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Saxophonist Ben Wendel Reimagines Tchaikovsky's, 'The Seasons'

Tue, 07/28/2015 - 3:39pm

Almost 140 years ago, Russian composer Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky wrote a solo piano piece for every month of the year called The Seasons. Now saxophonist Ben Wendel has taken this famous body of work and reinterpreted each piece by bringing along a different artist every month. Reviewer Michelle Mercer says through these collaborations, Wendel is giving the listener insight into some of today's sharpest musicians.

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Bill Cosby Removed From Documentary On Black Stuntmen

Tue, 07/28/2015 - 3:39pm

Bill Cosby was instrumental in opening the door for black stuntmen in Hollywood early in his career. He was to be a central figure in a new documentary about black stuntmen, but that has now changed. He will be mentioned, but his interviews have been pulled, following the latest revelations about the comedian, who admitted in court documents that he drugged women for sex.

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Waller County, Texas, Releases Sandra Bland Booking Video

Tue, 07/28/2015 - 3:39pm

Waller County, Texas, released new jailhouse surveillance videos Tuesday, in part to counter online rumors that the 28-year-old African-American woman was already dead when she arrived at the jail.

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Once An African-American Refuge, Economic Plight Threatens Future Of Florida Town

Tue, 07/28/2015 - 3:39pm

The town of Eatonville, Fla., is perhaps best known as the place where Harlem Renaissance writer Zora Neale Hurston grew up. At the height of segregation, it was a place of refuge for blacks across Florida. Now the town is struggling for its survival.

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Former New York Prison Worker Pleads Guilty To Aiding Inmates' Escape

Tue, 07/28/2015 - 3:39pm

Joyce Mitchell, a former employee of the Clinton Correctional Facility in New York, pleaded guilty on Tuesday to charges that she helped two inmates escape from the maximum security prison in June.

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Convicted Spy Jonathan Pollard To Be Released From Prison In November

Tue, 07/28/2015 - 3:39pm

Convicted spy Jonathan Pollard is expected to be released from prison in November, after serving 30 years of a life sentence.

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Saudi-Led Coalition Pushes Houthi Rebels Out Of Aden, Yemen

Tue, 07/28/2015 - 3:39pm

Aid corridors into Yemen are opening up in Yemen as Houthi rebels were recently forced out of the port city of Aden. That could allow for badly needed reconstruction even as the fighting continues.

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NFL Upholds Tom Brady Suspension For 'Deflategate' Scandal

Tue, 07/28/2015 - 3:39pm

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell Tuesday upheld the four-game suspension of Tom Brady in the "deflategate" scandal. The league says the Patriots quarterback had the cell phone he was using at the time destroyed, despite a request from investigators for the information on that phone.

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Human Error Caused Virgin Galactic Crash, Investigators Say

Tue, 07/28/2015 - 2:39pm

SpaceShipTwo broke apart during an October test flight because the co-pilot unlocked a section of the spaceship's tail too early, the National Transportation and Safety Board announced.

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Me-Tea-Morphosis: Tea Bags Get Second Life As Works Of Art

Tue, 07/28/2015 - 1:49pm

Artists are reinventing the humble tea bag, letting its contents and simple shape and color shine in beautiful, fragile art. Some are even farming out the tea drinking to get to the used bags.

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NFL's Goodell Confirms Tom Brady's 4-Game Suspension

Tue, 07/28/2015 - 1:44pm

Until June, New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady did not acknowledge to investigators that he had destroyed his cellphone, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell says.

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Afghan Teens

Tue, 07/28/2015 - 1:43pm

Producer Rebecca Herscher went to Afghanistan for a month and talked mostly to men. At the end of her trip, she took a detour because she wanted to hear from some teen girls.

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Remembering Vic Firth, An Orchestral — And Entrepreneurial — Legend

Tue, 07/28/2015 - 1:38pm

He was with the Boston Symphony for 50 years, and his name was also stamped on the sticks of drummers from Buddy Rich to Charlie Watts to Questlove. Firth died Sunday at age 85.

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Beyond Brothels: Farms And Fisheries Are Frontier Of Human Trafficking

Tue, 07/28/2015 - 1:19pm

The State Department's annual human trafficking report this year gives special attention to slavery in agriculture and fishing. Human rights advocates say there's much work to be done to fight it.

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Political Campaigns Go Social, But Email Is Still King

Tue, 07/28/2015 - 1:16pm

Campaigns are Periscoping, Tweeting, Facebooking, Snapchatting and Instagramming. But campaigns and strategists say the biggest bang comes from new ways of using the ol' email list.

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Unassuming Czech Pianist Ivan Moravec Dies At 84

Tue, 07/28/2015 - 1:05pm

Eschewing a glitzy career, the pianist, who was heard in the movie Amadeus, earned a reputation as one of the greats of his generation, especially praised for his Chopin performances.

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Paul Weller: Tiny Desk Concert

Tue, 07/28/2015 - 1:03pm

The beloved Britpop veteran stops by the Tiny Desk with songs from his new album, Saturns Pattern — and one from his best-known record, Stanley Road.

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As Twitter Flirts With Hearts, Will You Miss The Stars?

Tue, 07/28/2015 - 12:53pm

A different Twitter greeted some users when they logged on Tuesday as the social media company tries to win more hearts — and users.

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What's The Best Way To Deal With Feral Cats?

Tue, 07/28/2015 - 12:52pm

Australia’s decision to kill 2 million feral cats is the latest in a battle between cat lovers and bird lovers, over cats' impact on wildlife.

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For Arizona Mining Towns, A Diverse Economy Is A Good Economy

Tue, 07/28/2015 - 12:45pm

Town officials are hoping to put an end to the boom and bust cycle that comes from relying on copper mines that open and close.

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