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11:39 am
Wed August 8, 2012

First Watch: Wolf Larsen, 'If I Be Wrong'

Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed August 8, 2012 4:14 pm

Wolf Larsen's life is a complicated mix of mysterious and nearly debilitating health issues and desire to dig deep in art for meaning and hope. Wolf Larsen is the stage name (and pen name) of the singer and writer Sarah Ramey. In 2008, Ramey served as the personal blogger for Obama's presidential campaign and is currently writing a book — The Lady's Handbook for Her Mysterious Illness — due out in 2013 under her own name. Her new record as Wolf Larsen, Quiet at the Kitchen Door, is a bedroom recording, a project that began as a way to deal with her illness and solitude.

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Deceptive Cadence
10:23 am
Wed August 8, 2012

Is There A Lawyer In The (Opera) House?

Supreme Court Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, opera fan.
MANDEL NGAN AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Wed October 24, 2012 12:35 pm

Opera: the stuff of passion, fury, sorrow and ... disquisitions on jurisprudence?

Maybe, if a panel discussion at the just-finished annual meeting of the American Bar Association is to be believed. Called "Arias of Law: The Rule of Law at Work in Opera and the Supreme Court," the session, which was created and moderated by Craig Martin of Jenner & Block LLP, featured U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg; Anthony Freud, general director of Chicago's Lyric Opera; and U.S. Solicitor General Donald Verrilli Jr.

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World Cafe
10:18 am
Wed August 8, 2012

Lisa Marie Presley On World Cafe

Lisa Marie Presley.
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Being the only child of rock 'n' roll's king has kept Lisa Marie Presley under a long shadow, but she's found ways to make her music stand out that don't involve her lineage or occasionally stormy personal life.

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Field Recordings
10:13 am
Wed August 8, 2012

Now, Now At Graffiti Park

Now, Now performs for a Field Recording video at Graffiti Park in Austin, Texas, during SXSW in 2012
Mito Habe-Evans NPR

Originally published on Fri August 24, 2012 10:56 am

The "Graffiti Park" in Austin, Texas, is stunning from any angle: Essentially a giant public canvas, the staggered façade on Baylor Street is constantly refreshed with new eye-popping murals by aerosol artists. When the members of Now, Now met us there, they were good enough sports to haul their guitars and amplifiers all the way to the top.

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Mountain Stage
10:01 am
Wed August 8, 2012

Joseph Arthur On Mountain Stage

Joseph Arthur on Mountain Stage.
Maria Sellas Mountain Stage

Experimental folk-rock singer Joseph Arthur appears on this episode of Mountain Stage, recorded live on the campus of West Virginia University in Morgantown. Though Arthur appears solo (as he almost always does), a listener might assume he's backed by a full band. Arthur uses his mastery of digital looping machines, harmonizers and distortion boxes to create a lush, multi-layered background for his songs — culminating with his five-and-a-half-minute spoken-word tune "I Miss the Zoo."

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