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10:03 am
Tue August 18, 2015

'Dark, Dark' Doings In A Slick Debut Thriller

Ariel Zambelich NPR

Originally published on Tue August 18, 2015 11:21 am

I am slightly embarrassed to admit I had never before encountered the term "hen party" before reading Ruth Ware's suspenseful debut novel In a Dark, Dark Wood. Like so many phrases that describe all-female gatherings, such as quilting bee or kaffeeklatsch, that hen business has a slight cluck of the patronizing to it. That one of the main characters here is nicknamed "Flopsy" doesn't help things along any.

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13.7: Cosmos And Culture
9:31 am
Tue August 18, 2015

It's Just A Phase: How To Boil, Freeze And Steam All At Once

Bob Ingelhart iStockphoto

Originally published on Tue August 18, 2015 11:42 am

So, yeah, I get it. It's just about the end of summer. For most folks, this means the last chance to get away to the beach or the lake or the woods. Just about any kind of "away" will do.

And with escape on our minds, it may be hard to get pumped up to think about deep issues like the politics of consumption on a finite planet, or the nature of math as invention vs. discovery, or how quantum mechanics accepts a causality as axiom.

Seriously, I get it.

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The Two-Way
8:32 am
Tue August 18, 2015

Indonesian Officials Find No Survivors In Wreckage Of Downed Plane

Originally published on Tue August 18, 2015 12:27 pm

Indonesian rescue crews have found the wreckage of a Trigana Air Service twin-turboprop that was carrying 54 passengers and crew when it crashed in Papua province over the weekend.

The crews found no survivors, but they did recover the plane's black boxes, which could provide a clue as to why the aircraft crashed en route from the provincial capital of Jayapura to the city of Oksibil, some 175 miles south.

Agence France-Presse reports:

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Tiny Desk
8:04 am
Tue August 18, 2015

Kacey Musgraves: Tiny Desk Concert

Tiny Desk Concert with Kacey Musgraves
Lydia Thompson NPR

Originally published on Tue August 18, 2015 1:25 pm

Given the timing of Kacey Musgraves' appearance in the NPR offices — the Supreme Court had legalized gay marriage across America mere hours earlier — it was inevitable that the singer would trot out "Follow Your Arrow," the most anthemic go-your-own-way jam on Musgraves' 2013 debut album, Same Trailer Different Park.

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Songs We Love
8:03 am
Tue August 18, 2015

Songs We Love: BJ The Chicago Kid, 'Church'

BJ the Chicago Kid's major-label debut album, In My Mind, is due out later this year.
Courtesy of the artist

The most exciting voice currently coming out of the Windy City might belong to BJ The Chicago Kid, one of R&B's most faithful contemporary singers. With "Church," the latest single from his forthcoming major label debut, In My Mind, BJ illustrates two sides of his faith: a devotion to the sanctity of church and religion, and a commitment to preserving the spirit of true rhythm & blues.

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NPR Ed
7:13 am
Tue August 18, 2015

A Design Firm Rethinks Learning Spaces

Students help Kurani designers learn about their neighborhood.
Kurani

When Danish Kurani left his large architecture firm in 2011 to study urban design at Harvard, he began to conceive of a design firm that would tackle almost every social issue imaginable: inequality, access to housing and clean water, health, you name it.

That idea would become Kurani, which he founded in 2013 in Atlanta. Eventually the firm decided to focus, by taking on what it saw as the root of so many social ailments: education.

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Book Reviews
7:03 am
Tue August 18, 2015

Social Satire, Spiked With Schadenfreude In 'Everybody Rise'

Courtesy of St. Martin's Press

Originally published on Tue August 18, 2015 10:03 am

New York Times reporter Stephanie Clifford's ambitious debut novel, Everybody Rise, about a young social climber desperately trying to claw her way to the top of New York's Old Money society, takes its title from the last lines of Stephen Sondheim's bitter toast of a song, "The Ladies Who Lunch." But its inspiration (like that of Sophie McManus' The Unfortunates, another much buzzed first novel this summer) springs from Edith Wharton's The House of Mirth.

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The Two-Way
6:45 am
Tue August 18, 2015

A Second Explosion Hits Bangkok, As Police Track Down Suspect In First Blast

Investigations continue at the Erawan Shrine the morning after an explosion in Bangkok. Thailand's prime minister promised on Tuesday that authorities would quickly track down those responsible for the bombing.
Mark Baker AP

Originally published on Tue August 18, 2015 10:35 am

As police searched for a man they believe is responsible for a blast that killed at least 20 people and injured 140 others on Monday, a second explosion hit Bangkok on Tuesday.

The second explosion was not deadly. According to the Bangkok Post, someone threw a pipe bomb off a bridge. The bomb hit a pillar and detonated, "sending up a large plume of water."

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Monkey See
6:03 am
Tue August 18, 2015

Pop Culture Happy Hour Small Batch: The End Of The Tour

Jason Segel as David Foster Wallace in The End Of The Tour.
A24

The End Of The Tour is an odd little film, made more so by the fact that it's being rolled out at the height of summer, a span of the cinematic year not generally associated with talky two-handers about writers, writing and the wages of literary fame.

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NPR Story
5:22 am
Tue August 18, 2015

Greek Islanders Struggle To Aid Refugees Without Losing Tourists

Originally published on Wed August 19, 2015 1:37 pm

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NPR Story
5:22 am
Tue August 18, 2015

Firefighters' Families Demand Answers About Tianjin Chemical Explosion

Originally published on Tue August 18, 2015 8:14 am

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5:22 am
Tue August 18, 2015

Deadly Bomb Attack Rips Through Popular Bangkok Shrine

Originally published on Tue August 18, 2015 5:46 pm

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There is no shortage of theories about a bombing in Bangkok, Thailand.

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No shortage of theories but only so much evidence. No one has claimed responsibility for yesterday's attack on a popular religious shrine.

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NPR Story
5:22 am
Tue August 18, 2015

Chinese-Made 'Monster Hunt' Dominates Theaters During Hollywood Blackout

Originally published on Tue August 18, 2015 7:01 pm

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NPR Story
5:22 am
Tue August 18, 2015

Can Reusable Bags At The Grocery Store Change What People Buy?

Originally published on Tue August 18, 2015 2:37 pm

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Music News
2:03 am
Tue August 18, 2015

A Meme Gets An Uncomfortable Backstory In 'Straight Outta Compton'

In Straight Outta Compton, Ice Cube's famous line from 1995's Friday — "Bye, Felicia!" — gets an origin story that has left some fans uncomfortable.

Originally published on Tue August 18, 2015 8:52 am

Straight Outta Compton, the provocative biopic on the late-'80s hip-hop group N.W.A, reportedly brought in more than $60 million last weekend. Among other things, it pays homage to a cultural reference made famous by its member Ice Cube in the 1995 film Friday -- one that later became shorthand to dismiss trolls on Twitter with the hashtag #ByeFelicia.

But writer Allison Davis didn't find the joke in Straight Outta Compton funny.

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NPR Story
11:08 pm
Mon August 17, 2015

KPCC'S Off-Ramp: Drones

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The Two-Way
8:37 pm
Mon August 17, 2015

For The First Time, Women Will Graduate From Army's Rigorous Ranger School

A woman participates in the final phase of U.S. Army Ranger training, taking place in the hot humid swamps of the Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., earlier this year. For the first time, two women completed the training, the military announced Monday.
Scott Brooks MAI/Landov

Originally published on Mon August 17, 2015 9:06 pm

Two women have completed the Army's tough Ranger School, officials say. Both are in their 20s and are lieutenants.

NPR's Tom Bowman reports that the women, whose names haven't been released, attended West Point and will graduate with the rest of their Ranger class on Friday.

The Pentagon has not decided whether they will be approved for ground combat.

"They'll now wear the Ranger tab on their uniforms," Tom says. "A coveted award among infantry soldiers."

Secretary of the Army John M. McHugh congratulated all the new Rangers in a press release:

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The Salt
6:41 pm
Mon August 17, 2015

Were Carbs A Brain Food For Our Ancient Ancestors?

A group of British researchers has a hunch that once ancient humans learned to cook, starchy foods like root vegetables or grasses could have given them a calorie bump that fueled the evolution of the human brain.
Scott Sherrill-Mix/Flickr

Carbohydrates are a rich source of energy. That's exactly why some of us may feel a bit conflicted about them, since several recent studies and diets have suggested we should cut them to lose weight. (The latest study concluded that total calories matter most if you want to shed pounds.)

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Around the Nation
6:17 pm
Mon August 17, 2015

California Rations Birth, Death Certificates Amid Security Paper Shortage

Originally published on Mon August 17, 2015 7:48 pm

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