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The Thistle & Shamrock
1:49 pm
Wed April 23, 2014

The Thistle & Shamrock: ...And Three

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This hour features classic combinations of musical trios who weave melodies and rhythms together into an intoxicating and perfectly balanced blend.

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NPR Story
1:36 pm
Wed April 23, 2014

Happy 450th Birthday, Shakespeare

William Shakespeare's birth date is unknown, but he was baptized on April 23, 1564, and died on April 26, 1616. Devotees celebrate his birthday on April 23. (Wikimedia Commons)

Originally published on Wed April 23, 2014 2:22 pm

To mark William Shakespeare’s 450th birthday, Here & Now hosts Robin Young and Jeremy Hobson read from his play “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.”

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NPR Story
1:36 pm
Wed April 23, 2014

Colbert Appears As Himself On Letterman

Originally published on Wed April 23, 2014 2:22 pm

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It was old meets new on Letterman last night. Stephen Colbert, who will be taking over for the retiring David Letterman next year, was a guest on the “Late Show.”

Colbert made the appearance as himself, not as his persona on his Comedy Central show “The Colbert Report.”

The comedian says he has a simple plan for his new job — he’s going to do whatever Dave Letterman does. That got a laugh from Letterman and the audience.

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NPR Story
1:36 pm
Wed April 23, 2014

How To Delete Your MySpace - Even Without Your Login

Looks like Taylor Quimby's not the only one trying to scrub his social media past. (NHPR)

Originally published on Wed April 23, 2014 2:22 pm

Social media users are often warned to be discreet about what they share online these days. You don’t want inappropriate photos or messages to get in the way of a college or job offer.

So if you have old profiles left over from rarely used platforms like MySpace, you might want to delete your account.

But as Taylor Quimby of Here & Now contributor station New Hampshire Public Radio found out, removing your online past is not always so straightforward.

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NPR Story
1:35 pm
Wed April 23, 2014

Big Pharma Deals Could Reshape Drug Industry

Originally published on Wed April 23, 2014 2:22 pm

Swiss drug maker Novartis is buying British company GlaxoSmithKline’s cancer drug business for up to $16 billion.

Novartis is also selling its vaccine business to GlaxoSmithKline for around $7 billion. And the two pharmaceutical giants are forming a joint venture consumer drug business.

These moves, along with some other recent deals in the pharmaceutical business, could reshape the entire drug industry, according to analysts.

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NPR Story
1:35 pm
Wed April 23, 2014

Authorities: Drug Ring Targeted Top Schools

Originally published on Wed April 23, 2014 2:22 pm

Residents of wealthy Philadelphia suburbs were stunned this week by the arrest of eight locals charged with operating a major drug trafficking ring.

The alleged ringleaders were former students and lacrosse players at the upscale Haverford School. Authorities say Neil Scott, 25, and Timothy Brooks, 18, sought to establish a monopoly on drug dealing to all area high school students.

Mari Schaefer of The Philadelphia Inquirer discusses these developments with Here & Now’s Robin Young.

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Music Reviews
1:10 pm
Wed April 23, 2014

For Jessica Lea Mayfield, Sometimes Sanity Is The Better Option

Jessica Lea Mayfield.
LeAnn Mueller Courtesy of the artist.

Originally published on Wed April 23, 2014 2:44 pm

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Krulwich Wonders...
12:33 pm
Wed April 23, 2014

Music That Burns, Literally

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Originally published on Wed April 23, 2014 4:28 pm

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All Songs TV
12:32 pm
Wed April 23, 2014

tUnE-yArDs, 'Water Fountain'

A still from the video for tUnE-yArDs' new song, "Water Fountain."
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Originally published on Wed April 23, 2014 12:36 pm

World Cafe
12:18 pm
Wed April 23, 2014

Robert Ellis On World Cafe

Robert Ellis.
Davis Ayer Courtesy of the artist

Robert Ellis and his road band perform songs from his fine third album, The Lights From the Chemical Plant, in this World Cafe session. After his last record, 2011's Photographs, Ellis wanted to push his music in less of a country-oriented direction, so he worked on the new album with producer Jacquire King (Tom Waits, Kings Of Leon).

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