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October 7, 2010 | NPR · Candy Claws’ “Silent Time of Earth” evokes vibrant images of a natural world that’s more Disney than National Geographic. Electric birdsong and clop-along percussion stand out among the most prominent noises in “Silent Time of Earth,” but they coexist nicely with sparkling keys and a bridge characterized by its strange bass throb.
 

August 20, 2009 | NPR · Taylor has modernized the blues’ lyrical tradition by singing about race in a way that would have been impossible in the prewar era. But in “Looking for Some Heat,” he works from the standpoint of a familiar character: the nomadic everyman who travels far and wide in search of love and warmth, only to find that he’s best off someplace far less exotic.
 

 

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August 31, 2014 | NPR · Alarmed by the rapid decline of wild salmon populations, a company has invented a novel way to help migratory fish over blocked rivers. It uses air pressure to fire them out of a cannon.
 

August 30, 2014 | NPR · American and other forces have launched an offensive to free the town of Amerli, surrounded by Islamic militants for more than two months and desperately short on food and clean water.
 

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August 30, 2014 | NPR · NPR producer Nicole Beemsterboer reflects on 10 days in Liberia: children losing parents, young men risking their lives to collect bodies, and the smell of chlorinated hand-washing water everywhere.
 

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August 31, 2014 | NPR · The plotting in Mitchell’s new novel isn’t quite as complex as in previous works, but it takes an abrupt turn into dystopian fantasy towards the end. “It’s what the book wanted to be,” he tells NPR.
 

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August 30, 2014 | NPR · What makes an essential rock song? Musicologist Greil Marcus argues that it’s not the stature of the performer, but the degree to which a song tells the story of rock ‘n’ roll itself.
 

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August 30, 2014 | NPR · Networks like the Discovery Channel have been criticized for pushing entertainment at the cost of science, with fake “documentaries” about everything from mermaids to mythical monster sharks.
 

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August 30, 2014 | NPR · What makes an essential rock song? Musicologist Greil Marcus argues that it’s not the stature of the performer, but the degree to which a song tells the story of rock ‘n’ roll itself.
 

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August 30, 2014 | NPR · The tuba was the first bass instrument in jazz, until it was replaced by the string bass. For nearly 50 years, Bob Stewart has been trying to carve out a new niche for his instrument in modern jazz.
 

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August 30, 2014 | NPR · As a student at Princeton, D’Amato was mentored in his songwriting by professor and Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Paul Muldoon.
 

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