Tiny Desk Concerts

DakhaBrakha: Tiny Desk Concert

An acoustic quartet from Kiev, Ukraine whose music encompasses rhythms and sounds from around the world, while remaining joyfully unique. Plus, they wear amazing hats.

On April 4, 1975, a Lockheed C-5A Galaxy participating in Operation Babylift crashed on approach during an emergency landing at Tan Son Nhut Air Base, South Vietnam. Courtesy of Bud Traynor hide caption

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History

Remembering The Doomed First Flight Of Operation Babylift

In 1975, the first flight of orphans out of Vietnam made a crash landing, and many died. Forty years later, some of the survivors have reconnected, helping to lessen their lingering grief.

The National Guard Bureau commissioned this painting, "Indiana Rangers: The Army Guard in Vietnam," as part of its series of paintings depicting significant moments in Guard history. It represents members of the Company D, 151st Infantry division — one of a few Guard units deployed to Vietnam — on duty in the jungle Mort Kunstler/National Guard Bureau hide caption

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Back At Base

International Guard: How The Vietnam War Changed Guard Service IPBS

During the war, young men often tried to join the National Guard to avoid being sent overseas. But that war changed the nature of the guard — paving the way for today's deployments abroad.

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In Adult Beginners, Nick Kroll plays a failed tech entrepreneur who moves in with his older sister (Rose Byrne) and starts looking after her young son (Caleb and Matthew Paddock). Courtesy of RADiUS-TWC hide caption

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Movie Interviews

Actor Nick Kroll: 'I'm A Real Solid Uncle The First Hour'

"By hour three," Kroll says, "I'm either on my phone or taking a nap." He tells NPR how being a youngest sibling and uncle of 12 informed his new film, Adult Beginners.

Protesters gather outside the Baltimore Police Department's Western District police station before a march for Freddie Gray on Saturday in Baltimore. Patrick Semansky/AP hide caption

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The Two-Way - News Blog

After Baltimore March, Clashes Between Protesters, Police

People gathered peacefully in the streets in support of Freddie Gray, who died after sustaining a fatal spinal cord injury during or after his arrest. Later, protests took a violent turn at Camden Yards.

The Hooker 100-inch reflecting telescope at the Mount Wilson Observatory, just outside Los Angeles. Edwin Hubble's chair, on an elevating platform, is visible at left. A view from this scope first told Hubble our galaxy isn't the only one. Courtesy of The Observatories of the Carnegie Institution for Science Collection at the Huntington Library, San Marino, Calif. hide caption

itoggle caption Courtesy of The Observatories of the Carnegie Institution for Science Collection at the Huntington Library, San Marino, Calif.

Joe's Big Idea

Hubble's Other Telescope And The Day It Rocked Our World

Amid this week's hoopla celebrating the Hubble Space Telescope, don't forget the clever astronomer for whom the space scope was named. In the 1920s, he changed our sense of ourselves and the universe.

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