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The Sound Of Twin Danger: Frank Sinatra Meets The Clash

The Sound Of Twin Danger: Frank Sinatra Meets The Clash

by NPR Staff Cocktail jazz isn't a sound you hear very much in pop music these days. But a duo known as Twin Danger is causing a scene with their s...

McQsJazz.com Video Of The Week

McQsJazz.com Video Of The Week

Check out this week's video featuring Deborah Cox and Jeremy Schonfield performing If We Hold On Together only on McQsJazz.com...

The High Priestess Of Soul: Nina Simone In 5 Songs

The High Priestess Of Soul: Nina Simone In 5 Songs

by David Brent Johnson There are certain figures in jazz history whose iconic status can be telegraphed by a single name: Miles. Billie. Bix. C...

McQsJazz.com Video Of The Week

McQsJazz.com Video Of The Week

Check out this week's video featuring Bobby Caldwell and Marilyn Scott performing Back to You only on McQsJazz.com...

McQsJazz.com Video Of The Week

McQsJazz.com Video Of The Week

Check out this week's video featuring Herbie Hancock Michael Brecker and Roy Hargrove performing My Ship only on McQsJazz.com...

The Beat-Man Behind 'Birdman'

The Beat-Man Behind ‘Birdman’

by NPR Staff Antonio Sanchez is one of the most accomplished and in-demand drummers around, and right now he's experiencing a breakthrough. Jazz h...

McQsJazz.com Video Of The Week

McQsJazz.com Video Of The Week

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

McQsJazz Video Of The Week

McQsJazz Video Of The Week

Check out this week's video featuring Esperanza Spalding, Geri Allen, Terri Lyne Carrington performing Unconditional Love only on McQsJazz.com...

50 Years Ago, Ramsey Lewis Joined 'The In Crowd'

50 Years Ago, Ramsey Lewis Joined ‘The In Crowd’

Fifty years ago, the Ramsey Lewis Trio sat in a Washington, D.C. coffee shop, musing over what it could add to its set that evening. It was booked...

McQsJazz.com Video Of The Week

McQsJazz.com Video Of The Week

Check out this week's video featuring Candy Dulfer performing Mister Marvin only on McQsJazz.com...

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It Turns Out We Really Didn't Know What People Are Dying From

It Turns Out We Really Didn’t Know What People Are Dying From

by Amy Costello Jeremy Smith has written a new book called Epic Measures: One Doctor. Seven Billion Patients. It profiles the work of Christopher Murray, a Harvard-trained doctor and health economist who looked at a lot of numbers abo...

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Marvel's Half-Black, Half-Latino Spider-Man Is Going Mainstream

Marvel’s Half-Black, Half-Latino Spider-Man Is Going Mainstream

by NPR Staff Step aside, Peter Parker: There's a new Spider-Man joining the Marvel Universe. Since his creation in 2011, the character Miles Morales, the half-African-American, half-Latino version of Spider-Man, has occupied Marvel's Ul...

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Food

Do Try This At Home: Hacking Ribs â In The Pressure Cooker

Do Try This At Home: Hacking Ribs — In The Pressure Cooker

by Petra Mayer This summer, NPR is getting crafty in the kitchen. As part of Weekend Edition's Do Try This At Home series, chefs are sharing their cleverest hacks and tips — taking expensive, exhausting or intimidating recipes and twe...

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Film

An American President Lost In The Wilderness Becomes 'Big Game'

An American President Lost In The Wilderness Becomes ‘Big Game’

by Andrew Lapin There may be no American cultural force more powerful than the cheesy action movie. For proof, look to Big Game, a spectacularly silly explosion extravaganza where a kid saves the world, co-starring Samuel L. Jackson as ...

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A Wavy Line Between Fantasy And Reality In 'The Little Death'

A Wavy Line Between Fantasy And Reality In ‘The Little Death’

by Ella Taylor Ah, suburbia: the place where buried desires come out to play and wreak havoc with bourgeois conformity. Or at least they do in movies. There's no swinging in Josh Lawson's cheeky sex comedy, The Little Death, but the Bob...

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Homeowners do it, farmers do it, now LA Metro is cutting water, too

by Meghan McCarty The agency that's responsible for keeping the trains running in Los Angeles County is trying to make sure they don't keep their taps running too long. The L.A. County Metropolitan Transportation Authority voted Thursda ...

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Prison escapee David Sweat captured, ending weeks-long manhunt

by Scott Neuman David Sweat, one of two inmates who escaped from a prison in upstate New York earlier this month, has been shot near the Canadian border but taken alive just days after his accomplice, Richard Matt, was killed by police. ...

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SoCal storm: Thunderstorms, more muggy weather to hit SoCal starting Monday

by Eric Zassenhaus A monsoonal system from northern Mexico and Arizona will sweep hot, humid weather and a chance of thunderstorms into Southern California early Monday morning that will last through most the week. The National Weather ...

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Learning The Hard Way Why You Just Shouldn’t Get Too Close

by Deepak Singh As a newcomer in the United States, I have made many cultural gaffes. Some were not such a big deal, some were mildly embarrassing and some were, well, quite painful. When I first started working in the U.S., I followed ...

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The Man Who Saved Southwest Airlines With A ’10-Minute’ Idea

by Daniel Hajek The early 1970s were a turbulent time for a little startup called Southwest Airlines. The company had a tiny fleet of just four airplanes that flew to three destinations — all of which were in Texas. But by 1972, South ...

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SpaceX Falcon 9 Rocket Breaks Up On Liftoff

by Scott Neuman Updated at 4:55 p.m. ET An unmanned SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket experienced what the private space launch company calls "some type of anomaly in first-stage flight" about two and a half minutes into its flight. Something w ...

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Two Years After Deadly Wildfire, Are There Lessons In The Ashes?

by NPR Staff Two years ago, a wildfire was raging in the foothills of North Arizona. The Granite Mountain Hotshots, a team of elite firefighters from Prescott, Ariz., were on the ground, battling the blaze. Then the weather and the wind ...

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Wildlife Forensics Lab Uses Tech To Sniff, Identify Illegal Wood

by Jess Burns Before you prosecute thieves, you have to know what they stole. It's the same for crimes against nature. The world's only wildlife forensic lab is in southern Oregon. The lab usually specializes in endangered animal cases, ...

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Police Question Suspect In Lyon Factory Beheading

by Scott Neuman Police in France are questioning a suspect they believe was responsible for an explosion and the beheading of a man at a factory near Lyon on Friday. Officials reportedly say he took a "selfie" with the slain victim — ...

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In Bid For Stricter Vaccine Rules, Officials Grapple With Decades-Old Distrust

by April Dembosky California is on the brink of passing a law that would require nearly all children to be vaccinated in order to attend school. The bill has cleared most major hurdles, but public health officials have grappled with a st ...

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