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5:21am

Thu June 21, 2012
NPR Story

Sports Artists LeRoy Neiman Dies At 91

Originally published on Thu June 21, 2012 6:21 am

LeRoy Neiman, who painted and sketched the Super Bowl and the Olympics, died Wednesday at the age of 91. You know the paintings when you see them — impressionistic images with bright splashes of color.

4:18am

Thu June 21, 2012
Around the Nation

GPS Study Shows Drivers Will Slow Down, At A Cost

Originally published on Thu June 21, 2012 12:06 pm

Traffic rolls past a speed limit sign in Ohio. Researchers believe they have found a new way to encourage drivers to stay within a safe driving speed: giving them a financial reward that diminishes as they speed.
Mark Duncan AP

Some 12,000 Americans die every year in traffic crashes caused by speeding, according to government statistics. Officials have tried many strategies to get drivers to slow down. And now they might have found something that works, after researchers placed a GPS device inside cars that gives drivers an incentive not to speed.

Traffic safety experts have tried using big flashing signs to tell you how fast you're going. (The psychological subtext: Drivers are rational, and they will slow down if they know how fast they're going.)

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3:48am

Thu June 21, 2012
Music

Fred Hammond: A 'Phenomenon' On The Gospel Chart

Originally published on Thu June 21, 2012 6:21 am

Gospel singer Fred Hammond has cranked out a chart-topping single.
Courtesy of the artist

3:36am

Thu June 21, 2012
Asia

In Pakistan's Anti-Corruption War, A Lonely Warrior

Originally published on Thu June 21, 2012 10:35 pm

Retired senior police investigator Zafar Qureshi, 59, stands outside his home in Lahore, Pakistan, where security guards are stationed 24 hours a day. The former police official has probed some of the highest profile cases of official misconduct in Pakistan, and says he fears for his safety and that of his children in a country that he says is steeped in a "culture of corruption."
Julie McCarthy NPR

Pakistan's National Assembly has been summoned to elect a new prime minister for the fragile coalition of President Asif Ali Zardari. A consensus candidate, current Textile Industry Minister Makhdoom Shahabuddin, emerged soon after the Supreme Court's dramatic firing of outgoing Premier Yusuf Reza Gilani.

The court disqualified Gilani from office this week for defying court orders to pursue dormant corruption charges against President Zardari.

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1:31am

Thu June 21, 2012
Latin America

Mexico's Youth Make Voices Heard Ahead Of Vote

Originally published on Thu June 21, 2012 7:55 am

A man wearing a mask holds up a machete during a protest in May against a possible return of the old ruling Institutional Revolutionary Party in Mexico City.
Eduardo Verdugo AP

Mexicans go to the polls July 1 to choose their next president, and polls show that voters seem inclined to embrace the past. The center-left Institutional Revolutionary Party, or PRI, which ruled the country for more than seven decades before being ousted 12 years ago, holds a solid lead.

But Mexico's young are making their voices heard: Some fear a return of authoritarian rule; others simply want jobs.

Making Noise

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8:09pm

Wed June 20, 2012
It's All Politics

House Panel's Contempt Vote Against Holder Part Of Political Firefight

Originally published on Wed June 20, 2012 8:41 pm

Good luck if you're looking to see what Americans think about the "Fast and Furious" gun-running controversy that has escalated into a constitutional fight between President Obama and the GOP-led House.

The No. 1 concern of voters is clear: In survey after survey, the economy comes out on top. But the impact of Fast and Furious, the since-killed program that funneled weapons from U.S. gun dealers to Mexican drug gangs, is a lot murkier.

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7:35pm

Wed June 20, 2012
All Songs Considered Blog

The Drop: UZ Sets A Trap

Originally published on Wed June 20, 2012 7:59 pm

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There's an overwhelming amount of electronic music available on the web, and every week a new crop emerges. Countless remixes, edits and mashups make their way through the web every day. It's a lot to sift through; everyone could use a little help.

The music I'm obsessed with this week is an EP called Trap S--- by a producer named UZ.

We don't know much about UZ — I spoke with him over email, but his alias was about all the guy would reveal about himself. The name of his EP is a profane piece of slang that the producer traces back to hip-hop.

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7:15pm

Wed June 20, 2012
All Songs Considered Blog

Results: Listener Picks For The Year's Best Albums (So Far)

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The results are in and it turns out most of you who voted in our mid-year poll really love Jack White's explosive and eclectic Blunderbuss. But the race was close: White's album beat-out the Alabama Shakes record Boys & Girls by less than 25 votes. Beach House's Bloom, one of the most popular records ever in our First Listen series, came in at third. The Shins' Port Of Morrow and Of Monsters And Men's My Head Is An Animal round out the top five.

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6:51pm

Wed June 20, 2012
The Two-Way

On The First Day Of Summer, It's Blazing Hot In The Northeast

Four-year-old Solaris Arias, of Providence, R.I., right, jumps through water spraying from an open fire hydrant on Wednesday.
Steven Senne AP

Today is the summer solstice in the western hemisphere: It marks the longest day of the year and also marks the first day of summer.

That's pretty obvious in the northeast today. Here in Washington, D.C., it's still 97 degrees and it's almost 7 p.m. The AP reports that New York City, Boston and Philadelphia all hit the 90s.

The AP adds:

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6:39pm

Wed June 20, 2012
Wednesdays Become Eclectic

KCRW Presents: Ane Brun

Originally published on Wed July 2, 2014 12:32 pm

KCRW

During a recent video to the KCRW studios, Ane Brun danced her way through a performance of her single "Do You Remember," her hands waving in the air as if she were conducting the song.

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