Arts & Culture

Heavy Rotation
6:03 am
Mon July 8, 2013

Heavy Rotation: 10 Songs Public Radio Can't Stop Playing

Download Valerie June's "Workin' Woman Blues" in this month's edition of Heavy Rotation.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue March 18, 2014 3:31 pm

  • WWNO's Gwen Thompkins on "Ballet Class" by Jason Marsalis

Another month, another great mix of new music chosen by public radio's top DJs. Download an explosive new track from Neko Case, discover the Shabazz Palaces-approved Seattle rapper Porter Ray and get to know Valerie June, one of public radio's frontrunners for Best New Artist of 2013. Grab all 10 of our picks below, as chosen by the following contributors:

  • Chris Campbell, DJ at WDET's ALPHA channel in Detroit
  • Lars Gotrich, producer and host of Viking's Choice at NPR Music
  • Anne Litt, DJ at KCRW in Los Angeles
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The Two-Way
6:01 am
Mon July 8, 2013

Book News: Reading And Writing Slow Dementia, Study Says

Originally published on Mon July 8, 2013 6:46 am

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

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Music
3:45 am
Mon July 8, 2013

Vibraphone Showcased In Jason Marsalis' 'Ballet Class'

Originally published on Mon July 8, 2013 5:03 am

Each month, NPR Music asks public radio personalities at member stations across the country to tell us about a song they can't get enough of. David Greene introduces listeners to member station WWNO's Gwen Thompkins — she's NPR's former East Africa correspondent. Her choice for July's installment of "Heavy Rotation," is "Ballet Class" by the Jason Marsalis Vibes Quartet.

Theater
3:58 pm
Sun July 7, 2013

Broadway's 'First Date': A Greek Chorus Of Emotional Baggage

Krysta Rodriguez played Ana Vargas in the recently canceled backstage-on-Broadway TV series Smash, and Zachary Levi earned a fervent following in the title role of NBC's Chuck. Both performers have backgrounds in the theater, and they'll be together on Broadway this summer in the premiere of the musical comedy First Date.
Matthew Murphy

Originally published on Tue July 9, 2013 11:37 am

Many fans of the TV show Chuck fell in love with the nerd-turned-unwitting spy at the heart of the show, but most probably didn't know that he could sing.

Zachary Levi is now rehearsing for his first role on Broadway — a new musical comedy called First Date — which also features Krysta Rodriguez, the star of another NBC program, Smash.

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Food
3:58 pm
Sun July 7, 2013

Growing Oysters, And Jobs, In Rhode Island

Originally published on Tue July 9, 2013 11:37 am

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REBECCA SHEIR, HOST:

This is WEEKENDS on ALL THINGS CONSIDERED from NPR News. I'm Rebecca Sheir. For most of us, beach food probably means things like hotdogs, hamburgers and lemonade on the boardwalk. But visit the East Matunuck State Beach in Rhode Island, and the food of choice is oysters. From the Matunuck Oyster Bar, a small restaurant down the street, we visited owner and oyster farmer Perry Raso and brought back this audio postcard.

UNIDENTIFIED MAN #1: Need a hand?

UNIDENTIFIED MAN #2: (Unintelligible)

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Author Interviews
3:51 pm
Sun July 7, 2013

How 'Dancing In The Street' Became A Protest Anthem

In November 1964, Betty Kelly, Martha Reeves and Rosalind Ashford (aka Martha Reeves and the Vandellas) were at the top of the charts with their hit "Dancing in the Street."
AP

Originally published on Tue July 9, 2013 11:37 am

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You Must Read This
6:03 am
Sun July 7, 2013

'Rock Crystal' Tells Of Catastrophe's Quiet Avoidance

Susan Choi's latest book is My Education.

Long, long ago — maybe some time in the 17th century — and far, far away — but almost certainly somewhere in the Alps — two valleys lay next to each other, ringed by high mountains and linked by a sole, lonely path. One unusually warm Christmas Eve two children set out on the path from the northward valley, through pine forest and over the pass, to visit their grandmother in the valley to the south.

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NPR Story
5:41 am
Sun July 7, 2013

Random Acts Of Tipping

Originally published on Sun July 7, 2013 1:21 pm

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RACHEL MARTIN, HOST:

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NPR Story
5:41 am
Sun July 7, 2013

Civil War Surgeon Set The Standard For Battlefield Medicine

Jonathan Letterman followed in his father's footsteps when he became a surgeon.
Courtesy Arcade Publishing

Originally published on Tue July 9, 2013 2:11 pm

July 1 marked 150 years since the beginning of the Battle of Gettysburg, a crucial victory for the Union and a turning point in the Civil War. But it came at an enormous cost to both sides — thousands of soldiers were killed and tens of thousands more were wounded.

However, it might have been even worse had it not been for a surgeon named Jonathan Letterman, who served as the chief medical officer of the Union's Army of the Potomac. He presided over some of the bloodiest battles in U.S. history and, over the course of a single year, revolutionized military medicine.

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Food
5:41 am
Sun July 7, 2013

Raising The Heat With Cool Soup And Trout Salad

Ryan Loyd NPR

Originally published on Sun July 7, 2013 2:34 pm

San Antonio is no stranger to triple-digit heat this time of year. That's why Jason Dady likes to keep it cool in the kitchen of his northern Italian-themed restaurant called Tre Trattoria.

This time of year, the tomatoes and cucumbers are fresh, the veggies are bountiful, and Dady says it's one of the season's highlights to have fun with light and refreshing food.

For the gazpacho, Dady chops cucumbers, tomatoes and bell peppers, then adds some water. Then he blends it, a couple times.

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