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It's All Politics
2:34 am
Mon April 27, 2015

Same-Sex Marriage, In The Justices' Words

Chief Justice John Roberts (from left) and Justices Anthony M. Kennedy, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Stephen G. Breyer and Sonia Sotomayor at the State of the Union address earlier this year.
Mandel Ngan AP

Originally published on Mon April 27, 2015 8:40 am

The U.S. Supreme Court directly confronts the question of gay marriage this week with a whopping 2 1/2 hours of oral argument, accompanied by plenty of prognostication afterward about the expected results. It won't be until June that we learn how the issue is settled nationally. In the meantime, though, we do know a good deal about the views of the justices already.

To say that there has been a revolution in the law when it comes to gay rights is an understatement.

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Shots - Health News
2:32 am
Mon April 27, 2015

Drop-In Chefs Help Seniors Stay In Their Own Homes

Maria Fabrizio for NPR

Originally published on Mon April 27, 2015 9:29 am

A healthy diet is good for everyone. But as people get older, cooking nutritious food can become difficult and sometimes physically impossible. A pot of soup can be too heavy to lift. And there's all that time standing on your feet. It's one of the reasons that people move into assisted living facilities.

But a company called Chefs for Seniors has an alternative: They send professional cooks into seniors' homes. In a couple of hours they can whip up meals for the week.

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NPR Ed
2:31 am
Mon April 27, 2015

In Texas, Questions About Prosecuting Truancy

Edgar Ramirez, 17, and his mother, Alma, appear before Judge Williams.
Elissa Nadworny/NPR

Originally published on Mon April 27, 2015 6:20 am

As long as there have been schools and classes, there have have been students who don't show up. And educators scratching their heads over what to do about it.

In most states, missing a lot of school means a trip to the principal's office. In Texas, parents and students are more likely to end up in front of a judge.

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Law
2:03 am
Mon April 27, 2015

Opening Statements To Begin Monday In Colorado Theater Shooting Trial

An artist's sketch of Colorado theater shooting suspect James Holmes, from an April 2013 court appearance.
Bill Robles Reuters/Landov

Originally published on Mon April 27, 2015 6:39 am

It's been nearly three years since 12 people were killed in Aurora, Colo., at a midnight premier of the Batman movie, The Dark Knight Rises.

James Holmes' legal team admits he was behind the massacre, but there are two key questions: Was he insane and should he be put to death?

When the gunman stormed the theater and began firing into the crowd, Tom Teves says his son Alex made a split-second decision to shield his girlfriend.

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First Listen
10:06 pm
Sun April 26, 2015

First Listen: The Tallest Man On Earth, 'Dark Bird Is Home'

The Tallest Man On Earth's new album, A Dark Bird Is Home, comes out May 12.
Cameron Wittig Courtesy of the artist

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The Tallest Man on Earth takes folk music as a convention that can be dependable and urgent at once. There is very little to distinguish him from any number of folk devotees with yearning voices and acoustic guitars, but he — a less than especially tall songwriter from Sweden named Kristian Matsson — has a way of upending expectations and rendering familiarity moot.

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First Listen
9:04 pm
Sun April 26, 2015

First Listen: Chris Stapleton, 'Traveller'

Chris Stapleton's new album, Traveller, comes out May 4.
Becky Fluke Courtesy of the artist

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Even the most seemingly organic contemporary country albums — the ones by often-awarded "authentic" artists like Miranda Lambert and Eric Church — can sometimes show evidence of a checklist.

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First Listen
9:04 pm
Sun April 26, 2015

First Listen: Rana Santacruz, 'Por Ahí'

Rana Santacruz's new album, Por Ahí, comes out May 5.
Erin Patrice O'Brien Courtesy of the artist

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Rana Santacruz waited five years to release his second album.

In today's instantaneous digital age, that's a dangerous career move. Waiting that long risks a budding fan base moving on to next new thing. Musical trends change fast, risking diminished interest in a particular sound. A club owner or booking agent can delete old contact info with the push of a button.

In the case of Santacruz's new album Por Ahí, hanging back was exactly the right thing to do.

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First Listen
9:03 pm
Sun April 26, 2015

First Listen: Kamasi Washington, 'The Epic'

Kamashi Washington's new album, The Epic, comes out May 5.
Mike Park Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Mon April 27, 2015 6:44 am

The word "epic" sits cheerily amid the most overused hyperbole of our age. Teenage bros proclaim their recent "pretty epic" mild successes; sports commentators call anything which ends dramatically an "epic game"; the Internet-literate are quick to point out an "epic FAIL." But what else do you call a three-CD, nearly three-hour album anchored by a 10-piece jazz band, featuring a 32-piece orchestra and 20-member choir, and driven by the daydream of an imaginary martial arts grandmaster?

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