The news may bring us stories of bankrupt symphony orchestras, floundering opera companies and shuttered record stores, but musicians keep making excellent recordings, often releasing them on small labels. That's the thread running through the broad range of classical albums that NPR Music's Tom Huizenga spins for Weekend All Things Considered host Guy Raz. The independent, Paris-based Zig Zag Territories label has released a sparkling new recording of Poulenc's Concerto for Two Pianos with the innovative original instruments band Anima Eterna.
The suspected gunman behind the massacre on a Norwegian island is reported to be a right-wing extremist with anti-immigrant sentiments. Norwegian terrorism expert Helge Luras talks to Scott Simon about right-wing extremist groups in his country, and why, initially, many Norwegians suspected Islamic extremists might be behind the attack.
As the world reacts to the horrifying news from Norway, host Guy Raz checks in with James Fallows of The Atlantic about this and the week's other big stories, including President Obama's challenge to House Republican leaders on the nation's debt ceiling.
Although House Speaker John Boehner walked away from debt ceiling negotiations with President Obama Friday night, the two sat down with other congressional leaders again Saturday in another attempt to work out a plan to raise the debt limit. NPR's Ari Shapiro talks with host Guy Raz from the White House about how much progress they did, or didn't, make.
In this Feb. 19, 2010 file photo, Americans for Tax Reform President Grover Norquist jokes around as he is introduced prior to addressing the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Washington.
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President Obama and Speaker Boehner may be the center of attention in Washington right now, but just behind the scenes — and controlling a significant part of the discussion — is anti-tax advocate Grover Norquist.
In 1986, Norquist's group Americans for Tax Reform came up with a simple document with two simple messages:
British singer Amy Winehouse has been found dead at her London apartment. The soul singer struggled with drink and drug addiction.
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Singer Amy Winehouse, who mixed pieces of soul, jazz, and gospel into pop ballads, was found dead in her apartment Saturday. Police are so far listing the cause of death as "unexplained." Her career as a musician was often overshadowed by her life off-stage, Winehouse struggled with drugs and alcohol throughout her life.
Winehouse wasn't one to apologize for her substance abuse. In fact, it's a big part of what made the singer so famous, or infamous. Winehouse released her first album, Frank, in 2003, but three years later she shot to super stardom, with her song, "Rehab."
LMFAO, comprising members Redfoo (left) and SkyBlu, are the uncle-nephew duo behind "Party Rock Anthem."
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The No. 1 song in America right now is "Party Rock Anthem" by LMFAO. It's also hit No. 1 in Denmark, New Zealand, Mexico, Ireland, Sweden, Australia, Germany, Brazil, the UK ... you get the idea. The duo behind LMFAO — the aformentioned party rockers — are Stefan and Skyler Gordy. Respectively, they are the son and grandson of the legendary Berry Gordy, founder of Motown Records. (For the record: The two are uncle and nephew, not father and son.)
Host Scott Simon talks about the latest debt negotiation impasse with Republican Congressman Mick Mulvaney. The House freshman, who represents South Carolina's 5th district, serves on the House Budget Committee.