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1:00 pm
Wed January 21, 2015

Boehner Invites Israel's Netanyahu To Address Congress On Iran

Originally published on Wed January 21, 2015 1:55 pm

House Speaker John Boehner has invited Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to address a joint session of Congress on Iran on Feb. 11. The White House, which was not consulted about the invitation, called it a departure from diplomatic protocol.

NPR's Ailsa Chang tells our Newscast unit that Boehner, R-Ohio, defended his decision not to consult with the White House.

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Monkey See
12:57 pm
Wed January 21, 2015

'Parks And Recreation' Shows The Beating Heart Of Its Great Love Story

Nick Offerman and Amy Poehler play the platonic friends at the very beating heart of Parks And Recreation.
Ben Cohen NBC

Originally published on Thu January 22, 2015 7:56 am

The wedding of Leslie Knope (Amy Poehler) and Ben Wyatt (Adam Scott) was one of Parks and Recreation's greatest moments. So was the wedding of April Ludgate (Aubrey Plaza) and Andy Dwyer (Chris Pratt). But Tuesday night, Parks spent the second half of its hourlong double episode on its greatest love story: the friendship of Leslie and Ron Swanson (Nick Offerman).

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All Songs Considered
12:28 pm
Wed January 21, 2015

Viking's Choice: Native Lights, 'Blue Star'

Native Lights.
Jeremy Charles Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed January 21, 2015 12:43 pm

Sometimes you don't know that you've missed something, like an old friend or a recipe tucked away in a cookbook, until it reappears just when it's needed. In August, I went to see Unwed Sailor's set in Washington, D.C., partly out of nostalgia. I came away not only fortified by the instrumental rock band's currency, but also reminded of primary songwriter Johnathon Ford's thoughtful, ardent bass playing; he also worked with the underrated Roadside Monument in the '90s. Without using words, Ford is a natural storyteller who doesn't force an emotional narrative.

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The Record
12:11 pm
Wed January 21, 2015

Bjork's 'Vulnicura': An Inquiry Into Melodrama

Bjork.
Courtesy of Sacks and Co.

Originally published on Thu January 22, 2015 6:35 pm

What the Icelandic art star Bjork has accomplished at the intersection of pop and the avant-garde cannot be summed up in one detail, but one thing to focus on is the way she sings the word "emotional." Climbing it like one of the cliffs she often evokes in her pastoral lyrics, she lets it open up like a vista on its central, circulatory "o." The word becomes a Valkyrie's cry, a statement of purpose both sacred and humanly thrilling.

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Parallels
12:10 pm
Wed January 21, 2015

The Challenge Of Fact-Checking North Korea

North Korean defector Shin Dong-hyuk came to prominence in a 2012 book about his life in a North Korean prisoner camp. He now says some key parts of his story were not true. His case highlights the difficulty in confirming information in a closed society like North Korea.
Chip Somodevilla Getty Images

Originally published on Wed January 21, 2015 2:16 pm

Shin Dong-hyuk told a powerful story about the misery of life in a North Korean prison camp, becoming the most famous defector from that notoriously reclusive country.

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The Two-Way
11:24 am
Wed January 21, 2015

Is Your Online Password On The Worst-Password List?

That's the worst password, according to SplashData. It's probably also a bad idea to leave it on your keyboard.
iStockphoto

Over the years, NPR has done many stories on Internet passwords and how to come up with a secure one.

Lazy About Your Online Passwords? Take Control With These New Tips

The Most Secure Password In The World Might Be You

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Music
11:13 am
Wed January 21, 2015

Sleater-Kinney Comes Roaring Back With 'No Cities To Love'

Originally published on Wed January 21, 2015 12:27 pm

Sleater-Kinney is one of the most widely-praised rock bands of the last 20 years. The band formed in the mid-90s in Olympia, Wash., and went on to record seven albums. The group split up in 2006, but have reunited to release a new album, called No Cities to Love, and Fresh Air rock critic Ken Tucker says it's a strong comeback.

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Movie Interviews
11:13 am
Wed January 21, 2015

Benedict Cumberbatch On Alan Turing's Awkwardness And Sherlock's Sex Appeal

The Imitation Game, starring Keira Knightley and Benedict Cumberbatch, follows the story of mathematician Alan Turing — from his efforts to break Germany's Enigma code during World War II to his conviction for homosexuality.
Jack English Courtesy of Black Bear Films

Originally published on Thu January 22, 2015 7:58 am

It's been a good year for Benedict Cumberbatch. The English actor has earned an Oscar nomination for his starring role in the film The Imitation Game, and he's won critical acclaim — and a big following — for his performance on TV's Sherlock.

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Movie Reviews
11:13 am
Wed January 21, 2015

'Leviathan' And 'Red Army' Deliver A Peek Inside Russia, Now And Then

Originally published on Wed January 21, 2015 12:27 pm

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All Songs Considered
10:58 am
Wed January 21, 2015

Seth Avett & Jessica Lea Mayfield, 'Somebody That I Used To Know'

Seth Avett and Jessica Lea Mayfield.
Crackerfarm

The songs of Elliott Smith are widely revered — especially by those who came of age in the '90s — but a new generation of listeners is only beginning to discover him. Seth Avett & Jessica Lea Mayfield Sing Elliott Smith is likely to expose new fans to the great singer-songwriter. Smith released five albums in his lifetime and died in 2003 from two stab wounds to the chest; he'd left a suicide note. His songs, which often dealt with depression and desperation, were beautiful and frequently quiet.

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Music Interviews
10:54 am
Wed January 21, 2015

'We Can't Just Settle': Broad City Meets Sleater-Kinney

Ebru Yildiz for NPR

In a raucous and revealing panel discussion at New York City's Ace Hotel, the stars and creators of Comedy Central's Broad City interviewed all three members of the newly reunited rock band Sleater-Kinney Friday night.

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The Two-Way
10:05 am
Wed January 21, 2015

Anti-Islam Protesters Plan Massive Rally In Leipzig, Germany

German police officers gather in preparation for a demonstration by members of LEGIDA, the Leipzig arm of the anti-immigrant movement PEGIDA.
Hannibal Hanschke Reuters/Landov

Originally published on Wed January 21, 2015 5:24 pm

Organizers say as many as 60,000 people could attend an anti-Islamization rally in the eastern German city of Leipzig, in what could be one of the biggest protests there since pro-democracy marches a quarter-century ago.

NPR's Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson, who is in Leipzig, tells our Newscast unit:

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NPR Ed
10:03 am
Wed January 21, 2015

State Of The Union: A Quick Wrap On Education

President Obama delivers his State of the Union address in Washington on Tuesday.
Kevin Dietsch UPI/Landov

Originally published on Wed January 21, 2015 3:25 pm

Right off the bat, the president touted the fact that more kids are graduating from high school and college than ever before. "We believed we could prepare our kids for a more competitive world," he said in Tuesday's State of the Union speech. "And today, our younger students have earned the highest math and reading scores on record."

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Book Reviews
9:03 am
Wed January 21, 2015

'The B-Side' Sings A Sad, Sad Song

Originally published on Wed January 21, 2015 2:03 pm

The B-Side, Ben Yagoda's cultural history of Tin Pan Alley and the American Songbook, begins near the end of its story. In 1954, Arthur Schwartz, the co-writer of standards like "I Guess I'll Have to Change My Plan," is at the Columbia Records building in Manhattan, waiting to present Mitch Miller, Columbia's head of popular music, with some possible songs.

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The Two-Way
8:37 am
Wed January 21, 2015

Google's Stake In SpaceX Puts It Closer To Goal Of Internet Access For All

SpaceX CEO Elon Musk.
Jae C. Hong AP

Originally published on Wed January 21, 2015 11:30 am

Google's massive investment in SpaceX gives the tech giant another avenue for its goal of providing Internet access to remote parts of the Earth, and it gives Elon Musk's company money to continue its research on space transport, re-usability and satellite manufacturing.

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Goats and Soda
8:06 am
Wed January 21, 2015

Feeling Gloomy? Maybe Things On Earth Aren't As Bad As You Think

Michael Elliott poses with a group of children during a trip to Segou, Mali. One reason for his optimistic outlook is the dramatic drop in deaths of children under age 5.
Courtesy of ONE

Originally published on Wed January 21, 2015 10:52 am

If you want to be a pessimist about the shape the world's in, just turn on the news. It seems as if we're living in an age of terrorism, war, refugees, hostages and natural disasters.

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The Two-Way
7:59 am
Wed January 21, 2015

Shanghai Fires 4 Officials Over Fatal New Year's Eve Stampede

On Jan. 1, people gathered at a makeshift memorial marking the site of a New Year's Eve stampede on the Bund in Shanghai, China. Three dozen people died, and dozens more were injured.
Kevin Frayer Getty Images

Originally published on Thu January 22, 2015 1:57 am

The Shanghai government has fired four local officials for failing to prevent a stampede that killed three dozen people on New Year's Eve. Those who lost their jobs include Shanghai's Huangpu district Communist Party chief, its director and its top two police officials.

Investigators say that as huge crowds packed the riverfront in the Huangpu district, district party Chief Zhou Wei and other officials were busy enjoying a banquet at an opulent Japanese restaurant nearby.

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The Two-Way
7:16 am
Wed January 21, 2015

At Least 11 Israelis Stabbed Aboard Tel Aviv Bus

Israeli police officers secure the scene of the stabbing attack Wednesday in Tel Aviv, Israel.
Oded Balilty AP

Originally published on Wed January 21, 2015 9:27 am

A Palestinian man is accused of stabbing at least 11 people on a bus in central Tel Aviv today, wounding three of them seriously, before he was shot in the leg by Israeli police who took him in for questioning.

The Associated Press, citing a hospital spokeswoman, said 11 people had been stabbed. But the newspaper Haaretz, citing the ambulance service, put the number at 12.

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Deceptive Cadence
7:03 am
Wed January 21, 2015

John Luther Adams' Ode To Sundogs

John Luther Adams' new album, The Wind in High Places, evokes austere landscapes and mysterious light.
Kris Serafin

Originally published on Wed January 21, 2015 7:47 am

The day composer John Luther Adams won the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for his symphonic seascape Become Ocean, I tracked him down in Houghton, Mich., in the northernmost reaches of the Upper Peninsula. Over a crackly phone line, Adams — who turns 62 Friday — said he never thought much about a career with a capital C.

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Politics
6:43 am
Wed January 21, 2015

I'm Over The Moon Obama Brought Up Broadband, Sen. Heitkamp Says

Originally published on Wed January 21, 2015 7:40 am

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

All morning, we're hearing reaction to President Obama's State of the Union address. We're joined now by Democratic Senator Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota. Welcome to the program.

SENATOR HEIDI HEITKAMP: Good morning, Renee.

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Politics
6:43 am
Wed January 21, 2015

Rep. Cole: Obama Used Tax Issue For Partisan Advantage

Originally published on Wed January 21, 2015 7:40 am

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The Two-Way
6:39 am
Wed January 21, 2015

Yemen's President, Shiite Rebels Reportedly Strike Deal

Shiite Houthis wearing Yemeni army uniforms stand guard on a street leading to the presidential palace in Sanaa, Yemen, on Wednesday.
Hani Mohammed AP

Originally published on Wed January 21, 2015 7:13 pm

Update, at 8:10 p.m. ET

Yemen's besieged president appeared to have acceded to demands by Shiite Houthi rebels, potentially defusing a political crisis that has engulfed the U.S. ally.

The rebels had seized the presidential palace and surrounded President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi's home, which is in a different part of the city. Hadi himself was unharmed.

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Around the Nation
6:03 am
Wed January 21, 2015

Man Cited In Georgia For DWE: Driving While Eating

Originally published on Wed January 21, 2015 7:40 am

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Book Reviews
6:03 am
Wed January 21, 2015

A Cool, Painstaking Account Of A Difficult Past In 'Fatherland'

Originally published on Wed January 21, 2015 1:14 pm

Do you love your father? How do you love him? Is your affection spontaneous, dutiful, rote, wry, overflowing, ambivalent or simply unexamined? When you consider these questions — or decline to do so, thank you very much — consider also Nina Bunjevac's drawing style.

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Europe
5:55 am
Wed January 21, 2015

Oldest Woman In Scotland Knows The Secret To A Long Life

Originally published on Wed January 21, 2015 7:40 am

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Politics
5:50 am
Wed January 21, 2015

Obama's Speech Included Historic Words

Originally published on Wed January 21, 2015 7:40 am

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The Two-Way
5:42 am
Wed January 21, 2015

An Emboldened Obama Makes The Case For Middle-Class Economics

President Obama delivers his State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress in Washington on Tuesday.
Mandel Ngan AP

Originally published on Wed January 21, 2015 8:55 am

Updated at 9:44 a.m. ET

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It's All Politics
5:27 am
Wed January 21, 2015

Obama State Of The Union Seeks To 'Turn The Page' To A Brighter Chapter

Mandel Ngan AP

Originally published on Wed January 21, 2015 6:25 am

In the first minute of his hourlong State of the Union address, President Barack Obama summed up his theme in single sentence: "Tonight, we turn the page."

The president then detailed a page of history filled with the financial crisis of 2008, the recession and unemployment and deficits that followed and the two distant and difficult wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.

It was a reminder of the ills that helped elevate young Sen. Obama to the Oval Office six years ago. And now, after many battles, he was ready to declare he had turned that page.

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Business
4:03 am
Wed January 21, 2015

To Drive Economy Toward Equality, Obama Requests More Spending

President Obama delivers his State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress on Tuesday night.
Mandel Ngan AP

Originally published on Wed January 21, 2015 11:05 am

President Obama revved up quickly for his economic victory lap.

"After a breakthrough year for America, our economy is growing and creating jobs at the fastest pace since 1999," President Obama said less than a minute into his State of the Union address Tuesday night.

The lap was fueled by cheap gas: "We are as free from the grip of foreign oil as we've been in almost 30 years," he said.

Democrats roared.

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Shots - Health News
4:03 am
Wed January 21, 2015

War Over Obamacare Heats Up In States

Oklahoma state Rep. Mike Ritze, a Republican and a physician, plans to revive the fight against the Affordable Care Act in the 2015 legislative session.
Sue Ogrocki AP

Originally published on Wed January 21, 2015 8:12 am

Oklahoma state Rep. Mike Ritze is a foot soldier — one of hundreds — in a passionate war over the Affordable Care Act that is reigniting as state legislatures convene across the country.

The Republican lawmaker, a family doctor, has stood behind three anti-Obamacare bills supported by conservative groups in Oklahoma and other states. None has made it into law, but Ritze plans to pick up the fight in the 2015 legislative session that convenes in the Sooner State next month.

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