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4:31 am
Mon June 11, 2012

To Sniff Out Childhood Allergies, Researchers Head To The Farm

Contact with animals and dirty environments may be one reason farm kids are less likely to get allergies, researchers say.
iStockphoto.com

Originally published on Tue June 12, 2012 11:11 am

Allergies are on the rise these days, especially in children. Nearly half of all kids are now allergic to something, be it food, animals, or plants. Federal health officials say that rate is two to five times higher than it was 30 years ago.

And as researchers are trying to understand why, they're increasingly looking at kids who grow up on farms.

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Music Interviews
2:03 am
Mon June 11, 2012

The Tallest Man On Earth: Tired Of Running

There's No Leaving Now, Kristian Matsson's newest album as The Tallest Man on Earth, comes out Tuesday.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue June 12, 2012 11:11 am

Swedish singer-songwriter Kristian Matsson performs as The Tallest Man on Earth. That's just his stage name, though: Matsson himself stands at about 5 feet 7. His new album, There's No Leaving Now, comes out Tuesday.

Matsson has been praised as a poet, and is frequently compared to Bob Dylan. He often sings about nature, inspired by the scenery near his home in Falun, Sweden.

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First Listen
10:33 pm
Sun June 10, 2012

First Listen: Fiona Apple, 'The Idler Wheel...'

Fiona Apple's new album, out June 19, is titled The Idler Wheel Is Wiser Than the Driver of the Screw and Whipping Cords Will Serve You More Than Ropes Will Ever Do.
Dan Monick

Originally published on Wed June 20, 2012 8:09 am

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First Listen
10:33 pm
Sun June 10, 2012

First Listen: Glen Hansard, 'Rhythm And Repose'

Glen Hansard's new album, Rhythm and Repose, comes out June 19.
Conor Masterson

Originally published on Wed June 20, 2012 8:08 am

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First Listen
10:33 pm
Sun June 10, 2012

First Listen: Neneh Cherry And The Thing, 'The Cherry Thing'

Neneh Cherry and The Thing's new album, The Cherry Thing, comes out June 19.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed June 20, 2012 8:09 am

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At a glance, the script for The Cherry Thing might have been recycled: A global pop star returns from a long hiatus with an album of covers, backed by a jazz band. But nothing about this record's sound — or its backstory, for that matter — even remotely suggests Rod Stewart, Linda Ronstadt or Paul McCartney singing standards.

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First Listen
10:33 pm
Sun June 10, 2012

First Listen: Ravi Coltrane, 'Spirit Fiction'

Ravi Coltrane's new album, Spirit Fiction, comes out June 19.
Deborah Feingold Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed June 20, 2012 8:11 am

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In case you were confused by the start of Spirit Fiction, the new album by saxophonist Ravi Coltrane, here's a hint: Think in twos. He divides his quartet in half, sets both duos loose on their own paths and aims for their intersection. It's a scheme for improvising: "A real energy and wholeness, hopefully, is created," he says.

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Planet Money
9:30 pm
Sun June 10, 2012

A Theme Park, An Airport, And The Crisis In Spain

A bunch of troubled little Spanish banks got together and became Bankia, a troubled big Spanish bank.
Pierre-Phillippe Marcou AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Sun June 10, 2012 9:39 pm

Spain will borrow as much as 100 billion euros from Europe's bailout fund, European leaders announced this weekend. The government will use the loan to support Spain's teetering banks.

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Weekends On All Things Considered Podcast
7:56 pm
Sun June 10, 2012

The Future Of Health Care, James Bond's Suits And Carly Rae Jepsen

Carly Rae Jepsen is the 26-year-old singer behind the inescapable pop hit "Call Me Maybe."
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Mon June 11, 2012 12:07 am

In this week's podcast of weekends on All Things Considered, what happens after the Supreme Court rules on health care. Also, a rookie congressman's unlikely rise and how Bear Grylls has stayed alive. Plus, the return of James Bond's fashions and the catchiest song of the summer, maybe.

Monkey See
6:08 pm
Sun June 10, 2012

Live-Blogging The 2012 Tony Awards

Neil Patrick Harris performs at the 2011 Tony Awards in June of last year. He will host again Sunday night.
Andrew H. Walker Getty Images

We'll be here at 7:45 p.m. to live-blog the 2012 Tony Awards, with Marc Hirsh and me monitoring the ceremony at home and Trey Graham on site at the Beacon Theater.

Copyright 2012 National Public Radio. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.

Movie Interviews
5:04 pm
Sun June 10, 2012

'Mr. Cao' Recalls Rookie Congressman's Unlikely Rise

When Anh "Joseph" Cao beat Democratic incumbent Rep. William Jefferson in 2008, he became the first Vietnamese-American ever to serve in Congress. Two years later, he failed to win a second term.
Bao Nguyen Walking Iris Films

Originally published on Sun June 10, 2012 6:11 pm

In 2008, Republican Anh "Joseph" Cao was elected to Louisiana's predominantly black and Democratic 2nd Congressional District, which includes New Orleans, making him the first Vietnamese-American member of Congress. Needless to say, it was an unlikely rise.

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