Originally published on Wed February 20, 2013 9:28 pm
Erin McKeown's new album, Manifestra, is a self-released, fan-funded vehicle for some of her personal and political folk-rock songs. She collaborated with MSNBC's Rachel Maddow for "Baghdad to the Bayou" — Maddow wrote the words, which McKeown then fashioned into a song — while "In God We Trust," "The Politician" and "The Jailer" find the singer speaking out about the death penalty, foreign policy and income inequality.
Guitarist and singer Chris Porterfield has done a lot of soul searching since his previous band, DeYarmond Edison, broke up in 2006. Other guys in the group went on to start their own projects — Justin Vernon formed Bon Iver, while some of the other members formed Megafaun. Porterfield, meanwhile, hung back in his native Milwaukee and took a job as a student union administrator at Marquette Univeristy.
This is TALK OF THE NATION. I'm Neal Conan in Washington. A grim milestone last week in Tibet: Over the past four years, more than 100 people have now set themselves on fire to protest Chinese rule. According to the campaign, International Campaign for Tibet, at least 85 died following their protest.
It's Wednesday, and time to read from your comments. On February 13th, we marked World Radio Day by asking: What's the radio moment that changed your life?
Brian in Louisville wrote about the first he heard a famous comedy duo: Bob Elliott and Ray Goulding. He wrote: Lying in bed with a boyfriend in the early '90s, I couldn't sleep. I turned on the radio and found, for the first time, a rerun of a Bob and Ray broadcast, Wally Ballou lead ingot factory soap opera. I never laughed so hard. I never got to sleep.
From NPR and WNYC, this is ASK ME ANOTHER, live from the Bell House in Brooklyn, New York.
EISENBERG: I'm your host, Ophira Eisenberg, and joining me later in the hour are our special musical guests Paul and Storm, and our puzzle guru Art Chung. Let's bring up our first two players. Please welcome Ursula Lawrence and Gregory Guity.
"This is Stevie the Wonder Dog taking pledges at his favorite NPR station, KCPW in Salt Lake City. Since Stevie is blind, he depends on NPR more than most for all of his news and information."
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Can you finish this limerick? "Badger is truly an NPR chap; On the go, he uses the app!; KQED [San Carlos, CA] is his favorite station, From Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me! to Talk of the Nation; But now it's time for his ____."
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Tang enjoys a daily helping of Boulder, CO, Member station KGNU.
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Jake is a fan of Colorado Classical Radio on KVOD.
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Max listens to WFIT from the Florida Institute of Technology in Melbourne, Florida.
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Pictured (l-r) is first runner-up Suge Knight; second runner-up Kashiwa; and third runner-up Jiggs.
Originally published on Wed February 20, 2013 6:12 pm
It was close, folks, but we're happy to announce the winners of NPR's National Pet Radio Contest. Please join us in offering a big congratulations and round of applause (or should we say appaws) to our grand-prize winner...
Originally published on Wed February 20, 2013 4:26 pm
Friends in Karachi had me over for a beer Sunday evening. It wasn't hard for them to do. Alcohol is broadly outlawed in Pakistan, but with so many exceptions and so little enforcement, you can usually find something — in this case, tallboy cans of Murree's Millennium Brew from a Pakistani brewery.
If you're prone to outbreaks of acne, you may want to try cutting back on empty carbs and sweets. Researchers are revisiting the connections between diet and pimples, and a growing body of evidence suggests that eating a diet rich in high glycemic index foods may be tied to flare-ups.
Hydrocodone pills, the generic version of Vicodin, shown at a pharmacy in Montpelier, Vt.
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These bars show deaths attributed solely to one type of drug as a percentage of all deaths involving those drugs. The totals include deaths from combinations of medicines. There were, for example, 16,651 opioid-related overdose deaths in 2010, and 4,903 of those deaths, or 29.4 percent, involved no other type of drugs.