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Deceptive Cadence
10:13 am
Wed March 25, 2015

Cross The Arctic With The Kronos Quartet

The Kronos Quartet.
Jay Blakesberg Courtesy of the artists

Originally published on Wed March 25, 2015 10:14 am

Dogs barking, wind howling, ice crunching, then the sudden "ch-ch-ch-ch" of a sawing beat: That's composer Derek Charke's opening salvo in his transporting piece Cercle du Nord III.

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All Songs Considered
10:12 am
Wed March 25, 2015

Son Lux: New Album, New Song

Son Lux (left to right): Ian Chang, Ryan Lott, Rafiq Bhatia
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed March 25, 2015 12:53 pm

Son Lux, the brain child of beat wizard Ryan Lott, is back as an official trio, with a new album and a new song. The album is called Bones and was co-written and recorded by Lott with drummer Ian Chang and guitarist Rafiq Bhatia.

The first single from the album, "Change Is Everything," is vintage Son Lux, with a startling mix of chopped up rhythms and sonic curiosities set against lyrics that are both grand and minimal.

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The Two-Way
10:11 am
Wed March 25, 2015

Supreme Court Revives Pregnant UPS Worker's Discrimination Lawsuit

Originally published on Wed March 25, 2015 3:58 pm

The U.S. Supreme Court gave a former UPS driver another chance to show her employer discriminated against her when she was pregnant, sending the case back to a lower court.

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The Two-Way
10:10 am
Wed March 25, 2015

Panel Finds FBI Made Strides After Sept. 11, But Must Speed Reforms

FBI headquarters in Washington. An independent review says the bureau has made strides since Sept. 11 but "needs to accelerate its implementation of reforms."
Pablo Martinez Monsivais AP

Originally published on Wed March 25, 2015 4:00 pm

Updated at 11:25 a.m. ET

An independent, external review of how the FBI implemented the recommendations made in the 9/11 Commission Report concludes the bureau "has made strides in the past decade but needs to accelerate its implementation of reforms to complete its transformation into a threat-based, intelligence-driven organization."

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The Two-Way
9:00 am
Wed March 25, 2015

3 Americans Among Crash Victims Who Included Students, Opera Singers

Students mourn in front of their school in Haltern, Germany, on Wednesday, a day after the Germanwings plane crash. Sixteen high-schoolers and two teachers from the school were among the 150 people onboard the plane.
Martin Meissner AP

Originally published on Wed March 25, 2015 12:54 pm

We're learning more this morning about some of those people onboard Germanwings Flight 4U 9525 that crashed Tuesday with 150 people on board. The passengers were from at least 15 countries, including the U.S.

Here is some of what we know about them.

An American And Her Daughter

The Americans on the flight were identified as Yvonne Selke and her daughter, Emily Selke, of Nokesville, Va.

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All Songs Considered
8:41 am
Wed March 25, 2015

SXSW 2015 Wrap-Up: Our Favorite Discoveries And Memorable Moments

Clockwise from upper left: Girl Band, Girlpool, Kate Tempest, The Prettiots
Courtesy of the artists

After a week of 16-hour days and little-to-no sleep, the All Songs Considered gang is back from Austin with a slew of musical discoveries from the 2015 South by Southwest music festival.

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Shots - Health News
7:29 am
Wed March 25, 2015

Affordable Care Act Makes This Tax Season Painful For Many

Tax preparation software doesn't always calculate the complexity of Affordable Care Act subsidies and credits properly.
Daniel Acker Bloomberg via Getty Images

Originally published on Wed March 25, 2015 3:51 pm

This tax season, for the first time since the Affordable Care Act passed five years ago, consumers are facing its financial consequences.

Whether they owe a penalty for not having health insurance, or have to figure out whether they need to pay back part of the subsidy they received to offset the cost of monthly insurance premiums, many people have to contend with new tax forms and calculations.

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Space
7:18 am
Wed March 25, 2015

NASA Rover Opportunity Wins Mars Marathon

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Around the Nation
7:18 am
Wed March 25, 2015

SAT Prep Test Misquotes Taylor Swift

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Favorite Sessions
7:03 am
Wed March 25, 2015

WAMU's Bandwidth Presents: Avers

Avers performs live on WAMU's Bandwidth.
Rhiannon Newman WAMU

The Richmond, Va., psych-rock quintet Avers is a supergroup of sorts, with players from folk-pop heavy hitter The Head And The Heart and established Richmond bands Mason Brothers, Hypercolor, The Trillions and Farm Vegas. On its 2014 debut LP, Empty Light, Avers twists those bands' sensibilities into a wicked amalgam of rock from the '60s and later.

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The Two-Way
6:33 am
Wed March 25, 2015

Heinz, Kraft Announce Merger

Commemorative ketchup bottles with portraits of Warren Buffett are seen at the exhibition of Berkshire Hathaway companies at the annual meeting in Omaha, Neb., on May 3, 2014. Kraft Foods said it will merge with ketchup maker H.J. Heinz Co., owned by 3G Capital and Berkshire Hathaway Inc, to form the world's fifth-largest food and beverage company.
Rick Wilking Reuters /Landov

H.J. Heinz Co. and Kraft Foods Group said they are merging to create the world's fifth-biggest food and beverage company.

The new company will be called The Kraft Heinz Co. and will be co-headquartered in Pittsburgh and the Chicago area, the companies said in a statement. The new company will have revenues of approximately $28 billion.

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Book Reviews
6:13 am
Wed March 25, 2015

A Shimmy Into English Shakes The Dirt Off This Irish Classic

The Dirty Dust, by Máirtín Ó Cadhain.
Courtesy of Yale University Press

Originally published on Wed March 25, 2015 8:44 am

If, by some fluke of fate, you managed to dodge your Irish language requirement in high school, fail to visit rural western Ireland or even, heaven forbid, forget the great mass of Gaelic you surely had to have learned as a youngster, you'd be forgiven for not having heard of Máirtín Ó Cadhain. Sadder still, you're likely never to have read his best-known novel, The Dirty Dust. That is, I must admit: I hadn't.

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Sports
6:10 am
Wed March 25, 2015

John Urschel Balances Math Career With Pro Football Risks

Originally published on Wed March 25, 2015 7:18 am

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Goats and Soda
6:03 am
Wed March 25, 2015

Superslick Coatings Conquer Ketchup, But What About Ebola?

No thumping required: Ketchup easily slides out of a glass bottle treated with LiquiGlide.
Screengrabs from LiquiGlide

Originally published on Wed March 25, 2015 3:17 pm

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The Two-Way
5:57 am
Wed March 25, 2015

Investigators Examine Mangled Voice Recorder From Doomed Flight

Originally published on Wed March 25, 2015 7:05 pm

This post was last updated at 1:51 p.m.

French investigators say they are examining the cockpit voice recorder of Germanwings Flight 4U 9525, which crashed in the French Alps on Tuesday, killing all 150 people onboard.

Remi Jouti, head of France's bureau of investigations and analysis, said at a news conference that the orange voice recorder was found mangled, but viable.

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NPR Story
4:14 am
Wed March 25, 2015

Safer Anthrax Test Aims To Keep The Bioweapon From Terrorists

Safe and small: The credit-card-sized test for anthrax destroys the deadly bacteria after the test completes.
Courtesy of Sandia Nation

Originally published on Wed March 25, 2015 5:25 pm

Engineers at Sandia National Laboratory have come up with what they think is a safer diagnostic test for anthrax bacteria — a test that would prevent the "bad guys" from getting their hands on this dangerous pathogen.

Sandia is home to the International Biological Threat Reduction Program. "Our interest is in safety and security of pathogens," says Melissa Finley. Finley isn't a bioweapons expert. She's a veterinarian.

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NPR Story
4:14 am
Wed March 25, 2015

Ex-Inmate Uses His Sentence To Create Successful Business Plan

Originally published on Wed March 25, 2015 7:18 am

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NPR Story
4:14 am
Wed March 25, 2015

Female Marines Make Adjustments To Advance In Combat Training

Originally published on Wed March 25, 2015 7:18 am

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NPR Story
4:14 am
Wed March 25, 2015

Israelis Hope Obama-Netanyahu Rift Will Result In Change

Originally published on Wed March 25, 2015 7:18 am

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NPR Story
4:14 am
Wed March 25, 2015

VA Changes 40-Miles Rule For Private Medical Care

Originally published on Wed March 25, 2015 7:18 am

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Sweetness And Light
3:23 am
Wed March 25, 2015

'Borland Effect' A Fumble For Football? Deford Says It Will Pass

San Francisco 49ers linebacker Chris Borland, center, during an NFL football game in Santa Clara, Calif. Borland announced that he will retire after just one season to protect himself from brain injuries.
Marcio Jose Sanchez AP

Originally published on Wed March 25, 2015 7:18 am

Once again, the question of the NFL's pre-eminence — even existence — has been raised with the retirement of Chris Borland, a very good player, who has walked away from the game and millions of dollars at the age of 24 in order to preserve his health, or more specifically, his brain.

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It's All Politics
3:22 am
Wed March 25, 2015

Obama Administration Emissions Rules Face Supreme Court Test

Steam from a coal-fired power plant is silhouetted against the sun near St. Marys, Kan. Industry groups say there should be a far more aggressive consideration of costs of regulation than the Obama administration took into account.
Charlie Riedel AP

Originally published on Wed March 25, 2015 6:20 pm

The Supreme Court hears a challenge Wednesday to Obama administration rules aimed at limiting the amount of mercury and other hazardous pollutants emitted from coal- and oil-fired utility plants. The regulations are being challenged by major industry groups like the National Mining Association and more than 20 states.

The regulations have been in the works for nearly two decades. Work on them began in the Clinton administration, got derailed in the George W. Bush administration, and then were revived and adopted in the Obama administration.

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Youth Radio
3:21 am
Wed March 25, 2015

Oakland Kids Get A Raise From The New Minimum Wage

Originally published on Wed March 25, 2015 7:18 am

Eighteen-year-old Alicia Donaldson works at a busy McDonald's in East Oakland. Her job is more complicated than anyone might think.

"When you do the grill and the chicken by yourself, it's not easy," she admits. "You have to put down the meat on the grill, and then put chicken in the grease. People get burned a lot."

That's a lot of pain for only $9 an hour. Today it's still hard work, but now Alicia is making $12.25 instead.

"When I worked 56 hours my check was about $480," she remembers.

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Parallels
3:20 am
Wed March 25, 2015

Couple Spends Millions To Save Migrants In The Mediterranean

The Migrant Offshore Aid Station (MOAS) carries out its first rescue in the Mediterranean in August 2014. The Malta-based private rescue service founded by a wealthy American and his Italian wife has rescued more than 3,000 migrants since its launch in August 2014.
Barcroft Media /Landov

Originally published on Wed March 25, 2015 10:23 am

Christopher Catrambone, a wealthy businessman from Lake Charles, La., docks his boat these days in Malta, the Mediterranean island he now calls home. That boat, called the Phoenix, has been getting outfitted for a series of trips set to begin in May.

But Catrambone and his crew don't intend to use the Phoenix for luxury cruises. He and his Italian wife, Regina, invested about $8 million of their own money to buy the ship and hire a crew for an entirely different purpose: to save lives at sea.

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U.S.
3:19 am
Wed March 25, 2015

Remote Jailing Cuts Off Inmates From Real-World Support System

Originally published on Thu March 26, 2015 10:49 am

On weekdays, the visitation room at Yakima County Jail in central Washington state buzzes with the sounds of 20 simultaneous conversations between inmates and their friends and family.

Preston Bighead is nearing the end of a seven-month sentence for a DUI conviction, but he hasn't seen his family once.

"It's two-and-a-half hours for my girlfriend to come visit — five hours round trip," he says.

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The Salt
3:19 am
Wed March 25, 2015

Vanilla, Nutmeg Spice And Everything Nice On A Zanzibar Farm

Vanilla is seemingly a prima donna spice because its pods have to be hand-pollinated and then boiled and dried in the direct sun for only one hour.
iStockphoto

Originally published on Wed March 25, 2015 8:21 am

Let's start with a spice quiz. One is a bean discovered in Mexico. One's a tree native to India. One's the seed of a fruit discovered in Indonesia.

Today vanilla, cinnamon and nutmeg can all be found in any spice farm in Zanzibar — the East African archipelago that was used as a spice plantation by the 18th century Omani Empire.

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Code Switch
7:35 pm
Tue March 24, 2015

Retired Oakland Police Officer Recruits Locals To Police Their Own City

File photo of the Oakland Police Department as they salute at the public memorial service for slain Oakland police officers.
Michael Macor-Pool Getty Images

Originally published on Wed March 25, 2015 11:40 am

Police departments around the county are under more and more pressure to diversify. In Oakland, Calif., officials say police-community relations also might be improved by increasing the number of cops who actually live in the city.

Margaret Dixon, a fiery retired Oakland police officer, grew up in a rough part of this city of 400,000. These days she's teaching classes at Merritt College, an Oakland community college — including one on policing and community relations.

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Jazz Night In America: Wednesday Night Webcasts
6:46 pm
Tue March 24, 2015

Ingrid Jensen And Steve Treseler Play Kenny Wheeler

Steve Treseler and Ingrid Jensen.
Steve Korn Courtesy of the artists

The late, distinctively melodic jazz composer Kenny Wheeler was also a great trumpet player, though, being famously self-effacing, often declined to toot his own horn about his talents. Many musicians sang his praises, though, and when he died in 2014, saxophonist Steve Treseler and trumpeter Ingrid Jensen were inspired to revisit his music. As they traded notes and arrangements, they realized they had to record these tunes which had been so influential to their growth as musicians.

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Politics
4:46 pm
Tue March 24, 2015

U.S. Reconsiders Troop Withdrawal Plan In Afghanistan

Originally published on Wed March 25, 2015 11:40 am

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And we're going to talk more now about the decision to keep about 10,000 U.S. troops in Afghanistan through the end of this year. NPR Pentagon correspondent Tom Bowman is here in the studio.

Welcome, Tom.

TOM BOWMAN, BYLINE: Hey, Audie.

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The Two-Way
4:24 pm
Tue March 24, 2015

Do-Si-Don't: China To Regulate Outdoor Square-Dancing

Chinese women holding toy guns dance to a revolutionary song during their daily exercises at a square outside a shopping mall in Beijing. The Chinese government is beginning to regulate public square-dancing, after the practice drew complaints about noise.
Andy Wong AP

Originally published on Tue March 24, 2015 11:50 pm

China.org.cn, China's national online news service, is reporting that the country's General Administration of Sport and Ministry of Culture are planning to regulate outdoor square-dancing in China. The news website says the government has introduced 12 "choreographed practices" for dancers.

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