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First Listen: Torres, 'Sprinter'

1 hour 2 min ago

On her second album, Sprinter, Torres confronts the problem of confession head-on and proceeds to annihilate its boundaries.

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First Listen, Kamasi Washington, 'The Epic'

1 hour 3 min ago

A versatile sideman serves as leader, filling a three-disc, nearly three-hour album with dozens of players, new ideas and transformed old ones. The title is justified.

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First Listen: Metz, 'II'

1 hour 3 min ago

Raw, belligerent and dissonant — that's just the tip of the noise-rock iceberg when it comes to Metz.

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First Listen: Mac McCaughan, 'Non-Believers'

1 hour 3 min ago

For 25 years, the Superchunk frontman and Merge Records cofounder has quietly made some of the loudest pop in human history.

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First Listen: Rana Santacruz, 'Por Ahí'

1 hour 6 min ago

Rana Santacruz's latest, after a five-year hiatus, has music that could only come from a chilango — a Mexico City native — living in 21st-century Brooklyn.

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First Listen: Chris Stapleton, 'Traveller'

1 hour 6 min ago

Stapleton presents himself as a true Southern character, a family man who clings to his vices and a searcher whose dreams of home don't prevent him from wanting to roam.

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First Listen: The Tallest Man On Earth, 'Dark Bird Is Home'

1 hour 6 min ago

The Tallest Man On Earth has a way of upending expectations and rendering familiarity moot.

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South Africa's Xenophobic Attacks 'Vile,' Says Zulu King Accused Of Inciting Them

5 hours 33 min ago

Recent attacks against immigrants have reportedly caused at least seven deaths in the country. Accused of incendiary remarks, Zulu King Goodwill Zwelithini says his comments were taken out of context.

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How Will 'Off-The-Field' Issues Affect Jameis Winston's NFL Prospects?

6 hours 41 min ago

NPR's Arun Rath talks with ESPN's Sarah Spain about the presumed number-one pick in next week's NFL draft.

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Oklahoma Now Has More Earthquakes Than California

6 hours 41 min ago

The state is accustomed to tornadoes and severe weather. But since 2008, there's been a surge of quakes — linked to oil and gas drilling.

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As California's Economy Reels From Drought, At Least One Industry Is Doing Fine

6 hours 41 min ago

NPR's Arun Rath speaks with a California landscaper who says demand for her business is booming.

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Nepal, A Day After The Earthquake

6 hours 41 min ago

Donatella Lorch, a freelance journalist in Kathmandu, gives NPR's Arun Rath an update on the effects of Saturday's devastating quake. She says people are taking it "hour by hour and day by day."

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Malta's Coast Guard Rescues Migrants — And Feels The Strain

6 hours 41 min ago

For more than a decade, the Mediterranean island nation has responded to distress calls from desperate migrants hoping to reach safety. The difference now is in the numbers.

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Kirk Franklin On 'Trap Gospel' And Taking Heat From The Church

6 hours 41 min ago

For gospel purists, Erica Campbell's "I Luh God" resembles secular club music in a way that's too close for comfort. Kirk Franklin knows a thing or two about that.

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Putin: 'No Regrets' Over Crimea Annexation

8 hours 45 min ago

In a new documentary titled The President, the Russian leader says seizing Crimea from Ukraine righted a historical wrong.

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Baltimore Police: 34 Arrested In Freddie Gray Protest

10 hours 48 min ago

Even with the arrests, police said Saturday's protest over Gray — a 25-year-old black man who died in police custody after receiving a fatal spinal cord injury — was "mostly peaceful."

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'It Crackles With Life': Beauty Pill Returns

11 hours 21 min ago

The lining around Chad Clark's heart was crushing it, giving him a 22 percent chance to live. Eleven years after Beauty Pill's debut LP, he and his band come back resilient.

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1 Dead, 4 Missing After Sudden Squall Hits Sailing Regatta In Alabama

13 hours 31 min ago

Several boats in a race at Dauphin Island in Mobile Bay were capsized when winds unexpectedly gusted to 50 knots, generating waves up to 10 feet high.

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Eliud Kipchoge Edges Out Fellow Kenyans To Win London Marathon

14 hours 16 min ago

In his first win of the iconic distance race, Kipchoge clocked 2:04:47. Wilson Kipsang, who won last year, placed second and world-record holder Dennis Kimetto was third.

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What Kind Of Parent Are You? The Debate Over 'Free-Range' Parenting

14 hours 45 min ago

When a Maryland family let their children walk home alone from a park, it drew the authorities' attention and helped spark a national conversation. Two moms with differing views weigh in.

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