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Forging meaning is about changing yourself. Building identity is about changing the world.

Overprotected kids grow up to be dull and boring consumers rather than inquisitive creators.

We didn’t have a great deal in common, but we existed within the same space and listened to the same music. That was enough for us to hangout and treat each other like brothers.

NPR - J. Cole On Competition And Writing Honest Songs

This is a magnificent interview. J. Cole's detailed stories about his life and how they relate to the songs on his new album Born Sinner really help you perceive the world through Cole’s eyes. He’s definitely a smart dude and very perceptive of his surroundings. He’s avidly helping hip-hop fight back more than almost every artist right now. Also if you weren’t aware, NPR does hip-hop better than any other news source out there.

"I could make an album full of smash records that got pop appeal, but my heart is in hip-hop. My heart is in telling stories, and it’s like therapy for me. I hadn’t even talked about them, I just write ‘em down. It is well thought out because I do care about this.”

It’s 29 years late, but has Big Brother finally arrived? Readers are flocking to buy George Orwell’s dystopian novel 1984, which describes a totalitarian surveillance state, since news of the National Security Administration scandal broke. The book has landed on Amazon’s list of “Movers and Shakers,” and sales of the novel have increased thousands of percent. “Throwing out such a broad net of surveillance is exactly the kind of threat Orwell feared,” Orwell biographer Michael Shelden told NPR. President Obama even referenced the novel, naming Big Brother, when he defended the program last Friday.

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Questionwhere are you getting these npr hip hop history lessons? Anwser

I listen to NPR everyday. They’re low-key really keen on good music.

NPR - Rapper Homeboy Sandman overcoming the odds

Without exaggeration this is greatest hip-hop related story I’ve ever heard, and it’s a must listen for everyone who understands the kinds of risks and sacrifices musicians need to take. I’ve been a fan of Homeboy Sandman for many years, but I never knew about this crazy/inspiring tale. It also really helps that he’s a damn good story teller.

My favorite song by Homeboy Sandman is Calm Tornado, which you should click if you want to read my review for it.

Long live NPR and real shit.

For the rest of the day I’m going to be listening to The Ash And Clay, which is the newly released album by the Milk Carton Kids. If you’ve never heard of them before, essentially they are the new-school version of Simon and Garfunkel. I’m a huge fan of this kind of music. As a kid I grew up listening to Simon and Garfunkel.

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NPR - Tupac Inspired The Arab Spring Revolution

Not only is Tupac a million times more popular in Libya than in America, but his music had a huge influence in spurring the revolution that started there a couple years ago. This is why we need real hip-hop in the world, and not just radio bullshit. NPR actually has multiple stories like this, all of which beautifully illustrate the life changing power of music, and how this profound human connection through music isn’t defined by skin color, race, religion, or where you grew up. It’s a truly universal art that any human can fully embrace and live by. Long live Tupac and real hip-hop!

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This is a must listen for all my followers who like to learn amazing shit on a regular basis. This is one of my favorite Radiolab specials. Jad Abumrad and Robert Krulwich are gods among men. I guarantee if you listen to the first few minutes you’ll feel obligated to listen to the whole thing.

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About to drink a couple beers, smoke some bong, and then go on an hour long night hike while listening to the newest in science on NPR. Honestly one of my favorite pastimes.

Exiled From Iran, A Singer Makes The Case For Beauty


Strict laws made it impossible for the Iranian singer Hani to pursue her dream in her home country, and a world without music is a hellish thought. This is a really touching story.

So apparently throughout Mexico’s 6 year drug war 60,000 people have died so far, and over 25,000 people are still “missing persons”. Holy shit…

Mexico’s ‘Crisis Of Disappearance’

QuestionHi! I live in Australia and hadn't heard about NPR. Thanks for posting that thing about ants earlier today, I've been listening to other interesting podcasts ever since! Have a great day mate. Anwser

Knowing I successfully spread some knowledge to someone else inherently makes me happy, so thanks for letting me know. NPR is pretty much the greatest thing ever. I listen to it daily.

QuestionWhat NPR podcasts do you listen to? Anwser

I absolutely love NPR.  I listen to pretty much all of them…especially Science Friday.  I listen to that almost every week.