Arts & Culture

The Salt
2:21 pm
Tue June 10, 2014

Moms And Tykes Should Eat More Fish Low In Mercury, Says FDA

The FDA is recommending that pregnant women eat 8 to 12 ounces per week of fish such as salmon, canned light tuna, tilapia or cod.
Iakov Filimonov

Originally published on Tue June 10, 2014 5:49 pm

Lots of us think of fish as brain food.

But many moms-to-be and breastfeeding women have been turned off of it, in part due to concerns about the potentially harmful effects of mercury in some types of fish.

An analysis by the Food and Drug Administration and Environmental Protection Agency released Tuesday found 1 in 5 pregnant women were not eating any fish for long periods of time during pregnancy. And 75 percent of women were eating fewer than 4 ounces per week.

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All Songs Considered
12:33 pm
Tue June 10, 2014

Viking's Choice: Consider Yourself Ravaged By Bastard Sapling

Bastard Sapling.
Tony Lynch Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue June 10, 2014 1:12 pm

Dorthia Cottrell is one of the most haunting vocalists in metal right now, howling like Ozzy Osbourne in a wind tunnel. But either out of aesthetics or shyness, her voice has always been buried by the relentlessly heavy mix on her two excellent records singing for Windhand. Thankfully, some friends convinced her to serve as the focal point of a track from a fellow Richmond metal band.

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Arts & Culture
11:26 am
Tue June 10, 2014

Young Pianists Vie for Top Prizes at Milwaukee Competition

Pianist Lydia Artymiw is a judge for this year's PianoArts competition for young musicians.
Credit Erik Petersons, PCMS Concerts

Pianist and PianoArts juror Lydia Artymiw talks with, and plays for, Lake Effect's Bonnie North.

Piano Arts is bringing together the cream of the crop of young pianists this week for its biennial North American Piano Competition, one of the most prominent competitions for these musicians.

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The Salt
11:04 am
Tue June 10, 2014

The Salad Frontier: Why Astronauts Need To Grow Lettuce In Space

Astronaut Steve "Swanny" Swanson tends to lettuce plants growing at the International Space Station that may one day make it into his salad.
Courtesy of NASA

Originally published on Tue June 10, 2014 2:14 pm

Have you ever craved a salad, I mean really craved a salad because you've been eating a lot of freeze-dried meat and beans?

Astronauts who spend months on end in space sure do miss their greens. That's why NASA is embarking on a program to get astronauts growing their own food. First stop is the International Space Station and a vegetable production system called Veg-01, or "Veggie."

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All Songs Considered
10:45 am
Tue June 10, 2014

New Mix: The New Pornographers, Mapei, Moon Hooch And More

Clockwise from upper left: The New Pornographers, Mapei, Moon Hooch.
Courtesy of the artists

Originally published on Wed June 11, 2014 12:46 pm

On this week's All Songs Considered: New music from the pop giants in The New Pornographers, hip-hop and R&B singer Mapei, the riff-rock sax group Moon Hooch, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah and more.

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9:43 am
Tue June 10, 2014

Metropolis: 6/7/14

Lana Del Rey is featured on this week's mix.
Adam Kissick for NPR

This Week's Tracklist

  • London Grammar, "Hey Now (Tensnake Remix)" (Columbia)
  • Basement Jaxx, "Mermaid Of Salinas (Quell Club Dub)" (Atlantic)
  • Lana Del Rey, "West Coast (Four Tet Remix)" (Interscope)
  • Chocolate Puma, "Rubberband Lazer" (Promo)
  • DJ Dan, "Don't Disturb This Groove" (Promo)
  • Watermat, "Bullitt" (Promo)
  • Digitalism, "Wolves (feat. Youngblood Hawke)" (Pid)
  • The Rapture, "Sail Away (Digitalism Remix)" (!K7)
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All Songs Considered
7:03 am
Tue June 10, 2014

I Hear Bells: The NPR Music Wedding Puzzler

If it's June, let the wedding bells, and the music, ring out.

Can you hear the wedding bells? June has arrived. Theories vary on why this is the month for marriage. Old traditions like the timing of the harvest season (and pregnancies) might have had something to do with it, or more modern practicalities such as nicer weather and abundant fresh flowers. And then there's the name of the month itself, thought to be inspired by Juno, the Roman goddess of marriage.

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Book Reviews
6:03 am
Tue June 10, 2014

A Charming Road Trip To The Past In 'Walt Before Skeezix'

Originally published on Tue June 10, 2014 9:16 am

Gosh all fishhooks! Fire up your flivvers and tea-carts, birds, because Drawn & Quarterly is at it again. The publisher continues its release of Gasoline Alley comics compilations with Walt Before Skeezix, a collection of some of creator Frank King's very first strips. Gasoline Alley later became known for its long-running stories and minute eye for domestic life. In this early incarnation, though, King's just drawing a jokey strip focused on four average guys who hang out in each other's garages, bonding around cars and their need for a male retreat.

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4:50 am
Tue June 10, 2014

Clinton Sought 'Tougher Deal,' But Won't Second-Guess Bergdahl Swap

Originally published on Wed June 11, 2014 1:38 pm

Below are excerpts from Hillary Clinton's interview Monday with NPR's Renee Montagne. Clinton's new book, Hard Choices, will be published Tuesday.

Portions of this interview will air on Morning Edition.

On running for president in 2016

HILLARY CLINTON: I have made some hard choices, and I face some hard choices. And, as I say in the book, I have not made a decision yet. ...

RENEE MONTAGNE: This is, may I say, a classic campaign book. ...

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NPR Story
4:09 am
Tue June 10, 2014

Author: 2nd Amendment's Only Sentence Generates Recurrent Debate

Originally published on Tue June 10, 2014 7:23 am

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We're going to hear next about the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. It's a short one.

MICHAEL WALDMAN: One sentence, lots of commas and lots of confusion.

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