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First Listen: Built To Spill, 'Untethered Moon'

Sun, 04/12/2015 - 10:03pm

The amiably fractured rock band sounds both melancholy and sinister on its first album in six years, while maintaining a sound that's approachable and organic.

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First Listen: The Alchemist & Oh No, 'Welcome To Los Santos'

Sun, 04/12/2015 - 10:03pm

With 16 songs and 26 vocal acts, this mixtape sprawls in many directions. But it holds together as a diverse, modern West Coast rap album, complete with heavy rock, electro and funk influences.

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First Listen: San Fermin, 'Jackrabbit'

Sun, 04/12/2015 - 10:03pm

Some of the pretty grandiosity of the band's debut moves aside to make room for grittier energy, while Jackrabbit roots around for big ideas amid arrangements that clamor and storm.

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First Listen: Alabama Shakes, 'Sound & Color'

Sun, 04/12/2015 - 10:03pm

Brittany Howard and her band develop a vision of rock, blues and Southern soul that reaches high but remains practical in its reclamation of what works.

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First Listen: Speedy Ortiz, 'Foil Deer'

Sun, 04/12/2015 - 10:03pm

What makes the band's second album truly crackle is the way Sadie Dupuis' words interlock with her band's barreling energy and turn-on-a-dime arrangements.

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Clinton Announces Presidential Campaign, Hops In A Van To Iowa

Sun, 04/12/2015 - 9:21pm

The former first lady, protected by Secret Service for 20 years, and the former secretary of state, who logged the most miles traveled ever, is headed to Iowa... in a van she calls her "Scooby" van.

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Jordan Spieth, 21, Cruises To Masters Victory, 18 Under Par

Sun, 04/12/2015 - 6:21pm

Spieth was in the lead after every round in the tournament — a feat last achieved in 1976. His score tied with the record set by Tiger Woods in 1997.

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From Harpies To Heroines: How Shakespeare's Women Evolved

Sun, 04/12/2015 - 4:50pm

In her new book Women of Will, Tina Packer traces Shakespeare's maturation — and, she argues, the corresponding transformation of his female characters from caricatures to fully-realized humans.

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Murky Saudi Relationship Leaves Pakistan Conflicted On Yemen Conflict

Sun, 04/12/2015 - 4:23pm

NPR's Arun Rath talks to Arif Rafiq, an adjunct scholar at the Middle East Institute, on Pakistan's uneasy position in Yemen's conflict.

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20 Years Later, Sabotage Of Amtrak's Sunset Limited Still A Mystery

Sun, 04/12/2015 - 4:23pm

In October 1995, a passenger train was bound for Los Angeles. But it never reached its destination. The train derailed in the Arizona desert, killing one and injuring dozens — and it was no accident.

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I Saw The All-Stars Of Our Generation Honor Allen Ginsberg's 'Howl'

Sun, 04/12/2015 - 4:23pm

This year marks the 60th anniversary of Ginsberg's once-controversial poem. A group of musicians and actors put on a show in Los Angeles this week in celebration of Ginsberg and his iconic poem.

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Discovery Gives New Ending To A Death At The Civil War's Close

Sun, 04/12/2015 - 4:23pm

Hannah Reynolds, a slave, was the only civilian killed in the Battle of Appomattox Court House during the Civil War. A new discovery suggests, contrary to earlier belief, that she died a free woman.

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Karen Haglof, No-Wave Guitarist Turned Doctor, Relaunches Music Career

Sun, 04/12/2015 - 4:23pm

Karen Haglof made her name as a guitarist on the ultra-competitive New York no-wave scene of the 1980s. Then she stopped playing and launched a career in medicine. Now she's back with a solo album.

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The Rise Of The 'No, Totally' Linguistic Phenomenon

Sun, 04/12/2015 - 4:23pm

The New Yorker's Kathryn Schulz explains the origins of using the phrase "No, totally" in agreeing with someone.

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Before The NSA, The DEA Used Phone Records To Track Drug Cartels

Sun, 04/12/2015 - 4:23pm

NPR's Arun Rath speaks with USA Today reporter Brad Heath about how the Drug Enforcement Administration collected the records of billions of American telephone calls.

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Brazilians Protest Massive Government Corruption Scandal

Sun, 04/12/2015 - 4:23pm

Across the country, Brazilians took to the streets to protest a scandal at the state oil company, which has implicated members of the government, senior politicians and businessmen.

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Presidential Announcements Offer Insight Into How Candidates Run

Sun, 04/12/2015 - 4:23pm

Hillary Clinton officially announced her candidacy for president Sunday in a video posted on her website. Where candidates choose to announce give voters a first glimpse at how they will run.

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