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Steve Coleman, Saxophonist And Innovative Composer, Named MacArthur Fellow

Wed, 09/17/2014 - 1:17pm

A restless formal inventor who draws from science, spirituality and extensive personal travels, Coleman has also mentored many major jazz musicians to develop their own languages and systems.

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YAWN, 'Flytrap'

Wed, 09/17/2014 - 1:02pm

YAWN's off-kilter new video for the song "Flytrap" is plagued (intentionally) by mistimed cues, faulty gear and more. It's a strange and trippy scene scored perfectly by the band's woozy guitar riff.

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Playwright Israel Horovitz Turns Filmmaker

Wed, 09/17/2014 - 12:50pm

Israel Horovitz makes his directorial debut with the film "My Old Lady," based on his play of the same name.

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Iran's Foreign Minister: U.S. 'Not Serious' About Defeating Islamic State

Wed, 09/17/2014 - 12:47pm

In an interview with NPR, Mohammad Javad Zarif says the U.S. has been hesitant and contradictory in its approach to defeating the Islamist insurgency.

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As A Lyricist And Novelist, The Mountain Goats' Lead Man Writes About Pain

Wed, 09/17/2014 - 12:43pm

John Darnielle's novel, Wolf in White Van, is about a man who survives a trauma. The songwriter tells Fresh Air about his difficult childhood and finding shelter in music and the Incredible Hulk.

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NASA Picks Companies To Launch US Astronauts Back Into Space

Wed, 09/17/2014 - 12:40pm

NASA said it will give more than $6 billion to private space companies that will launch Americans into orbit.

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Who's Giving What: Nonprofits Step Up Anti-Ebola Efforts

Wed, 09/17/2014 - 12:40pm

Nonprofits have an important role to play in fighting Ebola, Obama said yesterday. Indeed, they are now donating millions, dispatching doctors and sending over critical supplies.

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KING Makes A Record Lover's Paradise Even Better

Wed, 09/17/2014 - 12:15pm

On a steamy morning upstairs in a record lover's paradise KING laid down a gorgeous version of one of the songs that lit up Twitter three years ago and put the trio on Prince's radar.

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Obama Rules Out Another Ground War In Iraq

Wed, 09/17/2014 - 12:06pm

The president said U.S. airstrikes, combined with military expertise, would be more effective in defeating the group that calls itself the Islamic State.

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Colorado Tries Hard To Convince Teens That Pot Is Bad For You

Wed, 09/17/2014 - 12:01pm

Do you want to be a lab rat? That's what teenagers are doing when they smoke marijuana, the state of Colorado says. But since hard evidence of marijuana's harms is scanty, it may be a tough sell.

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Practice Alone Does Not Make Perfect

Wed, 09/17/2014 - 11:55am

New research shows that the hours spent practicing are much less significant than previously thought.

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Volkswagen's 300 MPG Car

Wed, 09/17/2014 - 11:50am

The XL-1 can get 300 miles per gallon. The key is reducing wind resistance.

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District Profile: The Race To Fill An Open Seat In Iowa's Third

Wed, 09/17/2014 - 11:45am

Democrat Staci Appel and Republican David Young are in a close race to fill a soon-to-be vacant seat.

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Iran's Foreign Minister In New York

Wed, 09/17/2014 - 11:40am

Iran's foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zarif is in New York for nuclear negotiations and for the UN General Assembly.

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Americana Fest: A Preview

Wed, 09/17/2014 - 11:39am

On World Cafe, NPR's Ann Powers highlights Americana's diversity in her picks from the festival.

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Manhunt Underway In Pennsylvania For "Extremely Dangerous" Suspect

Wed, 09/17/2014 - 11:35am

Authorities are searching for Eric Frein, who is suspected of shooting two police officers in the Pocono Mountains on Friday night.

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Mistura Food Fest Gives Peruvian Cuisine A Chance To Shine

Wed, 09/17/2014 - 11:20am

Every September, top chefs from around the world gather to celebrate the diversity of Peruvian cuisine. But not everyone is convinced the food boom is the answer to the country's historic challenges.

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How Catholic Insurance Companies Outsource Contraceptive Coverage

Wed, 09/17/2014 - 11:02am

For years Catholic health plans have been arranging for independent insurance firms to provide contraceptive coverage to their enrollees.

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For Scotland's 16-Year-Olds, The First Vote Will Be On Independence

Wed, 09/17/2014 - 10:55am

Scotland has lowered the voting age from 18 to 16 for Thursday's referendum on independence. But it looks like the youngest voters won't be casting ballots in the way that many had initially expected.

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Marty Stuart And His Fabulous Superlatives On World Cafe

Wed, 09/17/2014 - 10:35am

Hear four songs from the country star's new double album, Saturday Night/Sunday Morning.

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