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Egyptian-American Aid Worker, Released From Cairo Jail, Returns To U.S.

Fri, 04/21/2017 - 9:02am

Aya Hijazi and her Egyptian husband were accused of child abuse, but human rights groups called the charges specious and prosecutors offered no proof. The couple were jailed for nearly three years.

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Songs We Love: Thelonious Monk, 'Pannonica (Quartet)'

Fri, 04/21/2017 - 9:00am

Monk only lent his talents to the film world once, and the soundtrack is finally being released in time for Record Store Day. Here he paints one of his classic ballads in darker tones.

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Japanese Punks Otoboke Beaver Take Revenge In A Grindhouse-Inspired Video

Fri, 04/21/2017 - 9:00am

The Kyoto-based band takes vengeance on an eye-patched boss in this wild tribute to gritty B-movie violence.

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Listen: The War On Drugs Shares New 11-Minute Song For Record Store Day

Fri, 04/21/2017 - 8:55am

"Thinking Of Place" is both epic and wistful, with moody reflections and memories of a time gone by.

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GAS Releases First Album In 17 Years, The Majestically Disquiet 'Narkopop'

Fri, 04/21/2017 - 8:53am

The ambient composer Wolfgang Voigt returns to the GAS moniker with an urgency that rumbles more deeply, with strings hung like endless cobwebs across dark valleys.

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Pop Culture Happy Hour: 'Fate Of The Furious' Plus Clapbacks And Feuds

Fri, 04/21/2017 - 8:42am

This week's show combines a chat about The Fate Of The Furious that we had with Gene Demby and Chris Klimek and a discussion of clapbacks and feuds from our Chicago live show, led off by Sam Sanders.

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KERA Pilot: The Tylenol Murders

Fri, 04/21/2017 - 8:27am

KERA Pilot: The Tylenol Murders

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Hear Roger Waters' New Song 'Smell The Roses'

Fri, 04/21/2017 - 8:25am

"Smell The Roses," the first song Roger Waters is sharing from his upcoming album Is This The Life We Really Want?, is a rage against complacency and an elegy to the American dream.

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Why All The Fascination With A New Prince Song?

Fri, 04/21/2017 - 8:09am

NPR's Steve Inskeep and Stephen Thompson discuss the complex history of "Deliverance," a previously unreleased Prince song from 2006 that came out this week.

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Jeremy Howard: Will Super-intelligent Machines Be The Last Human Invention?

Fri, 04/21/2017 - 8:02am

Data Scientist Jeremy Howard has studied machine learning for 25 years. He says super-intelligent machines can help us achieve amazing things. But he warns they might bring the end for our species.

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Maurice Conti: Can Machines Think And Feel For Themselves?

Fri, 04/21/2017 - 8:02am

Futurist Maurice Conti says we've entered a new era where machines and humans partner to do what neither can do alone. He calls it the "Augmented Age."

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Marco Annunziata: What Will Human-Machine Collaboration Mean For Our Jobs?

Fri, 04/21/2017 - 8:02am

GE's Chief Economist Marco Annunziata is optimistic about "the marriage of minds and machines" — provided we manage it the right way.

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Erik Brynjolfsson: In A Race With Machines, Can We Keep Up?

Fri, 04/21/2017 - 8:02am

MIT Professor Erik Brynjolfsson sees a bright future where machines serve as powerful tools and partners. But he says we can only shape this future if we keep up with the pace of innovation.

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Juana Molina Shares Eerie New Video For Upcoming Album, 'Halo'

Fri, 04/21/2017 - 8:00am

"Lentísimo Halo" is a sneak peek at the Argentine experimental musician's seventh album. The short film juxtaposes sensual longing with a menacing landscape.

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Is It Safe To Eat Moldy Bread?

Fri, 04/21/2017 - 8:00am

No, say food safety experts. Molds can easily penetrate deep into a soft food, like bread. But you can salvage other foods with tougher surfaces, like cabbages, carrots and hard cheeses.

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Top Stories: Latest On Paris Attack; German Bombing Linked to Money

Fri, 04/21/2017 - 7:47am

Also: Defense Secretary Mattis warns Syria against using chemical weapons again; Tesla is recalling thousands of cars for a potential brake problem; and musician Cuba Gooding Sr. dies.

Soccer Team Bus Bombing Was Part Of Stock Option Plot, German Prosecutors Say

Fri, 04/21/2017 - 7:01am

Earlier this month, three explosions went off near a bus carrying the Borussia Dortmund soccer team. A man has been arrested; authorities say he was trying to drive down the price of the team's stock.

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Republicans Take On Health Care, Again

Fri, 04/21/2017 - 6:14am

House Republicans say they are putting the "finishing touches" on a new health care overhaul proposal. A previous effort fell apart.

Presidential Candidates Emphasize Security After Paris Attack

Fri, 04/21/2017 - 6:11am

Just a few days before the first round in France's presidential election, a gunman in Paris killed a police officer. Candidates are now talking about security issues.

Prince Without Permission

Fri, 04/21/2017 - 6:00am

His albums are back on Spotify. New releases full of unheard recordings are on the way. For a fan, there is joy and pain in knowing the work Prince guarded so tightly won't stay that way for long.

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