First Listen
6:59 am
Mon June 24, 2013

First Listen: Beautiful Swimmers, 'Son'

Beautiful Swimmers' new album, Son, comes out July 2.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Thu July 4, 2013 6:56 am

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First Listen
6:59 am
Mon June 24, 2013

First Listen: Cheyenne Mize, 'Among The Grey'

Cheyenne Mize's new album, Among the Grey, comes out June 25.
Meagan Jordan Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Thu July 4, 2013 6:54 am

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First Listen
6:58 am
Mon June 24, 2013

First Listen: Daughn Gibson, 'Me Moan'

Daughn Gibson's new album, Me Moan, comes out July 9.
Adam Wallacavage Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Sat June 29, 2013 8:31 am

Between the City of Brotherly Love and the Steel Belt of Pittsburgh, there's plenty of rural countryside in the state of Pennsylvania. So when Pearls & Brass drummer Daughn Gibson wasn't touring the U.S. playing that band's strain of heavy '70s-style rock, he took blue-collar gigs as a long-haul trucker and warehouse worker. And, when that band ended, Gibson took to recording his own music. His 2012 solo debut, All Hell, found his country roots showing through the crackly lo-fi loops and stark piano songs, all of it sticking thanks to Gibson's well-deep baritone.

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The Two-Way
6:43 am
Mon June 24, 2013

Book News: The FBI Monitored Mexican Writer Carlos Fuentes

The daily lowdown on books, publishing, and the occasional author behaving badly.

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New In Paperback
6:03 am
Mon June 24, 2013

June 24-30: A Runaway, A Francophile, An Ex-Wife And Rabies

Originally published on Mon June 24, 2013 3:31 pm

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World
5:49 am
Mon June 24, 2013

Artist's Fake Diploma To Be Sold At Auction

Originally published on Mon June 24, 2013 10:55 am

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

Good morning. I'm Renee Montagne. You can spend tens of thousands on a liberal arts degree, or just buy a fake diploma. The artist David Hockney's fake diploma is expected to sell at auction this week for up to $27,000. He created it in 1962 when he was denied a real degree by the Royal College of Art because he refused to write a final essay. And who know? The work of a famous artist might end up worth more in the long run than a real diploma.

It's MORNING EDITION. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.

The Two-Way
5:44 am
Mon June 24, 2013

'Everything Possible' Being Done For Ailing Nelson Mandela

Prayers for Nelson Mandela: At Regina Mundi church in Soweto township, South Africa, on Sunday, congregants prayed for the former South African leader.
Dai Kurokawa EPA /LANDOV

Originally published on Mon June 24, 2013 7:19 am

South Africans, and millions more people around the world, are waiting anxiously for further word about Nelson Mandela and praying for the former president and anti-apartheid icon.

Mandela, 94, remains in critical condition at a hospital in Pretoria where he's being treated for a recurring respiratory infection.

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Business
5:43 am
Mon June 24, 2013

Business News

Originally published on Mon June 24, 2013 10:54 am

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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

NPR's business news begins with another bad day for Chinese stocks.

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GREENE: The major indexes in China closed down more than five percent - making it the worst day of losses since 2009. And the plunge reverberated, weighing down markets across Asia. The losses we apparently caused by the Chinese government's ongoing attempt to reform its banking system. It's using high interest rates to cut down on risky loans, making access to cash very tight. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.

Europe
5:43 am
Mon June 24, 2013

Authorities Find Clues To Bridge Disappearance

Originally published on Mon June 24, 2013 10:55 am

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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

Good morning, I'm David Greene with a story that perfectly fits the headline: only in Russia.

A 23-year-old in the north of that country was looking to find some scrap metal. You know, to make an extra buck. So he stole a small metal bridge which he took home and cut up with a welding torch. Authorities looking for the culprit and the missing pedestrian bridge didn't have to search very hard. He had dragged the bridge with his tractor, leaving a trail all the way to his house.

Business
3:52 am
Mon June 24, 2013

DuckDuckGo Benefits From Internet Searchers Wanting Privacy

Originally published on Mon June 24, 2013 10:55 am

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

The leaks this month by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden revealed just how widespread government surveillance of phone and online information actually is. The revelations of the government's PRISM program have been raising the concerns about privacy, but also have boom to companies that promise greater privacy online.

Emma Jacobs of member station WHYY in Philadelphia has this report.

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