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Music Interviews
11:03 pm
Sat January 5, 2013

Antibalas: Cooking Up Afrobeat In A Sweltering Kitchen

Antibalas was founded in 1998 by baritone sax player Martin Perna (far right, in hat) and is fronted by singer-percussionist Amayo (center, in head wrap). The group has seen many lineup changes in its decade and a half together.
Marina Abadjieff Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Sun January 6, 2013 7:02 am

Years ago, without setting out to do so, the Afrobeat ensemble Antibalas jumped out ahead of the pop-culture curve in two ways. First, geography: The band was formed in Brooklyn in the 1990s, before the New York borough became the mecca of independent music that it is today. Second, the music itself: Afrobeat makes its way into lots of popular music today, but Antibalas was doing it before it had a mainstream foothold.

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Strange News
3:45 am
Sun December 30, 2012

For Those Who Fear The Number 13, The New Year Could Be Frightening

Originally published on Sun December 30, 2012 9:45 am

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LINDA WERTHEIMER, HOST:

With New Year's on the way, we're about to turn the calendar over to 2013. In just a few days, the 113th Congress begins. There's just something about that number, unlucky 13.

Take, for example, the movies.

(SOUNDBITE OF PROMO FOR MOVIE, "FRIDAY THE 13TH")

UNIDENTIFIED MAN #1: "Friday the 13th."

(SOUNDBITE OF CLASHING KNIVES)

WERTHEIMER: Have you ever noticed that some buildings don't have a 13th floor? The number does seem to have an aura of bad luck.

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Middle East
3:45 am
Sun December 30, 2012

Israel's Arabic Citizens Plan Election Boycott

Originally published on Sun January 6, 2013 5:50 am

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LINDA WERTHEIMER, HOST:

In Israel today, the highest court ruled a controversial Arab lawmaker can run in next month's parliamentary elections. Supporters of Hanin Zoabi say she is a popular representative of the more than one million Arab citizens of Israel. Her Israeli detractors say her political views undermine the State and its institutions and that she and her party should be banned.

Reporter Sheera Frenkel has the story from Tel Aviv.

(SOUNDBITE OF A MOB)

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NPR Story
3:42 am
Sun December 30, 2012

The 'Queen Of Tarts' On What's For Dinner This Season

Originally published on Sun December 30, 2012 9:45 am

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LINDA WERTHEIMER, HOST:

Tamasin Day-Lewis is one of Britain's most famous celebrity chefs, so she might disagree with the title.

TAMASIN DAY-LEWIS: I'm not a chef. I'm a writer who happens to cook and who is passionate about cooking food.

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NPR Story
3:42 am
Sun December 30, 2012

Controversial 'Stand Your Ground' Laws Took Center Stage In 2012

Originally published on Sun December 30, 2012 9:45 am

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LINDA WERTHEIMER, HOST:

Even before the horrific shooting in Newtown, this was a year in which guns were in the news. There was the mass shooting in Aurora, Colorado. And another story we've followed began in February with a 911 call in Sanford, Florida.

(SOUNDBITE OF 911 CALL)

GEORGE ZIMMERMAN: This guy looks like he's up to no good, or he's on drugs or something. It's raining and he's just walking around looking about.

UNIDENTIFIED MAN: OK. And this guy, is he white, black or Hispanic?

ZIMMERMAN: He looks black.

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NPR Story
3:42 am
Sun December 30, 2012

Counting Down The Final Hours Of Fiscal Cliff Talks

Originally published on Sun December 30, 2012 9:45 am

Weekend Edition Sunday guest host Linda Wertheimer speaks with Joshua Green, senior national correspondent for Bloomberg Businessweek, about the latest in the last-minute push to resolve the debt crisis.

Commentary
2:12 am
Sun December 30, 2012

On Your Plate In 2013, Expect Kimchi And Good-For-You Greens

Commentator Bonny Wolf expects Asian cuisine such as kimchi fried rice to become even more popular in 2013.
iStockphoto.com

Originally published on Sun December 30, 2012 2:14 pm

Weekend Edition food commentator Bonny Wolf offers her predictions of what we'll eat in the new year.

Asia is the new Europe. It's been gradual: from pan-Asian, Asian fusion and Asian-inspired to just deciding among Vietnamese, Korean, Tibetan and Burmese for dinner.

Should we have the simple food of the Thai plateau or the hot, salty, sour foods of southern Thailand?

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Business
2:11 am
Sun December 30, 2012

Retail Workers Bear Brunt Of Sluggish Holiday Sales

Pedestrians pass the Dow Jones display ticker in Times Square on Wednesday in New York. U.S. shoppers spent cautiously this holiday season, a disappointment for retailers that slashed prices to lure people into stores and now must hope for a post-Christmas burst of spending.
Frank Franklin II AP

Originally published on Sun December 30, 2012 1:51 pm

Several large retailers took a leap of faith on what they thought would be a gangbuster holiday season, hiring more seasonal workers this year than last.

Sales during the two months before Christmas weren't all that stunning, however, and that's meant fewer opportunities for seasonal workers.

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It's All Politics
2:11 am
Sun December 30, 2012

Massachusetts Freshman Brings Kennedys Back To Capitol Hill

Joseph Kennedy III, son of former Rep. Joseph Kennedy II and grandson of the late Robert F. Kennedy, delivers his victory speech on Nov. 6 in Newton, Mass.
Bizuayehu Tesfaye AP

Originally published on Sun December 30, 2012 1:39 pm

Last year marked the first time in more than six decades that there was no Kennedy in elected office in the nation's capital.

But that gap ends this week with the inauguration of Rep.-elect Joseph Kennedy III of Massachusetts. The son of former Rep. Joe Kennedy and the grandson of the late Robert F. Kennedy was elected by a 2-1 margin in his first run for office.

There's little denying that Kennedy's election was about more than just him.

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Best Books Of 2012
4:10 pm
Fri December 28, 2012

Courage And Curiosity: The Best Heroines Of 2012

Nishant Choksi

Originally published on Sun December 30, 2012 9:45 am

The most dangerous trait a woman can possess is curiosity. That's what myths and religion would have us believe, anyway. Inquisitive Pandora unleashed sorrow upon the world. Eve got us kicked out of paradise. Blight on civilization it may be, but female curiosity is a gift to narrative and the quality my five favorite heroines of the year possess in spades.

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