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Wonderful, Ridiculous, Head-Scratchingly Pointy Mexican Boots Are Now A Designer Item

Thu, 03/26/2015 - 2:16pm

The infamous Mexican pointy boots started in rural Mexico, made it to Texas, and finally ended up on the runways of Paris. A look back at this bizarre fashion trend.

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'Justified' Creator Aims To Stay True To The Late Writer Elmore Leonard

Thu, 03/26/2015 - 2:07pm

The FX series, now in its final season, is based on Leonard's novella Fire in the Hole. Showrunner Graham Yost says, "I look at this show as Elmore Leonard's show, and we're all in service of him."

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Kristin Andreassen On Mountain Stage

Thu, 03/26/2015 - 1:58pm

The multi-talented musician performs her solo material on stage in West Virginia.

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Census Data Prove It: We Prefer Sunshine And Golf Carts

Thu, 03/26/2015 - 1:46pm

A new Census Bureau report suggests many Americans would rather be driving a golf cart than shoveling a drive. Last year, Florida was home to six of the 20 fastest-growing metro areas in the nation.

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Indiana's Governor Signs 'Religious Freedom' Bill

Thu, 03/26/2015 - 1:28pm

Among other things, the controversial new law would allow owners of businesses in the state to deny services to same-sex couples.

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The Thistle & Shamrock: Made In America

Thu, 03/26/2015 - 1:27pm

Hear the sounds of the Irish traditional music scene in the U.S., from the 1920s to today.

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Surviving SXSW 2015, With An Assist

Thu, 03/26/2015 - 1:25pm

Alt.Latino's hosts called on others to help them wade through the talented Latin artists at this year's festival, including Buraka Som Sistema, Gina Chavez and Macaco.

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After Spending Scandals, Rep. Aaron Schock Says Goodbye

Thu, 03/26/2015 - 1:13pm

Even in his final floor speech, Rep. Aaron Schock seemed to leave the door open for a future, comparing himself to former President Abraham Lincoln.

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A Single Gene May Decide Why Some People Get So Sick With The Flu

Thu, 03/26/2015 - 1:06pm

A single genetic mutation might decide who ends up in bed with the sniffles and who heads to the hospital, because it shuts down immune system molecules called interferons.

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WWII Veterans Return 'Good Luck Flags' To Japanese

Thu, 03/26/2015 - 12:52pm

Tom Banse reports on the effort to return the flags taken as war souvenirs from Pacific battlefields during World War II.

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How Yemen's Chaos Stretches Beyond Its Borders

Thu, 03/26/2015 - 12:43pm

The U.S. has lost a key base for counterterrorism operations. The proxy war between Iran and Saudi Arabia is heating up. And one more Middle Eastern state has dissolved into chaos.

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Public Radio Stations Take On Austin

Thu, 03/26/2015 - 12:31pm

Videos, photos, broadcasts, reviews and more from KCRW, KUTX, KXT, KUNC, WFUV and WXPN in Austin during SXSW.

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Skinny Jeans, Expanded Waistlines, And A Washington 'Fix'

Thu, 03/26/2015 - 11:50am

Congress has acted 17 times to prevent a cut in Medicare doctors' payments. But the so-called "Doc Fix" has always been like that pair of jeans you keep in your closet, hoping someday they'll fit.

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The Sensuous Radical: Pierre Boulez at 90

Thu, 03/26/2015 - 11:49am

Claiming total freedom in sound and color — and making outrageous pronouncements — the tough-minded composer and conductor charted a new course for classical music.

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Richard III, Whose Remains Were Found Under A Parking Lot, Reburied

Thu, 03/26/2015 - 11:27am

The last English king to die in battle was finally given a burial fit for a king — some 530 years after he was killed.

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Some Messy History Behind A Fight Over A Restaurant Called 'Chop Chop Chinaman'

Thu, 03/26/2015 - 11:00am

Both "chop chop" and "Chinaman" have long, complicated histories, which we thought we'd surface in light of this story.

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The End Of The Estate: 'Downton Abbey' Is Officially Saying Goodbye

Thu, 03/26/2015 - 10:56am

Recent reports were confirmed today when the official announcement landed that Downton Abbey's upcoming sixth season will be the end of the series.

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Board Games That Bored Gamers

Thu, 03/26/2015 - 10:48am

Strolling through the board games of yesteryear we find some that succeeded and some that faded away.

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KCRW Presents: Twin Shadow

Thu, 03/26/2015 - 10:42am

The synth-pop band, led by George Lewis Jr., performs a haunting track from its grandiose new album.

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