These People Can Make Student Loans Disappear

These People Can Make Student Loans Disappear

by Anya Kamenetz It was an ordinary Friday. Courtney Brown, 24, of Kalamazoo, Mich., was busy looking for a job. "I've applied all kinds of pla...

Iraq's Artists Defy Extremists With Bows, Brushes And A Low Profile

Iraq’s Artists Defy Extremists With Bows, Brushes And A Low Profile

by Alice Fordham It's a hot night in Baghdad, and the national theater is packed with people who are here to see the Iraqi National Symphony Or...

Q&A: Why Teaching Music Matters

Q&A: Why Teaching Music Matters

by Cory Turner I went to Los Angeles to report a story on brain science. A new study had just been released, exploring how music instruction he...

Modern Misbehavin': Jason Moran Gets Into The Mind Of Fats Waller

Modern Misbehavin': Jason Moran Gets Into The Mind Of Fats Waller

by NPR Staff Legend has it that pianist Fats Waller used to say, "If you don't know what it is, don't mess with it." That's a challenge that fe...

What Makes A Star Starry? Is It Me?

What Makes A Star Starry? Is It Me?

by Robert Krulwich Notice what Tyler Nordgren does in these posters. He's an artist, an astronomer (from Cornell, Carl Sagan's department); he's wo...

Film Triptych 'Eleanor Rigby' Tells Three Sides Of A Breakup Story

Film Triptych ‘Eleanor Rigby’ Tells Three Sides Of A Breakup Story

by Neda Ulaby There are three sides to every story, or so the saying goes — yours, theirs and the truth. That's basically the premise of a ne...

McQsJazz.com Video Of The Week

McQsJazz.com Video Of The Week

Check out this week's video featuring Gerald Albright performing Georgia On My Mind and Just Between Us only on McQsJazz.com...

At September 11 Museum, Promises To The Future About The Past

At September 11 Museum, Promises To The Future About The Past

by Pooja Bhatia The Wall Street Journal offices on Liberty Street were evacuated after the first plane hit, though none of us knew then that a ...

In Tenor Saxophonist Mark Turner's New Album, The Music Unfolds Like A Narrative

In Tenor Saxophonist Mark Turner’s New Album, The Music Unfolds Like A Narrative

by Kevin Whitehead Turner's new quartet album Lathe of Heaven gets its name from Ursula K. LeGuin's novel. A lot of action happens at thoughtfu...

Here's What's Becoming Of America's Dead Shopping Malls

Here’s What’s Becoming Of America’s Dead Shopping Malls

by NPR Staff Chances are your local mall is hurting. There are roughly 1,200 enclosed malls in the U.S. and only about a third of them are doin...

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Book News: A Q&A With Alison Bechdel, Cartoonist And MacArthur Winner

Book News: A Q&A With Alison Bechdel, Cartoonist And MacArthur Winner

by Annalisa Quinn The winners of the MacArthur "Genius Grant" awards were announced Wednesday morning, and include poet Terrance Hayes, playwright Samuel D. Hunter, poet and Arabic translator Khaled Mattawa and cartoonist and memoiri...

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Books

13 Days Of High Emotion That Led To The Egypt-Israel Peace

13 Days Of High Emotion That Led To The Egypt-Israel Peace

When President Jimmy Carter decided to bring Egyptian President Anwar Sadat and Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin to Camp David in 1978 to broker peace talks, his hope that the two men would like each other was "completely naïve an...

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Television

'Red Band Society': The Gooey Teen Drama Every Generation Deserves

‘Red Band Society': The Gooey Teen Drama Every Generation Deserves

by Linda Holmes When Fox presented its new drama Red Band Society to critics over the summer, creator Margaret Nagle stressed that it was not a derivative of any particular story of sick teenagers that has perhaps permeated the cultu...

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Food

Americans' Waistlines Are Expanding, And That's Not Good Fat

Americans’ Waistlines Are Expanding, And That’s Not Good Fat

by Alison Bruzek If your belt needs to be let out a notch, you're not alone. The average American waistline is growing even though obesity rates haven't grown, too. And excess abdominal fat increases the risk of heart disease, diabet...

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'Breaking Bad' Fans Get Their Fix In Spanish

‘Breaking Bad’ Fans Get Their Fix In Spanish

by Hansi Lo Wang How do you remake the award-winning AMC series Breaking Bad in Spanish? Well, all you need — as the show's chemistry teacher-turned-drug dealer, Walter White, might say — is "a little tweak of chemistry." T...

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Not Every Afghan Institution Is Efficient; This One Is

by Sean Carberry and Sultan Faizy There are certain sounds you don't ever want to hear in life — in Afghanistan or elsewhere. One is the sound of sirens and a fire truck pulling up outside your house. But, when flames are roarin ...

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Wildfires Destroy Homes, Force Evacuations In Calif.

by Scott Neuman The largest of several wildfires in California, the so-called King Fire in the Sierra Nevada forest northeast of San Francisco, is threatening 1,600 homes as it continues to spread almost unchecked. According to th ...

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When The Power’s Out, Solar Panels May Not Keep The Lights On

by Dan Boyce The cost of solar panels is falling rapidly in the United States. And as the panels become more affordable, they're popping up on rooftops around the country. Meanwhile, the U.S. is trying to find better ways to back ...

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Unregulated Skies: Keeping Watch On America’s Vertical Borders

by John Burnett Inside a cluster of nondescript buildings on a military base in Southern California, the big radar room at the Air and Marine Operations Center looks vaguely like NASA Mission Control. Thirty-two federal agents sit ...

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Lay’s Cappuccino Potato Chips

by Ian Chillag Lay's Potato Chips is having some sort of promotion in which they release a bunch of new flavors and we vote on which one is best, based on flavor, crunch, and foreign policy experience. One of the finalists is Cappucc ...

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Kids, Pants, Booze, Music: Trouble In River City And Always

by Linda Holmes Perhaps the most static conversation in American culture is the one about its constant decline. Today's music, today's actors, today's movies, today's media, today's food, today's habits, today's language — it's all ...

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Homeless Vets: They’re Not Just Single Men Anymore

by Quil Lawrence Every summer for 27 years, a small tent city has popped up in San Diego. "Stand Down" is a three-day oasis for homeless veterans, with showers, new clothes, hot meals, medical help, legal aid and a booth set up for e ...

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‘Mindy’ And ‘New Girl’ Navigate Their Worlds Of Crazy Love

by Linda Holmes [This post contains information about where main characters stand relative to each other at the opening of the new seasons of The Mindy Project and New Girl. Be advised.] Fox's Tuesday comedy hour of New Girl and T ...

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Too Few University Jobs For America’s Young Scientists

by Richard Harris Imagine a job where about half of all the work is being done by people who are in training. That's, in fact, what happens in the world of biological and medical research. In the United States, more than 40,000 te ...

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Why I Used To Hit Women

by Anthony Hamilton Empty and crying, I looked into the mirror and for the first time in my life, I saw my father. I had become my worst nightmare. But me, I wasn't the kind of abuser who hit his girl for no reason. I thought my a ...

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