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Jericho Isn't Cecil's Brother And Is Probably Still Alive, Lion Researcher Says

Citing "huge disgust and sadness," a conservation group said the lion nicknamed Jericho had been killed Saturday. But a researcher in Zimbabwe says he doesn't believe it.

All Things Considered

SuperPACs Report Their Funds — And The Numbers Are Staggering

SuperPACs released their latest funding numbers Friday, and already it's clear that the committees' roles in 2016 will be gargantuan.

All Things Considered

After A West Bank Home Goes Up In Flames, Tensions Flare In The Region

A Palestinian baby was killed Friday in an arson attack in the West Bank. Jewish settlers are suspected in the attack, which Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has called "an act of terrorism."

After Devastating Injury, Austrian Pole Vaulter Is Breathing On Her Own

Doctors say the fall has left Kira Grunberg, 21, a paraplegic — a development that shocked the sports world in Europe and brought offers of emotional and financial support.

Sailing Federation Will Test Waters For Viruses In Brazil's Olympics Venues

The International Sailing Federation says the move is prompted by concerns over athletes' health and safety, after reports of raw sewage and trash in the water around Rio.

MH370 Update: Recovered Jet Section Arrives At French Lab For Testing

After the large piece of debris was discovered on the French island of Reunion in the Indian Ocean this week, Malaysia Airlines said it "is almost certainly part of a Boeing 777."

Weekend Edition Saturday

In Germany, Asylum-Seekers Could Fill A Chronic Workforce Need

Germany has struggled with a record number of refugees, prompting calls for increased deportations. But German businesses see an opportunity in these newcomers to ease a shortage of skilled workers.

Empire Strikes PAC And Other Punny SuperPAC Names

My Cat Xavier For a Better Tomorrow, Tomorrow superPAC backed Hank the Cat in the 2012 Virginia Senate election. Xavier also cared about naps, treats, and prison reform.

Weekend Edition Saturday

Police-Community Collaboration Has Helped Kept Peace In Cincinnati

A 2001 agreement between Cincinnati police, the police union and community groups is credited with keeping protests peaceful there after the killing of an unarmed black motorist by a police officer.

Weekend Edition Saturday

France Refuses To Sell Two Warships To Russia

The dispute follows Russia's invasion of Ukraine. The 1.6 billion euro helicopter carriers are sitting in French dockyards.

DJ Sessions: Latin America And Beyond

July 30, 2015
The Chemical Brothers win the Outstanding Song Collection Award at the 59th Ivor Novello Awards at the Grosvenor House in London in 2014.(Mark Allan/Invision/AP)

KCRW DJ Raul Campos shares four interesting alternative international musicians, from Chile’s Astro to Kutiman of Israel.

Shamir: From Country To Pop

July 28, 2015
Las Vegas singer-songwriter Shamir is 20 years old and out with a new album, "Ratchet." (Mathew Parri Thomas)

The 20-year-old talks about his new album, his androgynous voice and how his disco-pop sound has evolved.

In California Drought, Musicians Find Inspiration

July 27, 2015
Composer and professor Dr. Benjamin Boone created Waterless Music, a symphony about water and the lack of it in California. (Benjamin Boone)

Across the drying state, musicians are writing songs about the lack of water, reports Ezra David Romero of Valley Public Radio.

‘The Rents Go Up And Up And Up': Indie Music Venues Struggle As Real Estate Soars

July 24, 2015
T.T. the Bear's, which has been a staple of Greater Boston's music scene since it opened in 1984, hosts its final shows this weekend. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

Two legendary music venues in Greater Boston — T.T. the Bear’s and Johnny D’s — are on their way out. Their reasons for closing are varied and complex, but a common challenge they face is a white hot real estate market.

DJ Sessions: Young Musicians Carry On Bluegrass Traditions

July 24, 2015
Kitty Amaral performs at the Grand Ole Opry Theater. (Photo Courtesy of Kitty Amaral Facebook)

For this week’s edition of DJ Sessions, we sit down with Kinney Rorrer — he shares a number of young bluegrass musicians who are carrying on the music’s traditions.

Social Media Buzz: Race Relations, Nicki vs Taylor, #SandraBland

July 24, 2015
Nicki Minaj performs at the 2015 Hot 97 Summer Jam at MetLife Stadium on Sunday, June 7, 2015, in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (AP/Scott Roth)

From Nicki vs. Taylor to online activism surrounding the death of Sandra Bland — we look at the top stories on social media this week.

An American Music Playlist From The Man Behind Newport Folk Festival

July 22, 2015
The Rhode Island-based band Deer Tick is among those playing this year's Newport Folk Festival. (Courtesy)

Jay Sweet shares what he thinks makes a song truly American, and what he looks for in the bands he chooses to play the festival.

Amy Helm Carries Father’s Legacy As She Goes Solo

July 21, 2015
Amy Helm's new album is "Didn't It Rain." (amyhelm.com)

She grew up the child of musical royalty – her father is Levon Helm of The Band. Now, she has her own album.

Tiempo Libre Brings Cuban Music To The World

July 20, 2015
Tiempo Libre is a three-time Grammy-nominated Afro-Caribbean music group. (Photo via tiempolibremusic.com)

The band’s musical director Jorge Gomez and lead vocalist Xavier Mili talk about their new album “Panamericano.”

15 Years Later: Revisiting The Stadium Staple ‘Who Let The Dogs Out’

July 18, 2015
The Baha Men's "Who Let The Dog's Out?" took off in 2000 when the Seattle Mariners decided to play it as a walk-up song. Eventually it became a sports anthem. (Ben VanHouten/AP)

The Baha Men’s “Who Let the Dogs Out” was more than a hit song, Sports Illustrated’s Ben Reiter argues. It also changed the relationship between sports and the music industry. Fifteen years after the song’s release, Reiter joins Bill Littlefield to make his case.

This Nashville Vinyl Factory Is Still Pressing Records

July 16, 2015
United Record Pressing operates out of the same cinderblock building on Chestnut Street that's been its home since 1962. The company originally opened in 1949, when it was called Southern Plastics. (Stephen Jerkins/Nashville Public Radio)

As vinyl pressing plants around the world shut down, the plant that pressed The Beatles’ first American single in 1963 stayed open.

DJ Session: Why There’s So Much Music Coming Out Of Australia

July 15, 2015
The Australian indie-pop sextet Alpine released its latest album "Yuck" on June 16. (Courtesy)

“There must be something in the water down there, I haven’t figured it out,” KCRW DJ Aaron Byrd told Here & Now’s Jeremy Hobson.

DJ Session: Gospel Sunday

July 9, 2015
Gospel musician Jason Davis is also a pastor at the Greater Bethlehem Temple Church, a ministry in Randallstown, Maryland. (Courtesy)

We turn to the music of the church pews for this week’s edition of the Here & Now DJ Sessions. Our guide to gospel is Cecilia Webb.

Howard Levy, Harmonica’s Main Man

July 3, 2015
Harmonica master Howard Levy, in a photo dated February 2012. (Courtesy the Artist)

Harmonica virtuoso Howard Levy tears it up with us. From Bach to the blues.

Nina Simone, Again And Always

June 24, 2015
This file image from the Dutch National Archives is a portrait of singer Nina Simone, taken in 1965. (Creative Commons / WikiCommons)

Singer/composer Nina Simone, voice of brilliant black artistry, is back in a new documentary. We’ll dive in.

Apple Music Opens New Front In Streaming Debate

June 23, 2015
Taylor Swift accepts the award for top artist at the Billboard Music Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on Sunday, May 17, 2015, in Las Vegas.  (AP)

Taylor Swift takes on Apple over royalties and wins. We’ll look at the latest battles in music streaming – the players, the artists, and the music itself.

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