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2:27 pm
Thu July 2, 2015

Professor Says Jefferson Davis Statue Should Be Removed, Preserved

A statue of Jefferson Davis is seen on the University of Texas campus in Austin, Texas.(Eric Gay/AP)

Originally published on Thu July 2, 2015 4:27 pm

Confederate flags are coming down across the South as governments and institutions respond to calls to remove symbols of a racist past. At the University of Texas at Austin, thousands of students have petitioned the school to remove a statue of Jefferson Davis, who was president of the Confederate States of America during the Civil War.

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Movie Reviews
1:47 pm
Thu July 2, 2015

Not All Sequels Are Equal: Following Up To 'Terminator', 'Magic Mike'

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All Songs Considered
1:44 pm
Thu July 2, 2015

Your Favorite Musical Discoveries Of 2015 (So Far)

Wolf Alice, one of your favorite new artists of 2015.
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Originally published on Thu July 2, 2015 3:14 pm

Earlier this week, All Songs Considered shared our favorite music from debut albums released in the first half of 2015. The NPR Music team also got together to make epic lists of albums and songs we already think might make our year-end lists in December.

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13.7: Cosmos And Culture
1:40 pm
Thu July 2, 2015

Great White Sharks And The Thrill Of Unseen Nature

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Originally published on Thu July 2, 2015 3:45 pm

Last Thursday, boat captain Giancarlo Thomae — flying in a helicopter over the Aptos, Calif., coastline — spotted and photographed what he called a "once in a lifetime event." There were 15 great white sharks swimming within a quarter-mile radius of the grounded SS Palo Alto ("the cement ship") just offshore.

"In my 20-plus years at sea, I have never seen anything like this," Thomae noted to media.

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NPR Story
1:32 pm
Thu July 2, 2015

U.S. Will Battle Japan In Women's World Cup Final

Nahomi Kawasumi #9 and Mizuho Sakaguchi #6 of Japan celebrate after Laura Bassett #6 of England scored on her own team in the final minutes of the game during the FIFA Women's World Cup Canada Semi Final match between England and Japan at Commonwealth Stadium on July 1, 2015 in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. (Todd Korol/Getty Images)

Originally published on Thu July 2, 2015 2:27 pm

After Japan beat England yesterday in a close Women’s World Cup semi-final game that was decided by an own goal from England, the stage was set for a tough match-up with the U.S.

Who is favored to take home the top prize in women’s soccer? And how is the woman who scored the accidental goal into her own net yesterday faring?

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The Two-Way
1:27 pm
Thu July 2, 2015

Why We Shouldn't Be Surprised By Greece's Impasse With Europe

Greece's Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras attends an emergency Parliament session for the government's proposed referendum in Athens on June 27.
Petros Karadjias AP

This is what has unfolded in Greece in the past week:

June 26: Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras announces a July 5 referendum on terms put forward by the strapped country's creditors and urges his people to vote "no."

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NPR Story
12:50 pm
Thu July 2, 2015

Mortuary Assistant Required

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NPR Story
12:50 pm
Thu July 2, 2015

A Little White Lie

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NPR Story
12:50 pm
Thu July 2, 2015

Burning Water

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NPR Story
12:50 pm
Thu July 2, 2015

Mouth Of The Dragon

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Alt.Latino
12:49 pm
Thu July 2, 2015

Nonstop Grooves With Guest DJ Novalima

Novalima blends Afro-Peruvian folk music with electronic beats.
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All Songs Considered
12:30 pm
Thu July 2, 2015

Viking's Choice: toe, 'My Little Wish'

toe.
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Originally published on Thu July 2, 2015 12:39 pm

Kashikura Takashi is a hell of a drummer. Fifteen years into the existence of toe, he's often been the focus of the instrumental Japanese post-rock band, and for good reason. Takashi is aerobic and musical all at once, capable of Questlove-level precision and soul one moment, and a cyclone of controlled chaos the next. But the thing that's always set toe apart from its technically minded peers is its ability to tell short, concise stories — ecstatic, noodly, complex pop songs that unfold in less than five minutes.

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All Songs Considered
12:26 pm
Thu July 2, 2015

All Songs At 15: What Our First Webcast Got Right

Thursdays this year we're celebrating All Songs Considered's 15th birthday with personal memories and highlights from the show's decade and a half online and on the air. If you have a personal memory about the show you'd like to share, drop us an email: allsongs@npr.org.

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Favorite Sessions
11:57 am
Thu July 2, 2015

KCRW Presents: Bilal

Bilal performs for us on KCRW's Morning Becomes Eclectic.
KCRW

Philly-bred soul singer Bilal recently walked into the KCRW studio with his red acoustic guitar and, joined by an upright bassist and electric guitarist, played a beautiful set of stripped-down songs. "Satellites," the first single from his new album In Another Life, was a clear highlight.

SET LIST

  • "Satellites"
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Economy
11:17 am
Thu July 2, 2015

In June Jobs Report, Positive Numbers Belie Frustrations Beneath Surface

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Book Reviews
11:03 am
Thu July 2, 2015

Get A 'Grip' On This Goofy Noir Sci-Fi Tale

Originally published on Thu July 2, 2015 2:36 pm

Remember how it felt when, as a kid, you opened up a fresh-from-the-library book to discover the illustrations weren't in color? It wasn't a good feeling. Most of us still have a foot planted firmly in childhood when it comes to the ol' rainbow. It means that sticking to black and white — whether it's to save money on your independent film or to approximate high-end austerity in an Ikea-furnished apartment — usually entails a sensory sacrifice.

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Shots - Health News
10:27 am
Thu July 2, 2015

Your Colonoscopy Is Covered, But The Prep Kit May Not Be

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With summer vacations coming up, one reader this week asked about travel insurance, while others had questions about coverage of preventive services, including costs related to colonoscopies.

We know now that anesthesia for a screening colonoscopy is covered with no cost sharing as a preventive service under the health law. As a plan administrator, I am also struggling to find guidance on how to handle bowel prep kits for colonoscopies. Can you help?

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The Two-Way
10:18 am
Thu July 2, 2015

U.S. Seeks Extradition Of 7 FIFA Officials From Switzerland

Originally published on Thu July 2, 2015 3:10 pm

U.S. prosecutors have sent Switzerland a formal request to extradite seven FIFA officials who had been arrested in May in Zurich in a corruption investigation of soccer's governing body.

The FIFA officials were arrested May 27, and the extradition request, submitted by the U.S. Embassy in Bern, came within the deadline laid down by the bilateral extradition treaty between the U.S. and Switzerland.

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Jazz Night In America Videos
9:56 am
Thu July 2, 2015

Jazz Lives At Duke Ellington's Resting Place

Members of the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra play an Exquisite Corpse at Woodlawn Cemetery as part of Make Music New York on June 21, 2015.
Polina Yamshchikov NPR

Each June 21, the one-day Make Music New York festival (MMNY) celebrates not just sound but community. It's a summer solstice gathering of the tribes for music makers and music lovers alike, with more than 1200 outdoor concerts across the five boroughs running from morning till night.

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