Hook-laden San Francisco scuzz rock that doesn’t sound like the Velvet Underground without trying to not sound like the Velvet Underground, if that makes sense.

 

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December 6, 2016 | NPR · The new short web film “It’s Asian Men!” aims to tackle a big issue: Why Asian-American men are rarely cast on TV or in movies as the romantic or sexy lead. No Long Duk Dong here.
 

December 6, 2016 | NPR · The ex-astronaut is being treated by Dr. David Bowie. Not the late pop star. A real doctor named David Bowie.
 

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December 6, 2016 | NPR · Most of the state prison systems in the places that expanded Medicaid under Obamacare have come up short on enrolling exiting inmates, despite the fact that many of them are chronically ill.
 

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December 6, 2016 | NPR · NPR’s annual, sortable book guide is here. And to mark the occasion, correspondent Lynn Neary talks about the year in fiction and shares a couple of her favorite new titles.
 

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December 5, 2016 | FA · Nicole Maines and Kylar Broadus are both featured in the new HBO documentary. “We all come out publicly,” Broadus says. “There is no hidden way to come out as a trans person.”
 

December 5, 2016 | NPR · NPR’s Art Silverman reads a lot of crime thrillers. In the last year, he’s noticed “The Internet of Things” seems to being playing a big role as the weapon of choice.
 

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December 5, 2016 | FA · Lambert’s new release features 24 songs on 2 CDs. Critic Ken Tucker calls The Weight of These Wings a collection that “keeps on giving the deeper you get into it.”
 

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December 5, 2016 | NPR · This week’s two-hour mix from KCRW’s Jason Bentley begins with a track by Anderson .Paak, KCRW’s pick for best new artist of 2016.
 

December 5, 2016 | NPR · The historic organ of New York City’s Trinity Church has been silent for 15 years. That’s because Trinity is on Wall Street, and it was buried in dust and debris during the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. Now the organ is in Georgia and has just been reconsecrated.
 

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