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Beatle's Song Inspires Lake Street Dive's 'You Go Down Smooth'

Mon, 07/07/2014 - 4:21am

The band Lake Street Dive struggled in its early days to use its jazz education without scaring off audiences. For inspiration, they turned to another band, known for transforming the sound of pop.

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Djokovic, Kvitova Crowned Wimbledon Champions

Mon, 07/07/2014 - 4:21am

Novak Djokovic won his first Wimbledon championship in three years beating Roger Federer. Petra Kvitova won the women's singles final. Steve Inskeep talks to Jon Wertheim of Sport's Illustrated.

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Oops! We Left Out 2 Words In The Declaration Of Independence

Mon, 07/07/2014 - 4:21am

In the broadcast reading of the Declaration of Independence we inadvertently dropped two words: establish commerce. We muse about what would be different if those words had not been in the document.

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Lake Street Dive And The Chemistry Of Harmony

Mon, 07/07/2014 - 2:21am

The band's four men and women met at music school and experimented with different sounds before landing on their signature: pop and soul with jazz instrumentation and lots of harmony singing.

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Rainbow Rowell Does Romance With A Subversive (Read: Realistic) Twist

Mon, 07/07/2014 - 2:19am

The author's female leads are plus-sized, and sometimes, instead of falling in love, they are just trying to stay in it. Her new book, Landline, opens with a marriage on the verge of collapse.

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A Presidential Contest ... For Obama's Library

Mon, 07/07/2014 - 2:18am

There are 13 presidential libraries and soon there will be a 14th, for President Obama. Places vying for the prize stretch from Hawaii to New York. Chicago is so eager it's pitched multiple proposals.

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For Many Americans, Stress Takes A Toll On Health And Family

Mon, 07/07/2014 - 2:18am

Half of Americans say they've had a major stressful event in the past year, according to a poll by NPR, the Harvard School of Public Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Here's how it hurts.

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Banksy Buyer Turns $60 Art Purchase Into $215,000

Fri, 07/04/2014 - 6:12am

At an anonymous sidewalk stall, British graffiti artist Banksy put dozens of his signed spray-painted works up for sale for $60. Only 3 people bought something. Two pieces have been sold at auction.

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2014 Marks U.S. National Anthem's Bicentennial

Fri, 07/04/2014 - 6:00am

Composer John Williams on Friday debuts a new arrangement of "The Star Spangled Banner". He'll lead the National Symphony Orchestra, the Army Herald Trumpets and two full choirs to update the song.

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China's President Visits South Korea, Snubs North Korea

Fri, 07/04/2014 - 4:05am

China's president is in Seoul where he's meeting his South Korean counterpart. In a not-so-veiled gibe at North Korea, the two leaders repeated their opposition to nuclear weapons on the Korean Peninsula. The two-day trip also comes just after Japan made moves to increase the reach of its own military. And all of this happens while the U.S. and China are openly jockeying for power in East Asia.

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20th Essence Music Festival Opens In New Orleans

Fri, 07/04/2014 - 4:05am

The Essence Music Festival is a must for any true lovers of rhythm and blues music. Thousands flock to New Orleans every year to hear music acts like Prince and Lionel Richie. David Greene talks to Jason King, who hosts NPR's 24/7 R&B and Soul music stream, about the festival which kicked off Thursday night.

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The Last Word In Business

Fri, 07/04/2014 - 4:05am

David Greene has the Last Word in business.

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2010 World Cup Helped South Africa Attract Latin American Tourists

Fri, 07/04/2014 - 4:05am

Brazil's World Cup soccer stadiums and hotels are packed. But events like that don't pay for themselves. South Africa hosted the last World Cup and the country wasn't left entirely empty handed.

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Business News

Fri, 07/04/2014 - 4:05am

David Greene has business news.

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Fighting In Eastern Ukraine Is Described As Fierce But Indecisive

Fri, 07/04/2014 - 4:05am

Diplomats are trying to arrange a new ceasefire in eastern Ukraine. But Ukraine's president is under domestic pressure to take decisive military action against pro-Russian separatists.

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Border Patrol Maintains Silence After Shootings

Fri, 07/04/2014 - 4:05am

Steve Inskeep talks to the mother of a 15-year-old boy who was shot under a bridge that spans the border from El Paso, Texas, to Juarez, Mexico. (This piece aired on June 9, 2014 on Morning Edition.)

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Individual Conscience And Society Collide Over Contraception

Fri, 07/04/2014 - 4:05am

Contraception is the latest in a long line of often bitter history of balancing the right of conscience with the needs of society. (This piece first aired on Feb. 16, 2012 on All Things Considered.)

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Fastest Growing U.S. City Faces Housing Shortage

Fri, 07/04/2014 - 4:05am

Census data show San Marcos, Texas, is the U.S.'s fastest growing city. Students make up many of the 10,000 people who've moved there since 2010, pushing the population from 45,000 to over 54,000.

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Bangor PD's Facebook Page Isn't Typical Police Blotter Fodder

Fri, 07/04/2014 - 4:05am

The police department in Bangor, Maine, has had a surprise hit with its Facebook page. In a city of 33,000, the page has earned almost 20,000 followers.

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Facebook Apologizes For Manipulation; Data Research Likely To Go On

Fri, 07/04/2014 - 4:05am

A mood study that Facebook conducted on unwitting users has been criticized. Data science plays an integral role at Facebook — for bottom line reasons, and in collaboration with academic researchers.

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