All Songs Considered Blog
3:04 pm
Mon June 25, 2012

Before A Flood Of Song Premieres, Hear The Antlers' 'Drift Dive'

The Antlers will release the Undersea EP on July 24.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed June 27, 2012 9:49 am

The Antlers' 2009 album Hospice was the kind of feat no one would want to duplicate: It was audaciously beautiful and beloved by critics, but its wrenching songs reflect and expound upon highly specific personal losses for singer-guitarist Peter Silberman.

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The Salt
2:11 pm
Mon June 25, 2012

Cooking Regional Food When You're Far From The Fava Beans

Chef Mino Massi and his son Robi prep food from Puglia at the Washington, D.C. convention center.
Nancy Shute NPR

Originally published on Mon June 25, 2012 2:19 pm

How do you showcase regional food when you're not in the region? Don't smuggle the salami in, that's for sure.

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The Two-Way
2:05 pm
Mon June 25, 2012

80 Percent Of Lightning Strike Victims Are Male, But Why?

Lightning streaks across the sky in Tyler, Texas, as a powerful line of thunderstorms moved across the state in April.
Dr. Scott M. Lieberman AP

Originally published on Mon June 25, 2012 3:42 pm

This tweet from the National Weather Service caught our attention, today:

"More than 80% of lightning victims are male. Be a force of nature by knowing your risk, taking action and being an example"

Eighty percent seemed to us pretty significant, so we turned to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and asked, "Why?"

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2:03 pm
Mon June 25, 2012

Immigration Ruling May Close, Open Legal Windows

Arizona Republican Gov. Jan Brewer leaves a podium at the state Capitol in Phoenix after responding to President Obama's immigration speech on June 15. Brewer said the speech represented a "pre-emptive strike" aimed at what then was an upcoming Supreme Court ruling on Arizona's immigration law.
Matt York AP

Originally published on Tue June 26, 2012 6:16 am

The Supreme Court's decision to strike down much of Arizona's immigration law is being hailed as a victory by both sides in a fight likely to spawn many more legal battles.

Monday, the court struck down three of four provisions in the law but upheld, at least for the moment, a controversial measure allowing police to check the immigration status of anyone stopped or detained for any reason.

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Channel 5
1:30 pm
Mon June 25, 2012

Masterpiece: Endeavour

Shaun Evans as Endeavour Morse
Courtesy of ©ITV 2011 for MASTERPIECE

It's 1965, and a 15-year-old Oxford schoolgirl, last seen waiting alone in the rain at a bus stop on early Sunday morning, has disappeared and is presumed dead. The hunt for Mary Tremlett draws rookie Detective Endeavour Morse (Shaun Evans), the conflicted young detective on the verge of resignation, back to the university he'd suddenly left only a few years before.

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1:25 pm
Mon June 25, 2012

Reviving Extinct Species May Not Be Science Fiction

Originally published on Mon June 25, 2012 1:26 pm



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

Wander through one of this country's fine museums of natural history and you'll see animals you'll never see in a zoo: the wooly mammoth, the dodo bird, animals extinct for centuries. But for Stewart Brand extinct doesn't mean gone forever. He's working on a new project, "Revive and Restore," to de-extinct animals we never thought we'd see alive.

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Channel 5
1:17 pm
Mon June 25, 2012

Austin City Limits: Randy Newman

Songwriting legend Randy Newman takes the ACL stage with a selection of his greatest tunes.
Courtesy of Scott Newton for KLRU

With songs that run the gamut from heartbreaking to satirical and a host of unforgettable film scores, Randy Newman has used his many talents to create musical masterpieces widely recognized by generations of audiences. This special solo performance is his Austin City Limits debut.

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1:12 pm
Mon June 25, 2012

Researchers Offer First-Hand View Of Climate Change

Originally published on Mon June 25, 2012 1:28 pm

As the climate changes, scientists are documenting measurable shifts in the natural world — from a tremendous loss in Arctic sea ice and an increase in extreme weather like drought, floods and heatwaves, to the migration of plants and animals to new latitudes.

1:08 pm
Mon June 25, 2012

Court Upholds 'Show Me Your Papers' In Arizona

Originally published on Mon June 25, 2012 1:23 pm

The Supreme Court has delivered a split ruling on Arizona's immigration law, striking down several key elements but upholding the "show me your papers" provision. The controversial provision allows local police to check the immigration status of people they stop in the normal course of their duties.

12:56 pm
Mon June 25, 2012

Seeking The Micro, Scientists Find The Big Picture

Originally published on Mon June 25, 2012 1:22 pm

E.O Wilson and Sylvia Earle see the through very different lenses. Wilson started with his eyes to the ground, following ants as they lead him to the study of biodiversity and human nature. Earle dove into the Gulf of Mexico to focus on aquatic plants. That underwater view ultimately led her to study the relationship between degrading seas and life everywhere.