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11:03 am
Wed May 30, 2012

KCRW Presents: Father John Misty

Father John Misty's J. Tillman performs on KCRW's "Morning Becomes Eclectic."
KCRW

Originally published on Mon June 4, 2012 8:08 pm

In recent years, J. Tillman has moved from Seattle to Los Angeles, quit his gig as the drummer of Fleet Foxes and abandoned his real name, all to become Father John Misty. On his way into KCRW's studio for a live set, Tillman grabbed a photo of David Lynch off the walls in the hallway — a fitting gesture to his surreal musical alter ego. Here, he shimmies his way through a dedication of sorts to an L.A.

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The Two-Way
10:57 am
Wed May 30, 2012

'I Could No Longer Bear Witness To Such Barbaric Crimes,' Syrian Says

Hazem Chehabi.
University of California Irvine Foundation

Originally published on Wed May 30, 2012 2:22 pm

The man who has represented the interests of Syrians living in Southern California as honorary consul general there has resigned from the volunteer position because he "could no longer bear witness to such barbaric crimes" by the regime of President Bashar Assad.

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World Cafe
10:51 am
Wed May 30, 2012

Yann Tiersen On World Cafe

Jeff Rabillon

Originally published on Wed May 30, 2012 4:34 pm

The music of multi-instrumentalist Yann Tiersen breaks the constraints of form, yet each track is built around poignant, emotional melodies. Tiersen quickly abandoned the academy training of his early childhood, smashing his violin and adopting the electric guitar instead. He began recording in the summer of 1993, and first found commercial success in his native France with 1998's Le Phare, recorded in two months on the island of Ouessant.

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Field Recordings
10:38 am
Wed May 30, 2012

A Morning Walk With Sauti Sol

Sauti Sol performs for a Field Recording on the Pfluger Pedestrian Bridge in Austin, Texas, during SXSW 2012
Mito Habe-Evans NPR

In spite of the early hour and chilly air, Sauti Sol arrived at the Pfluger Pedestrian Bridge in Austin, Texas, in good spirits — not to mention colorful jackets that provided a welcome contrast to the cloudy sky. There, the Afro-fusion quartet from Nairobi greeted the morning birds and joggers with a version of its recent single, "Love or Leave." The song amply demonstrates the group's signature acoustic sound, which is anchored by the guitar of Polycarp Otieno and vocal harmonies of Bien-Aime Baraza, Willis Chimano and Delvin Mudigi.

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Shots - Health Blog
10:36 am
Wed May 30, 2012

Employers Less Likely To Drop Coverage Than You Might Think

Employers are bruised by health costs, but most aren't thinking about dropping coverage just yet.
iStockphoto.com

Originally published on Wed May 30, 2012 3:52 pm

When it comes to businesses providing health coverage for employees, there's a mad dash for the exits, right?

Maybe not, according to a recent survey of more than 1,300 U.S. employers of varying sizes. Consultants at Oliver Wyman's health practice wondered how employers are weighing the increasing costs of providing health insurance and the potential exit strategy paths available under the federal health law (if it survives the Supreme Court).

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The Two-Way
10:06 am
Wed May 30, 2012

White House Offers Regrets For President Referring To 'Polish Death Camp'

The gates of the Nazi concentration camp at Auschwitz, Poland. (1965 file photo.)
Keystone Getty Images

President Obama misspoke Tuesday when he referred to a "Polish death camp" and "we regret the misstatement," White House national security spokesman Tommy Vietor has told reporters.

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Opinion
9:07 am
Wed May 30, 2012

Weekly Standard: Wisconsin's Expensive Tantrum

Supporters attend a rally for Republican Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker as he campaigns along with Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal at the Waukesha Victory Center on May 24, 2012 in Waukesha, Wisconsin.
Darren Hauck Getty Images

Stephen F. Hayes is a senior writer atThe Weekly Standard.

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Opinion
9:06 am
Wed May 30, 2012

The Nation: On Recall, Scott Walker's Hypocrisy

Republican Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker speaks to supporters as he campaigns along with Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal at the Waukesha Victory Center on May 24, 2012 in Waukesha, Wisconsin.
Darren Hauck Getty Images

John Nichols writes about politics for The Nation magazine as its Washington correspondent.

Last Friday night's Wisconsin recall election debate began a series of bizarre exchanges between Republican Governor Scott Walker and his Democratic challenger, Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett, over Walker's attitudes regarding direct democracy.

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The Checkout: Live
9:03 am
Wed May 30, 2012

Henry Cole & The Afrobeat Collective + Gilad Hekselman Quartet: Live From 92Y Tribeca

Henry Cole.
John Rogers for NPR johnrogersnyc.com

Originally published on Wed January 2, 2013 6:34 pm

The Puerto Rican drummer Henry Cole is probably best known in the U.S. as a stellar jazz accompanist, with bands led by compatriots and saxophonists David Sánchez and Miguel Zenón. Back in San Juan, Cole also works with poets and rappers, bomba musicians and pleneros, rockers and salsa ringleaders. He found they could all get down to Fela Kuti-style Afrobeat, and many jam sessions later, he found a way to record that sound for the 2012 album Roots Before Branches, with top New York jazz soloists coursing through it.

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Opinion
8:40 am
Wed May 30, 2012

Foreign Policy: How To Expel A Diplomat

This photo shows the Syrian Embassy May 29, 2012 in Washington, D.C. On Tuesday the U.S. ordered the expulsion of Syria's top diplomat in response to a massacre which killed more than 100 people. Syrian charge d'affaires, Zuheir Jabbour, was given 72 hours to leave the country.
Karen Bleier AFP/GettyImages

Joshua E. Keating is an associate editor at Foreign Policy.

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