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St. Vincent Mines Contradictions, Talks Tech and Sexuality with NPR at SXSW 2014

Annie Clark is a woman of contradictions, a fact made clear by her two sole appearances at SXSW yesterday. At the first, an hour-long afternoon chat with NPR Music critic Ann Powers, Clark showed her humanity and her humor. Nine hours later, at her big gig at NPR Music’s official SXSW showcase at Stubb’s, she was a goddamn robot, right down to scripted banter and angular choreography. Her new look (the wild grey mane, mostly) and live set (a powder-pink throne) invite digital documentation, and yet, that’s precisely what Clark doesn’t want, going so far as to announce it before the show starts. All of these juxtapositions are just as interesting as Clark’s songs. … Read More

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NPR Survey Lays Bare Baby Boomers’ Cultural Conservatism

You can’t really get angry at a radio station over the taste of its listeners, so it seems kinda silly to get upset at NPR for the lists it published on its website yesterday. The venerable public broadcaster ran a series of online polls last year, surveying its readers as to their favorite records. Their approach was pretty simple: All Songs Considered hosts Bob Boilen and Robin Hilton posted a bunch of albums, and gave readers two options for each record (“Love it” or “Don’t love it”). The results are in, and… um, well, all songs might have been considered, but the only ones to get universal love were made by men and recorded in the 1960s. Yikes. … Read More

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Show Off Your Love For Public Radio With These NPR Temporary Tattoos

How else would you show your obsessive love for Ira Glass and Terry Gross and the rest of the NPR gang other than by permanently branding yourself a public radio devotee? And if that seems like a drastic move, why not go the temporary-tattoo route instead? The folks at NPR have got you covered: for 14 bucks you can buy a package of nine tattoos. It’s a much cheaper option than getting the real thing, and it’s great for those of us who change our minds too often to get inked. Check out the designs after the jump. … Read More

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The 10 Best Podcasts for Your Holiday Roadtrip

As holiday roadtrips grow imminent, it’s time to plan how you’ll while away the hours you’ll spend in transit. Here at Flavorpill, we’re stocking our iPods with playlists for every time of day, part of the country, and state of mind. But listening to music only goes so far when you’re craving good conversation and your shotgun rider has fallen asleep (or you’re taking the bus or plane solo), which is why we’re filling up on brain candy in addition to ear candy. Below the jump, browse through the engrossing, educational, and entertaining podcasts we highly recommend for the road. … Read More

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Video of the Day: The Pleasures and Pitfalls of Linguistic Immortality

Robert Krulwich and Adam Cole explore the pros and pitfalls of being immortalized in the English language in a comical, new animated video from NPR. In paper puppet form, Cole travels through the dictionary singing a folksy tune about those who have passed but live on as eponyms — something he’d very much like to do. But after Krulwich points out that not everyone who’s had something named after him has been better better off, citing Joseph Guillotin and John Duns Scotus as examples, Cole swiftly changes his tune. Watch the video after the jump. … Read More

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The Morning’s Top 5 Pop Culture Stories

1. This is the most exciting news we’ve read in a while: Starting this fall Nickelodeon will air old episodes of shows like Rugrats, Kenan & Kel, Pete & Pete, The Amanda Bynes Show, All That, and Clarissa Explains It All in a new midnight-to-2 am programming block dubbed “The ’90s Are All That.” [via… Read More

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What’s On at Flavorpill: The Links That Made the Rounds in Our Office

Today at Flavorpill, we got some much-needed advice on how to compose the perfect love song from The Axis Of Awesome. We were grateful to the Fug Girls for noticing that Lady Gaga had an outfit change while inside of her Grammys egg. We sent half of our friends … Read More

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Daily Dose Pick: This Is NPR

National Public Radio chronicles four decades of broadcasting independent-arts and political programming across America with a new book presenting the faces behind the radio dial.

A constant companion to daily commuters and fans of arts and culture journalism, NPR celebrates what it does best in This Is NPR: The First Forty Years, combining stellar graphic design, in-depth interviews, behind-the-scenes photos, and rare anecdotes from its best-loved voices. And if reading the radio is too strange, there’s also an audio version. … Read More

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The Morning’s Top 5 Pop Culture Stories

1. The 2010 Emmy nominations are in, with two of our favorite shows, Mad Men and Glee, leading the pack. [via EW]
2. According to Wilco guitarist Nels Cline, the band is leaving Nonesuch Records and starting its own label. [via Pitchfork]
3. National Public Radio is officially changing its name… Read More

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