Music

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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Politics
5:04 pm
Sun June 10, 2012

Future Of Health Care Law Hangs In Balance

Originally published on Sun June 10, 2012 6:01 pm

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GUY RAZ, HOST:

It's WEEKENDS on ALL THINGS CONSIDERED from NPR News. I'm Guy Raz.

At some point this month, maybe next week, maybe even tomorrow, the Supreme Court will decide whether all or parts of the Affordable Care Act, the health care law backed by the White House, is constitutional or not. And for that reason, a man in Oregon named Rocky King isn't sleeping very well. Have you slept in the past two years?

ROCKY KING: Three times.

RAZ: Three times in the past two years.

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Interviews
5:04 pm
Sun June 10, 2012

Bond Donned A Suit, A Stylish Suit

Originally published on Sun June 10, 2012 6:01 pm

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GUY RAZ, HOST:

And if you're just joining us, you're listening to WEEKENDS on ALL THINGS CONSIDERED from NPR News. I'm Guy Raz. Fifty years ago, a film franchise ushered in a new era of action, adventure, and of course, style.

(SOUNDBITE OF MUSIC)

RAZ: James Bond. Men wanted to look like him, and women also wanted men to look like him.

(SOUNDBITE OF FILM, "DR. NO")

SEAN CONNERY: (as James Bond) Am I properly dressed for the occasion?

YVONNE SHIMA: (as Sister Lily) Quite suitable.

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Interviews
5:04 pm
Sun June 10, 2012

Assessing Obama's Team Of Rivals

Originally published on Sun June 10, 2012 6:01 pm

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GUY RAZ, HOST:

It's WEEKENDS on ALL THINGS CONSIDERED from NPR News. I'm Guy Raz.

Back in 2008, shortly before Barack Obama became President Obama, he told a reporter that an Obama Cabinet would be a team of rivals, smart people with different viewpoints who would, in Mr. Obama's words, push him out of his comfort zone.

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Europe
3:19 pm
Sun June 10, 2012

An Olympic Task: Finding Good Food At The 2012 Games

Vendors will serve 14 million meals during the Olympics, and critics are already panning the menu.
Dan Kitwood Getty Images

Originally published on Tue June 12, 2012 7:43 pm

When the 2012 Summer Olympics begin in July, a culinary starting gun will go off: Fourteen million meals will be prepared for spectators and athletes during the Olympic and Paralympic games in London.

The criticism is already pouring in.

Jacquelin Magnay, the Olympics editor at The Daily Telegraph wrote a recent article calling the food to be sold at Olympic venues "bland and over-priced." In response, an Olympic caterer sent her a custom bento box of gourmet delicacies.

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Author Interviews
2:08 pm
Sun June 10, 2012

Bear Grylls on Family, Faith And Drinking Pee

Originally published on Mon June 11, 2012 8:31 am

Survivalist Bear Grylls has been an almost inescapable figure on the Discovery Channel for years.

His show Man vs. Wild has a global audience of millions and peaked as the highest-rated cable show in the U.S. But in March, Grylls and the Discovery Channel parted ways over a contract dispute.

He's currently taking some time away from television, developing ideas for a return, and spending time with his wife, Shara, and their three young sons, Jesse, Marmaduke and Huckleberry.

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