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World Cafe
2:11 pm
Tue September 3, 2013

Houndmouth On World Cafe

Houndmouth.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Thu September 26, 2013 2:31 pm

Houndmouth is a rootsy rock band from New Albany, Ind., right across the river from Louisville. In an age of loops, samples and all things digital, Houndmouth is a refreshingly straightforward rock band with guitars, B-3 and all members singing in harmony.

The group recently released its debut album, From the Hills Below the City. Hear Houndmouth perform four of its songs on this installment of World Cafe.

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Krulwich Wonders...
1:25 pm
Tue September 3, 2013

How To Build Little Doors Inside Your Shell: The Secrets of Snail Carpentry

Robert Krulwich NPR

Originally published on Tue September 3, 2013 3:03 pm

"I am going to withdraw from the world," says a snail in Hans Christian Andersen's tale The Snail and the Rosebush. "Nothing that happens there is any concern of mine."

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Parallels
12:50 pm
Tue September 3, 2013

Thai Fishing Sector, Among World's Largest, Cited For Abuses

Migrant workers from Myanmar return to a trawler after unloading fish following a fishing trip in the Gulf of Thailand in Samut Sakhon province Tuesday. A new report details "deceptive and coercive" labor practices in the Thai fishing sector, which relies heavily on workers from Cambodia and Myanmar, also known as Burma.
Sakchai Lalit AP

Originally published on Tue September 3, 2013 4:20 pm

If you eat fish on a regular basis, chances are some of it is coming from Thailand. The Asian country is the world's No. 3 exporter of seafood (after China and Norway), and the U.S. is its top destination.

The Thai fishing industry has grown dramatically, and it is now coming under increased scrutiny. A new report details "deceptive and coercive labor practices, and even forced labor and human trafficking within" the Thai fishing sector.

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The Two-Way
12:35 pm
Tue September 3, 2013

'Death Ray II'? London Building Reportedly Roasts Cars

A man reacts to a shaft of intense sunlight reflected from the glass windows of the new "Walkie Talkie" tower in central London on Aug. 30.
Leon Neal AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Tue September 3, 2013 2:17 pm

A skyscraper under construction "melted my Jag," reads the headline from London's City A.M.

"Beam of light from Walkie Talkie skyscraper 'melts man's Jaguar,' " says London's Metro.

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The Two-Way
12:07 pm
Tue September 3, 2013

Boehner, Pelosi Unite Behind President On Syria

President Obama met with more than a dozen lawmakers, including House Speaker John Boehner and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, at the White House on Tuesday to press his case for a military strike in Syria.
Carolyn Kaster AP

Originally published on Tue September 3, 2013 2:30 pm

President Obama's call for Congress to give him the go-ahead to strike targets in Syria has put House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., on the same side of an important issue for one of the few times in recent years.

Calling Syrian President Bashar Assad's alleged use of chemical weapons "a barbarous act," Boehner emerged from a meeting at the White House to say he supports Obama's request.

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Economy
11:57 am
Tue September 3, 2013

Syria: The Money Effect

The uncertain future of American military action in Syria is causing ripple effects in the world market. Host Michel Martin speaks with economic reporter Sudeep Reddy of The Wall Street Journal, about the relationship between the Syrian conflict and oil.

World
11:57 am
Tue September 3, 2013

Washington Group Aiding Syrian Opposition

While President Obama is trying to convince members of Congress that action is needed in Syria, one Washington-based group is already aiding opposition forces. Host Michel Martin talks with Dan Layman of the Syrian Opposition Group about their efforts to fund the Free Syrian Army.

Planet Money
11:47 am
Tue September 3, 2013

The Nobel Laureate Who Figured Out How To Deal With Annoying People

"I've been wrong so often I don't find it extraordinary at all," Ronald Coase told us last year.
University of Chicago

Originally published on Tue September 10, 2013 5:22 pm

Update, Sept. 4: We added the audio for David Kestenbaum's radio obituary of Ronald Coase.

If you created the world as a simple economic thought experiment, companies wouldn't exist. Instead, everybody would work for themselves, and they'd be constantly selling their labor (or the fruits of their labor, or use of their tools, or whatever) to the highest bidder. Wages would rise and fall every day (every hour! every second!) depending on supply and demand. That's how the market works, after all.

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The Picture Show
11:47 am
Tue September 3, 2013

The Beauty Of Bricks In Burkina Faso

Photos excerpted from Karaba Brick Quarry, Burkina Faso
David Pace

Originally published on Tue September 3, 2013 3:37 pm

Before spending time in Burkina Faso in western Africa, photographer David Pace had his own preconceptions:

"There's really nothing there," he says he thought. "It's like the worst tourist destination ever."

And, of course, he adds, "all of my original conceptions were totally wrong."

It may be true that Burkina Faso isn't a tourist destination, but that's exactly why Pace ended up loving it — because "as photographer," he says, "it's incredible."

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13.7: Cosmos And Culture
11:31 am
Tue September 3, 2013

Sometimes, The Old Ways Are The Best Ways

There's a symphony going on in there. Pay close enough attention in Adam Frank's class and you'll be able to read the notes yourself.
SOHO/ESA NASA

Originally published on Tue September 3, 2013 4:03 pm

Today I'll walk into a classroom of advanced undergraduate physics students and begin teaching them about the stars. It will take 13 weeks, beginning with the basic principles of astrophysics and ending with the structure of the Milky Way. I will chart that path, as I do every year, by kickin' it old school with chalk on a blackboard. And today, as I do every year, I'll wonder if I'm doing the right thing.

In a world of PowerPoint, YouTube, automated homework and massive open online courses, what the hell am I doing with a stick of chalk in my hand?

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All Songs Considered
11:30 am
Tue September 3, 2013

New Music: Paul McCartney, Moby, Tim Hecker And More

Clockwise from upper left: Paul McCartney, King Khan & The Shrines, Moby, Tim Hecker.
Courtesy of the artists

Originally published on Mon December 9, 2013 12:17 pm

On this week's episode of All Songs Considered, ­co-hosts Bob Boilen and Robin Hilton jump into fall by playing songs from big upcoming releases by Paul McCartney, Moby and Tim Hecker.

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This Is NPR
11:27 am
Tue September 3, 2013

Love And Logos: 'Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me!' Gets A New Look

Compare the old logo (l) with the show's new icon (r), which we've been calling the the 'newsclamation point.'
NPR

Originally published on Wed September 4, 2013 8:47 am

Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me!, NPR's oddly-informative news quiz, had a question that couldn't be answered through witty wordplay. The show needed a visual makeover. Until now, Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me! was still using its original branding, a typeface and speech-bubble logo developed shortly after the show's debut more than 15 years ago.

(You know, being a radio show allows one to get away with keeping its visual look a bit longer than average.)

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The Protojournalist
11:13 am
Tue September 3, 2013

Gone Tomorrow: Don't Mess With Texas Wildflowers

Poppy mallow.
W.D and Dolphia Bransford Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center

For variegated reasons – urban sprawl, large-scale farming, invasive plants and human thoughtlessness – wildflowers in America are vanishing.

Which is a shame.

In Texas, for instance, bloomspotting in the vast expanse of the Lone Starscape can be like birdwatching. Amid the dun and dust of desert and field, flora can surprise, delight, astonish.

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Shots - Health News
11:12 am
Tue September 3, 2013

With Health Exchanges Opening Soon, Consumers Start To Focus

What about those health insurance exchanges?
iStockphoto.com

If the volume of reader email is any indication, people are finally thinking hard about how the health care overhaul will affect them.

Online health insurance marketplaces will open in less than a month. Some people who get insurance through employers want to know if it's OK to buy a plan on an exchange instead. The answer is yes, but the purchasers may not qualify for subsidies.

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The Fresh Air Interview
11:03 am
Tue September 3, 2013

At 60, 'Challenges Are Opportunities' For John Zorn

John Zorn's latest album is Dreamachines, which is inspired by Brion Gysin and William Burroughs' cut-up techniques.
Scott Irvine Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue September 3, 2013 1:25 pm

At 60, New York City-based composer John Zorn is wiser, sure, but no less prolific, thoughtful and antagonistic than before. His oeuvre is fantastically wide, from cutthroat jazz improvisation and pummeling noise-rock to gorgeous chamber music and, believe it or not, a genuine Christmas album.

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The Two-Way
10:33 am
Tue September 3, 2013

Syria Resolution Will Hit Mark, Obama Predicts

Originally published on Tue September 3, 2013 11:25 am

The White House is working with congressional leaders to shape a resolution that authorizes the type of military action that would send a "clear message" to President Bashar Assad and cripple the Syrian leader's "capability to use chemical weapons not just now but in the future," President Obama said Tuesday.

Sitting with leaders from both major parties, the president also said he is confident lawmakers are "going to be able to come up with something that hits that mark."

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The Two-Way
9:30 am
Tue September 3, 2013

The Lava Lamp Has Turned 50; Here's Some Groovy Video

Far out.
Superfloop Flickr

Originally published on Tue September 3, 2013 12:52 pm

Not much more needs to be said, man: The lava lamp "first hit stores in Britain on this day in 1963."

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The Two-Way
9:27 am
Tue September 3, 2013

McCain Says Right Strikes Can Hurt Assad's Capabilities

Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., and Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., met with President Obama on Sunday at the White House.
Jewel Samad AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Tue September 3, 2013 1:18 pm

By "taking out Bashar Assad's delivery capabilities of chemical weapons" the U.S. can make it much harder for the Syrian leader to wage war against his people and perhaps level the fighting field or turn it in favor of Assad's opponents, Republican Sen. John McCain of Arizona said Tuesday on Morning Edition.

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The Two-Way
8:18 am
Tue September 3, 2013

Top Stories: Millions Of Syrian Refugees; Microsoft's Nokia Bid

Originally published on Tue September 3, 2013 8:52 am

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Deceptive Cadence
8:03 am
Tue September 3, 2013

10 Easy Ways To Optimize Your Music Practice

To kick off the new school year, we have 10 ways to make practicing more effective and a happier experience.
iStock

Originally published on Thu September 5, 2013 5:27 pm

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