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10 Nobel-Worthy Lyricists Who Aren't Bob Dylan

6 hours 22 min ago

Just in case Dylan never gets around to picking up his Nobel Prize for literature, here are a few possible alternate candidates.

Bye Bye, Bao Bao: Popular Giant Panda Heads To China This Winter

6 hours 45 min ago

The National Zoo's giant pandas are on loan from China, and the agreement requires any pandas born in D.C. be returned to China before they turn 4. It'll soon be time for Bao Bao to make the journey.

Rocky Mountain Oysters Are What?! We Try A Dish Of Cowboy Lore

6 hours 51 min ago

They're known by many names: lamb fries, bull fries, huevos de toro. There's a rich tapestry of Western lore built around this food, which is, well, fried testicles. Our reporter bites into this tale.

Save The Ruby Slippers: Smithsonian Seeks Funds To Preserve Dorothy's Shoes

7 hours 7 min ago

The National Museum of American History says it will cost $300,000 to protect the aging shoes from The Wizard of Oz. A Kickstarter campaign launched three days ago has already raised nearly $200,000.

The Sweet Windbreakers In Flasher's Video For 'Destroy' Will Make You Jealous

7 hours 22 min ago

Featuring Taylor Mulitz from Priests, Flasher's lush post-punk is razor-cut with a bit of a sarcastic sneer. The band looks good in light blue for a video filmed around its D.C. stomping grounds.

Songs We Love: Valerie June, 'Astral Plane'

7 hours 22 min ago

Originally written for Massive Attack, Valerie June gives an old song new life.

VP Candidate Kaine: Trump Is 'Attacking Central Pillar Of Our Democracy'

7 hours 41 min ago

Democratic Sen. Tim Kaine talks with Steve Inskeep about Wednesday's presidential debate, including Donald Trump's comments on the election outcome, Russia and the Clinton and Trump foundations.

Chile's President Wants To Ease Abortion Ban, But Opponents Push Back

8 hours 4 min ago

Chile, one of the few countries that does not permit abortions under any circumstances, may amend its law to allow it in cases such as rape. But the measure is facing opposition from conservatives.

Top Stories: Presidential Debate Analysis; Iraqi Offensive For Mosul

8 hours 33 min ago

Also: North Korea's latest missile test fails; pregnant women who visited the Miami-Dade area should be tested for Zika; and the Cleveland Indians will go to the World Series.

Fact-Checking Trump's Position On 'Partial-Birth' Abortion

9 hours 7 min ago

In the final debate, Trump said he supports the federal ban on partial-birth abortion because it can happen "as late as one or two or three or four days prior to birth." But that is not at all likely.

Camera Traps Catch Chimpanzee Moms Teaching Their Children

10 hours 15 min ago

Anthropologists have nailed down evidence that termite-fishing chimpanzees teach their kids — meeting the scientific criteria — and that's big news, says commentator Barbara J. King.

Buyers Want More Time To Look Over Donald Trump's Boyhood Home

10 hours 16 min ago

The house in the Queens neighborhood of New York City was supposed to go up for auction Wednesday. But it was called off — possibly until after the election. It was originally listed at $1.6 million.

First Listen: Michael Mayer, '&'

10 hours 22 min ago

One of global techno's boldface names pushes himself into new territories on a collaboration album stocked with dance-music's leading lights.

First Listen: Aaron Lee Tasjan, 'Silver Tears'

10 hours 22 min ago

The Americana innovator invites listeners into a shiny dreamscape that's both deeply informed by musical history and uniquely his own.

First Listen: Nina Diaz, 'The Beat Is Dead'

10 hours 22 min ago

The new solo album from the Girl In A Coma frontwoman is a fiercely brave, song-by-song journey through her experiences of addiction and recovery.

First Listen: TOY, 'Clear Shot'

10 hours 22 min ago

The British band's third full-length is proof of just how vivid and inviting psychedelic music can be in the 21st century.

First Listen: Lara Downes, 'America Again'

10 hours 22 min ago

Hear the pianist's portrait of America in a smartly programmed, wide-ranging anthology of solo piano works by composers past and present; male and female; straight and gay; white, black and Latino.

First Listen: Mannequin Pussy, 'Romantic'

10 hours 22 min ago

Mannequin Pussy knows — and sounds like — the hell that is heartbreak, veering in short bursts between syrupy sweet pop and charred-walls-of-sound punk.

In 'IQ,' A Sherlock For South Central

10 hours 22 min ago

Joe Ide's debut novel follows Isaiah Quintabe, known as IQ around his Los Angeles neighborhood. IQ solves the crimes police won't touch — even when his clients can only pay him in chickens or tires.

Lucasfilm Files Suit Against New York Jedi And Lightsaber Academy

10 hours 23 min ago

The academy offers classes on how to engage in Jedi battles. They also sell swag that, according to the lawsuit, comes too close to the film's Jedi logos.




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