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The American President And A Little Town Called Obama, Japan

Mon, 08/04/2014 - 2:31am

A small town in Japan is celebrating the American president — with lots and lots of kitsch. But Obama Onsen has a rich history in its own right.

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One Step To Combat Obesity: Make Stairs More Attractive

Mon, 08/04/2014 - 2:30am

In modern buildings, stairs are often stuck in a corner, ugly and hard to find. Now some architects want to return to the days when stairways were grand — focal points that people wanted to climb.

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As Ballot Deadline Looms, A Muddied Debate Over Colo. Fracking

Mon, 08/04/2014 - 2:28am

Colorado is embroiled in debate over how to regulate oil and gas development. Up to four energy-related issues could be on the November ballot, and the run-up is causing confusion among voters.

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Is There Any Empathy Left In The Gaza Conflict?

Mon, 08/04/2014 - 2:27am

A pair of mothers and daughters — one Arab, one Jewish — show the increased separation and lack of interaction between two peoples. Where they once mingled regularly, personal contact has decreased.

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A Tax Bill Killed By The Push And Pull Of Politics On The Hill

Mon, 08/04/2014 - 2:21am

Sometimes seemingly nonsensical moves — like most of what happens behind the scenes on Capitol Hill — are deftly calculated plays for political survival.

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Magician Kenrick 'ICE' McDonald Sees The Light In The 'Dark Arts'

Mon, 08/04/2014 - 2:19am

As the son of a preacher, Kenrick "ICE" McDonald often had to practice his magic tricks in secret while he was growing up. Now he's the first black president of the Society of American Magicians.

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What Makes Us Fat: Is It Eating Too Much Or Moving Too Little?

Mon, 08/04/2014 - 2:17am

Americans are much less active in their leisure time than they were 20 years ago; that's true even for young people. Up to half of people say they're completely sedentary. Desk jobs don't help.

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Forgoing School To Pay The Bills

Mon, 08/04/2014 - 2:01am

In one predominantly Latino neighborhood outside of Washington, D.C., young people are working instead of going to school at four times the national average.

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Getting Spooky With Spoon

Mon, 08/04/2014 - 1:03am

They Want My Soul is the band's first album in four years. Singer Britt Daniel says the recording process often felt like being in a horror movie.

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First Listen: Bunji Garlin, 'Differentology'

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

The Trinidadian soca star is ready to follow up on the success of his breakthrough single, "Differentology."

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First Listen: JJ, 'V'

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

On V, the Swedish duo strikes a curious balance among wildly divergent sounds. Along the way, it draws from cringe-worthy soft pop, indie-rock, and cutting-edge R&B and hip-hop.

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First Listen: Sarah Jaffe, 'Don't Disconnect'

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

A ferociously intelligent singer-songwriter, Jaffe never stops inventing, reinventing, exploring and reflecting on her (and our) place in a forbidding, foreboding world.

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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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