A Blog Supreme
7:59 pm
Fri June 1, 2012

Around The Jazz Internet: June 1, 2012


Other news from this past week:

  • Jerry Gonzalez and the Fort Apache Band, a cornerstone band for the New York Latin jazz community, are profiled briefly in the New York Daily News.
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It's All Politics
7:08 pm
Fri June 1, 2012

NPR Analysis: Crossroads GPS Funded Heavily By $1 Million-Plus Donations

Karl Rove, chief political adviser to former President George W. Bush, founded Crossroads GPS.
Steve Helber AP

Originally published on Mon June 4, 2012 10:47 am

Think "grass-roots politics," and what's the first thing that comes to mind?

How about two dozen multimillionaires with open checkbooks?

That's what an NPR analysis of annual IRS filings by Crossroads Grassroots Policy Strategies shows. Despite its name and the repeated use of the word "grassroots" in those documents, nearly 90 percent of the $77 million raised by the Karl Rove-founded group in its first 18 months came from donors who gave at least $1 million.

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Music Interviews
6:59 pm
Fri June 1, 2012

Kelly Hogan: Cashing In An Album's Worth Of Favors

Kelly Hogan's new album is I Like to Keep Myself in Pain.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Sat June 2, 2012 11:01 am

"I started singing in bars when I was still in high school," says Kelly Hogan. "It's not the easiest thing to do if you like to eat something besides ramen noodles and have insurance."

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A Blog Supreme
6:43 pm
Fri June 1, 2012

Five DC Jazz Festival Artists Actually From The Washington, D.C. Area

Brian Settles, pictured here at Bohemian Caverns, performs with his own Central Union band and with drummer Lenny Robinson's Mad Curious trio at DC Jazz Festival.
Patrick Jarenwattananon NPR

Originally published on Mon June 4, 2012 5:57 pm

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The Two-Way
6:26 pm
Fri June 1, 2012

Romney's Financial Disclosure Documents Detail Stock Sales

Today at about 4 p.m., Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney filed his public financial disclosure with the Federal Election Commission. The report outlines the former Massachusetts governor's assets and liabilities.

We'll embed a copy of the report at the bottom of this post and we'll add more details to this post as we work through them.

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This Is NPR
5:28 pm
Fri June 1, 2012

Will The Real Gary Knell Please Accept This Award?

NPR's Jacki Lyden with Gary Knell, the Muppet, at GenerationOn's Annual Benefit.
Ryan McCune

Originally published on Tue October 16, 2012 1:26 pm

NPR President and CEO Gary Knell – the human one that is — was honored by GenerationOn last night in New York City with the Champion in Service and Education Award. GenerationOn, the youth division of Points of Light Institute, is a non-profit organization focused on inspiring and motivating youth through service. They recognized Knell for dedicating his 30-year career in using "the power of media to empower and educate people of every age."

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5:03 pm
Fri June 1, 2012

No Beer Goggles For Baseball Stadium Brew Prices

A fan of the St. Louis Cardinals buys a beer from a vendor prior to Game 3 of the World Series against the Detroit Tigers at Busch Stadium in 2006. At 56 cents an ounce, St. Louis is second only to Boston for the priciest ballpark brew in the country.
Jamie Squire Getty Images

Originally published on Fri June 1, 2012 6:13 pm

Change has been the story of the season for the Miami Marlins, formerly the Florida Marlins. With a new coach, a new name, new team colors and a new stadium the baseball team set a franchise record for winning games in May.

But one tradition isn't changing anytime soon: beer. Ordering a beer at a baseball game is as American as apple pie. So is forking over a small fortune for that beer.

According to an analysis by, the most expensive beer of any baseball stadium is sold at the new Marlins Park, where baseball fans pay $8 for a Bud Light draft.

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5:03 pm
Fri June 1, 2012

Struggling U.S. Economy Drags Down The World

Slow economic growth in the U.S. is having an impact on many countries around the world. Here, people walk past a board flashing the Nikkei index on the Tokyo Stock Exchange in Japan last month.
Toru Yamanaka AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Fri June 1, 2012 5:38 pm

The sputtering U.S. economy isn't just bad news for America, it's a drag on the global economic outlook as well.

"What matters to the rest of the world is the amount of demand the United States is going to generate," says economist Eswar Prasad, a professor of trade policy at Cornell.

"Weak job growth translates to weak domestic demand in the U.S., and that concerns all of the U.S.'s major trading partners," he says.

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Shots - Health Blog
4:47 pm
Fri June 1, 2012

As Nations Develop, Cancer Takes Hold

No corner of the world is safe from cancer.

Cancer is everywhere.

And, before long, cancer will be a major cause of death in every part of the world, not just a big factor in what's now the developed world.

In 2030 the world's population is expected to hit 8.3 billion, up from 7 billion today. By then, new cases of cancer cases are expected to nearly double to 20.3 million from 12.8 million in 2008, according to an analysis in The Lancet Oncology.

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It's All Politics
4:32 pm
Fri June 1, 2012

Roberts' Legacy And The Health Care Law

Chief Justice John Roberts
Pablo Martinez Monsivais AP

Originally published on Fri June 1, 2012 5:02 pm

In just a few weeks, a decision is expected from the Supreme Court on the constitutionality of President Obama's health care law. Some legal analysts expect the justices to strike down the law, or at least the controversial individual mandate. And whatever the court decides, it could come in a 5-4 decision.

A few of these analysts discussed the implications of a split decision in this high-profile case with NPR's Neal Conan Thursday on Talk of the Nation.

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