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Jacob Reed was on top of the world.

Light heavyweight champion of the IMMA fighting league, Jacob was wealthy, famous, and generally considered the best in the world at what he did best. Envied by thousands of men, desired by even more women, Jacob's life seemed a school boy fantasy come

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NPR CRITIC, AUTHOR, PIANIST, and SPEAKER TIM RILEY reviews pop and classical music for NPR's HERE AND NOW, and has written for the HUFFINGTON POST, THE WASHINGTON POST, SLATE.COM and SALON.COM. He was trained as a classical pianist at Oberlin and Eastman, and remains among the few critics who writes about both "high" and "low" culture and their overlapping concerns.

Brown University sponsored Riley as Critic-In Residence in 2008, and in 2009 he began teaching multi-media courses as