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Arts & Life
12:11 pm
Tue December 23, 2014

Serial Host Sarah Koenig Says She Set Out To Report, Not Exonerate

The Serial podcast is Sarah Koenig's reinvestigation of the murder of Hae Min Lee, a Maryland high school student who was strangled in 1999. Lee was found in Baltimore's Leakin Park. Her schoolmate and ex-boyfriend Adnan Syed was convicted of the murder and is serving a life sentence.
Courtesy of Serial

Originally published on Tue December 23, 2014 5:32 pm

Sarah Koenig didn't expect her new podcast, Serial, to get so much press, but she says the attention helped keep her on her toes: "It was just a constant reminder of how careful we needed to be," Koenig tells Fresh Air's Terry Gross.

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Alt.Latino
11:44 am
Tue December 23, 2014

An Alt.Latino Christmas, With Cantigas In Concert

Cantigas performs live in NPR's Studio 1.
Colin Marshall NPR

Originally published on Tue December 23, 2014 4:06 pm

It's been an eventful year for Alt.Latino. We've brought you live concerts, dance music, protest songs and thought-provoking interviews with the performers who are helping to shape modern culture.

Regardless of your spiritual affiliations, the end of the year provides an opportunity to reflect on what we'd like to do differently next year, what we've learned, our successes and failures, and what makes us thankful.

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The Salt
10:58 am
Tue December 23, 2014

For Australian Christmas, Everything's Overturned But The Pudding

Australian Christmas today is characterized by gastronomic eclecticism. Many of us have abandoned the old British customs — except for the rich and alcoholic Christmas pudding.
Edward Shaw iStockphoto

Americans know Australia as the land Down Under, and one consequence of this geographical flip is that Christmas here falls at the height of summer.

Our 100-degree temperatures aren't exactly conducive to cooking with a hot oven — although early colonists gave it their best shot.

But it wasn't long before Australians began to rebel, ditching the formal dining room for the pleasures of a picnic spread at the beach or a shady glade. Over the years, many of us have abandoned the old British customs altogether.

Except for Christmas pudding.

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The Salt
10:17 am
Tue December 23, 2014

Farm Fresh? Natural? Eggs Not Always What They're Cracked Up To Be

Cage-free eggs for sale in 2008 in Knoxville, Tenn.
Joel Kramer/Flickr

Originally published on Tue December 23, 2014 2:49 pm

You're in the supermarket gathering ingredients for eggnog and a Christmas Bundt cake, and you're staring at a wall of egg cartons. They're plastered with terms that all sound pretty wonderful: All-Natural, Cage-Free, Free-Range, Farm Fresh, Organic, No Hormones, Omega-3. And so on.

And yet the longer you stare at them, the more confused you become. You are tired and hungry, so you just grab the cheapest one — or the one with the most adorable chicken illustration — and head for the checkout line.

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The Two-Way
9:48 am
Tue December 23, 2014

Book News: For A Deeper Sleep, Forgo The E-Reader Before Bed

It's clear from this child's reckless nighttime e-reading that someone has not kept up with their subscription to the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
Mari iStock

Originally published on Tue December 23, 2014 10:01 am

The daily lowdown on books, publishing and the occasional author behaving badly.

When picking up a book before bed, sleepy readers ought to give some thought not just to what they read but also how they read. It doesn't matter how boring the material may be; if you're plodding through it on an e-reader, a new study shows it'll likely be tougher to fall asleep — and to get a good rest while you're at it.

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Front Row
8:03 am
Tue December 23, 2014

Front Row: Bombay Bicycle Club, 'Feel'

Bombay Bicycle Club performs live at the House of Blues in Boston, Mass.
WGBH

The genre-bending indie-rock band Bombay Bicycle Club formed in North London in 2005. At House Of Blues Boston on Oct. 18, the group put on a high-octane set that spanned its four full-length albums and three EPs. The sold–out Saturday-night crowd witnessed an unforgettable performance — including this rendition of "Feel" from 2014's So Long, See You Tomorrow.

SET LIST

  • "Feel"

Watch the entire Bombay Bicycle Club concert on WGBH's YouTube channel.

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The Record
7:07 am
Tue December 23, 2014

A Rational Conversation: 2014 Through The Eyes Of A Choreographer

Ryan Heffington.
Jean-Baptiste Huong Courtesy of the artist

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The Best Music Of 2014
7:03 am
Tue December 23, 2014

Watch Public Radio's Best In-Studio Performances Of 2014

Cincinnati indie rockers Wussy were the featured musicians in KEXP's favorite studio session of the year.
Brady Harvey KEXP

Originally published on Tue December 23, 2014 10:45 am

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Monkey See
6:03 am
Tue December 23, 2014

Videos Of Ray Rice, Eric Garner Among Biggest Media Moments Of 2014

Protesters in Boston during a December demonstration against the deaths of two unarmed black men at the hands of white police officers in New York City and Ferguson, Mo.
Charles Krupa AP

Originally published on Tue December 23, 2014 12:08 pm

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Arts & Life
4:05 am
Tue December 23, 2014

Time For A Holiday Favorite: 'Santaland Diaries'

Philip Game Getty Images/Lonely Planet Image

Originally published on Tue December 23, 2014 10:14 am

You might not expect "Santa's Helper" to be a career-altering gig, but for David Sedaris, it changed everything. The writer and humorist spent a season working at Macy's as a department store elf. He described his short tenure as Crumpet the Elf in "The Santaland Diaries," an essay that he read on Morning Edition in 1992.

Instantly, a classic was born. Sedaris' reading has become an NPR holiday tradition. Click the "Listen" link above to hear Sedaris read his story.

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