Thu July 28, 2011
World Cafe

Thao And Mirah On World Cafe

Singer-songwriters Thao and Mirah recently paired up for a new collaborative project and perform together on today's World Cafe.
Courtesy of the artist

Singer-songwriters Thao Nguyen and Mirah Yom Tov Zeitlin are more commonly known on a first-name-only basis as Thao and Mirah. Last year, the two friends decided to take a break from their respective solo careers and work together on a collaborative project. The result is Thao & Mirah, released earlier this year on Kill Rock Stars to a warm popular and critical reception.

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Thu July 28, 2011
Tiny Desk Concerts

They Might Be Giants: Tiny Desk Concert

Originally published on Thu July 28, 2011 11:18 am

Emily Bogle NPR
  • Audio Only: They Might Be Giants' Tiny Desk Concert

The notion of being a geek has changed drastically since They Might Be Giants started out way back in 1982: Where geekhood once entailed social isolation and tastes too esoteric to accommodate broad social interaction, it's now worn like a badge of honor, embraced by diehards and dabblers alike. During They Might Be Giants' commercial rise in the late 1980s, finding fans of the band meant doing some winnowing.

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Thu July 28, 2011

Education Tax Initiative Faces Uphill Battle

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Supporters of an initiative that would increase Colorado sales and income taxes and earmark the money raised for education say they will have enough signatures to get the measure placed on the November election ballot. But as Daniel Costello reports, the backers will likely have an uphill battle convincing voters to pass the measure.


Thu July 28, 2011

Foreign Policy: Female Engagement In Hipstamatic

Lance Cpl. Kristi Baker, 21, a member of Female Engagement Team (FET) 12 from Battalion 1/8 at the Shir Ghazay Patrol Base in Landay Nawah County, Afghanistan, on Jan. 31.
Rita Leistner

Rita Leistner is a photojournalist based in Toronto. A selection of her Basetrack photos are now featured in a digital book. Basetrack is supported by a 2010 News Challenge grant from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.

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Megan Verlee is a reporter with Colorado Public Radio.


Thu July 28, 2011
The Two-Way

Senate Will Take Up House Budget Bill Tonight, Says Reid

This evening is looking pretty dramatic for Congress. House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH), who has been working hard to shore up the 217 votes he needs to get his budget bill through the House, will bring the bill to the floor of the House for a vote.

And Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said that if it passes, the Senate will take its own vote on the measure immediately after.

"As soon as the House completes its vote tonight, the Senate will move to take up that bill. It will be defeated," Reid said on the Senate floor.

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Thu July 28, 2011

Egypt's Mubarak Will Be Moved To Cairo To Face Trial

Former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak will be brought to Cairo to stand trial next week, a top judiciary official said Thursday. It would be the first time he has returned to the capital since he was ousted from power this spring.

Mubarak, 83, faces charges in the deaths of hundreds of protesters during the revolution that toppled him. He will be tried, along with his sons and former interior minister, in proceedings set to begin Wednesday.

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Thu July 28, 2011
It's All Politics

Boehner Has Few If Any Votes To Spare For His Debt-Ceiling Bill

Originally published on Thu July 28, 2011 10:15 am

Think Progress, the liberal group, posts on its blog its own whip count of the House Republican "no" votes on Speaker John Boehner's debt-ceiling bill.

TP was trying to assess if Boehner can get the 217 votes he needs to pass his proposal. (Because of vacancies he doesn't need the 218 that would normally be required in a 435-member House.)

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Thu July 28, 2011
The Two-Way

My What Big Eyes You Have, Up North

Svalbard, Norway: dark and cloudy.
Gilles Leimdorfer AFP/Getty Images

A survey of 55 skulls from the 1800s and regions across the globe finds that people who lived in high latitudes had bigger eyes and brains. Researchers at Oxford University say the variations are not due to differences in intelligence but are instead related to ambient light:

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Thu July 28, 2011

Heartland Voters Feel Frozen Out By Debt Debate

Catherine Ridgley, in St. Charles, Mo. with her daughter Carryl on July 27, says she's had "too much of government."
Alan Greenblatt NPR

Rep. Todd Akin's constituents want to see a deal putting an end to the debt-ceiling debate, but not just any deal.

Despite party pressures, the Missouri Republican is planning to vote against Speaker John Boehner's latest proposal to lift the debt ceiling. It doesn't do enough to "address the spending problem," according to Akin's spokesman Steve Taylor.

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