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Tiny Desk Concerts
10:38 pm
Sun June 17, 2012

Glen Hansard: Tiny Desk Concert

Emily Bogle NPR

Glen Hansard dropped out of school at 13 to busk on the streets of Dublin full-time, and he's spent the nearly three decades since performing in many configurations: at the head of the rock band The Frames, on stage at the Oscars with Marketa Irglova (they won in 2008 for "Falling Slowly," from Once), at innumerable concert halls and opera houses in

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First Listen
10:33 pm
Sun June 17, 2012

First Listen: Beachwood Sparks, 'The Tarnished Gold'

Beachwood Sparks' first album in 11 years, The Tarnished Gold, comes out June 26.
Jim Goodrich Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Thu July 12, 2012 5:02 pm

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It's easy to fall into the trap of thinking that every piece of music needs to be important; that it must impart something meaningful, reinvent, redefine or otherwise aspire to greatness. Next to the groundbreaking, the merely happy-making can seem too minor to merit discussion, let alone celebration. But the ability to convey the soothing breeziness of a warm summer evening is no trifling matter for those craving comfort and escape.

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First Listen
10:33 pm
Sun June 17, 2012

First Listen: Henry Threadgill Zooid, 'Tomorrow Sunny / The Revelry, Spp'

Tomorrow Sunny / The Revelry, Spp, the new album by Henry Threadgill's Zooid, comes out June 26.
Nhumi Threadgill

Originally published on Thu July 12, 2012 5:01 pm

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Weekends On All Things Considered Podcast
7:51 pm
Sun June 17, 2012

The Cost Of Modern Travel, Bonnie Raitt And Whoopi Goldberg

Bonnie Raitt's latest album, Slipstream, is the first release on her own Redwing Records label.
Marina Chavez
  • The Cost Of Modern Travel, Bonnie Raitt And Whoopi Goldberg

In this week's podcast of weekends on All Things Considered, a look at the cost of travel. Plus, a new Djuna Barnes' exhibition, writer Anthony Swofford, and Chanticleer garden. Also, novelist Richard Ford, Whoopi Goldberg on the movie she's seen a million times, and singer Bonnie Raitt.

Business
5:34 pm
Sun June 17, 2012

Land, Air And Rail — Summer Travel Has Its Hiccups

Summer travelers face higher gas prices and what seems like ever-increasing airfares.
Don Ryan AP

Originally published on Sun June 17, 2012 7:05 pm

Across the U.S., temperatures are creeping higher, kids are out of school and the days are longer. This can only mean that summer is upon us.

For many, summer also means travel season. Whether you're traveling by plane, train or automobile for that vacation, you're likely to feel the pinch of rising travel costs.

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Around the Nation
5:03 pm
Sun June 17, 2012

One For The Road: Teen Builds Her Own Pontiac Fiero

14-year-old Kathryn DiMaria drilling door rivets in her Pontiac Fiero.
Courtesy of Jerry DiMaria

Originally published on Sat June 23, 2012 3:45 pm

When 38-year-old Jerry DiMaria isn't on the clock at Central Michigan University, you can usually find him working on his Corvette.

"I guess I've always probably been a little bit into cars, but even as a kid I thought it would be a lot of fun to rebuild a car with my dad," he said.

He never got that chance with his dad, but now he's getting it with his oldest daughter, Kathryn.

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Around the Nation
5:03 pm
Sun June 17, 2012

Rodney King Dies At 47

Originally published on Sun June 17, 2012 7:05 pm

Rodney King, whose 1991 beating by police sparked the Los Angeles riots, was found dead Sunday in his swimming pool, police officials said. He was 47.

Europe
5:03 pm
Sun June 17, 2012

Pro-Bailout Party Leads Greek Vote

Originally published on Sun June 17, 2012 7:05 pm

The conservative New Democracy party has finished first in the Greek election, boosting the prospects that the country will remain in the eurozone. The radical left Syriza party, which wants Greece to ignore its international commitments, finished second.

London 2012: The Summer Olympics
5:01 pm
Sun June 17, 2012

Synch Or Swim: Olympic Duet Practices Togetherness

Mary Killman and Mariya Koroleva of the U.S. compete in the Olympic qualifiers in April in London. They'll compete together in the Olympics this summer.
Clive Rose Getty Images

Originally published on Sat June 23, 2012 5:42 pm

For the first time ever, the U.S. synchronized swimming team didn't qualify for the Summer Olympics. But two of its members, who until recently knew each other only as rivals, are going to London to compete in synchronized swimming duets — against duets that have been together for years.

Mary Killman, 21, and Mariya Koroleva, 22, became roommates early last year, training with the national team in Indianapolis. Previously, they had competed against each other in the San Francisco Bay Area.

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Arts & Life
4:03 pm
Sun June 17, 2012

Chanticleer: A Botanical Distraction From Daily Life

Chanticleer is a historical estate and garden in Wayne, Pa., part of the old Main Line ring of estates around Philadelphia.
Courtesy of the Lyden family

Originally published on Fri April 5, 2013 3:19 pm

Ever wanted to just disappear into a secret garden of earthly delights, of twists and turns of evocative ruin, exuberant tropics, the Zen of a Japanese teahouse?

Consider Chanticleer, in Wayne, Pa. It's part of the old Main Line ring of estates around Philadelphia. In fact, right across the street from the garden is the former home of Helen Hope Montgomery Scott, the heiress portrayed by Katherine Hepburn in Philadelphia Story.

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