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RIP Mike Atta: Hardcore punk founder, The Middle Class guitarist

John Rabe speaks with LA Record's Chris Ziegler about Mike Atta, the guitarist for the pioneering hardcore punk band The Middle Class, who died on Easter Sunday of cancer.

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On television, more transgender characters come into focus

Laverne Cox plays Sophia on Netflix's Orange Is The New Black, one of several current shows exploring the lives of transgender characters.

Now that it's more common to see gay characters on TV, is the medium turning to transgender people for fresh stories? NPR's Neda Ulaby looks at TV's crop of transgender and "gender fluid" characters.

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Music that burns, literally

A Pyro Board, or 2D Rubens' tube, turns sound waves into flames.

Take Beyonce. Take Sinatra. Take whomever you love and set them on fire — with a "Pyro Board." It plays music by pulsing the beats in flame, and when the singer hits a high note — stand back.

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Curing your jet lag and keep a travel journal with apps

Monument Valley

It's time for our next installment of App Chat. And today we have three apps that want to save you from jet lag, sketchy situations and your bad memory

Food More

Powdered Liquor: Now legal but won't be in your margarita soon

Margarita in a moment's notice: A powdered version of the classic cocktail is in the works. But will the so-called Powderita tastes as good as one made with fresh lime juice?

The feds have approved dehydrated versions of vodka and even mojitos. Simply add water and voila! You've got a cocktail. But red tape will likely keep the high-proof powder off the market for a while.

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Surviving the indignities of age with humor and honesty

Annabelle Gurwitch

Aging is a pain in the… granny panties, “so serious you have to make a comedy out of it,” author Annabelle Gurwitch told an appreciative crowd at KPCC.

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Playwright Phillip Hayes Dean dies at 83

Robeson Play

Dean's "Paul Robeson" originally starred James Earl Jones when it opened on Broadway in 1978. It would go on to several revivals in New York and Europe.