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5:09pm

Sun June 21, 2015
Music Interviews

Robert Glasper Puts His Trio On Shuffle

Originally published on Sun June 21, 2015 6:18 pm

Robert Glasper's new piano trio album is called Covered.
Don Q. Hannah Courtesy of the artist

5:09pm

Sun June 21, 2015
Asia

From California To Kathmandu, Task Force 2 Responds To Disasters

Originally published on Sun June 21, 2015 6:18 pm

Members of Task Force 2 from the Los Angeles County Fire Department recovered survivors from a building that collapsed in May after a major aftershock in Singati, a mountain village in Nepal.
Kashish Das AP

California's Task Force 2 is ready for anything. As an elite disaster response team based in Los Angeles County, it has to be. But it's not just prepped for disasters at home — it's ready to respond to emergencies halfway around the world as well.

Just days after the devastating April 25 earthquake in Nepal, Task Force 2's firefighters, doctors and engineers were on the ground, helping rescue people.

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5:09pm

Sun June 21, 2015
World

Snapshot Sleuthing Confirms Russian Military Presence In Ukraine

Originally published on Mon June 22, 2015 8:03 am

A soldier in the Russian army posed, rifle in hand, for a snapshot at a battlefield checkpoint. Simon Ostrovsky, at right, located the same spot in Vuhlehirsk, in Ukraine's Donetsk region.
VICE News

Reports of the Russian military helping pro-Russian separatist fighters in Ukraine are common — but can be hard to confirm. Russia denies that its soldiers are fighting in Ukraine.

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8:27am

Sun June 21, 2015
Middle East

For A British Man, Fighting ISIS Was Simply The Right Thing To Do

Originally published on Sun June 21, 2015 3:48 pm

Seen here in an undated photograph, Macer Gifford — an alias he uses to protect his family — left his job as a financial trader in London to fight ISIS in Syria.
Courtesy of Macer Gifford

We have heard about how ISIS is recruiting foreign fighters to join its ranks. But it's happening on the other side as well.

Just last week, a Massachusetts man who died fighting against ISIS in Syria was laid to rest.

Last year, a British man who calls himself Macer Gifford left his job as a financial trader in London and went to join the Kurds and fight the self-declared Islamic State in Syria.

Gifford spoke on the condition that NPR not reveal his real name, because he fears for the safety of his family in the UK.

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7:57am

Sun June 21, 2015
Book News & Features

A Boy And A Brutal Slaughter In 'Caminar'

Originally published on Mon June 22, 2015 10:26 am

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5:40am

Sun June 21, 2015
Author Interviews

After Years Of Blackouts, A Writer Remembers What She 'Drank To Forget'

Originally published on Tue June 23, 2015 1:34 pm

Emily Bogle Emily Bogle

When Sarah Hepola got her very first writing job at The Austin Chronicle, her editor-in-chief gave her an unlikely Christmas gift — a hat that could hold beers. "It was my top boss," Hepola recalls, who had drawn her name in a Secret Santa gift exchange. "He just threw it on my desk and said: 'So you can drink more at work.'"

Hepola's new memoir -- Blackout: Remembering the Things I Drank to Forget -- is filled with such funny/tragic stories, about drinking until last call, blacking out, and then trying to piece it all together the following day.

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5:29pm

Sat June 20, 2015
Author Interviews

From Civilian To Spy: How An Average Guy Helped Bust A Russian Agent

Originally published on Mon June 22, 2015 1:28 pm

Lydia Thompson NPR

For years, Naveed Jamali gave secrets to the Russians, selling out his country for cash.

Or so the Russians thought. In fact, Jamali was working for the FBI by pretending to be a spy for the Russians: a real-life double agent.

Jamali chronicles his experiences in his new book, How To Catch A Russian Spy: The True Story of an American Civilian Turned Double Agent.

The story starts back when Jamali was a child. A well-dressed Russian man entered his parent's bookstore to buy some books.

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5:29pm

Sat June 20, 2015
Music Interviews

'Lester, You Changed Our Lives': Channeling Bangs In 'How To Be a Rock Critic'

Originally published on Sat June 20, 2015 6:42 pm

Erik Jensen portrays rock critic Lester Bangs in the new one-man play How to Be a Rock Critic.
Craig Schwartz

In his 33 years on earth, rock critic Lester Bangs left behind tens of thousands of pages of writing. He died of a drug overdose in 1982 — but this month, at the Kirk Douglas Theatre in Culver City, Calif., Bangs and his ideas are coming to life on stage in the new one-man play How to Be a Rock Critic.

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5:52am

Sat June 20, 2015
Author Interviews

Survival Is Insufficient: 'Station Eleven' Preserves Art After The Apocalypse

Originally published on Sat June 20, 2015 10:40 am

Emily St. John Mandel's new novel, Station Eleven, opens with a vain actor — and is there really any other kind? — who dies of a heart attack onstage as he plays King Lear in Toronto. His co-stars can't remember if he had a family to notify. But soon, within minutes, the death of one man playing Lear disappears into the vast, mass death of a worldwide plague called the Georgia Flu.

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4:45pm

Fri June 19, 2015
Jazz Night In America

All In The Family: Father-Son Pairings In Jazz

Originally published on Fri June 19, 2015 8:13 pm

Saxophonist Joshua Redman (left) performs on stage during the "Jazz sous les pommiers" jazz festival on May 9, 2013 in Coutances, France. Dewey Redman (right) performs in St. Paul, Minn., in 2007.
Charly Triballeau/AFP/Getty Images and Chris Felver Getty Images

Jazz is all about great collaborations, and in honor of Father's Day this weekend, composer and bassist Christian McBride, host of NPR's Jazz Night In America and a regular All Things Considered guest, stopped by for a conversation about fathers and sons.

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