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3:56 pm
Mon September 30, 2013

Lorde Doesn't Have A Bentley, But The Charts Will Do

Lorde's debut album, Pure Heroine, is out now.
Charles Howells Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Mon September 30, 2013 9:09 pm

While young women dominate the dance and pop charts, it's been nearly 20 years since we've seen them top the alternative-rock charts. This year, a 16-year-old girl from New Zealand got the job done with a tune that's just about the opposite of anything you'd hear from her peers. Ella Yelich O'Connor — better known as Lorde — is the voice behind the snarky, chart-topping track "Royals," which is the lead single from her debut album, Pure Heroine.

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Around the Nation
3:56 pm
Mon September 30, 2013

Hiking Trail From Mexico To Canada More Popular Than Ever

Originally published on Mon September 30, 2013 9:09 pm

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The Pacific Crest Trail is one of the nation's iconic hiking routes. It stretches more than 2,600 miles between Mexico and Canada and this year a record number of people are hiking the Pacific Crest Trail. In fact, as many as 500 are expected to finish the entire trek. From member station KPLU in Seattle, Bellamy Pailthorp reports on how the experience is changing as more people do it.

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Shots - Health News
3:48 pm
Mon September 30, 2013

A Doctor's 9 Predictions About The 'Obamacare Era'

Originally published on Tue October 1, 2013 4:25 pm

Debate is raging about Obamacare, and not just in Washington. Out here in Oklahoma we're grappling with implementation of the Affordable Care Act. Patients. Employers. Hospitals. Doctors. Insurers. All of us.

Here then are one doctor's predictions about what we will see in the short and medium term for what I see as the unfolding Obamacare era — the biggest domestic health expansion since the enactment of Medicare in 1965.

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New In Paperback
3:31 pm
Mon September 30, 2013

Sept. 30-Oct. 6: Love, Comedy And Some Four-Letter Words

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Originally published on Mon September 30, 2013 5:53 pm

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3:28 pm
Mon September 30, 2013

Fans Mourn As 'Breaking Bad' Comes To A Close

A scene from the last episode of Breaking Bad. (Ursula Coyote/AMC)

AMC’s critically-acclaimed series, Breaking Bad came to an end last night.

Joanna Robinson, editor for the media website Pajiba, joined Here & Now to talk about the show and its ending, which she called “somewhat satisfying.”

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NPR Story
3:28 pm
Mon September 30, 2013

Obamacare 101: More Questions Answered

Key parts of the Affordable Care Act go into effect tomorrow, with heath insurance exchanges opening for enrollment.

Jay Hancock of Kaiser Health News returns to Here & Now to answer more of your questions.

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NPR Story
3:28 pm
Mon September 30, 2013

Airlines Offer New Services — For A Fee

Airlines are introducing a new bevy of fees, but this time passengers might actually like them.

Unlike the first generation of charges which dinged fliers for once-free services like checking a bag, these new fees promise a taste of the good life, or at least a more civil flight.

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It's All Politics
3:00 pm
Mon September 30, 2013

Here's Something Congress Can Agree On: Helium

Party On: Legislation passed last week allows the Federal Helium Reserve to continue selling the stockpiled gas. Above, Jonathan Trappe launches his 370-balloon craft from Caribou, Maine, in an attempt to cross the Atlantic Ocean on Sept. 12.
Alexandre Ayre Barcroft Media/Landov

Originally published on Tue October 1, 2013 4:03 pm

With the government on the brink of a shutdown, Republicans and Democrats in Congress have come together to compromise on helium. Legislation passed late last week will keep the gas used in party balloons flowing from a national reserve.

The helium bill's passage shows that compromise is still possible in the fractious political climate. But finding agreement over this inert gas was tough. The new law came after more than a year of intensive lobbying by some of America's largest businesses and academic institutions.

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World Cafe
2:50 pm
Mon September 30, 2013

World Cafe Next: San Fermin

San Fermin.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue October 15, 2013 9:57 am

  • Hear Two Songs By San Fermin

The World Cafe: Next pick for this week, San Fermin, is a vehicle for the writing and arranging of Brooklyn composer Ellis Ludwig-Leone. He created the album San Fermin after graduating from Yale with a music degree. The 24-year-old then cast his friends — vocalist Allen Tate and Lucius' Jess Wolfe and Holly Laessig — to breathe life into the characters he'd written.

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World Cafe
2:42 pm
Mon September 30, 2013

Glen Hansard & Markéta Irglová On World Cafe

Glen Hansard and Markéta Irglová.
Courtesy of the artist

This session, from July 2007, is part of our Vintage Cafe series, in which we revisit some of our best studio performances.

Glen Hansard and Markéta Irglová never set out to make a record together: The two had toured Europe together on and off, but that was mostly to provide a break from Hansard's long-running main band, The Frames. Then the two were approached to record a pair of songs for a film — and given four days in the studio, which they spent recording enough material for a full album, complete with the accompaniment of strings.

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All Tech Considered
2:29 pm
Mon September 30, 2013

Space's Wild: 5 Cool Happenings Along The Final Frontier

SpaceX launched an upgraded version of its Falcon 9 rocket Sept. 30 from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California, northwest of Los Angeles.
SpaceX

Originally published on Mon September 30, 2013 3:29 pm

SpaceX hit a milestone in space exploration Sunday as it launched its most powerful rocket yet from California.

The unmanned nine-engine Falcon 9, which carried a small Canadian weather satellite called Cassiope, is an experiment in reusing rocket parts after they have fallen back to Earth. As the BBC reports:

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The Salt
2:16 pm
Mon September 30, 2013

Remembering Marcella Hazan, Who Brought A Taste Of Italy To America

Marcella and Victor Hazan in the kitchen of their home in Longboat Key, Fla.
Laura Krantz NPR

Originally published on Mon September 30, 2013 9:09 pm

Marcella Hazan, whose cookbooks helped revolutionize Americans' conceptions of what real Italian cooking tastes like, died Sunday at her home in Longboat Key, Fla. She was 89.

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The Two-Way
2:04 pm
Mon September 30, 2013

Who's Likely To Lose The Shutdown 'Blame Game'?

Sign of the times? A room where the Senate Democratic caucus was meeting on Monday.
Evan Vucci AP

Originally published on Mon September 30, 2013 4:07 pm

With the seeming certainty of a federal shutdown at the stroke of midnight, there's been some polling in the past week or so aimed at divining the political fallout.

Who will be blamed?

Will it be House Republicans, with their unyielding efforts to defund and delay Obamacare, or Democrats (and President Obama) who will be viewed as unwilling to compromise?

Here's a short guide to some recent polling:

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Tiny Desk Concerts
2:00 pm
Mon September 30, 2013

Oliver 'Tuku' Mtukudzi: Tiny Desk Concert

Oliver "Tuku" Mtukudzi performs a Tiny Desk Concert for NPR Music in Washington, D.C.
Erica Yoon NPR

Originally published on Mon December 23, 2013 5:08 pm

He seemed so casual — sitting on a bar stool behind the Tiny Desk, acoustic guitar in hand — but when you hear that husky voice, you'll know why he's a legend. Oliver Mtukudzi, or "Tuku" as his fans lovingly call him, plays spirited music, born from the soul of Zimbabwe. He's been recording since the late 1970s, with about as many albums as his age: 60.

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Author Interviews
1:54 pm
Mon September 30, 2013

How Our Stone Age Bodies Struggle To Stay Healthy In Modern Times

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Originally published on Tue October 1, 2013 9:00 am

If you got sick, you probably wouldn't go to an evolutionary biologist to get treated. But Daniel Lieberman, professor of evolutionary biology at Harvard University, says that his field can help you understand why you got sick, and make you more aware of healthy and harmful behaviors.

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The Two-Way
1:37 pm
Mon September 30, 2013

The Looming Shutdown: Senate Rejects Second House Measure

Speaker of the House John Boehner, a Republican from Ohio, arrives for a Republican Conference meeting at the U.S. Capitol on Friday in Washington, D.C.
Chip Somodevilla Getty Images

Originally published on Mon September 30, 2013 10:56 pm

Not even an hour after the House voted in favor of a bill that would avert a shutdown of the federal government, but also delay a key part of President Obama's Affordable Care Act, the Senate rejected it with a vote of 54-46.

With less than an hour before the government runs out of authority to spend money, the ball is now back in the court of Speaker John Boehner in the House.

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Shots - Health News
1:27 pm
Mon September 30, 2013

How A Tax On Medical Devices United Political Rivals

U.S. House Majority Leader Rep. Eric Cantor (center) and colleagues gather before a Sunday vote on Capitol Hill. The House passed two new provisions to a federal spending bill to delay Obamacare for a year and to repeal the medical device tax.
Alex Wong Getty Images

Originally published on Tue October 1, 2013 4:26 pm

As the federal government lurches toward a shutdown, there's one thing a lot of people in Congress actually agree on.

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Code Switch
1:15 pm
Mon September 30, 2013

Tracing The Story Of 'Lynch Mob'

It's estimated that 4,743 Americans were lynched between 1882 and 1968. A large majority of those victims were black.
Library of Congress

Originally published on Mon September 30, 2013 3:11 pm

Robert Benmosche, the CEO of insurance giant AIG, was widely criticized last week after comparing reactions to the bonuses his company's employees received in 2009 to a lynch mob.

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Music Reviews
12:40 pm
Mon September 30, 2013

Don't Feel Too Bad For Sad-Sack Bob Schneider

Burden of Proof is Bob Schneider's third album.
Dan Winters Kirtland Records

Originally published on Mon September 30, 2013 2:40 pm

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The Two-Way
12:28 pm
Mon September 30, 2013

Diesel Rebate Fraud: Truck-Stop Company Says It Is Repaying Millions

Jimmy Haslam, CEO of Pilot Flying J, discusses accusations of rebate fraud, in April. Today, Haslam said that an audit found problems with only a small number of the company's customers' accounts.
Wade Payne AP

Originally published on Mon September 30, 2013 5:20 pm

Months after federal agents raided its Knoxville, Tenn., headquarters over charges that it withheld millions in diesel fuel rebates from customers at its truck stops, Pilot Flying J says it is paying the companies that were cheated.

From Nashville, Blake Farmer of member station WPLN filed this report for our Newscast unit:

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The Salt
12:25 pm
Mon September 30, 2013

Sandwich Monday: McDonald's Mighty Wings

Mouth's eye view
NPR

Originally published on Mon September 30, 2013 3:10 pm

Chicken wing restaurants continue to pop up everywhere in this country — there are Wingstop, Buffalo Wild Wings, Aaron Sorkin's West Wings. Now, McDonald's is getting in on the act with Mighty Wings. They're available in three-piece, five-piece, and Who-Am-I-Kidding-I've-Got-Nothing-Left-To-Prove-piece.

Peter: I was as surprised to find an actual bone in this as I would be to find a bone in a banana.

Eva: How McDonald's got the bones in the nugget is the modern version of the classic ship in a bottle mystery.

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Movie Interviews
12:22 pm
Mon September 30, 2013

'Valentine Road': A Path To Teen Tragedy

Valentine Road is actress Marta Cunningham's directorial debut.
HBO

Originally published on Mon September 30, 2013 4:39 pm

In February 2008, 14-year-old Larry King walked up to fellow classmate Brandon McInerney and, as a dare, asked him to be his valentine.

A few days later, on Valentine's Day, McInerney shot King twice in the back of the head at school. McInerney is now serving a 21-year sentence.

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The Two-Way
11:48 am
Mon September 30, 2013

Claim: Leaks About Al-Qaida Do More 'Damage' Than Snowden's

Originally published on Mon September 30, 2013 1:10 pm

Leaks in August about plans al-Qaida leaders were supposedly making to attack American interests abroad have "caused more immediate damage to American counterterrorism efforts than the thousands of classified documents disclosed by Edward Snowden," some "government analysts and senior officials" tell The New York Times.

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The Two-Way
11:42 am
Mon September 30, 2013

Man Accused Of Siphoning Millions From Fake Veterans' Charity

The defendant known as Bobby Thompson listens to court proceedings in Cleveland on Monday.
Tony Dejak AP

Originally published on Mon September 30, 2013 1:59 pm

An ex-military intelligence officer who prosecutors say siphoned millions from a bogus charity for U.S. Navy veterans is going on trial in Ohio.

The 67-year-old defendant calls himself Bobby Thompson, but authorities say his real name is John Donald Cody. He was arrested last year in Portland, Ore., after two years on the run, and is charged with masterminding a $100 million multistate fraud using a charity called United States Veterans Association, based in Tampa, Fla.

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The Record
11:34 am
Mon September 30, 2013

Miley Cyrus' 'Wrecking Ball' Is No. 1, But Is It A Real Hit?

Katy Perry (left) and Miley Cyrus at the Pre-Grammy Gala in February.
Lester Cohen WireImage

Originally published on Mon September 30, 2013 1:33 pm

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Favorite Sessions
11:11 am
Mon September 30, 2013

KEXP Presents: Eleanor Friedberger

Eleanor Friedberger performs live on KEXP.
Beth Crook KEXP

Originally published on Mon September 30, 2013 12:21 pm

After spending nearly a decade side-by-side with her brother Matthew in the duo Fiery Furnaces, Eleanor Friedberger has found a voice of her own. The Brooklyn singer-songwriter wrote a batch of songs between tours, and by the time she took them cross-country to Los Angeles to produce her next solo album, she knew exactly how she wanted the songs to sound.

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NPR Story
11:09 am
Mon September 30, 2013

Same-Sex Marriage: N.J. Judge Says Separate Is Unequal

Originally published on Mon September 30, 2013 2:37 pm

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CELESTE HEADLEE, HOST:

And now, let's return to the ongoing debate about gay marriage. On Friday, a New Jersey Superior Court judge ruled that the state's system of civil unions is invalid. She says New Jersey must allow same-sex couples to marry. The judge said denying gay couples the right to marry violates the Supreme Court's ruling back in June that struck down parts of the Defense of Marriage Act. The state is expected to appeal, of course, but this ruling could be the tip of the iceberg nation-wide anyway.

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NPR Story
11:09 am
Mon September 30, 2013

Latino Rebels: Getting Stories From The Ground Up

Originally published on Mon September 30, 2013 2:37 pm

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Music
11:09 am
Mon September 30, 2013

Music That Moves Rita Wilson

Rita Wilson is the editor-at-large of the Huff/Post50 section of The Huffington Post.
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Originally published on Mon September 30, 2013 2:37 pm

Rita Wilson is an actress, singer and editor-at-large for the Huff/Post50 website. She shares some of her favorite songs for Tell Me More's "In Your Ear" series.

One of her favorite songs is Joni Mitchell's Blue. "What I love about the song is that not only is it beautiful melodically, but it is beautiful poetically," Wilson says. "The way she uses words and visuals and strings them all together is — I just think what makes Joni Mitchell Joni Mitchell."

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NPR Story
11:09 am
Mon September 30, 2013

Deporting Parents, Good Policy?

Originally published on Mon September 30, 2013 2:37 pm

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CELESTE HEADLEE, HOST:

This is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. I'm Celeste Headlee. Michel Martin is away. Coming up, the founder of the blog Latino Rebels joins us to talk about the portrayal of Hispanics in politics and pop culture.

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