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3:12 pm
Sat June 27, 2015

'I Just Love Dirt': Bilal Gets Grungy In The Studio

Bilal's latest album is In Another Life.
Kawai Matthews Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Sat June 27, 2015 4:36 pm

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Around the Nation
6:11 am
Sat June 27, 2015

National Cathedral Should Not Be Stained With Confederate Flag, Dean Says

A glass window at Washington National Cathedral in Washington, D.C., shows Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee. The dean of the cathedral has called for its removal.
Paul J. Richards AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Sat June 27, 2015 8:30 am

The Confederate stars and bars have been taken down from flagpoles and store shelves all over the country this week. Calls for their removal follow the June 17 shooting of nine people at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, S.C.

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Music
12:03 am
Sat June 27, 2015

Dale Watson: Call Him Insane, But Don't Call Him Country

Dale Watson's new album, Call Me Insane, is out now.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Sat June 27, 2015 8:30 am

With a silver pompadour and a belt-busting baritone that delivers songs about heartbreak and honky-tonking, Texas musician Dale Watson is straight country — but he doesn't necessarily want you to say so.

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Music Interviews
3:54 pm
Fri June 26, 2015

'There's No Box For Me': Miguel On Embracing Difference

Wildheart is the follow-up to Miguel's 2012 breakout album, Kaleidoscope Dream.
Daniel Sannwald

Originally published on Fri June 26, 2015 7:20 pm

On his last album, Miguel sang songs that swooned with the emotion of a first kiss. Wildheart, the new album by the Grammy-winning R&B artist, takes things a little further. While that sleek mix of bass, synths and soul that powered his 2012 breakout remains, the songwriting on Wildheart takes a much more personal, introspective approach.

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Music Interviews
2:28 pm
Wed June 24, 2015

Pop Singer Tori Kelly's 'Unbreakable Smile' Keeps Her Optimistic

Tori Kelly
Lydia Thompson NPR

Originally published on Wed June 24, 2015 6:01 pm

Singer Tori Kelly is an unapologetic optimist about love, her image and her music. At the ripe old age of 22, she's been at the edges of the music business for a long time. She started singing when she was just 3 years old, and at age 11, she took her powerful, mature voice on the TV show America's Most Talented Kid -- and won.

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Music Interviews
12:03 am
Wed June 24, 2015

New Documentary Finds Nina Simone 'In Between The Black And White Keys'

The documentary What Happened, Miss Simone? explores Nina Simone's rich and complicated life.
Courtesy of Peter Rodis/Netflix

Originally published on Mon June 29, 2015 4:34 pm

Even those who didn't live through Nina Simone's heyday can recognize her songs, or at least her voice. Born Eunice Waymon, the passionate performer and activist died in 2003, and today her recordings still loom larger than the rest of her story.

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Television
4:18 pm
Sun June 21, 2015

The Human Drama Of Hacking Fuels TV Thriller 'Mr. Robot'

USA's Mr. Robot tells the story of a cyber-security engineer and vigilant hacker (played by Rami Malek) who also suffers from anxiety.
Sarah Shatz USA Network

Originally published on Mon June 22, 2015 8:13 am

Cyborgs and androids are nowhere to be seen in the new USA show Mr. Robot. Instead, the drama is centered on a very human interior — the mind of Elliot, the unlikely hacker hero. From his first words — "Hello, friend" — his voice-over keeps audiences squarely inside his world.

"Elliot is sort of an internal, isolated guy who can't really interact with people socially, in real life, but online he can hack them and knows all the intimate, private details of them," Sam Esmail, the show's creator and executive producer, tells NPR's Arun Rath.

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Music Interviews
3:11 pm
Sun June 21, 2015

Robert Glasper Puts His Trio On Shuffle

Robert Glasper's new piano trio album is called Covered.
Don Q. Hannah Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Sun June 21, 2015 4:18 pm

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Asia
3:11 pm
Sun June 21, 2015

From California To Kathmandu, Task Force 2 Responds To Disasters

Members of Task Force 2 from the Los Angeles County Fire Department recovered survivors from a building that collapsed in May after a major aftershock in Singati, a mountain village in Nepal.
Kashish Das AP

Originally published on Sun June 21, 2015 4:18 pm

California's Task Force 2 is ready for anything. As an elite disaster response team based in Los Angeles County, it has to be. But it's not just prepped for disasters at home — it's ready to respond to emergencies halfway around the world as well.

Just days after the devastating April 25 earthquake in Nepal, Task Force 2's firefighters, doctors and engineers were on the ground, helping rescue people.

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World
3:11 pm
Sun June 21, 2015

Snapshot Sleuthing Confirms Russian Military Presence In Ukraine

A soldier in the Russian army posed, rifle in hand, for a snapshot at a battlefield checkpoint. Simon Ostrovsky, at right, located the same spot in Vuhlehirsk, in Ukraine's Donetsk region.
VICE News

Originally published on Mon June 22, 2015 6:03 am

Reports of the Russian military helping pro-Russian separatist fighters in Ukraine are common — but can be hard to confirm. Russia denies that its soldiers are fighting in Ukraine.

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