Music

World Cafe
4:00 pm
Thu June 7, 2012

Spiritualized On World Cafe

Jason Pierce of Spiritualized.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Mon August 27, 2012 11:20 am

Sweet Heart Sweet Light, the new album by the English space-rock band Spiritualized, was recorded while frontman Jason Pierce was undergoing chemotherapy for liver disease. Pierce set out to craft the record as a clear-cut pop record in between hospital stays, and though he says he isn't convinced he succeeded, most of the album is composed of could-be Top 10 radio hits from the early '70s.

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The Two-Way
3:58 pm
Thu June 7, 2012

U.S. Issues El Niño Watch, Which Could Mean Fewer Hurricanes, Colder Winter

Temperatures in Pacific have risen.
NOAA

The National Weather Service's Climate Prediction Center issued an El Niño watch, today.

That means there is a 50 percent chance that El Niño — warmer than normal temperatures in the Pacific Ocean near the equator — will develop by next winter. As The Baltimore Sun reports, if this happens it will be the first time El Niño rears its head since 2009.

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Planet Money
3:46 pm
Thu June 7, 2012

3 Things The Fed Could Do

Originally published on Fri June 8, 2012 10:55 am

When the leaders of the Fed meet later this month, will they take any new steps to try to boost the economy and bring down unemployment?

In his testimony before Congress today, Ben Bernanke shed basically no light on this question.

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All Songs Considered Blog
2:52 pm
Thu June 7, 2012

Video Premiere: 'David Wax Museum In Shanghai'

Todd Roeth/nightfox.es Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Fri June 8, 2012 1:37 pm

In March, indie-folk band The David Wax Museum spent a week bringing enthusiastic performances, infectious joy and butchered Mandarin phrases to China. This compelling mini-documentary chronicles the band's trip as "cultural ambassadors" at the University of Shanghai for Science and Technology. In an email, band-member Suz Slezak explains how the trip came about:

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Business
2:34 pm
Thu June 7, 2012

Which Workers Need Unions, And Which Don't?

Union shops in the private sector have dwindled in recent decades. Now, public union leaders across the country worry that they're losing political clout, bargaining power and members. That raises questions about whether unions fallen victim to their own success, and who needs unions.

The Two-Way
2:16 pm
Thu June 7, 2012

Like LinkedIn, Last.fm And eHarmony Suffer Password Breach

Last.fm

Originally published on Thu June 7, 2012 3:21 pm

Last.fm and eHarmony became the latest websites to suffer security breaches that put the passwords of some of their users at risk.

In a statement on its website, Last.fm, which tracks and recommends music, said it was investigating the leaked passwords and asked all its users to "change their passwords immediately."

The dating site EHarmony said it had reset the passwords of those members whose passwords had been compromised.

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Sports
2:12 pm
Thu June 7, 2012

Handicapping I'll Have Another's Triple Crown Shot

Originally published on Thu June 7, 2012 2:37 pm

Transcript

NEAL CONAN, HOST:

Eleven times over the past 34 years, a three-year-old thoroughbred arrived at Belmont Park with a chance to win the Triple Crown, and 11 times, he failed. A sport in sore need of a superstar hopes that I'll Have Another breaks that jinx on Saturday. The winner of the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness is listed as the odds-on favorite to win the Belmont Stakes. But racing writer Andy Beyer argues that the crowded schedule, the unusual distance and history all suggest you should put your money on another colt.

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Around the Nation
2:12 pm
Thu June 7, 2012

What'd Make You Stop Texting While Driving?

Originally published on Thu June 7, 2012 2:43 pm

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Race
2:12 pm
Thu June 7, 2012

Proving Native American Ancestry Can Be Tricky

Originally published on Thu June 7, 2012 2:40 pm

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NEAL CONAN, HOST:

This is TALK OF THE NATION. I'm Neal Conan in Washington. Massachusetts Democratic Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren continues to face criticism over undocumented claims she made that for several years she was Native American. Warren acknowledged that she told officials at Harvard and the University of Pennsylvania that she was of Cherokee and Delaware Indian heritage, but she insists that played no role in her hiring.

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The Two-Way
2:00 pm
Thu June 7, 2012

That 'Splendid Splinter' Is Really Slinging The Old Pigskin, Boston Mayor Says

Ted Williams, "The Splendid Splinter." Perhaps Mayor Menino will mention him next.
Hulton Archive Getty Images

Originally published on Thu June 7, 2012 3:08 pm

Big-city mayors need to be able to do some basic things to keep their jobs.

Get the streets plowed. Fill the potholes. Make sure garbage is picked up. Take a bite out of crime. Love your local teams and extol the accomplishments of their heroes.

Apparently, Boston Mayor Tom Menino (D) can get away without doing very well on that last requirement.

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