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All Songs Considered
2:43 pm
Fri February 1, 2013

Wanna Make An Album? Start Right Now!

The author, up for the "Challenge."
Bob Boilen NPR

Originally published on Fri February 1, 2013 4:04 pm

  • Hear a song sung by Bob Boilen for the RPM Challege a few years ago

I love a deadline and every February I get one. Thanks to The Wire, a small New Hampshire magazine that started the tradition in 2006, I make an album every year. They call it the RPM Challenge, and the challenge is this: write and record an album in the time between the first and last days of February. To qualify as an album, it just needs to be 10 songs or 35 minutes of music.

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The Two-Way
2:28 pm
Fri February 1, 2013

3 Things To Say At A Super Bowl Party

San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick.
Joe Skipper Reuters /Landov

Originally published on Mon February 4, 2013 12:02 am

If you're invited to a Super Bowl party and aren't quite up to speed about Sunday's big game, join the club. This blogger's a Buffalo Bills fan and tries to kind of tune out around this time of the season because, after all, it brings back some painful memories.

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Song Travels
2:18 pm
Fri February 1, 2013

Marilyn McCoo And Billy Davis Jr. On 'Song Travels'

Billy Davis Jr. and Marilyn McCoo.
Stephen Shugerman Getty Images

Marilyn McCoo and Billy Davis Jr. met as members of the iconic '60s R&B/pop group The Fifth Dimension, whose hits included "Aquarius/Let the Sun Shine In" and "One Less Bell to Answer." Married in 1969, they went on to perform as a successful duo and host their own television show in the '70s.

Together, they've won seven Grammy Awards and sold millions of records. Their 2007 album The Many Faces of Love was released on their own label, and features some of the pair's favorites from the '60s and '70s.

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It's All Politics
1:57 pm
Fri February 1, 2013

Reports: Republican Scott Brown Won't Seek Massachusetts Senate Seat

Republican Scott Brown, shown here on Capitol Hill in 2010 not long after coming to the Senate in a special election, announced Friday that he won't run in this year's special election in Massachusetts to replace Democrat John Kerry.
Mark Wilson Getty Images

Originally published on Fri February 1, 2013 2:38 pm

Former Massachusetts Sen. Scott Brown will not seek the Republican nomination for Senate in a special election to replace Sen. John Kerry, the Democrat who on Friday was being sworn in as secretary of state.

The decision leaves Republicans in deep blue Massachusetts scrambling to find a candidate who can be competitive in a special election just five months away.

Brown, who won a 2010 special election for the seat of the late Sen. Edward Kennedy, lost the seat in November to Democrat Elizabeth Warren.

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The Two-Way
1:40 pm
Fri February 1, 2013

In Interview, John Kerry Says He Was Hired Before Rice Withdrew

The next Secretary of State John Kerry.
Saul Loeb AFP/Getty Images

For those of you who keep up with the details of Washington machinations. Here's a bit of surprising news: The next Secretary of State John Kerry told The Boston Globe that President Obama offered him the State gig a week before U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice removed her name from consideration.

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Monkey See
1:39 pm
Fri February 1, 2013

They Call Me ... Bruce? When Characters Outlive Their Names

Bruce Wayne is only one of the many characters whose name makes him seem perhaps a little older than he is.
DC Comics

Originally published on Sun February 3, 2013 8:26 am

Look, don't get me wrong. There's nothing wrong with the name "Bruce."

There are plenty of Bruces about, and good and strong and admirable Bruces they are, contributing to society in myriad ways.

You got your Springsteen, of course. Your Campbell. Your Vilanch. Your Dern. Your ... um, Boxleitner. Your Jenner and your ... Baumgartner, was it? Baumgartner.

Bruce: A perfectly fine name. Just not as common in the U.S. as it once was, is my point.

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The Two-Way
1:13 pm
Fri February 1, 2013

Taxi! Chinese Company Finds Fair Deal In London Cab Maker

Black taxis drive down The Mall in London. A Chinese company rescued the British automaker that manufactures the famous cabs.
Pierre-Philippe Marcou AFP/Getty Images

The iconic black cabs of London got a lift Friday when a Chinese company rescued the British automaker that manufactures the taxis. Zhejiang Geely Holding Group said it will pay $17.5 million to buy Manganese Bronze Holdings, which has been making the cabs since 1899.

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NPR Story
12:57 pm
Fri February 1, 2013

Bill Frisell On Piano Jazz

Bill Frisell.
Michael Wilson Courtesy of the artist

Guitarist and composer Bill Frisell brings his sparkling, atmospheric sound to this episode of Piano Jazz with host Marian McPartland, in a session that originally aired in October 2007.

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The Salt
12:33 pm
Fri February 1, 2013

Pig Out In The Winter Or When Money's Tight? Blame Evolution

When times are tough, that prehistoric urge to splurge on high-calorie treats like M&Ms still kicks in.
Daniel M.N. Turner NPR

Originally published on Fri February 1, 2013 5:39 pm

Has the recession made you fat?

To the long and growing list of risk factors known to increase the risk of obesity, scientists recently added a new one: scarcity.

People given subtle cues that they may have to confront harsh conditions in the near future choose to eat higher-calorie food than they might do otherwise, a response that researchers believe is shaped by the long hand of evolution.

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Economy
12:12 pm
Fri February 1, 2013

Can A Housing Comeback Save Lagging Job Numbers?

The winter may not be over, but economists are looking to spring for good news when it comes to jobs. Host Michel Martin speaks with NPR Senior Business Editor Marilyn Geewax about whether a strengthening housing market could boost stalling jobs numbers.

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