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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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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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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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Europe
8:09 am
Wed August 19, 2015

Wanting An Edge, Beer 'Enthusiast' Steals Bottle Caps

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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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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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NPR Story
5:13 am
Wed August 19, 2015

Boat Trip Between Bodrum And Kos Is Markedly Different For Tourists, Refugees

Originally published on Wed August 19, 2015 8:09 am

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Medical Treatments
5:13 am
Wed August 19, 2015

FDA Approves First Drug To Improve Libido For Women

Originally published on Wed August 19, 2015 1:40 pm

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NPR Story
5:13 am
Wed August 19, 2015

Disney To Build 'Star Wars' Theme Lands At Parks In Florida And California

Originally published on Wed August 19, 2015 1:30 pm

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Parallels
5:13 am
Wed August 19, 2015

Syrian Rockers, Fleeing War, Find Safety And New Fans In Beirut

Members of the Syrian band Khebez Dawle include (from left to right) Hekmat Qassar on guitar and keyboards, lead guitarist Bashar Darwish, bassist Muhammad Bazz and lead singer Anas Maghrebi. Half the band members are now in Turkey, and are strongly considering seeking asylum in Europe.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed August 19, 2015 1:05 pm

At the launch party of his band's first album in a crowded Beirut café, singer Anas Maghrebi steps up to the microphone in front of a crowd of hip guys and women in vintage glasses, sipping icy drinks in the sultry evening.

The songs swell; the audience cheers and sings along. Maghrebi is 26 years old, tall and thin with a beard and cap, soaking up the adulation. He's not, perhaps, a typical Syrian refugee, but his journey to realize a dream of making a rock record has been fraught with hardship.

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NPR Story
5:13 am
Wed August 19, 2015

Bizarre Workplace Policies? Our Listeners Experienced Them

Originally published on Wed August 19, 2015 1:46 pm

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NPR Story
5:13 am
Wed August 19, 2015

China's Government Tries To Stabilize Its Financial Markets

Originally published on Wed August 19, 2015 8:09 am

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NPR Story
5:13 am
Wed August 19, 2015

Recession Inspires Brazilians To Protest Against President Rousseff

Originally published on Wed August 19, 2015 1:35 pm

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The Two-Way
10:02 pm
Tue August 18, 2015

EPA Rules Aim To Slash Oil Industry Methane Emissions

A natural gas drilling rig's lights shimmer in the evening light near Silt, Colo.
David Gilkey NPR

Originally published on Wed August 19, 2015 1:17 pm

The Obama administration unveiled plans Tuesday that would curb the methane that leaks from facilities related to oil and natural gas production. Methane is one of the greenhouse gases that trap heat in the Earth's atmosphere.

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The Two-Way
9:11 pm
Tue August 18, 2015

2 'Ninjas' Attempt To Rob Store With Knife, But Cashier Had A Bigger Blade

Originally published on Wed August 19, 2015 6:38 am

When two men dressed as ninjas entered a convenience store in Pittsburgh with a foot-long knife, the store's cashier was prepared, writes the local CBS affiliate KDKA.

Security video from Perry Market shows Jewad Hayih fending off the would-be thieves — with a sword that's much bigger than their knife.

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