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First Listen: Thompson, 'Family'

Sun, 11/09/2014 - 10:03pm

Thompson gathers many branches of a formidable family tree that includes Richard, Linda, Teddy, Kami and several musicians not named Thompson.

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First Listen: Andy Stott, 'Faith In Strangers'

Sun, 11/09/2014 - 10:03pm

The Manchester electronic producer alternates between ethereal beauty and viscous sludge, and with vocal assistance from Alison Skidmore, glints of light keep poking through the darkness.

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First Listen: Mr. Gnome, 'The Heart Of A Dark Star'

Sun, 11/09/2014 - 10:03pm

Whether its songs are bleak and primal, grandiose or seductively dreamy, the Cleveland duo delights in searching for the unexpected.

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First Listen: Bryan Ferry, 'Avonmore'

Sun, 11/09/2014 - 10:03pm

The Roxy Music singer channels his classic work while still sounding fresh. Ferry's sound remains full, clear and direct, with intricate layers of instruments shifting in and out of focus.

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First Listen: Robert Wyatt, 'Different Every Time'

Sun, 11/09/2014 - 10:00pm

A double-length set provides an ambitious introduction to the prog-rock legend. Selections include songs from Wyatt's bands Soft Machine and Matching Mole, solo work and unlikely collaborations.

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Phil Crane, Former Illinois Congressman, Dies At 84

Sun, 11/09/2014 - 7:18pm

Crane, a member of the House of Representatives for 35 years, was a history professor before he became a politician. The conservative Republican advocated for a smaller federal government.

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James Earl Jones' Big Break, New Music From Bette Midler, Robotic Baby Penguin

Sun, 11/09/2014 - 6:32pm

Did you know James Earl Jones had trouble speaking as a kid? Bette Midler talks about her new album It's the Girls!. Plus, a robotic baby penguin that spies for scientists and filmmakers.

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Obama Says He'll Use Executive Orders For Immigration Reform

Sun, 11/09/2014 - 5:33pm

The president, returning to rhetoric from earlier this year, said he can no longer wait for a gridlocked Congress to make progress on the issue.

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A 3-Star General Explains 'Why We Lost' In Iraq, Afghanistan

Sun, 11/09/2014 - 4:22pm

In his new book, a former Army lieutenant general compares the war on terrorism to Alcoholics Anonymous: "Step one is admitting you have a problem."

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Los Angeles Cemetary Honors Veterans With 170K Flags

Sun, 11/09/2014 - 3:53pm

This weekend at the Riverside National Cemetery an hour east of Los Angeles, hundreds of volunteers placed American flags by 170,000 grave sites in preparation for Veteran's Day this Tuesday.

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James Earl Jones: From Stutterer To Janitor To Broadway Star

Sun, 11/09/2014 - 3:53pm

The 83-year-old was once a farm kid who didn't want to talk. Today, the unmistakable stage and screen actor (not to mention the voice of Darth Vader) still calls himself a "journeyman actor."

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In Berlin, A Beat That Bloomed From Rubble

Sun, 11/09/2014 - 3:53pm

Today Berlin is a techno hot spot. The scene has its roots in the fall of the Berlin Wall, when young people from East and West got together in abandoned buildings to dance and celebrate together.

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'The Black Horn': Blowing Past Classical Music's Color Barriers

Sun, 11/09/2014 - 3:53pm

Robert Lee Watt, the first black French horn player to join a major U.S. symphony, spent 37 years with the LA Philharmonic. He faced a lot of resistance along the way, as his new memoir recounts.

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Remembering Hedy Lamarr: Actress, Weapons Systems Developer

Sun, 11/09/2014 - 3:53pm

Renaissance woman Hedy Lamarr was born on this day 100 years ago. Not only was she a major screen actress, she was also an inventor. NPR's Karen Grigsby Bates speaks with Lamarr biographer Richard Rhodes.

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25 Years Later: Looking Back On The Fall Of The Berlin Wall

Sun, 11/09/2014 - 3:53pm

NPR's Karen Grigsby Bates talks to Berlin correspondent Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson about the festivities marking 25 years since the fall of the Berlin Wall.

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Holidays Travelers Should Expect Packed Planes, Higher Fares

Sun, 11/09/2014 - 3:53pm

With fuel prices down, profits are up. But that doesn't mean you'll be able to find cheap airfares, especially over the holidays: The airline industry is predicting its busiest season in years.

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Low Gas Prices Haven't Slowed Domestic Drilling — Yet

Sun, 11/09/2014 - 3:53pm

With gas prices plunging below $3 a gallon, motorists have plenty to celebrate. But people in oil-producing states, where low prices mean fewer jobs and less government revenue, are starting to worry.

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Friend's Visit To Veteran's Normandy Grave Gives Family Closure

Sun, 11/09/2014 - 3:53pm

Eugene Vigosky is one of thousands of Americans killed in World War II buried at the American Cemetery in Normandy. Reporter Tim Lambert, a friend of the Vigoskys, visited the grave site.

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Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Reaches Labor Deal With Musicians

Sun, 11/09/2014 - 2:32pm

The Grammy award-winning ensemble will open the first concert of its 70th anniversary season with Beethoven's ninth symphony, the "Ode to Joy."

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