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The Two-Way
12:37 pm
Sat October 25, 2014

'Near-Space Dive' Sets New Skydive Record, 25 Miles Above Earth

Google vice president Alan Eustace is lifted by a balloon into the stratosphere, in a record-breaking skydive over New Mexico Friday.
Paragon Space Development Corporation Reuters /Landov

Only two years after it was broken, the world record for the highest skydive has been rewritten. Google executive Alan Eustace set a new mark Friday when he fell from an altitude of more than 135,000 feet, plummeting in a free-fall for about 5 minutes before deploying his parachute. The jump broke the record of 127,852 feet that Felix Baumgartner set in 2012.

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Fresh Air Weekend
12:30 pm
Sat October 25, 2014

Fresh Air Weekend: Ed Norton, Nostaglic DVD Releases, America's Test Kitchen

In Birdman, Ed Norton (right) plays a talented but pretentious actor in a Broadway play being directed by an actor he disrespects (Michael Keaton, left) for having starred in a series of Birdman superhero films.
Courtesy of Fox Searchlight Pictures

Fresh Air Weekend highlights some of the best interviews and reviews from past weeks, and new program elements specially paced for weekends. Our weekend show emphasizes interviews with writers, filmmakers, actors, and musicians, and often includes excerpts from live in-studio concerts. This week:

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
11:45 am
Sat October 25, 2014

Limericks

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
11:45 am
Sat October 25, 2014

Lightning Fill In The Blank

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
11:45 am
Sat October 25, 2014

Prediction

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The Two-Way
10:54 am
Sat October 25, 2014

New Incan Find One-Ups Peru's Famous 12 Angle Stone

With 13 angles, a stone has been found by researchers in Peru that could undermine the famous 12-Angle Stone that has drawn thousands of tourists.
Peru's Ministry of Culture

Originally published on Sat October 25, 2014 12:26 pm

Hundreds of years after it was precisely carved and placed into a wall, a stone has been found in Peru that could undermine the country's famous 12 Angle Stone.

Researchers say the stone is part of "a hydraulic system built at the archaeological site Inkawasi in Huancavelica," hundreds of miles from the other stone that has long been revered as a paragon of the Inca's intricate masonry.

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The Two-Way
9:52 am
Sat October 25, 2014

Details Emerge About Washington State High School Shooting

Community members and students from Marysville-Pilchuck High School gather for a vigil at the Grove Church in Marysville, Wash., Friday night. Two students died in the violence, including the gunman. Several more were wounded.
David Ryder Getty Images

Originally published on Sat October 25, 2014 12:33 pm

One day after gun violence took two lives and wounded four other people in Marysville, Wash., we're learning more about the gunman and the scene of panic that erupted in a high school cafeteria Friday morning. Students of Marysville-Pilchuck High School describe a desperate scene — and a member of the school's staff is being credited with helping to prevent more killing.

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
9:23 am
Sat October 25, 2014

Not My Job: Brady Bunch's Florence Henderson Gets Quizzed On Weird Science

Katy Winn AP

Originally published on Sat October 25, 2014 11:45 am

For decades — during the original run and then countless reruns — Florence Henderson, who presided over the Brady Bunch, was America's perfect Mom.

We've invited Henderson to play a game called "They said you were mad at the Academy! Mad, I tell you!" In September, the Annals of Improbable Research handed out their annual Ig Nobel Awards for achievements in real, if ridiculous, research. We'll ask three questions about the far horizons of science.

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Book Reviews
9:03 am
Sat October 25, 2014

'Beautiful You' Makes Sex And Death Boring

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Doubleday

At first, I wanted to write this review of Chuck Palahniuk's new book, Beautiful You, as a letter. A lament, really, from a former fan and dedicated Palahniuk loyalist to the author who brought Fight Club to the page like he was writing in fire. Because I am a man, and because I was once a younger man, I loved Fight Club for its apocalyptic depiction of the wasteland of modern masculinity and its viciously smart skewering of consumer and service culture. I read Choke and liked it. Less than Fight Club, but still. Read Lullaby, too.

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The Two-Way
7:36 am
Sat October 25, 2014

Health Care Worker Tests Negative For Ebola In NJ, Stays In Quarantine

Originally published on Sat October 25, 2014 11:01 am

A woman who was put in isolation at Newark Liberty International Airport remains under quarantine, despite a preliminary test that found she did not have the deadly Ebola virus.

The health care worker was isolated Friday as she returned from treating Ebola patients in West Africa. She had no symptoms of the disease, but after she developed a fever, she was taken to a nearby hospital.

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Tiny Desk Concerts
7:03 am
Sat October 25, 2014

Danish String Quartet: Tiny Desk Concert

NPR Starff

An abundance of facial hair is not restricted to the sensitive male indie-rocker set. Three of the four players in the Danish String Quartet could easily pass for hipster Brooklyn beard farmers. "We are simply your friendly neighborhood string quartet with above average amounts of beard," the group's website says.

Yet what's really important about the ensemble is how they play — and judging from this performance behind Bob Boilen's desk, these Nordic lads possess warmth, wit, a beautiful tone and technical prowess second to none.

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All Songs Considered
7:03 am
Sat October 25, 2014

The Good Listener: Where's All The Great Halloween Music?

Dead Man's Bones' 2009 debut belongs in any discussion of Halloween music.
Hama Sanders Courtesy of the artist

We get a lot of mail at NPR Music, and alongside the fake blood we ordered for our son's Andrew W.K. costume is a slew of smart questions about how music fits into our lives — and, this week, thoughts on Halloween music.

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Movie Interviews
6:59 am
Sat October 25, 2014

New Shakespeare Movie Puts Hamlet In Kashmir

Originally published on Sat October 25, 2014 10:02 am

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Sports
6:52 am
Sat October 25, 2014

Royals Take Game 3; Cowboys Surge: The Week In Sports

Originally published on Sat October 25, 2014 10:02 am

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Middle East
6:52 am
Sat October 25, 2014

Line Between Islamists And ISIS Blurs In Egypt

Originally published on Sat October 25, 2014 10:57 am

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Politics
6:52 am
Sat October 25, 2014

Ballot Questions Draw Voters In 43 States

Originally published on Sat October 25, 2014 10:02 am

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Iraq
6:52 am
Sat October 25, 2014

Turkey Is A 'High-Maintenance Ally' In Fight With ISIS

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Music Interviews
6:52 am
Sat October 25, 2014

Oratorio Tackles The Issue Of Leaks From 'The Source'

Originally published on Sat October 25, 2014 10:57 am

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Global Health
6:52 am
Sat October 25, 2014

New Mandatory Quarantines May Drive Away Ebola Volunteers

Originally published on Sat October 25, 2014 10:57 am

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Global Health
6:52 am
Sat October 25, 2014

Ebola Vaccine Tester Feels A 'Real Satisfaction'

Originally published on Sat October 25, 2014 10:02 am

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Shots - Health News
6:52 am
Sat October 25, 2014

A Diary Of Deaths Reminds Doctor Of Life

Maria Fabrizio for NPR

Doctors rarely talk about death.

Mostly it's because we're in the business of trying to help people prolong their lives, which almost always makes death an unwelcome topic of discussion.

Too often, death is seen as failure, though it shouldn't be. Death is a natural part of the cycle of our lives.

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Race
6:52 am
Sat October 25, 2014

Rare Silent Film Discovered With An All-Black Cast

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Museum of Modern Art

Originally published on Sat October 25, 2014 10:57 am

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Music Interviews
6:52 am
Sat October 25, 2014

Music To Keep You On The Edge Of Your Seat

Originally published on Sat October 25, 2014 10:57 am

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Author Interviews
6:52 am
Sat October 25, 2014

Novelist Nuruddin Farah: Facing A Blank Page Is 'Bravest Thing' A Writer Does

Nuruddin Farah is the author of 11 novels, including Maps, Gifts and Secrets. He is a professor of literature at Bard.
Riverhead

Nuruddin Farah's novel Hiding in Plain Sight centers around Bella, a Somali living in Rome, who has become a famed fashion photographer. Her beloved half-brother Aar, a UN official, is murdered by extremists in Mogadishu and leaves behind two teenagers who are Bella's niece and nephew.

Bella's a globetrotter, with tightly scheduled lovers and global obligations, but she feels drawn into their lives despite the opposition of Valerie — the mother who gave birth to the youngsters but left the family and doesn't know them.

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Author Interviews
4:47 am
Sat October 25, 2014

The Life Of De Niro, From 'Mean Streets' To 'Meet The Parents'

Originally published on Sat October 25, 2014 6:52 am

Robert De Niro is one of the greatest actors of all time — period, no parenthesis or qualification, the kind of actor who creates icons like Travis Bickle, Jake LaMotta and James "Jimmy the Gent" Conway.

But for younger filmgoers today, this screen acting legend may be most familiar as a daft, cranky father in the Meet the Parents movies.

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Music Interviews
4:44 am
Sat October 25, 2014

Pat Benatar And Neil Giraldo: Tales From A Rock 'N' Roll Marriage

Pat Benetar and Neil Geraldo have been married, making music, and performing together for more than 35 years.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Sat October 25, 2014 11:30 am

Every relationship has an origin story. For Pat Benatar and Neil Giraldo, it all goes back to the moment in the late 1970s when Benatar signed a recording deal with Chrysalis Records — who immediately fired everyone in her band but the bass player.

"They brought in all these top studio guys and all the guys that were in New York, the big guys," Benatar tells NPR's Scott Simon. "And we were in auditions for all the other musicians and they said, 'Neil Giraldo's here.'

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All Tech Considered
4:40 am
Sat October 25, 2014

Tech Week: Voice Mail Hang-Ups, Apple Pay And Zuckerberg's Chinese

Apple Pay is promoted on signs placed at the cash register of a Whole Foods supermarket in New York.
Bryan Thomas Getty Images

Originally published on Sat October 25, 2014 4:52 am

It's the weekend, which means it's time to look back on the week in technology that was. As your handy NPR One listening app says, here we go...

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Book Reviews
4:39 am
Sat October 25, 2014

'Heap House' Is A Treasure Of A Trash Tale

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Overlook

How do I even begin to talk about this exceptional, astonishing book?

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The Salt
4:36 am
Sat October 25, 2014

Tracing A Gin-Soaked Trail In London

A depiction of "Gin Lane," filled with sins caused by drunken revelries.
William Hogarth/Wikimedia

Originally published on Sat October 25, 2014 10:57 am

In Scotland, some long-time whisky makers are switching over to gin. In Germany, people who distill traditional brandies are doing the same. The world is in the middle of a gin distillery boom, and it is coming to America.

One place to find the roots of this boom is London, where 250 distilleries once existed in the city limits alone.

For Charles Maxwell, this story is personal. "My great-great-grandfather was apprenticed in the city of London in the 1680s to learn how to make gin," Maxwell says. "And from that day to this, we've distilled gin in London."

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Business
6:01 pm
Fri October 24, 2014

No Quick Fixes For Drivers Affected By Air Bag Recall

The 2002 Honda CR-V is one of dozens of car models subject to a recall for faulty air bags. The air bag manufacturer, Takata, supplies bags for more than 30 percent of all cars and is one of only three large air bag suppliers.
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety AP

Originally published on Fri October 24, 2014 7:09 pm

Most auto recalls usually involve one carmaker at a time, but a massive recall this week affects not just one, but 10, ranging from BMWs to Toyotas.

At the center of it is Takata, a little-known but extremely important auto parts maker. The company makes more than one-third of the air bags in all cars.

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