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Craft Brews Slowly Chipping Away At Big Beer's Dominance

Sunday, March 17, 2013

America loves beer.

In the U.S., we drink $200 billion worth of the hops-brewed libation annually. What many Americans might not know is that most domestic beer, 90 percent in fact, is dominated by just two companies: Anheuser-Busch InBev and MillerCoors.

Innovators, however, are challenging that dominance in the ...

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Reminder: Our Memories Are Less Reliable Than We Think

Sunday, March 17, 2013

What's your first memory? You're a baby or a toddler. Maybe it's a specific experience, maybe an impression. Maybe someone's face, or just a kind of feeling or sense. Or maybe it's a compilation of stories over years. And maybe it's less true than you think it is.

In his ...

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Tsunami Delivers A Young Diarist's 'Tale' Of Bullying And Depression

Sunday, March 17, 2013

A Tale for the Time Being presents the diary of a friendly, funny and strong-willed 16-year-old girl named Nao. Nao spent her formative years in California, but her family has returned to Japan, and when the book begins, she's living in Tokyo.

Nao tells readers right up front that her ...

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For Aussie Ensemble, 'A Is For Alpine' — As Well As Austin

Sunday, March 17, 2013

Alpine is a band from Melbourne, Australia, that will make their U.S. debut with A Is for Alpine, an album coming out later this spring.

The band, formerly known as Swiss, was chosen as the iTunes Australian alternative album of the year, and now the group is building buzz in ...

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SXSW 2013: Day Four In Photos

Saturday, March 16, 2013

You can depend on Solange to be the best dressed anywhere — that pink suit! — but her commanding live presence at SXSW is a thing of wonder, even if her funky R&B can be quiet and unassuming. We also took in the crushing doom metal of

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The Iraq War: 10 Years Later, Where Do We Stand?

Saturday, March 16, 2013

Ten years ago this Tuesday, the U.S. invaded Iraq, and by any count — and there have been many — the toll has been devastating.

So far, about 4,400 U.S. troops and more than 100,000 Iraqi civilians have been killed, and the combined costs of the war come to an ...

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Kacey Musgraves, Country Music's New 'Golden' Girl

Saturday, March 16, 2013

"I'm all about small towns," Kacey Musgraves says. "I think it's a great place to grow up. But I think it might be a little more comforting to some people to hear it from a real perspective, instead of one that tries to sweep things under the rug."

The 24-year-old ...

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From Tweeting To Meeting Lance Armstrong

Saturday, March 16, 2013

Writer Michael McCann is a legal analyst for Sports Illustrated. He's been covering Lance Armstrong's legal issues for the past year, following the allegations that Armstrong doped and used performance-enhancing drugs.

McCann regularly responds to readers' questions on Twitter, too. About a month ago, he tells All Things Considered host ...

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SXSW 2013: Day Four Highlights

Saturday, March 16, 2013

"If you want to do something, just do it." Words of wisdom from Bob Boilen that sum up day four of South By Southwest for the All Songs Considered gang perfectly. Bob, along with Robin Hilton, Stephen Thompson and Ann Powers were joined by Mike Katzif and Will Butler, both ...

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Lack Of Conscience Gets A Comeuppance In 'The Accursed'

Saturday, March 16, 2013

Something suspicious is going on in Princeton, N.J., in the otherwise sleepy year of 1905. Children turn into stone. Spouses disappear into horse-drawn carriages. Snakes squirm up and down walls. Is it some kind of curse? What could the good people of Princeton have possibly done to bring a curse ...

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Duane Allman: Guitar Playing That 'Gets Inside Of You'

Saturday, March 16, 2013

The Allman Brothers Band produced the sound at the heart of Southern rock. At Fillmore East, the live double album that launched Duane and Gregg Allman into the rock stratosphere, was recorded 42 years ago this month. But on Oct. 29, 1971, just days after the ...

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A Little Blue Alien Helped Hemon Bear Witness To His 'Lives'

Saturday, March 16, 2013

Since his 2000 literary debut, Aleksandar Hemon has been hailed as "a maestro, a conjurer, a channeler of universes." In books including The Question of Bruno and Love and Obstacles, he's written about archdukes and exiles; a Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina of memories; and a Chicago that's in your face.

Hemon ...

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SXSW 2013: Day Three In Photos

Friday, March 15, 2013

¡Viva! Alt.Latino presented a killer showcase from Auditorium Shores with Cafe Tacvba and Bajofondo on Thursday. (We'll have audio to share with you soon.) From the blissful electro-pop of Glasgow's CHVRCHES to Iron and Wine's Sam Beam surrounded by bicycles to LL Cool J performing ...

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TMM Madness: Your College Basketball Bracket

Friday, March 15, 2013

Are you a truly talented prognosticator? Or maybe just a lucky guesser? Either way, test your college basketball picking skills during TMM Madness. Sign up and see how you stack up against Tell Me More host Michel Martin, the Barbershop guys, and other Tell Me More fans just like you. ...

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'Bankers' New Clothes' Leave Too Little Skin In The Game

Friday, March 15, 2013

At a hearing in Washington on March 6, Attorney General Eric Holder admitted to senators why it has been hard to go after big bank executives:

"It does become difficult for us to prosecute them when we are hit with indications that if you do prosecute, if you do ...

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A 'Good Enough' Dad And His Special Son

Friday, March 15, 2013

In Albuquerque, N.M., there's a restaurant called Tim's Place. It's named after Tim Harris, a young man with Down syndrome who started the business in 2010 with help from his dad, Keith.

Six days a week, Tim greets each customer at the door. He calls it the world's friendliest restaurant.

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SXSW 2013: Day Two In Photos

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Before our eyes were glued to stellar performances by the Yeah Yeah Yeahs and Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds at our official SXSW showcase on Tuesday — not too mention rapper Le1f's amazing dance moves — we roamed the streets of Austin. We were accosted ...

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Molly Malone: A Soup And Song For St. Patrick's Day

Thursday, March 14, 2013

There's always the temptation of heading to an Irish pub, grabbing a pint of Guinness and chowing down on some cabbage and potatoes when March 17 rolls around.

However, there's much more to Irish cuisine than that, says Rachel Allen, a well-known TV chef in Ireland who is appreciated for ...

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'Can't Buy Me Like': Advertising Strategy In The Relationship Era

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Katie Fisher, a Progressive Insurance customer, was killed in a car accident in June 2010. Two years later, when her parents went to court to try to prove the other driver's negligence, Progressive stood against them.

Fisher's brother blasted the company on his blog and the story went viral. ...

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SXSW 2013: Day Two Highlights

Thursday, March 14, 2013

For the All Songs Considered gang, the second day of the South By Southwest music festival was packed with familiar favorites and new discoveries. On the heels of NPR Music's SXSW Showcase at Stubb's, Bob Boilen, Robin Hilton, Stephen Thompson and Ann Powers once again huddled in their favorite Austin ...

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