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4:06pm

Sun December 8, 2013
Music Interviews

Why Would Nick Lowe Make A Christmas Album? Ask Nick Lowe

Originally published on Sun December 8, 2013 5:12 pm

Nick Lowe's Quality Street: A Seasonal Selection for All the Family is an album of original holiday songs and some reworked classics.
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Not long ago, Nick Lowe was approached by his American record label about releasing a Christmas album. The esteemed UK songwriter, who gave the world "(What's So Funny 'Bout) Peace, Love, and Understanding" and "Cruel to Be Kind," says the idea seemed laughable.

"But I was confused by how snooty I felt when they asked me about doing it," Lowe says. "I think it's a Brit thing, really: Making Christmas records is seen as a not very cool thing to do. And I thinkg it's all bound up with strange ideas from the 1960s, about selling out and things like that."

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4:06pm

Sun December 8, 2013
Around the Nation

Temperatures Dip From Sea To Icy Sea

Originally published on Sun December 8, 2013 5:12 pm

Frigid weather and freezing rain have beset large swaths of the country. Those below-average temperatures are expected to stay well into the week.

4:33pm

Sat December 7, 2013
The New And The Next

An 'Accidental Activist,' And England's World Cup Hope

Originally published on Sun December 8, 2013 2:47 pm

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The online magazine Ozy covers people, places and trends on the horizon. Co-founder Carlos Watson joins All Things Considered regularly to tell us about the site's latest discoveries.

This week, Watson tells NPR's Arun Rath about about a rising star in soccer who could turn things around for England in the World Cup, and a Bahraini woman who calls herself an "accidental activist." He also shares a clip from an Ozy interview with President Bill Clinton regarding Nelson Mandela's legacy.

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4:33pm

Sat December 7, 2013
Around the Nation

N.Y. Train Crash Spotlights Push For Automatic Safety System

Originally published on Mon December 9, 2013 10:36 am

A police officer stands guard at the scene of a Metro-North passenger train derailment in the Bronx borough of New York on Dec. 1.
John Minchillo AP

A commuter train crash that killed four passengers in New York is raising questions about whether a high-tech safety system could have prevented the derailment.

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4:33pm

Sat December 7, 2013
Author Interviews

'Pomegranate Lady' Depicts The Comedy And Tragedy Of Exile

Originally published on Sat December 7, 2013 5:33 pm

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Goli Taraghi writes about life in Iran — about love, loss, alienation and exile. She is particularly equipped to the task, as her own exile from the country began in 1980 at the outset of the Iranian Revolution.

In 1979, she was a professor living in Tehran with her two young children, and initially supported the movement.

"Of course the turmoil started, and then the executions, and the university was closed, and I thought the best thing is to go abroad and stay just one year," says Taraghi.

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