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All Tech Considered
12:07 pm
Thu May 15, 2014

Solar-Powered Bike Lock Aims To Be The Airbnb Of Bike-Sharing

The Skylock is solar-powered and can send messages to let a bike owner know if it's being tampered with.
Skylock

Originally published on Fri May 16, 2014 2:32 pm

In our "Weekly Innovation" blog series, we explore an interesting idea, design or product that you may not have heard of yet. Do you have an innovation to share? Submit it with this form.

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The Two-Way
11:48 am
Thu May 15, 2014

FCC Gives Initial OK To New Internet Traffic Rules

Demonstrators protest outside the Federal Communications Commission Thursday. The agency voted to open new proposed rules for public comment, including a discussion of whether "paid prioritization" should be banned.
Alex Wong Getty Images

Originally published on Thu May 15, 2014 5:40 pm

New rules for how Internet traffic is governed were officially unveiled and approved for public comment following a 3-2 vote Thursday by members of the Federal Communications Commission.

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The Salt
11:47 am
Thu May 15, 2014

A Sponge Cake's Long, Strange Trip: Germany To Denver, Via Japan

A chef prepares the baumkuchen, a German layer cake made on a stick that when cut, resembles a tree with concentric rings.
LuxTonnerre Flickr.com

Originally published on Tue May 20, 2014 3:18 pm

For a cake the Germans call "the king of cakes" and the Japanese call "the ultimate wedding cake," the baumkuchen doesn't really look like a cake or behave like one. But it more than makes up for its oddities with rich flavor, history and symbolism.

It resembles a hollowed cross-section of a craggy tree trunk, or a planet's rings, depending on how you make it. It can have up to 21 delicate, sugary stratums, which give it a light yet chewy texture.

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Education
11:37 am
Thu May 15, 2014

Educating Girls: Big Payoff For $45 A Year

Originally published on Thu May 15, 2014 12:37 pm

Transcript

CELESTE HEADLEE, HOST:

This is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. I'm Celeste Headlee. Michel Martin is away. Nigeria has been in the news a lot lately. That's since the militant Islamic organization Boko Haram kidnapped hundreds of schoolgirls on April 15. Professed to be against Western education, Boko Haram took the girls away from their books and their teachers and have threatened to sell them as wives and slaves.

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Music
11:36 am
Thu May 15, 2014

Breaking Up Helped Ledisi Find 'The Truth' In Her Music

Ledisi performs at the 2013 BET Honors awards. The singer has been nominated for eight Grammy awards over the past 10 years.
Kris Connor Getty Images for BET

Originally published on Thu May 15, 2014 12:37 pm

Singer songwriter Ledisi has had eight Grammy nominations, and says she is grateful for that. "I would like to win, but it will happen when its time."

For more than 10 years, Ledisi has garnered an international fan base while striving to grow her musical abilities.

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Ask Me Another
10:10 am
Thu May 15, 2014

Gone Fishing

Originally published on Fri May 16, 2014 3:47 pm

There's something fishy about this final round. Every answer contains a type of fish, but be careful: some are unexpected. Did you know that a mullet isn't just Billy Ray Cyrus' go-to hairstyle?

Heard in Episode 317: Puzzle Hard

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Ask Me Another
10:10 am
Thu May 15, 2014

Andrew W.K.: Jesus Christ Super Quiz

What's the buzz, Andrew W.K.?
Neilson Barnard Getty Images

Originally published on Fri May 16, 2014 3:51 pm

Musician, motivational speaker, and party pro Andrew W.K. is a man of many talents—but did you know that he is also an expert on Jesus Christ Superstar? We wrote him a quiz on his favorite rock opera.

After the game, hear he and house musician Jonathan Coulton duet on "What's The Buzz."

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Ask Me Another
10:10 am
Thu May 15, 2014

Unruly Passengers

Originally published on Fri May 16, 2014 3:47 pm

"I specifically requested not to be on the Pinta!" In this game, we imagine the complaints passengers might have made on certain historical journeys, such as Columbus's expedition to the New World.

Heard in Episode 317: Puzzle Hard

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Ask Me Another
10:10 am
Thu May 15, 2014

Tonight We're Going to Party

Originally published on Fri May 16, 2014 3:47 pm

Who says you can only "party like it's 1999"? Not us! Jonathan Coulton sings rewritten lyrics to Prince's classic hit, to describe famous events that happened in less...festive years. Let's party like it's 1775!

Heard in Episode 317: Puzzle Hard

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Ask Me Another
10:10 am
Thu May 15, 2014

Random Questions With: Andrew W.K.

"Not being dead is my version of partying. So far, so good." - Andrew W.K.
Mireya Acierto Getty Images

Originally published on Fri May 16, 2014 3:47 pm

  • Hear Andrew play "Jesus Christ Super Quiz"
  • Andrew W.K. tells the story of his first, and last, gig at Cafe Wha? in NYC

Rock star and self-proclaimed professional partier Andrew W.K. is nothing short of a renaissance man. While the traditionally trained piano player is best known for rollicking hits like "Party Hard" and "It's Time to Party," Andrew has also tried his hand as a TV show host, a motivational speaker and, currently, a weekly advice columnist for The Village Voice.

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Ask Me Another
10:10 am
Thu May 15, 2014

Nick Names

Originally published on Fri May 16, 2014 3:47 pm

Many celebrities are better known by their monikers, like George Herman "Babe" Ruth, Jr. or Jennifer "J. Lo." Lopez. In this game, we created nicknames for people who already have the name "Nick." Do you know who "Mr. Mariah Carey" might be?

Heard in Episode 317: Puzzle Hard

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Ask Me Another
10:10 am
Thu May 15, 2014

How Now, Brown Cow?

Originally published on Fri May 16, 2014 3:47 pm

If you've ever wondered about the origins of the phrase "How now, brown cow," we can't help you. But just for kicks, we wrote a game in which every answer rhymes with "cow." How now, kung pao?

Plus, hear house musician Jonathan Coulton cover They Might Be Giants' "Cowtown."

Heard in Episode 317: Puzzle Hard

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Field Recordings
10:03 am
Thu May 15, 2014

D.D Dumbo: Looping Sounds In An Austin Alleyway

D.D Dumbo during his Field Recording in Austin, Texas.
NPR

Originally published on Wed July 2, 2014 3:47 pm

Mystery seems to swirl around D.D Dumbo. We'd heard all sorts of crazy rumors about this solo musician; namely, that Dumbo is a modern-day nomad whose only worldly possessions are his guitar and some crazy customized pedals. But once he arrived for one of our SXSW Backyard Sessions, here's what we discovered: Dumbo was born outside of Melbourne, Australia (birth name: Oliver Hugh Perry). He performs with a 12-string electric guitar, a simple drum set-up and some loop pedals. And he prefers to let his eclectic, drone-filled music speak for itself — so, alas, no comment on the nomad rumors.

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The Two-Way
8:32 am
Thu May 15, 2014

Turkish Mine Explosion: Angry Protests As Death Toll Rises

People dig graves Thursday for miners who died in an explosion in Soma, Turkey. Anger over what's being called the deadliest industrial accident in the country's history has set off protests nationwide.
Bulent Kilic AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Thu May 15, 2014 10:42 am

The death toll in the coal mine explosion in Turkey keeps rising, and anger over the incident has spread around the country. Thousands of people staged protests after a speech from Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan in which he suggested such accidents are unavoidable.

Officials say at least 282 mine workers have died in the incident in the city of Soma. That figure seems certain to rise, as about 100 people are still missing. The mine explosion is already being called the deadliest industrial disaster in Turkey's history.

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Favorite Sessions
8:03 am
Thu May 15, 2014

KCRW Presents: Chromeo

Chromeo performed live in Los Angeles for KCRW.
Jon Gordon McKenzie KCRW

Originally published on Wed July 2, 2014 1:38 pm

Flanked by a six-piece choir dubbed "The Chromettes," the Canadian electro-funk duo Chromeo recently unleashed a set of dance music on a small audience at Apogee Studios in Santa Monica. With David "Dave 1" Macklovitch on guitar and lead vocals and Patrick "P-Thugg" Gemayel on synths and Talk Box, Chromeo bounced between older hits and favorites from its new album White Women — including the catchy "Jealous (I Ain't With It)."

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The Two-Way
8:00 am
Thu May 15, 2014

Book News: Rush Limbaugh Wins Children's Book 'Author Of The Year' Award

Rush Limbaugh, pictured in 2013, was honored at the Children's Choice Book Awards for his bestselling book Rush Revere and the Brave Pilgrims: Time-Travel Adventures With Exceptional Americans.
Bill Pugliano Getty Images

Originally published on Thu May 15, 2014 7:34 pm

The daily lowdown on books, publishing, and the occasional author behaving badly.

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Book Reviews
6:52 am
Thu May 15, 2014

Huck And Jim Ride The River Of Time In 'Boy In His Winter'

Huck Finn and Jim set out from Hannibal, Mo. on a July afternoon in 1835 aboard a raft. But this is not Mark Twain's tale: In Norman Lock's brief and brilliant fabulist novel The Boy in His Winter, Huck and Jim sweep down the Mississippi toward the Gulf of Mexico as though in a dream, caught in mythic time. "We were held in the mind of the river, like a thought," Lock writes.

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Krulwich Wonders...
6:49 am
Thu May 15, 2014

How To Marry The Right Girl: A Mathematical Solution

Robert Krulwich NPR

Originally published on Thu May 15, 2014 2:34 pm

Poor Johannes Kepler. One of the greatest astronomers ever, the man who figured out the laws of planetary motion, a genius, scholar and mathematician — in 1611, he needed a wife. The previous Mrs. Kepler had died of Hungarian spotted fever, so, with kids to raise and a household to manage, he decided to line up some candidates — but it wasn't going very well.

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Planet Money
5:31 am
Thu May 15, 2014

Why Inflation Is So Low

Originally published on Thu May 15, 2014 3:55 pm

With the Federal Reserve pumping trillions of dollars into the economy the past several years, why has inflation remained so low?

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