Arts & Culture

The Salt
12:23 pm
Tue June 3, 2014

Could A 6-Cent Tax Sour Us On Soda And Sugary Drinks?

A mock-up of a warning label for sodas and sugary drinks proposed in California by public health advocates.
California Center for Public Health Advocacy

Originally published on Tue June 3, 2014 4:34 pm

These days, sugar may be the new tobacco.

With so many studies linking Americans' collective sweet tooth to diseases including Type 2 diabetes, heart disease and obesity, there's a lot of talk about policies to nudge consumers to consume less sugar.

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Monkey See
12:22 pm
Tue June 3, 2014

Do Female-Named Hurricanes Need To Lean In?

When it rains, it pours: Here's some advice for lady hurricanes on how to climb the corporate ladder.

Originally published on Thu June 5, 2014 4:37 pm

We were alarmed to learn yesterday that hurricanes with female names are not being taken as seriously as their male counterparts. It seems people in the path of a hurricane are more likely to heed warnings to take shelter or evacuate if the storm is named Charley than if the storm is named Eloise. Which can be a deadly decision. [Because, seriously: Hurricanes are dangerous — even if they have "lady" names.

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12:09 pm
Tue June 3, 2014

'Wait To Worry' About Challenges


MICHEL MARTIN: As we've just heard, being fired or losing your job is something that a lot of people have had to worry about in recent years. But our next guest has some advice for those of us who tend to worry a lot about life's what-ifs. That advice is to wait. Columnist Steven Petrow recently wrote about his epiphany and learning how to wait to worry for The Washington Post. In the piece, he talked about how he decided to stop worrying about stuff that hadn't even happened yet. Steven Petrow is with us now. Welcome back. Thanks so much for joining us once again.

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Music News
12:02 pm
Tue June 3, 2014

The Confounding, Enigmatic 'Ode To Billie Joe'

Bobbie Gentry rarely gave interviews and disappeared from public life in the mid-1970s.
NBC Getty Images

Originally published on Tue June 3, 2014 7:03 pm

"It was the third of June ..."

Today is June 3, a date marked by the song "Ode to Billie Joe." In 1967, it was a No. 1 hit for Bobbie Gentry, a singer-songwriter from Chickasaw County, Miss. For two weeks, Gentry was bigger than the Beatles, as her album bumped Sgt. Pepper off the top of the charts.

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11:15 am
Tue June 3, 2014

Diverse Summer Reading Picks For Kids

Originally published on Tue June 3, 2014 12:09 pm


MICHEL MARTIN: I'm Michel Martin and this is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. They say it takes a village to raise a child, but maybe you just need a few moms and dads in your corner. Every week we check in with a diverse group of parents for their common sense and savvy advice. And today we want to get their advice about summer reading. If you have small people or teenagers in your house, then you are probably already in the throes of summeritis. And yes, I think I just made that word up. It means that the kids are ready for the reading, writing and arithmetic to end.

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All Songs TV
11:02 am
Tue June 3, 2014

Trampled By Turtles, 'Are You Behind The Shining Star?'

Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed July 9, 2014 8:46 am

The adventurous, rock-leaning bluegrass band Trampled by Turtles has a new album coming in mid-July called Wild Animals. This video is for the first single, "Are You Behind the Shining Star?"

Favorite Sessions
10:43 am
Tue June 3, 2014

WAMU's Bandwidth Presents: Frankie Cosmos

Frankie Cosmos performs live for WAMU's Bandwidth.
Maggie Famiglietti WAMU

Originally published on Wed July 2, 2014 2:17 pm

New York's Greta Kline has been cranking out lo-fi releases over the last few years under a number of different aliases. This spring, she released her debut full-length, Zentropy, as Frankie Cosmos — her first recording with a band.

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All Songs Considered
9:34 am
Tue June 3, 2014

New Mix: Premieres From Jenny Lewis, My Brightest Diamond, Elephant Stone, More

Clockwise from upper left: Jenny Lewis, My Brightest Diamond, Elephant Stone, Shinedoe.
Courtesy of the artists

On this edition of All Songs Considered, we highlight music that reflects on the passage of time, with special premieres from Jenny Lewis, My Brightest Diamond, Elephant Stone and more.

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The Record
7:30 am
Tue June 3, 2014

A Rational Conversation: Album Trailers, Really?

A still from the album trailer for Daft Punk's Random Access Memories.
Courtesy of Columbia Records

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Book Reviews
6:03 am
Tue June 3, 2014

'Kingfisher' Girls Will Dance Their Way Into Your Heart

Originally published on Tue June 3, 2014 10:32 am

I'm completely confident in stating, without an ounce of hyperbole, that this is the best fairy tale retelling I've ever read.

I don't say this lightly. I've lived and breathed fairy tales for as long as I can remember. Fairy tales were an alphabet for me, and subversive retellings were the language in which I found my favorite poems, short fiction and novels. And Genevieve Valentine's The Girls at the Kingfisher Club, in setting "The 12 Dancing Princesses" in Prohibition-era New York, uses this language to sing jazz standards and teach me the Charleston.

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