All Things Considered

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NPR Story
3:57 pm
Sat May 5, 2012

Just How Super Is Tonight's Supermoon?

Originally published on Sat May 5, 2012 5:42 pm

Transcript

(SOUNDBITE OF MUSIC)

GUY RAZ, HOST:

Tonight, the super moon. Maybe you've heard about this.

(SOUNDBITE OF MUSIC)

BRIAN WILLIAMS: This weekend, the full moon will be closer to Earth than at any other time this year. Astronomers have a name for it: super moon.

RAZ: The moon will be 15,000 miles closer, 30 percent brighter. I had to know more, so I called up Philip Plait.

PHILIP PLAIT: I'm an astronomer and blogger for Discover magazine, and I live in Boulder, Colorado.

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Music Interviews
3:03 pm
Sat May 5, 2012

Jason Mraz: A Breakup Record, Served With A Smile

Jason Mraz's latest album is Love Is a Four Letter Word.
Emily Shur

Originally published on Sun May 6, 2012 5:39 pm

Jason Mraz's 2008 single "I'm Yours" was a multiplatinum global hit. In fact, it set a record by staying on Billboard's Hot 100 chart for 76 weeks — more than any other song in the magazine's 51-year history.

Although Mraz's new record, Love Is a Four Letter Word, was written on the heels of a breakup, the songs are mostly sunny and positive. Mraz says he was more interested in making something relatable than in zeroing in on his own experiences.

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Deceptive Cadence
2:41 pm
Sat May 5, 2012

Fireworks From Cuba, And Schubert That Grooves: New Classical Albums

The new album by The Knights, A Second of Silence, celebrates Schubert and more modern but like-minded composers.
Ancalagon Records

Originally published on Sun May 6, 2012 6:37 pm

Although it always seems fashionable to forecast the downfall of classical music, enterprising musicians both young and not so young continue to make deeply satisfying recordings. For this visit to weekends on All Things Considered, I was delighted to uncover the little known (at least in this country) Jorge Luis Prats, a terrifically talented Cuban pianist whose once uncertain career appears to be resurging — at 55, he has signed a handsome record deal. Then there's The Knights, a young chamber orchestra with a postmodern take on Schubert.

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Asia
3:16 pm
Fri May 4, 2012

U.S. Supports Chinese Activist's Bid To Study Abroad

Originally published on Fri May 4, 2012 5:04 pm

News of a possible way out of the diplomatic impasse over Chinese dissident Chen Guangcheng has again overshadowed other events in Beijing. The Chinese Foreign ministry says Chen might be allowed to leave China to study abroad. Meanwhile about 200 U.S. officials from the State Department and the U.S. Treasury are in China to discuss other matters vital to the U.S.-China relationship.

Religion
3:15 pm
Fri May 4, 2012

Five Philly Priests Removed For Sex Abuse Allegations

Originally published on Fri May 4, 2012 5:04 pm

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ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST:

The Catholic Archbishop of Philadelphia announced today that he is removing five priests from ministry. Charles Chaput said investigations into other priests accused of abuse will continue.

But as NPR's Barbara Bradley Hagerty reports, victims' advocates are not satisfied.

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