Afternoon Ramble Featured Album, Corinne Bailey Rae, "The Heart Speaks in Whispers"

"The Heart Speaks in Whispers" by Corinne Bailey Rae is this week's featured album on the Afternoon Ramble. Click here to watch her music video for "Been To The Moon" from her new record, and tune in to AR Monday through Saturday from 1 - 5pm to hear more.
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Media Mavens Merci Bouquet Recipient

This week's Media Mavens Merci Bouquet recipients are Scott Schwartz and Julia Motyka! To welcome their beautiful newborn baby daughter Esme! Congratulations to you both and welcome to Esme!

A night filled with heavy speeches about gun violence, national security and climate change gave way to a unifying moment at the Democratic Convention when more than 40 Broadway stars took the stage to sing "What the World Needs Now Is Love."

President Obama will make the case for Hillary Clinton Wednesday nigh with about as many Americans approving of him as disapprove of him.

That puts him somewhere in the middle of other outgoing presidents who have given convention speeches supporting their potential successors. Bill Clinton, Ronald Reagan, and Dwight Eisenhower were all relatively well liked when they left office. George W. Bush and Harry Truman, meanwhile, delivered their addresses even while their approval numbers were in the tank.

Madeleine Albright, who spoke Tuesday night at the Democratic National Convention, says it's "almost too hard to express" the excitement she feels over Hillary Clinton's presidential nomination.

For decades, Japanese fishermen have told stories about the existence of a dark, rare beaked whale that they called karasu — the "raven."

But now, scientists say they have genetic proof to back up these tales. Long mistaken for its relative, the Baird's beaked whale, scientists say it represents an entirely new species.

As a teenager, James Alan McPherson worked as a passenger-car waiter on the Great Northern Railroad. The experience shaped him as a man and as a writer; he would spend his life producing short fiction and essays exploring race and class in America — the gulf separating white privilege from the black experience. One of his first published stories, "On Trains," included in his fiction collection Hue and Cry, chronicles a white woman's unthinking treatment of black waiters and porters on a train, and subtly reveals its lingering effects on all involved.

The third day of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia began with a little bit of drama: The convention took up a motion to nominate Tim Kaine as the party's vice presidential candidate.

As he takes the stage Wednesday night at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, vice presidential nominee Tim Kaine is firmly in Hillary Clinton's camp — and his party's — on the big health care issues. Now a U.S. senator from Virginia, Kaine supports the Affordable Care Act and pushed its Medicaid expansion. He also worked to overhaul the mental health system when he was governor of Virginia.

Here are highlights and a few flashpoints of controversy from Kaine's health policy record:

Mental health

The Turkish government has cracked down on independent media since an attempted coup on July 15, shutting down at least 45 newspapers and 16 TV stations, The Associated Press reports.

On Wednesday, the state-run news service Anadolu Agency reported 47 arrest warrants had been issued for employees of the newspaper Zaman, and 13 people had been detained.

The federal government released its first overall hospital quality rating on Wednesday, slapping average or below average scores on many of the nation's best-known hospitals while awarding top scores to many unheralded ones.

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