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Meet 'Marguerite,' A Tone-Deaf Opera Singer Who's Determined To Perform

Fri, 03/11/2016 - 9:00am

Socialite Marguerite has no idea how bad she is — servants, friends and even other opera singers are too polite to tell her. Critic Bob Mondello says her story is both hilarious and heartbreaking.

Pop Culture Happy Hour: 'Hamilton,' Kanye And 'Gilmore Girls'

Fri, 03/11/2016 - 8:49am

With the panel on pause this week, we bring you three great conversations about theater, music and TV.

Gaelynn Lea: Tiny Desk Concert

Fri, 03/11/2016 - 8:39am

Watch the singer and violinist who stood out from 6,000-plus entries in NPR's Tiny Desk Contest. Gaelynn Lea performs two of these four songs with fellow Duluth, Minn., musician Alan Sparhawk of Low.

All Songs +1: Iggy Pop & Josh Homme Talk 'Post Pop Depression'

Fri, 03/11/2016 - 8:21am

The pair behind Iggy Pop's latest album talks about theories of songwriting, formative musical experiences and why the perspective of a 68-year-old punk is essential to American music.

Songs We Love: Chimurenga Renaissance, 'Girlz With Gunz'

Fri, 03/11/2016 - 8:00am

Pan-global hip-hop by Tendai Maraire (of Shabazz Palaces) and guitarist Hussein Kalonji, dedicated to "revolutionary African women."

Reflections On Expertise And Bent Car Doors

Fri, 03/11/2016 - 6:34am

Expertise can be acquired in different ways but, in the end, it is always the fruit of experience, the result of actual engagement with problems in a particular domain, says philosopher Alva Noë.

Why Does Russia's Military Want To Buy 5 Dolphins?

Fri, 03/11/2016 - 6:22am

Russia Today got a hold of an official offer from the Ministry of Defense which seeks three male and two female bottlenose dolphins at a price of $4,900 each. The purpose was no disclosed.

U.S., Russia, Security Council Get A Share Of Blame For Syrian Violence In New Report

Fri, 03/11/2016 - 6:20am

A new report from 30 aid and human rights groups faults the U.N. Security Council for its approach to Syria, while also giving credit to current peace efforts.

Chicago Man Charged With Jamming Cell Phone Reception

Fri, 03/11/2016 - 6:12am

Commuters complained their calls started dropping along a commuter train route. Then a photo circulated on social media of a fellow commuter, an older man, operating a big boxy device with antennas.

A College Education Costs Even More Than You Thought It Did

Fri, 03/11/2016 - 6:08am

Colleges already list high sticker prices, but those prices still don't reflect the real cost of undergraduate life. And financial aid isn't effectively bridging the gap.

Tales Of Sex, Corruption And 'Peacekeeping' In A Fictional Haiti

Fri, 03/11/2016 - 6:00am

Mischa Berlinski's novel is about a failed Florida policeman trying to make a new life in Haiti. Critic Jason Sheehan says the book explores "the gray middles of everything."

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