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Animals
4:43 pm
Sun December 28, 2014

Scientists Discover That Drunk Birds Sing Like Drunks

Recent research has shown that zebra finches sing differently when drunk, but not whether they know enough of the lyrics to get through "Don't Stop Believin' " or "I Will Survive."
Liza Gross Courtesy Public Library of Science

Originally published on Sun December 28, 2014 5:02 pm

If you've ever listened to karaoke at a bar, you know that drinking can affect how well someone can sing. Christopher Olson and his colleagues at Oregon Health and Science University recently set out to find if the same was true for birds, specifically zebra finches.

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Health
4:42 pm
Sun December 28, 2014

Mae Keane, The Last 'Radium Girl,' Dies At 107

Employees of the U.S. Radium Corporation paint numbers on the faces of wristwatches using dangerous radioactive paint. Dozens of women, known as Radium Girls, later died of radium poisoning. The last radium girl died this year at 107.
Argonne National Laboratory

Originally published on Sun December 28, 2014 9:05 pm

Before turning the page on 2014, All Things Considered is paying tribute to some of the people who passed away this year whose stories you may not have heard — including Mae Keane.

In the early 1920s, the hot new gadget was a wristwatch with a glow-in-the-dark dial.

"Made possible by the magic of radium!" bragged one advertisement.

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Author Interviews
4:42 pm
Sun December 28, 2014

From Her Dad To Her 'Jamish' Roots, A Poet Pieces Her Story Together

Originally published on Mon December 29, 2014 8:32 am

Growing up in 1970s England, Salena Godden stood out. Her mother was Jamaican and her father was an Irish jazz musician who mysteriously disappeared from her life when she was very young.

In her memoir, Springfield Road, the writer, poet and musician tells the story of finding her personal identity, beginning with the word she made up to describe her race: Jamish.

"It's kind of ... a mix of being Jamaican, Irish, English," she tells NPR's Arun Rath. "It's the name I gave myself."

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Music
5:01 pm
Sat December 27, 2014

John McNeil, A Trumpeter Robbed Of His Breath, Blows Again

Trumpeter John McNeil (far right) rejoins Hush Point, a group of friends from the New York jazz scene, on the new album Blues and Reds.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Sat December 27, 2014 7:26 pm

John McNeil may be the most important trumpet player you've never heard of.

Many aspiring musicians know him as an educator, through his many instructional books like The Art of Jazz Trumpet. But getting to know McNeil as a performer or recording artist hasn't always been easy: his records could be tough to find.

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Author Interviews
4:45 pm
Sat December 27, 2014

Comedian Andrea Martin: 'I Don't Think Age Has Anything To Do With It'

Comedian Andrea Martin performs at New York's 54 Below in 2012. She published her memoir Lady Parts in September.
Michael Loccisano Getty Images

Originally published on Sat December 27, 2014 5:54 pm

In her memoir Lady Parts, comedy star Andrea Martin writes that in the 1970s, comedians weren't as easy to come by as they are now. "Comedians were much more rare," she tells NPR's Arun Rath. They were "like rock stars, really celebrated."

Over the course of her career, Martin has appeared on-stage and on screens both big and small — she won a Tony for her role in Pippin, performed in the films My Big Fat Greek Wedding and Hedwig and the Angry Inch, and stars in the NBC TV series Working the Engels.

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Around the Nation
4:23 pm
Sat December 27, 2014

In Southwestern Pennsylvania, Some Heroin Problems Persist

Originally published on Sat December 27, 2014 5:54 pm

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Around the Nation
4:23 pm
Sat December 27, 2014

In West Virginia, Fear About Safety Of Drinking Water Persists

Originally published on Sat December 27, 2014 5:54 pm

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U.S.
3:26 pm
Fri December 26, 2014

Donations Stream In For Slain New York City Police Officers

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Food
3:26 pm
Fri December 26, 2014

In The Nation's Capital, A Signature Soup Stays On The Menu

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Book Reviews
3:26 pm
Fri December 26, 2014

Book Review: 'The Sacrifice' By Joyce Carol Oates

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Business
3:29 pm
Thu December 25, 2014

How 'The Interview' May Change How Big Studios Do Business

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Technology
3:29 pm
Thu December 25, 2014

Online Sellers Pop Up In Real Life, For A Limited Time Only

One-click shopping is changing the ways people shop and retailers sell their wares. But some online retailers are opening physical stores — some of which last as short as a day. (This story originally aired on All Things Considered on July 28, 2014.)

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Found Recipes
3:29 pm
Thu December 25, 2014

After The Presents, A Buttery Tea Cake Tradition

Susan Tannewitz-Karnes grew up eating Mrs. Lawrence every Christmas. The tea cake was so beloved that Tannewitz-Karnes and her siblings would argue over who received more than their fair share.
Courtesy of Susan Tannewitz-Karnes

When listener Susan Tannewitz-Karnes was a child in Johnson City, Tenn., Christmas wasn't Christmas without an English tea cake baked by their neighbor, Mrs. Lawrence.

She would deliver it about a week before Christmas. "We would come home from school and my mother would just say, 'Mrs. Lawrence came by! We have Mrs. Lawrence!' And we'd say, 'Oh, yes! Yes!' We couldn't wait."

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Music Interviews
4:09 pm
Wed December 24, 2014

Director John Carpenter On The Sound Of A Terrifying Film

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All this week, we're hearing about the music behind the movies.

(SOUNDBITE OF VARIOUS MOVIE THEME SONGS)

SIEGEL: We've been hearing from composers across the genres. And today, we add screams.

(SOUNDBITE OF FILM, "HALLOWEEN")

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World
4:09 pm
Wed December 24, 2014

2014 Hashtags: #BringBackOurGirls Made Nigerian Schoolgirls All Of 'Ours'

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Around the Nation
3:36 pm
Wed December 24, 2014

Choir Attracts Singers From LA's Skid Row

Originally published on Wed December 24, 2014 4:09 pm

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Movie Reviews
3:25 pm
Wed December 24, 2014

'Selma' Manages To Be Both Passion-Inspiring And Measured

Originally published on Wed December 24, 2014 4:23 pm

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Politics
3:25 pm
Wed December 24, 2014

What To Expect In The 2016 Presidential Announcement Season

Originally published on Wed December 24, 2014 4:09 pm

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Economy
6:04 pm
Tue December 23, 2014

A Backlash Brews Against Low Pay On The Factory Floor

Nissan workers at a plant in Canton, Miss. The auto company received financial incentives, including tax relief, from the state for the factory.
Rogelio V. Solis AP

Originally published on Wed December 24, 2014 12:37 pm

Forty years ago, a manufacturing job was often a ticket into the middle class. That's not the case today. Wages for manufacturing jobs are plummeting, and some states are questioning whether competing for those jobs is still worth it.

For Cynthia Hunter, a $9-per-hour manufacturing job offer meant she could stay in the workforce after taking a buyout from her management job at Exxon Mobil in 2012.

"I was scared to stay out of the marketplace," says Hunter, 58. "I mean, I have worked all these years, and I never in my life collected unemployment — ever."

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Dance
5:58 pm
Tue December 23, 2014

In Seattle, Maurice Sendak's 'Wild' 'Nutcracker' Reaches Its Final Act

Stowell (right) says Sendak (left) needed some convincing before he signed on to design a new Nutcracker. Their version of the ballet debuted in 1983.
David Cooper Pacific Northwest Ballet

Originally published on Tue December 23, 2014 6:32 pm

In Seattle, the Pacific Northwest Ballet performs The Nutcracker to that same ubiquitous Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky score. The ballet tells the story of Clara, a young girl whose grandfather gives her a nutcracker at a party. One night, Clara goes searching for her nutcracker and walks right into a battle between a regiment of toy soldiers and a wily team of oversized rodents.

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Religion
4:09 pm
Tue December 23, 2014

Pope To Vatican Leaders: In-Fighting Must Stop

Originally published on Tue December 23, 2014 5:26 pm

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Technology
4:00 pm
Tue December 23, 2014

North Korea's Internet Outage Could Just Be Bad Timing

Originally published on Tue December 23, 2014 5:26 pm

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Europe
4:00 pm
Tue December 23, 2014

Despite Russia's Woes, Putin Shows No Signs Of Bending On Ukraine

Originally published on Tue December 23, 2014 5:26 pm

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All Tech Considered
4:50 pm
Mon December 22, 2014

What You Need To Know About Subprime Lending For Smartphones

Startup Better Finance is offering lease-to-own programs for high-end smartphones. But some customers say that retail stores, such as MetroPCS, aren't always clear about the lease terms up front.
Larry W. Smith EPA/Landov

Originally published on Fri December 26, 2014 1:13 pm

If you visit a local strip mall or downtown shopping street, it's not hard to find a store where customers can lease-to-own. That is, you can pay over time and eventually, after some chunky fees, a flat screen TV or living room set is yours.

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On Aging
4:50 pm
Mon December 22, 2014

Services Offer A Means To Foil Widespread 'Elder Fraud'

More than a quarter of the victims of financial fraud are over 60.
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This is the season for generosity — and for con artists who take advantage of it.

Older adults are particularly vulnerable to scams; more than a quarter of the victims of financial fraud are over 60, according to the FTC. But now there are products on the market designed to protect seniors' nest eggs.

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NPR Story
4:50 pm
Mon December 22, 2014

North Korea Has Severe Internet Outage After Days Of Instability

Originally published on Mon December 22, 2014 6:29 pm

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Music News
4:04 pm
Mon December 22, 2014

What A Failed Hip-Hop Experiment Can Teach Us About The Future Of U.S.-Cuba Relations

Los Aldeanos' Aldo Rodriguez (left) and El B.
Daniel Hdez Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue December 23, 2014 10:55 am

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Humans
4:04 pm
Mon December 22, 2014

What Motivates People To Give?

Originally published on Mon December 22, 2014 4:50 pm

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National Security
4:04 pm
Mon December 22, 2014

Was Sony Pictures Hack 'Cyber Vandalism' Or Something More?

Originally published on Mon December 22, 2014 4:50 pm

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Music Interviews
4:24 pm
Sun December 21, 2014

Anthony Hamilton Brings Home Holiday Funk

Anthony Hamilton's first Christmas album is called Home for the Holidays.
LaVan Anderson Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Fri December 26, 2014 8:30 am

Once a pop artist has been working long enough, the Christmas album feels like an inevitability. Soul singer Anthony Hamilton wanted to try it out, but he was wary of falling into cliché and repeating the formulas that have shaped holiday records for years.

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