The Record
1:02 pm
Tue July 29, 2014

Chronixx: 'I'm Not A Perfectionist With Music'

Chronixx onstage on Saturday at LargeUp's SummerStage event in New York City's Central Park.
Sherwin Dyer Courtesy of LargeUp

Summertime bodes well for reggae music. The genre's biggest crossover moves — from Sean Paul to I Wayne — have been made during the balmier months, when Americans relax enough to stretch the geographical limits of our soundtracks. This year's case in point: Chronixx, Jamaica's current it-artist, steadily making strides on international shores.

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Book Reviews
1:02 pm
Tue July 29, 2014

'Ride Around Shining' Reimagines Gatsby's Nouveau-Riche Excess

Most sports novels are about the aspiration to excel physically: to run faster, stretch out one's arms farther. The really cool thing about Ride Around Shining, a debut novel by Chris Leslie-Hynan, is that it doesn't stick to that familiar rulebook. Even though it's set in the world of pro basketball, our narrator here is not the guy who aspires to be a great player; rather, he's the guy who aspires to be a great suck-up to the great player.

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Author Interviews
1:02 pm
Tue July 29, 2014

In 'Blue Eyed Boy,' Author Reveals Long Recovery From Facial Burns

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All Songs Considered
1:00 pm
Tue July 29, 2014

Newport Folk 2014 In Photos

Adam Kissick for NPR

Originally published on Tue July 29, 2014 2:33 pm

NPR Music photographer Adam Kissick was busier than a line chef at a Newport seafood stand last weekend at the town's world famous Folk Festival. Over three days, he shot more than 50 different bands — from Anais Mitchell to Valerie June — while constantly running back and forth between stages.

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Arts & Life
1:00 pm
Tue July 29, 2014

Poet Nikki Giovanni On Change: 'Approach It With A Smile'

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The Two-Way
12:57 pm
Tue July 29, 2014

This One Is Worth Watching: New Zealand Retirees Join 'Happy' Meme

Senior citizens dance to "Happy."
YouTube

At this point, you've surely decided that you've watched more than enough Internet remakes of Pharrell's infectious anthem to felicity, "Happy."

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The Two-Way
12:11 pm
Tue July 29, 2014

White House Threatens More Russia Sanctions, As Kerry Decries Rebels In Ukraine

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry speaks to reporters Tuesday at the State Department in Washington, D.C.
Cliff Owen AP

Originally published on Tue July 29, 2014 1:01 pm

Saying that the conflict in Ukraine had "gone on for far too long," U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry called on Russia to use its "considerable influence" to make sure investigators had access to the debris field of the downed Malaysia Airlines plane in eastern Ukraine.

The separatists who control that area of Ukraine, said Kerry, "have displayed an appalling disregard for human decency."

The secretary of state spoke after Dutch and Australian experts abandoned their attempts for a third day in a row to reach the debris field.

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Books
11:45 am
Tue July 29, 2014

Do You Dare To Venture Through These Tangled 'Woods'?

I am not a trained reader of horror. Usually whenever I encounter horror stories, I'm left feeling dissatisfied with the quality of my unsettlement; I think "oh, that was gratuitous" or "eh, was that necessary?" With very few exceptions, I tend not to seek out horror.

Emily Carroll's Through the Woods is so thoroughly an exception that I have to revise my stance on the whole genre.

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Shots - Health News
11:01 am
Tue July 29, 2014

Getting Hospice Care Shouldn't Have To Mean Giving Up

Patients who get the comforts of palliative care as well as disease treatment live longer, studies show, than those who only get treatment for the disease.
Annette Birkenfeld iStockphoto

Originally published on Tue July 29, 2014 1:31 pm

It's a painful dilemma for seriously ill Medicare patients: To receive the extra support, counseling and care provided by the program's hospice benefit, they have to agree to stop receiving curative treatment for their disease.

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All Tech Considered
10:54 am
Tue July 29, 2014

Solving The Scourge That Is Slow Hotel Wi-Fi

SpeedSpot is a free app that lets you test the speed of Wi-Fi networks in hotels and share the test results instantly.
Courtesy of SpeedSpot

You know how it feels. You're a moderately frequent business traveler and trying to get some work done from your hotel. But you're slowed — and sometimes stalled — by an intermittent Internet connection. Your hotel Wi-Fi has the download speeds of an early 1990s dial-up connection.

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