Robert Siegel talks to Joshua Pollack, a consultant to the US government, about concerns that North Korea has or could soon have the tools to make the centrifuges to enrich the uranium to make the atomic weapons without having to import key elements in the process. Pollack studies arms control, proliferation, deterrence, intelligence, and regional security affairs. He also writes for the blog Arms Control Wonk.
Originally published on Wed September 25, 2013 6:23 pm
OK, so it wasn't a real filibuster, as no Senate action was actually blocked or delayed. But Texas Republican Ted Cruz's talk-fest did succeed in one key measure: duration.
At 21 hours and 19 minutes, Cruz held the Senate floor 8 hours and 27 minutes longer than Kentucky Republican Rand Paul did in March when he staged an actual filibuster over the country's drone policy.
When war broke out in the West African nation of Mali last year, one of the targets was that country's ancient music tradition. As Islamist rebels occupied northern Mali, they banned music and shut down clubs and record shops.
Originally published on Thu September 26, 2013 10:13 am
Oracle Team USA has successfully defended the America's Cup, leaving challenger New Zealand in its wake off San Francisco after clawing back from a seven-race deficit in one of the most spectacular comebacks in yachting history.
A week ago, it looked to be all over for the U.S., with the Kiwis having built a seemingly unassailable lead and poised at one race away from taking the Auld Mug back to New Zealand.
Originally published on Fri June 20, 2014 10:10 am
After releasing his latest album, last year's Spirit Fiction, saxophonist Ravi Coltrane put his decade-old quartet on hiatus, and has now assembled a new group. Had John Coltrane lived to see his son grow up, he might have told Ravi about how his own "classic quartet" broke up; he'd begun to incorporate new voices (including Ravi's mother Alice Coltrane) by the time his new band recorded live at the Village Vanguard in 1966.
Originally published on Wed October 16, 2013 4:26 pm
"I first heard some of my favorite albums in the First Listen section of the NPR Music site. Every time I listen to a new album, it's always a discovery," says Richie Pope, illustrator and contributor to the October page of the 2014 NPR Wall Calendar.
It's precisely that music and discovery that inspired his work for the new NPR calendar - an imagined world where music boxes reach higher than people and each contains a special sound to explore. While these larger-than-life music players may be the stuff of dreams, thankfully, discovering music at NPR is not.
Originally published on Thu September 26, 2013 12:01 pm
It's a story we've heard before: The British singer enamored of American music makes it his own. In the case of our guest today, Jamie N Commons, he didn't have to do it from afar.
Commons was born in Bristol, England, but moved to Chicago when he was 7. That's where he soaked up all the blues and R&B he could; he'll tell us today about an Allman Brothers concert at an early age that made a major impression. He returned to the U.K. at 19 and now, at 24, has just released his second EP, Rumble and Sway.
Originally published on Wed September 25, 2013 4:18 pm
As faces go, Entelognathus primordialisisn't much to look at, even for a fish.
But consider that the 419 million-year-old, armor-plated fish is the earliest known creature to have what humans might recognize as a face, according to research published Wednesday in Nature. That's mostly due to its bony, modern jaw.
Now we're going to crown this week's grand champion so let's bring back the winners from all of our former games. From Which Came First Jamie Orenstein. From Triple Word Score David Schmidt. From Istanbul, Not Constantinople, Jim Sparnon. From In A World, Bill Holzapfel. And from Just Add Nada, Cody Lee.
EISENBERG: I'm going to ask our puzzle guru John Chanesky to crown our winner.
Imagine that you had a fun evening at a bar, chatting with a friend about the economy. That's the essence of NPR's Planet Money. With the aid of a team of reporters, co-creators Adam Davidson and Alex Blumberg help listeners make sense of how economic changes impact our lives in an entertaining twice-weekly podcast.
A word that literally means nothing takes on a whole new meaning in this game led by house musician Jonathan Coulton. Contestants must identify words that, when the letter "O" is added to their end, become different words. For example, adding nada to what the "D" stands for in CD-ROM — "disc" — produces a music genre — "disco."
You're listening to ASK ME ANOTHER from NPR and WYNC. I'm Ophira Eisenberg. Coming up, we'll magically turn words into other words by adding nothing. Plus, we'll put Planet Money's Adam Davison and Alex Blumberg in the puzzle hot seat. But joining us right now are our next two contestants, Jim Sparnon and Dana Rossi.
EISENBERG: Now, both of you are music lovers. Jim, you go to an extraordinary amount of concerts.
You may own every Apple product, but do you remember if the iPhone was released before the iPad? In this game, host Ophira Eisenberg gives you a list of three things, like books or consumer products, and you must identify which one came first. Plus, house musician Jonathan Coulton polishes off this game with the ABBA classic, "Money, Money, Money."