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Music News
6:03 am
Sun April 8, 2012

In D.C., A Bastion Of Black Entertainment Returns

Once the home of Washington, D.C.'s "Black Broadway" district, the Howard Theatre is reopening after decades of inactivity.
Tim Cooper

It was 1910. Howard Taft was president, the Boy Scouts of America came into being and in Washington, D.C., the Howard Theatre opened its doors, ushering in a new era of black culture and entertainment.

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Food
6:03 am
Sun April 8, 2012

Spilled Or Not, Cries Remain In Raw Milk Debate

A dairy cow from Eastleigh Farm in Framingham, Mass., grazes near the Statehouse on Boston Common on May 10, 2010. The cow's visit was part of a rally by raw-milk proponents.
Steven Senne AP

Originally published on Sun April 8, 2012 12:28 pm

Weekend Edition food commentator Bonny Wolf is trying to understand if the glass is half-full or half-empty when it comes to arguments for and against raw, unpasteurized milk.

I first drank raw milk two years ago, at a dinner given by a college anthropology class in Maryland. The professor, whose three small children drink only raw milk, had to go to Pennsylvania to get it since it's illegal to sell it in Maryland.

I felt a slight thrill of danger before my first sip because, according to the federal government, drinking raw milk is a very bad idea.

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Sunday Puzzle
12:01 am
Sun April 8, 2012

A Mix-Up At The Music Fest

On-Air Challenge: Every answer is the name of a popular music group, past or present. You'll be given clues in which two letters in the group's name have been changed. For example, given "The Bench Boss," the answer would be "The Beach Boys," after changing the N in "Bench" to an A and the first S of "Boss" to a Y.

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Music Interviews
4:00 pm
Sat April 7, 2012

Simone Felice: The Solemn Sound Of A Brush With Death

Simone Felice wrote the songs on his new self-titled album while recovering from emergency open-heart surgery.
Courtesy of the artist

Simone (pronounced "Simon") Felice is a poet, a novelist and a musician from rural New York state who has lived through two near-death experiences. At 12, he suffered a brain aneurysm, and in June 2010, he underwent emergency open-heart surgery. He jokes, "I guess I came out of the factory a little defective."

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Poetry
12:49 pm
Sat April 7, 2012

The Beauty And Difficulty Of Poet Nikky Finney

Nikky Finney is an award-winning poet and the Provost's Distinguished Service Professor of English at the University of Kentucky.
Noah Adams NPR

Originally published on Sun April 8, 2012 12:07 pm

April is National Poetry Month, a time when bookstores proudly display those slim volumes usually hidden in the back.

On display this April is the work of Kentucky poet Nikky Finney, who won the National Book Award last November for her latest collection, Head Off & Split.

Finney's acceptance speech at the awards ceremony was as poetic as anything in her winning book. Finney says she worked on the speech through 39 drafts and she felt good about it, but she's still stunned by the response she's gotten.

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NPR Story
8:00 am
Sun April 1, 2012

Do The Media Have Trayvon Martin's Case Covered?

Originally published on Fri May 11, 2012 10:33 pm

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NPR Story
8:00 am
Sun April 1, 2012

Myanmar Holds Landmark Election

Supporters of the opposition National League for Democracy celebrate their victory in parliamentary elections outside the party headquarters in Yangon, Myanmar, on Sunday. The results could help to consolidate support for political reforms and herald the end of foreign sanctions on the country.
Paula Bronstein Getty Images

Originally published on Fri May 11, 2012 10:33 pm

Supporters of the main opposition party in Myanmar, also known as Burma, filled the streets of the capital, celebrating Sunday a projected victory in closely watched parliamentary by-elections, as the party announced that its leader, Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi, won a seat in the country's parliament for the first time.

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NPR Story
8:00 am
Sun April 1, 2012

Turkey Hosts 'Friends Of Syrian People'

Originally published on Fri May 11, 2012 10:33 pm

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This is WEEKEND EDITION from NPR News. I'm Rachel Martin. Syria has rejected a call by U.N. special envoy Kofi Annan to pull its tanks and troops out of Syrian towns and cities. With no action by Syria on a ceasefire, scores of countries attended a Friends of Syria meeting today in Turkey. NPR's Peter Kenyon reports from Istanbul that more support is being promised to the opposition, but that support has limits.

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NPR Story
8:00 am
Sun April 1, 2012

Is A 'Cautious' Transition The Answer For Syria?

Originally published on Fri May 11, 2012 10:33 pm

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NPR Story
8:00 am
Sun April 1, 2012

'Faith And Freedom' In Wis. Primary Push

Originally published on Fri May 11, 2012 10:33 pm

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