Weekend All Things Considered

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Sat July 27, 2013

How Americans Said No To Cocaine After Years-Long Addiction

Originally published on Mon July 29, 2013 11:56 am

Narcotics officers in New York seized 3,586 pounds of cocaine and $1.3 million seized in 1997. Cocaine use in the U.S. has dropped by almost half since 2006.
Gino Dominico AP

In the 1980s, if you moved in certain circles — or picked up the newspaper — a certain white powder was everywhere, common as dust.

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Sat July 27, 2013
A Blog Supreme

Piano Mastery, Trinidadian Trumpet, Singing Apes: New Jazz

Originally published on Mon July 29, 2013 9:26 am

Trumpeter Etienne Charles' new album is called Creole Soul.
Laura Ferreira Courtesy of the artist

It's been too long since we simply sat up and pointed out a few of the many new releases worth a set of ears. Luckily, the staff on weekends at All Things Considered thought the same. They invited me to sit down with host Jacki Lyden and play a few cuts for them.

Here's music from an elder statesman of piano, a trumpeter who understands creole music personally, a drummer who writes tunes with a payoff, and a singer in her early 20s with maturity and kick.

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Sat July 27, 2013
Author Interviews

In 'The Panopticon,' They're Always Watching

Originally published on Sat July 27, 2013 4:25 pm

During the 19th century, a panopticon was a prison or asylum with an all-seeing eye. Some of the C-shaped prisons with central watchtowers still stand in the U.S. and Europe.

Jenni Fagan's new book borrows the panopticon idea as the setting for a gritty, often poetic, novel. The story is based loosely on Fagan's own experience growing up in the Scottish foster care system for 16 years.

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Sat July 27, 2013
NPR Story

Handful Of Tracks Propelled J.J. Cale To Big Leagues

Originally published on Sat July 27, 2013 4:25 pm



And as we mentioned earlier in the show, singer-songwriter J.J. Cale has died. If you're not familiar with his name, you've probably heard some of his music. He penned hits from the 1970s and '80s that were recorded by Eric Clapton, Lynyrd Skynyrd and many others. The success of those songs gave him the freedom to release his own albums for more than four decades. NPR's Dan Bobkoff has this remembrance.


LYNYRD SKYNYRD: One, two, one, two...

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Fri July 26, 2013
Found Recipes

And The Winning Taste Of Summer Is ...

Originally published on Mon July 29, 2013 11:01 am

Some NPR staff members taste recipes from the contest finalists.
Matt Martinez NPR

The voting is finished. The taste test is done. The verdict is in: Marti Olesen has won All Things Considered's Taste of Summer contest with her recipe for Diane's Dad's Summer Sandwich.

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