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12:22pm

Sat April 30, 2011
Music Interviews

Gretchen Parlato: Stay In The Moment

Gretchen Parlato has been called the most important jazz singer since Cassandra Wilson, and her delicate vocals won over the judges at the Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition in 2004. Since then, Parlato has appeared on more than 50 recordings, and continues to build a following with tours throughout the U.S. and overseas. Her third album, The Lost and Found, was recently released.

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12:00pm

Sat April 30, 2011
A Blog Supreme

New School, Old School And A Different Kind Of Dance Music: New Jazz Albums

From time to time, I get invited to talk up new jazz releases with Guy Raz, host of weekends on All Things Considered. This go-round, I set out to pick some records which hadn't already been featured as NPR Music First Listens or elsewhere on the website. Luckily, April has been a busy month for new music, and that didn't prove difficult at all.

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10:51am

Sat April 30, 2011
Health Care

Medicare's Math Problem: Taxes - Benefits = Trouble

At age 78, Milton Jones feel like he's earned his Medicare benefits.

"I imagine so," he says. "I paid taxes all my life."

Today, Jones is retired. He volunteers and calls bingo once a week at his local community center. But for 30 years, he worked in Pittsburgh's steel mills.

"I'd mostly run a 983-Caterpillar," he says, "and I'd clean up the molten slag after the the ladle ran over."

It was hard, hot work. And Jones — like many seniors his age — says because he's paid in, he's earned the benefits Medicare pays out.

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9:55am

Sat April 30, 2011
Opinion

Will The Royal Marriage Be A Fairy Tale, Too?

I got up early and baked scones on the day of the Royal Wedding. I watched the entire ceremony, from the entrance of Beckham and Posh to the recessional when the young couple stepped out of Westminster Abbey and waved to the crowd.

I thought they did a great job — putting on a wedding that was huge but had its moments of intimacy — a ceremony that was traditional and dignified as well as beautiful and heart lifting. And, the hard part, the two stars of the show seemed to enjoy it.

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8:20am

Sat April 30, 2011
The Two-Way

Who Was That Little Bridesmaid In The Royal Wedding's Best Photo?

The picture seems to have captured the hearts of millions around the world.

As our friend Claire O'Neill over at The Picture Show put it, "the best photo from the royal wedding" was snapped as Prince William and Kate Middleton kissed yesterday on the balcony of Buckingham Palace.

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