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First Listen: John Carpenter, 'Lost Themes'

Sun, 01/25/2015 - 10:02pm

The film director is known for composing and performing his own soundtracks. On Lost Themes, he reaches beyond the movies to craft a collection of understandably cinematic-sounding music.

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First Listen: Mount Eerie, 'Sauna'

Sun, 01/25/2015 - 10:02pm

An arresting, frozen-moment splay of images and emotions, Phil Elverum's latest album as Mount Eerie feels less like a meditation and more like a slow-motion mauling.

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First Listen: Asaf Avidan, 'Gold Shadow'

Sun, 01/25/2015 - 10:02pm

The Israeli singer has a compelling, unusual, wholly original voice. On Gold Shadow, his first official release in North America, he writes with passion and poetry.

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First Listen: Title Fight, 'Hyperview'

Sun, 01/25/2015 - 10:02pm

On its third album, the band doesn't quite shed its punk roots — at least not entirely — but it does sound like something out of a dream spent underwater.

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First Listen: Diana Krall, 'Wallflower'

Sun, 01/25/2015 - 10:02pm

The singer takes a loving look back at the '70s and '80s pop that helped shape her. Along the way, without grandstanding, Krall strips away the baggage of the original performers' iconic personas.

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Black Doll Show Inspires With Wakandan Heroes And Jazz Superstars

Sun, 01/25/2015 - 4:23pm

For 34 years, the William Grant Still Arts Center in Los Angeles has showcased diverse dolls for children. This year's theme, Jazz Superheroes, incorporates Marvel characters and musical giants.

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How'd A Cartoonist Sell His First Drawing? It Only Took 610 Tries

Sun, 01/25/2015 - 4:12pm

Tom Toro was an directionless 20-something film school dropout. Then, after an inspired moment at a used book sale, he started submitting drawings to The New Yorker ... and collecting rejection slips.

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Rising Oceans A Slow-Moving Disaster, But Also A Business Opportunity

Sun, 01/25/2015 - 4:12pm

Miami is being swallowed by the Atlantic Ocean. NPR's Arun Rath talks to reporter Laura Parker about how developers in south Florida are hoping to capitalize on rising water levels.

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Putting #Deflategate To The Test

Sun, 01/25/2015 - 4:12pm

The NFL is investigating whether the New England Patriots under-inflated footballs against the Indianapolis Colts. Players for Occidental College's football squad help NPR test out how much air pressure affects throwing and catching.

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Will We See Veto Battle On Capitol Hill?

Sun, 01/25/2015 - 4:12pm

With President Obama promising to vetoes, what are the possibilities of a few veto overrides during the next two years? NPR's Arun Rath puts that questions to the National Journal's Fawn Johnson.

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Behind The Oscars, An Academy Lacking Variety

Sun, 01/25/2015 - 4:12pm

Membership in the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences are largely white, male and older than 60 years old. NPR's Arun Rath speaks with Darnell Hunt of UCLA about how the lack of diversity affects their decisions.

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After Brief Respite, Conflict In Ukraine Flares Back Up

Sun, 01/25/2015 - 4:12pm

After a holiday lull, the war in Ukraine has reignited and is spreading amid signs that Russian troops have been flowing into the region. NPR's Arun Rath talks with Corey Flintoff from Kyiv.

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U.S. And India Make Climate Change Announcement On First Day Of Obama's Trip

Sun, 01/25/2015 - 4:12pm

President Obama met with India's prime minister on the first day of his second visit to India. NPR's Arun Rath talks with Julie McCarthy about an agreement between the two to tackle climate change.

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Hip-Hop Collective Doomtree On Getting Seven Artists In One Room

Sun, 01/25/2015 - 4:12pm

The Minneapolis rap crew is back with the album All Hands. NPR's Arun Rath speaks with members Dessa and P.O.S.

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In 'Fatherland,' A Daughter Outlines Her Dad's Radicalization

Sun, 01/25/2015 - 4:12pm

Falling in love with your handsome pen pal, moving overseas to marry him, then finding out he's part of a terrorist organization: That's the Bunjevac family story, told in a new graphic memoir.

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Got $15 Million? Actor Rowan Atkinson Has A Car For Sale

Sun, 01/25/2015 - 3:58pm

The actor who most famously plays Mr. Bean wrecked the high-performance car back in 2011. Luckily, he wasn't seriously injured. But it did cost him $1.4 million to get it fixed.

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Coach 1K: Mike Krzyzewski Gets 1,000th Career Win

Sun, 01/25/2015 - 3:56pm

"Coach K" became the first NCAA Division I men's coach to reach the milestone when No. 5 Duke surged past St. John's in the second half for a 77-68 victory at Madison Square Garden.

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Ukraine's President Hopes To Revive Shattered Peace Process

Sun, 01/25/2015 - 2:07pm

Petro Poroshenko says that the only way forward in ending the conflict with Russian-backed separatists in the country's east is to revive a cease-fire agreement forged in September in Minsk.

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Obama Proposes New Protections For Arctic National Wildlife Refuge

Sun, 01/25/2015 - 1:54pm

The president recommends more than 12 million acres of the region receive the highest level of protection available for public lands.

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Several Killed In Egypt Amid Clashes Marking Anniversary Of Uprising

Sun, 01/25/2015 - 10:17am

Police crackdown on demonstrators marking the fourth anniversary of mass protests that ousted President Hosni Mubarak.

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