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First Listen: Diana Krall, 'Wallflower'

First Listen: Diana Krall, ‘Wallflower’

by Ann Powers In the 1970s, when Diana Krall was growing up, children and young adolescents regularly encountered very adult music on Top 40 ra...

The Good Listener: If You Don't Like Music, Do You Have A Soul?

The Good Listener: If You Don’t Like Music, Do You Have A Soul?

by Stephen Thompson We get a lot of mail at NPR Music, and alongside the tiara we ordered as the grand prize at our upcoming eating contest is a sl...

When Pop Broke Up With Jazz

When Pop Broke Up With Jazz

by NPR Staff Writer Ben Yagoda has set out to explain a shift in American popular culture, one that happened in the early 1950s. Before then, s...

McQsJazz.com Video Of The Week

McQsJazz.com Video Of The Week

Check out this week's video featuring Rachelle Ferell performing Peace On Earth only on McQsJazz.com....

Dee Alexander's Funkin' With Electric Soul: Live In Chicago

Dee Alexander’s Funkin’ With Electric Soul: Live In Chicago

by PATRICK JARENWATTANANON It started as a bongo beat — a nod to James Brown, just after his death in late 2006. Then came a few signature ri...

Song Premiere: Bob Dylan, 'Stay With Me'

Song Premiere: Bob Dylan, ‘Stay With Me’

by Bob Boilen Trying to predict a musical future is impossible. I have proof: Bob Dylan is recording songs Frank Sinatra made popular! No one s...

McQsJazz.com Video Of The Week

McQsJazz.com Video Of The Week

Check out this week's video featuring Herb Alpert performing A Taste of Honey only on McQsJazz.com...

Winter Jazzfest 2015 In Photos

Winter Jazzfest 2015 In Photos

by Patrick Jarenwattananon   If you've ever gone to the NYC Winter Jazzfest — specifically, the marathon of overlapping sets in rough...

McQsJazz.com Video Of The Week

McQsJazz.com Video Of The Week

Check out this week's video featuring Lady Gaga performing Lush Life only on McQsJazz.com...

McQsJazz.com Video Of The Week

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Coffee Horror: Parody Pokes At Environmental Absurdity Of K-Cups

Coffee Horror: Parody Pokes At Environmental Absurdity Of K-Cups

by Maria Godoy You want a cup of decaf. Your significant other is craving the fully caffeinated stuff. With the simple push of a button, Keurig's single-serving K-Cup coffee pods can make both of you happy. But those convenient li...

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Ad Fumble: GoDaddy Pulls Super Bowl Puppy Commercial Amid Outrage

Ad Fumble: GoDaddy Pulls Super Bowl Puppy Commercial Amid Outrage

by Krishnadev Calamur The Web hosting company GoDaddy has pulled its latest Super Bowl ad, which featured a lost puppy, following a social media backlash. In the ad, the lost puppy returns home only to find that his owners have so...

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Why Teens Are Impulsive, Addiction-Prone And Should Protect Their Brains

Why Teens Are Impulsive, Addiction-Prone And Should Protect Their Brains

Teens can't control impulses and make rapid, smart decisions like adults can — but why? Research into how the human brain develops helps explain. In a teenager, the frontal lobe of the brain, which controls decision-making, is buil...

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And So We Meet, Again: Why The Workday Is So Filled With Meetings

And So We Meet, Again: Why The Workday Is So Filled With Meetings

by Yuki Noguchi The ouster of Bryan Stockton from his perch as CEO at Mattel this week came as the toymaker's best-known brands like Barbie stagnate and it loses business to Web-based games. Stockton himself said last year that Ma...

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Miss Colombia Wins Pageant; Miss Jamaica Wins Twitter?

Miss Colombia Wins Pageant; Miss Jamaica Wins Twitter?

by Kenya Downs After Miss Colombia's Paulina Vega won the Miss Universe pageant on Sunday, she was greeted with a scepter, tiara and a kiss from the first runner-up, Miss U.S.A. But even as Vega took her first steps as Miss Universe,...

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Rare Fox Takes A Walk In The Park, And Yosemite Staff Cheer

by Bill Chappell It's been nearly 100 years since a sighting of a Sierra Nevada red fox was documented in Yosemite National Park, according to park staff. But a remote motion-sensitive camera recently took photos of one of the rare a ...

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Full Of Complexity And Ambivalence, ‘American Sniper’ Shows The Cost Of War

by John Powers In the years following the invasion of Iraq, it became a truism that Americans simply didn't want to hear about the war — especially at the movies. While there were scads of films about Iraq, including Kathryn Bigelo ...

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‘Maker Space’ Allows Kids To Innovate, Learn In The Hospital

by Noah Nelson All around the country, computer hackers, artists and other do-it-yourselfers are meeting up in "maker spaces," to share tools and build cool stuff together, such as robots or musical instruments. Maker spaces are popp ...

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AG Nominee Lynch Says She Differs From Obama On Marijuana

by Bill Chappell During her first day of confirmation hearings for attorney general, nominee Loretta Lynch gave answers that seemed in line with President Obama. But then she was asked about marijuana, and whether she supports legali ...

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For Long-Haul Drivers, Cheap Gas Means A Sweeter Commute

by Uri Berliner With wages still stuck for many Americans, the big drop in gasoline prices is the equivalent of an unexpected cash bonus for the nation's drivers. The average American household is expected to save $750 this year f ...

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Insurance Choices Dwindle In Rural California As Blue Shield Pulls Back

by Pauline Bartolone After the insurance exchanges set up under the Affordable Care Act first went live in late 2013, Lori Lomas started combing the website of Covered California on a hunt for good deals for her clients. Lomas is an ...

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A Holocaust Survivor, Spared From Gas Chamber By Twist Of Fate

Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson Seventy years ago, Soviet soldiers liberated Auschwitz, the most notorious of Nazi concentration camps. Some 300 Holocaust survivors were at Auschwitz on Tuesday, along with several European presidents and o ...

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Tiger Skins And Rhino Horns: Can A Trade Deal Halt The Trafficking?

by Jackie Northam If you want a sobering look at the scale of wildlife trafficking, just visit the National Eagle and Wildlife Repository on the outskirts of Denver. In the middle of a national reserve is a cavernous warehouse stuffe ...

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Apple Sold 30,000 iPhones An Hour Last Quarter, Scored Record Profits

by Christopher Dean Hopkins Sales of Apple's larger iPhone 6 and 6 Plus hit one out of the ballpark last quarter, reports NPR's Laura Sydell. "Apple sold over 74 million iPhones in three months and it made $18 million in profits ...

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Southern California’s Water Supply Threatened By Next Major Quake

by Sanden Totten Southern California gets the vast majority of its water from four aqueducts that flow from the north, but all of them cross the San Andreas Fault. That means millions of people are just one major earthquake away f ...

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