New In Paperback
3:06 pm
Thu July 5, 2012

New In Paperback July 2-8

Originally published on Thu July 5, 2012 6:19 pm

Fiction and nonfiction releases from Erin Morgenstern, Rachel DeWoskin, Dean Bakopoulos, Amit Majmudar and James Carroll.

Copyright 2012 National Public Radio. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.

The Salt
2:40 pm
Thu July 5, 2012

Warning Against Eating Meat Has Chinese Olympians Off Their Game

Chinese volleyball player Yunwen Ma during a game between China and Germany, at the Montreux Volley Masters women tournament, in Montreux, Switzerland, in 2011.
JEAN-CHRISTOPHE BOTT EPA /Landov

Originally published on Thu July 5, 2012 10:00 pm

It's no longer Meat Week here on The Salt (we are deep into Pie Week, in case you haven't noticed). But that doesn't mean we can't flag a good meat story when we see one.

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World Cafe
2:28 pm
Thu July 5, 2012

Lucero On World Cafe

Lucero.
Brantley Guiterrez

Lucero — bright star in Spanish — has been creating quality punk-inflected country since the late '90s. Hailing from Memphis, frontman Ben Nichols gives the act a gruff Southern twang with both his voice and his guitar. Since the release of 2001's eponymous debut, Lucero has recorded five more studio albums and plays an impressive 200 shows a year in the U.S. and Canada.

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Health
2:09 pm
Thu July 5, 2012

An AIDS-Ravaged Nation Turns To Circumcision

Joseph Ochieng, 18, gets circumcised at the Siaya General Hospital in western Kenya.
Jason Beaubien NPR

Originally published on Thu July 5, 2012 5:23 pm

The African nation of Kenya is attempting to get more than 1 million men between the ages of 15 and 49 circumcised by the end of 2013. If successful, this could be a groundbreaking effort in the fight to curb the spread of HIV.

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Favorite Sessions
2:03 pm
Thu July 5, 2012

Chastity Brown: A Promising New Voice

Chastity Brown performs on The Current.
Nate Ryan The Current

Originally published on Thu July 5, 2012 3:30 pm

On her breakout album Back-Road Highways, songwriter Chastity Brown combines the influences of her Southern upbringing and her adopted Minneapolis to dramatic effect. Brown's wrenching, heartfelt delivery will please fans of soul and vocal-driven pop, while the addition of banjo finds her exploring traditional Americana and expanding her sonic palette.

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The Record
1:09 pm
Thu July 5, 2012

A Close Look At Frank Ocean's Coming Out Letter

The singer and songwriter Frank Ocean, whose first full-length studio album, Channel Orange, will be released on July 17.
Nabil Elderkin Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue September 18, 2012 6:35 pm

Tuesday night the rising R&B star Frank Ocean did something important. At first, however, few observers agreed on what he'd done. Headlines varied on quickly assembled gossip reports, from the measured to the hyperbolic.

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PG-13: Risky Reads
12:58 pm
Thu July 5, 2012

Bull Fights, Bankruptcy And A Damn Dangerous Book

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Originally published on Thu July 5, 2012 5:23 pm

Ben Mezrich is the author of Sex on the Moon.

Around the time I turned 12, I figured out exactly what I wanted to be when I grew up: an alcoholic.

I didn't actually know what it meant to be an alcoholic, but I knew that one day, I would drink copious amounts and dash around the streets of Paris, preferably in the company of bullfighters, bankrupts, impotent newspaper correspondents, and morbidly depressed, exotically beautiful divorcees.

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JazzSet
12:58 pm
Thu July 5, 2012

Gretchen Parlato, Conrad Herwig On JazzSet

Gretchen Parlato performs at the Quad Stage during the Newport Jazz Festival.
Erik Jacobs for NPR.

At the Newport Jazz Festival, we're visiting the Quad and Harbor Stages, where the first rows of audience sit snug up to the performer. With her understated style, love of the lyric and freedom, Gretchen Parlato makes that closeness work. Everyone leans in and listens.

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The Two-Way
12:53 pm
Thu July 5, 2012

The 'Arafat Killed By Poison?' Story: Here's What We Don't Get

Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat in October 2004, a month before he died.
Muhammed Muheisen AP

Originally published on Sun July 8, 2012 7:34 am

Al-Jazeera is getting attention for its reports that traces of polonium-210 have been found on items, including clothing, belonging to the late Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat.

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Channel 5
11:55 am
Thu July 5, 2012

Nature: Bears of the Last Frontier

Nadie and cubs in sedge meadow during mating season.
Courtesy of Photographer: Joseph Pontecorvo © WNET

Part 1 of 3. Bear ecologist Chris Morgan undertakes a yearlong motorcycle journey through Alaska's bear country to gauge the state of the ursine population. The odyssey begins in June on the Alaska Peninsula, where grizzlies use the long days to feed.

Part 1 airs Wednesday, July 11, at 7pm on Channel 5.

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