First it was the 540 McTwist by Mike McGill in 1984,

then the 720 by Tony Hawk in 1985,

then the 900 by Tony Hawk in 1999,

then the 1080 by 12-year-old Tom Schaar in 2012,

and then the second 1080 by 16-year-old Colorado Springs resident Jono Schwan this […]

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October 10, 2015 | NPR · In some areas where U.S. officials have given a green light, it hasn’t been matched by their counterparts in Cuba. But here’s a quick guide to where things stand right now.

October 9, 2015 | NPR · The Federal Transit Administration will now be in charge of Metro safety in Washington, according to a plan announced late Friday.

October 9, 2015 | NPR · The U.S. and Mexico play in the CONCACAF Cup tomorrow night. The U.S. head coach is under pressure and a Mexican star is out injured, but so far, a couple of advertisements are stealing the show.

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October 10, 2015 | NPR · Ever seen a pawpaw in the supermarket? Didn’t think so. Ohioan Chris Chmiel wants to change that by growing and promoting this seasonal, mango-like fruit that’s native to the U.S.

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October 9, 2015 | NPR · Danny Boyle’s new biopic, Steve Jobs, is a look at the man who made Apple mean computers, not fruit. NPR film critic Bob Mondello says it’s an invigorating story told in three acts of crisis.

October 9, 2015 | NPR · Jeanette Winterson’s retelling of The Winter’s Tale includes hedge fund managers and a New Orleans setting. But critic Annalisa Quinn says the book doesn’t quite stand on its own.


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October 9, 2015 | NPR · James Blake returned to the BBC Radio 1 Residency to perform a chilling rendition of the Simon & Garfunkel classic with Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon.

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October 9, 2015 | NPR · On this week’s +1 podcast, Peaches and Meg Remy of U.S. Girls talk about why they’re drawn to graphic music and how they navigate the issues that come with performing provocative material live.

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October 9, 2015 | NPR · In a 1986 session, the session pianist and Lester Young collaborator demonstrated his boogie-woogie style.

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