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11:21 am
Wed May 30, 2012

'ArtFacts.net': The Methodology And Controversy Of Marek Claasson

Marek Claassen recently gave a talk at the Berlin Embassy of the United States on USArtBerlin, artist-run non-profit that fosters support for American creatives based in Berlin.
USArtBerlin

Originally published on Sat June 9, 2012 8:49 am

German-born entrepreneur Marek Claassen has solidified a stronghold on the global contemporary-art market.

The self-made tool with which he exerts his influence is ArtFacts.net, an online portal that has quickly grown into one of the world's leading references for art collectors, gallerists, and historians.

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Planet Money
11:03 am
Wed May 30, 2012

The World's Richest Countries And Biggest Economies, In 2 Graphics

Lam Thuy Vo / NPR

Originally published on Tue November 20, 2012 9:41 am

Gross Domestic Product — GDP — may have its limits. But it's a useful, broad measure for looking at national economies. It's basically the total dollar value of all of the goods and services a country produces in a year.

Here are all the countries with GDP of over $100 billion:

Having a very large GDP means a country is an important economic player in the world. But it doesn't necessarily mean the country's citizens are rich.

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Favorite Sessions
11:03 am
Wed May 30, 2012

KCRW Presents: Father John Misty

Father John Misty's J. Tillman performs on KCRW's "Morning Becomes Eclectic."
KCRW

Originally published on Wed July 2, 2014 1:53 pm

In recent years, J. Tillman has moved from Seattle to Los Angeles, quit his gig as the drummer of Fleet Foxes and abandoned his real name, all to become Father John Misty. On his way into KCRW's studio for a live set, Tillman grabbed a photo of David Lynch off the walls in the hallway — a fitting gesture to his surreal musical alter ego. Here, he shimmies his way through a dedication of sorts to an L.A.

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The Two-Way
10:57 am
Wed May 30, 2012

'I Could No Longer Bear Witness To Such Barbaric Crimes,' Syrian Says

Hazem Chehabi.
University of California Irvine Foundation

Originally published on Wed May 30, 2012 2:22 pm

The man who has represented the interests of Syrians living in Southern California as honorary consul general there has resigned from the volunteer position because he "could no longer bear witness to such barbaric crimes" by the regime of President Bashar Assad.

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World Cafe
10:51 am
Wed May 30, 2012

Yann Tiersen On World Cafe

Jeff Rabillon

Originally published on Wed May 30, 2012 4:34 pm

The music of multi-instrumentalist Yann Tiersen breaks the constraints of form, yet each track is built around poignant, emotional melodies. Tiersen quickly abandoned the academy training of his early childhood, smashing his violin and adopting the electric guitar instead. He began recording in the summer of 1993, and first found commercial success in his native France with 1998's Le Phare, recorded in two months on the island of Ouessant.

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Field Recordings
10:38 am
Wed May 30, 2012

A Morning Walk With Sauti Sol

Sauti Sol performs for a Field Recording on the Pfluger Pedestrian Bridge in Austin, Texas, during SXSW 2012
Mito Habe-Evans NPR

Originally published on Tue July 1, 2014 3:54 pm

In spite of the early hour and chilly air, Sauti Sol arrived at the Pfluger Pedestrian Bridge in Austin, Texas, in good spirits — not to mention colorful jackets that provided a welcome contrast to the cloudy sky. There, the Afro-fusion quartet from Nairobi greeted the morning birds and joggers with a version of its recent single, "Love or Leave." The song amply demonstrates the group's signature acoustic sound, which is anchored by the guitar of Polycarp Otieno and vocal harmonies of Bien-Aime Baraza, Willis Chimano and Delvin Mudigi.

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Shots - Health Blog
10:36 am
Wed May 30, 2012

Employers Less Likely To Drop Coverage Than You Might Think

Employers are bruised by health costs, but most aren't thinking about dropping coverage just yet.
iStockphoto.com

Originally published on Wed May 30, 2012 3:52 pm

When it comes to businesses providing health coverage for employees, there's a mad dash for the exits, right?

Maybe not, according to a recent survey of more than 1,300 U.S. employers of varying sizes. Consultants at Oliver Wyman's health practice wondered how employers are weighing the increasing costs of providing health insurance and the potential exit strategy paths available under the federal health law (if it survives the Supreme Court).

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It's All Politics
10:33 am
Wed May 30, 2012

For Romney, The People May Trump The Money In Associating With The Donald

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney walks past Donald Trump's airplane as he arrives in Las Vegas on Tuesday, where he met with Trump for a fundraiser.
Mary Altaffer AP

Originally published on Wed May 30, 2012 12:52 pm

The latest variant of the presidential election parlor game we call "What Were They Thinking?" asks why Mitt Romney chose this moment in his quest for the White House to become involved with Donald Trump.

Here's a contrarian guess by way of an answer: populism. Bear with me for a moment of explanation.

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The Two-Way
10:06 am
Wed May 30, 2012

White House Offers Regrets For President Referring To 'Polish Death Camp'

The gates of the Nazi concentration camp at Auschwitz, Poland. (1965 file photo.)
Keystone Getty Images

President Obama misspoke Tuesday when he referred to a "Polish death camp" and "we regret the misstatement," White House national security spokesman Tommy Vietor has told reporters.

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The Two-Way
9:31 am
Wed May 30, 2012

Ex-Rutgers Student Offers First 'Clear Apology' For Spying On Roommate

Dharun Ravi in court on May 21.
Mel Evans AP

"I accept responsibility for and regret my thoughtless, insensitive, immature, stupid and childish choices" and apologize "to everyone affected by those choices." With those words, Dharun Ravi has offered what's being called his first "clear apology" for setting up a webcam to spy on his gay roommate in September 2010.

That spying shortly preceded roommate Tyler Clementi's suicide.

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