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Sat September 3, 2011
Music News

The Clown Of The Orchestra Takes Its Revenge

The Breaking Winds achieved viral fame last year with a Lady Gaga medley video.
Kate Lemmon

You might think you haven't heard the bassoon outside a concert hall before, but you have: The woodwind instrument features prominently in the theme music of Leave It To Beaver, represents the grandfather character in Peter and the Wolf, and scores Mickey Mouse's misadventure with the dancing broomsticks in Fantasia. Notice a trend there?

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10:00am

Sat September 3, 2011
Music Interviews

Lenny Kravitz: Choosing Optimism

Lenny Kravitz and guitarist Craig Ross, performing in New York this summer.
Mike Coppola Getty Images

For more than 20 years, Lenny Kravitz has defied the expectations of radio programmers with his mix of psychedelic rock and soul. His newest album, Black and White America, continues in that tradition, hopping between genres and featuring guest spots from Jay-Z, Drake and Trombone Shorty.

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7:25am

Sat September 3, 2011
Planet Money

The Government's Case Against The Banks

Chuck Burton AP

During the housing boom, banks sold investors bundles of mortgages that were shoddier than promised, according to lawsuits the federal government filed yesterday.

This allegation won't come as a surprise to anyone who has followed the financial crisis; similar accusations have been flying around for years.

It's the scope of the lawsuits that makes them such a big deal: 17 separate suits naming many of the world's biggest banks and covering nearly $200 billion in mortgage-backed securities.

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6:00am

Sat September 3, 2011
Simon Says

A Paraphrased Quote Set In Stone

There's a quote carved into the new Martin Luther King Jr. memorial on the National Mall: "I was a drum major for justice, peace, and righteousness."

Except, as poet Maya Angelou pointed out this week, it's not a quote. It's a concentrated paraphrase that takes a word here and there from a speech that begins with Dr. King saying that he didn't wanted to be lauded, but --

"If you want to say that I was a drum major," he began, "say that I was a drum major for justice ..."

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6:00am

Sat September 3, 2011
NPR Story

Thousands Still Feeling Blow From Hurricane Irene

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SCOTT SIMON, host: This is WEEKEND EDITION from NPR News. I'm Scott Simon. The country is facing two more major storms, just a week after Irene barreled up the East Coast. Tropical Storm Lee is already pelting parts of the Gulf Coast with rain, and Hurricane Katia is farther out in the Atlantic and threatening to hit in the next few days.

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