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1:24 pm
Thu March 22, 2012

California Appoints Its First Latino Poet Laureate

Juan Felipe Herrera.
Office of Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr,

Originally published on Thu March 22, 2012 1:27 pm

We don't usually dabble in arts news, but we thought we'd pass along this piece of news from California, home to 13.7 million Latinos.

Gov. Edmund Brown has appointed Juan Felipe Herrera as California's Poet Laureate. Herrera, 63, becomes the first Latino to be appointed to the position, which requires senate confirmation.

Here's how Brown's office described Herrera in its press release:

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NPR Story
1:23 pm
Thu March 22, 2012

Parkinson's Benches Petrick, But He's Far From Out

Ben Petrick dives into the plate during a 2001 game against the San Diego Padres at Coors Field in Denver, Colo.
Brian Bahr Getty Images

Originally published on Thu March 22, 2012 11:00 am

If Ben Petrick's career had gone the way the scouts expected, he'd still be in his prime — a star baseball player, maybe even a megastar. He came up to the majors as a catcher for the Colorado Rockies in 2000 with speed, power, a fine arm and maybe a better head for the game.

But the year before, at just 22-years-old, he learned that he had early-onset Parkinson's. He struggled to hide the symptoms, but, frustrated by his shaking and growing lack of mobility, he retired in 2004. Petrick has since focused on coaching, parenting and giving motivational speeches.

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Favorite Sessions
1:23 pm
Thu March 22, 2012

Benny Golson: Bringing The Hits

Benny Golson (right) and pianist Sharp Radway perform at the KPLU studios in Seattle.
Justin Steyer Jazz24

Originally published on Tue May 22, 2012 9:12 am

Tenor saxophonist and composer Benny Golson is now in his second half-century as a touring and recording jazz artist. He began performing almost 60 years ago and recorded his first LP as a bandleader 55 years ago, but remains as sharp and lively as ever.

Golson's visit to the KPLU studio was marked by his wonderfully humorous storytelling, which he wove around performances of three of his best-loved compositions: "Along Came Betty," "Whisper Not" and "Killer Joe." Here, he's accompanied by pianist Sharp Radway and drummer Jason Marsalis.

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Deceptive Cadence
1:23 pm
Thu March 22, 2012

This Is Your Brain On The Goldberg Variations

If Variations 1-5 are your brain, Variations 25-29 are your brain on drugs.
iStockphoto.com

Originally published on Thu March 22, 2012 1:16 pm

(Jeremy Denk joins us all week to explore the Goldberg Variations.)

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The Two-Way
1:10 pm
Thu March 22, 2012

'Thank God It's Over,' Australia's Most Wanted Man Says After Capture

"On his 2,466th night in the wilderness," the hunt for Malcolm Naden ended.

And when it did, Australia's most wanted man seemed relieved, police said afterward, according to The Sydney Morning Herald:

"Sitting on the sodden ground in handcuffs, surrounded by his captors, a lucid and relaxed Mr Naden said: 'Thank God it's over, I've had enough.' "

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