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Literally got ZERO answers right on today’s NPR’s Weekend Edition puzzle. Can you beat me? If not we are all doomed.

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Robin Thicke Interview on NPR

During my Sunday morning drive to Birmingham I happened to catch this interview with Robin Thicke on Weekend Edition Sunday on NPR. He talks a bit about being a white soul singer and how he grew to be more conscious of race through his relationship with his wife, Paula Patton, a black actress.

Thicke isn’t afraid to talk about his race in his music, on stage and in his personal life.

“I think it’s just because that was the music I related to,” Thicke says. “And then, when I met my lady, she was president of the black student union in school. She taught me compassion and righteousness, and she taught me all these hidden things that were going on in America that most white people wouldn’t be able to understand unless they had a relationship and conversations about it with a black person who’s having the black experience in America. And her father was a Mississippi sharecropper, you know? So the respect for the journey, I think, is just inevitable, because she’s my heart and soul. I live as much in her shoes as I possibly can.”

There's More To Rhubarb Than Meets the Eye

June 10, 2013

When the marionberries tarry and the scant harvest of apricots disappoints, rhubarb offers a homely late spring bounty.

I brought in the first of the rhubarb today and made rhubarb compote. A few apples added natural sweetness and texture.

Weekend Edition Sunday host Rachel Martin talks with food writer Dara Moskowitz Grumdahl about the vegetable you thought you knew: rhubarb. From a 17th century geopolitical bargaining chip, to a 21st century cocktail ingredient, there’s a lot more to the story than pies.

Follow the link to hear the delightful five minute story, There’s More To Rhubarb Than Meets The Eye.

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Farewell From Host Liane Hansen”.  Chipmunks invasion. 

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NPR News and National Geographic collaborated on a story about the Paris catacombs and underground called “Life Below the City of Life:  Paris Underground.”  It’s extremely fascinating.  These spelunkers and explorers would submerge themselves underwater and find themselves in an entirely different world underneath the City of Light.  Tunnels, caverns, and wormholes that people have to squeeze through make us this labyrinth.  Eventually, the reporters found themselves in the middle of a party that looks fit to be held in a nightclub above ground.  I’m always intrigued by stories like this that describe something that I otherwise never would have known about.  There’s an audio story as well about these cataphiles.

In The Morning: Ruben Studdard Tells What Happens The Day After 'Idol' (Audio)

In The Morning: Ruben Studdard Tells What Happens The Day After ‘Idol’ (Audio)

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In 2003, the life of Christopher Reuben Studdard changed for better and worse. The Alabama native captured the ears and hearts of fans across the world when he made his first appearance on American Idol. The show was coming off the success of their debut season and was looking for a new star to help keep the franchise pushing along. In comes the Velvet Teddy Bear.

Studdard would win the talent…

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In The Morning: Ruben Studdard Tells What Happens The Day After 'Idol' (Audio)

In The Morning: Ruben Studdard Tells What Happens The Day After ‘Idol’ (Audio)

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In 2003, the life of Christopher Reuben Studdard changed for better and worse. The Alabama native captured the ears and hearts of fans across the world when he made his first appearance on American Idol. The show was coming off the success of their debut season and was looking for a new star to help keep the franchise pushing along. In comes the Velvet Teddy Bear.

Studdard would win the talent…

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Bill Frisell, When You Wish Upon a Star (Okeh Records, $12.98) – Guitarist Bill Frisell relives some of the powerful movie and television moments in his life—and the music entwined in those memories: Sunday nights watching The Wonderful World of Disney, then Bonanza; seeing his first James Bond film, a Hitchcock, or a Leone western. Themes from To Kill a Mockingbird, Psycho, and Once Upon a Time in the West are here, as well as features for vocalist Petra Haden on “The Shadow of  Your Smile,” “When You Wish Upon a Star,” “Moon River,” and “You Only Live Twice.” Frisell’s band includes Eyvind Kang on viola, Thomas Morgan on bass, and Rudy Royston on drums.

Mr. Frisell talked about the project on @npr’s Weekend Edition Sunday (and there is a short video on the project there as well).

NOTE: Bill Frisell is bringing his band from When You Wish Upon a Star to the Barns at Wolf Trap on Saturday, February 13.


Roscoe Holcomb, San Diego State Folk Festival 1972 (Tompkins Square Records, $13.98) – Roscoe Holcomb had a powerful voice and banjo style. Bob Dylan famously said that Holcomb had “a certain untamed sense of control, which makes him one of the best.”

John Cohen (folklorist and New Lost City Ramblers member) met him in Daisy, Kentucky in 1959, and persuaded him to record and perform on the folk circuit. Mr. Holcomb recorded several records for Folkways, and now, a new live recording has been released. The set ends with a duet with Jean Ritchie (from Viper, Kentucky) on “Wandering Boy”

Amanda Petrusich wrote a deeply touching article on the power of Mr. Holcomb’s music, with wonderful reminiscences from John Cohen, for The New Yorker. I highly recommend Ms Petrusich’s latest book, Do Not Sell at Any Price: The Wild, Obsessive Hunt for the World’s Rarest 78rpm Records (Scribner, $16).

Two films by Mr. Cohen’s, The High Lonesome Sound and Roscoe Holcomb from Daisy, Kentucky, are collected on the DVD, The Legacy of Roscoe Holcomb (Shanachie DVD, $19.99).


Aoife O’Donovan, In the Magic Hour (Yep Roc Records, Limited Edition with 6-Song Bonus CD, $15.99) – One of my favorite CDs from 2013 was Fossils by Aoife O’Donovan. She was part of Crooked Still, sang on Yo-Yo Ma’s Goat Rodeo Sessions, and recently toured in a trio with Sarah Jarosz and Sara Watkins (who appear on her new album). In the Magic Hour is a wonderful follow-up, with new songs, some “inspired by the memory of her grandfather, who hailed from County Cork.” The arrangements are full of subtle layers and textures, with contributions from the string quartet, Brooklyn Rider, and Rob Burger on piano and pump organ.

The first run of the CD comes with the limited edition In the Magic Hour Acoustic EP, which includes four songs by Aoife, plus covers of “Nebraska” and “You Turn Me On, I’m a Radio.”

NOTE: Put this date on your calendar—Aoife O’Donovan will be at the Barns at Wolf Trap on April 7.

Youth: Music from the Motion Picture (Milan, $15.98) – Composer David Lang just received an Oscar nomination for Best Song for “Simple Song #3”—which he composed specifically for the composer/conductor character played by Michael Caine in Paolo Sorrentino’s Youth (La Giovinezza). There are more Lang compositions on the album, Just (After Song of Songs), featuring Trio Mediaeval, and Wood Symphony, featuring cowbells (a scene where Caine “conducts” the Swiss countryside). Also featured are songs from The Retrosettes Sister Band, David Byrne, Mark Kozelek, and Paloma Faith.

–Andras