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5:25 am
Sun July 15, 2012

Souad Massi: Carrying The Sound Of Algeria On Her Back

Souad Massi performs earlier this month at the Montreal International Jazz Festival.
Frederique Menard-Aubin Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Sun July 15, 2012 10:11 am

Algerian singer and guitarist Souad Massi paid a visit to the U.S. recently, touring to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Algeria's independence. While in D.C., she stopped by NPR's headquarters to play a Tiny Desk Concert.

After the show, she came downstairs to chat with Weekend Edition Sunday, carrying a guitar on her back. Massi says she's never without one and doesn't really care if it's an acoustic or electric.

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Theater
5:24 am
Sun July 15, 2012

Intiman Theater Returns For A Shrunken Second Act

Miracle!, a drag version of the Helen Keller drama The Miracle Worker created and directed by Dan Savage, is a highlight of the Intiman Theater's comeback summer festival in Seattle.
Chris Bennion Intiman Theater

Originally published on Sun July 15, 2012 10:11 am

Forty years ago, the founders of Seattle's Intiman Theater envisioned a company devoted to Western classics: Shakespeare, Chekhov, Ibsen and the like. But over the decades, Intiman also earned national recognition as an incubator of new work.

In 1991, it premiered The Kentucky Cycle, which went on to win a Pulitzer Prize. A decade later, it produced the first workshops of the Tony Award-winning musical The Light in the Piazza.

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Books News & Features
5:12 am
Sun July 15, 2012

In 'Red Chamber,' A Love Triangle For The Ages

The romance between star-crossed lovers Jia Baoyu (left) and Lin Daiyu, depicted here in a relief panel, meets a tragic end in the classic Chinese novel Dream of the Red Chamber.
IvanWalsh.com Flickr

Originally published on Tue August 14, 2012 1:48 pm

Before most readers in China learned of Romeo and Juliet, they were captivated by a love triangle between a boy and his two female cousins.

It's the "single most famous love triangle in Chinese literary history," says author Pauline A. Chen, who's written the latest retelling of the tale of Jia Baoyu and his cousins Lin Daiyu and Xue Baochai. The three characters form the central love story of the Chinese novel Hong Lou Meng, often translated as Dream of the Red Chamber in English.

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Music News
5:11 am
Sun July 15, 2012

LCD Soundsystem's Final Bash, Relived

James Murphy on stage at Madison Square Garden last year, during LCD Soundsystem's final concert.
Oscilloscope Laboratories

Originally published on Sun July 15, 2012 7:08 pm

For an indie band, it seems almost impossible to achieve massive commercial success without losing credibility. LCD Soundsystem may have figured out the secret.

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Americandy: Sweet Land Of Liberty
5:11 am
Sun July 15, 2012

Don't Cry Over Burnt Milk In South Texas; Savor It

There are many kinds of leche quemada, or "burnt milk." But in South Texas, the kind made of goat milk is king.
Melisa Goh NPR

Originally published on Fri July 20, 2012 10:16 am

Stepping into a La Michoacana Meat Market in South Texas is a lot like crossing into Mexico — except you don't need a passport.

This grocery chain caters to the Mexican immigrant population, and it's filled with the sounds, ingredients, brands and products from south of the border.

My wife, Yvette Benavides, and I head straight to the candy.

There are different kinds of leche quemada in Mexico, but in South Texas, one of the most popular forms is known as cajeta, and it's made from goat milk.

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