11:01am

Tue June 19, 2012
Music Reviews

Ray Anderson: A Pocket-Size Suite Makes A Huge Racket

Originally published on Tue June 19, 2012 3:47 pm

It's tricky making a little band sound big on Sweet Chicago Suite, but trombonist Ray Anderson knows his tricks.
Jeanne Moutoussamy Ashe

Ray Anderson's Pocket Brass Band is about watch-pocket size: With three horns and drums, it couldn't get much smaller. On its new Sweet Chicago Suite, Anderson makes what the group does sound easy. Just write some catchy, bluesy tunes and then have the band blast them out.

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11:01am

Tue June 19, 2012
Author Interviews

Edible Fermentables: Wine, Beer, Cheese, Meat

Originally published on Thu June 21, 2012 10:15 am

Beer may be the oldest fermented beverage on the planet.
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In the beginning, the self-described "fermentation fetishist" Sandor Katz loved sour pickles.

"For whatever reason, I was drawn to that flavor as a child," he tells Fresh Air's Terry Gross. "And then when I was in my 20s, I did quite a bit of dietary experimentation and ... I started noticing that whenever I ate sauerkraut or pickles, even the smell of it would make my salivary glands start secreting."

After Katz moved from New York City to a rural community in Tennessee, his fascination with all things fermented increased.

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10:51am

Tue June 19, 2012
The Two-Way

Historic Southern Baptist Vote Coming Up, Live On The Web

Originally published on Tue June 19, 2012 3:11 pm

Pastor Fred Luter, of New Orleans, who's set to be president of the Southern Baptist Convention.
Ross D. Franklin AP

NPR.org's lead story this hour is Barbara Bradley Hagerty's Morning Edition report headlined "Southern Baptists See Their Future In A Black Pastor."

As she writes:

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9:51am

Tue June 19, 2012
The Two-Way

Adidas Cancels Its 'Shackle Shoes'

Originally published on Tue June 19, 2012 11:46 am

The JS Roundhouse Mids.
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Sneakers that come with prison orange shackles to wrap around your ankles?

That was Adidas' idea for the "JS Roundhouse Mids" it planned to start selling in August. It was to be "a sneaker ... so hot you lock your kicks to your ankles."

Was to be, that is.

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9:48am

Tue June 19, 2012
Asia

Pakistan's Prime Minister Disqualified From Office

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9:12am

Tue June 19, 2012
The Two-Way

Signs Of Strength In Latest Housing Data

Originally published on Tue June 19, 2012 10:01 am

San Mateo, Calif.: Construction was underway earlier this year at a new housing development.
Justin Sullivan Getty Images

There was a 7.9 percent jump in the number of construction permits issued to home builders in May, the Census Bureau says.

That increase boosted permits to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 780,000 — the most since September 2008, The Associated Press adds. It's a signal that construction will be strong in coming months.

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8:23am

Tue June 19, 2012
The Two-Way

Pakistan's Prime Minister Ousted From Office By Country's Highest Court

Originally published on Tue June 19, 2012 9:31 am

Pakistan's Prime Minister Yousuf Reza Gilani as he arrived at court on April 26 in Islamabad.
Aamir Qureshi AFP/Getty Images

There's fresh political turmoil in Pakistan today after the country's highest court "disqualified" Prime Minister Yousuf Reza Gilani from office, The Associated Press writes.

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7:51am

Tue June 19, 2012
The Two-Way

Should Roger Clemens Go Into Baseball's Hall Of Fame?

Originally published on Tue June 19, 2012 8:31 am

Roger Clemens in 1991, when he pitched for the Boston Red Sox.
Otto Greule Jr Getty Images

Now that Roger Clemens has been found not guilty of lying to Congress and obstructing its investigation into the use of performance-enhancing drugs by Major League Baseball players, the debate resumes about whether one of baseball's greatest pitchers should or shouldn't get into the sport's hall of fame.

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7:26am

Tue June 19, 2012
Around the Nation

N.C. Elephant Is The First To Get Contact Lenses

Originally published on Tue June 19, 2012 9:48 am

At the zoo in North Carolina C'sar the elephant seemed sad. He was lethargic and losing weight. Vets thought it was his poor eyesight. Cataract surgery helped but now he's far sighted. So his caretakers ordered contact lenses — they'll be a bit smaller than tennis balls.

7:14am

Tue June 19, 2012
World

New Zealand Couple Spends $80,000 On Bucket List

Originally published on Tue June 19, 2012 9:48 am

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