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    May 28, 2014


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    May 21, 2014

    Tonight's Conversation With D'Angelo at the Brooklyn Museum to be Livestreamed on NPR

    Anyone who's ever heard D'Angelo's Voodoo has thought "This man deserves a fucking mural in his honor" at one point or another, because it's a perfect piece of art. Well, thanks to the Red Bull Music Academy Festival New York (our picks here), he got a few of them around the city, his beautiful visa ... More >>

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    May 18, 2014

    Confronted with Climate Change, Rightbloggers Advocate Resistance (To Doing Anything About It)

    It is commonly believed that conservatives' appeal to voters is based on fear -- fear of blacks; fear of homosexuals; fear of cities (which is pretty much fear of blacks and homosexuals); fear of the poor (or rather, fear you will be forced to give money to the poor, many of whom are black people, w ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 14, 2014

    Cheap Laughs: The Best Indie Comedy in NYC This Week, 5/14 - 5/21

    This week in Cheap Laughs, we have television's finest improvisers, live dubbed sitcoms, Freudian drama, black talent, white talent, and a literal trip to comedy hell. Wear breathable fabrics, because it's going to be a hot one. Here's our rundown of the best in independently produced New York comed ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 13, 2014

    Searching for a New Bechdel Test at Barnard College

    "The Bechdel Test is actually just a lever," says Michelle Dean, a pop culture writer currently at Flavorwire. "It isn't actually a critical test. It's a way of pointing out to people in a really short and pithy fashion exactly what's wrong with the output that's going on."

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    September 25, 2013
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    June 7, 2013

    Pancakes and an Ancient Grass Diet in Stories Worth Reading This Weekend

    More good news for coffee-drinkers in this weekend's New York Times Magazine: Scientists find evidence that coffee intake is linked to longevity. So put on a pot and dig in with good food-related reads you might have missed this week.

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    April 5, 2013

    Dave Navarro Talks "Journalism 101" in This Week in Music Writing

    In this week's music writing round-up, we share an account of a night with Dave Navarro, how the Yeah Yeahs Yeahs got free, and why hip-hop may be getting stagnant. If you see a piece of writing you'd think should be included, please let us know.

  • Blogs

    March 27, 2013

    Another Big Day for Same-Sex Marriage as the Supreme Court Hears Arguments on DOMA

    Following yesterday's hearing on California's Proposition 8 (whose decision will likely fall into the hands of swing vote Justice Anthony Kennedy), another case is coming through the Supreme Court this morning. The justices are hearing arguments on the constitutionality of the federal Defense of Mar ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 22, 2013

    Billboard's New Chart is Smart Like a Velocirapotor (Watch out, Kids!)

    Here's a round-up of music stories we're reading this week, clever girl.

  • Blogs

    November 12, 2012

    The Least Likely Music Headlines of 2013

    For the last six months, the Sound of the City Supercomputer (a 1998 Compaq Presario) has been analyzing the structure and content of every pop news headline in the world in order to create a highly detailed predictive model of the music industry. While this project has important practical uses, suc ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 16, 2012

    Q&A: The Flaming Lips' Wayne Coyne On Stephen Colbert, Ke$ha, And An Inadvertent Game Of Telephone With Lightning Bolt

    Flaming Lips leader Wayne Coyne dreams weird and hard and big. What often starts of as a whimsical vision might just end up as a new world record (for the most live concerts in 24 hours) or a limited-edition vinyl release infused with the blood of other artists (as was the case for 2011's The Flamin ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 13, 2012

    The Voice Talks To KNPR About the 37 Reasons Why We Hate Las Vegas [AUDIO]

    We must admit: when KNPR, the NPR affiliate of Las Vegas, contacted us and asked, "Do you want to come on the air to talk about '37 Reasons Why An Unapologetically Judgmental New Yorkers Hates Las Vegas'?" we were a tad nervous. In fact, the polite, kind and good-natured people at KNPR's State of Ne ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 6, 2012

    Sikh Temple Shooting: What You Need To Know About The Wisconsin Massacre (UPDATE)

    Yesterday morning, a gunman entered a Sikh Temple in Oak Creek, Wis. and opened fire on congregants, killing six and wounding three -- including a police officer who is in critical condition. Since the incident, additional details have emerged about the crime. Here's what we know so far...

  • Blogs

    June 15, 2012

    Three Good Things: Fermentation, Falooda, Cartoons

    1 On Fresh Air, Terry Gross talks about fermented foods with its greatest champion and fetishist, Sandor Katz, who has a new book. When he name checks some of his favorite beverages, Gross says, "I have no idea what you're talking about," and bursts out laughing. [NPR] 2 This cute and weirdly hear ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 13, 2012

    15 Things You Didn't Know About Taxis

    City officials are considering raising taxi fares by 17 percent, which has made cabbies very happy. Today, the New York Post reports thatcabbies would be made even happier with more money: They want a $1 surcharge during rush hour, up from the current $.50 cost. If a compromise can be reached, t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 30, 2012

    Q&A: Jason Crane Takes The Jazz Session On the Road With The "Jazz Or Bust" Tour

    Jason Crane is the creator, producer, distributor and host of The Jazz Session, an excellent in-depth interview show. This summer, Crane's taking the show on the road with the "Jazz or Bust" tour, a jaunt that, he told SOTC, was inspired by his wandering spirit, his desire to see jazz musicians in t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 15, 2012

    Robert Krulwich Asks, Do We Reset Our Appetites?

    NPR's Robert Krulwich examines some data that shows how fish populations have drastically changed in the past 100 years and wonders, do we eat animals into extinction? Or do we unconsciously adjust? Maybe, deep down, we sense that some foods are no longer plentiful so we make it the fashion to eat ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 19, 2012

    The Worst Moments From SXSW 2012

    Over the last few days, Village Voice Media's music editors have been regaling you with stories of the best from Austin's South By Southwest Festival. But with the best must come the worst, and our critics unfortunately came across the following borefests, technical problems, and insults to their in ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 7, 2011

    The Winners Of The 2011 Village Voice Web Awards

    ​It's finally here! The 2011 Web Awards winners have been chosen. Check em out after the jump, and check back tomorrow for highlights from the awards show, including our video for the lifetime achievement award!

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    November 9, 2011
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    October 30, 2011

    Obama Celebrates Pagan Unholy Day

    Barack and Michelle Obama spent part of their Saturday night handing out candy to trick-or-treaters on the northern portico of the White House. President Obama doesn't appear to be overwhelmingly in the Halloween spirit, but we're pretty sure he's wearing a studio-quality Green Lantern costume unde ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 14, 2011

    Terroir Aims for Wine Bar Domination; A Look at Cider Week

    ​An upstate New York small business owner is trying to break into the breakfast market with his product, Muesli Fusion, now available in health-food stores in four states. [NPR] With its third location in Murray Hill, the Terroir wine bar mini-empire is announcing its plans for domination, wh ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 20, 2011

    Organic Food Is Often Grown With Organic Pesticides

    Muffet/FlickrBummer.​Well, here's a bit of news guaranteed to make shopping at the Park Slope Food Co-op a little less smug: turns out that even organic produce can contain commercial pesticides.

  • Voice Choices

    June 1, 2011


    This year's collab-to-beat gets local

  • Blogs

    May 11, 2011

    Did 'Hipsters' Ruin the New York City Census?

    ​A few months ago it was reported that New York City's (already low) 50 percent return rate on census forms was brought down by "the hipster enclave of Williamsburg, Brooklyn," where only 30 percent filled out the forms that help make important funding decisions. "These young, recent graduates ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 9, 2011

    Tomorrow, Hear Grant Achatz Talk About His Life on the Line

    ​There's an excellent Fresh Air interview with Grant Achatz on the NPR website that's more than worth 43 minutes of your time, but those who would prefer to hear the chef talk in person about his new memoir, Life, on the Line, should get themselves over to the Mid-Manhattan library tomorrow ni ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 5, 2011

    I Don't Go Clubbing, I Go Dancing: Cinco De Mayo Spectacular

    ​It's Cinco de Mayo! We're going to go ahead and admit that we have no idea why Americans celebrate the holiday other than to over-indulge in margaritas, tacos, and cervezas. As it turns out, though, tonight's schedule of dance parties is more than willing to accommodate. If you want to get y ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 9, 2011

    Planned Parenthood Care Chart vs. NPR Spending Chart

    ​After last night's late budget compromise and extension, Planned Parenthood has been protected from any government spending cuts (so far). Yesterday, the Washington Post's Ezra Klein posted a graph from Planned Parenthood demonstrating what activities they perform (abortion is excluded from f ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 14, 2011

    Huffington Post Hires Handful, Ditches AOL-ers; NPR Videos 'Inappropriately Edited'

    ​Since becoming a pair with his company's $315 million purchase of The Huffington Post, AOL CEO Tim Armstrong and HuffPo founder Arianna Huffington have overseen the cutting of hundreds of content providers on the parent company's side, with Armstrong presiding over the laying off of over 2,00 ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 17, 2011

    Lara Logan Covers New York Post Again; Spy Magazine Now Online For Free

    Day 2​If the (little) reporting and (excessive) analysis surrounding Lara Logan's assault in Egypt have taught us anything, it's that most people are somewhat insensitive or otherwise unprepared and unable to talk about rape without offending, and the Internet can be an awful place. Also, expl ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 8, 2011

    Bristol Palin Memoir Is Allegedly Happening; Derrick Oaks Is Your New Subway Hero; 40 States Are Freezing

    ​• Bristol Palin, 20-year-old daughter of Sarah Palin and no longer teen mom (or Dancing With the Stars contender), has a memoir in the works. Of course she does! It's apparently 304 pages and currently titled "Untitled Bristol Palin Memoir," according to Amazon, where forums are busy discus ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 8, 2011

    As States Crack Down on Meth-Like "Bath Salts," What Are Your Remaining Legal Highs?

    ​Perhaps you've seen the tiny packets of intriguing substances with mysterious, floaty names like "Cloud 9," "Ivory Snow," and "Blue Silk," in your local convenience store or bodega or go-to gas station. Perhaps you've been curious; perhaps you've even purchased them and experienced what they ... More >>

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    February 8, 2011

    Wael Ghonim Helps Reignite Protests in Egypt

    via​Wael Ghonim, the Google marketing executive in the Middle East and North Africa, was freed yesterday after being held by the Egyptian government for nearly two weeks. Today, he was back in Tahrir Square demanding the resignation of President Hosni Mubarak. An NPR reporter credits Ghonim wi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 7, 2011

    Stream PJ Harvey's Let England Shake, And Hope She Adds Another Terminal 5 Show

    ​James Blake has probably got Album Everyone Will Be Talking About This Week honors all sewn up for now, but roundabout next Tuesday a nation's fawning eyes will turn to PJ Harvey's fantastic Let England Shake, far from the screamiest entry in her 20-year catalog (!), but among the bleakest, h ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 21, 2011

    Fake Blueberries Plague Our Food Products; Cook Gets Jail Time for Putting Body Hair in Cop's Sandwich

    ​An investigation has been launched into what caused a mysterious greenish-yellow goo to fall from the skies in Snyder, New York. Turns out, it might be the poo of seagulls who dined on McDonald's fries. [Daily Mail] Chengdu province is hoping to capitalize on the popularity of spicy Sichuan ... More >>

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    January 19, 2011

    Download Bootlegs Of All 13 Sets From globalFEST 2011

    Kinda makes you wonder what the Pedrito Martinez Group sounds like. Pic by Ben Jay.​Last week's globalFEST 2011 blowout at Webster Hall packed 13 acts from Brazil, India, Cuba, Mali, Sengal, Hawaii, Honduras, France, Egypt, Colombia, Peru, the Congo, and New York City onto three stages, a stag ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 18, 2011

    Gang Of Four Streaming Their New Record Content In Full, Playing Webster Hall Next Month

    ​Given our current climate of heated rhetoric, it's pretty much the perfect time for a new Gang of Four record, particularly one with song titles like "It Was Never Gonna Turn Out Too Good" and "You'll Never Pay for the Farm." So please welcome the excellently named Content, in stores next wee ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 22, 2010

    Rob Harvilla's Top 10 Singles of 2010

    ​Not every great song this year was released by Katy Perry. From a snarling avant-electro NPR lecture to a haunted-house posse cut to a ludicrously profane viral sensation, here are 10 examples. "Teenage Dream" might still be better than all of these, though. Better get this started before I c ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 10, 2010

    The Ten Best Cookbooks of 2010, According to Everyone Else​ It's the end of the year, time for best-of roundups. Rather than create our own list of the top cookbooks of 2010, we took a look at everyone else's and determined which books overlapped the most. So without further ado, here are the 10 cookbooks you should have read by ... More >>

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    November 18, 2010

    Facebook Predicts You Will Break Up in Two and a Half Weeks

    ​Some of us break up all willy-nilly, whenever we feel like it. But others among us are predictable. We like to break up at specific times of year. And we then, predictably, like to let Facebook know about that. Hence this fascinating "Peak Break-Up Times" calendar from David McCandless and Le ... More >>

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    October 28, 2010

    Morning Links: Charlie Sheen's "Hooker" Was a Porn Star; D.C. Metro Bomb Plotter Arrested; Kidnapping Attempt in the East Village

    ​• Charlie Sheen's mystery "hooker" was actually a porn star, "Capri Anderson," who's "adamant she's not a working girl," according to TMZ, and was very upset to be identified as such. Her dad, of course, had no idea what she did for a living. [NYP]

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    October 26, 2010

    The U.S. Is More Corrupt Than 21 Other Countries, Which Is All Bernie Madoff's Fault

    ​The most and least corrupt nations have been "diagnosed" by Transparency International in their 2010 Corruption Perceptions Index, which measures the "perceived levels of public sector corruption" in 178 countries around the world. Corruption levels go from "very clean" to "highly corrupt" an ... More >>

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    October 22, 2010

    Morning Links: White House Christmas Ornaments in Peril; Time Warner Visitors Getting Handsy With Nude Statue

    The 2009 tree, with ornaments.​• Wyoming is having trouble finishing their ornaments for the White House Christmas tree this year. They have only 1,600 of the 5,000 they're responsible for. Apparently these ornaments have to be handmade, weatherproof, a foot tall, and in a Western theme. And ... More >>

  • Voice Choices

    October 6, 2010


    Journalists discuss the dangers of reporting in Mexico

  • Blogs

    November 3, 2009

    Which Apple Bakes Best?

    We're smack in the middle of apple season (and baking season). Here, NPR's Guy Raz gets together with cookbook author Nancy Baggett to find out which apples best retain their flavor and texture when baked. Although Granny Smiths are often cited as good baking apples, Raz and Bagett find that those ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 24, 2008

    Junot Diaz Drops Your Ass Off in Kazakhstan

    This morning Junot Diaz was on NPR talking about the immigrant experience, one of a series of authors Morning Edition has tapped this week (Jhumpa Lahiri is on tomorrow) to throw a bit of a Thanksgiving curveball in advance of that most American holiday. I approve. "Can you imagine," says Diaz, with ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 21, 2008

    Spank Rock Wild Style No Show Theory: "Charity Rate" Not Worth Getting Out of Bed?

    Sound of the City roots for the home team and so does Impose Magazine's Jeremy Krinsley Amazing Baby, "Pump Your Brakes" I saw this first as an advertisement on subway walls, and it is probably the last format in which I will see it, but Elvis Costello has a show, and he's now announcing his pres ... More >>

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    October 8, 2008

    Put On Your Knee Brace: Knicks' D-Team Holds Open Tryouts

    Attention blacktop basketball hotshots: Think you still got skillz? You may have a shot with the Reno Bighorns. They're an expansion team in the NBA's Development League, and they invite anyone who's over 18 and a high school graduate -- and can spare the $150 entry fee -- to try out in New York nex ... More >>

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    August 11, 2006

    Sharpton vs. NPR

    This week, National Public Radio has been proving just how white a broadcast network can be. For the "Conversations on Black Leadership" series, running each day on Morning Edition, NPR hosts have interviewed African American luminaries from Newark mayor Cory Booker to Young and Rubicam CEO Ann Fudg ... More >>

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