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The sweet aroma of cookies baking wafts through the kitchen as the kids trample in and plead, "When are they gonna be ready ?" Smile and reply softly, "Soon. But these are for the company, dear hearts." And these cookies will still be there when your guests arrive, because the kids will taste them and move on to the chocolate chips and frosted Santas. With twinges of flavors like anise, cardamom, basil, liqueur and coffee, these treats definitely appeal to grown-up taste buds. All Things...

President-elect Donald Trump intends to nominate Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt to head the Environmental Protection Agency, announcing his decision in a statement Thursday. As attorney general, Pruitt has made no secret of his disdain for the EPA. His official biography calls him "a leading advocate against the EPA's activist agenda." He has repeatedly challenged the agency's rules in court, and he has even sued the EPA for an allegedly cozy "sue and settle" relationship with...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UhdymoRTz6M The Weather Channel has a message for the website Breitbart: "Earth Is Not Cooling, Climate Change Is Real and Please Stop Using Our Video to Mislead Americans" That's the title under which The Weather Channel published an article on Tuesday , after Breitbart used the cable news channel's coverage in a factually incorrect story about climate change. The article addressed Breitbart's misleading use of a Nov. 3 Weather Channel video in which forecaster...

As Donald Trump continues to court controversy via Twitter, Fox News host Megyn Kelly tells Fresh Air 's Terry Gross that the president-elect "really does need to be aware of the power that he has when he releases these tweets." Kelly felt that power firsthand in August 2015, when she pressed the candidate about his derogatory comments about women during the first Republican primary debate. Trump responded with a Twitter attack , which was quickly followed up by a barrage of insulting tweets...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yhx-KhycbBs On his darkest days as an infantryman during World War II, Russ Fay found comfort in the memory of a pheasant sandwich. Fay was fresh out of a Wisconsin high school when he was inducted into the Army in 1944 and boarded a troop train for basic training. En route to California, the train stopped in North Platte, Neb., where several women greeted the soldiers with baskets of sandwiches and bottles of cold milk. Fay devoured a pheasant sandwich with...

There is no name for the music Krallice makes, only a sphere that encompasses it. In recent years, the band's mutant metal has become what can only be called extreme chamber music, with pieces averaging 10 minutes and an insatiable thirst for newness. "Hate Power," released today as a free download via Adult Swim's singles program , feels like the manic Krallice redux. It is a brisk and blistering three minutes and 45 seconds, a vertiginous metal-punk spew closer to the band's Orphan tribute...

The 59th Annual Grammy nominees were announced Tuesday morning, and while familiar names appeared among the five Latin music categories, there were also some nice surprises. The Best Latin Pop Album roster includes polished pop performers like Jesse & Joy and Laura Pausini, but the Recording Academy (industry folks who pick the nominees) saw fit to include indie artist Gaby Moreno for the top Latin category. Her album Ilusión is hardly the kind of glossy pop record usually considered for this...

On Tuesday morning, the nominees for the 59th Grammy Awards were announced. Out of all the nominations, the category World Cafe is watching most closely is Best Alternative Music Album; those nominees are David Bowie , Bon Iver , PJ Harvey , Iggy Pop and Radiohead . But we have favorites nominated in many other categories, too. Among them are Adele , Anderson .Paak , Sturgill Simpson , The Record Company, Snarky Puppy , Alabama Shakes , William Bell, Bob Dylan , Willie Nelson , The Avett...

The fire and feel Lucinda Williams brought to the Lincoln Center stage when she headlined this August concert is informed by 25 years of making music. Deeply informed by tradition, her work remains determinedly individualistic and envelope-pushing. In musical dialogue with her longtime guitarist, Stuart Mathis, Williams pulled evocative pages from her big songbook, going back to 2003 for the soul-stirring "Fruits Of My Labor" while showing her continued currency with recent selections like...

Founded in 1983, Southern Culture On The Skids has been touting the virtues of dirt-track racing, Little Debbie pastries and kudzu for over 30 years. The North Carolina band — made up of Rick Miller, Dave Hartman and Mary Huff — plays music that amalgamates rock, funky old soul and country, presented with tongue firmly in cheek. Southern Culture On The Skids' latest album, The Electric Pinecones , is named after an acoustic spin-off project from its past, back when the band sometimes opened...

Copyright 2016 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. DAVID GREENE, HOST: Here's a question people are still asking. What caused a deadly fire Friday night at a concert venue in Oakland, Calif.? No answer yet, but city leaders are releasing public records showing the city knew about potential hazards. The fire at a warehouse known as the Ghost Ship killed 36 people. Here's NPR's Richard Gonzales. RICHARD GONZALES, BYLINE: So far, 35 of the 36 bodies found amid the charred debris from...

Copyright 2016 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: On this day, December 7, back in 1941, Japanese planes bombed Hawaii's Pearl Harbor. Seventy-five years later, a few survivors of that attack are still alive. Here's Wayne Yoshioka from Hawaii Public Radio. WAYNE YOSHIOKA, BYLINE: The USS Arizona memorial stands over the wreckage of the sunken Navy battle ship where 1,100 sailors have been entombed since December 7, 1941. Ninety-five-year-old Lou Conter is one of...

Copyright 2016 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. DAVID GREENE, HOST: OK, let's stay in Texas now, where after two decades of futility, the Dallas Cowboys are back on top of the NFL. And commentator Frank Deford says, love them or hate them, this is a good thing. FRANK DEFORD, BYLINE: Admit it. Even though you may despise the Dallas Cowboys with every fiber of your being, you're glad to see them back as a powerhouse, aren't you now? No, the Cowboys were never America's team any more...

Copyright 2016 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: We heard a lot during the presidential campaign about the wage gap, the fact that women often earn less than men for the same kinds of work. Hillary Clinton pushed that issue, and she lost. But it remains a reality in many people's lives. And we have new information about the wage gap in a field where many people might imagine that they favor gender equality. NPR's social science correspondent Shankar Vedantam is...

Every December, Miami's annual Art Basel fair draws artists, dealers and buyers from around the world. This year, dozens of artists could be found not in galleries or at cocktail parties, but painting at an elementary school. Spanish painter Marina Capdevila was one of more than 30 artists working at Eneida Hartner Elementary School in Miami's Wynwood neighborhood. Her cartoon-style painting of elderly women doing water aerobics is intended, she says, to get the kids to smile. "Always I'm...

Alex Jones has a following. His radio show is carried on more than 160 stations, and he has more than 1.8 million subscribers on YouTube. And he claims to have the ear of the next president of the United States. Jones is also one of the nation's leading promoters of conspiracy theories — some of which take on lives of their own. He has been a chief propagator of untrue and wild claims about a satanic sex trafficking ring run by one of Hillary Clinton's top advisers out of a pizzeria in...

He was a flamboyant, alpha-male billionaire who said things no career politician ever would — someone who promised to use his business savvy to reform the system and bring back jobs. Voters believed that his great wealth insulated him from corruption, because he couldn't be bought. But his administration was marked by criminal investigations and crony capitalism. Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi was — until Donald Trump came along — the best known example of a certain type of wealthy...

We like to think our brains can make rational decisions — but maybe they can't. The way risks are presented can change the way we respond, says best-selling author Michael Lewis. In his new book, The Undoing Project, Lewis tells the story of Daniel Kahneman and Amos Tversky, two Israeli psychologists who made some surprising discoveries about the way people make decisions. Along the way, they also founded an entire branch of psychology called behavioral economics. Lewis is also the author of...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NrmMk1Myrxc Amazon says it is opening a new food and convenience store that doesn't have a checkout line. Instead, the company envisions customers at the Amazon Go store picking up whatever they want off the shelves — then simply walking out with it. The items are automatically billed to their Amazon accounts. Details about how the technology actually works are sparse. "We used computer vision, deep learning algorithms and sensor fusion much like you'd find in...

The Antiquities Act of 1906 offers legal protections for cultural and natural resources on public lands. In his last days in office, President Barack Obama still has the power to make significant changes to the Southwest. During his two terms in office, Obama has already used the Antiquities Act to designate 27 national monuments more than any other president. And now, a coalition of American Indian tribes are hoping Obama will take action on at least one more proposal . Laurel Morales ( ...

Carnivals Princess Cruise Lines is set to pay a $40 million fine for illegally dumping oil-contaminated waste into the ocean over the course of eight years, and lying to cover it up. Its the largest criminal penalty ever levied against a cruise line for intentional pollution. But Princess is not the only company doing this. Here & Now s Peter ODowd talks to Dave Rosenthal ( @daverosenthal1 ), managing editor of Great Lakes Today, about illegal cruise ship dumping. Copyright 2016 NPR. To see...

Copyright 2016 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. ARI SHAPIRO, HOST: The Army Corps of Engineers says it is looking at alternative routes for the Dakota Access Pipeline. That decision announced Sunday was a win for the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and other protesters who've camped out at the construction site in North Dakota for months. This may not be the final word. President-elect Donald Trump says he would like to see the pipeline completed. We're joined now by Julie Fedorchak....

Copyright 2016 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: Once a day until December 25, the Monkey See blog is highlighting a small good thing that happened in pop culture this year. And we do mean small - a moment from a movie or TV show, a passage from a book or poem, a panel from a comic. It's called the pop culture advent calendar. NPR contributor Glen Weldon is the brains behind this project, and he joins me now to talk about it. Welcome to the studio, Glen. GLEN...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F1GD-qlhm2E Ennio Morricone is as about close as a film composer can come to being a household name — and, at age 88, he's still going strong. This year, he was signed to a new record label and has now released a new recording, Morricone 60 , named for the number of years he's been in the business. Morricone, who composed the memorable soundtracks for Sergio Leone's classic 1966 spaghetti western The Good, The Bad and The Ugly and Quentin Tarantino's 2015...

Copyright 2016 Fresh Air. To see more, visit Fresh Air . TERRY GROSS, HOST: This is FRESH AIR. I'm Terry Gross. Our guest, Maria Semple, has written a new comedic novel that takes place on one day in the life of its main character, Eleanor Flood. Eleanor is a middle-aged mother, who earlier in life had success as the animation director for a popular TV show. She was also nominated for a prestigious graphic novel award that led to a book contract. That was many years ago, and now, having made...

Copyright 2016 Fresh Air. To see more, visit Fresh Air . TERRY GROSS, HOST: This is FRESH AIR. In November of 1980, Dizzy Gillespie played a concert at a 3,000-seat hall in Montreal with a distinguished sextet, including vibist Milt Jackson, pianist Hank Jones and bassist Ray Brown. That concert has just been released on the album "Dizzy Gillespie & Friends - Concert Of The Century (A Tribute To Charlie Parker). Jazz critic Kevin Whitehead says star-studded concerts like this one have their...

Copyright 2016 Fresh Air. To see more, visit Fresh Air . TERRY GROSS, HOST: This is FRESH AIR. I'm Terry Gross. My guest, country music star Dwight Yoakam, is joining us with his guitar. And he's going to play some songs for us. He has a new album with a tongue-in-cheek title "Swimmin' Pools, Movie Stars..." which was released 30 years after his debut album "Guitars, Cadillacs, Etc. Etc." The new album features bluegrass versions of some of Yoakam's own country songs. Yoakam was described by...

It's 6 p.m. on a Wednesday night and there's a line out the door at EAT Café. Inside, executive chef and restaurant manager Donnell Jones-Craven is busy plating up salads and burgers, but he pauses to sprint out into the dining room. "I appreciate so much that you're all here for dinner tonight!" he calls out to those still waiting in line. "Just bear with us and we'll get you seated as soon as we can." Tucked into a crossroads of several West Philadelphia neighborhoods near Presbyterian...

First Watch: Stef Chura, 'Spotted Gold'

Dec 6, 2016

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nAdSooplj60 Stef Chura comes from Michigan's underground DIY scene. Her music recalls the propulsive, pop-driven rock of icons like Liz Phair and Hole ; her conversational, confessional lyrics add a touch of folksiness. In advance of her debut album — Messes , due out Jan. 27 of next year — Chura's shared the third single, "Spotted Gold," and its video. The video for "Spotted Gold" looks to eras past with its bright colors and title cards, particularly one that...

You'd be forgiven for viewing nominations for the 59th Grammy Awards, announced Tuesday morning, as a battle between two powerhouse singers: Beyoncé , whose Lemonade leads the field with nine, and Adele , whose 25 has been a sales juggernaut since its release late last year. Both received Album Of The Year nods, as did Drake 's Views , Sturgill Simpson 's A Sailor's Guide to Earth and Justin Bieber 's Purpose . When Bieber was nominated for the Best New Artist Grammy back in 2011, he lost to...

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