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The U.S. and Cuban Cell Phones

The U.S. is backing a text-messaging program in Cuba called "Piramideo." Cuban officials charge that it's trying to promote anti-Castro protests.

Cover Versions: An introduction to the psychedelic art of Mati Klarwein in 10 record sleeves

September 12, 2014 In Features, Lists<p><b>One of the most distinctive record cover artists of all time, The Vinyl Factory introduces the ten most</b> …

Inside Robert Plant’s Wild, Ambitious Solo LP and Plans for a World Tour

“I can’t be smug about it – I know it’s wonderful,” Robert Plant says, blunt and cheerful as he talks about his first solo album of new, original …

Northern Lights Put On Show, Thanks To Large Solar Flare

Northern Lights in Maine from Kevin207 on Vimeo.<p>The sky danced with bands of green, yellow and other colors last night, as the aurora borealis, or northern lights, dazzled viewers in the upper Northern Hemisphere. The light show was sparked by a powerful solar flare that erupted from the sun …

Mary Stallings

Robert Glasper

Reflections on Marriage (Part 1): What Marriage Means

Our decision to marry in 2011 was baffling to our biological families. It wasn't baffling that we actually married; after 15 years they recognized our coupled commitment. It was baffling because it wasn't clear why we'd chosen that particular moment to marry. My wife and I have been together since …

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Fame, Fortune and the Female Artist

I have collected art, and been involved with artists and the art world, for almost 50 years. Through all that time, I have wondered why female artists have less success, fewer exhibitions and attention, than male artists. I own works by women artists; it is hard for me to see, literally to see, how …

The Arts

#ArtIsEverywhere: Taking on L.A. with Mat Gleason

Downtown Los Angeles is growing into a mega-art mecca destination point for art enthusiasts and collectors--and not just for the monthly Downtown LA Walk held on the second Thursdays of the month, which continues to draw crowds. But Chinatown and the Downtown Arts District, located on different …

Los Angeles

Charlie Haden, Legendary Jazz Bassist, Dies at 76

Charlie Haden, the pioneering jazz bassist who played with the likes of Ornette Coleman and Keith Jarrett before enjoying a decades-long solo career, …

Quincy Jones’ Best Stories About Working With MJ, Sinatra and Ray

Quincy Jones, now 81 years old, has been not just an eyewitness to the evolution of 20th century music but one of its biggest players. He started as …

Germany win World Cup: Brazil fans relieved after Argentina lose

<b>The supporters of Argentina may have taken over Rio de Janeiro but in the end, the World Cup belonged to Germany.</b><p>For the first time all day, the fans of the Albiceleste were silenced when Mario Gotze's brilliant volley late in extra time added the fourth star to the shirt of Germany.<p>By this stage …

Brazil

iziKhwenene Project Wins Biodiversity Stewardship Award

Human Journey<p>We are very proud to announce that the iziKhwenene Project won the “Biodiversity Stewardship” category at the Mail & Guardian “Green The Future” Awards last week! For over a decade, the Mail & Guardian’s annual flagship, the “Greening The Future” Awards, has celebrated the achievements …

Yes, Really: 10 Foods for a Healthy Vagina

It may come as a bit of a surprise, but the food you eat has a big effect on the health of your vagina. If you've ever eaten some asparagus and noticed, ahem, a bit of a stronger smell <i>down there</i>, then you already know that "you are what you eat" really means something.<p>According to <i>Women's Health</i>, …

Pope Francis Calls Exploitation Of Nature Sin Of Our Time

CAMPOBASSO, Italy, July 5 (Reuters) - Pope Francis called for more respect for nature on Saturday, branding the destruction of South America's rain forests and other forms of environmental exploitation a sin of modern times.<p>In an address at the university of Molise, an agricultural and industrial …

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The Refugee Option Obama Will Ignore

Under existing law, with the stroke of a pen, President Obama could solve the current crisis of the Central American children coming to America without visas. He could, and should, declare most or all of them to be refugees under Section 207(b) of the Immigration & Nationality Act, 8 U.S. Code …

Immigration

Netherlands Edge Costa Rica In Penalty Shootout To Reach World Cup Semifinals (VIDEO)

The Netherlands ended Costa Rica's thrilling run through the 2014 World Cup in a most Krul and unusual way.<p>With the quarterfinal clash scoreless into its 120th minute and headed for a penalty shootout, Dutch coach Louis van Gaal made a bold substitution that paid off for his side: Reserve …

We Need To Talk About The GIANT Bug That Attacked James Rodriguez (PHOTOS)

Playing against the host nation at the 2014 World Cup doesn't mean just contending with Brazil's star-studded lineup in front of a vocal partisan crowd. It also means, apparently, fending off Brazil's winged insects.<p>Colombia's James Rodriguez had one of those airborne inhabitants of Brazil alight …

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Up and Coming: Visionary Dealer Victoria Miro Unveils a Solo Exhibition by a Spanish Painter on the Rise

Visionary British art dealer Victoria Miro is known for spotting artists early in their careers—Chantal Joffe, Peter Doig, and Tal R among them—and a …

Music is not a destination but a journey

"I am in many ways surprised and not surprised by what seems to be today your choice of music you cover and likely listen to" writes a longstanding …

How classical music lost its aura

This is the strangest music I know. It's hardly music at all. Those long wind things... the way the drum rattles in the middle of a prayer... the …

Why classical music needs to see the light

Morocco is a rhapsody in blue and many other colours; as can be seen from the accompanying photos which were taken during my recent stay in Sidi Ifni …

NPR Music's 25 Favorite Albums Of 2014 (So Far)

At the year's halfway point, with summer just about to flip the calendar over to Side B, it's a challenge to get a satisfying picture of the year in music, even if you're just looking at a single genre. Consider the voices of the couple dozen obsessive listeners from NPR Music and our public radio …