11:25am

Tue April 2, 2013
Music Reviews

Kacey Musgraves: Country's Blunt And Poetic New Voice

Originally published on Tue April 2, 2013 11:46 am

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Kacey Musgraves' "Merry Go 'Round" was one of NPR Music's favorite songs of 2012.
Kelly Christine Musgraves Courtesy of the artist

Kacey Musgraves is something of an anomaly. A Texas native in her mid-20s, she fits most easily into the contemporary "country" category, but the work she co-writes with a variety of collaborators is really a throwback to an earlier era of singer-songwriters — as much influenced by rock and folk as by country.

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11:23am

Tue April 2, 2013
Arts & Culture

Today's Local Music: The Yes-Go's

Music by The Yes-Go's

The music you’re hearing now is by San Francisco punk band The Yes-Go’s. They try to include a couple of new songs in each of their live shows to make sure the audience is really paying attention. Animals inspire lots of their music, even when it's not really about animals. The Yes-Go’s have a rare daylight show on Saturday April 6 at Thee Parkside in San Francisco, starting at 3pm.

11:20am

Tue April 2, 2013
The Salt

Fruit, Not Fries: Lunchroom Makeovers Nudge Kids Toward Better Choices

Originally published on Tue April 2, 2013 1:49 pm

Students select blueberries and rolls from the food line at Lincoln Elementary in Olympia, Wash., in 2004.
John Froschauer AP

Gone are the days of serving up tater tots and French toast sticks to students. Here are the days of carrot sticks and quinoa.

New nutritional guidelines, announced in 2012, require public school lunchrooms to offer more whole grains, low-fat milk and fewer starchy sides like french fries. But short of stationing grandmothers in every cafeteria, how do you ensure that students actually eat the fruits and veggies they're being offered?

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10:32am

Tue April 2, 2013
The Salt

From Pets To Plates: Why More People Are Eating Guinea Pigs

Originally published on Thu April 4, 2013 11:00 am

Guinea pigs on the grill
Courtesy of Curtiss Calleo

You may best know the guinea pig as a nervous little pet that lives in a cage and eats alfalfa pellets.

Now, the rodents are increasingly showing up on plates in the United States.

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10:31am

Tue April 2, 2013
The Two-Way

James Hansen, NASA Scientist Who Raised Climate Change Alarm, Is Retiring

NASA scientist and climatologist James Hansen in 2009.
Christopher Furlong Getty Images

"After nearly half a century of research in planetary and climate science for NASA, James E. Hansen is retiring on Wednesday to pursue his passion for climate activism without the hindrances that come with government employment," The New York Times' Dot Earth blog writes.

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10:03am

Tue April 2, 2013
The Two-Way

U.N. Approves Treaty To Regulate Multibillion-Dollar Global Arms Trade

Originally published on Tue April 2, 2013 10:48 am

Delegates to the United Nations General Assembly applaud the passage of the first U.N. treaty regulating the international arms trade on Tuesday.
Timothy A. Clary AFP/Getty Images

The United Nations General Assembly overwhelmingly approved the first U.N. treaty to regulate the estimated $60 billion global arms trade on Tuesday.

The goal of the Arms Trade Treaty, which the U.N. has sought for over a decade, according to The Associated Press, is to keep illicit weapons out of the hands of terrorists, insurgent fighters and organized crime.

The vote on the treaty was 154-3, with 23 abstentions.

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9:57am

Tue April 2, 2013
The Two-Way

In Spain, A Mattress That Lets Your Money Rest Easy

My Mattress Safe retails for about $1,120.
Courtesy of Descanso Santos Suenos

9:56am

Tue April 2, 2013
The Two-Way

NRA Task Force Recommends Training School Personnel Who Want To Be Armed

Former Republican Congressman Asa Hutchinson holds up his task force's report during a news conference Tuesday in Washington, D.C.
Shawn Thew EPA /LANDOV

A task force launched by the National Rifle Association after the Dec. 14 school shooting in Newtown, Conn., has come back with a report that recommends the creation of programs that give additional weapons training to school resource officers as well as "selected and designated school personnel" who could then carry arms.

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9:38am

Tue April 2, 2013
The Picture Show

How A Female Photographer Sees Her Afghanistan

Originally published on Tue April 2, 2013 2:44 pm

A photograph taken from behind a burqa, Kabul, 2007.
Farzana Wahidy AP

Born in Kandahar, Afghanistan, in 1984, photographer Farzana Wahidy was only a teenager when the Taliban took over the country in 1996. At age 13 she was beaten in the street for not wearing a burqa, she recalls, and she describes those years as a "very closed, very dark time." To carry a camera would have been unthinkable.

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9:03am

Tue April 2, 2013
Africa

President Koroma: Sierra Leone's Beaches Make It Place To Visit

Originally published on Tue April 2, 2013 9:57 am

Transcript

MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

I'm Michel Martin and this is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. We know that a lot of students are still on spring break this week but what better time to take a step back and think about higher education? Today we meet the president of Simmons College, which is a college for women in the Boston area, and we'll hear about her thoughts about women leadership and education.

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