NPR

  • Most Topular Stories

  • Supreme Court Clears Way For Same-Sex Marriages In Florida

    NPR News
    Bill Chappell
    19 Dec 2014 | 4:50 pm
    The Supreme Court declined to extend a stay on a ruling by U.S. District Judge Robert L. Hinkle, who said in August that Florida's 2008 ban is unconstitutional. The stay expires in January.» E-Mail This
  • Episode 591: War? What War?

    NPR Most Emailed
    19 Dec 2014 | 5:46 pm
    Today on the show, the revolution in Ukraine was supposed to make the country a better place for Western investment. But it ended up sparking a war that is scaring that investment away.» E-Mail This
  • 'Rum, Rumba, And Romance': A Book On Cuba's Enduring Mystique

    NPR: Arts & Life
    Richard Blanco
    19 Dec 2014 | 3:33 pm
    This week, President Obama announced that he will begin to normalize relations with Cuba. Cuban-American writer Richard Blanco recommends a book about Cuba's imprint on the American imagination.» E-Mail This
  • CEO Says Sony Pictures 'Did Not Capitulate,' Is Exploring Options

    NPR: Business
    Bill Chappell
    19 Dec 2014 | 3:03 pm
    Melissa Block talks to Sony Pictures CEO Michael Lynton about the cyber attack against his company and the cancellation of the Christmas Day release of The Interview.» E-Mail This
  • New EPA Standards Label Toxic Coal Ash Non-Hazardous

    NPR: Science
    Scott Neuman
    19 Dec 2014 | 1:50 pm
    Environmental groups had sought to have coal ash, a byproduct of coal-fired power plants, regulated as hazardous waste.» E-Mail This
 
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    NPR: Arts & Life

  • 'Rum, Rumba, And Romance': A Book On Cuba's Enduring Mystique

    Richard Blanco
    19 Dec 2014 | 3:33 pm
    This week, President Obama announced that he will begin to normalize relations with Cuba. Cuban-American writer Richard Blanco recommends a book about Cuba's imprint on the American imagination.» E-Mail This
  • 'Mr. Turner' Is A Snuffling, Growling Work Of Art

    Bob Mondello
    19 Dec 2014 | 1:43 pm
    Critic Bob Mondello says Mike Leigh's earthy new biopic about the famed British painter J.M.W Turner shows viewers the incandescent beauty of the world as Turner himself must have seen it.» E-Mail This
  • Pride And Prejudice: For Latinos, Tamales Can Taste Of Both

    Maria Godoy
    19 Dec 2014 | 11:30 am
    Tamales are a Christmas Eve tradition throughout Latin America, but there are hundreds of different versions. Whose is best? That's a question likely to elicit a fiercely partisan response.» E-Mail This
  • Meryl Streep: The Fresh Air Interview

    19 Dec 2014 | 10:15 am
    Meryl Streep won a Golden Globe for her performance as Margaret Thatcher in The Iron Lady. She talks about preparing for that role and how her perceptions of herself have changed over the years.» E-Mail This
  • The Strange World — And Life — Of 'Mr. Turner'

    David Edelstein
    19 Dec 2014 | 10:15 am
    The biopic of landscape painter J. M. W. Turner depicts a man whose mind is barely engaged by anything other than his work. He's a mystery, and his art is magically indefinite — just like the movie.» E-Mail This
 
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    NPR: Science

  • New EPA Standards Label Toxic Coal Ash Non-Hazardous

    Scott Neuman
    19 Dec 2014 | 1:50 pm
    Environmental groups had sought to have coal ash, a byproduct of coal-fired power plants, regulated as hazardous waste.» E-Mail This
  • At Last, I Meet My Microbes

    Katherine Harmon Courage
    19 Dec 2014 | 11:00 am
    At 31, a woman had the bacteria in her gut catalogued as part of scientific project that aims to characterize the creatures that live inside us and affect our health. Here's what she found out.» E-Mail This
  • How Peppermint Tricks Us Into Feeling (Deliciously) Cold

    Maanvi Singh
    19 Dec 2014 | 8:59 am
    We have the chemical menthol to thank for the wonderful mouth-feel of peppermint. Scientists now know that menthol fools the brain by activating receptors involved with sensing cold.» E-Mail This
  • Playlist: Science!

    NPR/TED Staff
    19 Dec 2014 | 6:49 am
    From monkeys to microbes, TED speakers in this playlist cover all different realms of the scientific world.» E-Mail This
  • Why Aren't We More Compassionate?

    NPR/TED Staff
    19 Dec 2014 | 6:34 am
    Psychologist Daniel Goleman, author of Emotional Intelligence, examines why we aren't more compassionate more of the time.» E-Mail This
 
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    NPR: Opinion

  • 'Rum, Rumba, And Romance': A Book On Cuba's Enduring Mystique

    Richard Blanco
    19 Dec 2014 | 3:33 pm
    This week, President Obama announced that he will begin to normalize relations with Cuba. Cuban-American writer Richard Blanco recommends a book about Cuba's imprint on the American imagination.» E-Mail This
  • Week In Politics: Jeb Bush, Sen. Elizabeth Warren, Cuba

    19 Dec 2014 | 1:43 pm
    Melissa Block speaks with E.J. Dionne of The Washington Post and David Brooks of the New York Times about Jeb Bush, Sen. Elizabeth Warren, Cuba and the president's year-end news conference.» E-Mail This
  • NORAD's Santa Tracker Began With A Typo And A Good Sport

    NPR Staff
    19 Dec 2014 | 1:02 am
    It all started in 1955 with a misprint in a Colorado newspaper and a call to Col. Harry Shoup's secret military hotline. Shoup played along with the tiny voice who called, and a tradition was born.» E-Mail This
  • Letters: How Parents Talk To Boys About Sex And Consent

    17 Dec 2014 | 1:11 pm
    Melissa Block and Audie Cornish read emails from listeners about how parents talk to boys about sex and consent and a strong storm that hit California.» E-Mail This
  • What's A Sportsman Anyway?

    Frank Deford
    17 Dec 2014 | 12:46 am
    Commentator Frank Deford says awards for sportsmanship seemarchaic. These days, he says, we're more likely to talk about unsportsmanlike conduct.» E-Mail This
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    NPR: Politics

  • 'Rum, Rumba, And Romance': A Book On Cuba's Enduring Mystique

    Richard Blanco
    19 Dec 2014 | 3:33 pm
    This week, President Obama announced that he will begin to normalize relations with Cuba. Cuban-American writer Richard Blanco recommends a book about Cuba's imprint on the American imagination.» E-Mail This
  • Obama Says 'James Flacco.' The Internet Says, Thank You

    Bill Chappell
    19 Dec 2014 | 2:21 pm
    It was an honest mistake. But when President Obama said "James Flacco" when referring to James Franco — on a Friday before the holidays, no less — the slip was eagerly received online.» E-Mail This
  • Obama Says Sony Made A 'Mistake' In Cancelling 'The Interview'

    Tamara Keith
    19 Dec 2014 | 1:25 pm
    President Obama said Sony made a mistake by pulling the movie North Korea opposed and promised a U.S. response to North Korea's actions in the cyber attack against the company.» E-Mail This
  • Sentenced For Life, Inmate Still Holds Hope For Release

    Carrie Johnson
    19 Dec 2014 | 12:37 pm
    David Padilla is one of thousands of people sentenced under tough drug laws who are spending life in prison. Now the Clemency Project 2014 promises pardons or early release for some offenders.» E-Mail This
  • Obama's Wide-Ranging, Year-End News Conference

    Scott Neuman
    19 Dec 2014 | 10:31 am
    The president discussed issues ranging from normalization of relations with Cuba to Sony Pictures' decision to cancel release of the film 'The Interview' after a North Korean hack attack.» E-Mail This
 
 
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    Weekend Edition Sunday

  • A Puzzle Worth A Fortune

    Will Shortz
    14 Dec 2014 | 5:03 am
    Every answer is the name of a Fortune 200 company —that is, one of the top 200 corporations, according to the 2014 list in Fortune magazine.» E-Mail This
  • Senate Passes $1.1 Trillion Spending Bill

    14 Dec 2014 | 4:46 am
    The Senate voted late Saturday to pass a bill that will fund the government through the end of the fiscal year. NPR's Rachel Martin talks to NPR's Mara Liasson about the rare Saturday session.» E-Mail This
  • Thousands March Across U.S. Protesting Police Brutality

    Laura Sullivan
    14 Dec 2014 | 4:46 am
    Tens of thousands gathered in cities across the country on Saturday to draw attention to several high-profile deaths of unarmed black men at the hands of police.» E-Mail This
  • 'Pippin' Performs The Final Ballad Of 'The Hobbit'

    14 Dec 2014 | 4:46 am
    Billy Boyd was the hobbit Pippin in The Lord of the Rings films, and he's a musician, too. He talks to NPR's Rachel Martin about writing the last song for the new movie, The Battle of the Five Armies.» E-Mail This
  • Two Views Of The CIA's 'Enhanced' Interrogations

    14 Dec 2014 | 4:46 am
    The Senate Intelligence Committee released a report Tuesday on the interrogation techniques used by the CIA after 9/11. The report has elicited a number of sharply differing perspectives.» E-Mail This
 
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    Author Interviews

  • Why Aren't We More Compassionate?

    NPR/TED Staff
    19 Dec 2014 | 6:34 am
    Psychologist Daniel Goleman, author of Emotional Intelligence, examines why we aren't more compassionate more of the time.» E-Mail This
  • How Can We Make The World More Compassionate?

    NPR/TED Staff
    19 Dec 2014 | 6:34 am
    Religion scholar Karen Armstrong describes how compassion is the core principle in all world religions — in the form of the golden rule.» E-Mail This
  • Are We Wired To Be Compassionate?

    NPR/TED Staff
    19 Dec 2014 | 6:34 am
    Author Robert Wright says humans are not only wired to be compassionate but we have evolved to feel compassion out of self-interest.» E-Mail This
  • Has The Word 'Compassion' Lost Its Meaning?

    NPR/TED Staff
    19 Dec 2014 | 6:34 am
    Journalist and broadcaster Krista Tippett argues that overtly saintly and sappy connotations have made us lose touch with the true meaning of compassion — so she proposes a linguistic revival.» E-Mail This
  • Between World Wars, Gay Culture Flourished In Berlin

    17 Dec 2014 | 10:12 am
    In Gay Berlin, Robert Beachy describes the rise of a gay subculture in the 1920s and '30s, how it contributed to our understanding of gay identity and how it was eradicated by the Nazis.» E-Mail This
 
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    NPR: Environment

  • New EPA Standards Label Toxic Coal Ash Non-Hazardous

    Scott Neuman
    19 Dec 2014 | 1:50 pm
    Environmental groups had sought to have coal ash, a byproduct of coal-fired power plants, regulated as hazardous waste.» E-Mail This
  • Advocacy Groups Tell Lawmakers To Back Off

    Peter Overby
    19 Dec 2014 | 8:38 am
    Three groups from across ideological lines say a congressional investigation into ties between the EPA and the Natural Resources Defense Council seems intended to intimidate.» E-Mail This
  • 7 Miles Beneath The Sea's Surface: Who Goes There?

    Christopher Joyce
    19 Dec 2014 | 1:02 am
    Marine scientists plumbing the deepest part of the ocean sent microphones and collection probes baited with chicken to the bottom of a trench near Guam. Now they watch, wait ... and listen.» E-Mail This
  • No Fracking In New York? That's OK With Pennsylvania

    Marie Cusick
    18 Dec 2014 | 2:43 pm
    Environmental groups cheered New York's decision to ban the practice, and some in the industry say when it comes to good-paying jobs, New York's loss is Pennsylvania's gain.» E-Mail This
  • What The Change In U.S.-Cuba Relations Might Mean For Food

    Eliza Barclay
    18 Dec 2014 | 2:06 pm
    The decision to normalize relations is driving all kinds of speculation about American food companies opening up shop in Cuba. But analysts say: Don't expect to see McDonald's there anytime soon.» E-Mail This
 
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    NPR: Games & Humor

  • Ho Ho Ho

    18 Dec 2014 | 6:36 am
    In this final round, every correct answer will start with a jolly "Ho!" sound. Which goalkeeper has won two Olympic medals with the U.S. women's soccer team? That would be Ho Ho Hope Solo!» E-Mail This
  • All I Don't Want For Christmas

    18 Dec 2014 | 6:36 am
    Ah, the comfort of cliché gifts and holiday expectations well met. Frozen songwriters Bobby and Kristen Lopez sing about not-so-original gifts to the tune of Mariah Carey's classic holiday earworm.» E-Mail This
  • 'Tis The Season For Corny Movies

    18 Dec 2014 | 6:36 am
    Nothing says "cheer" like a cheesy made-for-TV holiday movie. Can you tease out the real ones from the fake when it comes to The Dog Who Saved Christmas Vacation or Grumpy Cat's Worst Christmas Ever?» E-Mail This
  • Chappy Cholidays

    18 Dec 2014 | 6:36 am
    All answers in this round start with the letter "h", but we want you to pronounce them with that back-of-the-throat "ch" sound, in honor of the "ch" in "Chanukah." Have a lozenge or two ready.» E-Mail This
  • Schaaps' Family Feud

    18 Dec 2014 | 6:36 am
    We surveyed our loyal listeners on a wide range of holiday topics and quiz siblings Rosie Schaap (The New York Times Magazine) and Jeremy Schaap (ESPN) on the most popular answers, Family Feud-style.» E-Mail This
 
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    NPR: Interviews

  • Why Aren't We More Compassionate?

    NPR/TED Staff
    19 Dec 2014 | 6:34 am
    Psychologist Daniel Goleman, author of Emotional Intelligence, examines why we aren't more compassionate more of the time.» E-Mail This
  • How Can We Make The World More Compassionate?

    NPR/TED Staff
    19 Dec 2014 | 6:34 am
    Religion scholar Karen Armstrong describes how compassion is the core principle in all world religions — in the form of the golden rule.» E-Mail This
  • Are We Wired To Be Compassionate?

    NPR/TED Staff
    19 Dec 2014 | 6:34 am
    Author Robert Wright says humans are not only wired to be compassionate but we have evolved to feel compassion out of self-interest.» E-Mail This
  • Is It Enough To Be Politically Correct?

    NPR/TED Staff
    19 Dec 2014 | 6:34 am
    Political pundit Sally Kohn says we shouldn't worry as much about being politically correct, but instead we need to focus on being emotionally correct.» E-Mail This
  • Has The Word 'Compassion' Lost Its Meaning?

    NPR/TED Staff
    19 Dec 2014 | 6:34 am
    Journalist and broadcaster Krista Tippett argues that overtly saintly and sappy connotations have made us lose touch with the true meaning of compassion — so she proposes a linguistic revival.» E-Mail This
 
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    NPR: Movies

  • CEO Says Sony Pictures 'Did Not Capitulate,' Is Exploring Options

    Bill Chappell
    19 Dec 2014 | 3:03 pm
    Melissa Block talks to Sony Pictures CEO Michael Lynton about the cyber attack against his company and the cancellation of the Christmas Day release of The Interview.» E-Mail This
  • 'Mr. Turner' About A Man Trying To Find His Place In The World

    Howie Movshovitz
    19 Dec 2014 | 1:43 pm
    The new film from British director Mike Leigh, Mr. Turner, takes up an historical figure: iconic British painter JMW Turner. But it also incorporates another theme of Leigh's: the human story of the working person. Painting was Turner's job and he was as down to earth as a factory worker.» E-Mail This
  • 'Mr. Turner' Is A Snuffling, Growling Work Of Art

    Bob Mondello
    19 Dec 2014 | 1:43 pm
    Critic Bob Mondello says Mike Leigh's earthy new biopic about the famed British painter J.M.W Turner shows viewers the incandescent beauty of the world as Turner himself must have seen it.» E-Mail This
  • Meryl Streep: The Fresh Air Interview

    19 Dec 2014 | 10:15 am
    Meryl Streep won a Golden Globe for her performance as Margaret Thatcher in The Iron Lady. She talks about preparing for that role and how her perceptions of herself have changed over the years.» E-Mail This
  • The Strange World — And Life — Of 'Mr. Turner'

    David Edelstein
    19 Dec 2014 | 10:15 am
    The biopic of landscape painter J. M. W. Turner depicts a man whose mind is barely engaged by anything other than his work. He's a mystery, and his art is magically indefinite — just like the movie.» E-Mail This
 
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    NPR: Music

  • Amy LaVere On Mountain Stage

    19 Dec 2014 | 2:35 pm
    The bassist and singer based her latest album on memories of running away from home as a teenager.» E-Mail This
  • In The Still Of The Night, There's A Riot In Garth Brooks

    19 Dec 2014 | 1:11 pm
    After more than a decade offstage raising his daughters, the singer is touring. "It's like nothing is being held back," he says. "You get to eat mashed potatoes with both hands instead of one."» E-Mail This
  • The Thistle & Shamrock: Alan Reid

    19 Dec 2014 | 10:53 am
    Three decades after her first interview with him, Fiona Ritchie meets up with the Scottish musician, who's known for a long career with the legendary Battlefield Band.» E-Mail This
  • George Shearing's Holiday Set On Piano Jazz

    19 Dec 2014 | 8:39 am
    In a 2001 session, Shearing and host Marian McPartland reminisce about seasons gone by and play holiday songs, including "Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas" and "Away In A Manger."» E-Mail This
  • First Watch: La Dispute, 'Woman (Reading)'

    Lars Gotrich
    19 Dec 2014 | 6:58 am
    A dancer's desperate and purposeful choreography was shot in locations all over London using one-point perspective, a powerful accompaniment to this poetic post-hardcore track.» E-Mail This
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    Music Videos

  • KEXP Presents: The Barr Brothers

    Jim Beckmann
    15 Dec 2014 | 11:45 am
    Live in the studio, the Montreal folk-rock band performs an intimate take on "Come In The Water."» E-Mail This
  • Jazz Saxophonist Jimmy Greene Plays Tribute To His Slain Daughter

    Craig LeMoult
    14 Dec 2014 | 4:46 am
    Greene's album is dedicated to his 6-year-old daughter, Ana, killed in the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School. This story first aired on Nov. 28 on All Things Considered.» E-Mail This
  • Lee Ann Womack, 'The Way I'm Livin" (Live)

    Kelly McCartney
    9 Dec 2014 | 10:37 am
    Watch the country star perform the title track from her latest album live in the studio.» E-Mail This
  • Yusuf/Cat Stevens: Tiny Desk Concert

    Bob Boilen
    9 Dec 2014 | 6:03 am
    Nearly 50 years after his first album, the singer-songwriter performs two new songs and two classics: "The First Cut Is the Deepest" and "Father and Son."» E-Mail This
  • KEXP Presents: FKA twigs

    Jim Beckmann
    8 Dec 2014 | 12:02 pm
    The captivating singer showcases strength and vulnerability in a stripped-down performance.» E-Mail This
 
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    Concerts

  • Highlights From Winter Jazzfest 2014

    Patrick Jarenwattananon
    17 Dec 2014 | 9:57 pm
    As New York prepares for its January music marathon, watch performances from last year, including Gretchen Parlato, Donald Harrison, Rudy Royston, Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey and Hypnotic Brass Ensemble.» E-Mail This
  • Ellis Marsalis' 80th Birthday Concert

    Patrick Jarenwattananon
    10 Dec 2014 | 12:11 am
    A pianist who brought bebop to New Orleans and an educator to generations of music students, the elder Marsalis has become a father figure of modern jazz to more than just his famous sons.» E-Mail This
  • Elle Varner, Live In Concert

    Kiana Fitzgerald
    3 Dec 2014 | 11:00 am
    The rising R&B star came out with guns blazing and performed fleshed out versions of her new songs.» E-Mail This
  • Revive Big Band At Berklee

    Patrick Jarenwattananon
    3 Dec 2014 | 12:16 am
    What would it sound like if someone bridged the gap between large ensemble jazz and classic hip-hop anthems? One multi-generational group of musicians has made it their aim to find out.» E-Mail This
  • Front Row: St. Paul And The Broken Bones, 'I'm Torn Up'

    Greg Shea
    18 Nov 2014 | 11:57 am
    Watch the Alabama soul band's earthshaking performance of the opening track from its debut album, Half The City.» E-Mail This
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    Music Lists

  • The 2014 NPR Music Jazz Critics Poll

    Francis Davis
    19 Dec 2014 | 6:56 am
    We had 140 jazz journalists weigh in on their favorite releases of the year. Here are their top overall picks, with top finishers in Latin jazz, vocal, debut and historical categories.» E-Mail This
  • David Dye's Top 10 Albums Of 2014

    David Dye
    17 Dec 2014 | 12:00 pm
    The World Cafe host's favorite albums from this year abide by his mantra: they put good songs first, and present them simply and authentically.» E-Mail This
  • 2014: The Year In Tiny Desk Concerts

    Stephen Thompson
    16 Dec 2014 | 10:30 am
    Surveying a year of concerts that took place behind a desk in NPR Music's offices, we offer up highlights from T-Pain to the Pixies to a 12-piece Balkan brass extravaganza.» E-Mail This
  • Ken Tucker's Top 9 Albums Of 2014, Plus A Book

    Ken Tucker
    16 Dec 2014 | 9:59 am
    Making new sounds while staying mindful of the past is a common theme in the Fresh Air music critic's year-end list.» E-Mail This
  • Public Radio's 10 Breakout Artists Of 2014

    15 Dec 2014 | 10:20 am
    Hosts from across the country share their favorite new discoveries, from Niia to Hozier.» E-Mail This
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    Classical

  • A Bicentennial For Boston's Handel And Haydn Society

    Andrea Shea
    13 Dec 2014 | 2:17 am
    The group gave the first U.S. performance of Handel's Messiah, and still plays it today. Yet the ensemble has constantly evolved.» E-Mail This
  • Best Classical Albums Of 2014

    Tom Huizenga
    12 Dec 2014 | 5:05 am
    Our happy duty: finding 10 releases from 2014 that we can't wait to share.» E-Mail This
  • In The Italian Alps, Stradivari's Trees Live On

    Christopher Livesay
    6 Dec 2014 | 3:02 am
    The master luthier's violins and cellos include spruce from the Fiemme Valley. The forest still thrives, and its trees are still made into fine instruments.» E-Mail This
  • Dublin Guitar Quartet: Tiny Desk Concert

    Tom Huizenga
    4 Dec 2014 | 10:27 am
    It's amazing how satisfying Philip Glass' string quartet music sounds on four guitars. The interlocking parts are transparent and the music seems to breathe.» E-Mail This
  • What's Your Top 100 Of The Last 100 Years?

    Anastasia Tsioulcas
    1 Dec 2014 | 8:03 am
    Forget the best music of the past year — what are the very best compositions of the last century? Participate in member station Q2's poll, and they'll webcast a marathon of the top choices.» E-Mail This
 
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    Jazz

  • George Shearing's Holiday Set On Piano Jazz

    19 Dec 2014 | 8:39 am
    In a 2001 session, Shearing and host Marian McPartland reminisce about seasons gone by and play holiday songs, including "Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas" and "Away In A Manger."» E-Mail This
  • An Upset Either Way: Steve Lehman And Wadada Leo Smith Triumph

    Francis Davis
    19 Dec 2014 | 6:56 am
    Could anyone have predicted the first and second place finishers in this year's NPR Music Jazz Critics Poll? The poll master certainly didn't — and he voted for both of them.» E-Mail This
  • The 2014 NPR Music Jazz Critics Poll

    Francis Davis
    19 Dec 2014 | 6:56 am
    We had 140 jazz journalists weigh in on their favorite releases of the year. Here are their top overall picks, with top finishers in Latin jazz, vocal, debut and historical categories.» E-Mail This
  • Highlights From Winter Jazzfest 2014

    Patrick Jarenwattananon
    17 Dec 2014 | 9:57 pm
    As New York prepares for its January music marathon, watch performances from last year, including Gretchen Parlato, Donald Harrison, Rudy Royston, Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey and Hypnotic Brass Ensemble.» E-Mail This
  • In Memory Of 2014: Jazz Night Looks Back

    17 Dec 2014 | 9:15 pm
    This year marked the passing of legends like Charlie Haden, Horace Silver and Gerald Wilson. Hear their great live performances from the vault, and highlights remembrances from loved ones.» E-Mail This
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    Rock

  • First Watch: La Dispute, 'Woman (Reading)'

    Lars Gotrich
    19 Dec 2014 | 6:58 am
    A dancer's desperate and purposeful choreography was shot in locations all over London using one-point perspective, a powerful accompaniment to this poetic post-hardcore track.» E-Mail This
  • Parquet Courts On World Cafe

    18 Dec 2014 | 2:33 pm
    David Dye sits down with Andrew Savage and Austin Brown to discuss their prolific year.» E-Mail This
  • David Dye's Top 10 Albums Of 2014

    David Dye
    17 Dec 2014 | 12:00 pm
    The World Cafe host's favorite albums from this year abide by his mantra: they put good songs first, and present them simply and authentically.» E-Mail This
  • Watch 'Road Dawgs,' A Mini-Documentary About Future Islands

    Bob Boilen
    17 Dec 2014 | 5:03 am
    In Road Dawgs, the members of Future Islands speak candidly about the group's nearly decade-long career and its new-found success.» E-Mail This
  • Lily & Madeleine On World Cafe

    16 Dec 2014 | 12:12 pm
    The duo's sibling harmonies jump out at first, but it's the haunting arrangements that stick.» E-Mail This
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    Hip-Hop

  • On 'The Pinkprint,' Nicki Minaj Speaks The Language Of Love

    Kim Osorio
    18 Dec 2014 | 12:30 pm
    When she's at her most vulnerable as a woman, she's at her best creatively. The same way Mary J. Blige's pain drove My Life, Nicki's believable heartache steals the show on The Pinkprint.» E-Mail This
  • The @NPRHipHop Holiday Gift Guide 2014

    Cedric Shine
    18 Dec 2014 | 5:03 am
    Just a guess — you're not done shopping yet, are you? Allow us to ease your load a bit with some thoughtful ideas for the hip-hop head on your list.» E-Mail This
  • Redman On Music And Marijuana: Now Is The Time For Some Action

    Charlie Kaplan
    16 Dec 2014 | 12:00 pm
    "I think the audience is becoming more aware," he said backstage at the last date of his fall tour with Method Man. "Smarter."» E-Mail This
  • J. Cole: 'Ain't Enough Of Us Trying'

    Ali Shaheed Muhammad
    11 Dec 2014 | 9:30 pm
    "I want to get whatever's on my chest off my chest when it feels right," says the rapper, who makes songs that turn the personal into the political.» E-Mail This
  • Rick Ross: 'It Was Just So Powerful To Me'

    Ali Shaheed Muhammad
    10 Dec 2014 | 2:15 pm
    "What really blowed my mind was the way it unified a room full of people," says the Miami rapper, about his earliest memories of hip-hop. "That's what we all have in common."» E-Mail This
 
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    World

  • Hailu Mergia On World Cafe

    17 Dec 2014 | 12:37 pm
    Hailu Mergia, a keyboard player and Ethiopian music star who lives in the U.S., will get you anywhere you need to go in our nation's capital.» E-Mail This
  • Malawi Mouse Boys: Hunting Mice And Singing In Harmony

    Betto Arcos
    13 Dec 2014 | 5:11 am
    When record producer Ian Brennan met the Malawi Mouse Boys, they were selling mice as roadside snacks and singing together in church. Now, they've released two albums and toured the U.S.» E-Mail This
  • Best Global Music Of 2014

    Anastasia Tsioulcas
    13 Dec 2014 | 5:03 am
    There is so, so much good music being made all around the world — stunningly beautiful, deeply thought-provoking and powered by great beats. Here are 10 of our top picks for 2014.» E-Mail This
  • A Paul Winter Solstice Concert 2014

    8 Dec 2014 | 12:12 pm
    The saxophonist's annual celebration of the year's longest night is a tradition dating back to 1980. This year's program features Brazilian singers Ivan Lins and Renato Braz.» E-Mail This
  • A Supposedly Irie Thing I'll Most Certainly Do Again

    Baz Dreisinger
    4 Dec 2014 | 1:00 pm
    For a moment it actually moves me — the incredible diversity of this music we lump into the umbrella category "reggae." And that I share a profound passion with such a disparate crowd of folks.» E-Mail This
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    Your Money

  • 3 Business Best-Sellers Show Inequality Is Now The Hot Topic

    Marilyn Geewax
    19 Dec 2014 | 4:03 am
    Many business books try to help you get rich quick. But three of 2014's biggest sellers focused on unfairness and inequality. Economists say expect more: Books on inequality are riding a huge wave.» E-Mail This
  • When Nonprofit Hospitals Sue Their Poorest Patients

    Chris Arnold
    19 Dec 2014 | 2:02 am
    In exchange for tax breaks, nonprofit hospitals provide assistance to poor patients. But some hospitals seize wages from poor patients with unpaid bills — even those who qualify for reduced-cost care.» E-Mail This
  • Economists: Congress Gets A Hat Tip (Barely) For Its Efforts

    Marilyn Geewax
    16 Dec 2014 | 10:23 am
    Congress passed no laws addressing the minimum wage, tax reform, trade or immigration this year. But judged by the low recent standards, lawmakers got light applause from economists.» E-Mail This
  • How The Gender Pay Gap Has Changed (And How It Hasn't)

    Aparna Alluri
    15 Dec 2014 | 7:15 am
    The pay gap between men and women has been narrowing for decades. But it persists, and it gets larger as women move toward the middle of their careers.» E-Mail This
  • Lockheed Martin Case Puts 401(k) Plans On Trial

    Jim Zarroli
    15 Dec 2014 | 12:30 am
    The aerospace company is being sued for choosing retirement funds that were poorly managed and charged high fees in a case that tests the limits of a company's responsibilities to its employees.» E-Mail This
 
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    Politics

  • 'Rum, Rumba, And Romance': A Book On Cuba's Enduring Mystique

    Richard Blanco
    19 Dec 2014 | 3:33 pm
    This week, President Obama announced that he will begin to normalize relations with Cuba. Cuban-American writer Richard Blanco recommends a book about Cuba's imprint on the American imagination.» E-Mail This
  • Obama Says 'James Flacco.' The Internet Says, Thank You

    Bill Chappell
    19 Dec 2014 | 2:21 pm
    It was an honest mistake. But when President Obama said "James Flacco" when referring to James Franco — on a Friday before the holidays, no less — the slip was eagerly received online.» E-Mail This
  • Obama Says Sony Made A 'Mistake' In Cancelling 'The Interview'

    Tamara Keith
    19 Dec 2014 | 1:25 pm
    President Obama said Sony made a mistake by pulling the movie North Korea opposed and promised a U.S. response to North Korea's actions in the cyber attack against the company.» E-Mail This
  • Sentenced For Life, Inmate Still Holds Hope For Release

    Carrie Johnson
    19 Dec 2014 | 12:37 pm
    David Padilla is one of thousands of people sentenced under tough drug laws who are spending life in prison. Now the Clemency Project 2014 promises pardons or early release for some offenders.» E-Mail This
  • Obama's Wide-Ranging, Year-End News Conference

    Scott Neuman
    19 Dec 2014 | 10:31 am
    The president discussed issues ranging from normalization of relations with Cuba to Sony Pictures' decision to cancel release of the film 'The Interview' after a North Korean hack attack.» E-Mail This
 
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    Research News

  • At Last, I Meet My Microbes

    Katherine Harmon Courage
    19 Dec 2014 | 11:00 am
    At 31, a woman had the bacteria in her gut catalogued as part of scientific project that aims to characterize the creatures that live inside us and affect our health. Here's what she found out.» E-Mail This
  • 7 Miles Beneath The Sea's Surface: Who Goes There?

    Christopher Joyce
    19 Dec 2014 | 1:02 am
    Marine scientists plumbing the deepest part of the ocean sent microphones and collection probes baited with chicken to the bottom of a trench near Guam. Now they watch, wait ... and listen.» E-Mail This
  • NIH Allows Restart Of MERS Research That Had Been Questioned

    Nell Greenfieldboyce
    18 Dec 2014 | 11:20 am
    The National Institutes of Health has approved requests for waivers from a moratorium on experiments that aim to make the virus that causes Middle East respiratory syndrome more infectious in mice.» E-Mail This
  • Worries About Unusual Botulinum Toxin Prove Unfounded

    Nell Greenfieldboyce
    18 Dec 2014 | 6:47 am
    A previously unknown form of botulinum toxin thought to be resistant to standard treatment raised public health concerns. Subsequent research has allayed those fears.» E-Mail This
  • Research Examines Character Concerns Versus Performance In The NFL

    Shankar Vedantam
    18 Dec 2014 | 2:11 am
    There has been a spate of interest recently in criminal behavior among NFL athletes. Research examines the performance of athletes charged with wrongdoing, and raises questions about NFL policy.» E-Mail This
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    Space

  • Once Written Off, Kepler Telescope Finds New Planet

    Bill Chappell
    18 Dec 2014 | 5:05 pm
    The Kepler space telescope, which cost some $600 million, was feared to be at the end of its useful life in 2013. But NASA says it just found another exoplanet.» E-Mail This
  • India Tests Crew Capsule, New Heavy-Lift Rocket

    Scott Neuman
    18 Dec 2014 | 8:41 am
    An improved version of India's largest space-launch vehicle carried an unmanned crew capsule that was recovered after splashdown in the Andaman Sea.» E-Mail This
  • Black Holes And Our Cosmic Future

    Marcelo Gleiser
    17 Dec 2014 | 7:37 am
    Commentator Marcelo Gleiser says that while he enjoys sci-fi speculation like most people, he also thinks there is a chance, in viewing recent films, to learn something about ourselves and our planet.» E-Mail This
  • Methane Bursts On Mars Could Hint At Previous Life

    Joe Palca
    16 Dec 2014 | 1:19 pm
    Scientists have seen mysterious bursts of methane in the Martian atmosphere, and they can't rule out the possibility that the methane was made by something that was once alive on Mars.» E-Mail This
  • Geminids Promise A Light Show In The Night Sky

    13 Dec 2014 | 5:11 am
    The best and most easily-watched meteor shower of the year is happening this weekend. NPR's Scott Simon speaks with Jackie Faherty, an astronomer at the Carnegie Institution for Science.» E-Mail This
 
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    Sports

  • Michael Phelps Pleads Guilty To DUI

    Laura Sullivan
    19 Dec 2014 | 12:02 pm
    The Olympic gold medal winner gets no jail time for second conviction for drunk driving. He'll be able to train for Rio with his 18-month supervised probation.» E-Mail This
  • Michael Jordan Sneakers Sell For More Than $33,000 At Auction

    19 Dec 2014 | 3:22 am
    That is not the most someone has paid for Jordan's shoes. A pair he wore in Game 5 of the 1997 NBA finals sold for more than $100,000.» E-Mail This
  • FIFA Begins Meeting After American Lawyer's Angry Resignation

    Krishnadev Calamur
    18 Dec 2014 | 7:55 am
    Soccer's governing body will, among other things, discuss preparations for the 2018 World Cup. But it's the resignation of Michael Garcia over his corruption report that is likely to draw attention.» E-Mail This
  • Research Examines Character Concerns Versus Performance In The NFL

    Shankar Vedantam
    18 Dec 2014 | 2:11 am
    There has been a spate of interest recently in criminal behavior among NFL athletes. Research examines the performance of athletes charged with wrongdoing, and raises questions about NFL policy.» E-Mail This
  • What's A Sportsman Anyway?

    Frank Deford
    17 Dec 2014 | 12:46 am
    Commentator Frank Deford says awards for sportsmanship seemarchaic. These days, he says, we're more likely to talk about unsportsmanlike conduct.» E-Mail This
 
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    Fresh Air

  • J.K. Simmons On Playing A Neo-Nazi On HBO's 'Oz'

    19 Dec 2014 | 10:15 am
    Simmons was a regular on the HBO drama, which depicts the brutality of life in a maximum security prison. He spoke to Terry Gross in 1998.» E-Mail This
  • The Strange World — And Life — Of 'Mr. Turner'

    David Edelstein
    19 Dec 2014 | 10:15 am
    The biopic of landscape painter J. M. W. Turner depicts a man whose mind is barely engaged by anything other than his work. He's a mystery, and his art is magically indefinite — just like the movie.» E-Mail This
  • Meryl Streep: The Fresh Air Interview

    19 Dec 2014 | 10:15 am
    Meryl Streep won a Golden Globe for her performance as Margaret Thatcher in The Iron Lady. She talks about preparing for that role and how her perceptions of herself have changed over the years.» E-Mail This
  • A Tribute To Stephen Colbert, A Self-Proclaimed 'Junkie For Exhaustion'

    18 Dec 2014 | 12:24 pm
    Ahead of The Colbert Report's last episode, Fresh Air listens back to interviews with Colbert. "I didn't realize quite how liberal I was until I was asked to make passionate comedic choices," he said.» E-Mail This
  • Between World Wars, Gay Culture Flourished In Berlin

    17 Dec 2014 | 10:12 am
    In Gay Berlin, Robert Beachy describes the rise of a gay subculture in the 1920s and '30s, how it contributed to our understanding of gay identity and how it was eradicated by the Nazis.» E-Mail This
 
Log in