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All Songs Considered
1:04 pm
Wed August 19, 2015

Viking's Choice: Hammercult, 'Rise Of The Hammer'

Hammercult.
Courtesy of the artist

Sometimes it's just better from the war horse's mouth. Here's Hammercult's statement on "Rise Of The Hammer":

"Rise Of The Hammer" is really all about what Hammercult is about: Power, intensity and badassness! This is the first song on the Built For War album, which welcomes the listener to dive inside the unstoppable war-machine and join the ride as Heavy Metal conquers another milestone on its path! Chuck Norris ain't got s*** on Hammercult.

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The Two-Way
12:39 pm
Wed August 19, 2015

White House Hires Its First Openly Transgender Staffer

Originally published on Wed August 19, 2015 3:30 pm

The White House has hired its first openly transgender staff member. Raffi Freedman-Gurspan has been appointed as an outreach and recruitment director for presidential personnel in the White House Office of Presidential Personnel.

The 28-year-old previously worked as a policy adviser for the National Center for Transgender Equality's Racial and Economic Justice Initiative, and before that as a legislative director with Rep. Carl Sciortino's office.

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The Two-Way
11:55 am
Wed August 19, 2015

Yvonne Craig, Best Known As 'Batgirl,' Dies At 78

Yvonne Craig was a trained dancer, which helped her perform her own stunts as Batgirl in the 1960s TV series Batman.
Len Trievnor Getty Images

Originally published on Wed August 19, 2015 12:23 pm

Yvonne Craig, best known for her role as Batgirl in the iconic 1960s television series Batman, died Monday. She was 78.

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The Thistle & Shamrock
11:42 am
Wed August 19, 2015

The Thistle & Shamrock: ThistleRadio

Mary Jane Lamond and Wendy MacIsaac.
Riley Smith Courtesy of the artist

Hear some of the classic tracks that form the bedrock of the playlist for ThistleRadio, The Thistle & Shamrock's popular 'round-the-clock Celtic roots-music channel. The list includes music by Mary Jane Lamond and Wendy MacIsaac, Kris Drever, Dervish and Enya, among others.

All Songs Considered
11:39 am
Wed August 19, 2015

Viking's Choice: Anna Von Hausswolff, 'Come Wander With Me/Deliverance'

Anna Von Hausswolff.
Anders Nydam Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed August 19, 2015 12:00 pm

When you record on one of Scandinavia's largest pipe organs, the result damn well better be a thing of monstrous beauty and bombast. Anna von Hausswolff took her band and longtime producer Filip Leyman to the concert hall Acusticum in Piteå, Sweden, to work on her third album, The Miraculous. If the first single, "Come Wander With Me/Deliverance," is any indication, be prepared to meet thy blown-out, organ doom.

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World Cafe
11:22 am
Wed August 19, 2015

Josh Rouse On World Cafe

Josh Rouse.
York Wilson Courtesy of the artist

Born in Nebraska, Josh Rouse released his first album in Nashville in 1998, at age 26. Now, 17 years later, Rouse has a new album called The Embers Of Time. This one, too, was recorded mostly in Nashville, but also in Spain, where he moved in 2005. He still lives there with his wife, Spanish artist Paz Suay.

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The Two-Way
10:52 am
Wed August 19, 2015

Ex-Subway Pitchman Jared Fogle To Plead Guilty To Paying For Sex With Minors

Former Subway pitchman Jared Fogle leaves the Federal Courthouse in Indianapolis, following a hearing on child-pornography charges on Wednesday
Michael Conroy AP

Originally published on Wed August 19, 2015 2:38 pm

Jared Fogle, the former Subway pitchman, is expected to admit that he paid for sex with two minors and participated in a scheme that secretly recorded 12 other children engaging in sexual acts.

As part of a deal cut with prosecutors, Fogle is expected to plead guilty to two federal counts stemming from the actions: the first that he distributed and received child pornography, and the second that he traveled across state lines and then paid for sex with two children.

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Book Reviews
10:14 am
Wed August 19, 2015

'Zer0es' Takes The Cyber-Thriller To An Electrifying Extreme

Kainaz Amaria NPR

Hardly a day goes by without some new form of technological menace rearing its head, from the outfitting of drones with handguns to the hacking of cars' navigation systems. It's a fear — and fascination — that science fiction author Chuck Wendig cranks up to 11 in his new cyber-thriller, Zer0es.

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It's All Politics
9:59 am
Wed August 19, 2015

2016 Campaigns Will Spend $4.4 Billion On TV Ads, But Why?

Thomas Checkler, owner of The Old Village Barber in Worthington, Ohio, discusses the impact that the barrage of political ads have on him and his customers during the 2012 presidential election campaign.
Mike Munden AP

Originally published on Wed August 19, 2015 1:02 pm

The 2016 election is already providing a lot of eye-popping statistics about the ballooning spending candidates will do in the 2016 election. Among them:

  • Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush's superPAC has already raised more — in the first half of a non-election year — than Obama's main superPAC did in all of the 2012 cycle.
  • The latest big TV ad buy in the 2016 presidential election — on Ohio Gov. John Kasich's behalf, totaling $375,000 — is worth more than seven times the annual median U.S. household income.
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Monkey See
8:57 am
Wed August 19, 2015

Television 2015: Netflix Is A Video Store That Saved A Western

Robert Taylor stars in Longmire, which is moving from A&E to Netflix.
Ursula Coyote/Cathy Kanavy Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc.

This is one in a series of essays running this week and next about the state of television in 2015. The series is based on developments at the recent Television Critics Association press tour in Beverly Hills, Calif., where broadcast and cable networks, along with streaming services like Netflix, presented new and existing shows to TV critics and reporters.

Everybody loves to talk about brands, right? What's more exciting than brands?

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Around the Nation
8:09 am
Wed August 19, 2015

Idaho Compensates For Stolen 420 Mile Post Sign

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Europe
8:09 am
Wed August 19, 2015

Wanting An Edge, Beer 'Enthusiast' Steals Bottle Caps

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

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Songs We Love
8:03 am
Wed August 19, 2015

Songs We Love: Gavin Turek & TOKiMONSTA, 'Surrender'

Gavin Turek and TOKiMONSTA's new EP, You're Invited, is out Aug. 28.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed August 19, 2015 12:35 pm

If there was a loop on TOKiMONSTA's thick kicks, cowbells and keys in the first sixteen seconds of "Surrender," we could leave it there to flourish. But singer/songwriter Gavin Turek quickly hops in the pocket, elevating the song, and cobbling together a dance-floor gem.

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The Two-Way
7:50 am
Wed August 19, 2015

Hackers Appear To Post Customer Data Of Affair-Enabling Website

The website of the "married dating" service Ashley Madison was the target of hackers, who apparently released customer data.
AshleyMadison.com

Originally published on Wed August 19, 2015 3:46 pm

A group of hackers, who calls itself the Impact Team, purportedly released a huge trove of data that appears to contain the account details of more than 30 million users of a website that helps married people cheat on their spouses.

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Book Reviews
7:03 am
Wed August 19, 2015

'Fortune Smiles' Can Be Brilliant, But It's Never Easy

Emily Bogle NPR

"Can you tell a story that doesn't begin, it's just suddenly happening?" asks a character in Adam Johnson's short story collection, Fortune Smiles. And you can, of course; the best stories stretch well beyond their first and last words. They're more than the opening scene; they invite the reader to imagine what came before and what will come after. They're alive and they're limitless.

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Code Switch
7:03 am
Wed August 19, 2015

How Black Reporters Report On Black Death

Scenes from Ferguson, Mo., in August 2014, captured by some of the reporters I spoke to for this story.
Courtesy of Trymaine Lee, Wesley Lowery, Gene Demby and Yamiche Alcindor

Originally published on Wed August 19, 2015 9:29 am

On an unbearably hot August afternoon last summer, I was walking along West Florissant Avenue in Ferguson, Mo., notebook in hand, when I ran into two good friends who were also on the clock, Joel Anderson of BuzzFeed and Jamelle Bouie of Slate. A few nights later, we got dinner with a couple of other black journos from D.C. We'd all known each other for years, and joked about how we rarely get together back home and here we were, eating wings at a gastropub in St. Louis.

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The Two-Way
6:51 am
Wed August 19, 2015

Chelsea Manning Found Guilty Of Violating Prison Rules

Pfc. Chelsea Manning poses for a photo in 2010.
Uncredited AP

Originally published on Wed August 19, 2015 10:40 am

Chelsea Manning, the Army private convicted in the biggest leak of classified information in American history, has been found guilty of violating the rules at the Army's Fort Leavenworth prison in Kansas.

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13.7: Cosmos And Culture
6:12 am
Wed August 19, 2015

Cleaner Cities, Cleaner Planet

A man walks past a coal-powered steel plant in Tianjin, China, on May 29.
Andy Wong AP

Growing up in Brazil, I always looked up to America and Europe as standards for how to keep cities clean.

Walking along in New York or Paris, I was struck by how the streets and walkways were garbage-free — at least compared to the streets of Rio and São Paulo. I wondered what it took to do this, to convince the population that the streets and parks of a city are a space we share with others and that it is in our own self-interest — and sense of civic pride — to keep them clean.

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The Salt
6:08 am
Wed August 19, 2015

Family Farms Turn To Pizza For Fast Cash And Customers

Pizza night on the Stoney Acres Farm in Athens, Wis.
John Ivanko/Courtesy of Stoney Acres Farm

Originally published on Wed August 19, 2015 3:46 pm

Across the U.S., small farmers have been struggling for years with low commodity prices and rising production costs. Even for organic farmers, who can justify higher prices, making a profit is tough.

But throughout the Midwest, a new farm-to-table strategy is giving a boost to some farmers.

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