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12:17 pm
Mon March 17, 2014

What Do Jay Z And Shakespeare Have In Common? Swagger

Jay-Z performs during his Magna Carter world tour this past January.
Owen Sweeney AP

Originally published on Mon March 17, 2014 3:30 pm

"No one on the corner has swagga like us," sang rapper M.I.A. in her global hit "Paper Planes." The song was later sampled by T.I. and Jay Z in their hit song "Swagga Like Us." A few years before that, it was Jay-Z who declared "I guess I got my swagger back" on his 2001 album The Blueprint.

The word swagger should be a familiar term to anyone who has listened to popular hip-hop songs in recent years; a recent search on Rap Genius turned up more than a thousand songs that used the word in the lyrics.

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Paying for College
11:32 am
Mon March 17, 2014

Navigating The College Money Maze

Originally published on Mon March 17, 2014 5:31 pm

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It's that time of year again for anxious students and their families. College acceptance letters are coming in, and federal financial aid forms are going out. That means thousands of students and families are starting down the road of deciding where to go and how to pay for it all.

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Media
11:32 am
Mon March 17, 2014

Media Startups Short On Diversity

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History
11:32 am
Mon March 17, 2014

St. Patrick's Day Beyond 'Kiss Me' Signs and Green Bagels

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This is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. I'm Michel Martin. People around the world are celebrating St. Patrick's Day today. It's known here in the U.S. for big parades, booze and green everything, and I do mean everything. But it's also a good time to remember exactly why the Irish diaspora and its traditions spread so far. So we called upon Christine Kinealy. She is a professor of history and director of the Great Hunger Institute at Quinnipiac University, and Professor Christine Kinealy is with us now. Welcome, thanks much for joining us.

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Politics
11:32 am
Mon March 17, 2014

Is Obama Still 'Deporter In Chief'?

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I'm Michel Martin, and this is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. We're going to turn to an issue we follow closely on this program - immigration. And I want to mention that later in this program, we will remind you of some history that you may not know or remember, which is what brought another large group of immigrants to this country in an earlier era, but first to the news.

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Code Switch
8:14 am
Sun March 16, 2014

'Street Fighter II': Most Racist Nostalgic Video Game Ever?

Dhalsim, right, a skinny Indian fighter who wore shrunken skulls around his neck, could stretch his limbs really far to punch or kick. His fighting style was based on yoga, you see. Chun-Li, the game's lone female character, nearly came with a shorter health meter because one game developer felt a woman character should be weaker than the men.
Street Fighter II

The video game magazine Polygon recently published a fascinating oral history of the creation of Street Fighter II, the glitchy, addictive, incredibly influential arcade game from the 1990s created by Capcom. The story rounded up all of the game's developers and artists and programmers — a group of eccentrics from America and Japan who sound like they were a bunch of HR nightmares. But despite all this, the game became a monster hit:

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Code Switch
6:45 am
Sat March 15, 2014

Before The NBA Was Integrated, We Had The Black Fives

This 1943 publicity photo promoted the Washington, D.C., Bears basketball team.
Claude Johnson Courtesy of the New-York Historical Society

Originally published on Sat March 15, 2014 12:22 pm

Most people have heard of the Negro Leagues in baseball and of Jackie Robinson breaking the color barrier in the late 1940s — but relatively few people have heard of the Black Fives, the African-American basketball teams that played up until the NBA was integrated in 1950.

An exhibit at the New-York Historical Society aims to rectify that.

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Code Switch
6:03 am
Sat March 15, 2014

Pizza Chain That Markets To Mexicans Says New Promotion Isn't Profane

Pizza Patrón hires bilingual employees to serve their core customer base, Mexican immigrants.
Dave Einsel Getty Images

Originally published on Sat March 15, 2014 11:05 am

EDITOR'S NOTE: Fair warning - this story is about and includes the use of a Spanish-language word that some consider a profanity.

Pizza Patrón is a Dallas-based chain that's generated a lot of media buzz over the years for advertising aimed at its core customer base, Mexican immigrants. Its newest promotion uses a popular Mexican slang word that to some means "super cool," while others find it super-offensive.

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Code Switch
2:16 pm
Fri March 14, 2014

Got Bulgogi? The (Maybe True) Story Behind A 'New York Times' Ad

This ad was published in The New York Times on Wednesday.
Via The New York Times

Originally published on Fri March 14, 2014 4:25 pm

Who? What? When? Where? How? Why? All are standard questions, but: "Bulgogi?"

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Barbershop
11:01 am
Fri March 14, 2014

Obama Between Ferns: Funny Or Flop?

Originally published on Fri March 14, 2014 11:27 am

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#NPRWIT: Women In Tech
11:01 am
Fri March 14, 2014

Melinda Gates Tweets About #NPRWIT Series

Originally published on Fri March 14, 2014 11:27 am

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Now we'd just like to give you a brief update on our Women in Tech series. All this month we've been talking to women entrepreneurs, innovators, coders and engineers about their work. We've been talking about why women still represent a small fraction of science and tech workers in America and, frankly, around the world. To that end, women innovators from around the world have been sharing about a day in their lives on Twitter using the hashtag #NPRWIT. And women in tech are taking notice.

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Faith Matters
11:01 am
Fri March 14, 2014

Grilled Cactus, Rice Soup, And Other Food For Lent

Originally published on Fri March 14, 2014 11:27 am

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Research News
11:01 am
Fri March 14, 2014

'Shacking Up' Leads To Divorce? Maybe Not

Originally published on Fri March 14, 2014 11:27 am

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I'm Michel Martin and this is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. For years now, social scientists, and maybe even your mom, have argued that couples should not live together before marriage. The argument has been that living together before marriage increases the likelihood of divorce. But it may be time to call mom and tell her, in a nice way, that she was wrong. A new study says there is no link between living together before marriage and divorcing after. In fact, the more relevant factors are age and the level of education.

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Business
11:01 am
Fri March 14, 2014

Obama Pushes For Overtime Pay Protection

Originally published on Fri March 14, 2014 11:27 am

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Code Switch
4:27 pm
Thu March 13, 2014

Attractor Of Animosity Arthur Chu Leaves 'Jeopardy!' (For Now)

Jeopardy! contestant Arthur Chu was defeated on Wednesday's episode after amassing nearly $300,000.
Jeopardy Productions, Inc. AP

Originally published on Thu March 13, 2014 6:51 pm

Eleven wins and nearly $300,000 later, Arthur Chu was defeated on Jeopardy! Wednesday night. He was "brain-fogged" after the marathon taping, he tells Here & Now, but he wishes his competitor Diana Peloquin well.

During his reign, Chu faced a barrage of vitriol from fans of the show. Some critics called out his game theory strategy, others got personal.

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Television
11:28 am
Thu March 13, 2014

Did Juan Pablo Galavis Bomb As 'The Bachelor'?

Some media critics and television fans hoped that casting Juan Pablo Galavis as The Bachelor would bring diversity to ABC's hit reality show. But now many are asking if his performance was a letdown.

The Impact of War
11:28 am
Thu March 13, 2014

App Connects Military Families

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This is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. I'm Michel Martin. I think most people know by now that serving in the military is hard work, and it can be hard on loved ones who are often managing challenges that people in the civilian world often do not face. According to the National Military Family Association, there are thousands of websites designed to help members of the military and their loved ones find resources like housing, counseling and education.

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Economy
11:28 am
Thu March 13, 2014

Gentrification: Progress Or Destruction?

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Religion
11:28 am
Thu March 13, 2014

Pope Francis' First Year In Review

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This is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. I'm Michel Martin. Today marks one year since white smoke rose from a chimney at the Sistine Chapel and bells chimed, heralding the new leader of the Catholic Church, Pope Francis. The Catholic News Service captured the moment and the cheers of the crowd standing outside.

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Code Switch
6:12 am
Thu March 13, 2014

Why For-Profit Prisons House More Inmates Of Color

An inmate walks through the yard at the North Central Correctional Institution in Marion, Ohio, which recently switched to private management.
Ty Wright Bloomberg via Getty Images

Originally published on Tue March 18, 2014 9:03 am

A new study by a UC-Berkeley graduate student has surprised a number of experts in the criminology field. Its main finding: Private prisons are packed with young people of color.

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#NPRWIT: Women In Tech
1:10 pm
Wed March 12, 2014

Nigeria's First Female Finance Minister: Still Big Problems In Soaring Economy

Originally published on Wed March 12, 2014 2:19 pm

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Music
12:55 pm
Wed March 12, 2014

Nollywood Filmmaker Sings To His 'African Queen'

Originally published on Wed March 12, 2014 2:19 pm

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World
12:54 pm
Wed March 12, 2014

Paralympics In Full Swing In Sochi

Originally published on Wed March 12, 2014 2:19 pm

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Code Switch
12:52 pm
Wed March 12, 2014

For Player At Center Of NFL Bullying Story, A New Opportunity

Jonathan Martin watched USC take on Stanford, his alma mater, after he abruptly walked away from the Miami Dolphins. Martin said that he left after he was relentlessly bullied by another Dolphins offensive lineman, Richie Incognito.
Mark J. Terrill AP

Originally published on Wed March 12, 2014 2:52 pm

When Jonathan Martin abruptly left the Miami Dolphins in the middle of last season after alleging harassment by his teammate, Richie Incognito, it sparked media discussions about everything from the use of the word "nigger" in N.F.L. locker rooms to the construction of masculinity.

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Around the Nation
12:51 pm
Wed March 12, 2014

Juggling Work And Motherhood On A Shoestring Budget

Katrina Gilbert, a single mother raising Brooklynn, Trent and Lydia, says she got involved with an HBO documentary to inspire others.
Barbara Kinney/Courtesy of HBO

Originally published on Wed March 12, 2014 9:06 pm

There are more than 4 million American families living under the poverty line today that are led by a single mother. Katrina Gilbert is one of those moms.

Gilbert is a certified nursing assistant in Tennessee. To support her three children, she sometimes works seven days a week at a nursing home. But at $10 an hour, her paycheck doesn't go very far.

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Children's Health
12:51 pm
Wed March 12, 2014

In Syria, Not Just Bullets And Bombs Harming Children

Originally published on Wed March 12, 2014 2:19 pm

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This is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. I'm Michel Martin. The standoff in Ukraine may be a central concern of world leaders right now, but it is not the only one. This weekend will mark three years since the protests against the Syrian regime began. That conflict has now ballooned into a full-blown civil war and a devastating humanitarian crisis along with it. And as the fourth year of the crisis begins, the global nonprofit group Save the Children is trying to call attention to the plight of Syria's children.

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Code Switch
10:14 am
Wed March 12, 2014

How The Vice President of New Afrika Became Mayor Of Jackson

Lots of former black activists made the move into elected office, but the late Chokwe Lumumba, a one-time nationalist, assumed office without moderating or distancing himself from his previous views.
Rogelio V. Solis AP

Last week, the city of Jackson, Miss., paid its last respects to Chokwe Lumumba. And according to R.L. Nave of the Jackson Free Press, the affair was the kind of black nationalist/pan-Africanist celebration you might expect for one of the nation's most outspoken black activists:

They came in suits, dresses, dashikis and tunics.

They wore an assortment of headwear, everything from riding caps to berets, kufis, hijab and headwraps.

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Code Switch
7:36 am
Wed March 12, 2014

Changing Demographics A Factor In Rhode Island's Gubernatorial Race

Two supporters of gubernatorial candidate Gina Raimondo walk past protesting union members outside a rally at which Raimondo announced her run for the Democratic nomination in Rhode Island in January.
Michael Dwyer AP

Originally published on Wed March 12, 2014 11:06 am

Parades, social clubs and awards dinners are part of the routine of political campaigns everywhere. But if you're running to be Rhode Island's next governor, then there's one more stop you just can't miss.

Namely, the makeshift studios of Latino Public Radio, which is housed in a two-story, single-family home complete with a living room, dog and cat.

This local Spanish-language radio station based in Cranston, R.I., was co-founded almost a decade ago by Pablo Rodriguez.

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Your Money
11:50 am
Tue March 11, 2014

Don't Get Caught In A Tax Scam

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U.S.
11:50 am
Tue March 11, 2014

Fight Against Military Sexual Assault Hits New Milestone

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