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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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September 19, 2014 | NPR · Earlier this week, NASA awarded two contracts for new spaceships to commercial companies. Here’s how they compare.
 

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September 19, 2014 | NPR · Lori Baker uses DNA samples to track down the loved ones of immigrants who died on their journeys. “I would love not to do this anymore, but I don’t think I have it in me not to,” she says.
 

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September 19, 2014 | NPR · She is one of the first cartoonists to be recognized. Besides her graphic novels and memoirs, Bechdel developed a simple three-question test for how women are represented in films.
 

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September 18, 2014 | NPR · NPR’s Michel Martin will sit down with a panel of award-winning playwrights to ask about diversity in theater. Follow here or join us on Twitter on Friday at 7 p.m. ET, using #NPRMichel.
 

September 18, 2014 | NPR · The CBS dramas about women juggling family lives and high-intensity jobs showcase excellent acting. But while The Good Wife is one of the best shows on TV, Madam Secretary‘s writing is disappointing.
 

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September 19, 2014 | NPR · It begins, “Do you remember?” — and we supply the memories. Dan Charnas tells the origin story of the Earth, Wind & Fire hit that still unites generations on the dance floor.
 

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September 18, 2014 | NPR · Chris Staples’ American Soft is one of the discoveries of the year. This video captures the song’s feeling of being unsettled as it follows a trio of characters who roam the streets in slow motion.
 

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September 18, 2014 | NPR · “It’s about us breaking up as a couple and also about changing weather,” Phil Elverum says of “I Want Wind To Blow,” the opener from The Microphones’ 2001 album, The Glow Pt. 2.
 

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