11:40pm

Sun May 22, 2011
Statehouse News

GOP Claims Unity at Frankfort Rally

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Kentucky Republicans held a post-primary rally at state GOP headquarters in Frankfort Saturday to show a united front for the fall.  But despite claims of party unity, it appears the Republicans may have a few chinks in their armor.

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11:02pm

Sun May 22, 2011
First Listen

First Listen: Death Cab For Cutie, 'Codes And Keys'

Death Cab for Cutie's new album, Codes and Keys, comes out May 31.
Danny Clinch

Death Cab for Cutie's music has long had a certain innocence to it; a boyish, vulnerable charm that feels unmistakably collegiate. When the Bellingham, Wash., band broke big in the early '00s, its records played like the soundtracks to breathless long-distance romances between young adults who'd always been just a little too smart for the rooms they were in.

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11:01pm

Sun May 22, 2011
First Listen

First Listen: My Morning Jacket, 'Circuital'

My Morning Jacket's new album, Circuital, comes out May 31.
Danny Clinch

My Morning Jacket has been tricky to peg lately, especially after the 2008 release of Evil Urges, which saw the band's cavernous rock sound sprawl out to include absurd forays into loopy funk. At its best, Evil Urges is a monster, but it's not exactly consistent.

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11:00pm

Sun May 22, 2011
First Listen

First Listen: Cults, 'Cults'

Cults' debut album is due out on May 31.
Martin Sanmiguel Courtesy of the artist

When we got our first taste of the Brooklyn band Cults earlier this year, winter was still holding on strong. The group's self-released Go Outside 7" sailed in like a welcome, balmy breeze. No one knew much about the mysterious then-duo, which sported no official website and a nearly un-Googleable name. (Seriously, if you're looking for biographical information, searching "Cults members" won't help.) But that didn't matter — what wasn't to like? We warmed our hands over Cults' summery groove, with its twinkling xylophone and girl-group vocals, without a second thought.

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10:40pm

Sun May 22, 2011
Tiny Desk Concerts

Low: Tiny Desk Concert

Adele Hampton NPR
  • Audio Only: Low's Tiny Desk Concert

It's been fascinating to watch the evolution of the Duluth, Minn., band Low in the 17 years since the release of its wonderful debut album, I Could Live in Hope. Renowned for being one of the slowest and quietest acts in indie-rock, Low has nevertheless found ways to experiment with new ways to sound alternately (and even simultaneously) swoony and unnerving.

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8:14pm

Sun May 22, 2011
Weekends On All Things Considered Podcast

Middle East Politics, Remembering Macho Man, And Post-Rapture Pet Sitting

  • Middle East Politics, Remembering Macho Man, And Post-Rapture Pet Sitting

In this week's podcast of Weekends on All Things Considered, President Obama leaps into the mind field of Middle East politics. Plus, remembering Macho Man, legendary director Norman Jewison, and what it means to be a psychopath. Also, Priscilla Ahn and a post-rapture pet sitting business.

5:03pm

Sun May 22, 2011
Movies

Norman Jewison's 50 Years In Film: A True 'Superstar'

Norman Jewison (right) on the set of the 1999 film The Hurricane, which starred Denzel Washington as a boxer wrongly convicted of murder.
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This week, the Film Society of New York's Lincoln Center begins a 15-film, six-day retrospective of director Norman Jewison's work. The series is called "Norman Jewison: Relentless Renegade," an apt title for a man whose career has spanned more than 50 years and includes such classics as In the Heat of the Night, Fiddler on the Roof and Jesus Christ Superstar.

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3:00pm

Sun May 22, 2011
Israeli-Palestinian Coverage

Israelis, Palestinians React To Obama Plan

President Obama stirred passions on all sides of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict last week. Guy Raz talks with Maen Rashid Areikat, the Palestinian Liberation Organization's envoy in Washington; Daniel Kurtzer, the former U.S. ambassador to Israel; and Jerusalem Post editor in chief David Horovitz about reaction to the speech.

2:36pm

Sun May 22, 2011
Around the Nation

Vermont Steps Closer To Single-Payer Health Care

Vermont is about to accomplish something the federal government couldn't.

Once Gov. Peter Shumlin signs a bill on May 26, the state will be on track to having a single-payer health care system.

"We're actually trying to design the first single-payer health care system for America," Shumlin told Guy Raz, host of weekends on All Things Considered.

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1:52pm

Sun May 22, 2011
Media

What's The Fastest-Growing TV Network In America?

Univision President Cesar Conde attends a charity gala in New York City. Millions of viewers tune in to Univision each week, and it's growing faster than any other TV network in the country. (Getty Images)
Mark Von Holden Getty Images

One TV network is serving the fastest-growing consumer population in the country — at times edging out ABC, NBC and CBS in the coveted 18- to 49-year-old viewer demographic. And it isn't broadcast in English.

It's Spanish-language network Univision, which began as a small TV station in San Antonio in 1961. Now, with millions of viewers tuning in each week, it's growing faster than any other broadcast network on television.

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