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The Black Keys 'Turn Blue': The All Songs Interview

Wed, 05/07/2014 - 11:23am

Dan Auerbach and Patrick Carney unpack the expansive, irresistibly catchy sound of their eighth studio album — featuring new adventures in sampling, falsetto and epic guitar shredding.

Pomade, The New Old Grooming Product for Manly Men

Wed, 05/07/2014 - 9:11am

Forget all that metrosexual jazz; these men's hair products are marketed directly to their tough customers, and three Los Angeles businesses are leading the way.

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Once More Into The Jaws Of The TV Dinosaur Known As Upfrontasaurus

Wed, 05/07/2014 - 8:19am

It's not that the broadcast network upfronts aren't relevant — it's just that it's best to take them with a grain of salt, given how much will be quickly canceled.

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It's Time To Toast Farm-To-Table Cocktails

Wed, 05/07/2014 - 7:50am

When you're at the farmers market, look at the seasonal produce as potential drink, as well as dinner, material. What goes into a craft cocktail? For starters, fresh juice, fruits and herbs.

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Book News: Putin Clamps Down On Cursing In Books, Movies

Wed, 05/07/2014 - 6:50am

Also: excerpts from Portuguese writer José Luís Peixoto's memoir about his travels in North Korea; Dana Perino has a book deal.

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'Worn' To Be Wild: A Visual Feast Of Fashion

Wed, 05/07/2014 - 6:03am

Does your idea of high fashion encompass everything from taxidermy to tutus? Then you'll probably enjoy The Worn Archive, which compiles issues of the quirky Toronto-based fashion magazine Worn.

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Dancers Find A Second Act At Palm Springs Follies

Wed, 05/07/2014 - 2:35am

The Palm Springs Follies is an old-fashioned musical revue with a difference: the performers are old enough to have been in shows like this in their heyday. After 23 seasons, the show closes in May.

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With Faith And Focus, Mariano Rivera Became Baseball's 'Closer'

Tue, 05/06/2014 - 1:54pm

The New York Yankee relief pitcher is revered both for what he did and didn't do — behave scandalously, pick fights, take drugs or chase big contract offers to other cities.

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New Mix: Tori Amos Song Premiere, A Wes Anderson Tribute, More

Tue, 05/06/2014 - 12:03pm

Tori Amos has spent the past several years exploring other worlds of music. She released two albums of classical-inspired work, including a collection of her earlier pop songs retooled as orchestral tracks. Most recently she helped write a musical for the London National Theater. But this month Amos is back with Unrepentant Geraldines, a new album filled with her signature piano-driven baroque pop songs. On this week's All Songs Considered hosts Bob Boilen and Robin Hilton premiere "16 Shades Of Blue," a new cut from the album, and talk about why it's Amos' best record in 20 years.

Also on the show: Malaysian-born singer-songwriter Zee Avi covers The Velvet Underground song "Who Loves The Sun;" A new tribute album showcases some of the music featured in Wes Anderson's films, including a thumping cover of The Kinks' song "Nothing In This World Can Stop Me Worrying 'Bout That Girl;" and the Berlin and New York-based dream pop group Fenster is back with an atmospheric sophomore full-length called The Pink Caves. Plus: The captivating voice of singer Alice Boman and the Led Zeppelin-inspired rock of Milezo.

Viewers Not Laughing About SNL Slavery Skit

Tue, 05/06/2014 - 10:51am

A skit about slavery by Saturday Night Live's Leslie Jones outraged many of the show's black viewers. NPR television critic Eric Deggans talks about the joke and the backlash.

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C'mon, Mindy: Enough Already. Own Your Awesomeness.

Tue, 05/06/2014 - 9:34am

As The Mindy Project wraps its second season, Mindy enthusiast Jessica Daniels says it's time for Dr. Lahiri to get past the need to reshape herself for her boyfriends.

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Book News: Gay Bookstore Said To Be The Nation's Oldest Is Closing

Tue, 05/06/2014 - 6:51am

Also: Edwidge Danticat on the real price of sugar; the winners of the O. Henry Prize.

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From Flower To Factory, These Bees Are No Bumblers

Tue, 05/06/2014 - 6:03am

Two new books consider the complicated world of bees: Laline Paull's debut novel The Bees imagines humble worker bee's hive adventures, and A Sting in the Tale considers focuses on the bumblebee.

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The Pizza Connection: Fighting The Mafia Through Food

Tue, 05/06/2014 - 2:26am

In the first installment of the new season of Hidden Kitchens, The Kitchen Sisters explore how Sicilians are reclaiming farmland and providing Mafia-free jobs in a region gripped by corruption.

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Yeezy Or The Bard: Who's The Best Wordsmith In Hip-Hop?

Mon, 05/05/2014 - 4:01pm

A data scientist pitted rappers against Shakespeare to see who had the more extensive vocabulary. But he says he isn't trying to make some sweeping statement about the lyrical prowess of hip-hop.

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Why Bring Up Death When We Could Talk About 'Something More Pleasant'?

Mon, 05/05/2014 - 3:02pm

In her illustrated memoir Can't We Talk About Something More Pleasant?, longtime New Yorker cartoonist Roz Chast describes being an only child and conflicted caretaker to her aging parents.

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A Film And Fashion Icon On Aging, And The Power Of Turtlenecks

Mon, 05/05/2014 - 3:02pm

Oscar-winning actress Diane Keaton's new memoir, Let's Just Say It Wasn't Pretty, tackles classic menswear, her insecurities about aging — and the new places she's learned to look for beauty.

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Sandwich Monday: The Wonut

Mon, 05/05/2014 - 1:08pm

For this week's Sandwich Monday, we try the latest donut hybrid. The cronut combined croissants and doughnuts; the wonut combines waffles and doughnuts.

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Todd Barry's New Stand-Up Strategy: 'Does Anyone Want To Talk To Me?'

Mon, 05/05/2014 - 12:43pm

Last year, the comedian teamed up with Louis C.K. to film a tour in which all he did was crowd work, or engage the audience in improvised conversations.

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In 'Hotel Florida,' Three Couples Chronicle The Spanish Civil War

Mon, 05/05/2014 - 12:43pm

Biographer Amanda Vaill's new book delves deep into the lives of journalists like Ernest Hemingway and Martha Gellhorn, whose documenting of the war helped shape public perception.

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