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First Listen: Adult Jazz, 'Gist Is'

Sun, 07/27/2014 - 10:03pm

This English band's ideas move fast — riffs erupt only to disappear just as quickly. It's as though they're chasing super-concentrated bursts of bliss that gather into epic music.

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First Listen: Christopher Denny, 'If The Roses Don't Kill Us'

Sun, 07/27/2014 - 10:03pm

This singer-songwriter has been through hard times — but you wouldn't know it from his new album. It blossoms with inventive turns of phrase, quiet affection and a peculiar sweetness.

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First Listen: Spider Bags, 'Frozen Letter'

Sun, 07/27/2014 - 10:03pm

Frontman Dan McGee writes songs with more personality than almost any in garage rock. This album exudes the unabashed glee that comes from music played hard and with reason.

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Music From Eric Clapton, Teaching Boys To Think Differently, Brain Myths

Sun, 07/27/2014 - 7:14pm

In this week's podcast, Eric Clapton talks about his tribute to J.J. Cale, East Bay School for Boys teaches students to upend stereotypes and neuroscientists talk about a brain myth in the film Lucy.

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How Do You Lose Half A Million Birds?

Sun, 07/27/2014 - 5:12pm

For the last 25 years, a giant flock of purple martins has gathered in Lake Murray, S.C. in late July. This year, they didn't show up.

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Handmade Signs From Homeless People Lead To Art, Understanding

Sun, 07/27/2014 - 4:12pm

Artist Willie Baronet is on a 24-city, 31-day trek across the country this month, buying handmade signs from homeless people. He says the project has changed the way he views homelessness.

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'Love And Drowning' In The U.S. Virgin Islands

Sun, 07/27/2014 - 4:11pm

In the Land of Love and Drowning, the islands are a magical setting for three generations of one family living through the modern history of the territory as it passes from Danish to American hands.

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Lessons In Manhood: A Boys' School Turns Work Into Wonders

Sun, 07/27/2014 - 4:07pm

At the East Bay School for Boys, teachers try to channel students' frenetic energy into resilience and creativity. They call shop class "work," and emphasize softer skills like empathy.

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What Makes This Fight In Gaza Different From The Others?

Sun, 07/27/2014 - 4:02pm

Anne Barnard from The New York Times talks with NPR's Eric Westervelt about the differences between the current explosion of violence in Gaza and previous ones.

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On The Eve Of Ramadan's End, Fighting Resumes In Gaza

Sun, 07/27/2014 - 4:02pm

Israel and Hamas carried out a rhetorical battle Sunday over the fate of dueling offers to extend a ceasefire. In the end, the fighting resumed after Saturday's 12-hour truce. Israel vowed to continue its military campaign, targeting tunnels along the border. Wary Gazans prepared as best they could for the feast that marks the end of Ramadan.

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Sorry, Lucy: The Myth Of The Misused Brain Is 100 Percent False

Sun, 07/27/2014 - 4:02pm

The new Scarlett Johannson movie, Lucy, is based on the idea that most people only use only 10 percent of their brains. As it turns out, that idea is completely untrue — but it's oddly persistent.

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Veterans Advocacy Group Puts Corinthian Colleges On Blacklist

Sun, 07/27/2014 - 4:02pm

This past week, a group called Student Veterans of America announced a list of for-profit colleges that they claim are recruiting vets while simultaneously closing and selling off campuses. NPR's Eric Westervelt speaks with SVA president D. Wayne Robinson.

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Violence Spikes Anew In Iraq, As Islamic State Looks To Expand

Sun, 07/27/2014 - 4:02pm

Bloodshed is escalating in Baghdad as the militant group known as the Islamic State seeks to expand its territory in Iraq. NPR's Eric Westervelt talks to reporter Alice Fordham in Erbil about life under the rule of the radical Islamic group.

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What It's Like To Own Your Very Own Harrier Jump Jet

Sun, 07/27/2014 - 4:02pm

The Harrier Jump Jet is known for vertical take-offs and landings. It also has an accident-prone track record, but that didn't dissuade one pilot from buying his dream plane.

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Life Beyond The Dance Floor

Sun, 07/27/2014 - 4:02pm

For former DJ Fin Greenall, jumping from the electronic to the acoustic music world meant re-learning how to read a crowd.

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With Judges Overriding Death Penalty Cases, Alabama Is An Outlier

Sun, 07/27/2014 - 2:08pm

A jury gave Courtney Lockhart life in prison in 2010, but a judge sentenced him to death instead. Lockhart has appealed to the state Supreme Court, hoping it will reconsider judicial override rules.

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A Celebration Of Cheap Thrills At The Whitney

Sun, 07/27/2014 - 1:33pm

Commentator Alva Noë takes in the Jeff Koons retrospective at the Whitney and says it's an impressive display of this hyper-successful, visionary artist's work. But that's not all he says.

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Jenny Lewis, Live In Concert: Newport Folk 2014

Sun, 07/27/2014 - 1:26pm

From spiky rock to country and folk-tinged pop, Jenny Lewis remains one of the smartest songwriters in the business. She performed at the 2014 Newport Folk Festival on Friday, July 25.

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Vincenzo Nibali First Italian In 15 Years To Win Tour De France

Sun, 07/27/2014 - 1:08pm

The cyclist had dominated the Tour, wearing the yellow jersey through all but two stages of the grueling three-week competition.

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U.S.: Satellite Images Show Russian Rockets Hitting Ukraine

Sun, 07/27/2014 - 11:58am

The State Department says the photos show burn marks from the firing of multiple rocket launchers inside Russia and resulting craters on the other side of the border.

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