Commentary
2:05 pm
Tue February 26, 2013

Historical Vocab: When We Get It Wrong, Does It Matter?

Linguist Geoff Nunberg finds that in the film Lincoln, screenwriter Tony Kushner oscillates between old and modern meanings of "equality."
DreamWorks/Twentieth Century Fox

Originally published on Tue February 26, 2013 6:12 pm

Has there ever been an age that was so grudging about suspending its disbelief? The groundlings at the Globe Theatre didn't giggle when Shakespeare had a clock chime in Julius Caesar. The Victorians didn't take Dickens to task for having the characters in A Tale of Two Cities ride the Dover mail coach 10 years before it was established. But Shakespeare and Dickens weren't writing in the age of the Internet, when every historical detail is scrutinized for chronological correctness, and when no "Gotcha!" remains unposted for long.

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World Cafe
1:45 pm
Tue February 26, 2013

Richard Thompson On World Cafe

Richard Thompson.
Pamela Littky Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Mon April 1, 2013 4:08 pm

Richard Thompson started playing in "The British Byrds," Fairport Convention, when he was only 17.

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The Two-Way
1:33 pm
Tue February 26, 2013

John Kerry To German Students: Americans Have 'Right To Be Stupid'

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry.
Sean Gallup Getty Images

Originally published on Tue February 26, 2013 1:58 pm

In his first foreign trip as Secretary of State, John Kerry defended America's civil liberties during his talk with German students.

Kerry said that the United States' tradition of freedom of speech — even if it includes offensive speech — is a virtue.

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Channel 5
1:32 pm
Tue February 26, 2013

Downton Abbey Marathon

Shown from left to right: Michelle Dockery as Lady Mary and Dan Stevens as Matthew Crawley
Courtesy of © Giles Keyte/Carnival Film & Television Limited 2012 for MASTERPIECE

Watch a season 3 marathon, Sunday, March 3, beginning at 1pm on Channel 5.  

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Race
1:30 pm
Tue February 26, 2013

The Trayvon Martin Case And The National Conversation

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NEAL CONAN, HOST:

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Favorite Sessions
1:29 pm
Tue February 26, 2013

Yo La Tengo: Still 'Around,' Thank God

Yo La Tengo performs a studio session at KEXP's studios in Seattle on Jan. 18, 2013.
Renata Steiner nataworry.com

Originally published on Wed July 2, 2014 1:24 pm

I always look forward to a new album from Yo La Tengo. The New Jersey band's music becomes a part of my life in ways that other records don't, so I was thrilled when frontman Ira Kaplan, drummer Georgia Hubley and bassist James McNew stopped by the Afternoon Show on KEXP to perform songs from their new album, Fade.

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From Our Listeners
1:26 pm
Tue February 26, 2013

Letters: Chicago Violence, 3-D Printing

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NEAL CONAN, HOST:

It's Tuesday and time to read from your comments. Last week, we talked about violence in Chicago after the death of Hadiya Pendleton, the teenager shot and killed just a week after she visited Washington for the inauguration. Gun laws in Chicago are more restrictive than it its suburbs and in surrounding states like Indiana.

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All Songs Considered
1:25 pm
Tue February 26, 2013

New David Bowie, Phoenix, Wavves, My Morning Jacket Covers John Denver, More

Clockwise from upper left: Nathan Williams of Wavves, David Bowie, John Denver, Phoenix, and Kanene Pipkin of Lone Bellow
Courtesy of the artists

Originally published on Thu February 28, 2013 8:32 am

On this edition of All Songs Considered, we've got a brand new song from David Bowie, from his first album of new songs in a decade.

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Law
1:23 pm
Tue February 26, 2013

The Conservative Case For Gay Marriage

Originally published on Wed February 27, 2013 10:15 am

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NEAL CONAN, HOST:

This is TALK OF THE NATION. I'm Neal Conan.

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The Salt
1:23 pm
Tue February 26, 2013

How The Food Industry Manipulates Taste Buds With 'Salt Sugar Fat'

iStockphoto.com

Originally published on Wed February 27, 2013 11:46 am

Dealing Coke to customers called "heavy users." Selling to teens in an attempt to hook them for life. Scientifically tweaking ratios of salt, sugar and fat to optimize consumer bliss.

In his new book, Salt Sugar Fat: How the Food Giants Hooked Us, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Michael Moss goes inside the world of processed and packaged foods.

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