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5:15pm

Sun March 22, 2015
U.S.

Understanding Skid Row's Tensions After A Fatal Police Shooting

Originally published on Mon March 23, 2015 10:15 am

Many of LA's Skid Row residents live in makeshift tents.
Kelly McEvers

Skid Row, in downtown Los Angeles, has long been known for its high concentration of homeless, drug- or alcohol-addicted and mentally ill residents. They live on the streets, in boxes and tents or in subsidized one-room apartments.

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5:15pm

Sun March 22, 2015
SXSW Music Festival

From Kate Tempest To Torres, Female Artists Shone At SXSW

Originally published on Tue March 24, 2015 7:16 pm

The crowd was all smiles during NPR Music's showcase at this year's South By Southwest music festival. We can't send you back in time to hear the shows, but you can listen to some of Bob Boilen's favorite performers from the festival.
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5:27pm

Sat March 21, 2015
Music

'We Wanted To Entertain': Jon Spencer On 25 Years In New York

Originally published on Tue March 24, 2015 7:21 pm

Jon Spencer Blues Explosion.
Courtesy of the artist

The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion's new album, Freedom Tower: No Wave Dance Party 2015, is all about New York City. As leader Jon Spencer explains, it was time to pay homage to the city the band has called home for almost 25 years, even though his love for the place is complicated.

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5:01pm

Sat March 21, 2015
Author Interviews

Thanks To Chance (And Craigslist), A Writer Becomes A Carpenter

Originally published on Mon March 23, 2015 2:22 pm

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Nina MacLaughlin always knew she wanted to be a writer. She studied English and classics in college, and after graduation, she landed a great job with Boston's weekly alternative newspaper, the Boston Phoenix.

But after a few years of editing the newspaper's website, the drudgery began to hit her. It involved so much clicking, she says, and so many empty hours scrolling through the Internet. It didn't feel like how she wanted to spend her life.

And then came the low point: web producing a "listicle" of the world's "100 Unsexiest Men."

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4:51pm

Sat March 21, 2015
World

After Students Went To Wage Jihad, Teacher Highlights Youth Radicalization

Originally published on Sat March 21, 2015 6:41 pm

Lamya Kaddor teaches Islamic studies in Germany. She's written a new book, Zum Toeten Bereit (Ready To Kill), about the experience of having five former students flee to Syria to join jihadist groups.
Andre Zelck Courtesy of Piper Verlag GmbH

Lamya Kaddor, a German-Syrian religious studies teacher and expert on Islam, was horrified to learn in 2013 that five of her former students had departed Germany to join jihadist groups in Syria.

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