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World Cafe
3:32 pm
Mon October 7, 2013

World Cafe Next: Jesse Woods

Jesse Woods.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue October 15, 2013 10:56 am

  • Hear Two Songs By Jesse Woods

Jesse Woods performs a unique style of echo-laden folk music. The singer moved to Austin, Texas, about four years ago — and says he was drawn to the area because of its "hint of strange."

Woods spent most of 2012 recording songs for his full-length debut, Get Your Burdens Lifted, in a studio he built himself. Hear a pair of tracks from the album and download this week's podcast.

The Two-Way
3:16 pm
Mon October 7, 2013

China Cautions U.S. Over Debt Ceiling Fight

Originally published on Mon October 7, 2013 5:56 pm

China — which holds nearly $1.3 trillion in U.S. securities (pdf) — is asking the U.S. to get its finances in order and not allow a political stalemate to cause the country to default on its obligations for the first time in history.

The United States is expected to run out of money by Oct. 17, so the Treasury needs Congress to extend its credit limit before then. As has happened before, the House and Senate are at odds and the prospects of a compromise look shaky.

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World Cafe
3:11 pm
Mon October 7, 2013

Vampire Weekend: A-Punks On Afro-Pop

Vampire Weekend
Courtesy of the artist

This segment, from Jan. 24, 2008, is part of our Vintage Cafe series, in which we revisit some of our best studio performances.

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Tiny Desk Concerts
2:33 pm
Mon October 7, 2013

Superchunk: Tiny Desk Concert

Superchunk performs a Tiny Desk Concert on Sept. 30, 2013.
Abbey Oldham NPR

Originally published on Mon December 23, 2013 6:06 pm

It's remarkable to think that Superchunk's career has spanned four decades. The North Carolina band got its start in 1989, and here it is in 2013, with a new record called I Hate Music that demonstrates an undying passion for punk-fueled story songs with catchy phrasing.

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Favorite Sessions
2:15 pm
Mon October 7, 2013

KEXP Presents: Shugo Tokumaru

Shugo Tokumaru performs live on KEXP.
Dave Lichterman KEXP

KEXP's session with Japanese musician Shugo Tokumaru would be charming in any language. On his albums, the young multi-instrumentalist meticulously crafts every aspect by himself, and he's reported to have used more than 100 different instruments in his recordings. Live in the studio here, he's backed by a small army of musicians who wield a colorful arsenal of tiny plastic whistles, toy xylophones, bird whistles and more. The band even brings along a clown puppet.

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All Songs Considered
2:15 pm
Mon October 7, 2013

Question Of The Week: What Was The Last Record You Obsessed Over?

The Blow is a duo from Portland, Ore., featuring Khaela Maricich and Melissa Dyne.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Mon February 3, 2014 5:57 pm

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The Two-Way
1:43 pm
Mon October 7, 2013

Taliban Vows To Try Again To Kill Pakistani Teen

Malala Yousafzai speaks after receiving the leadership in civil society award at the annual Clinton Global Initiative award ceremony in New York last month.
Ramin Talaie Getty Images

Originally published on Mon October 7, 2013 2:48 pm

Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani teenager who spent months recovering after being shot in the head by the Taliban for championing the right of girls to education, says the way forward is to talk to the militants who attacked her.

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The Salt
1:43 pm
Mon October 7, 2013

Sandwich Monday: The Limited Edition Candy Corn Oreo

Signed, sealed, delivered, it's gross.
NPR

Nabisco has released a special edition of its classic sandwich cookie, just in time for Halloween: Oreos with candy corn filling. This beats the July 4 special, the Oreo filled with a live M-80.

Eva: I didn't even know candy corn and Oreos were dating ... now they have a kid?!

Robert: When I eat regular Oreos, I want a glass of milk. When I eat these, I want a glass of poison.

(Weirdly, the filling lacks the waxy quality of candy corn, which Robert says is because it doesn't have any quality at all.)

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Planet Money
1:20 pm
Mon October 7, 2013

Weirdly, A Default Could Make Investors More Eager To Lend The U.S. Money

J.P. Morgan

Originally published on Mon October 7, 2013 4:10 pm

With the debt ceiling threshold 10 days away, the big question on everyone's mind is: what will happen if the government defaults? The story usually goes like this:

1. Congress does not raise the debt ceiling in time.

2. The U.S. defaults on its debt.

3. Financial markets immediately freak out because U.S. debt is no longer "risk free."

4. As a result, investors will start demanding higher interest rates to lend money to the U.S. government

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Parallels
1:02 pm
Mon October 7, 2013

A Chemical Attack, And Now Food Shortages In Syrian Town

A woman carries a sack of food aid on her head in Ghouta, Syria, earlier this month.
Reuters/Landov

Originally published on Tue October 8, 2013 9:46 am

The author is a Syrian citizen in Damascus who is not being further identified for safety reasons.

The boy on the bicycle wasn't old enough to have facial hair. His feet barely reached the ground as he stopped and moved, circling the soldier manning the government checkpoint in east Ghouta, a suburb of Damascus.

"Please, just one bag of bread," the boy, lips quivering, said to the soldier. "Just one."

"I told you, no. No means no, young man," the soldier replied. "No food is allowed inside." He seemed somewhat pained at having to deprive a child of food.

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NPR Story
12:24 pm
Mon October 7, 2013

An Artist's Story Of The Arab Spring

Upheaval in countries like Egypt and Syria is often discussed in political terms, but how do artists see it? Guest host Celeste Headlee talks about arts and the Arab Spring with Egyptian-American poet Yahia Lababidi and Syrian-American doctor Dr. Zaher Sahloul.

NPR Story
12:24 pm
Mon October 7, 2013

Has The US Forgotten Egypt?

Transcript

CELESTE HEADLEE, HOST:

This is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. I'm Celeste Headlee. Michel Martin is away. We're going to spend some time talking now about Egypt, where more than 50 people were killed over the weekend in clashes between the military and supporters of ousted president Mohamed Morsi. In a moment, we'll speak to an Egyptian-American who has written poetry inspired by the unrest there.

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13.7: Cosmos And Culture
11:59 am
Mon October 7, 2013

Fear Not The Voracious Vegan

You'll know you've gotten somewhere on the long and winding road to veganism when the greenery you see along the way starts to look seductively delicious.
iStockphoto.com

I blame it on the collard greens. While we're pointing fingers, I blame it on a recipe for black-eyed pea collard rolls. Don't get me wrong, the rolls were delicious. But the recipe led to the purchase of a small tub's worth of collard greens, initiating a week of giant leaves: steamed, sliced, diced, wrapped, and rolled. It was towards the end of that week that I spotted the Darmera peltata growing on the side of the road.

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NPR Story
11:54 am
Mon October 7, 2013

Pyramid Schemes: If It Looks Too Good To Be True, It Probably Is

Originally published on Tue October 8, 2013 12:09 pm

Transcript

MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

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NPR Story
11:54 am
Mon October 7, 2013

Translating Iranian Dealings, One President At A Time

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani answers a question during a news conference in New York last month.
John Minchillo AP

Originally published on Tue October 8, 2013 3:58 pm

U.S. and Iranian diplomatic relations made a big jump last month when President Obama and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani spoke directly by phone. It's the first time an American president has spoken to an Iranian leader in more than three decades. That phone call, of course, wasn't a cure-all. The U.S. and Israel remain concerned about Iran's efforts to develop a nuclear program, among other things.

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Code Switch
11:42 am
Mon October 7, 2013

How Far Is It To The 'Boondocks'? Try The Philippines

The "boondocks" or "boonies" refers to places that are in the middle of nowhere. But few people know that the phrase was made mainstream by a fatal military training accident.
iStockphoto.com

Originally published on Mon October 7, 2013 3:16 pm

"Ugh, I have to visit my aunt out in the boondocks this weekend."

How often have you said or heard something similar? For more than half a century, Americans have used the phrase "the boondocks" or "the boonies" to indicate that a place was in the middle of nowhere. However, few people realize that the phrase is a relic of American military occupation in the Philippines, and that it was later brought to mainstream attention because of a now largely forgotten, fatal training accident on Parris Island.

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The Two-Way
11:18 am
Mon October 7, 2013

MIT Scientists Develop New Breed Of Self-Assembling Robots

M-Block cube robots rest on a work table in the Distributed Robotics Lab in CSAIL at MIT in Cambridge, Mass. The robots are 50mm cubes that can reconfigure themselves into various arrangements using self-propulsion and magnets.
M. Scott Brauer MIT

Originally published on Tue October 8, 2013 9:49 am

They're called M-Blocks and the tiny, cubical robots that can spin, flip and jump their way into new configurations are the brainchild of scientists at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

According to MIT's Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL), M-Blocks:

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The Protojournalist
11:13 am
Mon October 7, 2013

Reddit And Reaped

Originally published on Mon October 7, 2013 4:28 pm

An exec summary — in cinquain — of the just-published Without Their Permission by Alexis Ohanian, co-creator of the website Reddit.

Advice

To startup folks:

"Make something people love,"

"Ignore thy competition" and

Write code.

The Protojournalist: A sandbox for reportorial innovation. @NPRtpj



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This Is NPR
10:58 am
Mon October 7, 2013

White House Correspondent ProFile: 'I Listen Best When I'm Wearing Giant Headphones.'

NPR White House Correspondent Tamara Keith.
Kainaz Amaria NPR

Originally published on Mon October 7, 2013 11:29 am

My name... Tamara Keith

NPR employee since... December 2009 (preceded by a couple of temp stints).

Public radio listener since... The early '80s. I was your typical back-seat listener. My parents listened as we sat in terrible LA traffic. Later on, as a teenager, I sent letters to all of my NPR heroes (spelling many of their names terribly wrong, sorry 'Karl Castle') and, somehow, magically became an essayist for Weekend Edition Sunday.

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Monkey See
10:15 am
Mon October 7, 2013

A Hint That J.D. Salinger Kept Writing, From A Story He Didn't Write

J.D. Salinger shown in September 1961.
AP

With J.D. Salinger in the news three years after his death (and the new documentary and biography must have that obsessively private author spinning in his grave), I'm reminded of my conversations in the 1970s about Salinger with the editor of The New Yorker, William Shawn.

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