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3:36 am
Mon May 5, 2014

Extra! Read All About It: 'Girl Stunt Reporter' Turns 150

Originally published on Mon May 5, 2014 10:28 am

In 1887, American journalist Nellie Bly had herself committed to New York's notorious Blackwell's Island insane asylum — on purpose, as part of an assignment from the New York World newspaper. When she was released 10 days later, she had seen cruelty that made her shudder.

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First Listen
11:03 pm
Sun May 4, 2014

First Listen: Swans, 'To Be Kind'

Swans' new album, To Be Kind, comes out May 13.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed May 14, 2014 3:33 pm

Only on occasion does it make sense to praise music as scary, and somehow many of those occasions coincide with Swans sending new sounds out into the world. Since 1982, when the band emerged from the same New York "no wave" scene as noise-rock acts like Sonic Youth, Swans' seething intensity has been a default mode. Every element of the Swans sound is alarming, brutal, dark and sublimely beautiful for all the rage that gets articulated — and the sense of release that gets promised, too.

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First Listen
11:03 pm
Sun May 4, 2014

First Listen: Mirah, 'Changing Light'

Mirah's new album, Changing Light, comes out May 13.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed May 14, 2014 3:31 pm

Mirah wrote Changing Light, her fifth full-length solo album, in the years-long aftermath of a punishing breakup. Maybe it's the amount of time it took for the material to gestate, or maybe it's the thoughtfulness and patience gleaned from a nearly 20-year career, but Changing Light keeps looking at her ache from wise angles. Nervy and sonically inventive in spots, tender and graceful in others, it's a breakup record that eschews childish outbursts and pointless wallowing.

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First Listen
11:03 pm
Sun May 4, 2014

First Listen: Agalloch, 'The Serpent & The Sphere'

Agalloch's new album, The Serpent & The Sphere, comes out May 13.
Veleda Thorsson Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed May 14, 2014 3:34 pm

It's been four years since Agalloch released Marrow of the Spirit, a spectacular record that exposed the cultish metal band to a wider audience seeking something ritualistic and caustic in heavy music. For all of its lengthy and textured songs, Marrow kept things fairly linear — thrilling in its momentum, for sure, but onward and forward.

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First Listen
11:03 pm
Sun May 4, 2014

First Listen: Sylvan Esso, 'Sylvan Esso'

Sylvan Esso's self-titled debut album comes out May 13.
DL Anderson Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed May 14, 2014 3:32 pm

The product of an unlikely pairing of musicians, Sylvan Esso works in equally unlikely ways: Singer Amelia Meath first surfaced as a singer in the largely a cappella Vermont folk group Mountain Man, while Nick Sanborn plays bass in the versatile North Carolina psych-rock band Megafaun.

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First Listen
11:03 pm
Sun May 4, 2014

First Listen: Sturgill Simpson, 'Metamodern Sounds In Country Music'

Sturgill Simpson's new album, Metamodern Sounds in Country Music, comes out May 13.
Crackerfarm Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed June 18, 2014 8:51 am

There are so many "whoa, stop" moments in the first three minutes of Sturgill Simpson's second album. A few selected quotes, which Simpson delivers in a stretched-out Waylon croon: "I've seen Jesus play with flames ... met the devil in Seattle ... met Buddha yet another time," "Don't waste your time on nursery rhymes and fairy tales of blood and wine," "Marijuana, LSD, psilocybin, DMT, they all changed the way I see," and "There's a gateway in our mind that leads somewhere out there beyond this plane / where reptile aliens made of light cut you open and pull out all your pain." Wait, what?

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Weekends On All Things Considered Podcast
9:30 pm
Sun May 4, 2014

California Drought, Saxophone Legend Sonny Rollins, And How Not To Get Your Big Break

Because of the dry conditions, the Angeles National Forest in Southern California is experiencing "very high" fire danger.
Tom Dreisbach NPR

In this week's podcast, California's drought has wildland firefighters, experts and residents on edge. Plus, jazz legend Sonny Rollins and the not-so-big break of comedian Kurt Braunohler.

Around the Nation
6:18 pm
Sun May 4, 2014

Amid Statewide Drought, California Races To Burn Wildfire Fuel

California's intense drought has increased the risk of wildfire, and also made it more difficult for fire crews to safely conduct controlled burns.
Tom Dreisbach NPR

Originally published on Sun May 4, 2014 6:19 pm

On April 30, the Etiwanda Fire ignited in the San Bernardino National Forest in Southern California, then quickly grew to more than 2,000 acres before crews were able to contain it.

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My Big Break
5:08 pm
Sun May 4, 2014

How To Make Your Idol Hate You, In One Unfunny Comedy Audition

Comedian Kurt Braunohler does not speak German, but that didn't stop him from faking his way to an audition for the film Brüno.
Mandee Johnson

Originally published on Mon May 5, 2014 11:03 am

As part of a series called "My Big Break," All Things Considered is collecting stories of triumph, big and small. These are the moments when everything seems to click, and people leap forward into their careers. The following is what you might call an "almost big break."

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Business
4:53 pm
Sun May 4, 2014

Climate Change Warming Up Business In The Arctic

Originally published on Sun May 4, 2014 6:19 pm

Transcript

ARUN RATH, HOST:

And if you're just joining us, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED from NPR West. I'm Arun Rath. Climate change is melting polar ice at an alarming rate. While this terrifies many people, especially those living near sea level, some businesses are seeing an opportunity, a big opportunity. According to the National Snow and Ice Data Center, the year-round ice cover in the Arctic is now half the size it was in the 1980s. And previously inaccessible natural resources are now there for the taking.

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Music Interviews
4:53 pm
Sun May 4, 2014

Composer Elliot Goldenthal's New Work In An Odd Key

Originally published on Tue May 6, 2014 12:31 pm

Transcript

ARUN RATH, HOST:

If you're just joining us, it's ALL THINGS CONSIDERED from NPR West. I'm Arun Rath. What connects the films "Drugstore Cowboy," "Pet Cemetery," "Batman Forever" and "Frida?" You can skip Kevin Bacon and connect them all with just one name, composer Elliot Goldenthal.

(SOUNDBITE OF MUSIC)

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Sports
4:53 pm
Sun May 4, 2014

Why Michael Sam Might Not Be Drafted

Originally published on Sun May 4, 2014 6:19 pm

Transcript

ARUN RATH, HOST:

This week, the NFL will hold its annual draft of college players. And if one name has risen beyond the sports pages, it's Michael Sam who will become the first openly gay player in an NFL locker room. Last season at the University of Missouri, Sam was an All-American and a co-defensive MVP of the toughest conference in college football. But some draft watchers say there's a chance Michael Sam won't be drafted at all. Here's NPR producer Phil Harrell.

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Code Switch
2:13 pm
Sun May 4, 2014

Artists Bring Back The Human Zoo To Teach A Lesson In History

A picturesque group in the Eskimo village, World's Fair, St. Louis, Mo.
American Stereoscopic Company Library of Congress

Originally published on Mon May 5, 2014 10:31 am

In 1914, 80 African men, women and children were brought to Oslo for the sole purpose of being gazed upon in a thatched hut "village" for five months.

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The Two-Way
1:03 pm
Sun May 4, 2014

Sinn Fein's Adams Is Released; Was Questioned About Murder

Sinn Fein's Gerry Kelly speaks to the media outside Antrim's police station in Antrim, Northern Ireland, Sunday. Police released Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams after five days of questioning him about the 1972 murder of Jean McConville.
Peter Morrison AP

Originally published on Sun May 4, 2014 4:39 pm

Gerry Adams, the leader of the mostly Catholic party Sinn Fein, was released Sunday after five days of police questioning about a 1972 murder. Adams' arrest had rattled the delicate power-sharing arrangement in Northern Ireland. His release was confirmed by a police statement today.

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Code Switch
12:46 pm
Sun May 4, 2014

California's Latino Plurality Brings A Sense Of Déjà Vu

A group of children visit the Avila Adobe, the oldest existing house in Los Angeles, Calif. When the house built in the early 19th century, the state had a large population of Spanish descendants.
Gabriel Bouys AFP/Getty Images

In March, provided California state demographers guessed it right, the state reached a historic milestone: For the first time, Latinos are the largest population group in California.

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The Two-Way
11:42 am
Sun May 4, 2014

Slipping Through The City: Bristol Turns Street Into A Water Slide

A woman slides on the nearly 300-feet Bristol Park and Slide project, an interactive temporary installation by artist Luke Jerram in the center of Bristol in southwest England Sunday.
Leon Neal AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Sun May 4, 2014 4:30 pm

Summer hasn't officially begun, but that isn't stopping the city of Bristol, England, from closing off traffic so people can ride a nearly 300-foot-long water slide down the street.

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The Two-Way
10:38 am
Sun May 4, 2014

Ukraine: Pro-Russia Crowd Surrounds Police Station In Odessa

Participants at a rally attack a police station in Odessa as they demand the release of people arrested after recent street battles between pro-Russian and pro-Ukrainian supporters in the Black Sea port city.
Gleb Garanich Reuters /Landov

Originally published on Sun May 4, 2014 4:50 pm

Urging the release of separatists detained during Friday's unrest that left dozens dead, more than 100 pro-Russia activists surrounded a police station in the southern Ukrainian port city of Odessa Sunday.

Update at 4:30 p.m. ET: More Activists Released

Police in Odessa say 67 pro-Russia activists were freed Sunday.

CNN quotes the Ukrainian Interior Ministry's website:

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It's All Politics
10:20 am
Sun May 4, 2014

From Family History To Ballot Fights: What Drew You To Politics?

An audience, mostly women, listen behind President Barack Obama in Oct. 2012 as he speaks about the choice facing women in the election during a campaign event at George Mason University in Fairfax, Va.
Susan Walsh AP

As part of our "She Votes" series about women and politics in this mid-term election year, we posted a question on Instagram and Twitter.

"What or who first got you interested in politics? Share your memories and show us the person, thing, or event that made you pay attention or become active, using the hashtag #shevotes."

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Alt.Latino: Show
9:41 am
Sun May 4, 2014

Knock Your Wool Socks Off With New Latin Music

Brazilian rapper Karol Conka.
Mariana Zarpellon Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Sun May 4, 2014 1:55 pm

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The Two-Way
9:39 am
Sun May 4, 2014

May the Fourth Be With You: It's Star Wars Day

Fans dressed as storm troopers and Darth Vader march in front of the Colosseum in central Rome on May 4, Star Wars Day.
TIZIANA FABI AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Mon May 5, 2014 9:41 am

Darth Vader walks the Earth today. By that, we mean he's walking all over the place. Fans of the sci-fi franchise are celebrating Star Wars Day — or May 4 for the less geek-inclined.

The day brings an excuse for people to dress as storm troopers and rebels and celebrate the films that first hit theaters in 1977. Star Wars Day is also being commemorated by businesses offering deals — discounts on videos, comics and other merchandise, from backpacks to Vans sneakers. You can find a list of the deals here.

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