Nation/World

Pages

Animals
11:47 am
Fri October 25, 2013

Discover the Inner Beauty of the Naked Mole Rat

Transcript

IRA FLATOW, HOST:

Up next, it's time for our video pick of the week. And making his debut on SCIENCE FRIDAY is our new video producer, Luke Groskin. Hey, Luke.

LUKE GROSKIN, BYLINE: Hi, Ira.

FLATOW: You like this seat? Get used to it.

GROSKIN: It's nice and comfy.

FLATOW: All right. What have you got for us this week?

GROSKIN: Well, today we're going to regale ourselves in the inner beauty of the naked mole rat.

(LAUGHTER)

Read more
Mental Health
11:46 am
Fri October 25, 2013

Uncovering the Brain of a Psychopath

What makes someone a psychopath? Can these traits be passed through family lines? Neuroscientist James Fallon, and author of The Psychopath Inside: A Neuroscientist's Personal Journey Into the Dark Side of the Brain, discusses his scientific and personal exploration into the antisocial mind.

Science
11:46 am
Fri October 25, 2013

The Real-Life Walking Dead

Cotard's syndrome, also known as Walking Corpse Syndrome, is a rare disorder that causes sufferers to believe they are dead. The exact cause is unknown. Doctors Thomas Linden and Andres Hellden describe effects of the syndrome that they observed in patients who took a common antiviral medication.

Movie Reviews
11:30 am
Fri October 25, 2013

In Emotionally Charged 'Blue,' Sex Is Graphic, But Not Gratuitous

Blue Is the Warmest Color chronicles the love affair between high school student Adèle (Adèle Exarchopoulos, left) and Emma (Léa Seydoux), who is older and more experienced.
IFC Films/Sundance Selects/Wild Bunch

Originally published on Fri October 25, 2013 1:30 pm

Blue Is the Warmest Color is a lesbian coming-of-age movie, and its long and graphic sex scenes have already generated controversy. The director, Abdellatif Kechiche, is a man, and at least one prominent female critic has accused him of leading with his own libido — a charge that I vigorously dispute, but of course I'm a man so take that as you will. Here's what I saw: a film that captures the intensity of sexual discovery — and dependency — in a way I've never seen. It's 179 minutes, every one of them charged. It's a remarkable experience.

Read more
Interviews
11:22 am
Fri October 25, 2013

Anat Cohen: Bringing The Clarinet To The World

Claroscuro showcases the range of Anat Cohen's influences, from New Orleans-style jazz to the music of Brazil.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Fri October 25, 2013 12:21 pm

This interview was originally broadcast on Feb. 6, 2013.

Clarinetist Anat Cohen is one of a handful of Israeli jazz musicians making a mark on the American jazz scene. She's been voted Clarinetist of the Year six years in a row by the Jazz Journalists Association, and her album, Claroscuro, showcases the range of her talents and musical influences, from New Orleans-style jazz to Israel to Latin music — particularly that of Brazil.

Read more
Code Switch
11:10 am
Fri October 25, 2013

It's Their Money; They Can Buy What They Want To

There's been lots of attention paid lately to black shoppers at Barneys, the high-end retailer. Ahem.

Read more
All Tech Considered
11:07 am
Fri October 25, 2013

Tech Week: U.S. Spying, Health Site Blame Game And New iPads

An attendee looks at the new Mac Pro during an Apple announcement event in San Francisco.
Justin Sullivan Getty Images

Originally published on Fri October 25, 2013 1:02 pm

"Too big to succeed."

Read more
Paperback Nonfiction Bestsellers
11:03 am
Fri October 25, 2013

NPR Bestsellers: Paperback Nonfiction, Week Of October 24, 2013

At No. 14, How Children Succeed presents Paul Tough's case for curiosity and character, not testing.

Paperback Fiction Bestsellers
11:03 am
Fri October 25, 2013

NPR Bestsellers: Paperback Fiction, Week Of October 24, 2013

Where'd You Go, Bernadette, Maria Semple's tale of a teen tracking down her mom, remains at No. 4.

Hardcover Nonfiction Bestsellers
11:03 am
Fri October 25, 2013

NPR Bestsellers: Hardcover Nonfiction, Week Of October 24, 2013

Simon Winchester hails America's human roots in The Men Who United the States, debuting at No. 6.

Hardcover Fiction Bestsellers
11:03 am
Fri October 25, 2013

NPR Bestsellers: Hardcover Fiction, Week Of October 24, 2013

The Luminaries, by New Zealander Eleanor Catton, won the 2013 Man Booker Prize. It debuts at No. 9.

NPR Bestseller List
11:03 am
Fri October 25, 2013

NPR Bestsellers: Week Of October 24, 2013

The lists are compiled from weekly surveys of close to 500 independent bookstores nationwide.

The Two-Way
10:51 am
Fri October 25, 2013

Unsealed Documents Shine Light On JonBenet Murder Case

Patsy Ramsey and her husband, John, during a short news conference in Atlanta in 2000.
Gregory Smith AP

Originally published on Fri October 25, 2013 12:18 pm

Nearly 17 years after the still-unsolved murder of 6-year-old pageant star JonBenet Ramsey in Boulder, Colo., documents produced by a 1999 grand jury have finally been unsealed.

They reveal that the grand jury decided to indict parents John and Patsy Ramsey on two counts each of child abuse, but that the prosecutor declined to sign the indictment against the couple.

Read more
Barbershop
10:27 am
Fri October 25, 2013

'Shop-And-Get-Frisked' When You Spend $350 At Barneys

A young black man is suing high-end retailer Barneys, saying he was arrested after buying a $350 belt. Host Michel Martin checks in with the Barbershop guys for a fresh cut on that story and the rest of the week's news.

Fitness & Nutrition
10:27 am
Fri October 25, 2013

How To 'Eat Good' In The 'Hood'

Originally published on Fri October 25, 2013 12:30 pm

Eating healthy can be a challenge, especially if you're on a tight budget. Host Michel Martin asks health guru and rapper Stic, of the rap duo Dead Prez, for his suggestions on eating well while on a so-called "hood" budget.

Around the Nation
10:27 am
Fri October 25, 2013

Parents Fight To Reopen Case After Questioning Son's Death

Georgia teen Kendrick Johnson was found dead in a wrestling mat at school earlier this year. Authorities ruled it an accident but his parents and neighbors think there was foul play. For more, host Michel Martin speaks with reporter Fred Rosen.

World
10:27 am
Fri October 25, 2013

Do Pakistanis Support U.S. Drone Attacks?

Originally published on Tue October 29, 2013 8:44 am

Transcript

MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

Read more
The Salt
10:03 am
Fri October 25, 2013

Does Bacon Really Make Everything Better? Here's The Math

According to big data, this bacon and avocado sandwich should be a party for your tastebuds.
iStockphoto

Originally published on Sat October 26, 2013 1:53 pm

You'd have to be living under a rock to miss the signs of our cultural obsession with bacon.

Read more
TED Radio Hour
9:26 am
Fri October 25, 2013

Can Everything Change In An Instant?

"These thing that were a part of me before the crash, are still present in me" - Joshua Prager
James Duncan Davidson TED

Part 4 of the TED Radio Hour episode Turning Points.

About Joshua Prager's TEDTalk

When Joshua Prager was 19, a devastating bus accident left him paralyzed on his left side. He returned to Israel twenty years later to find the driver who turned his world upside down. Prager tells his story and probes deep questions of identity, self-deception and destiny.

Read more
TED Radio Hour
9:26 am
Fri October 25, 2013

How Does An Islamist Extremist Change His Mind?

"I am everything I am today, because of my past." - Maajid Nawaz
James Duncan Davidson TED

Part 3 of the TED Radio Hour episode Turning Points.

About Maajid Nawaz's TEDTalk

For more than a decade, Maajid Nawaz recruited young Muslims to an extreme Islamist group. But while serving time in an Egyptian prison, he went through a complete ideological transformation. He left the group, his friends, his marriage for a new life as a democracy advocate.

About Maajid Nawaz

Read more
TED Radio Hour
9:26 am
Fri October 25, 2013

What Runs Through Your Mind As Your Plane Is Crashing?

"I no longer want to postpone anything in life" - Ric Elias
James Duncan Davidson TED

Part 2 of the TED Radio Hour episode Turning Points.

About Ric Elias' TEDTalk

In January 2009, businessman Ric Elias had a front-row seat on Flight 1549, the plane that crash-landed in the Hudson River in New York. On the TED stage, Elias tells his story for the first time, including how the crash changed his approach to life, love and family.

Read more
TED Radio Hour
9:26 am
Fri October 25, 2013

What Does Electroshock Therapy Feel Like?

Sherwin Nuland speaking at TED.
TED

Originally published on Tue December 17, 2013 8:49 am

Part 1 of the TED Radio Hour episode Turning Points. Watch Sherwin Nuland's other TEDTalk on hope.

About Sherwin Nuland's TEDTalk

Read more
Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz
9:23 am
Fri October 25, 2013

Dr. Billy Taylor On Piano Jazz

Dr. Billy Taylor.
William Gottlieb Library of Congress via Flickr

Born in 1921 in Greenville, N.C., Billy Taylor moved to Washington, D.C., at age 5. He grew up in a musical family and tried his hand at various musical instruments, including guitar, drums and saxophone, but was most successful at the piano.

Read more
The Two-Way
8:44 am
Fri October 25, 2013

Nigerian Rebels Reportedly Contact Pirates Who Seized U.S. Crew

A 2008 photo of the offshore supply ship C-Retriever.
Christian Serrano Courtesy of ShipSpotting.com

Originally published on Fri October 25, 2013 10:43 am

Rebels in Nigeria are reportedly in contact with pirates holding two U.S. crewmen seized earlier this week from the offshore supply vessel C-Retriever, The Associated Press reports.

According to the AP, an email reportedly from the rebel group Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta says the men were captured off the coast of the Nigerian town of Brass, but there were no details of demands or a ransom.

Officials have said the captain and an engineer from the U.S.-flagged vessel were seized during an attack in the Gulf of Guinea on Wednesday.

Read more
It's All Politics
8:26 am
Fri October 25, 2013

Friday Morning Political Mix: Monkeys, Donkeys and the NSA

Originally published on Fri October 25, 2013 9:48 am

Good morning.

Your erstwhile members of Congress are high-tailing it out of Washington for the weekend (no votes in the House, and the Senate took the day off but promises to return Monday).

But there's plenty to digest.

Fallout from Thursday's House hearing on computer problems marring the health care overhaul rollout. Across-the-pond anger over America's spying on allies. And, yes, donkeys. We'll get to that.

Read more
Monkey See
8:22 am
Fri October 25, 2013

Pop Culture Happy Hour: '12 Years' And Rites Of Passage

NPR
  • Listen to Pop Culture Happy Hour

On this week's round-table podcast, Glen Weldon and I are joined by the marvelous Gene Demby and Kat Chow of NPR's Code Switch project. We're always happy to see Gene and Kat, who bring their very own brand of thinly veiled, sibling-like hostility, which is something we can fully relate to.

Read more
Parallels
7:49 am
Fri October 25, 2013

World Headlines: A Chinese Trial; The Syrian War Spills Over

In this photo released by China's Xinhua News Agency, ousted Chinese politician Bo Xilai stands before the Shandong Provincial Higher People's Court. The court upheld Bo's conviction and life sentence for corruption and abuse of power.
Xie Huanchi AP

Originally published on Fri October 25, 2013 11:23 am

China, Xinhua

We begin in China where a court on Friday rejected an appeal by former politician Bo Xilai over his life sentence for bribery, embezzlement and abuse of power.

Read more
The Two-Way
6:34 am
Fri October 25, 2013

Norway Says It Can't Destroy Syria's Chemical Weapons

A convoy of United Nations vehicles at the Lebanon-Syria Masnaa border crossing on Oct. 1 as a chemical weapons disarmament team awaited entry into Syria.
AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Fri October 25, 2013 10:41 am

Norway has turned down a U.S. request to take on the destruction of Syria's chemical weapons, saying it lacks the capabilities to carry out the task.

The country's foreign ministry said it had given "serious and thorough consideration" to the U.S. query but that "due to time constraints and external factors, such as capacities, [and] regulatory requirements," Norway would be unable to fulfill the request.

Read more
The Two-Way
6:28 am
Fri October 25, 2013

Book News: Arizona Lifts Ban On 7 Mexican-American Studies Books

Originally published on Fri October 25, 2013 10:18 am

The daily lowdown on books, publishing, and the occasional author behaving badly.

Read more
The Two-Way
5:59 am
Fri October 25, 2013

France, Germany Want To Set New Rules For Surveillance

German Chancellor Angela Merkel (right) talks with Italian Prime Minister Enrico Letta on the second day of an European Council meeting in Brussels on Friday.
John Thys AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Fri October 25, 2013 10:52 am

This post was updated at 10:15 a.m.

A day after reports surfaced that the NSA may have spied on dozens of world leaders, France and Germany are offering to hold talks with the U.S. to establish new rules on surveillance.

"What is at stake is preserving our relations with the United States," French President Francois Hollande said at an EU summit in Brussels, according to The Associated Press.

Read more

Pages