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  • A Jazz Pianist Taps Armenian Folk, Metal Riffs And A Sense Of History

    March 8, 2015 8:57 PM 171

    Musicians arrive at their signature sounds through all sorts of influences. For jazz pianist Tigran Hamaysan, that collection of sounds comes from far afield — he's a fan of progressive metal bands like Tool and Meshuggah — as well as from his backyard. Hamasyan was born in Armenia, moved to Los Angeles and New York, then returned to his homeland as an adult

  • Thousands In Israel Gather In Anti-Netanyahu Rally

    March 8, 2015 4:30 PM 200

    Tens of thousands of Israelis gathered in Tel Aviv to call for Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's ouster in upcoming parliamentary elections. As NPR's Emily Harris reports, the gathering did not endorse a specific alternative: "Many of the Israelis filling Rabin Square in central Tel Aviv Saturday night said they didn't know who they were going to vote for. But most ... were against

  • Cosmos And Culture

    March 8, 2015 4:12 PM 186

    Leonard Nimoy, who died on Feb. 27 at age 83, wrote two memoirs. One was called I Am Not Spock and the other was called I Am Spock. Whatever the fact of the matter, Nimoy's passing makes me think of Mr. Spock and why the Star Trek character is of such enduring fascination and appeal. Is courage the absence of fear in the face of known danger, or rather

  • Venezuela's Maduro Sees Only Plots As His Economy Crumbles

    March 8, 2015 2:01 PM 200

    Between two portraits of Venezuela's hero Simon Bolivar in the background, President Nicolas Maduro speaks at a press conference in Caracas. Maduro blames the U.S. for plotting against him. As the U.S. prepares to reopen its embassy in communist Cuba, relations with another Latin American nation — oil-rich Venezuela — are crumbling. President Nicolas

  • MH370 Had Expired Battery On Black Box 'Pinger,' Report Says

    March 8, 2015 1:47 PM 173

    About 30 people believed to be relatives of Chinese passengers of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 that went missing a year ago, protest near the Malaysian Embassy in Beijing on Sunday. An interim report released on the one-year anniversary of the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH 370 shows that the battery for the locator beacon on the Boeing

  • Reading On The Roof? Now That's Punk Rock

    March 8, 2015 11:03 AM 206

    In The Savage Detectives, Roberto Bolaño invents the "visceral realists," a group of poetry-mad troublemakers who read and write incessantly. They also shoplift, sleep around, and drift from place to place — causing mayhem at workshops and picking fights with lesser poets for sport. All of them are guided by a lust for life and an unwavering devotion

  • Ellie Kemper, Actress In 'Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt'

    March 7, 2015 10:00 PM 211

    Ellie Kemper, right, stars alongside Tituss Burgess in Netflix's Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, which follows a former doomsday cult member as she adjusts to life in New York. Two of the comedic minds behind 30 Rock, Tina Fey and Robert Carlock, have returned to the world of half-hour comedies — this time, on Netflix. Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, a new 13-episode

  • Gillian Jacobs, Director Of 'The Queen Of Code'

    March 7, 2015 10:00 PM 227

    Secretary of the Navy John Lehman (right) promotes Grace Hopper to the rank of commodore in a ceremony at the White House with President Ronald Reagan. In today's male-dominated computer programming industry, it's easy to forget that a woman — Grace Hopper — helped usher in the computer revolution. During World War II, Hopper left a teaching job at Vassar

  • Making Records Is 'Not A Race' For Modest Mouse

    March 7, 2015 10:00 PM 189

    In the second half of Modest Mouse's two decades making music, each new release has felt like the start of an entirely new chapter in the band's career. In 2004, Good News for People Who Love Bad News launched the group from the underground into something resembling mainstream visibility. In 2007, We Were Dead Before the Ship Even Sank added a shot of rock royalty

  • In Vermont, A Hyper-Local Online Forum Brings Neighbors Together

    March 7, 2015 10:00 PM 230

    Around Christmastime, Vermont resident Erin Wagg had a problem. Her family had received a card from a friend in Italy — someone from an old exchange program — and it was written in Italian. "I don't read Italian at all," says Wagg. So she posted about it on a network called the Front Porch Forum, asking if anyone could read and translate the card for her. From her town of Richmond