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Poll Results: All Songs Considered Listeners' 100 Favorite Albums Of 2017

All year long, Robin Hilton and I get to pick the music featured on <i>All Songs Considered</i>, but one of our very favorite shows is this one: our listener poll results. So, on this episode we count down the top 10 as voted by you. We also have a list with the top 100 albums at the bottom of the page, …

List-Worthy

Hidden gems of 2017: great albums you may have missed

<b>Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever: The French Press</b><p>(Sub Pop)<p>They say “EP’, we say “mini-album”. The six percolating tracks of this Melbourne band’s extraordinary March outing share literate space with a peer such as Courtney Barnett even as they hark further back, to the wry, loose takedowns of 80s …

Piano

Tom Petty: A fan of the greats who followed in their footsteps

Tom Petty was one of my private heroes. He made music like it really mattered to him, and it certainly mattered to me and so many other fans. Because at the heart of everything he did, Petty was a fan himself. He was a music enthusiast, electrified into creative life by Elvis, The Beatles and Bob …

10 Pop Artists You Shouldn't Be Sleeping On

Pop music is generally criticized for lacking substance or emotional depth. Like all genres, pop has seen many incarnations and trends over the …

Atmospheric Modern Platformers Video Games You Should Play Right Now

Platformer games have been fun to play whether it is a plumber saving a princess or a monkey running around in jungles. Platformer is one those …

The 10 Best Apps For the Outdoors

Turn your phone into a star chart, a 360-degree camera, a botany expert, and more with these handy programs.Love ‘em or hate ‘em, smartphones have …

Apps

Republican who reversed his position on climate change thinks Trump will too

Former South Carolina Republican congressman Bob Inglis once received an award for believing in climate change. Now, the climate change convert who …

Clean Technology

Green movement 'greatest threat to freedom', says Trump adviser

Climate-change denier Myron Ebell says he expects Trump to withdraw the US from the global climate change agreement<p>The environmental movement is “the greatest threat to freedom and prosperity in the modern world”, according to an adviser to the US president Donald Trump’s administration.<p>Myron …

Climate

Heavy Rotation: 10 Songs Public Radio Can't Stop Playing

Public radio is a proven and powerful force for music discovery across genres. That's why, every month, we turn to a panel of 10 public-radio DJs and bloggers to see what they've had on repeat recently.<p>This month's mix features artists who tug at the boundaries between genres. It begins with a new …

Radio Industry

17 Damn Good Albums From 2016

Swan songs for civilization.<p>In no particular order.

The Netflix Travel Documentaries You Need to Watch Now

Sometimes a spot of television is all that's needed to help stoke even the most dormant of wanderlust.<p>While Netflix, the popular video-streaming …

Climbing

Trump’s Transition Team Is Straight From the Swamp

Americans who voted for Donald Trump were clearly fed up with inside-the-Beltway business as usual. They want the president-elect to deliver on his …

Donald Trump

'Save The Planet' Really Should Be 'Save Humans'

As Donald Trump prepares to become President of the United States, many environmentalists have expressed concerns about “The Planet.” Elizabeth Kolbert writing for the <i>New Yorker</i> used the headline “With Trump, Coal Wins, Planet Loses.” Justin Worland titled his <i>Time</i> piece “Donald Trump’s Victory …

Environmentalism

9 Things to Know About Donald Trump's Climate Change Denier-in-Chief

He's pro-global warming.<p>Unfortunately for all of us who enjoy life on this planet, NASA warns that scientific evidence for climate change is unequivocal. Even more unfortunately, the person who President-elect Donald Trump tapped to transition the Environmental Protection Agency for his …

Clean Technology

Using Snapseed to Quickly Enhance Colors in Your Smartphone Images

One of the quickest and most effective methods to add drama and “pop” to a photograph taken by a mobile phone is having enhanced colors. Lots of …

DIY Van Conversions

This page is your index to a large number of DIY conversions of vans like the Ford Transit, Chrylser ProMaster, Mercedes Sprinter, and Nissian into …

Meet These 12 Gorgeous Open-String Chords

1<p>SHARES<p>Including open strings in the chords you play is a quick way to expand your sound and stretch out over a wide sonic space. Ringing open …

NPR Music's 100 Favorite Songs Of 2016 (So Far)

LANGUAGE ADVISORY: This stream contains profanity.<p><b>Listen</b><p>Playlists are a dime a dozen these days. Cheap and charming, updated by algorithm or "curated by hand," the grab bag anchors this post-album, post-download, post-mixtape moment. Still, we don't think you'll find anything quite like this list …

Pop Punk

5 Yoga Poses To Do Tonight That Will Help You Ace Tomorrow

After a busy and stressful day, what should be one of life’s simplest actions can often feel like the most difficult: falling asleep. If your thoughts are racing and your body is tense, getting high-quality, restorative sleep may seem impossible.<p>Enter the more than 5,000-year-old practice of yoga, …

Yoga

The inter-generational theft of Brexit and climate change

Youth will bear the brunt of the poor decisions being made by today’s older generations<p>In last week’s Brexit vote results, there was a tremendous divide between age groups. 73% of voters under the age of 25 voted to remain in the EU, while about 58% over the age of 45 voted to leave.<p>This …

Climate

NPR Music's 30 Favorite Albums Of 2016 (So Far)

Do we even need July through December? For a year just reaching its midpoint, 2016 has already been the most. Heartbreaking, surprising, idiotic, ecstatic, life-giving, exhausting. With apologies to whatever happened in the first week of January, the wild mood swings of the last six months started …

Serena Williams

The 30 Best Tracks of 2016 So Far

As EDM wanes, here are 30 reminders of the vibrancy that every corner of the dancefloor has to offer.<p>Club owners and journalists worldwide spent the early part 2016 rushing to be the first to sign the death certificate of the stadium-filling strain of electronic music called EDM. But even as some …

26 Extremely Dope Overlooked Albums of 2016 (So Far)

There's more to life than Kanye West, or Drake, or even—hear us out—Beyoncé. This has been a year of great music, and some extremely dope albums have slipped under the radar.<p>This has been a year full of music and, more specifically, full of great music. Even more specifically, 2016 has been a year …

Death Metal

Here They Are: The 20 Songs You'll Be Listening to All Summer

Because we aren't just playing the hits at our parties.<p>No one can quite agree on what a song of the summer actually is. Technically, the song of the summer is the most commercially successful track between the months of June and September. For example, the technical winner of 2015 wasn't Taylor …

Gucci Mane

The 66 Best Songs of 2016 So Far

If the album is still supposed to be dying, nobody told 2016 – it's hard to remember a year that was so dominated by the full-length, with seemingly …

The 25 best albums of 2016 (so far)

Just six months into 2016, this year has already brought music fans exceptional albums from stalwarts like Beyoncé, Radiohead, and Kanye West, …

The 18 best science movies and shows streaming on Netflix right now

From shows that delve into the tasty science of gastronomy to those that unmask the mysterious depths of the ocean, there's no shortage of mind-expanding titles to indulge in.<p>But there's a downside to all of that choice: It's <i>a lot</i> to choose from.<p>I polled the Tech Insider team and came up with 18 of …

National Parks

9 TED talks that can help you become insanely productive

Reaching optimal productivity is about working smarter, not harder, and making the most of each day.<p>The following TED talks offer valuable lessons in doing just that.

TED Talks

A chemistry teacher's guide to the perfect cup of coffee

Sometimes you just want a caffeine hit to wake you up, but if you appreciate the finer points of a cup of coffee, it’s worth going right down to the chemistry of the water, milk, sugar – and salt<p>As a chemistry teacher, I’m inevitably fascinated by chemistry in general, but especially by the …

Coffee

The "All In The Family" Episode That Changed Gay Rights In America

The “All In The Family” Episode That Changed Gay Rights In America<p>Matt Baume takes on a groundbreaking moment in television history.<p>Matt Baume is a …

TV