KSJD http://ksjd.org en Singer-Singwriter Eliza Gilkyson http://ksjd.org/post/singer-singwriter-eliza-gilkyson <p>Eliza Gilkyson is a folk singer-songwriter who comes from a musical family and uses her music to tap into the emotional core of our shared experiences. In this episode of The Zine, a track from her latest album <em>The Nocturne Diaries</em> called "An American Boy", and KSJD's Tom Yoder talks with Eliza about her musical pedigree, why her songs are so approachable to other musicians, and how <em>The Nocturne Diaries</em> was written through the nighttime hours.</p><p><em>Listen here:</em></p><p></p> Fri, 01 Aug 2014 15:45:16 +0000 Tom Yoder 13419 at http://ksjd.org Singer-Singwriter Eliza Gilkyson The Good Listener: Why Do Band Photos Look Like That, Anyway? http://ksjd.org/post/good-listener-why-do-band-photos-look-anyway We get a lot of mail at NPR Music, and alongside the <em>Archer</em> paraphernalia we bought at Comic-Con and shipped to ourselves is a slew of smart questions about how music fits into our lives — and, this week, thoughts on musicians' publicity photos.<p><strong><em>Erin Briskie writes via email: "While traveling abroad recently with friends, our typical group photos in front of iconic landscapes slowly transitioned into a group of seven non-musicians attempting to take fake, ironic 'band photos.' Because everyone does that, right? Fri, 01 Aug 2014 14:03:00 +0000 Stephen Thompson 13416 at http://ksjd.org The Good Listener: Why Do Band Photos Look Like That, Anyway? During Transport, A Giraffe In South Africa Hits Head On Overpass, Dies http://ksjd.org/post/during-transport-giraffe-south-africa-hits-head-overpass-dies <a href="https://twitter.com/gussilber/status/495151630774730752">As one South African journalist put it on Twitter</a>, this tale is worthy of Aesop: It starts on a South African highway on Thursday. Fri, 01 Aug 2014 14:01:00 +0000 Eyder Peralta 13417 at http://ksjd.org During Transport, A Giraffe In South Africa Hits Head On Overpass, Dies Simmering Online Debate Shows Emoji Is In The Eye Of The Beholder http://ksjd.org/post/simmering-online-debate-shows-emoji-eye-beholder Images, GIFs and <a href="http://www.npr.org/2014/06/30/326937998/why-140-characters-when-one-will-do-tracing-the-emoji-evolution">emojis</a> — particularly the latter — have morphed into ways we express our feelings. They've quickly replaced words and sentences in our texts, tweets and emails.<p><em>So, what is this emoji? Fri, 01 Aug 2014 13:48:00 +0000 Kat Chow 13418 at http://ksjd.org Simmering Online Debate Shows Emoji Is In The Eye Of The Beholder Cantor To Step Down This Month To Make Room For Successor http://ksjd.org/post/cantor-step-down-month-make-room-successor Fresh from relinquishing his House majority leader position in the wake of a stinging primary defeat, Rep. Eric Cantor now says he will give up his Virginia congressional seat months before his term expires, to make room for his replacement.<p>"[It] is with tremendous gratitude and a heavy heart that I have decided to resign from Congress, effective Aug. Fri, 01 Aug 2014 13:24:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 13415 at http://ksjd.org Cantor To Step Down This Month To Make Room For Successor Unemployment Ticks Up To 6.2 Percent; 209,000 Jobs Added http://ksjd.org/post/unemployment-ticks-62-percent-209000-jobs-added The nation's unemployment rate moved up a bit in the month of July, to 6.2 percent, as more Americans who'd been sitting on the sidelines started looking for work, according to the latest monthly<a href="http://www.bls.gov/news.release/empsit.nr0.htm"> report released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.</a> Nonfarm payrolls increased by 209,000 jobs, a bit less than economists had expected.<p>Even so, according to <a href="http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/08/01/us-usa-economy-idUSKBN0G134N20140801">Reuters</a>, it marks "the sixth straight month that employment has expanded by more than 200, Fri, 01 Aug 2014 12:44:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 13414 at http://ksjd.org Unemployment Ticks Up To 6.2 Percent; 209,000 Jobs Added Court In Uganda Throws Out Anti-Gay Law http://ksjd.org/post/court-uganda-throws-out-anti-gay-law A court in Uganda has thrown out a controversial law that punished acts of homosexuality harshly, including with life in prison.<p><a href="http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/uganda-court-rule-legality-anti-gay-law-24801511">The AP reports</a> the decision was a technical one. The court ruled that there was no quorum when Parliament met to pass the law.<p>The AP adds:<p><blockquote><p>"'The speaker was obliged to ensure that there was quorum,' the court said in its ruling. Fri, 01 Aug 2014 12:19:00 +0000 Eyder Peralta 13412 at http://ksjd.org Court In Uganda Throws Out Anti-Gay Law Caffeine Gives Athletes An Edge, But Don't Overdo It http://ksjd.org/post/caffeine-gives-athletes-edge-dont-overdo-it After winning the Tour de France last Sunday, Vincenzo Nibali was tested for a bunch of performance-enhancing substances. But Nibali and his fellow competitors were welcome to have several cups of coffee (or cans of Red Bull), before their ride into Paris; caffeine is not on the World Anti-Doping Agency's <a href="http://www.wada-ama.org/Documents/World_Anti-Doping_Program/WADP-Prohibited-list/2014/WADA-prohibited-list-2014-EN.pdf">banned list</a>.<p>Still, the drug is definitely a performance booster. Fri, 01 Aug 2014 12:03:00 +0000 Katherine Hobson 13413 at http://ksjd.org Caffeine Gives Athletes An Edge, But Don't Overdo It From Alt.Latino, Five Conversations With Latin Music's Finest http://ksjd.org/post/altlatino-five-conversations-latin-musics-finest <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zElmm3dreVY</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IouCgsol8jg</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fIyz1Ubfw0I</p> Fri, 01 Aug 2014 12:03:00 +0000 Felix Contreras 13410 at http://ksjd.org From Alt.Latino, Five Conversations With Latin Music's Finest Drum Fill Friday, From Guest Quizmaster Matt Sokol Of Spillway http://ksjd.org/post/drum-fill-friday-guest-quizmaster-matt-sokol-spillway The drum fills and intros for this week's puzzler have something in common. In addition to being selected by Spillway drummer Matt Sokol, they're all performed by open-handed drummers. This means they play the hi-hat cymbal with their left hand, while their right hand plays the snare. (Most drummers cross their right hand over their left to play the hi-hat). If you're up on your open-handed drummers (Matt Sokol is an open-handed drummer himself), this week's puzzler will be a breeze! If not, well ... you might find some of these to be pretty challenging. Fri, 01 Aug 2014 11:53:00 +0000 Robin Hilton 13411 at http://ksjd.org Drum Fill Friday, From Guest Quizmaster Matt Sokol Of Spillway