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8:03 am
Thu July 30, 2015

First Watch: Kalle Mattson, 'Avalanche'

Kalle Mattson re-creates the cover of Bruce Springsteen's Born in the U.S.A.
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Originally published on Thu July 30, 2015 9:11 am

Attention all music geeks: Can you identify the 35 album covers Canadian singer Kalle Mattson re-creates in this video?

"Avalanche" is the title track for his new EP, to be released on Aug. 21. It's a big, bold sound for Kalle and draws from the influences of many of the musical heroes he pays homage to in this video, as he told us via email:

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Deceptive Cadence
8:03 am
Thu July 30, 2015

Sound Design: The Art Of The Album Cover

Denise Burt's album cover designs are as cutting-edge as the music they represent.
Denise Burt Dacapo

Calling all design geeks and fans of cool album art! Check out this thing we made.

It tells the story of graphic designer Denise Burt and her album covers. Read about her process, see the art — and hear the music that inspired her.

Shortly after Burt moved to Copenhagen in 2000, she landed a job creating album covers for Denmark's Dacapo Records. Trouble was, she didn't know a thing about the contemporary classical music the label specialized in.

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The Two-Way
7:43 am
Thu July 30, 2015

Testing By AP Finds Water At 2016 Olympic Sites 'Rife With Human Sewage'

The Rodrigo de Freitas lake, which was largely cleaned up in recent years, was thought to be safe for Olympic rowers and canoeists. But an investigation by The Associated Press found it to be among the most polluted sites.
Leo Correa AP

Originally published on Thu July 30, 2015 9:35 am

It's no secret that the water at some of the 2016 Olympic venues in Rio de Janeiro has some problems.

NPR's Lourdes Garcia-Navarro got a whiff of one venue in April. But The Associated Press has just put some science into it by commissioning tests over a five-month period.

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The Two-Way
7:30 am
Thu July 30, 2015

Egypt Postpones Verdict In Trial Of Al Jazeera Journalists

Al Jazeera English producer Baher Mohamed (from left), Canadian-Egyptian acting Cairo bureau chief Mohamed Fahmy and correspondent Peter Greste appear in court along with several other defendants during their trial on terrorism charges in Cairo.
Heba Elkholy AP

Originally published on Thu July 30, 2015 9:18 am

A court in Egypt has delayed reading the verdict in the retrial of three Al Jazeera journalists accused of aiding a terrorist organization.

The BBC reports:

"Canadian-Egyptian Mohamed Fahmy, Egyptian Baher Mohamed and Australian Peter Greste were sentenced to up to 10 years in prison in June 2014.

"Their convictions for spreading false news were overturned on appeal and they were released on bail in February. ...

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Book Reviews
7:03 am
Thu July 30, 2015

'Baby' Is A Pretty Feat Of Misdirection

Courtesy of MIRA Books

Originally published on Thu July 30, 2015 1:34 pm

A novelist friend once told me she loves the TV series American Crime because it focuses on "the other people affected, the ones you never hear about, when a crime happens." You might think creators of fiction, like my friend, would be the first to consider "the other people affected," but finding a suspense novel that upends both the linearity and the nature of what constitutes "crime" occurs less than I might like.

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Parallels
5:07 am
Thu July 30, 2015

In The West Bank, A Rough Start Doesn't Deter New Arab TV Channel

Afaf Shini, a host on the Palestine 48 TV channel, holds a reading card with the satellite channel's logo during a morning broadcast in Ramallah in July. Israel shut down operations just days after the launch.
Nasser Nasser AP

Originally published on Fri July 31, 2015 12:21 pm

One out of every five people in Israel is Arab. But Israeli TV sets aside only a few hours a week for Arabic-language programming. And Arabs in Israel don't have many opportunities to see their own cities and lives reflected on the screen. That's the idea behind a new TV channel. It's called Palestine 48, a reference to the year Israel was founded.

The channel's new morning show is called Our Morning Is Different. It's like an Arabic version of the Today show, with a breezy opening jingle and stock footage of sunlight peeking through a field.

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Animals
5:07 am
Thu July 30, 2015

How 3-D Printing Helps Scientists Understand Bird Behavior

Originally published on Fri July 31, 2015 12:21 pm

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NPR Story
5:07 am
Thu July 30, 2015

Huckabee Remarks Further Complicate Evangelicals Relationship With Jews

Originally published on Fri July 31, 2015 12:21 pm

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NPR Story
5:07 am
Thu July 30, 2015

Taliban Leader Mullah Omar Died 2 Years Ago, Afghan Government Says

Originally published on Fri July 31, 2015 12:21 pm

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NPR Story
5:07 am
Thu July 30, 2015

Thousands Of Migrants Try To Reach Britain Using The Chunnel

Originally published on Fri July 31, 2015 12:21 pm

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Ask Me Another
12:24 am
Thu July 30, 2015

Why You Buggin'?

It's summertime, and you know what that means: lots of time outside, and lots of bug bites to go with it. Grab your DEET-free bug spray for this final round — every answer here is an insect, arthropod, or arachnid.

Heard in Wet Hot American Summer: Batteries Not Included

Ask Me Another
12:24 am
Thu July 30, 2015

First Day Of Camp

The cast of Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp on the AMA stage in Central Park
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Ask Me Another
12:24 am
Thu July 30, 2015

Candy Crush

Sweet, dude. Celebrities get the sugar rush-treatment in this mashup game that combines your favorite candies with well-known people. Which rap & rock star shouts "Bawitdaba!" as he battles the tart, acidic flavor of his favorite chewy candy?

Heard in Wet Hot American Summer: Batteries Not Included

Ask Me Another
12:24 am
Thu July 30, 2015

Yo Yo Yo!

Put on your best New York accent and get ready to shout along with this game — all the answers begin with the letters Y-O. Because, you know, YOLO.

Heard in Wet Hot American Summer: Batteries Not Included

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Ask Me Another
12:24 am
Thu July 30, 2015

You're Eighty-Sixed!

Our host, the SummerStage Festival, was founded in 1986, so we decided to pay homage to that year — musically. Play along as house musician Jonathan Coulton sings the biggest hits of 1986, rewritten to be about the biggest celebrities born that year.

Heard in Wet Hot American Summer: Batteries Not Included

Ask Me Another
12:24 am
Thu July 30, 2015

The Tin Age Of Television

The 1980s gave us some TV gems, like Cheers, The Golden Girls, and Full House. But there were also some shows that, shall we say, didn't enjoy quite as much success. In this game, guess whether TV show descriptions are of actual short-lived '80s shows, or if we made them up.

Heard in Wet Hot American Summer: Batteries Not Included

Ask Me Another
12:24 am
Thu July 30, 2015

Totally Rad Sayings

We're celebrating all things '80s in this show, and why not start with the decade's unmistakable slang? We'll thesaurus-ize some '80s phrases, and you have to give us the original saying. It's completely long, round, and hollow (totally tubular)!

Heard in Wet Hot American Summer: Batteries Not Included

First Listen
11:01 pm
Wed July 29, 2015

First Listen: Night Beds, 'Ivywild'

Night Beds' new album, Ivywild, comes out August 7.
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In the fallout of a breakup, it's natural to spiral into self-analysis, pore over the past for evidence of where it all started to go wrong, and then try to recreate the story from selectively remembered details. This is where Night Beds' Ivywild begins.

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First Listen
11:00 pm
Wed July 29, 2015

First Listen: HEALTH, 'Death Magic'

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First Listen
11:00 pm
Wed July 29, 2015

First Listen: Worriers, 'Imaginary Life'

Worriers' new album, Imaginary Life, comes out August 7.
Ashleigh Brooke Ahern Courtesy of the artist

As "Never Were," a standout from Worriers' 2013 EP Cruel Optimist, reaches the end of its charging first verse, the drums and guitars stop on a dime. In a few evocative lines, we've just learned of singer Lauren Denitzio's journey from inquisitive child to dutiful student to radicalized young adult, eager to risk life and limb in the service of protest.

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