Originally published on Thu June 27, 2013 10:32 am
Low makes its first appearance on Mountain Stage, recorded live in Grand Marais, Minn., in partnership with the North House Folk School. Led by the husband-and-wife team of Alan Sparhawk and Mimi Parker, Low's ethereal, understated rock sound grew out of a reaction to the grunge music that was in vogue when the band formed; in the early days, Low would turn its amplifiers down to goad audiences into listening.
Now, it's time to open up the pages of the Washington Post Magazine. That's something we do just about every week for interesting stories about the way we live now. The Post's Fall Dining Guide is out this week and that means food critic Tom Sietsema has been going all over town, eating and drinking up a storm, trying to narrow down his list of favorite restaurants.
Host Michel Martin remembers her dad who recently passed away. She asks whether today's politicians are speaking up for ordinary Americans, like her dad, who do their best every day to make a better life for their families.
Weddings are supposed to be filled with joy and excitement, but Artie Goldstein had mixed emotions when his daughter, Jill, got engaged to another woman. His trip to the wedding became a video journey that father and daughter wanted to share with the world. Host Michel Martin finds out how this personal moment became an internet sensation.
The photos in his seriesCongo Democratic "trace some aspects of the individuals and institutions that have been in power in the Congo," writes photographer Guy Tillim. Here, presidential candidate Jean-Pierre Bemba enters a stadium in central Kinshasa flanked by his bodyguards during an election rally.
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"I sometimes work where power presents itself as a spectacle, as an event produced for or with the media, and my pictures may then take an ironic undertone," writes Luc Delahaye. "But I photograph the ordinary man more often than the leader." 132nd Ordinary Meeting of the Conference, OPEC headquarters, Vienna, Austria, 2004
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"I worked off the coast of Louisiana during the spill, where approximately 4.9 million barrels of oil were released into the Gulf waters. The resulting photographs were taken from three thousand feet above," writes Daniel Beltra. Oil Spill #1: A plume of smoke rises from a burn of collected oil.
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"What I am after is that very fleeting tenth of a second when the tension is at its most extreme," writes Mohamed Bourouissa. His photos focus on issues of violence and prejudice in the suburbs in France where he grew up.
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"More than 90 percent of the original forest in the American Northwest has been clear-cut at least once," writes Robert Adams. Clatsop County, Ore.
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"It seems to be an accepted fact that the sea level will rise dramatically before the end of the century," writes Carl De Keyzer. "This project doesn't just focus on a possible future hazard; it also takes in the various forms of coastal protection in Europe throughout history and how today Fortress Europe copes with other swells and floods." England, 2009
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"Tucked in the high desert, the training center's landscape is not dissimilar from parts of Afghanistan and Iraq. I embarked on the process of documenting the intricate live fire maneuvers the troops underwent prior to their deployment to Iraq," writes An-My Le. Twentynine Palms, Calif.
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"Twenty-six years after the disaster, the effects of the Chernobyl nuclear accident are both visible like scars and invisible like air," writes Rena Effendi, explaining that her series is meant to "portray both the long-term effects of this nuclear catastrophe, and the power and persistence of the human spirit in the face of devastation."
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"Working under military censorship, this series explores the spaces and objects of power and control at Guantanamo," writes Edmund Clark. Camp Six, Emergency Response Force Equipment,2009, Guantanamo Bay Detention Facility, Cuba
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"In each Arab country ... I searched for the most successful and powerful female business leaders," writes Jacqueline Hassink. "The concept was very simple: What does the Arab boardroom look like and what parallel would the dining table create?" Elham M. Zeadat, general manager and owner of Bloom Dead Sea Gift Enterprise
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"In my quest for emblematic images, I recorded the documentary aspects of the tragedy in a quasi-systematic, serial manner," writes Philippe Chancel. "Using GPS data I reconstructed my journey from satellite photos taken at the same time and captured on Google Earth." Higashimaecho GPS 39°16'23"N 141°53'36"E, June 1, 2011, 7:59:36 G.M.T,Tohoku, Japan
Originally published on Wed October 24, 2012 1:04 pm
"Power" is a concept that conjures up different ideas for different people. There's the power of nature or the power of money; or the drive for power at the root of the human psyche — and how it can cause war and discrimination. Or, more literally, how we humans power our existence on the planet.
This is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. I'm Michel Martin. Coming up, Apple just unveiled its new iPad Mini, but it's not the only company trying to tempt you with new gadgets. Our digital lifestyle expert, Mario Armstrong, is going to stop by to tell us what's worth checking out. That's a little later.
I'm Michel Martin and this is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. Coming up, we'll hear about what's hot and what's not in the world of restaurants from Washington Post food critic Tom Sietsema. Interesting even if you don't eat out a lot. That's coming up later.
According to legend, once in each millennium, the Music Gods come together and, after much debate, agree to bestow a single magical gift upon the world — a song or album or project so breathtaking, it leaves throngs of people weeping in the streets at its splendor and forever changes the way we hear music. That time is now, as Jason Lytle and Sea of Bees have opted to cover each other's songs.
Okay, fine: Maybe it's not that special. But it's still cool when a couple of your favorite artists dig each other's music and want to work together.
Originally published on Wed October 24, 2012 4:42 pm
By now you've likely heard that in the pages of Superman #13, on stands today, Clark Kent quits his once-beloved great metropolitan newspaper.
Disillusioned by his employer's increasing predilection for glitzy infotainment over hard-hitting news, Clark takes a principled stand and abandons print journalism for the web, a medium blissfully free of petty, frivolous, celebrity-driven content OH WAIT
Originally published on Wed October 24, 2012 1:08 pm
If you're reading this blog, you're probably into food. Perhaps you're even one of those people whose world revolves around your Viking stove and who believes that cooking defines us as civilized creatures.
Well, on the latter part, you'd be right. At least according to some neuroscientists from Brazil.
On 'Morning Edition': Tom Goldman and Renee Montagne preview the World Series
Seamheads surely know this, but here's a bit of baseball trivia that the rest of us can drop into a conversation today if we're caught in a discussion about the World Series, which gets started tonight at 8 p.m. ET. (on Fox TV).