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World Cafe
9:58 am
Wed June 20, 2012

Of Monsters And Men On World Cafe

Of Monsters And Men are an Icelandic folk-rock band.
Hörður Sveinsson Courtesy of the artist

Of Monsters and Men is an Icelandic sextet specializing in catchy folk-pop. The group came together in 2009 when singer Nanna Bryndís Hilmarsdóttir began recruiting backups for her acoustic solo act. In 2010, Of Monsters and Men gained national fame when it won an annual Icelandic battle of the bands; since then, the buzz has only grown.

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The Two-Way
9:41 am
Wed June 20, 2012

And Then She Snapped: School Lunch Photo Ban Sparks Gifts To Hunger Charity

Nine-year-old Martha Payne's favorite school lunch: chicken curry, broccoli and ice cream.
Martha Payne NeverSeconds.com

Scottish school girl Martha Payne is just nine, but she caused a national kerfluffle last week when she was told she could no longer publish photographs of her school lunches on her daily food blog, NeverSeconds.

Martha began blogging in April about the quality of her school lunches, with the help of her father, David. Each day she posts a clear photograph of a meal, and rates each one on its taste, health, price and number of pieces of hair that turn up in the food (mostly none).

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The Two-Way
9:40 am
Wed June 20, 2012

White House Exerts Executive Privilege Over 'Fast And Furious' Documents

Originally published on Wed June 20, 2012 2:24 pm

The battle between the Obama administration and the House Oversight and Government over the Fast and Furious operation just ratcheted up another notch. There's word that the White House is exerting executive privilege over documents that the committee's Republican majority has subpoenaed.

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13.7: Cosmos And Culture
9:30 am
Wed June 20, 2012

Voyage To The Center Of A Black Hole

A black hole and its massive pair of jets is seen in association with a growing microquasar in this artist's impression based on multiple sources of telescope data.
L. Calçada/M.Kornmesser ESO

Originally published on Wed June 20, 2012 10:47 am

Who doesn't wonder what happens when someone falls into a black hole? I'm sure some of you, dear readers, have lost many hours of sleep on this one. Especially now that we know that there is a black hole at the center of most of the hundreds of billions of galaxies out there, including a behemoth in our own Milky Way with a mass of about 4 million suns.

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Opinion
9:25 am
Wed June 20, 2012

Foreign Policy: The Coming Oil Crash

Russia's President Vladimir Putin (R) and CEO of state-controlled Russian oil company Rosneft Igor Sechin (L) push the button launching a new oil terminal at the Black Sea port of Tuapse on June 15. An expected fall in crude prices this autumn could have serious impacts on the economies of Russia and other nations reliant on oil exports.
Mikhail Klimentyev AFP/Getty Images

Steve Levine is a blogger and foreign correspondent for Foreign Policy.

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The Two-Way
8:59 am
Wed June 20, 2012

Greece Has New Prime Minister

New Democracy party leader Antonis Samaras has been sworn in as Greek prime minister, correspondent Joanna Kakissis and Sky News report.

As Joanna reported earlier for our Newscast Desk, Samaras' conservative New Democracy party came in first during Sunday national elections, but didn't get enough support to govern on its own. So it will share power with the Socialist PASOK and a small pro-European party — The Democratic Left.

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Deceptive Cadence
8:40 am
Wed June 20, 2012

Getting Kids To Practice Music — Without Tears Or Tantrums

How do you encourage your kid to practice with a smile instead of a scream?
iStock

Originally published on Tue September 18, 2012 3:45 pm

When friends learn that my nearly six-year-old has been playing violin for three years, their voices shift a bit, especially if they also have a child learning an instrument. Two questions come in quick succession: "Does she like it?" and "How do you get her to practice?" There's a nervous energy to their queries, and usually a little laugh, too. Either they've been struggling with kids who have a hard time practicing, or they recall their own childhood boredom.

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The Two-Way
8:37 am
Wed June 20, 2012

Two Major East Coast Bridges Will Close Today For 'Delicate Maritime Ballet'

Originally published on Wed June 20, 2012 2:37 pm

We don't do too many traffic reports, but this news has the potential to be both fascinating and frustrating — depending on whether you're watching from afar or stuck inside a gridlocked car:

The Chesapeake Bay Bridge that carries U.S. Route 50 traffic back-and-forth between Washington, D.C., and mid-Atlantic beaches will be closed for about 40 minutes today, starting around 1:15 p.m. ET, so that a cargo ship carrying four huge cranes can pass (safely, we hope) beneath the span.

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This Is NPR
8:24 am
Wed June 20, 2012

Live Stream "The National Conversation" Today at Noon (ET)

Originally published on Tue March 5, 2013 11:43 am

Update June 21, 2012: Watch the full archived video from the June 20, 2012 installment of The National Conversation below:

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In Practice
8:19 am
Wed June 20, 2012

In Practice: New York Polyphony

New York Polyphony perform Renaissance songs for an In Practice recording session.
Mito Habe-Evans NPR

Originally published on Mon July 7, 2014 4:01 pm

The four-man vocal ensemble New York Polyphony sings ancient music built for big resonant spaces. Since they can't just pop into St. Patrick's Cathedral any time they need to practice a renaissance mass, the group rehearses sometimes in the Jackson Heights home of bass singer Craig Phillips. There, in a modest-sized living room, they can hear every detail. "It's a very different experience rehearsing in a dry room and a small room," says tenor Geoffrey Silver. "You actually hear what you and your colleagues are singing, there's no watercolor wash over what you are doing."

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