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'You Have To Be Bored': Dan Deacon On Creativity

‘You Have To Be Bored': Dan Deacon On Creativity

by NPR Staff When you think about composers, you might imagine someone agonizing at a piano with a quill poised at a blank sheet, tugging at hi...

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Eric Reed Plays Coleman Hawkins

Eric Reed Plays Coleman Hawkins

His instrument is now synonymous with jazz, but Coleman Hawkins was the first to carve out a place for the tenor saxophone in the music. A burly-t...

In Love And Music, Estelle Is Out To Get It Right

In Love And Music, Estelle Is Out To Get It Right

by NPR Staff When the world met Estelle, she was looking for an "American Boy" — or so went the chorus of her 2008 hit. In real life, the Bri...

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Bird Of A Feather: Rudresh Mahanthappa On Learning From Charlie Parker

Bird Of A Feather: Rudresh Mahanthappa On Learning From Charlie Parker

by NPR Staff In the early 1980s, when a young sixth-grader in Colorado first heard Charlie Parker, his life was transformed. Now a world-class ...

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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...

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'Whoa, Mama!': A Voice Actress's Road To Fame As A 10-Year-Old Boy

‘Whoa, Mama!': A Voice Actress’s Road To Fame As A 10-Year-Old Boy

by NPR Staff As part of a series called "My Big Break," All Things Considered is collecting stories of triumph, big and small. These are the moments when everything seems to click, and people leap forward into their careers. Back in 1...

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Food

Silly, Saucy, Scary: Photos Show The Many Faces Of Ugly Fruit

Silly, Saucy, Scary: Photos Show The Many Faces Of Ugly Fruit

by Maria Godoy When it comes to nutrition, fruits and vegetables are usually the most virtuous denizens of the dinner plate. But it turns out, wholesome produce can also get pretty raunchy — like the randy tomatoes in this image...

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Diversity Sells â But Hollywood Remains Overwhelmingly White, Male

Diversity Sells — But Hollywood Remains Overwhelmingly White, Male

by NPR Staff If you want an accurate picture of ethnic and gender diversity in the United States, don't look to Hollywood. That's the conclusion of the "2015 Hollywood Diversity Report" conducted by the Ralph J. Bunche Center for ...

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Arts

U.S. Biologists Keen To Explore, Help Protect Cuba's Wild Places

U.S. Biologists Keen To Explore, Help Protect Cuba’s Wild Places

by Christopher Joyce As diplomatic relations between the United States and Cuba thaw, the island could see a new wave of tourism — with visitors treated to music and scenery that has been closed to most U.S. residents for more than...

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A Glut Of Ph.Ds Means Long Odds Of Getting Jobs

A Glut Of Ph.Ds Means Long Odds Of Getting Jobs

by Brenda Iasevoli This week marked National Adjunct Walkout Day, a protest to gain better working conditions for part-time college instructors. Why are college professors from San Jose State University to the City University of New ...

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Can You Dig It? More Evidence Suggests Humans From The Ice Age

by Greg Allen In Florida, archaeologists are investigating a site that a century ago sparked a scientific controversy. Today, it's just a strip of land near an airport. But in 1915, it was a spot that became world-famous because o ...

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To Curb Bear Population, Florida Reinstates Hunting Season

by Regan McCarthy For the first time in two decades, Florida officials have scheduled a bear hunting season. It's a response to a rise in bear attacks — but it has some environmentalists upset. Experts say there's plenty of room ...

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After 6,000 Years, Time For A Renovation At Iraq’s Citadel

by Ari Shapiro A map of the northern Iraqi city of Erbil looks like a dart board: circles, radiating outward from a central core. The bull's-eye sits high on a hill, crowned by ancient walls. The Erbil Citadel has stood here for a ...

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Funding Homeland Security: Where Do We Go From Here?

by Scott Neuman As we reported late Friday, the House managed to approve a one-week extension of funding for the Department of Homeland Security, which President Obama signed. The passage capped a day of scrambling that saw a longer ...

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While New England Gets Snow, West Africa Gets Sand

by Ofeibea Quist-Arcton Would you kindly bear with me a little while I have a good old moan, please? I'm feeling rather wretched. No, not because I've finally kicked a lingering lurgy that turned out to be bronchitis and stole my voi ...

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How Conservatives Are Readying Their ‘Grassroots Army’ For 2016

by Emily Martinez This week's Conservative Political Action Conference, CPAC, brought all the expected on and off the main stage in Washington D.C. — speeches by presidential hopefuls, debates and the annual straw poll. But there w ...

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Film About Campus Sexual Assault Tells Survivors: ‘You Are Not Alone’

by NPR Staff Andrea Pino was the first person in her family to go to college. When she found out that she had been admitted to the University of North Carolina she was thrilled. "Not only was I going to college — I was going to my ...

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It Kills Germs For Up To 6 Hours. Can It Wipe Out Ebola?

by Emily Sohn Clean hands go a long way toward preventing the spread of many illnesses, including Ebola. But finding the right hand-wash to impede deadly germs is tricky. A squirt of alcohol-based sanitizer like Purell kills or de ...

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Fines Remain Rare Even As Health Data Breaches Multiply

by Charles Ornstein In a string of meetings and press releases, the federal government's health watchdogs have delivered a stern message: They are cracking down on insurers, hospitals and doctors offices that don't adequately protect ...

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In The South, Way More People Are Identifying As Both Black And White

by Gene Demby The number of people who identify as belonging to two or more races keeps climbing with each Census. The number of people identified as both black and white, for example, more than doubled between 2000 and 2010, from ab ...

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