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First Listen: Lily & Madeleine, 'Fumes'

Sun, 10/19/2014 - 10:02pm

Lily and Madeleine Jurkiewicz spend their second album feeling and defining the contours of each other's voices, trading verses, lines and leads. They call it "blood harmony," which about sums it up.

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First Listen: Yusuf, 'Tell 'Em I'm Gone'

Sun, 10/19/2014 - 10:02pm

The singer, formerly known as Cat Stevens, tackles weighty existential questions by looking backward, using the blues to unlock buried memories.

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First Listen: Medicine, 'Home Everywhere'

Sun, 10/19/2014 - 10:02pm

The shoegaze-y L.A. rock band never quite caught on in the '90s. In 2013, the group returned with its first album in 18 years — and on the follow-up, Medicine continues to create new wrinkles.

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First Listen: Daniel Lanois, 'Flesh And Machine'

Sun, 10/19/2014 - 10:02pm

After four decades of making records, Lanois has decided to chase sounds that have never been. An otherworldly adventure, Flesh And Machine has no songs and no words, using voices only for texture.

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First Listen: The Flaming Lips, 'With A Little Help From My Fwends'

Sun, 10/19/2014 - 10:02pm

On an album-length cover of Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, The Flaming Lips' playful streak gets undercut with moments of abrasiveness and aggression — and detours down strange side roads.

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Muhammad, Mountain Lions, And Cattle Rustling

Sun, 10/19/2014 - 6:25pm

In this week's podcast of Weekends on All Things Considered, a look inside the many lives of Muhammad, the Mountain Lions of Hollywood, and contraband cattle.

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Many Views Of Muhammad, As A Man And As A Prophet

Sun, 10/19/2014 - 6:01pm

In her new book The Lives of Muhammad, Boston University professor Kecia Ali discusses the different ways that Muslim and non-Muslim biographers have depicted the prophet over the centuries.

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Why Did The Mountain Lion Cross The Freeway? To Breed

Sun, 10/19/2014 - 5:26pm

The 101 Freeway slices right through the wilderness in and around Los Angeles, separating local mountain lion populations. To mate and avoid inbreeding, the animals must risk the dangerous crossing.

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From Mannequin To Actor: Geena Davis' 'Ridiculous, Ridiculous' Break

Sun, 10/19/2014 - 4:32pm

Geena Davis has played unforgettable roles in movies like Beetlejuice and A League Of Their Own. But before her acting debut in Tootsie, she worked at a clothing store in window displays.

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The Boston Herald's Missed 'Cartoon-gate' Lessons

Sun, 10/19/2014 - 4:24pm

The newspaper's heartfelt column about a political cartoon that widely criticized as racist raises a question: Did editors learn the right lessons from the uproar?

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Residents Uneasy About Immigrant Shift Into Suburbs

Sun, 10/19/2014 - 4:22pm

Immigrant families living in the U.S. illegally have been moving out of urban areas into the suburbs. But that's creating new tensions with some of the people who live there.

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Waterless Worlds The New Hot Dystopia

Sun, 10/19/2014 - 4:22pm

Following years worth of news stories about climate change and drought, books and movies are starting to capture those stories, too. Worlds without water are the settings for quite a few new projects.

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Tennessee Holds Parents Accountable For Children Born Addicted

Sun, 10/19/2014 - 4:22pm

NPR's Arun Rath talks to Tennessee obstetrician Jessica Young about a recent law that allows police to arrest mothers who give birth to a child testing positive for drugs.

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Texas Center Part Of New Effort To Detain Illegal Immigrants

Sun, 10/19/2014 - 4:22pm

Detaining, rather than releasing, migrants has become a controversial policy for the White House. NPR's John Burnett talks about his recent trip to a new family detention center site in Dilley, Texas.

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Bucking The Fashion Trend, Converse Kicks Up A Fuss About Knockoffs

Sun, 10/19/2014 - 4:22pm

The Nike-owned company is suing to protect its Chuck Taylor All Stars from copycats. But NYU law professor Chris Sprigman says it might be an uphill battle, since copying is part of the fashion cycle.

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As Cattle Prices Climb, Ranchers Watch Out For Bovine Thievery

Sun, 10/19/2014 - 4:22pm

Across the U.S., cattle prices are at record highs. So ranchers and special rangers are working to protect herds from cattle rustlers — thieves looking to sell off stolen animals at auction.

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Pentagon Preps Ebola Medical Response Team

Sun, 10/19/2014 - 1:04pm

The 30-person team is designed to be deployed nationally in case anyone else in the country is diagnosed with Ebola. The team would provide medical assistance to hospitals.

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One Of Seven White Rhinos Left In The World Dies In Kenya

Sun, 10/19/2014 - 11:18am

Suni, a 34-year-old northern white rhino, was the first to be born in captivity and only one of two breeding males known to exist.

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Our Skulls Might Have Evolved To Withstand Blows To The Face

Sun, 10/19/2014 - 11:04am

Many scientists believe that a diet of nuts, seeds and other tough, brittle foods shaped our faces, but a June study in Biological Reviews suggests that violence had a heavier hand in its evolution.

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As Their Wells Run Dry, California Residents Blame Thirsty Farms

Sun, 10/19/2014 - 10:42am

Many rural residents rely on private wells for tap water. As the severe drought continues, many are wondering why farms seem to be getting water ahead of families.

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