Arts & Culture

Ask Me Another
10:11 am
Thu January 22, 2015

State Of Mind

Originally published on Thu January 22, 2015 10:51 am

Get on that midnight train to...North Korea?? Guess what US state actually completes these lyrics as Jonathan Coulton sings famous songs with the wrong geographic regions in their titles.

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Ask Me Another
10:11 am
Thu January 22, 2015

Sports, Explicated

Originally published on Thu January 22, 2015 10:51 am

Grab your oversized porous foam digit, because in this game, contestants must decipher the names of college sports teams from an overly literal explanation. Go athlete! Do the sport!

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Ask Me Another
10:11 am
Thu January 22, 2015

Buffer The Consequences

Originally published on Thu January 22, 2015 10:51 am

It's going down at Ask Me Another! Don't crumble or stumble under the pressure, because in this game contestants have to think of words that end in "-umble." So let's get ready to...

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NPR History Dept.
8:39 am
Thu January 22, 2015

How Black Smokejumpers Helped Save The American West

Smokejumper Jesse Mayes preparing to jump from a C-47.
U.S. Army Air Force

Originally published on Thu January 22, 2015 5:01 pm

As part of the back-and-forth attacks of World War II, the Imperial Japanese army launched balloon bombs — silent wind-borne devices designed to wreak havoc on the cities and woodlands of the American West.

The U.S. government discouraged news organizations from reporting on the bombs — which some call the first intercontinental weapons — that successfully landed in North America.

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Favorite Sessions
8:03 am
Thu January 22, 2015

KCRW Presents: The Budos Band

The Budos Band performs live on KCRW.
Larry Hirshowitz KCRW

Since 2005, Brooklyn's Budos Band has helped define and develop the modern Afro-soul sound for which Daptone Records is known. The group's previous albums have been heavily influenced by Ethiopian jazz. But on the new Burnt Offering, the 10-piece band has taken cues from '60s- and '70s-era psychedelia and hard rock. Songs like "The Sticks," performed live for KCRW's Morning Becomes Eclectic, showcase this new side.

Songs We Love
7:03 am
Thu January 22, 2015

Eyelids, 'Psych #1'

The Portland band Eyelids made one of opbmusic's favorite local albums of 2014.
Courtesy of the artist

It's hard to meet the lofty expectations created when successful musicians unite. But in Portland, Ore., one band is quietly bucking that trend.

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Book Reviews
6:03 am
Thu January 22, 2015

The Vastness Of Violent Loss In 'See How Small'

Author Scott Blackwood based See How Small on a real incident, a multiple murder at an Austin, Texas, frozen yogurt shop in 1991.
Brian Cox

Originally published on Thu January 22, 2015 12:57 pm

On a chilly autumn night in Austin, Texas, three teenage girls are finishing up their shift at an ice cream shop. Two men walk in, and when they leave, the store is on fire, the three girls still in there, naked, bound with their own underwear, murdered. The slayings and the arson take just minutes, but the families and friends of the girls take years to get over it — or to try to get over it; of course, they never do.

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Around the Nation
4:08 am
Thu January 22, 2015

Chicago Tries To Up Its Chances Of Hosting Obama's Presidential Library

Originally published on Thu January 22, 2015 1:16 pm

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NPR Ed
2:39 am
Thu January 22, 2015

The Past, Present And Future Of High-Stakes Testing

PublicAffairs Books

Originally published on Fri January 23, 2015 8:48 am

After a long stretch as the law of the land, annual standardized tests are being put to, well, the test.

This week, the Senate education committee held a hearing on the reauthorization of the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) law and, specifically, on testing. The committee's chairman, Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., has released a draft bill offering a lot more leeway to states in designing their own assessment systems.

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The Two-Way
2:38 am
Thu January 22, 2015

X-Rays Open Secrets Of Ancient Scrolls

The ancient scrolls look and feel more like blocks of charcoal. A new technique gives a peek inside.
Salvatore Laporta AP

Originally published on Thu January 22, 2015 11:06 am

Researchers in Europe have managed to read from an ancient scroll buried when Mount Vesuvius erupted in 79 A.D. The feat is all the more remarkable because the scroll was never opened.

The Vesuvius eruption famously destroyed Pompeii. But it also devastated the nearby town of Herculaneum. A villa there contained a library stacked with papyrus scrolls, and the hot gas and ash preserved them.

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