2:44pm

Wed June 6, 2012
Music Reviews

Japandroids: One Part Classic Rock, One Part Punk

Originally published on Sat June 9, 2012 12:39 pm

Japandroids is guitarist Brian King (left) and drummer David Prowse.
Simone Cecchetti

The rock band Japandroids is two men, not from Tokyo but from Vancouver, British Columbia — guitarist Brian King and drummer David Prowse. Both of them sang and very often shouted on their 2009 LP Post-Nothing, which received a lot of praise from music blogs. Their second album is out now; it's called Celebration Rock, and I think it's the best rock record I've heard this year.

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2:41pm

Wed June 6, 2012
The Two-Way

PHOTOS: The Enterprise Travels Up The Hudson River To Its New Home

The shuttle was navigated through Coney Island and Staten Island from Jersey City.
Stan Honda AFP/Getty Images

The shuttle Enterprise made a incredible trip up the Hudson River by barge, today. The shuttle was framed by New York City's skyline and eventually it will be hoisted from the barge to its new home at the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum.

Here are some pictures from the Enterprise's journey:

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2:34pm

Wed June 6, 2012
Monkey See

Ray Bradbury: Finding Our Reflections Where We Didn't Expect Them

Originally published on Thu June 7, 2012 8:19 am

This 1966 file photo shows science fiction writer Ray Bradbury looking at a picture that was part of a school project to illustrate characters in one of his dramas.
AP

Heinlein, Asimov and Bradbury; they were the tripod (invasive, moving, with lasers) on which my science fiction education was built in the 1970s. This was somewhat self-selected, because once you — or I — grew out of Danny Dunn and Journey to the Mushroom Planet and Tom Swift, Jr., they were the inevitable destinations, the planets with the heaviest gravity wells in the sci-fi solar system.

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2:12pm

Wed June 6, 2012
NPR Story

Buckley Skewers Washington In 'They Eat Puppies'

Originally published on Thu June 7, 2012 2:38 pm

In Christopher Buckley's latest political satire, They Eat Puppies, Don't They? a lobbyist teams up with a conservative policy wonk to spread a rumor that China is plotting to assassinate the Dalai Lama. Together, they create a huge disinformation campaign that nearly sparks World War III.

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2:11pm

Wed June 6, 2012
The Two-Way

Economy Grew At 'Moderate Pace' In April And May, Federal Reserve Says

Anecdotal reports from across the nation "suggest overall economic activity expanded at a moderate pace" from early April through late May, the Federal Reserve just reported.

In its "beige book" review of conditions around the country, the Fed said the only one of its 12 bank districts to report slower growth was Philadelphia.

The report also adds that:

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2:02pm

Wed June 6, 2012
National Security

How The President Decides To Make Drone Strikes

Originally published on Wed June 6, 2012 2:48 pm

For a new book, Kill or Capture, investigative reporter Dan Klaidman examined how President Obama came to embrace the drone program, and the closed-door process that determines under what circumstances drones are deployed. He talks about the administration's growing reliance on covert attacks.

2:02pm

Wed June 6, 2012
Politics

Grenell On Foreign Policy And Being Gay In The GOP

Originally published on Wed June 6, 2012 2:31 pm

Richard Grenell recently explained that Mitt Romney chose him to serve as his foreign policy adviser based on his record and abilities. The Romney campaign, he says, also knew he was openly gay. Grenell explains why he resigned, and where Romney and President Obama differ on foreign policy.

2:02pm

Wed June 6, 2012
Politics

Walker's Victory Tests Progressives' Strength

Originally published on Wed June 6, 2012 2:22 pm

Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker survived his recall election, a victory that may signal trouble for Democrats at the national level come November. NPR's Political Junkie columnist Ken Rudin and Katrina Vanden Heuvel of The Nation talk about what Walker's victory means for progressives.

1:54pm

Wed June 6, 2012
Can I Just Tell You?

Is America The Land Of Opportunity For Everyone?

Originally published on Wed June 6, 2012 3:44 pm

Chuck Brown, known as the "Godfather of Go-Go," in 1987.
David Corio Redferns

If you are from the Washington, D.C. area — D.C. to the locals — or if you just follow popular music, then you must have heard of Chuck Brown, the much loved musician who died last month at the age of 75.

We ran a brief tribute right at the time of his death, but after his memorial service last week, I found myself thinking more about him.

To the uninitiated, Chuck Brown was known as the Godfather of Go-Go. Check out a little taste of one of his hits, "Run Joe," a go-go-ized remake of a classic calypso song.

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1:46pm

Wed June 6, 2012
The Two-Way

The Bush Tax Cuts: Obama's Surrogates Add Confusion To Democratic Position

Originally published on Thu June 7, 2012 3:32 pm

Former Treasury Secretary Lawrence Summers speaks during a discussion about tax codes and revenue hosted by the Brookings Institute on May 3 in Washington.
Mark Wilson Getty Images

Did Larry Summers, the president's first National Economic Council director, just become the second Obama surrogate to stray from the talking points and endorse an extension of the Bush-era tax cuts?

Those tax cuts, which the Obama administration has said it will not extend for the very rich, are due to expire at the end of the year. Along with deep cuts in government spending scheduled to take place at the same time, many have called the end of the year a "fiscal cliff" that would plunge the economy back into recession.

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