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The Two-Way
9:51 am
Mon June 24, 2013

Bobby 'Blue' Bland, The 'Sinatra Of The Blues,' Dies

Bobby "Blue" Bland at the 2011 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival.
Rick Diamond Getty Images

Originally published on Mon June 24, 2013 10:32 am

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Bobby "Blue" Bland, the "Sinatra of the blues" who sang such classics as "Turn On Your Love Light" and "Further On Up The Road," has died. He was 83.

According to The Associated Press: "Rodd Bland said his father died due to complications from an ongoing illness at his Memphis, Tenn., home. He was surrounded by relatives."

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Monkey See
9:02 am
Mon June 24, 2013

Illusions Of Grandeur: Why Don Draper Will Never Get To California

Jon Hamm as Don Draper on Mad Men.
Jaimie Trueblood AMC

What makes Don Draper dashing is the suit, especially. And the hat, the jaw, the hair, the voice, the way he fixes his attention on a woman. But what makes Don Draper seductive as a person and not just a sexual partner is that he is perpetually a whisper away from being a better man. If he were just dashing, he would be harmless; it's that he's seductive that makes him dangerous. It's how close he seems to becoming better that makes him toxic.

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First Listen
7:59 am
Mon June 24, 2013

First Listen: Cheyenne Mize, 'Among The Grey'

Cheyenne Mize's new album, Among the Grey, comes out June 25.
Meagan Jordan Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Thu July 4, 2013 7:54 am

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First Listen
7:59 am
Mon June 24, 2013

First Listen: Beautiful Swimmers, 'Son'

Beautiful Swimmers' new album, Son, comes out July 2.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Thu July 4, 2013 7:56 am

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First Listen
7:58 am
Mon June 24, 2013

First Listen: Daughn Gibson, 'Me Moan'

Daughn Gibson's new album, Me Moan, comes out July 9.
Adam Wallacavage Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Sat June 29, 2013 9:31 am

Between the City of Brotherly Love and the Steel Belt of Pittsburgh, there's plenty of rural countryside in the state of Pennsylvania. So when Pearls & Brass drummer Daughn Gibson wasn't touring the U.S. playing that band's strain of heavy '70s-style rock, he took blue-collar gigs as a long-haul trucker and warehouse worker. And, when that band ended, Gibson took to recording his own music. His 2012 solo debut, All Hell, found his country roots showing through the crackly lo-fi loops and stark piano songs, all of it sticking thanks to Gibson's well-deep baritone.

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The Two-Way
7:43 am
Mon June 24, 2013

Book News: The FBI Monitored Mexican Writer Carlos Fuentes

The daily lowdown on books, publishing, and the occasional author behaving badly.

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The Two-Way
7:21 am
Mon June 24, 2013

Where In The World Is Edward Snowden? Still Russia, It Seems

Journalists on board a Moscow-to-Havana flight Monday thought that NSA leaker Edward Snowden would be in that window seat. Instead, the plane left with that spot empty.
Maxim Shemetov Reuters /Landov

Originally published on Mon June 24, 2013 9:48 am

After hours of breathless reporting about how "NSA leaker" Edward Snowden would be getting on a Moscow-to-Havana flight Monday, it seems he did not in fact board the jet for what what was thought to be a step toward asylum in Ecuador.

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New In Paperback
7:03 am
Mon June 24, 2013

June 24-30: A Runaway, A Francophile, An Ex-Wife And Rabies

Originally published on Mon June 24, 2013 4:31 pm

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Business
6:55 am
Mon June 24, 2013

Chinese Stocks Suffer Big Losses

Originally published on Mon June 24, 2013 11:54 am

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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

NPR's business news begins with another bad day for Chinese stocks.

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GREENE: The major indexes in China closed down more than five percent - making it the worst day of losses since 2009. And the plunge reverberated, weighing down markets across Asia. The losses we apparently caused by the Chinese government's ongoing attempt to reform its banking system. It's using high interest rates to cut down on risky loans, making access to cash very tight. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.

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