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Field Recordings
2:14 pm
Wed June 20, 2012

Metric In A Non-Synthetic Situation

Metric performs a Field Recording backstage at Sasquatch! Music Festival at the Gorge Amphitheater in George, WA on May 26, 2012.

Originally published on Tue July 8, 2014 1:14 pm

In a matter of minutes, Metric singer Emily Haines and guitarist James Shaw went from rocking in front of thousands of fans on the main stage of the Sasquatch Music Festival to hiking through a rumored thicket of rattlesnakes overlooking the Columbia River. The duo gamely made the trek for an acoustic performance of "Synthetica," the title track from Metric's new record.

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This Is NPR
2:13 pm
Wed June 20, 2012

Lady Rizo Shows NPR Love

Lady Rizo
Melissa Kuypers NPR

Originally published on Tue October 16, 2012 2:33 pm

Lady Rizo - comedian, singer and chanteuse - playfully showed her love for NPR during her visit to NPR West. The Grammy-winning performer was on Weekend Edition to chat with NPR's Scott Simon about her unique blend of comedy and cabaret.

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Middle East
2:02 pm
Wed June 20, 2012

What's Ahead For Iran After 'Last Chance' Talks

Originally published on Wed June 20, 2012 3:20 pm

The latest round of high-level negotiations over Iran's nuclear ambitions ended Tuesday without an agreement. After the failure of talks that President Obama called Iran's "last chance," some wonder whether or not Israel or the United States may now opt for military force.

Movie Interviews
2:02 pm
Wed June 20, 2012

'Revisionaries' Tells Story Of Texas Textbook Battle

Don McLeroy has served on the Texas State Board of Education for more than a decade.
Silver Lining Film Group

Originally published on Thu June 21, 2012 9:39 am

Controversy erupted in 2009 when the Texas State Board of Education debated changes to the state's textbooks that centered on the teaching of evolution.

The Revisionaries documents the Board of Education's contentious battle, focusing in large part on Don McLeroy — a young-earth creationist and, at the time, chairman of the Texas Board of Education. The film is being screend at the American Film Institute's Silverdocs Film Festival.

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2:02 pm
Wed June 20, 2012

Obama's Shift On Immigration And The Latino Vote

Originally published on Thu June 21, 2012 4:22 pm



This is TALK OF THE NATION. I'm Neal Conan in Washington. Forty years after Watergate, President Obama cites executive privilege. Rubio's out that he's in again, and after baseball phenom Bryce Harper leads off, Harry Reid hits second. It's Wednesday and time for a...

UNIDENTIFIED MAN: That's a clown question, bro...

CONAN: Edition of the Political Junkie.

PRESIDENT RONALD REAGAN: There you go again.

VICE PRESIDENT WALTER MONDALE: When I hear your new ideas, I'm reminded of that ad: Where's the beef?

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2:02 pm
Wed June 20, 2012

Deciding Whether Defendants Should Take The Stand

Originally published on Wed June 20, 2012 3:21 pm



The defense in the Jerry Sandusky trial rested today without calling the former Penn State assistant football coach to testify, perhaps because he did not help his cause in media interviews after charges surfaced last November. Here's part of his interview with Bob Costas on NBC.


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All Songs Considered Blog
1:53 pm
Wed June 20, 2012

Results: Listener Picks For The Year's Best Albums (So Far)

Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed June 20, 2012 7:15 pm

The results are in and it turns out most of you who voted in our mid-year poll really love Jack White's explosive and eclectic Blunderbuss. But the race was close: White's album beat-out the Alabama Shakes record Boys & Girls by less than 25 votes. Beach House's Bloom, one of the most popular records ever in our First Listen series, came in at third. The Shins' Port Of Morrow and Of Monsters And Men's My Head Is An Animal round out the top five.

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Planet Money
1:37 pm
Wed June 20, 2012

Why The Fed's Latest Move Isn't Likely To Do Much

Originally published on Thu June 21, 2012 1:38 pm

The Federal Reserve just said it would extend "Operation Twist."

We talked about Operation Twist earlier this month, when we spoke with Joseph Gagnon, a former Fed economist now at the Peterson institute.

We wrote:

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It's All Politics
1:16 pm
Wed June 20, 2012

In Vice Presidential Buzz, Pawlenty Is Up While Rubio's Status Is Muddled

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney stands with former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty during a campaign stop Saturday in Cornwall, Pa.
Evan Vucci AP

Originally published on Thu July 19, 2012 5:07 pm

Back in April when NPR looked at Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney's potential running-mate picks, Florida Sen. Marco Rubio and GOP Govs. Mitch Daniels of Indiana and Bob McDonnell of Virginia were on our short list.

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The Two-Way
1:09 pm
Wed June 20, 2012

Survey: Insiders Think Supreme Court Will Strike Healthcare Mandate

The U.S. Supreme Court is seen in Washington, DC on June 18.
Saul Loeb AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Wed June 20, 2012 1:17 pm

A new survey of 38 former clerks of current Supreme Court justices and 18 attorneys who have argued cases before the high court found that most of them think the court will rule that the individual mandate is unconstitutional. The mandate is the centerpiece of the Obama administration's signature health care law and it is unknown whether the law can survive without that piece.

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