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November 21, 2012 | NPR · The Puerto Rican duo talk about their musical inspirations, politics and the day they spent in a mental institution.
 

December 30, 2011 | NPR · Anyone who’s had a lousy year would do well to jam “The Show Must Not Go On” as the clock strikes midnight. It’ll make a powerful soundtrack to a much-needed drowning of the past.
 

November 22, 2011 | NPR · Martin Leung’s solo piano rendition of Koji Kondo’s Super Mario theme music underlines the wit and invention of the source material. The result reveals just how much the composer inserted into what might have been a throwaway project.
 

November 20, 2011 | NPR · Thanksgiving is about family, food and the soul-deadening stress of logistics. Here’s a mix designed to help you keep your mind on the bonding-fueled feast that justifies it all.
 

June 30, 2011 | NPR · In “Turn Off This Song and Go Outside,” The Lonely Forest urges listeners to get out of their own heads. The result is one of the best and most honest slices of pop music around.
 

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June 17, 2011 | NPR · For all its bluster, Guyz Nite’s “Father’s Day” is an almost preposterously goodhearted (and clearly sincere) ode to dads who teach their kids to try hard and be decent people.
 

March 9, 2011 | NPR · “Madame Trudeaux” is one of the most ferociously rhythmic songs Tunstall has ever recorded. Carried primarily by the drums, it stomps and rolls with glammy antagonism. Along the way, the song ignites at unexpected moments like Pop Rocks dropped in cola.
 

February 28, 2011 | NPR · For almost four minutes, “Never Pay for the Farm” burns on nothing but a rough groove. Gang of Four’s shrill guitar leads make a mess all over the mix, even sounding like a short-circuiting microwave at times.
 

February 15, 2011 | NPR · In the beautifully orchestrated “Brains,” Oh No Oh My nicely sums up the age-old conflict between thoughts and feelings. The result is a fine love song for those who can’t often get out of their heads long enough to engage with their own feelings.
 

February 14, 2011 | NPR · “Love More” works in slow motion, but with an uncharacteristically bold and dramatic statement attached: As the song progresses, she lets a bleak and troubled past lay the groundwork for a tiny mantra to live by.
 

 

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News

March 30, 2015 | NPR · For a decade, Venezuela offered cheap oil at favorable rates to 13 neighbors, including Cuba. But tumbling oil prices have hit Venezuela’s economy hard, forcing it to trim those subsidies.
 

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March 30, 2015 | NPR · The Bahia Emerald has been hotly contested for years. A judge in California has decided to continue with a trial about its ownership even though Brazil says it was illegally exported.
 

March 30, 2015 | NPR · The measure could make it harder for states using made-to-order execution drugs to buy them. The American Pharmacists Association voted on the policy at its annual meeting.
 

Arts & Life

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March 30, 2015 | NPR · Kenya will participate in the Venice Biennale, the prestigious art show that opens on May 9. But only two of the artists representing Kenya will be Kenyan. Most aren’t even African — they’re Chinese.
 

March 30, 2015 | NET · More than a dozen federal agencies play a part in keeping food from making Americans sick. Critics say the system has gaps, and we’d all be safer if federal food safety efforts were under one roof.
 

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March 30, 2015 | NPR · Clive James was diagnosed with leukemia a few years ago. “There is a grief in all poetry,” he writes in his latest book of essays. “Poetry holds itself together, and eventually we ourselves do not.”
 

Music

March 30, 2015 | NPR · NPR music critic Will Hermes reviews an album that contains the best storytelling he’s heard in a long time. It’s the debut album from Courtney Barnett.
 

March 30, 2015 | NPR · Fresh Air jazz critic Kevin Whitehead says that Art Pepper played like he was making up for lost time.
 

Mountain Stage
March 30, 2015 | NPR · Delving into exploratory jams, the band plays songs from its new album live in West Virginia.
 

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