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Deceptive Cadence
9:51 am
Wed March 21, 2012

Lara Downes' New Viewpoints On Old Variations

Lara Downes plays contemporary takes on Bach's iconic Goldberg Variations in NPR's studio 4A.
Doriane Raiman NPR

Originally published on Wed March 21, 2012 7:16 am

All week, we're exploring J.S. Bach's Goldberg Variations.

Pianist Lara Downes has had Bach's Goldberg Variations on her mind for quite some time. The music soothed her to sleep as a kid, it fascinated her as a young pianist and it's a subject of conversation on her new blog.

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Opinion
9:51 am
Wed March 21, 2012

Weekly Standard: The $5.3 Trillion Difference

House Budget Chairman U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis, introduces the House Budget Committee's FY2013 budget at the Capitol on March 20, 2012 in Washington, D.C. The House Republican plan reduces personal income taxes to a 25 and a 10 percent rate, and would cap discretionary spending at $1.028 trillion.
T.J. Kirkpatrick Getty Images

Originally published on Wed March 21, 2012 7:31 am

Jeffrey H. Anderson is a writer for The Weekly Standard.

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Author Interviews
9:51 am
Wed March 21, 2012

'Imagine' That: Fostering Creativity In The Workplace

Cristian Baitg Cristian Baitg

Originally published on Thu March 27, 2014 7:48 am

Beethoven would try as many as 70 different versions of a musical phrase before settling on the right one. But other great ideas seem to come out of the blue. Bob Dylan, for example, came up with the lyrics to the chorus for "Like a Rolling Stone" soon after telling his manager that he was creatively exhausted and ready to bail from the music industry. After going to an isolated cabin, Dylan got an uncontrollable urge to write and spilled out his thoughts in dozens of pages — including the lyrics to the iconic song.

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Opinion
9:50 am
Wed March 21, 2012

New Republic: Ryan's New And Unimproved Budget

Senate Budget Chairman Kent Conrad, D-N.D., speaks about FY2013 spending levels at a news conference at the Capitol on March 20, 2012 in Washington, D.C. Democrats are expected to challenge the medicare provisions of the House GOP budget proposal.
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Originally published on Wed March 21, 2012 7:30 am

Jonathan Cohn is a senior editor of The New Republic.

Imagine a politician held a press conference in order to boast about a plan that would take health insurance away from tens of millions of people, while effectively eliminating the federal government except for entitlements and defense spending. You probably can't, because no politician would ever do that.

Except Paul Ryan just did.

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Opinion
9:48 am
Wed March 21, 2012

Foreign Policy: Overseas Lessons On Fighting Sleaze

Disgraced former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich waves to supporters outside his home March 14, 2012 in Chicago. Blagojevich is serving a 14-year term for numerous counts of fraud and corruption including attempting to sell the vacant U.S. Senate seat held by then Senator Barack Obama.
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Originally published on Wed March 21, 2012 7:59 am

Christian Caryl, a senior fellow at the Legatum Institute and a contributing editor of Foreign Policy, is the editor of Democracy Lab.

Nathaniel Heller has a dream. He wants to invite people from India, the Philippines, and Bangladesh to provide a bit of development assistance to the United States. These countries have been pioneering new ways to make governments more accountable and less corrupt. We Americans could learn a lot from them.

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