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  • With So Much Oil Flowing, U.S. May Be Reaching Storage Limits

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    Chris Arnold
    30 Mar 2015 | 12:42 am
    Amid record production, some analysts worry the U.S. will run out of places to put it all. One says lack of storage space could drive oil down to around $20 a barrel, less than half the current price.» E-Mail This
  • First Listen: Toro Y Moi, 'What For?'

    NPR Most Emailed
    Andy Beta
    29 Mar 2015 | 8:03 pm
    In recent years, Chaz Bundick's sound has traveled down some unexpected side roads. But What For? takes a U-turn back to feel-tingly guitar-pop, with winsome results.» E-Mail This
  • Searching For Buried Treasure In China, A Writer Discovers Himself

    NPR: Arts & Life
    NPR Staff
    29 Mar 2015 | 2:30 pm
    During the Sino-Japanese War, Huan Hsu's great-great-grandfather buried his vast porcelain collection to keep it safe. Hsu went to find it 70 years later, on a trip about more than missing china.» E-Mail This
  • With So Much Oil Flowing, U.S. May Be Reaching Storage Limits

    NPR: Business
    Chris Arnold
    30 Mar 2015 | 12:42 am
    Amid record production, some analysts worry the U.S. will run out of places to put it all. One says lack of storage space could drive oil down to around $20 a barrel, less than half the current price.» E-Mail This
  • Videos On End-Of-Life Choices Ease Tough Conversation

    NPR: Science
    Ina Jaffe
    29 Mar 2015 | 2:21 pm
    A program in Hawaii aims to reduce the number of older people who spend their final days of life in a hospital. Hawaii has one of the highest rates of hospital deaths for those over age 65 in the U.S.» E-Mail This
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  • With So Much Oil Flowing, U.S. May Be Reaching Storage Limits

    Chris Arnold
    30 Mar 2015 | 12:42 am
    Amid record production, some analysts worry the U.S. will run out of places to put it all. One says lack of storage space could drive oil down to around $20 a barrel, less than half the current price.» E-Mail This
  • Uphill Skiing Gains Traction In Colorado

    Marci Krivonen
    30 Mar 2015 | 12:41 am
    There's a growing trend of hiking up mountains — in skis. Though it's banned at some resorts for safety reasons, enthusiasts in Aspen want make the town a hub for the emerging sport.» E-Mail This
  • Sure Use A Treadmill Desk — But You Still Need To Exercise

    Patti Neighmond
    30 Mar 2015 | 12:40 am
    Treadmill desks were the hot new trend in exercising a few years ago. The idea was to get moving and lose weight at work. But a new study suggests people don't use them enough to make a difference.» E-Mail This
  • Compression Clothing: Not The Magic Bullet For Performance

    Lauren Silverman
    30 Mar 2015 | 12:39 am
    Tight elasticized socks, sleeves and T-shirts supposedly make you a better athlete. But alas, science is pouring some cold water on those alluring claims.» E-Mail This
  • Tony Award-Winning Director Gene Saks Dies At 93

    The Associated Press
    29 Mar 2015 | 10:43 pm
    Gene Saks teamed with playwright and fellow New Yorker Neil Simon on Broadway and movie productions of such Simon comedies as The Odd Couple and Brighton Beach Memoirs. He died Saturday in New York.» E-Mail This
 
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    NPR Most Emailed

  • First Listen: Toro Y Moi, 'What For?'

    Andy Beta
    29 Mar 2015 | 8:03 pm
    In recent years, Chaz Bundick's sound has traveled down some unexpected side roads. But What For? takes a U-turn back to feel-tingly guitar-pop, with winsome results.» E-Mail This
  • First Listen: Say Lou Lou, 'Lucid Dreaming'

    Katie Presley
    29 Mar 2015 | 8:03 pm
    Though the twin sisters in Say Lou Lou don't plumb the depths of human understanding with these 11 songs, they clearly and keenly feel the weight of all that glitters.» E-Mail This
  • First Listen: Drenge, 'Undertow'

    Jason Heller
    29 Mar 2015 | 8:03 pm
    On its second album, the British rock duo moves smoothly from tantrum to anthem, crafting songs with singalong hooks and buckets of sweaty, cathartic rage.» E-Mail This
  • First Listen: Jessie Baylin, 'Dark Place'

    Jewly Hight
    29 Mar 2015 | 8:03 pm
    The singer-songwriter reconvenes with her longtime co-writer and producer, Richard Swift, to craft 11 seductively seclusive pop songs about motherhood, exile, insecurity and devotion.» E-Mail This
  • First Listen: Royal Thunder, 'Crooked Doors'

    Lars Gotrich
    29 Mar 2015 | 8:03 pm
    Writing a breakup album is one thing. Writing a breakup album with your ex is another. A stunning hard-rock record, Crooked Doors grapples with what it means to live with your own history.» E-Mail This
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    NPR: Arts & Life

  • Searching For Buried Treasure In China, A Writer Discovers Himself

    NPR Staff
    29 Mar 2015 | 2:30 pm
    During the Sino-Japanese War, Huan Hsu's great-great-grandfather buried his vast porcelain collection to keep it safe. Hsu went to find it 70 years later, on a trip about more than missing china.» E-Mail This
  • For 'Dexter' Star David Zayas, Acting Was A Long Shot Away

    NPR Staff
    29 Mar 2015 | 2:21 pm
    The Bronx native grew up in a blue-collar household; a life in show business seemed far from reality. He spent time in the Air Force and as a cop before he finally gave his childhood dream a chance.» E-Mail This
  • Palm Springs Celebrates Its Past, And Tourists Arrive In Droves

    Matt Guilhem
    29 Mar 2015 | 2:21 pm
    Palm Springs was the desert playground of golden-era Hollywood. Then its glamour faded. Now its midcentury architecture, its retro style and the allure of its past are fueling a rebirth.» E-Mail This
  • For This Puzzle, Watch Your Words

    Will Shortz
    29 Mar 2015 | 5:03 am
    The challenge is a game of categories based on the word "watch." For each category provided, name something starting with each of the letters W-A-T-C-H.» E-Mail This
  • Cate Blanchett Swears On Australian TV; Flap Ensues

    29 Mar 2015 | 4:24 am
    When Cate Blanchett was interviewed about her role in Cinderella last week, the interview came to an abrupt end with some inappropriate language. Oh, my! What would Prince Charming think?» E-Mail This
 
 
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    NPR: People & Places

  • With So Much Oil Flowing, U.S. May Be Reaching Storage Limits

    Chris Arnold
    30 Mar 2015 | 12:42 am
    Amid record production, some analysts worry the U.S. will run out of places to put it all. One says lack of storage space could drive oil down to around $20 a barrel, less than half the current price.» E-Mail This
  • Uphill Skiing Gains Traction In Colorado

    Marci Krivonen
    30 Mar 2015 | 12:41 am
    There's a growing trend of hiking up mountains — in skis. Though it's banned at some resorts for safety reasons, enthusiasts in Aspen want make the town a hub for the emerging sport.» E-Mail This
  • Sure Use A Treadmill Desk — But You Still Need To Exercise

    Patti Neighmond
    30 Mar 2015 | 12:40 am
    Treadmill desks were the hot new trend in exercising a few years ago. The idea was to get moving and lose weight at work. But a new study suggests people don't use them enough to make a difference.» E-Mail This
  • Compression Clothing: Not The Magic Bullet For Performance

    Lauren Silverman
    30 Mar 2015 | 12:39 am
    Tight elasticized socks, sleeves and T-shirts supposedly make you a better athlete. But alas, science is pouring some cold water on those alluring claims.» E-Mail This
  • Tony Award-Winning Director Gene Saks Dies At 93

    The Associated Press
    29 Mar 2015 | 10:43 pm
    Gene Saks teamed with playwright and fellow New Yorker Neil Simon on Broadway and movie productions of such Simon comedies as The Odd Couple and Brighton Beach Memoirs. He died Saturday in New York.» E-Mail This
 
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    NPR: US

  • With So Much Oil Flowing, U.S. May Be Reaching Storage Limits

    Chris Arnold
    30 Mar 2015 | 12:42 am
    Amid record production, some analysts worry the U.S. will run out of places to put it all. One says lack of storage space could drive oil down to around $20 a barrel, less than half the current price.» E-Mail This
  • Uphill Skiing Gains Traction In Colorado

    Marci Krivonen
    30 Mar 2015 | 12:41 am
    There's a growing trend of hiking up mountains — in skis. Though it's banned at some resorts for safety reasons, enthusiasts in Aspen want make the town a hub for the emerging sport.» E-Mail This
  • Sure Use A Treadmill Desk — But You Still Need To Exercise

    Patti Neighmond
    30 Mar 2015 | 12:40 am
    Treadmill desks were the hot new trend in exercising a few years ago. The idea was to get moving and lose weight at work. But a new study suggests people don't use them enough to make a difference.» E-Mail This
  • Videos On End-Of-Life Choices Ease Tough Conversation

    Ina Jaffe
    29 Mar 2015 | 2:21 pm
    A program in Hawaii aims to reduce the number of older people who spend their final days of life in a hospital. Hawaii has one of the highest rates of hospital deaths for those over age 65 in the U.S.» E-Mail This
  • Palm Springs Celebrates Its Past, And Tourists Arrive In Droves

    Matt Guilhem
    29 Mar 2015 | 2:21 pm
    Palm Springs was the desert playground of golden-era Hollywood. Then its glamour faded. Now its midcentury architecture, its retro style and the allure of its past are fueling a rebirth.» E-Mail This
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    Weekend Edition Saturday

  • Expert: Iranians In Favor Of Nuclear Deal

    28 Mar 2015 | 4:38 am
    A potential nuclear deal with Iran would have big implications for national politics in both the U.S. and Iran. NPR's Scott Simon speaks to Najmeh Bozorgmehr of the Financial Times about the talks.» E-Mail This
  • At Aging Conference, Old Is The New Black

    28 Mar 2015 | 4:38 am
    For the first in a series of regular discussions about aging, NPR's Scott Simon speaks with NPR's Ina Jaffe from the Aging in America Conference in Chicago.» E-Mail This
  • Oil Can Boyd And Shoeless Joe: Legends Of Baseball

    28 Mar 2015 | 4:38 am
    Baseball season begins next weekend, and to mark the occasion NPR's Scott Simon talks to Howard Bryant of ESPN about his new book, Legends: the Best Players, Games and Teams in Baseball. » E-Mail This
  • Nigerians Vote In Tight Presidential Election

    28 Mar 2015 | 4:38 am
    The top contenders in Nigeria's election are incumbent Goodluck Jonathan, who has battled an Islamist insurgency for years, and a former military leader who promises to be tough on corruption.» E-Mail This
  • Ex-Ambassador: Rebels In Yemen Exploited A Vacuum

    28 Mar 2015 | 4:38 am
    A Saudi-led coalition carried out airstrikes on Yemen for the third night in a row. NPR's Scott Simon talks about the crisis in Yemen and what led up to it with the former U.S. Ambassador Barbara Bodine.» E-Mail This
 
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    Stories from NPR

  • With So Much Oil Flowing, U.S. May Be Reaching Storage Limits

    Chris Arnold
    30 Mar 2015 | 12:42 am
    Amid record production, some analysts worry the U.S. will run out of places to put it all. One says lack of storage space could drive oil down to around $20 a barrel, less than half the current price.» E-Mail This
  • Uphill Skiing Gains Traction In Colorado

    Marci Krivonen
    30 Mar 2015 | 12:41 am
    There's a growing trend of hiking up mountains — in skis. Though it's banned at some resorts for safety reasons, enthusiasts in Aspen want make the town a hub for the emerging sport.» E-Mail This
  • Sure Use A Treadmill Desk — But You Still Need To Exercise

    Patti Neighmond
    30 Mar 2015 | 12:40 am
    Treadmill desks were the hot new trend in exercising a few years ago. The idea was to get moving and lose weight at work. But a new study suggests people don't use them enough to make a difference.» E-Mail This
  • Compression Clothing: Not The Magic Bullet For Performance

    Lauren Silverman
    30 Mar 2015 | 12:39 am
    Tight elasticized socks, sleeves and T-shirts supposedly make you a better athlete. But alas, science is pouring some cold water on those alluring claims.» E-Mail This
  • Tony Award-Winning Director Gene Saks Dies At 93

    The Associated Press
    29 Mar 2015 | 10:43 pm
    Gene Saks teamed with playwright and fellow New Yorker Neil Simon on Broadway and movie productions of such Simon comedies as The Odd Couple and Brighton Beach Memoirs. He died Saturday in New York.» E-Mail This
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    Stories from NPR

  • With So Much Oil Flowing, U.S. May Be Reaching Storage Limits

    Chris Arnold
    30 Mar 2015 | 12:42 am
    Amid record production, some analysts worry the U.S. will run out of places to put it all. One says lack of storage space could drive oil down to around $20 a barrel, less than half the current price.» E-Mail This
  • Uphill Skiing Gains Traction In Colorado

    Marci Krivonen
    30 Mar 2015 | 12:41 am
    There's a growing trend of hiking up mountains — in skis. Though it's banned at some resorts for safety reasons, enthusiasts in Aspen want make the town a hub for the emerging sport.» E-Mail This
  • Sure Use A Treadmill Desk — But You Still Need To Exercise

    Patti Neighmond
    30 Mar 2015 | 12:40 am
    Treadmill desks were the hot new trend in exercising a few years ago. The idea was to get moving and lose weight at work. But a new study suggests people don't use them enough to make a difference.» E-Mail This
  • Compression Clothing: Not The Magic Bullet For Performance

    Lauren Silverman
    30 Mar 2015 | 12:39 am
    Tight elasticized socks, sleeves and T-shirts supposedly make you a better athlete. But alas, science is pouring some cold water on those alluring claims.» E-Mail This
  • Tony Award-Winning Director Gene Saks Dies At 93

    The Associated Press
    29 Mar 2015 | 10:43 pm
    Gene Saks teamed with playwright and fellow New Yorker Neil Simon on Broadway and movie productions of such Simon comedies as The Odd Couple and Brighton Beach Memoirs. He died Saturday in New York.» E-Mail This
 
 
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    NPR: Economy

  • With So Much Oil Flowing, U.S. May Be Reaching Storage Limits

    Chris Arnold
    30 Mar 2015 | 12:42 am
    Amid record production, some analysts worry the U.S. will run out of places to put it all. One says lack of storage space could drive oil down to around $20 a barrel, less than half the current price.» E-Mail This
  • Proposed Payday Industry Regulations Must Strike Delicate Balance

    Scott Horsley
    29 Mar 2015 | 2:21 pm
    The federal government is moving to reign in the payday loan industry, which critics say traps consumers in a damaging cycle of debt. A look at the possible effects of proposed regulations.» E-Mail This
  • How Singapore Became One Of The Richest Places On Earth

    Jim Zarroli
    29 Mar 2015 | 4:38 am
    The founder of modern Singapore, Lee Kuan Yew, used both free-market principles and strong central planning to transform the tiny former British colony into an economic powerhouse.» E-Mail This
  • Senate Follows House In Passing GOP Budget Blueprint

    The Associated Press
    27 Mar 2015 | 2:06 am
    Working into Friday's pre-dawn hours, senators approved the measure by a near party-line 52-46 vote, endorsing a budget that closely follows one the House passed Wednesday.» E-Mail This
  • Census Data Prove It: We Prefer Sunshine And Golf Carts

    Marilyn Geewax
    26 Mar 2015 | 11:46 am
    A new Census Bureau report suggests many Americans would rather be driving a golf cart than shoveling a drive. Last year, Florida was home to six of the 20 fastest-growing metro areas in the nation.» E-Mail This
 
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    NPR: Games & Humor

  • A Father-Daughter Team Remakes 'Jurassic Park' In Lego Form

    Caele Pemberton
    29 Mar 2015 | 4:56 pm
    The dinosaurs are a lot smaller than the originals — and so is one of the filmmakers. Paul Hollingsworth and his 8-year-old daughter, Hailee, made a short parody of the science fiction classic.» E-Mail This
  • For This Puzzle, Watch Your Words

    Will Shortz
    29 Mar 2015 | 5:03 am
    The challenge is a game of categories based on the word "watch." For each category provided, name something starting with each of the letters W-A-T-C-H.» E-Mail This
  • Not My Job: 'Mad Men' Creator Matthew Weiner Gets Quizzed On Glad Men

    28 Mar 2015 | 6:19 am
    The final season of Mad Men is about to begin, so we've decided to ask the show's creator about men who are glad rather than mad — success coaches, motivational speakers and happiness gurus.» E-Mail This
  • Board Games That Bored Gamers

    Linton Weeks
    26 Mar 2015 | 8:48 am
    Strolling through the board games of yesteryear we find some that succeeded and some that faded away.» E-Mail This
  • Sandwich Monday: Burger King's YUMBO

    Peter Sagal
    23 Mar 2015 | 11:55 am
    For this week's Sandwich Monday, we try the YUMBO. It's a Burger King sandwich with ham and cheese recently pulled out of retirement.» E-Mail This
 
 
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    NPR: Movies

  • Tony Award-Winning Director Gene Saks Dies At 93

    The Associated Press
    29 Mar 2015 | 10:43 pm
    Gene Saks teamed with playwright and fellow New Yorker Neil Simon on Broadway and movie productions of such Simon comedies as The Odd Couple and Brighton Beach Memoirs. He died Saturday in New York.» E-Mail This
  • A Father-Daughter Team Remakes 'Jurassic Park' In Lego Form

    Caele Pemberton
    29 Mar 2015 | 4:56 pm
    The dinosaurs are a lot smaller than the originals — and so is one of the filmmakers. Paul Hollingsworth and his 8-year-old daughter, Hailee, made a short parody of the science fiction classic.» E-Mail This
  • Cate Blanchett Swears On Australian TV; Flap Ensues

    29 Mar 2015 | 4:24 am
    When Cate Blanchett was interviewed about her role in Cinderella last week, the interview came to an abrupt end with some inappropriate language. Oh, my! What would Prince Charming think?» E-Mail This
  • The Chinese 'Paper Son' Who Inspired The Look Of Disney's 'Bambi'

    Hansi Lo Wang
    28 Mar 2015 | 5:00 am
    Tyrus Wong's expressive paintings caught Walt Disney's eye and became the visual guide for Bambi. Born in China, Wong — now 104 — used forged papers to enter the U.S. under the Chinese Exclusion Act.» E-Mail This
  • Pour A Bucket Of Blood On These New Adaptations Of 'Carrie'

    Beth Accomando
    28 Mar 2015 | 3:03 am
    Stephen King has said his novel Carrie is about women's power and men's fear — an idea reporter Beth Accomando says has gotten lost in newer adaptations of the horror classic for stage and screen.» E-Mail This
 
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    NPR: Music

  • First Listen: Toro Y Moi, 'What For?'

    Andy Beta
    29 Mar 2015 | 8:03 pm
    In recent years, Chaz Bundick's sound has traveled down some unexpected side roads. But What For? takes a U-turn back to feel-tingly guitar-pop, with winsome results.» E-Mail This
  • First Listen: Say Lou Lou, 'Lucid Dreaming'

    Katie Presley
    29 Mar 2015 | 8:03 pm
    Though the twin sisters in Say Lou Lou don't plumb the depths of human understanding with these 11 songs, they clearly and keenly feel the weight of all that glitters.» E-Mail This
  • First Listen: Drenge, 'Undertow'

    Jason Heller
    29 Mar 2015 | 8:03 pm
    On its second album, the British rock duo moves smoothly from tantrum to anthem, crafting songs with singalong hooks and buckets of sweaty, cathartic rage.» E-Mail This
  • First Listen: Jessie Baylin, 'Dark Place'

    Jewly Hight
    29 Mar 2015 | 8:03 pm
    The singer-songwriter reconvenes with her longtime co-writer and producer, Richard Swift, to craft 11 seductively seclusive pop songs about motherhood, exile, insecurity and devotion.» E-Mail This
  • First Listen: Royal Thunder, 'Crooked Doors'

    Lars Gotrich
    29 Mar 2015 | 8:03 pm
    Writing a breakup album is one thing. Writing a breakup album with your ex is another. A stunning hard-rock record, Crooked Doors grapples with what it means to live with your own history.» E-Mail This
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    NPR: Stories from NPR

  • First Listen: Toro Y Moi, 'What For?'

    Andy Beta
    29 Mar 2015 | 8:03 pm
    In recent years, Chaz Bundick's sound has traveled down some unexpected side roads. But What For? takes a U-turn back to feel-tingly guitar-pop, with winsome results.» E-Mail This
  • First Listen: Say Lou Lou, 'Lucid Dreaming'

    Katie Presley
    29 Mar 2015 | 8:03 pm
    Though the twin sisters in Say Lou Lou don't plumb the depths of human understanding with these 11 songs, they clearly and keenly feel the weight of all that glitters.» E-Mail This
  • First Listen: Drenge, 'Undertow'

    Jason Heller
    29 Mar 2015 | 8:03 pm
    On its second album, the British rock duo moves smoothly from tantrum to anthem, crafting songs with singalong hooks and buckets of sweaty, cathartic rage.» E-Mail This
  • First Listen: Jessie Baylin, 'Dark Place'

    Jewly Hight
    29 Mar 2015 | 8:03 pm
    The singer-songwriter reconvenes with her longtime co-writer and producer, Richard Swift, to craft 11 seductively seclusive pop songs about motherhood, exile, insecurity and devotion.» E-Mail This
  • First Listen: Royal Thunder, 'Crooked Doors'

    Lars Gotrich
    29 Mar 2015 | 8:03 pm
    Writing a breakup album is one thing. Writing a breakup album with your ex is another. A stunning hard-rock record, Crooked Doors grapples with what it means to live with your own history.» E-Mail This
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    Music Videos

  • Anonymous 4 With Bruce Molsky: Tiny Desk Concert

    Tom Huizenga
    28 Mar 2015 | 7:40 am
    The a cappella quartet, known for luminous interpretations of medieval pieces, teams up with folk musician Bruce Molsky in music from more modern times — popular songs from the Civil War era.» E-Mail This
  • Lauren Shera, 'Light and Dust'

    Bob Boilen
    27 Mar 2015 | 9:00 am
    The new video from this Nashville by-way-of California songwriter is full of 1970s folk-rock mythology.» E-Mail This
  • KCRW Presents: Twin Shadow

    Jason Bentley
    26 Mar 2015 | 8:42 am
    The synth-pop band, led by George Lewis Jr., performs a haunting track from its grandiose new album.» E-Mail This
  • Genevieve, 'Colors'

    Bob Boilen
    26 Mar 2015 | 6:11 am
    The debut single by Chicago singer Genevieve Schatz is the one new tune the entire All Songs Considered crew loved before heading down to SXSW.» E-Mail This
  • For Mick Jenkins, Water Is A Way Of Life

    Lars Gotrich
    26 Mar 2015 | 5:03 am
    At SXSW, when a good portion of the crowd is likely drinking cheap beer, it's important to stay healthy in the heat. The Chicago hip-hop artist wants you to stay hydrated. No, really.» E-Mail This
 
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    Concerts

  • Stromae, Live In Concert: SXSW 2015

    Stephen Thompson
    25 Mar 2015 | 10:12 am
    After an NPR staffer led Stromae through the crowd prior to his set, she likened the experience to walking John Lennon through the crowd at the height of Beatlemania.» E-Mail This
  • Ingrid Jensen And Steve Treseler Play Kenny Wheeler

    Patrick Jarenwattananon
    24 Mar 2015 | 4:46 pm
    The late, distinctively melodic jazz trumpeter and composer Kenny Wheeler was quietly influential to generations of musicians. From the Pacific Northwest, two acolytes reimagine his catalog.» E-Mail This
  • Courtney Barnett, Live In Concert: SXSW 2015

    Stephen Thompson
    21 Mar 2015 | 12:35 pm
    The famously anxious Melbourne singer-songwriter is now a full-fledged rock 'n' roll star. Watch her perform songs from Sometimes I Sit And Think, And Sometimes I Just Sit at our SXSW showcase.» E-Mail This
  • Boogie, Live In Concert: SXSW 2015

    Frannie Kelley
    21 Mar 2015 | 8:10 am
    The Compton rapper's set was made up of personal songs that built with increasing intensity. There was no affect — all legitimacy and promise.» E-Mail This
  • 'Remembering Marian McPartland: A Celebration' On Piano Jazz

    20 Mar 2015 | 8:34 am
    Tony Bennett, Barbara Carroll, Bill Charlap, Chris Brubeck and more pay tribute to the grande dame of Piano Jazz.» E-Mail This
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    Classical

  • A Young Composer's Evening Prayers For Troubled Times

    NPR Staff
    28 Mar 2015 | 2:22 pm
    Missy Mazzoli and a host of collaborators — including Wilco drummer Glenn Kotche — use a Christian sunset service as a frame for meditation on modern life.» E-Mail This
  • Anonymous 4 With Bruce Molsky: Tiny Desk Concert

    Tom Huizenga
    28 Mar 2015 | 7:40 am
    The a cappella quartet, known for luminous interpretations of medieval pieces, teams up with folk musician Bruce Molsky in music from more modern times — popular songs from the Civil War era.» E-Mail This
  • The Sensuous Radical: Pierre Boulez at 90

    Tom Huizenga
    26 Mar 2015 | 9:49 am
    Claiming total freedom in sound and color — and making outrageous pronouncements — the tough-minded composer and conductor charted a new course for classical music.» E-Mail This
  • Cross The Arctic With The Kronos Quartet

    Anastasia Tsioulcas
    25 Mar 2015 | 7:56 am
    Derek Charke's Cercle du Nord III teems with the sounds of life — modern and ancient — in the Arctic.» E-Mail This
  • First Listen: Missy Mazzoli, 'Vespers For A New Dark Age'

    Thomas Huizenga
    22 Mar 2015 | 8:10 pm
    With secular texts, soaring vocals and electronics, Mazzoli twists the traditional vesper prayer service to reflect our high-tech times.» E-Mail This
 
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    Jazz

  • Three Jazz Pianists, A Generation After Apartheid

    Giovanni Russonello
    28 Mar 2015 | 3:03 am
    Millennial musicians are reshaping the South African jazz scene in a culture of open exchange. Hear from pianists Nduduzo Makhathini, Kyle Shepherd and Bokani Dyer.» E-Mail This
  • Dardanelle Hadley On Piano Jazz

    27 Mar 2015 | 2:10 pm
    In this Piano Jazz session from 1984, Hadley shows off her chops in "All The Things You Are" and duets with host Marian McPartland in "It's Delovely."» E-Mail This
  • Anat Cohen's Roots Of Rio

    25 Mar 2015 | 10:35 pm
    The genre choro — the New Orleans jazz of Brazil — has long fascinated Cohen, a jazz-trained clarinet and saxophone player. Her new quartet Choro Aventuroso modernizes the music's rhythms and forms.» E-Mail This
  • Ingrid Jensen And Steve Treseler Play Kenny Wheeler

    Patrick Jarenwattananon
    24 Mar 2015 | 4:46 pm
    The late, distinctively melodic jazz trumpeter and composer Kenny Wheeler was quietly influential to generations of musicians. From the Pacific Northwest, two acolytes reimagine his catalog.» E-Mail This
  • 'Remembering Marian McPartland: A Celebration' On Piano Jazz

    20 Mar 2015 | 8:34 am
    Tony Bennett, Barbara Carroll, Bill Charlap, Chris Brubeck and more pay tribute to the grande dame of Piano Jazz.» E-Mail This
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    Rock

  • First Listen: Drenge, 'Undertow'

    Jason Heller
    29 Mar 2015 | 8:03 pm
    On its second album, the British rock duo moves smoothly from tantrum to anthem, crafting songs with singalong hooks and buckets of sweaty, cathartic rage.» E-Mail This
  • First Listen: Royal Thunder, 'Crooked Doors'

    Lars Gotrich
    29 Mar 2015 | 8:03 pm
    Writing a breakup album is one thing. Writing a breakup album with your ex is another. A stunning hard-rock record, Crooked Doors grapples with what it means to live with your own history.» E-Mail This
  • First Listen: Jessie Baylin, 'Dark Place'

    Jewly Hight
    29 Mar 2015 | 8:03 pm
    The singer-songwriter reconvenes with her longtime co-writer and producer, Richard Swift, to craft 11 seductively seclusive pop songs about motherhood, exile, insecurity and devotion.» E-Mail This
  • First Listen: Waxahatchee, 'Ivy Tripp'

    Stephen Thompson
    29 Mar 2015 | 8:03 pm
    On her band's new album, Katie Crutchfield sounds nervier and more confident than ever before, while remaining true to her role as an analytical but artful chronicler of youthful uncertainty.» E-Mail This
  • First Listen: The Mountain Goats, 'Beat The Champ'

    Stephen Thompson
    29 Mar 2015 | 8:03 pm
    On an unlikely concept album, John Darnielle takes a nostalgic but realistic look at the workaday underworld of the pro wrestlers he idolized as a kid.» E-Mail This
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    Hip-Hop

  • For Mick Jenkins, Water Is A Way Of Life

    Lars Gotrich
    26 Mar 2015 | 5:03 am
    At SXSW, when a good portion of the crowd is likely drinking cheap beer, it's important to stay healthy in the heat. The Chicago hip-hop artist wants you to stay hydrated. No, really.» E-Mail This
  • Earl Sweatshirt: 'I'm Grown'

    Ali Shaheed Muhammad
    24 Mar 2015 | 12:37 am
    "This is the first thing that I've said that I fully stand behind," the 21-year-old rapper says of his new album. "I've never been this transparent with myself or with music."» E-Mail This
  • Boogie, Live In Concert: SXSW 2015

    Frannie Kelley
    21 Mar 2015 | 8:10 am
    The Compton rapper's set was made up of personal songs that built with increasing intensity. There was no affect — all legitimacy and promise.» E-Mail This
  • 'To Pimp A Butterfly' Aspires To Be Music's Great American Novel

    Oliver Wang
    18 Mar 2015 | 2:00 pm
    Kendrick Lamar's long-awaited new album dropped late Sunday night, nine days early. On it, the rapper wades into our current moment of peril around race, inequality and brutality.» E-Mail This
  • ASAP Ferg: 'I Want This Moment To Last Forever'

    Ali Shaheed Muhammad
    18 Mar 2015 | 5:03 am
    The pillar of New York's ASAP Mob speaks about his aesthetic choices, the way he imagines our far off future and what he's learned from Missy Elliott.» E-Mail This
 
 
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    Politics

  • Proposed Payday Industry Regulations Must Strike Delicate Balance

    Scott Horsley
    29 Mar 2015 | 2:21 pm
    The federal government is moving to reign in the payday loan industry, which critics say traps consumers in a damaging cycle of debt. A look at the possible effects of proposed regulations.» E-Mail This
  • Indiana Governor: Lawmakers To 'Clarify' Anti-Gay Law

    Scott Neuman
    29 Mar 2015 | 5:36 am
    Mike Pence, who signed the controversial Religious Freedom Restoration Act last week, says he didn't anticipate the level of hostility the law has engendered.» E-Mail This
  • Clinton Seeks A 'New Relationship' With The Press

    29 Mar 2015 | 4:24 am
    Some of Hillary Clinton's most vocal critics are from those in the media. NPR's Rachel Martin talks to correspondent Mara Liasson about Clinton's evolving relationship with the press.» E-Mail This
  • Week In Politics: Sen. Harry Reid's Retirement, Cruz's Appeal To Far-Right

    27 Mar 2015 | 1:37 pm
    NPR's Robert Siegel speaks with political commentators E.J. Dionne of the Washington Post and Brookings Institution and David Brooks of The New York Times about Harry Reid's retirement announcement and Ted Cruz's appeal to the far-right.» E-Mail This
  • Nigerian President Faces Tough Reelection Campaign

    Ofeibea Quist-Arcton
    27 Mar 2015 | 1:37 pm
    Nigerians head to the polls Saturday to vote for their new president. The incumbent Goodluck Jonathan faces former military leader, Muhammadu Buhari, who says he's tough on security and corruption.» E-Mail This
 
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    Research News

  • A Day's A Day The World Around — But Shorter On Saturn

    Geoff Brumfiel
    28 Mar 2015 | 4:38 am
    Researchers have finally determined the length of a day on the ringed planet (gas shrouds any landmarks, so it was tough). Precision matters: A faster spin influences the speed of surface winds.» E-Mail This
  • Big Shelves Of Antarctic Ice Melting Faster Than Scientists Thought

    Christopher Joyce
    26 Mar 2015 | 2:32 pm
    The rate at which the ice is shrinking at the ocean's edge in the West Antarctic has increased by 70 percent over the past decade, an analysis of satellite measurements suggests.» E-Mail This
  • Ebola Is Not Mutating As Fast As Scientists Feared

    Michaeleen Doucleff
    26 Mar 2015 | 12:21 pm
    Many people have worried that Ebola could evolve into a more deadly virus — or start spreading through the air. A study published Thursday alleviates these concerns.» E-Mail This
  • Mosquitoes Can Smell Inside Your Blood

    Poncie Rutsch
    25 Mar 2015 | 1:15 pm
    When malaria parasites infect blood, they manufacture odor molecules that smell sweet to mosquitoes, scientists report. So how do these odors get from the bloodstream to the insects?» E-Mail This
  • University And Biotech Firm Team Up On Colorblindness Therapy

    Jon Hamilton
    25 Mar 2015 | 1:14 pm
    Six years ago, husband-and-wife scientists used gene therapy to cure colorblindness in monkeys. Now they're trying to make it work for the millions of people with faulty color vision.» E-Mail This
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    Space

  • Astronaut Twins To Separate For The Sake Of Space Travel

    Eric Westervelt
    28 Mar 2015 | 2:22 pm
    Astronaut Scott Kelly has arrived at the International Space Station on a yearlong mission. He and Mark Kelly, his twin and fellow NASA astronaut, will take part in experiments comparing their health.» E-Mail This
  • A Day's A Day The World Around — But Shorter On Saturn

    Geoff Brumfiel
    28 Mar 2015 | 4:38 am
    Researchers have finally determined the length of a day on the ringed planet (gas shrouds any landmarks, so it was tough). Precision matters: A faster spin influences the speed of surface winds.» E-Mail This
  • NASA To Study A Twin In Space And His Brother On Earth

    Nell Greenfieldboyce
    27 Mar 2015 | 1:43 am
    During astronaut Scott Kelly's year in space, scientists will compare his physiology with that of his twin brother, Mark, to study the effect of prolonged space flight on the human body.» E-Mail This
  • NASA Rover Opportunity Wins Mars Marathon

    25 Mar 2015 | 4:35 am
    It only took the vehicle 11 years and 2 months. That's the furthest any off-earth vehicle has traveled — beating out the Soviet Union's moon rover.» E-Mail This
  • A Side Of SpaceX You May Not Have Seen Before

    Krishnadev Calamur
    23 Mar 2015 | 4:42 am
    CEO Elon Musk's decision to put photos in the public domain was spurred by a Twitter follower who asked: What is there to lose?» E-Mail This
 
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    Sports

  • Uphill Skiing Gains Traction In Colorado

    Marci Krivonen
    30 Mar 2015 | 12:41 am
    There's a growing trend of hiking up mountains — in skis. Though it's banned at some resorts for safety reasons, enthusiasts in Aspen want make the town a hub for the emerging sport.» E-Mail This
  • Michigan State, Duke Join Kentucky, Wisconsin In The Men's Final Four

    Becky Sullivan
    29 Mar 2015 | 4:30 pm
    A missed free throw sent Michigan State-Louisville to overtime, where the Cardinals couldn't hang on. Gonzaga hung with Duke but couldn't quite keep up.» E-Mail This
  • Kentucky Is Now Just Two Games Away From Perfect Season

    L. Carol Ritchie
    28 Mar 2015 | 8:09 pm
    It was down to two final free throws, but the Wildcats finally overcame Notre Dame's upset bid in a 68-66 win. They'll go on to face the Wisconsin Badgers in a rematch from last year's Final Four.» E-Mail This
  • The Cautionary Tale Of A Big-Time Bracket Bust

    NPR Staff
    28 Mar 2015 | 3:35 pm
    In 2010, police arrested a New Jersey man running a football pool — with a payout totaling nearly $900,000. If you're the one holding money in your office's college basketball pool, take heed.» E-Mail This
  • Oil Can Boyd And Shoeless Joe: Legends Of Baseball

    28 Mar 2015 | 4:38 am
    Baseball season begins next weekend, and to mark the occasion NPR's Scott Simon talks to Howard Bryant of ESPN about his new book, Legends: the Best Players, Games and Teams in Baseball. » E-Mail This
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    Stories from NPR

  • With So Much Oil Flowing, U.S. May Be Reaching Storage Limits

    Chris Arnold
    30 Mar 2015 | 12:42 am
    Amid record production, some analysts worry the U.S. will run out of places to put it all. One says lack of storage space could drive oil down to around $20 a barrel, less than half the current price.» E-Mail This
  • Uphill Skiing Gains Traction In Colorado

    Marci Krivonen
    30 Mar 2015 | 12:41 am
    There's a growing trend of hiking up mountains — in skis. Though it's banned at some resorts for safety reasons, enthusiasts in Aspen want make the town a hub for the emerging sport.» E-Mail This
  • Sure Use A Treadmill Desk — But You Still Need To Exercise

    Patti Neighmond
    30 Mar 2015 | 12:40 am
    Treadmill desks were the hot new trend in exercising a few years ago. The idea was to get moving and lose weight at work. But a new study suggests people don't use them enough to make a difference.» E-Mail This
  • Compression Clothing: Not The Magic Bullet For Performance

    Lauren Silverman
    30 Mar 2015 | 12:39 am
    Tight elasticized socks, sleeves and T-shirts supposedly make you a better athlete. But alas, science is pouring some cold water on those alluring claims.» E-Mail This
  • Tony Award-Winning Director Gene Saks Dies At 93

    The Associated Press
    29 Mar 2015 | 10:43 pm
    Gene Saks teamed with playwright and fellow New Yorker Neil Simon on Broadway and movie productions of such Simon comedies as The Odd Couple and Brighton Beach Memoirs. He died Saturday in New York.» E-Mail This
 
 
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