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This intern playlist comes to you from Kevin Leonard at the Digital Services desk in Boston. The last show he attended was Tycho. Tracklist & commentary below.

1. “I Sat By the Ocean” – Queens of the Stone Age
I’m a huge fan of QOTSA and everything associated with them, so this whole list could easily be all songs of theirs. This is a single off their newest album. It’s new without abandoning roots. Good stuff.

2. “The Gravedigger’s Song” – Mark Lanegan
My day wouldn’t be complete without a little Lanegan growl.

3. “It All Means Nothing” – Screaming Females
I discovered these guys recently. This song’s been stuck in my head for weeks.

4. “Montana” – Tycho
A great morning commute song, when it’s too early for lyrics.

5. “Saeglopur” – Sigur Ros
Just a beautiful song. Really anything by Sigur Ros.

6. “Trick Pony (Boys Noize Remix)” – Charlotte Gainsbourg
I’m not usually crazy about remixes, but I really dig this. Involuntary head bumps.

7. “Is That Your Life” (ft. Francesca Belmonte) – Tricky
Just a bomb beat.

8. “Rose Part I & II” – King Pleaxure
A friend’s project from college. He does some really great genre-blending stuff. Check it! This one’s stuck.

9. “Things I Don’t Remember” – Ugly Casanova
A side-project of Modest Mouse, just a lot of ridiculousness/weirdness/awesomeness.

10. “Make It Wit Chu” – Queens of the Stone Age
This song always makes me laugh. Fun stuff.

Nick de la Canal is the Morning Edition intern. The words on his sign say “Today I  wrote a story on how Apple’s Siri is frustrating to drivers #DUH.” Listen:  here. He’s also mixed a feature about disengaged millennial voters, wrote a 90-second story on using standing desks in grade-schools, and LOL’d while recording an interview with Audie Cornish and the creator of Bob’s Burgers.

Nick de la Canal is the Morning Edition intern. The words on his sign say “Today I wrote a story on how Apple’s Siri is frustrating to drivers #DUH.” Listen: here. He’s also mixed a feature about disengaged millennial voters, wrote a 90-second story on using standing desks in grade-schools, and LOL’d while recording an interview with Audie Cornish and the creator of Bob’s Burgers.

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This intern playlist comes to you from David Konigsberg at the NPR Labs desk. Tracklist & commentary below.

1. “Such Great Heights” – The Postal Service
An amazing one-off album full of often covered-hits. My wife walked down the isle to an Iron and Wine cover of this song at our wedding.

2. “One Great City” – The Weakerthans
Just a fun song. Puts me in a similar mood to “The Best Ever Death Metal Band In Denton” by The Mountain Goats.

3. “Woke Up New” – The Mountain Goats
Used to listen to this song after college when my college girlfriend (now wife) had moved out of the US. Its a good wallowing song for when you want to throw a pity party.

4. “The Boy In The Bubble” – Paul Simon
Not my favorite recording of this song (I much prefer the one on the concert in the park live album) but great none the less. I wouldn’t recommend any of his recent stuff, but the older Paul Simon solo work is great.

5. “Live Through This (Are We There Yet)” – Groovelily
Great band with electric violin and tight harmonies.

6. “Old Flame” – The Harlem Shakes

7. “Lisztomania” – Pheonix
The song is catchy and the story of the composer Liszt is very interesting

8. “Storms Were Mine” – Girlyman
No band that I know has ever had more pleasant harmonies throughout their music.

9. “Highway One” – The Waifs
Classic Aussie folk.

10. “Boy With A Coin” – Iron & Wine
Music is always nice. Great date/hang out music if you are looking to relax.

Rachel Horn has been absolutely immersed in Jazz—attending daily planning meetings, corresponding with member station, WBGO, and Jazz at Lincoln Center, and working with artists on finalizing release forms. She’s one of the NPR Music interns and a proud member of a successful team. On this project, she worked alongside Anya Grundmann, Suraya Mohamed, Jessica Goldstein and Patrick Jarenwattananon. Here’s how you can see the fruits of all of their labor: NPR.org/jazznight

Rachel Horn has been absolutely immersed in Jazz—attending daily planning meetings, corresponding with member station, WBGO, and Jazz at Lincoln Center, and working with artists on finalizing release forms. She’s one of the NPR Music interns and a proud member of a successful team. On this project, she worked alongside Anya Grundmann, Suraya Mohamed, Jessica Goldstein and Patrick Jarenwattananon. Here’s how you can see the fruits of all of their labor: NPR.org/jazznight

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This intern playlist comes to you from Zoe Mathews at the Washington Desk. The last show she attended was Our Last Night with Set It Off in Boston, MA this past August. Tracklist & commentary below.


1. “Dead Wrong” – Somos
A killer track for anyone stuck on a seemingly never-ending commute or staring at the clock waiting for the bell to toll. I think everyone’s been in that position at some point, stuck in a job they hate, just going through the motions because they feel like they have to.


2. “Housebroken” – Hotelier
This song touches on the itching fear of just about any 20-something to be tied down (like a dog to a post) and the fear of becoming comfortable in that. Pure, unadulterated angst at its finest.


3. “A Fire On A Hill” - Hands Like Houses
I really, really dig the piano part in this track especially, but the entire groove has a sway to it that is just insanely catchy. Also the music video is pretty rad.


4. “A Toast To The Future Kids” – Emarosa
Two words. Jonny Craig. But also this is a post-hardcore anthem that (more or less) views the future in a positive light: I always listen to it as being about going out and staking your claim in the world.


5. “Heartbeat In The Brain” – The World Is A Beautiful Place & I Am No Longer Afraid To Die
Although not always the most accessible band for some people, TWIABP&IANLATD has this knack for oscillating between really harsh atonal sounds, and soft melodic riffs that just like, get me, man.


6. “Il Tango Della Signora Francesco Di Bartolommeo Di Zanobi Del Giocondo” – Forgive Durden
Aside from having one of the hippest band names I’ve seen in a while, this song blends a tango groove with their emo/pop punk aesthetic that throws me straight back to 2006 in the best (and worst) way.


7. “Don’t Make Me Wait” – Locksley
This band was a main outlet for regular old feel good music high school. They recently released a new song after being inactive for about three years so I’ve started getting back into their older jams like this one. Might help get through that 3pm drag?


8. “Good Day” – Jukebox The Ghost
Another resource for feel good music, JTG almost guarantees head-bobbing foot-tapping happiness.


9. “8105” – Moving Mountains
I guess sometimes it pays to be productive, and this beautifully stripped down version of “8105” definitely helps me get in that mind space sometimes, because it completely takes me out of whatever I’m doing and puts me in my own space where I can direct my thoughts.


10. “Halls Of The Summer” – Caspian
This track is unequivocally the sound of sunlight.

We’re back!

Photo Credit: Wanyu Zhang

We’ve been milling about 1111 North Capitol for a little over a month now, so we decided to bring back the glory that is “NPR Interns.”

We’ve got some great content lined up – eats, threads, interviews, tunes, and just plain randomness – to give you a sense of what it’s like to live the #NPRLife as a fall ‘14 intern. Here’s to a semester of making new friends, learning some wild stuff, doing some cool things, and bobbing our heads to groovy Tiny Desks.

Feel free to reach out to us with any questions or comments here or on Twitter, we’d love to talk more! Also be sure to follow us on Instagram, where you can scroll through a steady stream of well-filtered #NPRIntern shenanigans.

What a great summer it’s been.

Best of luck to the 2014 summer interns as some head into full-time jobs, back to school or into the unknown. I’ll leave you with one of my favorite quotes from Grey’s Anatomy:

Sometimes the future changes quickly and completely, and we’re left with only the choice of what to do next. We can choose to be afraid of it, to stand there trembling not moving, assuming the worst that can happen or we step forward into the unknown and assume it will be brilliant. - Dr. Yang

Signing off from managing the social media handles and this awesome Tumblr blog, I’m Hugo Rojo (@hugorojo) from NPR Headquarters in Washington, D.C. 

For more on the NPR Interns, follow @NPRInterns on Twitter and Instagram.

What a great summer it’s been.

Best of luck to the 2014 summer interns as some head into full-time jobs, back to school or into the unknown. I’ll leave you with one of my favorite quotes from Grey’s Anatomy:

Sometimes the future changes quickly and completely, and we’re left with only the choice of what to do next. We can choose to be afraid of it, to stand there trembling not moving, assuming the worst that can happen or we step forward into the unknown and assume it will be brilliant. - Dr. Yang

Signing off from managing the social media handles and this awesome Tumblr blog, I’m Hugo Rojo (@hugorojo) from NPR Headquarters in Washington, D.C.

For more on the NPR Interns, follow @NPRInterns on Twitter and Instagram.

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