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First Listen: Sinead O'Connor, 'I'm Not Bossy, I'm The Boss'

Sun, 08/03/2014 - 10:03pm

On her 10th album, O'Connor returns to familiar ground, yet still widens the scope of rock with frank, urgent, compelling songwriting that proves how complicated the idea of the personal can be.

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First Listen: The Underachievers, 'Cellar Door: Terminus Ut Exordium'

Sun, 08/03/2014 - 10:01pm

Issa Gold and AK move words and beats so deftly on their new album, it can be difficult to keep up. But they're saying it's OK if you don't catch every word; if, right now, you don't know everything.

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Danny Trejo's Big Break, James Brown's Must See Performance, Ebola Breakout

Sun, 08/03/2014 - 6:24pm

In this podcast episode a nurse from Doctors Without Borders talks about the deadliest ebola breakout, Danny Trejo's jump from the big house to the big screen, James Brown awes at the 1964 TAMI Awards

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Africa's Leaders Aim To Change Perception Of The Continent

Sun, 08/03/2014 - 5:46pm

Scores of African leaders gather in Washington this week at an unprecedented summit organized by President Obama. The goal: Get the U.S. invested in Africa, and shape a new narrative along the way.

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Met Opera's Union Lockout Postponed; Financial Analysis To Come

Sun, 08/03/2014 - 4:02pm

The drama continues. For months now, unions have been negotiating with the Metropolitan Opera's leadership over compensation and benefits; employees also accuse the Met of financial mismanagement.

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Danny Trejo: From The Big House To The Big Screen

Sun, 08/03/2014 - 4:02pm

Trejo is famous for playing rough, macho tough guys. A distinctive tattoo helped him get his first role, as a convict. He was perfect for the part: Before he was in movies, Trejo was in prison.

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Say Bye-Bye To A Beloved Kiddie Amusement Park

Sun, 08/03/2014 - 4:02pm

Hoffman's Playland, one of a handful of kiddie parks left in the country, is getting ready to close after 62 years of merry-go-rounds, toddler trains and more pint-sized fun.

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Got A Girl: A Musical Match Made In Hollywood

Sun, 08/03/2014 - 4:02pm

Dan Nakamura and Mary Elizabeth Winstead met by chance while shooting Scott Pilgrim vs. the World. The two struck up a friendship, and are now on the cusp of releasing their first album.

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Customer Dissatisfaction: The Fine Art Of The Funny Complaint

Sun, 08/03/2014 - 4:02pm

Anthony Matthews is a master of the consumer complaint, writing and collecting some of the best letters to customer service. Two of his tips for success: use humor and write a real, hard-copy letter.

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Amid Rising College Costs, A Defense Of The Liberal Arts

Sun, 08/03/2014 - 4:02pm

Wesleyan University President Michael Roth, author of the new book Beyond the University: Why Liberal Education Matters, says that the debate over the value of a college education is hardly new.

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Debunking Common Myths About The Common Core

Sun, 08/03/2014 - 4:02pm

Many people don't realize it's a set of standards, not a curriculum. NPR's Eric Westervelt talks with education reporter Cory Turner about other misconceptions about the Common Core standards.

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In Louisville, Ky., Minecraft Teaches Math

Sun, 08/03/2014 - 4:02pm

The Common Core standards have generated lots of attention and controversy, but what do they look like in a classroom? The NPR Ed team continues its summer series from a fifth-grade math lesson.

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Amid Lake Erie's Algal Bloom, Toledo's Water Woes Continue

Sun, 08/03/2014 - 4:02pm

For the second straight day, residents of Toledo, Ohio, are without tap water. The problem is caused by the discovery of a toxin in the water supply, likely the result of an algal bloom.

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Former Israeli Ambassador: 'Hamas Started This War'

Sun, 08/03/2014 - 4:02pm

NPR's Eric Westervelt interviews Michael Oren, the former Israeli ambassador to the United States, about the ongoing conflict between Israel and Hamas.

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Israel Expects More Withdrawals; Gaza Residents See Little Change

Sun, 08/03/2014 - 4:02pm

An Israeli strike Sunday near a school where people were taking shelter from the fighting killed at least 10 people, U.N. officials say. Some parts of Gaza are quiet; the conflict continues in others.

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