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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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December 21, 2014 | NPR · Brazil and the U.S. played to a 0-0 draw in the final of the International Tournament of Brasilia, giving Brazil the first-place finish overall. None of the games were televised in the U.S.
 

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December 21, 2014 | NPR · Ismaaiyl Brinsley, who ambushed two NYPD patrolmen, spoke to people on the street just before the shooting took place, according to a police official.
 

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December 21, 2014 | NPR · American Jewish college student Amelia Wolf spent Hanukkah last year in Ramallah. As the holiday approached, she was lonely — until her Palestinian hosts got wind of how she was feeling.
 

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December 21, 2014 | NPR · Valeria Luiselli, who was born in Mexico City and lives now in Harlem, released two slim, multinational books this year: the essay collection Sidewalks and her time-jumping novel Faces In The Crowd.
 

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December 21, 2014 | NPR · The actress stars in the new film Into The Woods, in theaters Thursday. On screen she’s a natural. But as a kid, she had a stutter so severe she could hardly say her own name.
 

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December 21, 2014 | NPR · A filmmaker invited white residents of Buffalo, N.Y., to speak candidly about race. Karen Grigsby Bates finds the results are thought-provoking, often surprising and sometimes disturbing.
 

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December 21, 2014 | NPR · How do you make a Christmas album without succumbing to formula? “Put a little Outkast to it,” the soul singer says.
 

December 21, 2014 | NPR · In the 1960s, the Beatles sent their most loyal fans a Christmas gift every year — a flexi-disc. NPR’s Rachel Martin talks to music writer Colin Fleming about the annual holiday single.
 

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December 21, 2014 | KCRW · The singer and guitarist revisits “Hi-Fi,” from his much-loved breakthrough album, Transistor Radio.
 

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