Public Radio East http://publicradioeast.org en First Listen: Jeremiah Jae, 'Good Times' http://publicradioeast.org/post/first-listen-jeremiah-jae-good-times The music of Jeremiah Jae is an anomalous but welcome blip on rap's radar in 2014. Mon, 21 Apr 2014 03:11:00 +0000 Timmhotep Aku 39394 at http://publicradioeast.org First Listen: Jeremiah Jae, 'Good Times' First Listen: Brian Blade & The Fellowship Band, 'Landmarks' http://publicradioeast.org/post/first-listen-brian-blade-fellowship-band-landmarks He's widely acknowledged as one of the best jazz drummers in the world. But he's also a singer-songwriter; a session man for Bob Dylan and Joni Mitchell; the son of a singing preacher man from Louisiana. And though a man of such experiences is, as you might expect, quite busy, he's also keeps his own signature band: the <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/90467985/brian-blade" target="_blank">Brian Blade</a> Fellowship.<p>In the way that a jazzman's life often goes into his music, you might expect that a Brian-Blade-led band would reflect and merge all of his overlapping vocabularies. Mon, 21 Apr 2014 03:08:00 +0000 Patrick Jarenwattananon 39388 at http://publicradioeast.org First Listen: Brian Blade & The Fellowship Band, 'Landmarks' First Listen: Brody Dalle, 'Diploid Love' http://publicradioeast.org/post/first-listen-brody-dalle-diploid-love An interesting temporal phenomenon takes place while listening to <em>Diploid Love</em>, the first solo album from Distillers and Spinnerette frontwoman <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/allsongs/2014/04/08/300295401/new-mix-mirah-fennesz-brody-dalle-chet-faker-more" target="_blank">Brody Dalle</a>. The album feels like a time capsule buried in the backyard of the punk and grunge-drenched early '90s and only unearthed today. Mon, 21 Apr 2014 03:07:00 +0000 Katie Presley 39391 at http://publicradioeast.org First Listen: Brody Dalle, 'Diploid Love' First Listen: Rodrigo y Gabriela, '9 Dead Alive' http://publicradioeast.org/post/first-listen-rodrigo-y-gabriela-9-dead-alive In their newest album, <em>9 Dead Alive</em>, <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/15397659/rodrigo-y-gabriela" target="_blank">Rodrigo y Gabriela</a> return to their roots, reminding listeners why they fell in love with the Mexican duo in the first place. The album finds them at the peak of their musical flexibility, dexterously weaving elements of heavy metal with flamenco.<p>These Mexico City natives are an if-at-first-you-don't-succeed parable. As heavy metal musicians, Rodrigo Sanchez and Gabriela Quintero had trouble launching their careers. Mon, 21 Apr 2014 03:07:00 +0000 Jasmine Garsd 39390 at http://publicradioeast.org First Listen: Rodrigo y Gabriela, '9 Dead Alive' First Listen: The Ghost Of A Saber Tooth Tiger, 'Midnight Sun' http://publicradioeast.org/post/first-listen-ghost-saber-tooth-tiger-midnight-sun The Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger is Sean Lennon and Charlotte Kemp Muhl. Lennon, as you may know, is the only child of John Lennon and Yoko Ono. Muhl is a successful fashion model and Lennon's significant other of eight years. <em>Midnight Sun</em> is their second proper album together.<p>Try this while listening: Imagine what your opinion would be if you didn't know these basic facts - if it was just another band on the Internet with a strange name. You might think it was some kindred spirit of Tame Impala or the Flaming Lips, soft psychedelia made for sunny summer weekends. Mon, 21 Apr 2014 03:07:00 +0000 Peter Macia 39389 at http://publicradioeast.org First Listen: The Ghost Of A Saber Tooth Tiger, 'Midnight Sun' First Listen: Nels Cline Singers, 'Macroscope' http://publicradioeast.org/post/first-listen-nels-cline-singers-macroscope Nels Cline is a gateway drug in the best of ways. He's known as the guitar player for one of America's best bands, Wilco. His crazy performances, filled with static shrieking and string bending, have led fans to the other side of music. It's a style that interweaves jazz, progressive rock and noise.<p>Nels Cline started doing all of this long before joining Wilco, and continues it these days with his own project, The Nels Cline Singers, a group that actually has no singers. Mon, 21 Apr 2014 03:06:00 +0000 Bob Boilen 39393 at http://publicradioeast.org First Listen: Nels Cline Singers, 'Macroscope' First Listen: Wye Oak, 'Shriek' http://publicradioeast.org/post/first-listen-wye-oak-shriek At some point, even babies who bask in the warmth of attachment parenting need to learn to self-soothe — to regulate their emotions without their parents' guidance or even a hug. Often they do it with a thing: a blankie, a binky, a stuffie. Adults are expected to be free of such fixations, but the truth is, inanimate enablers still fill our lives. Musicians bring them right onstage. Why do you think guitarists name their stringed companions? Electricity makes these toys speak.<p>But what if your serious toy, your amanuensis, stopped listening and responding? Mon, 21 Apr 2014 03:06:00 +0000 Ann Powers 39392 at http://publicradioeast.org First Listen: Wye Oak, 'Shriek' Six Things I Saw In Eastern Ukraine http://publicradioeast.org/post/six-things-i-saw-eastern-ukraine <strong>Join NPR's London Correspondent Ari Shapiro Monday, April 21, at 2 p.m. Eastern Time, <a href="http://www.facebook.com/AriShapiroNPR." target="_blank">for a live Facebook chat</a> about his reporting in Ukraine. Mon, 21 Apr 2014 00:05:00 +0000 Ari Shapiro 39387 at http://publicradioeast.org Six Things I Saw In Eastern Ukraine Training For War, Mathematical Mind Blowers, Balkan Music http://publicradioeast.org/post/training-war-mathematical-mind-blowers-balkan-music At Fort Irwin in the Mojave Desert, soldiers train for war on foreign soil; a new book details how calculus rocked world history; musician Jordi Savall explores the music of the Balkans. Sun, 20 Apr 2014 23:35:00 +0000 NPR Staff 39386 at http://publicradioeast.org Training For War, Mathematical Mind Blowers, Balkan Music A Legume With Many Names: The Story Of 'Goober' http://publicradioeast.org/post/legume-many-names-story-goober <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RBOxw6vbDyo</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=blQrIySidOA</p> Sun, 20 Apr 2014 22:43:00 +0000 Camila Domonoske 39385 at http://publicradioeast.org A Legume With Many Names: The Story Of 'Goober' Ferry Transcript Shows Confusion And Panic: 'Please Come Quickly' http://publicradioeast.org/post/ferry-transcript-shows-confusion-and-panic-please-come-quickly For more than 40 minutes as their ship foundered last Wednesday, crew members of the South Korean ferry Sewol spoke with local maritime traffic services about a possible rescue. The conversation centered on getting help to the ship and on getting its passengers off the ferry, according to a transcript released Sunday.<p>The radio transcript gives harrowing new detail to a tragedy that has left about 240 people still missing. Sun, 20 Apr 2014 21:28:00 +0000 Bill Chappell 39379 at http://publicradioeast.org Ferry Transcript Shows Confusion And Panic: 'Please Come Quickly' Hey, Kids, Remember You're On Our Side: The FBI Makes A Movie http://publicradioeast.org/post/hey-kids-remember-youre-our-side-fbi-makes-movie <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4pYCz-oVDBg</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R8xlUNK4JHQ</p> Sun, 20 Apr 2014 21:18:00 +0000 NPR Staff 39380 at http://publicradioeast.org Hey, Kids, Remember You're On Our Side: The FBI Makes A Movie In South Korea, Ferry Rescue Efforts Yield Only Grisly Results http://publicradioeast.org/post/south-korea-ferry-rescue-efforts-yield-only-grisly-results It's been a grim Easter Sunday in South Korea as the death toll continues to rise from the ferry disaster that left nearly 300 passengers, many of them high school students, dead or missing. Sun, 20 Apr 2014 21:12:00 +0000 Arun Rath 39378 at http://publicradioeast.org A Scientific Experiment: Field Trips Just For Teachers http://publicradioeast.org/post/scientific-experiment-field-trips-just-teachers In a classroom across from the coal mine exhibit at the Chicago's Museum of Science and Industry, students are huddled around tables, studying petri dishes of bacteria.<p>But these aren't school-age kids — these students are all teachers, responsible for imparting science to upper-elementary or middle-school students.<p>That's a job that many here — and many teachers in grammar schools around the country — feel unprepared for.<p>"That's why I'm here," says fifth-grade teacher Joel Spears. "I teach all the subjects. I went in not knowing how to teach science, really. Sun, 20 Apr 2014 21:00:00 +0000 editor 39384 at http://publicradioeast.org A Scientific Experiment: Field Trips Just For Teachers Far From 'Infinitesimal': A Mathematical Paradox's Role In History http://publicradioeast.org/post/far-infinitesimal-mathematical-paradoxs-role-history Here's a stumper: How many parts can you divide a line into?<p>It seems like a simple question. You can cut it in half. Then you can cut those lines in half, then cut those lines in half again. Just how many parts can you make? A hundred? A billion? Why not more?<p>You can keep on dividing forever, so every line has an infinite amount of parts. But how long are those parts? If they're anything greater than zero, then the line would seem to be infinitely long. Sun, 20 Apr 2014 21:00:00 +0000 NPR Staff 39383 at http://publicradioeast.org Far From 'Infinitesimal': A Mathematical Paradox's Role In History California's Drought Ripples Through Businesses, Then To Schools http://publicradioeast.org/post/californias-drought-ripples-through-businesses-and-even-schools Cannon Michael runs an 11,000-acre farm in California's Central Valley. His family has been farming in the state for six generations.<p>Michael's multi-million-dollar operation usually provides a wealth of crops including tomatoes, onions and melons. But recently, he's pretty pessimistic about work.<p>"It is going to be a year that's probably, at best, maybe break even. Or maybe lose some money," Michael tells NPR's Arun Rath.<p>Michael says about one-fifth of the land will lie fallow this year. Sun, 20 Apr 2014 21:00:00 +0000 NPR Staff 39382 at http://publicradioeast.org California's Drought Ripples Through Businesses, Then To Schools Honey, Blood And Harmony: Jordi Savall's Balkan Journey http://publicradioeast.org/post/honey-blood-and-harmony-jordi-savalls-balkan-journey <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/15327828/jordi-savall" target="_blank">Jordi Savall</a> has made a career of reviving ancient music. Whatever the age of the songs, though, he doesn't play them as museum-piece recreations, preserved in isolation. Savall takes great pleasure in <a href="http://www.npr.org/event/music/126390261/jordi-savall-tracing-jerusalems-history-in-music" target="_blank">smashing together music</a> from different times and different cultures.<p>At his concerts, it's difficult to predict what might happen — or who might show up. Sun, 20 Apr 2014 21:00:00 +0000 NPR Staff 39381 at http://publicradioeast.org Honey, Blood And Harmony: Jordi Savall's Balkan Journey Service Dog Guides Marathon Bombing Victims Through A Grim Year http://publicradioeast.org/post/service-dog-guides-marathon-bombing-victims-through-grim-year At Monday's Boston Marathon, many runners will be on the course to honor the 16 people who lost limbs in last year's bombing. One married couple was among them: Jessica Kensky and Patrick Downes.<p>Among many dark stories of that day, theirs is among the darkest. They were newlyweds of just seven months when each had their left leg blown off. Their injuries were so severe that they were some of the last victims to leave the hospital.<p>But we want to tell you an encouraging part of their story. Sun, 20 Apr 2014 20:34:00 +0000 editor 39377 at http://publicradioeast.org Service Dog Guides Marathon Bombing Victims Through A Grim Year It's 4:20 On 4/20: Denver Hosts The Cannabis Cup Today http://publicradioeast.org/post/its-420-420-denver-hosts-cannabis-cup-today Tens of thousands of people are attending the Cannabis Cup in Denver this weekend, the first time the marijuana festival and trade show is held in Colorado since the state legalized recreational pot in January.<p>The festival's date is no coincidence – it's a conversion of the pot smoker's favorite time of 4:20 into a date. Sun, 20 Apr 2014 20:29:00 +0000 Bill Chappell 39376 at http://publicradioeast.org It's 4:20 On 4/20: Denver Hosts The Cannabis Cup Today 'Like Little Language Vacuum Cleaners,' Kids Suck Up Swear Words http://publicradioeast.org/post/little-language-vacuum-cleaners-kids-suck-swear-words Most parents are pretty concerned about their kids using foul language.<p>Dr. Timothy Jay, a psychologist and expert in swearing, says parents worried about bad words might be fighting a losing battle.<p>"As soon as kids start talking, they pick up this kind of language," Jay says. "They're like little language vacuum cleaners, so they repeat what they hear."<p>They pick it up from parents — as much as they may try to hide it — from siblings and peers, and entertainment. Sun, 20 Apr 2014 20:25:00 +0000 NPR Staff 39375 at http://publicradioeast.org 'Like Little Language Vacuum Cleaners,' Kids Suck Up Swear Words