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Music News
5:22 pm
Tue December 2, 2014

Anatomy Of A Hit: Kelly Clarkson's 'Since U Been Gone'

Kelly Clarkson performs during an American Idol broadcast in 2002.
Kevin Winter Getty Images

Originally published on Thu December 11, 2014 2:24 pm

What makes one song sound like another? Sometimes it's coincidence; sometimes it's plagiarism. And sometimes, it's the byproduct of deliberate craftsmanship: building a song piece by piece from distinct styles of music. All of that can make it hard to give a tune a genre.

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All Things Considered
1:54 pm
Tue December 2, 2014

Granite Geek: The Math That Made M.C. Escher-Mania Run Wild

How big of a deal is M.C. Escher? His work shows up on posters, calendars, comics and this dude's back.
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M.C. Escher has been all over Manchester lately (or, at least, his work has been). The Currier Museum of Art has been featuring Escher in an exhibit that runs through January 5th.

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All Tech Considered
6:01 pm
Mon December 1, 2014

Did You Hear? Going Viral No Longer Just For Videos, Memes

Originally published on Tue December 2, 2014 12:57 pm

The idea of a blog entry or a video going viral on the Internet is a feature of modern life — from the cute cat video to the articles about a politician's gaffe.

But, much to our disappointment here at NPR, rarely does a clip of audio go viral. Recently there have been a few exceptions, though it's unclear whether that's a fluke or a new age of viral audio.

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Around the Nation
5:14 pm
Mon December 1, 2014

NAACP Organizes March From Ferguson To Jefferson City

Originally published on Mon December 1, 2014 6:28 pm

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Around the Nation
5:14 pm
Mon December 1, 2014

Ohio State Football Player's Death Draws Attention To Head Injuries

Originally published on Mon December 1, 2014 6:28 pm

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Around the Nation
5:14 pm
Mon December 1, 2014

White House To Launch Task Force On '21st Century Policing'

Originally published on Mon December 1, 2014 6:28 pm

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All Things Considered
5:06 pm
Mon December 1, 2014

Methadone Clinic In Keene Comes Under Scrutiny

One of the ways health officials have tried to stem the growing amount of heroin and prescription opioid abuse in New Hampshire is methadone treatment. Methadone is an opioid, but given in the proper dose, it can reduce cravings without getting users high.

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Music Interviews
6:16 pm
Sun November 30, 2014

At 86, A 'Jazz Child' Looks Back On A Life Of Sunshine, Sorrow

Jazz vocalist Sheila Jordan doesn't mind that, despite her critical acclaim, she's not a household name. "The people that respect what I do and hire me, that's all I need, you know?" she says. "I just need to keep doing this music as long as I live. "
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Originally published on Sun November 30, 2014 6:43 pm

Many fans first encountered one of the great voices in jazz as a whisper: Sheila Jordan made a quiet but lasting impression as a guest singer on pianist George Russell's 1962 arrangement of "You Are My Sunshine."

Since then, Jordan's career has taken her all over the world, and in 2012, she received one of the highest honors in jazz: she became an National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Master. Her music has soared, but her story starts with pain.

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Global Health
5:29 pm
Sun November 30, 2014

Campaign Rallies Resume In Liberia, Raising Uncertainty Over Ebola Risk

Supporters of the Congress for Democratic Change party take part in a meeting in Monorovia on Nov. 20 for the opening of political campaign activities for senatorial elections. Elections are due to take place on Dec. 16, after being suspended because of the Ebola epidemic.
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Originally published on Mon December 1, 2014 12:54 pm

In Liberia, the number of new cases of Ebola is going down, but the risk has not been eliminated. To help contain the disease, schools are set to be closed until March.

But a national Senate election, which was postponed once, is now set for mid-December. That means campaigning — which means crowds.

Back in August and September, when a hundred people were getting Ebola a day, Monrovia was a ghost town. Ebola treatment units were full and regular hospitals were closed. Some people died in the streets. A lot of people stayed home.

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Research News
5:08 pm
Sun November 30, 2014

Examining The Myth Of The 'Superhuman' Black Person

Originally published on Sun November 30, 2014 6:43 pm

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Environment
5:08 pm
Sun November 30, 2014

Taking Stock Of America's Toxic Sites And The Millions Living Near Them

Originally published on Thu December 4, 2014 11:12 am

An article in the December issue of National Geographic looks at toxic waste sites in the U.S. and the more than 49 million Americans who live near them. NPR's Eric Westervelt talks with writer Paul Voosen about his piece.

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Music News
5:08 pm
Sun November 30, 2014

Billboard Music Chart Marks First Major Change In 20 Years

Originally published on Sun November 30, 2014 6:43 pm

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Business
6:29 pm
Sat November 29, 2014

Vinyl, Once Thought Dead, Makes A Comeback In The Digital Age

An employee demonstrates how a mother is checked for sound quality before it is duplicated during production at the Rainbo Records factory in Canoga Park, Calif. The vinyl record industry has seen an uptick in sales in recent years, keeping manufacturers like Rainbo busy.
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Originally published on Sun November 30, 2014 2:27 am

In the '90s, Rainbo Records owner Steve Sheldon wanted to keep his vinyl presses going.

Everyone thought he was crazy; they told him it was a dead format. But Sheldon was adamant.

"I actually said, many times, 'I think it will be around longer than CDs,' " Sheldon says.

Today, his Canoga Park, Calif., operation is massive. There are sound testing rooms, large printers for making labels and rows of workers stuffing sleeves. And then there are the actual presses themselves — 14 of them — giving off smoke and smelling of burnt rubber.

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Around the Nation
4:57 pm
Sat November 29, 2014

Some Colleges Revisiting Admission Policies For Transgender Students

Originally published on Sat November 29, 2014 6:29 pm

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Remembrances
4:57 pm
Sat November 29, 2014

Mexican TV Icon Roberto Gómez Bolaños Dies At 85

Originally published on Sat November 29, 2014 6:29 pm

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