Originally published on Wed June 13, 2012 10:32 pm
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The two voices at the center of the British electronic quintet Hot Chip seem, at first, to divide the band into two sides: animal and mechanical. Joe Goddard, the deeper-voiced of the two singers, sounds smooth and sleepy; Alexis Taylor, who more often takes the lead, can sound crushed, hypnotized, fragile, perpetually on the verge of tears. He's like a robot processing a first flush of emotion. Goddard's more like a friendly grizzly.
The Beach Boys' new album — the first collaboration in decades between founding members Brian Wilson (third from left) and Mike Love (second from right) — is called <em>That's Why God Made the Radio</em>.
In this week's podcast of weekends on All Things Considered, what the Wisconsin recall vote means for the rest of the country. Also, why crispy food is so irresistible and why this group dominates the American motel industry. Plus, the music of the Beach Boys and Jack White.
Voters in Wisconsin will decide Tuesday whether or not to recall Republican Gov. Scott Walker. It's been one of the most expensive statewide races in American history, and the stakes in that election could have national implications, for unions, for deficit hawks, for businesses, even for President Obama's re-election.
The vote over whether to recall Walker is so important, it's drawn millions in outside money and some of the biggest political stars in the country. Now millions of dollars are flowing in, too.
The mother's milk of many political campaigns is the survey — a snapshot of how likely voters feel about particular subjects. But a recent study suggests that only 9 percent of people asked to take part in surveys actually do, calling into question any survey's findings. Slate reporter Will Oremus offers his insight.
It's WEEKENDS on ALL THINGS CONSIDERED from NPR News. I'm Guy Raz.
In two days, voters in Wisconsin will decide whether or not to recall their governor, Republican Scott Walker. It's been one of the most expensive statewide races in American history. And the stakes in that election could have national implications for unions, for deficit hawks, for businesses, even for President Obama's re-election. We'll tell you why in a moment in our cover story today, but first to some news out of Syria.
Blunderbuss, Jack White's first solo album, is not just about him. It's about characters, he says.
"The 'hes' and 'shes' and 'Is' are sort of all arbitrary," White tellsGuy Raz, host of weekends on All Things Considered. "Some of them fall in the blues context of just 'man versus the world' or 'man versus woman,' or something like that, but they don't really have anything to do with male or female."