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Krulwich Wonders: What The Vampire Said To The Horseshoe Crab: 'Your Blood Is Blue?'

Friday, June 01, 2012

NPR

Krulwich considers the strange powers, and brilliant hue, of horseshoe crab blood. Read the full post here.

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Features

Dave Gahan Talks 'The Light The Dead See,' on Soundcheck

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Dave Gahan of Depeche Mode hooked up with Soulsavers, a British music and production duo, for a musical project, the result of which is the album The Light The Dead See. Watch an excerpt of John Schaefer’s interview with Dave Gahan.

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Radiolab

The Perfect Yellow

Monday, May 21, 2012

Jad and Robert wonder if maybe they could add to their color palette. Jay Neitz wondered the same thing, sort of. Take a monkey that can't see red, for example. Couldn't you just give them the red cones they were missing? So he took the human gene for red cones, ...

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Features

Chicha Libre 'La Plata,' Live on Soundcheck

Thursday, May 17, 2012

If Chicha Libre does not get you up and dancing, the members of the band will feel as if they have failed. Watch as they perform "La Plata,"  a song they hope will get you up and moving .

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Ólöf Arnalds, 'Call It What You Want,' Live on Soundcheck

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Ólöf Arnalds sings in Icelandic and in English. But how does she decide which language to use for which song? Why, the songs tell her, of course! Watch Arnalds perform "Call It What You Want," live in the Soundcheck studio.

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Rufus Wainwright, 'Candles,' Live on Soundcheck

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Watch Rufus Wainwright perform "Candles," which he wrote on the occasion of the death of his mother, Kate McGarrigle. The song was recorded with Wainwright's band, but here he sings a cappella.

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Kat Edmonson, 'Champagne,' Live on Soundcheck

Friday, May 04, 2012

Kat Edmonson has an old-fashioned sound but these aren't covers. Her songs are all her own and brand new. Watch Edmonson and her band perform "Champagne," which sounds a lot like Cole Porter, but is an original from her album, Way Down Low.

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Bright Moments, 'Behind The Gun,' Live on Soundcheck

Thursday, May 03, 2012

You might not know Bright Moments, but the musicians that make up the band are probably familiar to you. Among their many side projects are stints with Arcade Fire, Beirut and LCD Soundsystem. Watch this video to see Bright Moments perform "Behind The Gun."

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Features

60-Second Stir-Fry: Tamara Duker Freuman

Friday, April 27, 2012

If you can't stand the heat, don't put your hand on a hot stove. And certainly don't sit still for the 60-Second Stir-Fry. Manhattan-based dietician Tamara Duker Freuman is not afraid of a hot stove, although she admits to a fear of fiddlehead ferns in this week's Last Chance Foods.

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Transportation Nation

VIDEO: NJ State Troopers Escort Luxury Sports Cars on High Speed Highway Romp, Get Suspended

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

(Nancy Solomon -- New Jersey Public Radio) State troopers reportedly escorted a group of expensive sports cars at 100 m.p.h down the Garden State Parkway last month.

In the video above, two giddy (young?) men narrate the trip, calling out the makes and models of the cars and do a fair job of keeping up with the top-of-the-line caravan, in what they repeatedly refer to as their Evolution 8.

Around 2:30 into the video, one of them declares the auto adventure as "the highlight of my life."

The most incriminating footage comes around 3:30 after going through a toll. You can see a State Trooper in what looks to be the poll position the line of sports cars. The men filming offer mixed praise to the police driver, "You da man, even though we don't like you," one of them yells. And the ride continues.

Two troopers have been suspended.

The incident is  raising question about whether New Jersey is sending mixed messages about aggressive driving just a week after Governor Chris Christie signed a bill that increased penalties for the practice.

Attorney General Jeffrey Chiesa says the investigation is still ongoing. New Jersey's top state law enforcement officials discussed high-speed police escorts during a meeting Wednesday. State Police Lt. Stephen Jones says there are guidelines, but State Police won't release them. Jones says there aren't applications for police escorts and no central record of them.

For more details on the state response and police investigation, check in on NJPR.

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The Takeaway

Video Urges Asma al-Assad to End Syrian Violence

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Since the violence in Syria began, the country's First Lady Asma al-Assad, known for having a cherished place in her husband's inner circle, has been silent about the uprising. A new graphic video released this week by two UN ambassador's wives addresses the woman called "the real dictator" of her family directly, calling on Asma as a woman, a mother, and wife to the most powerful man in the country to "forget the image — and end the violence." Huberta von Voss-Wittig is the wife of the German ambassador to the United Nations, Peter Wittig. She explains why she thinks this video could make a difference.

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Features

The Toure-Raichel Collective, 'Azawad,' Live on Soundcheck

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

In a German airport, an Israeli pianist and a Malian guitarist crossed paths, changing both of their musical destinies. Idan Raichel, the pianist, had already been a huge fan of Vieux Farka Toure, the guitarist, so it did not take him long to suggest playing together. The resulting album is called The Tel Aviv Sessions. Watch a video of the Toure-Raichel Collective performing "Azawad."

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Trampled By Turtles, 'Alone,' Live on Soundcheck

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

The dedication in the liner notes of Trampled By Turtles' new album reads: "Dedicated to the ones we lost, and the ones we gained." The album does have a slightly quieter feel, as captured in the song "Alone." Watch Trampled By Turtles perform "Alone."

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Radiolab

Krulwich Wonders: Getting Drunk On Stars

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

NPR

Robert gapes in wonder at the doodling prowess of self-proclaimed math geek Vi Hart. Read more, and watch Vi's blazing pencil in action.

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Amy Ray, 'The Rock Is My Foundation,' Live on Soundcheck

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Amy Ray is well-known for being half of the Indigo Girls, but she also has an amazing solo career and a new solo album, Lung of Love. Watch her perform "The Rock Is My Foundation" in WNYC's Soundcheck studios.

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Dar Williams, 'Crystal Creek,' Live on Soundcheck

Friday, April 13, 2012

"My dad and mom were really into reading us all sorts of mythologies," Dar Williams told Soundcheck's John Schaefer, which might explain why her new album, In the Time of Gods, sets Greek myths in modern times. Watch Williams sing "Crystal Creek," an adaptation of the myth of Artemis and the great hunter Actaeon.

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Features

Kraftwerk at MoMA: The Hardest Ticket in Town to Get

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Electronic music pioneers Kraftwerk began an eight-night residency at the Museum of Modern Art on Tuesday night.

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Features

Girl In A Coma, 'Knocking On Your Door,' Live on Soundcheck

Thursday, April 05, 2012

Girl In A Coma is a punky, rocky all-girl band from San Antonio that dedicated its first song to two Chihuahuas back in Texas. Watch the band perform "Knocking On Your Door" live in the Soundcheck studio.

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Features

Bowerbirds, 'Overcome With Light,' Live on Soundcheck

Tuesday, April 03, 2012

Beth Tacular and Phil Moore, of Bowerbirds, are an on-again, off-again (and now on-again) couple and the drama of that almost broke up the band. Tacular says, "By the time we got together, we had a renewed excitement about things and more appreciation for eachother and patience for each other." Watch Bowerbirds performing "Overcome With Light," live on Soundcheck.

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WNYC News

On the Brink | The New Face of Poverty: Meet Janice

Tuesday, April 03, 2012

In our new series On the Brink: The New Face of Poverty, meet Janice Hardy, an unemployed mother of two from suburban New Jersey who is facing homelessness as she, like many Americans, grapples with supporting her family and tries to get back on her feet.

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