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Thu August 21, 2014
Music

A Sleek And Busy Walk With Jean-Luc Ponty

French jazz violinist Jean-Luc Ponty played the Monterey Jazz Festival in 1967, which led to his getting an American record contract, and playing with George Duke, Frank Zappa, and the Mahavishnu Orchestra. Then he started his own jazz-rock fusion bands. Fresh Air critic Kevin Whitehead says before Ponty came to the States, he already had his concept.

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1:01pm

Thu August 21, 2014

12:17pm

Thu August 21, 2014
Code Switch

The Sleepy Road Near Our National Conversation On Race

Originally published on Thu August 21, 2014 1:04 pm

Linda Owen takes a photo of her husband, Al, in front of Ferguson Brewing Co. near the city's historic district. The couple are from an unincorporated section of St. Louis County and were visiting Ferguson. They don't get down to West Florissant much anymore, although Linda, a retired teacher, has former students who live there and said she worries about how they're doing.
Eric Kayne for NPR

On television, it's hard to get a sense of just how small the stretch of West Florissant Avenue — the thoroughfare in Ferguson, Mo., that's drawn international attention after the killing of Michael Brown — really is.

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12:07pm

Thu August 21, 2014
Business

Bank Of America Settles Mortgage Case For $16.65 Billion

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11:49am

Thu August 21, 2014
Krulwich Wonders...

When Venus Was Filled With Venusians — 50 Billion Of Them

Robert Krulwich NPR

What a difference 180 years makes.

Back in the 1830s, a Scottish minister and amateur astronomer named Thomas Dick tried to calculate the number of intelligent creatures in the universe. He assumed that all heavenly bodies supported intelligent life, maybe not exactly like us, but similar to us in size and habits of living. Then he took population figures for Great Britain and, assuming that space aliens lived just as densely, he projected populations onto various planets.

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