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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.
 

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November 20, 2011 | NPR · Whether you’re having turkey, turducken, tofurkey or fish tacos, Thanksgiving is about family, food and the soul-deadening stress of logistics. So 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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July 31, 2014 | NPR · Israel called up 16,000 reservists, as Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu vowed to destroy tunnels built by Hamas “with or without a ceasefire.”
 

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July 31, 2014 | NPR · The team’s effort had been thwarted for a week by heavy fighting. But the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe said experts were finally able to reach the site using a new route.
 

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July 31, 2014 | NPR · After talks with creditors broke down, the country has defaulted on its debt for the second time in 12 years. This could mean higher interest rates and higher inflation for Argentina.
 

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July 31, 2014 | NPR · Also: a novel by Oscar Hijuelos will be published posthumously; Stephen Marche on the inevitability of literary failure.
 

July 31, 2014 | NPR · Yelena Akhtiorskaya’s debut is a funny, sometimes heartbreaking, uniquely American chronicle of a family of Soviet immigrants who’ve transplanted a bit of their home to Brooklyn’s Brighton Beach.
 

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July 31, 2014 | NPR · Built in the late 1920s by movie moguls, the Wilshire Boulevard Temple is a Los Angeles landmark — and also a statement the LA Jewish community made to itself, and to the city.
 

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July 31, 2014 | NPR · Labor disputes are nothing new to the Met Opera, but never have they been so public. With a deadline looming, both sides signal that negotiations are going nowhere.
 

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July 31, 2014 | NPR · It’s the end of the month, which means it’s time for the best of the month, including new music from Kyle Hall, Tessela, Cassy and more.
 

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July 30, 2014 | KCRW · L.A. house-music pioneers Doc Martin and Marques Wyatt share a six-song mix on Metropolis.
 

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