12:14 pm
Tue July 31, 2012

Boban i Marko Markovic: Irresistible Party Music

Boban i Marko Markovic Orkestar performs onstage in 2008.
Roger Kisby Getty Images

A dozen years ago, if someone told me that one of the liveliest, most inventive party albums of the year would come from a band originally associated with wedding celebrations and beer festivals, I would have been all, "Yeah, sure, you bet." If it was further explained that the band's roots were much closer to polka than rock, funk or hip-hop, I would have responded, "Don't push it." But nowadays, I'm familiar with the Boban i Marko Markovic Orkestar, whose retrospective Golden Horns will lighten the heart and lift the feet as surely as anything you'll hear in 2012.

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Mountain Stage
12:12 pm
Tue July 31, 2012

Matt Nathanson On Mountain Stage

Matt Nathanson performs on Mountain Stage.
Brian Blauser Mountain Stage

Originally published on Wed August 29, 2012 7:20 am

Matt Nathanson performed this set for Mountain Stage, recorded live in West Virginia, back in December 2007. The singer, who was born in Massachusetts but now lives in San Francisco, began writing songs in high school, and made his first record while attending college in 1993. He's recorded seven studio albums since — the latest of which, Modern Love, came out last year.

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All Songs Considered Blog
12:01 pm
Tue July 31, 2012

Vote For The Albums Everyone Can Love, For July 31


Originally published on Wed October 17, 2012 10:03 am

Apart from Rubber Soul by The Beatles, there weren't any big winners in last week's poll, the latest in our summer-long attempt to identify the albums we can all agree on.

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Deceptive Cadence
12:00 pm
Tue July 31, 2012

Classical Lost And Found: Making a Case For Casella

Alfredo Casella's orchestral scores are finally receiving well-deserved attention these days.

Up until a few years ago, Italian-born, French-educated composer-pianist-conductor Alfredo Casella's greatest claim to fame in America was as the director of the Boston Pops in the late 1920s, preceding Arthur Fiedler. But that pales in comparison to the significant body of distinguished music he left behind that is receiving increased attention from record companies.

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All Songs Considered
11:31 am
Tue July 31, 2012

David Byrne & St. Vincent, Django Django And More

Clockwise from upper left: Django Django, Neneh Cherry, David Byrne and St. Vincent, Purity Ring.
Courtesy of the artists

Originally published on Tue July 31, 2012 12:45 pm

On this week's All Songs Considered: funny concert memories, one album with a wacky cover and a surprisingly great sound, a bittersweet goodbye and (of course) lots of new music.

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The Two-Way
11:19 am
Tue July 31, 2012

Julián Castro, San Antonio Mayor, Will Deliver Democratic Convention Keynote

Mayor Julian Castro his daughter Carina, 2, and wife Erica (background) greet supporters at his campaign headquarters in 2011.

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11:01 am
Tue July 31, 2012

The Chick-fil-A Dilemma: To Eat or Not To Eat?

Originally published on Tue July 31, 2012 1:58 pm

The controversy surrounding Chick-fil-A has left some consumers wondering whether they should eat there or not. Ahead of "Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day" host Michel Martin speaks with ethicist Jack Marshall about the implications of spending decisions and what role businesses and political leaders have to play.

11:01 am
Tue July 31, 2012

Is Chick-fil-A Controversy A Civil Rights Debate?

Originally published on Tue July 31, 2012 1:59 pm

We continue our conversation with Chicago Sun-Times columnist Mary Mitchell. Host Michel Martin asks if Chick-fil-A President Dan Cathy's comments amount to hate speech.

11:01 am
Tue July 31, 2012

Chick-fil-A Comments Still Churning Some Stomachs

Originally published on Tue July 31, 2012 2:00 pm



I'm Michel Martin, and this is TELL ME MORE, from NPR News. As the world watches Olympic athletes go for the gold, we decided to check in with some dedicated sports moms about how parents can encourage their kids in sports without becoming, you know, those people. That's later in the program.

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The Two-Way
10:38 am
Tue July 31, 2012

Romney Aide To Reporters: 'Kiss My ... This Is A Holy Site'

Mitt Romney, at the top right, as he prepared to get into his car even as reporters were shouting questions.

Originally published on Tue July 31, 2012 1:02 pm

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