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Evanescence: Thrashing Guitars, Angelic Vocals

Goth metal has always been a niche genre, but over the years, a few artists have found ways to give it Top 40 appeal. Evanescence has pulled off that trick with two multiplatinum albums: Fallen in 2004 and The Open Door in 2006, both of which unite loud, heavy guitars and drums with the ethereal voice of singer Amy Lee.

"Being inspired by classical — and in high school especially, classical and metal both — I remember having this cool realization that they were really similar. It's just different instrumentation," Lee tells Weekend Edition Saturday host Scott Simon. "I love the aggression of the guitars against that fragility that, no matter what, exists in a female voice." She adds, "I can't help but be a girl, though."

Evanescence made the classical-metal connection literal on The Open Door, which included a song based on a movement from Mozart's Requiem. This week, the band released its self-titled third album, which features harp playing by Lee in "Secret Door."

"If you listen to any of our records, especially the last two, there's a big spectrum of feelings," Lee says. "There are songs that are big, epic rock songs, but then there's moments that are soft and fragile."

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A Glimpse Of Listeners' #NPRpoetry — From The Punny To The Profound

It was a simple idea: Would you, our listeners, tweet us poems for National Poetry Month? Your response contained multitudes — haiku, lyrics, even one 8-year-old's ode to her dad's bald spot.
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Eating Insects: The Argument For Adding Bugs To Our Diet

Some say eating insects could save the planet, as we face the potential for global food and protein shortages. It's a common practice in many parts of the world, but what would it take to make bugs more appetizing to the masses here in the U.S.? Does it even make sense to try? A look at the arguments for and against the practice known as entomophagy, and the cultural and environmental issues involved.

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A Federal Official Shakes Up Metro's Board

After another smoke incident and ongoing single tracking delays for fixes, U.S. Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx announced a shake-up of Metro's board.

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'The Guardian' Launches New Series Examining Online Abuse

A video was released this week where female sports journalists were read abusive online comments to their face. It's an issue that reaches far beyond that group, and The Guardian is taking it on in a series called "The Web We Want." NPR's Audie Cornish speaks with series editor Becky Gardiner and writer Nesrine Malik, who receives a lot of online abuse.

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