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3:28 am
Thu May 31, 2012

Requiem For A Cabaret: The Oak Room Closes

The entrance to the Algonquin Hotel on West 44th Street in New York City.
Peter Kramer Getty Images

Originally published on Thu May 31, 2012 5:21 am

New York's historic Algonquin Hotel has been famous for a lot of things: the roundtable where some of the greatest American wits, from George S. Kaufman to Dorothy Parker, held forth in the 1920s and '30s; generations of cats — named either Hamlet or Matilda — who haunt the lobby; and, since 1980, the Oak Room, one of New York's most loved cabaret spaces.

When Marriott purchased the hotel and closed it for renovations early this year, they announced that the Oak Room would not be reopening — instead, it will be a lounge for preferred customers.

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Tina Brown's Must-Reads
3:27 am
Thu May 31, 2012

Tina Brown's Must Reads: The Queen's Jubilee

Queen Elizabeth II arrives for an event with The Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders, 5th Battalion, The Royal Regiment of Scotland, in London on Wednesday.
AFP AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Thu May 31, 2012 6:18 pm

Tina Brown, editor of The Daily Beast and Newsweek, tells us what she's been reading in a feature that Morning Edition likes to call "Word of Mouth." This month, Brown shares reading recommendations on Queen Elizabeth II and the royal family. The Diamond Jubilee takes place over the weekend, marking 60 years of the queen's reign in Britain.

A Queen At 25

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Youth Radio
2:52 am
Thu May 31, 2012

Matchmaker, Matchmaker, Find Me A Part-Time Job

An image from the TaskRabbit website shows one of the company's workers assembling a piece of furniture — a task the site says will pay $45.
NPR

Originally published on Thu May 31, 2012 5:21 am

The unemployment rate is 8.1 percent, but the underemployment rate — that's people who work part time but want full-time work — is much higher. For many people, making ends meet means cobbling together various part-time jobs. And there are some apps for that.

Shannon Mills has blanketed the floor in a spacious home in Corte Madera, Calif., with protective plastic. Now she's taping off the trim, getting ready to paint over the peach-colored living room walls with the more neutral "bisque" shade waiting in cans at her feet.

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Europe
2:51 am
Thu May 31, 2012

Stumbling Upon Miniature Memorials To Nazi Victims

Brass bricks known as Stolperstein, or "stumbling stones," in front of a home in Raesfeld, Germany, where five members of a single family were forcibly removed by the Nazis. Across Germany, the stones commemorate the millions of victims of the Nazi regime.
Jeffrey Katz NPR

Originally published on Thu May 31, 2012 8:59 am

Brick by brick, Guenther Demnig is working to change how the Holocaust is publicly remembered in Germany.

On a recent afternoon, the 62-year-old Berlin-born artist is on his knees on a sidewalk in a prosperous section of Berlin's Charlottenburg district, working a hammer and small trowel. He is installing dozens of small, square brass bricks, each one inscribed with the name — and details about the death of — people who once lived in apartment houses on Pestalozzi Strasse.

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The Checkout: Live
11:50 pm
Wed May 30, 2012

Gilad Hekselman Quartet: Live From 92Y Tribeca

Gilad Hekselman.
John Rogers for NPR johnrogersnyc.com

Originally published on Tue July 8, 2014 10:35 am

Hearts Wide Open is the name of guitarist Gilad Hekselman's latest album, released last fall. The title is about emotional connections to music, for both performers and audiences. Modern jazz tends to get a bum rap in this department, but Hearts is filled with engaging original tunes over big beats. It's the third record from Hekselman, who moved from Israel to New York in 2004 and quickly found his way into bands led by drummer Ari Hoenig and clarinetist Anat Cohen.

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The Two-Way
8:41 pm
Wed May 30, 2012

Suspect In Four Seattle Killings May Have Shot Himself, Police Say

Originally published on Thu May 31, 2012 12:03 am

Seattle police say a gunman suspected of killing three people at a café and one in an apparent carjacking may have shot himself Wednesday as officers closed in on him.

As NPR's Martin Kaste is reporting for our Newscast unit:

"It's not confirmed that the man who shot himself in west Seattle is, in fact, the suspect, but right now that's certainly how things are looking, in terms of what the Seattle Police Department is saying."

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It's All Politics
8:36 pm
Wed May 30, 2012

After Cory Booker's Remarks, Press Aide Resigns

Originally published on Thu May 31, 2012 8:41 am

Perhaps Newark, N.J., Mayor Cory Booker's gaffe on NBC's Meet the Press has caused collateral damage, with the resignation Tuesday of his communications director.

The aide, Ann Torres, insists her departure isn't related to the mayor's remarks, or his subsequent clumsy backpedal, saying on Twitter that such rumors are "ridiculous...come on folks."

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The Thistle and Shamrock
7:23 pm
Wed May 30, 2012

Thistle And Shamrock: Underneath The Stars

Nightnoise
Courtesy of the artist

As the days grow longer our music looks to the Northern and Western skies for inspiration and draws meaning, guidance and solace from the sun, moon and stars.

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

The Two-Way
7:00 pm
Wed May 30, 2012

Canadian Police Issue Warrant In Severed-Foot Case

Originally published on Wed May 30, 2012 9:32 pm

Note: As you may have guessed from the headline, there is disturbing content in this post.

It's that kind of news day: First Mark reported the latest in Florida's face-eating attack. And now there's a significant development in a crime story that has gripped Canada.

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It's All Politics
6:37 pm
Wed May 30, 2012

South Dakotan Hopes Video Stroll Ends In Congress

Some of us missed the Jeff Barth video when it first hit the Internet last week, which is like a year ago in web time.

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