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  • The Last Day Whites Outnumber Minorities

    The Brian Lehrer Show

    On Friday evening, the United States will become a minority majority country, according to a new calculation. 

  • Ways to Lose Your Rent-Stabilized Apartment

    When tenants leave, their apartments can hit market rate. The mayor's challenge: keeping enough apartments rent stabilized to meet his affordable housing goals.

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  • Sorry, Memorizing Doesn't Make You a Better Musician. Or Does It?

    Memorization can liberate a performer, but it can also inhibit them, creating an unnecessary fear of forgetting the music.

  • All Quiet on the Seventh Floor

    A New York poet in search of solitude finds her secret sanctuary nestled deep inside the campus of Columbia University.

  • A Perfectly Cromulent Classical Guide To 'The Simpsons' Marathon

    For a family initially derided as crude, it sure spends a lot of time at the opera. Here's a sampling of embiggened classical music during The Simpsons marathon, which starts today on FXX.

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  • No. 1 Most Expensive Coffee Comes From Elephant's No. 2

    All Things Considered

    A coffee entrepreneur claims his brew is different — and better — than the trendy civet poop coffee. And it starts with the idea that elephants, unlike humans or civets, are herbivores.

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  • How Well Do You Know Your Middle-Aged Pop Stars?

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    "Weird Al" did it. So did Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers. Test your knowledge of middle-aged artists who hit No. 1 on the Billboard albums chart.

  • Check Ahead: Dry The River, 'Alarms In The Heart'

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    Following the success of its 2012 debut, Shallow Bed, Dry The River decamped to Iceland to record its new album, Alarms In The Heart. Known for its delicate folk songs that build to emotional climaxes, the London band's new songs cannot help but sound inspired by the country's grandiose landscapes. Stream the album in its entirety a week before its release on Aug. 26.

  • Video Premiere: Elephant Stone, 'Knock You From Yr Mountain'

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    Watch a live in-the-studio video of "Knock You From Yr Mountain," from the Indian-infused psychedelic pop band's latest album The Three Poisons.

  • Olivier Messiaen's Turangalîla: Just an Old Fashioned Love Song

    Even for Messiaen, the Turangalîla-Symphony is weird. Stream the new recording by Hannu Lintu and the Finnish Radio Symphony and Angela Hewitt all week. 

  • Pick Three: Matthew Weiner

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    Mad Men creator Matthew Weiner discusses the use of music in his new film, Are You Here, and picks three songs that he finds emotionally moving.

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