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2:46 pm
Fri April 24, 2015

Sabeen Mahmud, Pakistani Social Activist, Shot Dead In Karachi

Originally published on Fri April 24, 2015 3:53 pm

Sabeen Mahmud, a Pakistani social activist who ran Karachi's Second Floor cafe, was shot dead Friday by unknown gunmen in the port city.

The Dawn newspaper reports that Mahmud and her mother were on their way home from the cafe, known locally as T2F, at 9 p.m. local time when they were attacked. She died on her way to the hospital, the newspaper reported; doctors retrieved five bullets from her body. Her mother is in critical condition, the newspaper added.

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The Two-Way
2:25 pm
Fri April 24, 2015

At A Georgia University, Tension Between Free Speech, Patriotism Sparks Protest

Originally published on Fri April 24, 2015 2:55 pm

An incident that sparked tensions between the ideals of patriotism and free speech has culminated in a mass protest that shut down the campus of Valdosta State University in south Georgia on Friday.

According to several local media outlets, thousands of protesters from around the state flooded onto the college campus to fly American flags.

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NPR Story
1:41 pm
Fri April 24, 2015

Drone Strike Deaths Raise Questions

President Barack Obama makes a statement in the Brady Briefing room at the White House April 23, 2015 in Washington, DC. President Obama talked about a US drone strike that targeted a suspected al Qaeda compound in Pakistan but inadvertently killed an American and Italian being held hostage by the group. (Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

Italy says it wants more information from the United States about how an Italian aid worker was killed in a U.S. drone strike on the Afghan-Pakistani border.

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NPR Story
1:41 pm
Fri April 24, 2015

James Brown Documentary Wins A Peabody Award

The HBO film “Mr. Dynamite: The Rise of James Brown” won a Peabody Award this week. When the documentary first premiered, Here & Now’s Jeremy Hobson spoke with the filmmaker, Alex Gibney, longtime Brown trombonist Fred Wesley and Michael Veal, a professor of ethnomusicology. We revisit that conversation.

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NPR Story
1:41 pm
Fri April 24, 2015

An Audio Postcard From A Columbus Barbershop

Peter gets a hair cut from Jim Morris in Columbus, Ohio. (Peter O'Dowd)

Here & Now’s Peter O’Dowd is retracing part of the route that Abraham Lincoln’s funeral train took 150 years ago. The train was carrying the body of the late president and was making its way to Springfield, Illinois from Washington, D.C.

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Shots - Health News
1:35 pm
Fri April 24, 2015

CDC Warns More HIV, Hepatitis C Outbreaks Likely Among Drug Users

Originally published on Fri April 24, 2015 5:55 pm

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warns that the U.S. epidemic of opioid abuse could lead to more severe outbreaks of HIV and hepatitis C nationally, much like the outbreak now seen in Indiana. A health advisory the agency released Friday outlines steps that state health departments and medical providers should take to minimize the risk of that happening.

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All Songs Considered
1:33 pm
Fri April 24, 2015

Drum Fill Friday, With Cayetana's Kelly Olsen

Kelly Olsen at the kit for the Philadelphia-based rock trio Cayetana, performing at NPR Music's CMJ music festival show.
Loren Wohl for NPR

Originally published on Fri April 24, 2015 2:46 pm

This week's guest Quizmaster is Kelly Olsen, drummer for the Philadelphia-based rock trio Cayetana. This is one of our favorite new bands of the past year. We featured Cayetana in a live concert webcast from New York during last fall's CMJ music festival, and most recently for their video for the song "Scott Get The Van, I'm Moving."

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Monkey See
1:30 pm
Fri April 24, 2015

Pop Culture Happy Hour: Food In Pop Culture And Going Back To College

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Just a very quick post this week while I work my way through my emotions about the International Championship of Collegiate A Cappella.

On the show this week, we're joined by our pals Gene Demby and Kat Chow to tackle the issue of food in culture, including cooking shows that feature great cooks, cooking shows that feature lousy cooks, and cooking shows that actually make us better at cooking. We talk about food for the soul and food for the glutton, and we learn a fascinating biographical tidbit about Kat.

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The Record
1:18 pm
Fri April 24, 2015

Waka Flocka Flame Is Hiring

Waka Flocka Flame reading resumes at Webster Hall in New York City April 20.
Polina Yamshchikov for NPR

Originally published on Fri April 24, 2015 11:27 pm

They say you can't overestimate the power of a good handshake. If that's the case, my job interview with Waka Flocka Flame was doomed from the start.

I went in for the sort of greeting I'm familiar with -– a clasp that pivots up into a grip and pulls in for a hug — but it unexpectedly continued. He raised our wrists to shoulder level, pointed his fingers out, locked them with mine ... but by that point I was long since lost. He looked at me and smiled sympathetically. First impressions, I thought, resigned, are everything.

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Movie Reviews
12:58 pm
Fri April 24, 2015

Deception And Suspense By The Sea In The Iranian Mystery 'About Elly'

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Author Interviews
12:58 pm
Fri April 24, 2015

'Pope And Mussolini' Tells The 'Secret History' Of Fascism And The Church

It's commonly thought that the Catholic Church fought heroically against the fascists in Italy. But historian David Kertzer says the church actually lent organizational strength and moral legitimacy to Mussolini's regime. Kertzer recently won a Pulitzer Prize for his book The Pope and Mussolini: The Secret History of Pius XI and the Rise of Fascism in Europe.

Originally broadcast Jan. 25, 2014.

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Goats and Soda
12:45 pm
Fri April 24, 2015

Fake Medicines Do Real Damage: Thousands Die, Superbugs Get Stronger

Fake medicines are a 21st-century scourge, but they've been around for a long time. This advertising trade card for snake oil was printed in New York City around 1880.
Transcendental Graphics Getty Images

Originally published on Fri April 24, 2015 3:15 pm

The global battle against malaria, tuberculosis and other deadly diseases faces plenty of obstacles. Among them: a pandemic of fake and poor-quality medicines.

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Parallels
12:34 pm
Fri April 24, 2015

Remembering Gallipoli, A WWI Battle That Shaped Today's Middle East

Allied troops at the ANZAC Cove in the Gallipoli peninsula, during World War I. Britain, France, Australia and New Zealand fought for nine months but could not defeat the Ottomans. Overall, a half-million were killed or wounded.
Hulton Archive Getty Images

Originally published on Fri April 24, 2015 10:14 pm

Heads of state and thousands of guests traveled to the windswept shores of western Turkey on Friday to mark the 100th anniversary of one of World War I's most infamous battles. The Gallipoli campaign saw Ottoman forces, fighting under German command, repel an Allied attack led by Britain and France.

Nine months of fighting left a half-million dead and wounded on both sides. The Allies withdrew, setting in motion events that would leave the region forever changed.

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The Two-Way
11:33 am
Fri April 24, 2015

'Bali Nine' Ringleaders Could Face Indonesian Firing Squad Within Days

File photos from Jan. 2006 show Australian drug traffickers Myuran Sukumaran, left, and Andrew Chan during their trial in Bali, Indonesia. Indonesian authorities are reportedly ready to set an execution date for the pair.
Firdia Lisnawati AP

Originally published on Sat April 25, 2015 11:03 am

Indonesia has indicated that it is likely to execute the ringleaders of the so-called Bali Nine – a group of Australians held in the country after being convicted of drug smuggling in 2006.

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All Songs Considered
11:16 am
Fri April 24, 2015

All Songs Plus One: Why We Like The Music We Like

Guests hold up ratings cards at an All Songs Considered listening party in Boston.
Kelly Davidson for NPR

What goes on in your brain when you hear a new song? Is there a formula for what makes a perfect pop song? What's better, something brand new, or something familiar? It's nearly impossible to completely explain or understand why we like the music we like. But Susan Rogers, a music cognition expert and associate professor of music production and engineering at the Berklee College of Music, gets closer to making sense of it than we've heard before.

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The Two-Way
10:40 am
Fri April 24, 2015

Richard Corliss, 'Time' Film Critic, Dies At 71

Richard Corliss
Stefanie Keenan WireImage

Originally published on Fri April 24, 2015 11:42 am

Richard Corliss, the longtime film critic for Time, has died in New York, the magazine announced on its website. He was 71.

Corliss died Thursday night following a stroke he suffered a week ago, Time said. He is survived by his wife, Mary Corliss, and his brother Paul Corliss of New Jersey.

Time said Corliss, who reviewed films for the magazine for 35 years, "conveyed nothing so much as the sheer joy of watching movies — and writing about them.

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The Salt
10:36 am
Fri April 24, 2015

Sexy, Simple, Satirical: 300 Years Of Picnics In Art

An illustration of noblemen enjoying a feast outdoors, from a French edition of The Hunting Book of Gaston Phebus, 15th century.
Wikimedia Commons

Originally published on Fri April 24, 2015 3:32 pm

As the weather warms up, you might find yourself staring out an office window, daydreaming about what you'd rather be doing: lazing outdoors, perhaps, on a large blanket with a picnic bounty spread before you.

In fact, people have been fantasizing about picnics as a return to a simpler life pretty much since the dawn of urban living, says Walter Levy, author of The Picnic: A History.

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The Two-Way
9:43 am
Fri April 24, 2015

Native American Actors Walk Off The Set Of Adam Sandler Comedy

Originally published on Fri April 24, 2015 11:11 am

Native American actors have walked off the set of an Adam Sandler movie that they say insults their culture.

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Shots - Health News
9:36 am
Fri April 24, 2015

To Weather Criticism, It Helps To Think Of The Big Picture

Think back to the last time you got negative feedback — like when your doctor suggested you lay off the cigarettes or when your mother advised you to get rid of that ridiculous goatee.

Though we all understand the value of constructive criticism, we don't like hearing that we've done something wrong. And the knee-jerk reaction is to act defensive.

But if you focus on the big picture and future goals, you may be able to trick your mind into being a bit more receptive.

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The Two-Way
9:25 am
Fri April 24, 2015

Alleged Skipper Of Migrant Boat Appears In Italian Court

Mohammed Ali Malek is seen at Catania's tribunal, on Friday. Italian prosecutors blamed the captain of a grossly overloaded fishing boat for a collision that capsized and sank his vessel off Libya, drowning hundreds of migrants.
Antonio Parrinello Reuters/Landov

Originally published on Fri April 24, 2015 12:21 pm

The man who authorities say captained a boat carrying migrants from Libya that capsized in the Mediterranean, killing more than 700, has appeared in an Italian court. He faces possible charges of homicide and human trafficking.

An attorney for Mohammed Ali Malek, 27, from Tunisia, says that his client was a passenger – not skipper – of the overloaded fishing boat that reportedly collided with a merchant ship and then capsized. Hundreds of migrants were allegedly locked below deck and unable to escape when the boat sank.

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Business
9:24 am
Fri April 24, 2015

Comcast Calls Off Merger With Time Warner

Originally published on Fri April 24, 2015 11:27 am

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Favorite Sessions
9:01 am
Fri April 24, 2015

KCRW Presents: Other Lives

Other Lives performs live on KCRW.
Larry Hirshowitz KCRW

After relocating to Portland, Oregon, from their native Stillwater, Oklahoma, Other Lives used the new surroundings for a different perspective on their new album. The result is their third studio release, Rituals, which marries an orchestral rock sound with a classic singer-songwriter sensibility. New songs like "Easy Way" were standouts in their latest visit to KCRW.

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  • "Easy Way"
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TED Radio Hour
8:49 am
Fri April 24, 2015

How Can Kids Help Parents Manage Their Family?

"[The family is] like a startup — where basically everybody has to contribute, you have to adapt all the time, you need some order, but you've got to keep moving forward." — Bruce Feiler
Courtesy Of TED

Part 5 of the TED Radio Hour episode Getting Organized

About Bruce Feiler's TED Talk

Parents help their kids manage their lives. But according to Bruce Feiler, it can work the other way around. It just takes a little insight drawn from Japanese computer programming principles.

About Bruce Feiler

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The Two-Way
8:41 am
Fri April 24, 2015

Comcast Cuts The Cord On Deal With Time Warner Cable

Originally published on Fri April 24, 2015 2:04 pm

Updated at 9:40 a.m. ET

Comcast Corp. announced Friday that it's ending its merger agreement with Time Warner Cable — after the Justice Department raised concerns over a deal.

"Today, we move on," Comcast Chairman and CEO Brian L. Roberts said in a statement. "Of course, we would have liked to bring our great products to new cities, but we structured this deal so that if the government didn't agree, we could walk away."

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NPR Ed
8:28 am
Fri April 24, 2015

Uncomfortable Conversations: Talking About Race In The Classroom

LA Johnson/NPR

Originally published on Fri April 24, 2015 11:21 am

Open up the newspaper or turn on the news these days, and you'll find plenty of talk about race and racism. But it's a different story in many classrooms.

Some teachers don't consider race germane to their math or English syllabus. Others strive for colorblindness in the classroom, wanting to believe we live in a post-racial society. Unfortunately, says H. Richard Milner, we don't.

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The Two-Way
7:55 am
Fri April 24, 2015

More Than A Dozen Hurt After High School Stage Collapses In Indiana

Originally published on Fri April 24, 2015 9:34 am

A stage collapse at a musical performance at a surburban Indianapolis high school has left more than a dozen students with minor injuries.

In a video of the accident at Westfield High School, students are seen clapping and dancing as they sing the finale of a stage show featuring '80s music when the stage suddenly drops from underneath them.

WLS TV reports that people then began yelling for help.

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The Two-Way
7:17 am
Fri April 24, 2015

Armenians Mark A Century Since World War I Massacre

Catholicos Karekin II (R, front), the supreme head of the Armenian Apostolic Church, and Russia's President Vladimir Putin walk to attend a commemoration ceremony marking the centenary of the mass killing of Armenians by Ottoman Turks in Yerevan, Armenia.
RIA Novosti Reuters/Landov

Originally published on Fri April 24, 2015 11:51 am

Updated at 12:50 p.m. ET

European leaders attended a ceremony marking the centenary of the massacre of an estimated 1.5 million Armenians by Ottoman Turks during World War I, as German lawmakers risked triggering a diplomatic row with Turkey by voting to acknowledge the historical event as "genocide" –- a charge Ankara has strongly denied.

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All Songs TV
7:03 am
Fri April 24, 2015

My Brightest Diamond, 'This Is My Hand'

Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Fri April 24, 2015 11:21 am

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Deceptive Cadence
7:03 am
Fri April 24, 2015

Bang On A Can Riffs On John Cage

On the Bang on a Can All-Stars' new album, Field Recordings, composers riff on a range of recorded sounds.
Peter Serling Bang on a Can

Originally published on Fri April 24, 2015 11:19 am

Life changed a lot after that day in 1877 when Thomas Edison spoke "Mary had a little lamb" into a contraption he called a phonograph and discovered he could reproduce sound. Back then, tinfoil cylinders captured just a few flickering moments. Today Wagner's entire Ring cycle fits on a 16GB flash drive.

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Around the Nation
6:23 am
Fri April 24, 2015

Tales Of Environmental Activism

Originally published on Fri April 24, 2015 11:27 am

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