Music

NPR Story
11:38 am
Wed June 13, 2012

Is Erykah Badu's New Video Art Or Obscene?

The Beauty Shop ladies weigh in on the alleged intelligence leaks by the Obama administration, and the role the press plays in reporting on top secret programs. They also discuss nudity by two popstars. Host Michel Martin checks in with journalists Viviana Hurtado, Bridget Johnson and Kirsten West Savali.

The Record
11:17 am
Wed June 13, 2012

A Night Out In New Orleans' New Bohemia

Quintron (at left, in suit and shorts) conducts while Lady Tambourine plays at The Music Box on Saturday night.
Zack Smith

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

I'm spending June in New Orleans, digging into the soft wet earth of American music. A week in, I feel like I've barely begun to explore. The minute I try to say what draws me to New Orleans music, I realize that the core of it is always changing. It's not just the variety, though I love that in the first few days here, I caught classic blues on Frenchmen Street, a wild bounce night downtown, my longtime favorite Susan Cowsill singing Dusty Springfield covers in the Garden District, and a brass band on the corner in the French Quarter.

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Shots - Health Blog
11:13 am
Wed June 13, 2012

Disabled Woman Dies While Awaiting Second Chance At Kidney Transplant

Misty Cargill and her boyfriend, Mike Bishop, in 2006.
Duncan Group Homes

At Misty Cargill's funeral, the minister called her an advocate for other people with intellectual disabilities. She was — although a reluctant one.

Cargill became an advocate when NPR did a story about her fight to get a life-saving kidney transplant. Misty, 30, died in her sleep on Saturday. She was on a list to get that transplant when she died.

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The Two-Way
10:44 am
Wed June 13, 2012

Russia Says It's The U.S. That's Sending Weapons To Syria

A frame grab from a video taken by U.N. observers as smoke rose over the Syrian city of Homs earlier this week. The observers said Homs had been shelled by Syrian government forces.
U.N. Supervision Mission in Syria

Saying that his country is "not violating any international law," Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov today defended his country's sale of weapons to Syrian President Bashar Assad's regime. He said Russia is not supplying anything that "can be used in battles with peaceful demonstrators."

And, Reuters reports, he "accused the United States of supplying rebels with weapons to fight against the government" — a charge the U.S. has rejected many times.

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Opinion
10:24 am
Wed June 13, 2012

Foreign Policy: 12 Signs of the Europocalypse

A money transfer shop sports a broken window in front of a poster of euro banknotes on June 12 in Athens, Greece. The Greek electorate will go to the polls in a re-run of the general election on June 17 after no combination of political parties were able to form a coalition government. That vote could determine whether Greece retains the Euro as its currency.
Oli Scarff Getty Images

Douglas Rediker is a senior fellow at the New America Foundation and a former member of the International Monetary Fund's executive board.

David Gordon is head of research at Eurasia Group and former director of policy planning at the U.S. State Department.

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Alt.Latino
10:15 am
Wed June 13, 2012

Best Latin Alternative Music Of The Year, So Far

Originally published on Wed June 13, 2012 3:24 pm

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Monkey See
9:48 am
Wed June 13, 2012

How We Talk About A Bacon Sundae

This is the bacon sundae.
Noel Barnhurst AP

Originally published on Wed June 13, 2012 3:32 pm

I come not to praise the Burger King bacon sundae, nor to bury it. I come merely to point out that sometimes, the particular flavor of contempt with which you choose to address something is as important as the contempt itself.

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The Two-Way
9:38 am
Wed June 13, 2012

'Pets,' 'Pizza' & 'Porn' Among New Internet Domain Names Sought

Originally published on Wed June 13, 2012 12:01 pm

The much-anticipated list of Internet domain names that might soon join such familiar suffixes as .com, .edu and .gov is now online.

As expected, the nearly 2,000 suffixes that have been requested include some from companies who think they can help brand themselves with web addresses that end with things such as:

-- .apple

-- .bananarepublic

-- .chevy

-- .google

-- .lamborghini

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Opinion
9:14 am
Wed June 13, 2012

The Nation: Obama Has A Jobs Plan. Romney Doesn't.

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney speaks during a campaign rally at Somers Furniture on May 29 in Las Vegas, Nev. Romney says he will create over 11 million jobs in his first term, but many economists say they need to see more details than his plan plan provides to assess the claims.
Justin Sullivan Getty Images

Originally published on Wed June 13, 2012 10:26 am

Ari Berman is a contributing writer for The Nation.

It's no secret that the presidential election will be decided by the state of the economy and which candidate has a better plan for creating jobs. So, toward that end, consider a few relevant numbers:

+ 1.4 million to 3.3 million — that's how many jobs were created or saved by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, otherwise known as the stimulus, according to the Congressional Budget Office.

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The Two-Way
8:51 am
Wed June 13, 2012

Sharp Drop In Gas Prices Puts Brakes On Inflation

Wholesale prices fell 1 percent in May from April thanks to an 8.9 percent plunge in the price of gasoline, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reports. The overall decrease is the largest in one month since July 2009.

Excluding the energy and sectors, prices at the wholesale level ticked up 0.2 percent.

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