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All Songs Considered Blog
5:23 pm
Wed April 25, 2012

The Drop: Electronic Music With Nuance (And Saxophone)

Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Thu April 26, 2012 9:28 am

When it comes to electronic music production, there are a bunch of ways tracks can be made. There's the "arranging digital samples" approach, where producers layer pre-recorded sounds or loops to compose a piece. There's the "analog to digital" approach, where a producer will play analog synthesizers or program drum machines and feed them into a digital audio work station like Ableton. And there's what I'll call the "organic to digital" approach, where producers record more conventional instruments and then process the results in a computer.

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Deceptive Cadence
4:48 pm
Wed April 25, 2012

Talk Like An Opera Geek: Game-Changing Composers In Postwar Europe

György Ligeti's surreal opera Le Grand Macabre was the hit of the New York Philharmonic's 2009-2010 season, in a semi-staged production that featured Barbara Hannigan (left) as Gepopo and Anthony Roth Costanzo as Prince Go-Go.
Chris Lee New York Philharmonic

Talk Like An Opera Geek attempts to decode the intriguing and intimidating lexicon of the opera house.

Although a few radical composers had no use for opera in the mid-20th century (like Pierre Boulez, who infamously advocated blowing up the world's opera houses), the art form in Europe brushed itself off and began to thrive again after World War II.

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The Two-Way
4:39 pm
Wed April 25, 2012

Marines Decide To Dismiss Sergeant For Facebook Comments About Obama

Sgt. Gary Stein.

Originally published on Wed April 25, 2012 4:56 pm

A U.S. Marine sergeant who posted critical comments about President Obama on his Facebook page will be dismissed with an "other-than-honorable discharge," the Marine Corps said today.

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The Record
4:34 pm
Wed April 25, 2012

Money For Arts Journalism, In Three Cities That Need It

Proposals for new arts journalism projects in Philadelphia, Charlotte, N.C. and Detroit won funding from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Knight Foundation.

Most people who haven't been living under a rock are aware of the newspaper industry's precipitous decline. And even the least media savvy surface dwellers could guess that this sorry state of affairs has disproportionately impacted arts journalism.

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Planet Money
4:27 pm
Wed April 25, 2012

Game Theory, Explained With Golden Balls

Originally published on Thu May 24, 2012 9:42 am

Via a British game show, a killer version of the prisoner's dilemma. An instant game theory classic.

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NPR FM Berlin Bonus
4:07 pm
Wed April 25, 2012

Berlin Journal: April 2012

Food writer, Calvin Trillin, eats doener at Mustafa's Gemuesekebab on Mehringdamm.
Anna Winger for NPR Berlin

On this episode of the Berlin Journal, Brittani Sonnenberg, editor of the Berlin Journal magazine, speaks with author and American Academy fellow, Karen Russell, about her new book of short stories, tentatively titled Vampires in the Lemon Grove.

Author Tara Bray Smith speaks with American Academy fellow, poet, and philosopher, Richard Deming.

A lecturer in English at Yale University, Deming says his job is to spur students to reflection and to see the extraordinary in the ordinary.

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12:58 am
Wed April 25, 2012

Carnegie Hall Live: Pavel Haas Quartet

The Pavel Haas Quartet live at Carnegie Hall's Weill Recital Hall on April 27, 2012.
Melanie Burford for NPR

Originally published on Tue April 15, 2014 2:48 pm


  • Tchaikovsky: String Quartet No. 1 in D Major, Op. 1
  • Shostakovich: String Quartet No. 7 in F-sharp minor, Op. 108
  • Smetana: String Quartet No. 1 in E minor, "From My Life"

If you haven't yet heard the Pavel Haas Quartet, buckle your seat belt. This smart, incisive group from Prague with an ultra-warm sound and a sure sense of rhythmic play has been collecting accolades by the fistful ever since they burst onto the international scene six years ago.

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World Cafe
2:41 pm
Thu March 8, 2012

Preservation Hall Jazz Band On World Cafe

Preservation Hall Jazz Band.
Shannon Brinkman

Originally published on Mon September 10, 2012 12:56 pm

This week, World Cafe invites you to discover the music of New Orleans with the series Sense of Place.

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World Cafe
1:15 pm
Tue February 14, 2012

Kathleen Edwards On World Cafe

Kathleen Edwards' new album is titled Voyageur.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Mon June 4, 2012 7:49 pm

Canadian singer-songwriter Kathleen Edwards is enjoying a huge career boost with her new fourth album, Voyageur. Produced in part by Justin Vernon of Bon Iver, Voyageur sounds deeply personal and genuine: Edwards sings of failed marriages, life in the spotlight and the delicate happiness that comes with new beginnings.

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Shots - Health Blog
5:08 pm
Fri December 2, 2011

Siri's Anti-Abortion Tendencies A Result Of Technology, Not Apple Conspiracy

Just because you're paranoid doesn't mean they're out to get you.

That could be the motto this week for abortion rights groups that immediately sprang into battle mode when it was discovered that Siri, Apple's new artificially intelligent personal assistant, wasn't so, well, intelligent when it came to abortion.

It turns out, however, that it was all much ado about not so much.

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