Arts & Life

A Blog Supreme
12:48 pm
Mon July 9, 2012

Live At The 2012 Newport Jazz Festival

Wynton Marsalis' ensemble performs at the Newport Jazz Festival.
Erik Jacobs for NPR

Originally published on Mon July 9, 2012 2:06 pm

Since 1954, the Newport Jazz Festival has brought live music to seaside New England. This year, you can see it even if you can't be there: NPR Music returns to the Newport Jazz Festival for a live video webcast and recording on August 4-5, 2012.

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Arts & Life
8:45 am
Sat July 7, 2012


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Ticks are more than just a nuisance; they can be a threat to the health and well-being of both animals and humans. 


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The Picture Show
3:39 pm
Fri July 6, 2012

If Your House Were On Fire, What Would You Take?

Michelle Ashton, 27, London, Web designer: "MacBook Pro. It's uninsured and full of work and personal photographs. Twenty-seven-year-old teddy bear, 'Teddy,' who has already survived one burning house."
Michelle Ashton

Originally published on Fri July 6, 2012 12:34 pm

That's the question Foster Huntington asks on his blog, The Burning House. And to answer the question, you have to submit a photo of what you'd take.

Few of these piles really resemble what one might grab in a panic. They are carefully contemplated and arranged. And the responses vary. Some interpret the question to mean: What would you need to survive? (Advil, scissors, rubbing alcohol.) And others take it to mean: What are your most irreplaceable possessions? (Photos and stuffed animals.)

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Kinetic Art
12:10 pm
Fri July 6, 2012

Making Rain

Go behind the scenes to see how the creative team at ART+ COM designed and implemented their rain sculputure  "Kinetic Rain," located at the Changi Airport in Singapore.

Making Rain from themomentum on Vimeo.

Kinetic Art
11:59 am
Fri July 6, 2012

"Kinetic Rain"

Sometimes art is found in the unlikeliest of places...Click to view the kinetic art installation by the design group ART+COM:

"Kinetic Rain" Changi Airport Singapore from ART+COM on Vimeo.

The Picture Show
12:55 pm
Mon July 2, 2012

100 Words: The Farm Families Of Vermont


Originally published on Mon July 2, 2012 12:05 pm

100 Words is a series in which photographers describe their work, in their own words. Skye Chalmers has been a professional photographer for 20 years. Born "in a drafty farmhouse" in Weston, Vt., he writes, he still lives in the state "with his superwoman and their redheaded twin toddlers."

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Arts & Life
8:55 am
Sat June 30, 2012

Hot Weather and Your Pet

As the mercury rises to unseasonably high temperatures, the heat can cause problems for our pets!


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Heat Wave
5:55 pm
Thu June 28, 2012

National Weather Service: Heat wave brings triple digits to much of Ala.

Authorities are trying to take care of the most vulnerable citizens as temperatures soar across Alabama.

Temperatures are predicted to reach 100 degrees and hotter across much of central and north Alabama on Thursday, and the National Weather Service says that's only the start of a heat wave that will last into the weekend.

In Birmingham, police say they're beginning ``Operation Welfare Check.'' Officers will check on elderly and sick people at the request of relatives and friends to see who needs help.

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The Picture Show
10:57 am
Wed June 27, 2012

Snapshots Of Summer In Russia

Summer, the short, sweet release from the interminable cocoon of Russian winter, is a time for swimming and riding, and sometimes both.
Jonas Bendiksen National Geographic

Originally published on Wed June 27, 2012 10:22 am

It makes sense that in Russia, where it's cold and dark for much of the year, summer would be a magical time. An article in National Geographic's July issue explains the cultural significance — and ubiquity — of dachas, or summer cottages: One in three Russians, the article reads, owns one.

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A Blog Supreme
9:46 am
Wed June 27, 2012

Jazz's Hallowed Basement In Photos

The Village Vanguard's awning and sign have become iconic among jazz aficionados.
Mito Habe-Evans NPR

Originally published on Tue September 18, 2012 4:29 pm

The Village Vanguard is one of jazz's hallowed venues — quite an achievement for a cramped basement room with a capacity of 123 people.

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July 4th Tourism
4:54 pm
Tue June 26, 2012

Ala. beaches prime for July 4 holiday minus Debby

Alabama's beach communities are getting ready for the upcoming July 4 holiday now that Tropical Storm Debby is bearing down on Florida.

Surf conditions already have improved enough for the cities of Gulf Shores and Orange Beach to reopen coastal waters to tourists.

Forecasters say waves should become calmer as the storm moves slowly along a line that the National Hurricane Center says will take Debby into the Florida peninsula.

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Pet Training
8:00 am
Sat June 23, 2012

Cat Training

Training a cat?  Okay, maybe your cat won't do parlor tricks but it is possible to teach your cat some basic good behavior.


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Literary Reviews
3:35 pm
Thu June 21, 2012

Over Time: My Life As a Sportswriter

New York Times

Author: Frank Deford

Publisher: Atlantic Monthly Press

Pages: 354

Price: $25.00

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The Salt
12:03 pm
Tue June 19, 2012

Five Facts About Pie That Might Surprise You, And A Survey

Apple is the most popular pie — or is it?
Diane Diederich

Originally published on Tue June 19, 2012 10:45 am

As American as apple pie, a pie in the hand is worth two on the sill, and how about a cream pie in the face?

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10:03 am
Tue June 19, 2012

Tips From Texas on How To Put On a Gay Rodeo

Excitement buzzes in the air of a large arena in Fort Worth, TX as the loudspeakers boom with the announcer's voice. "Ladies and Gentlemen! TGRA would like to welcome you to Fort Worth, Texas!" The Texas Gay Rodeo Association is putting on its 29th gay rodeo and more than 100 people are ready to watch or compete. Excitement buzzes in the air of a large arena in Fort Worth, TX as the loudspeakers boom with the announcer's voice.

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