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4:43 pm
Mon May 21, 2012

Balthrop, Alabama, 'You've Gotta Be Gay': Prisoners Meet Parasols

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Warning: This post, about a song by Balthrop, Alabama (a 10-piece Brooklyn band, not a extremely musical township), includes numerous instances of coordinated jazz hands and chorus line kicks. The band's new song "You've Gotta Be Gay," is filled with theatrical sounds from all different places and times: stomps, grunts and rattles from a 1930s chain gang, a tinny player-piano from an old-timey saloon and an accordion out of every stereotypical Parisian boulevard scene.

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The Two-Way
4:13 pm
Mon May 21, 2012

Obama: U.S. Making 'Diligent Progress' With Pakistan

Originally published on Mon May 21, 2012 5:06 pm

President Obama said the U.S. was making "diligent progress" in their negotiations with Pakistan over the reopening of a crucial supply line into Afghanistan.

Obama said he didn't think that issue would be solved by the end of the NATO Summit in Chicago, but "we are making diligent progress on it."

Obama and Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari met on the sidelines of the summit. Obama said while their talk was brief he "emphasized... Pakistan has to be part of the solution" in Afghanistan.

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Poetry
3:44 pm
Mon May 21, 2012

NewsPoet: Carmen Gimenez Smith's Day In Verse

Carmen Gimenez Smith visits NPR headquarters in Washington on Monday.
Claire O'Neill NPR

Originally published on Wed July 25, 2012 10:30 am

Today at All Things Considered, we continue a project we're calling NewsPoet. Each month, we bring in a poet to spend time in the newsroom — and at the end of the day, to compose a poem reflecting on the day's stories.

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Arts & Life
3:42 pm
Mon May 21, 2012

Peter Dinklage: On 'Thrones,' And On His Own Terms

Peter Dinklage plays Tyrion Lannister on Game of Thrones, a role that he tells NPR he talked over with his grandmother. "She misunderstood me and she thought I said, 'interior banisters,' and she was quite confused by that, so it got off to sort of a clunky start." Dinklage has since won an Emmy and a Golden Globe for his performance.
HBO

Originally published on Mon May 21, 2012 7:21 pm

The popular HBO series Game of Thrones, adapted from the books of George R.R. Martin, is one blood-soaked power play after another. But in a world where brute strength can be the difference between life and a slow death, one of the show's strongest characters stands less than 5 feet tall.

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All Tech Considered
3:42 pm
Mon May 21, 2012

We Ask The Pros: Should You Friend Your Boss On Facebook?

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Originally published on Mon May 21, 2012 7:21 pm

As part of a new tech segment, we're starting a social media advice column in which we'll ask experts your questions about how to behave online. This week's experts are Baratunde Thurston, former digital director of The Onion and author of How To Be Black, and Deanna Zandt, author of Share This!

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