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The Thistle and Shamrock
6:58 pm
Wed April 25, 2012

Thistle And Shamrock: Horizons

Red Hot Chilli Pipers.
Chris James

Tune into sounds that have turned a new generation onto Celtic music including flute and whistle player Michael McGoldrick, singer Emily Smith, and piper Stuart Cassells who fronts the Red Hot Chilli Pipers.

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It's All Politics
5:29 pm
Wed April 25, 2012

Obama, Romney Face Uphill Fights As General Election Starts For Real


Originally published on Wed April 25, 2012 6:52 pm

The Republican primaries were certainly fun while they lasted, especially for political journalists and junkies for whom the intramural fighting generated no shortage of interesting and sometimes bizarre story lines.

But President Obama's campaign aides were all but certain from the start that they would be running against Mitt Romney. That was one of the few areas of agreement between the former Massachusetts governor's campaign and the Obama people.

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The Two-Way
5:24 pm
Wed April 25, 2012

U.N. Refugee Chief: 'We Are All Overstretched'

Antonio Guterres, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, speaks to the press during a visit to camp Andalusia for internally displaced people from southern Sudan, some 30 kms south of the capital Khartoum.
Ashraf Shazly AFP/Getty Images

Over the past year and a half, the world has seen crisis after crisis. Today, NPR's Michele Kelemen spoke to António Guterres, the United Nations High Commissioner on Refugees, mostly about the crisis in Sudan.

But at one point during their talk, Guterres rattled off the crises they've dealt with since the beginning of 2011: The Ivory Coast, Libya, Syria, Yemen, both a famine and conflict in the Horn of Africa, Mali and now Syria is flaring up again.

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All Songs Considered Blog
5:23 pm
Wed April 25, 2012

The Drop: Electronic Music With Nuance (And Saxophone)

Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Thu April 26, 2012 9:28 am

When it comes to electronic music production, there are a bunch of ways tracks can be made. There's the "arranging digital samples" approach, where producers layer pre-recorded sounds or loops to compose a piece. There's the "analog to digital" approach, where a producer will play analog synthesizers or program drum machines and feed them into a digital audio work station like Ableton. And there's what I'll call the "organic to digital" approach, where producers record more conventional instruments and then process the results in a computer.

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The Two-Way
4:56 pm
Wed April 25, 2012

Marines Decide To Dismiss Sergeant For Facebook Comments About Obama

Sgt. Gary Stein.

A U.S. Marine sergeant who posted critical comments about President Obama on his Facebook page will be dismissed with an "other-than-honorable discharge," the Marine Corps said today.

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