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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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April 21, 2015 | NPR · The Department of Labor has crafted a proposed rule to better protect Americans saving for retirement. But questions are already being raised about how effective the new rule will be.
 

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April 21, 2015 | HPR · In Hawaii, a battle is going on over the future of a mountaintop. Native Hawaiians say it’s sacred ground, but astronomers say it’s the best place in the world to build an 18-story telescope.
 

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April 21, 2015 | NPR · The panels, funded by government grants, are helping thousands of tribal residents take advantage of the everyday luxuries enjoyed by other Americans — like turning on lights or storing food.
 

Arts & Life

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April 21, 2015 | NPR · In her new novel, Pleasantville, and on TV’s Empire, Locke does her best to avoid simple stories. “You do some good stuff and you do some bad stuff,” she says. “… We exist in the middle.”
 

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April 20, 2015 | NPR · Five years after the BP oil spill, the public has stopped asking whether seafood from the Gulf is safe to eat. But now there’s a supply issue, and fishermen worry about the future of their industry.
 

April 20, 2015 | NPR · “It’s not profound regret,” Morrison tells Fresh Air. “It’s just a wiping up of tiny little messes that you didn’t recognize as mess when they were going on.” Her latest book is God Help the Child.
 

Music

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April 20, 2015 | NPR · The composer is the second from the new-music collective Bang on a Can to win the award with a choral work. Her oratorio explores the lives of coal miners and their families a century ago.
 

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April 20, 2015 | NPR · In a performance at Jazz at Lincoln Center, Carla Bley, George Coleman, Charles Lloyd and Joe Segal are recognized for their lifetimes of artistry and service to the music. Watch at 7:30 p.m. EDT.
 

April 20, 2015 | NPR · The winners of this year’s Pulitzer Prizes in journalism, fiction, poetry, drama, music, biography, history and nonfiction were announced Monday at Columbia University in New York.
 

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