "Mother, our lady of perpetual dissatisfaction."

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