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Final weekend of 2014 Catalina Island JazzTrax Festival

Final weekend of 2014 Catalina Island JazzTrax Festival

Good morning from Catalina Island! This is the final weekend of the 2014 Catalina Island JazzTrax Festival. Last night, Peter White performed an ...

The Fastest Fingers At The Festival, For Django Reinhardt

The Fastest Fingers At The Festival, For Django Reinhardt

by PATRICK JARENWATTANANON   Every year for the last decade and a half, select groups of hot swing musicians have come from Europe to t...

McQsJazz.com Video Of The Week

McQsJazz.com Video Of The Week

Check out this week's video featuring The Crusaders performing Sunshine In Your Eyes only on McQsJazz.com...

Jazz At Lincoln Center Opening Night

Jazz At Lincoln Center Opening Night

by Patrick Jarenwattananon Building on the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra's recent trip to Cuba, managing and artistic director Wynton Marsal...

Herb Alpert On World Cafe

Herb Alpert On World Cafe

For Herb Alpert, it all began in 1962 with a visit to a Tijuana bullfight. His first record, The Lonely Bull, drew inspiration from this experienc...

Behind The Motorcycles In 'Easy Rider,' A Long-Obscured Story

Behind The Motorcycles In ‘Easy Rider,’ A Long-Obscured Story

by Tom Dreisbach On Oct. 18, the Calabasas, Calif.-based auction house Profiles In History will auction off what it says is the last authentic ...

Customers Can Keep The Tip â Which Might Please Restaurant Workers

Customers Can Keep The Tip — Which Might Please Restaurant Workers

by Alan Greenblatt Imagine there's no tipping. By getting rid of gratuities, a few restaurants believe they'll make life easier for customers, ...

McQsJazz.com Video Of The Week

McQsJazz.com Video Of The Week

Check out this week's video featuring David Sanborn performing Hideaway only on McQsJazz.com...

What Is Jazz Night In America?

What Is Jazz Night In America?

by PATRICK JARENWATTANANON Along with NPR Music's partners at WBGO and Jazz At Lincoln Center, we're proud to announce a new public media initi...

Millennial Voters Are Paying Attention â So Why Don't More Vote?

Millennial Voters Are Paying Attention — So Why Don’t More Vote?

by Arnie Seipel Millennials are not getting much love from politicians this year. The big reason for that is low expectations for turnout am...

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The Boston Herald's Missed 'Cartoongate' Lessons

The Boston Herald’s Missed ‘Cartoongate’ Lessons

by Eric Deggans The worst fate of all may be to make a terrible mistake and then learn the wrong lessons from the experience. That's the thought I had reading a heartfelt column about the Boston Herald's unfortunate decision to pu...

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Book News: Toni Morrison's Collection Finds A Permanent Home At Princeton

Book News: Toni Morrison’s Collection Finds A Permanent Home At Princeton

by Colin Dwyer The daily lowdown on books, publishing, and the occasional author behaving badly. The collected papers of Toni Morrison will be housed in the permanent library of Princeton University, the school announced Friday. P...

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Chef Ottolenghi Makes The Case For 'Plenty More' Vegetables

Chef Ottolenghi Makes The Case For ‘Plenty More’ Vegetables

by NPR Staff When's the last time you cooked with sorrel leaves or nigella seeds? What about a marrow squash or verjuice? (Don't even know what a verjuice is? Neither did we — it's a special sauce made from semi-ripe wine grapes.) A...

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'Little Dancer' Musical Imagines The Story Behind Degas' Mysterious Muse

‘Little Dancer’ Musical Imagines The Story Behind Degas’ Mysterious Muse

by Susan Stamberg and Jeff Lunden A century-old teenager is the focus of a musical and an art exhibit in Washington right now. The National Gallery of Art is showing Edgar Degas' statue Little Dancer Aged Fourteen in conjunction with...

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Bucking The Fashion Trend, Converse Kicks Up A Fuss About Knockoffs

Bucking The Fashion Trend, Converse Kicks Up A Fuss About Knockoffs

by NPR Staff Nike-owned Converse, the company responsible for the Chuck Taylor All Star shoe, is suing to stop other shoemakers from copying what it says are distinctive elements of its design: the rubber toe cap, the rubber bumper a...

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Halting Schizophrenia Before It Starts

by Amy Standen The important thing is that Meghan knew something was wrong. When I met her, she was 23, a smart, wry young woman living with her mother and stepdad in Simi Valley, about an hour north of Los Angeles. Meghan had ...

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Turf Shifts In Culture Wars As Support For Gay Marriage Rises

by Mara Liasson When social norms change, sometimes they change so fast it's hard to keep up. Only 10 years ago, ballot initiatives opposing gay marriage were helping Republicans win elections. But two weeks ago, when the Supreme ...

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The Look Of Power: How Women Have Dressed For Success

by Karen Grigsby Bates Remember power suits? At the same time women were entering the corporate workplace in large numbers, the power suit began to pop up. It was usually a long jacket with the kind of big, padded shoulders Joan Craw ...

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Will Apple’s Mobile Wallet Replace Your Leather Wallet?

by Aarti Shahani On Monday, Apple is rolling out a new way to pay: a digital wallet called Apple Pay. Millions of people with the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus will be able to tap — rather than swipe — at the register. The move could be a m ...

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Latest Developments In The Ebola Story

by Scott Neuman It's Monday, and Ebola still dominates the headlines. Here's a roundup of some of the latest developments: Duncan's Family Completes 21-Day Quarantine: Four family members of Thomas Eric Duncan, the Liberian man ...

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A Collection Of Poems That Offers An Unlikely Kind Of Hope

by Craig Morgan Teicher If further proof is needed — though of course it is not — that the tensions exploding in Ferguson have been brewing for centuries, this book is, among other things, proof enough. In the clean, clear lyrics of ...

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In Alaska Race For Governor, Democrats Try An Unusual Tactic: Dropping Out

by Martin Kaste This November, for the first time since Alaska became a state, the ballot won't include a Democratic candidate for governor. The Democrats had a candidate, Byron Mallott, but around Labor Day, he dropped out — in or ...

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Mars Probes Give Scientists Box Seats For Rare Comet Flyby

by Scott Neuman Mars is about to get a visitor that comes around only once in a million years or so. The arrival of a "mountain-sized" comet, Siding Spring (C/2013 A1), is made all the more extraordinary by the fact that humans ...

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300,000,000 Is A Horrific, Poetic Anti-Ode To America

by Jason Heller Blake Butler's new novel, 300,000,000, is not for the squeamish. Then again, it's hard to imagine anyone whose blood won't curdle reading it. Or their brain. Or possibly their soul. "The mnemonic American mush" — it' ...

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Watching ‘Dear White People’ At Harvard

by Shereen Marisol Meraji A new movie about race and identity is out in select theaters today. It's called Dear White People, and it's a satire set at a fictitious ivy league college. Or, as the promotional materials say, it's "about bei ...

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