Music

The Two-Way
1:43 pm
Fri June 15, 2012

An L.A. Preschool Graduation Turns Into A Brawl

A screen shot of a Youtube video.
Youtube

Originally published on Fri June 15, 2012 3:09 pm

As the father of an almost 3-year-old, I know the preschool years can get pretty rowdy.

But what happened during a Los Angeles preschool graduation ceremony is almost unbelievable:

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Planet Money
1:41 pm
Fri June 15, 2012

The Karl Marx MasterCard Is Here. It Needs A Tagline.

The Karl Marx credit card.
via Sparkasse Chemnitz

Originally published on Fri June 15, 2012 5:48 pm

The German bank Sparkasse Chemnitz recently launched a Karl Marx credit card. The bank let people vote online for 10 different images, and Marx was the "very clear winner," beating out a palace, a castle and a racetrack, among others. Reuters has more on the story.

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Science
1:37 pm
Fri June 15, 2012

Neanderthals: The Oldest Cave Painters?

Reporting in Science, researchers write that a red disk painted in Spain's El Castillo cave is at least 40,800 years old--making it the oldest known European cave art. Archaeologist Alistair Pike discusses how his team dated the disk, and whether Neanderthals could have painted it.

World Cafe
1:19 pm
Fri June 15, 2012

Sense Of Place: A Voodoo Tour With Dr. John

Dr. John.
Rick Diamond Getty Images

Originally published on Mon September 10, 2012 1:30 pm

Dr. John knows New Orleans like no one else. The gritty, growly music legend boasts a lengthy career, during which he's perfected a blend of New Orleans voodoo blues, funk and rock 'n' roll. Locked Down, his latest album — produced by The Black Keys' Dan Auerbach — was released earlier this year.

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The Two-Way
1:02 pm
Fri June 15, 2012

She's A Taikonaut - China Is Sending Its First Woman Into Space

Liu Yang, China's first female astronaut, trains in Beijing in April, 2012.
Uncredited AP

She's not an astronaut or cosmonaut - Liu Yang is a taikonaut, and tomorrow she's scheduled to become China's first woman to venture into space. She's one of a three member team scheduled to lift off aboard the Shenzhou-9, accompanied by Jing Haipeng and Liu Wang.

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Politics
12:34 pm
Fri June 15, 2012

In Washington, Leaking As A Way Of Life

President Richard Nixon tells reporters he will not allow his legal counsel, John Dean, to testify before Congress in the Watergate investigation, March 15, 1973. Leaks about the Watergate break-in eventually helped lead to Nixon's resignation. And his administration fought and lost a Supreme Court battle over leaking of the so-called Pentagon Papers about Vietnam.
Charles Tasnadi AP

Originally published on Fri June 15, 2012 2:27 pm

A leak — in a pipeline, at a nuclear plant, within a top-secret agency — can be dangerous, disastrous, deadly. But sometimes a leak can also be a good thing — drawing attention to a larger systemic problem.

The debate over news leaks bubbled up again this week after reports that The New York Times relied on information from top-tier and unnamed U.S. officials to reveal details about the U.S. cyberbattle against Iran.

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Planet Money
12:20 pm
Fri June 15, 2012

An Austerity Wedding, With No Money For A Dress

Elias Tilligadas and Katerina Margeritou are getting married next week.
Nikolia Apostolou NPR

Originally published on Fri June 15, 2012 6:25 pm

Katerina Margaritou and Elias Tilligadas live in Athens. They're getting married next Wednesday — three days after the Greek election that has the global economy on edge.

Katerina is a chemist, and she works for a company whose main customer is the Greek government. The Greek government, of course, is broke. So Katerina hasn't been paid since last year.

"I'm very happy because I'm getting married," Katerina told me this week. "But I'm very sad because at the moment I cannot buy a dress. My boss promised me that he's going to give money to buy a dress. So I'm waiting."

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Monkey See
12:14 pm
Fri June 15, 2012

Pop Culture Happy Hour: A Week In Theater And A Day To Appreciate Dads

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The Record
12:13 pm
Fri June 15, 2012

A Cover Album Is A Tiny Museum Of Songs

The cover of Justin Vivian Bond's album Silver Wells, on which the cabaret performer uses other people's songs to construct a plotline that echoes the Joan Didion novel Play It As It Lays.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue September 18, 2012 7:40 pm

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NPR Bestseller List
12:03 pm
Fri June 15, 2012

NPR Bestsellers: Week Of June 14, 2012

Compiled from weekly surveys of close to 500 independent bookstores nationwide.

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