Cultural Continuum 1-11-19

The South Dakota Chorale, fresh off a several Grammy nominations for thier recent Tyberg album, perform the Rachmaninoff Vespers at the Cathedral. Vangarde Arts has several shows, Sioux City Community Theatre opens the new year with a farce and The Sioux County Oratorio Chorus is looking for singers for The Messiah.

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NPR's Mary Louise Kelly talks with Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, D-R.I., about his questioning of William Barr regarding the steps he'd take to protect the Mueller investigation as attorney general.

One of the last remaining Navajo Code Talkers, who relayed messages that were never decoded by enemies in World War II, has died at age 94.

Alfred Newman died Sunday afternoon at a New Mexico nursing home, one of his sons, Kevin Newman, tells NPR.

He says his father was a quiet yet courageous man. "My dad told me that the U.S. was in trouble and when they were calling for him, he needed to answer that call with the armed forces," he says.

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New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand says she is running for president, joining a growing number of Democrats who are seeking to challenge President Trump in 2020.

Gillbrand announced her decision on CBS's The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, saying she is filing her exploratory committee for the White House on Tuesday evening.

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NPR's Mary Louise Kelly speaks with Jennifer Daskal, an associate law professor at American University and a former Justice Department employee, about William Barr's confirmation hearing.

To really understand the plastic problem in countries like the Philippines, you have to understand how consumer goods there are packaged.

Twenty-three-year-old jazz pianist James Francies has his musical fingerprints all over the place. From leading his own group at 2019'sWinter Jazzfest in New York City to playing shows in Tokyo with guitar legend Pat Metheny, the current pace of Francies's life is constantly in motion.

"It just feels like you're on a plane," Francies says. "Four thousand feet, traveling six hundred miles an hour."

Last fall, Blue Note Records released Flight, Francies's debut album.

Mexico's President Andrés Manuel López Obrador says his crackdown on gas thieves in the country is working, even though long lines at the pump in several states persist, distribution bottlenecks continue and new acts of fuel theft are reported.

As he has done every day since the gas crisis, now well into its second week, López Obrador insists gas sales and distribution will stabilize soon.

The Justice Department laid out what it called a series of lies Paul Manafort has told since agreeing to cooperate with the government, but few details are visible in the new court document.

The office of special counsel Robert Mueller filed new documentation on Tuesday that describes what it calls deliberate falsehoods that Manafort has told in support of the government's argument that his plea deal is now void.

For more than a century, a 52-foot obelisk has stood in the center of Birmingham, Ala., a monument to Confederate soldiers and sailors who fought in the Civil War.

In 2017, amid a national reckoning on racial violence and Confederate symbolism, the city's mayor decided the monument should be covered up. Tall plywood walls were installed around its base, obscuring inscriptions on the pedestal.

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Sioux City Art Center

"One of the things that a sculpture like Sioux City let's us do, because it doesn't represent anything in particular, is that it opens up our imagination to everything," says Behrens.

Sioux City is part of the Sioux City Art Center's permanent collection and can be seen now in the Permanent Collection on View Exhibition.

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