Music

PG-13: Risky Reads
3:22 pm
Wed June 6, 2012

The End Is Near, And It's No Walk 'On The Beach'

Originally published on Wed June 6, 2012 7:29 pm

Myla Goldberg's books include The False Friend and Bee Season.

Growing up, I had pretty much the same interests as any other early '80s kid: I loved The Muppets and Schoolhouse Rock, and I was obsessed with mutually assured nuclear destruction.

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The Two-Way
2:57 pm
Wed June 6, 2012

Post Offices Join List Of Nation's 'Most Endangered Historic Places'

Geneva Post Office in Geneva, Ill., with no clear disposition review process in place, hundreds of these historic civic buildings may be endangered by U.S. Postal Service cost cutting, including this one.
Matthew Gilson National Trust for Historic Preservation

Among this year's list of "11 most endangered historic places" in the view of the National Trust for Historic Preservation are post office buildings across the nation.

When it announced that nearly 4,400 post offices would be studied to see if they should be closed, the U.S. Postal Service did not "define and implement a clear process that will protect the historic buildings in its inventory," the trust says.

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Music Reviews
2:44 pm
Wed June 6, 2012

Japandroids: One Part Classic Rock, One Part Punk

Japandroids is guitarist Brian King (left) and drummer David Prowse.
Simone Cecchetti

Originally published on Sat June 9, 2012 12:39 pm

The rock band Japandroids is two men, not from Tokyo but from Vancouver, British Columbia — guitarist Brian King and drummer David Prowse. Both of them sang and very often shouted on their 2009 LP Post-Nothing, which received a lot of praise from music blogs. Their second album is out now; it's called Celebration Rock, and I think it's the best rock record I've heard this year.

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The Two-Way
2:41 pm
Wed June 6, 2012

PHOTOS: The Enterprise Travels Up The Hudson River To Its New Home

The shuttle was navigated through Coney Island and Staten Island from Jersey City.
Stan Honda AFP/Getty Images

The shuttle Enterprise made a incredible trip up the Hudson River by barge, today. The shuttle was framed by New York City's skyline and eventually it will be hoisted from the barge to its new home at the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum.

Here are some pictures from the Enterprise's journey:

Monkey See
2:34 pm
Wed June 6, 2012

Ray Bradbury: Finding Our Reflections Where We Didn't Expect Them

This 1966 file photo shows science fiction writer Ray Bradbury looking at a picture that was part of a school project to illustrate characters in one of his dramas.
AP

Originally published on Thu June 7, 2012 8:19 am

Heinlein, Asimov and Bradbury; they were the tripod (invasive, moving, with lasers) on which my science fiction education was built in the 1970s. This was somewhat self-selected, because once you — or I — grew out of Danny Dunn and Journey to the Mushroom Planet and Tom Swift, Jr., they were the inevitable destinations, the planets with the heaviest gravity wells in the sci-fi solar system.

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NPR Story
2:12 pm
Wed June 6, 2012

Buckley Skewers Washington In 'They Eat Puppies'

Originally published on Thu June 7, 2012 2:38 pm

In Christopher Buckley's latest political satire, They Eat Puppies, Don't They? a lobbyist teams up with a conservative policy wonk to spread a rumor that China is plotting to assassinate the Dalai Lama. Together, they create a huge disinformation campaign that nearly sparks World War III.

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The Two-Way
2:11 pm
Wed June 6, 2012

Economy Grew At 'Moderate Pace' In April And May, Federal Reserve Says

Anecdotal reports from across the nation "suggest overall economic activity expanded at a moderate pace" from early April through late May, the Federal Reserve just reported.

In its "beige book" review of conditions around the country, the Fed said the only one of its 12 bank districts to report slower growth was Philadelphia.

The report also adds that:

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Politics
2:02 pm
Wed June 6, 2012

Walker's Victory Tests Progressives' Strength

Originally published on Wed June 6, 2012 2:22 pm

Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker survived his recall election, a victory that may signal trouble for Democrats at the national level come November. NPR's Political Junkie columnist Ken Rudin and Katrina Vanden Heuvel of The Nation talk about what Walker's victory means for progressives.

Politics
2:02 pm
Wed June 6, 2012

Grenell On Foreign Policy And Being Gay In The GOP

Originally published on Wed June 6, 2012 2:31 pm

Richard Grenell recently explained that Mitt Romney chose him to serve as his foreign policy adviser based on his record and abilities. The Romney campaign, he says, also knew he was openly gay. Grenell explains why he resigned, and where Romney and President Obama differ on foreign policy.

National Security
2:02 pm
Wed June 6, 2012

How The President Decides To Make Drone Strikes

Originally published on Wed June 6, 2012 2:48 pm

For a new book, Kill or Capture, investigative reporter Dan Klaidman examined how President Obama came to embrace the drone program, and the closed-door process that determines under what circumstances drones are deployed. He talks about the administration's growing reliance on covert attacks.

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