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8:04 am
Sat April 12, 2014

A Sheep Killer Is On The Loose In 'All the Birds, Singing'

Originally published on Sat April 12, 2014 12:26 pm

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SCOTT SIMON, HOST:

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Parallels
8:04 am
Sat April 12, 2014

Iran's Culture Wars: Who's Winning These Days?

Members of the Iranian band Accolade perform in an unauthorized stage performance in the capital Tehran in January 2013. Those seeking greater social freedoms are often testing the limits in Iran.
Vahid Salemi AP

Originally published on Mon April 14, 2014 12:49 pm

In Iran, hardline critics are waging a campaign against President Hassan Rouhani to limit his campaign pledge of opening Iran to more social and cultural freedoms.

The "culture wars" are as old as the Islamic revolution that swept conservative clerics to power more than three decades ago. The latest chapter comes as Rouhani is negotiating a nuclear deal with six world powers. He has the backing of Iran's supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, to continue the nuclear discussions, but cultural hardliners are stepping up the domestic pressure.

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The Two-Way
8:04 am
Sat April 12, 2014

Republicans Form New Fundraising Group, On Heels Of High Court Ruling

Originally published on Sat April 12, 2014 12:42 pm

Seeking to capitalize on the Supreme Court's recent ruling that eased restrictions on political contributions, Republicans are launching what experts call a new "super joint fundraising committee." The Republican Victory Fund will work under the expanded rules set by the court's April 2 ruling in the McCutcheon v. FEC case.

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Book News & Features
8:04 am
Sat April 12, 2014

So You Need A Celebrity Book. Who Ya Gonna Call? Ghostwriters

You might not notice their names on their book covers — and sometimes they're not named at all. But ghostwriters don't mind the anonymity.
Hobvias Sudoneighm (striatic) Flickr

Originally published on Mon April 14, 2014 12:33 pm

The next time you're in a bookstore, take a look at the nonfiction shelf. See all those celebrity autobiographies — the memoirs of actors, athletes and politicians? Chances are, they're the work of a ghostwriter.

David Fisher is one of those invisible authors. He's ghostwritten over 70 books, adopting the voices of quarterback Terry Bradshaw, attorney Johnnie Cochran and actor and comedian Leslie Nielsen, among others.

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Author Interviews
8:04 am
Sat April 12, 2014

Jackie Collins' Mob Princess Serves Up A Cookbook You Can't Refuse

Courtesy of St. Martin's Press

Originally published on Mon April 14, 2014 12:52 pm

Lucky Santangelo is a household name — at least, in those households where the shelves are packed with Jackie Collins novels. And considering there are more than 500 million copies sold, well, Santangelo's certainly got a fan base.

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All Songs Considered
8:03 am
Sat April 12, 2014

Bob Boilen's Weekly Rainbows

Kraftwerk at the 9:30 Club in Washington, D.C. The band continues to break new ground in concert visuals.
Bob Boilen NPR

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The Two-Way
7:21 am
Sat April 12, 2014

Armed Men Take Police HQ In Eastern Ukraine City

Originally published on Sat April 12, 2014 5:17 pm

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Tiny Desk Concerts
7:03 am
Sat April 12, 2014

Tom Brosseau: Tiny Desk Concert

Tom Brosseau performs a Tiny Desk Concert in February 2014.
Jim Tuttle NPR

Originally published on Sun April 13, 2014 10:18 pm

Tom Brosseau possesses one of the most arresting voices in folk music today. Many people who hear him sing, without knowing his name or face, assume the voice belongs to a woman, as he hovers somewhere around the countertenor range, with an unusually pure tone.

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My Guilty Pleasure
6:03 am
Sat April 12, 2014

Cursed With Mom Guilt? Charlie Brown Might Cure What Ails You

Originally published on Sat April 12, 2014 11:03 am

The job description for a parent should be straightforward: The only requirement is the skill to do everything perfectly under the pressure of guilt.

Forget perfectly — even passably can be difficult. For a long time my older son only ate apples: apples for breakfast and apples for lunch and apples for dinner. "Offer him a variety of choices," said the pediatrician, as though I hadn't done that. Guilt. "Feed him ice cream — at least you get some protein and calcium and sugar into his body," said the pediatrician. Guilt.

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Code Switch
6:03 am
Sat April 12, 2014

Autism, Like Race, Complicates Almost Everything

Alicia Montgomery walks with her son near their home.
Meredith Rizzo NPR

Children have tantrums. They yell and grab at things that they should ask for nicely. And when a child has autism, like my son, these episodes can be epic: toys hurled across a room, screaming fits that last hours, and flurries of hitting that get triggered by even a minor change in a routine.

But when my son screams at his therapist and tries to snatch Magic Markers from his hands, I gasp. I think of Trayvon Martin.

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Deceptive Cadence
4:07 am
Sat April 12, 2014

A Debut Symphony That Embraced The World

Gustav Mahler wanted each of his symphonies to contain a world of emotions and ideas.
Library of Congress

Originally published on Sat April 12, 2014 12:26 pm

Conducting Gustav Mahler's First Symphony is an exhilarating and demanding task. Although it's one of his shortest symphonies (at about 55 minutes), it is an epic journey that requires countless hours of analysis and examination of the score. Still, it is a thrilling process to peel back and reassemble the many layers of Mahler's music.

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The Salt
4:06 am
Sat April 12, 2014

Gassy Cows Are Warming The Planet, And They're Here To Stay

These guys are gassy, and their emissions are contributing to global warming.
iStockphoto

Originally published on Sat April 12, 2014 2:43 pm

Sorry to ruin your appetite, but it's time to talk about cow belches.

Humans the world over are eating meat and drinking milk — some of us a little less, some of us a lot more, than years past. Farmers are bringing more and more cows into the world to meet demand, and with them escapes more methane into the atmosphere.

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Author Interviews
4:05 am
Sat April 12, 2014

Check It Out! A Photographic Tour Of America's Public Libraries

Shepherdstown Public Library in Shepherdstown, W.Va. (2011)
Robert Daweson Courtesy of Princeton Architectural Press

Originally published on Sat April 12, 2014 12:26 pm

Robert Dawson has been photographing public libraries across the country for almost 20 years. And now, just in time for National Library Week, he has published his photos in a new book called The Public Library. It includes reflections on libraries from Dr. Seuss, Amy Tan, E.B. White and others, but the stars of the book are the photographs, from the New York Public Library — which is as splendid as any great European cathedral — to libraries that are housed in shacks and shopping malls.

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The Record
7:47 pm
Fri April 11, 2014

Jesse Winchester, Musician And Muse To Icons, Dies At 69

Jesse Winchester performs live in The Netherlands in 2011.
Jordi Vidal/Redferns Getty Images

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Code Switch
6:27 pm
Fri April 11, 2014

Congressional Black Caucus Urges Rethink Of Army Hair Rules

According to a US Army PowerPoint presentation, none of these three hairstyles would be acceptable under the new regulations.
US Army

Originally published on Sat April 12, 2014 1:09 pm

The women of the Congressional Black Caucus have sent a letter asking Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel to reconsider new Army regulations that made headlines earlier this month.

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This Week's Must Read
6:00 pm
Fri April 11, 2014

Poisoned Cigars And A Painful Chapter In Our History

Courtesy of New Press

Originally published on Sat April 12, 2014 10:54 am

The 50th anniversary of the passage of the 1964 Civil Rights Act is almost upon us, but the celebrations began this week at the Johnson presidential library. A speech by President Obama referenced "doors of opportunity" swung open by the passage of this piece of landmark legislation. But for those of us who remember when the doors were tightly shut, other images come to mind. No, it's not the soft, grainy black-and-white images of well-dressed men and women marching nobly to end the evils of segregation. What we see is churches on fire, smoke and violence.

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The Two-Way
5:42 pm
Fri April 11, 2014

Obama Taxes Show Big Drop In Income, Charitable Giving

President Obama and first lady Michelle Obama arrive at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York on Friday.
Carolyn Kaster AP

Originally published on Fri April 11, 2014 6:15 pm

President Obama and first lady Michelle Obama released their tax returns for 2013 on Friday. They show the couple saw a big drop in income and charitable giving.

They paid $98,169 in federal taxes on a $481,098 income. In 2012, their income was $608,611.

The AP reports:

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Metropolis
5:04 pm
Fri April 11, 2014

Watch Coachella 2014 Streaming Live

The Preatures perform a Friday afternoon set at Coachella 2014.
Kevin Winter Getty Images

Originally published on Mon April 14, 2014 8:00 am

The Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival kicks off today at the Empire Polo Club in Indio, Calif. and runs through the weekend. As in the past couple of years, much of the festival's first weekend will be streaming live through YouTube. This year, the webcast is hosted by KCRW's Jason Bentley, the host of Metropolis. If you didn't already have plans for the weekend, you do now.


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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
4:53 pm
Fri April 11, 2014

Limericks

Originally published on Sat April 12, 2014 12:44 pm

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PETER SAGAL, HOST:

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
4:53 pm
Fri April 11, 2014

Lightning Fill In The Blank

Originally published on Sat April 12, 2014 12:44 pm

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PETER SAGAL, HOST:

Now on to our final game, Lightning Fill in the Blank.

CHARLIE PIERCE: Now on to our final game, Lightning Fill in the Blank.

(LAUGHTER)

SAGAL: Each of our players will have 60 seconds in which to answer as many fill in the blank questions as they can. Each correct answer now worth two points. Carl, please can you give us the scores?

CARL KASELL, BYLINE: Luke Burbank has the lead, he has four points. Amy Dickinson and Charlie Pierce are tied for second, each has two.

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
4:53 pm
Fri April 11, 2014

Prediction

Originally published on Sat April 12, 2014 12:44 pm

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PETER SAGAL, HOST:

Now panel, what will we all do now that we can't go on the internet safely? Luke Burbank?

LUKE BURBANK: Resort to the unthinkable. Feeling our feelings for the briefest of moments.

(LAUGHTER)

SAGAL: I refuse. Amy Dickinson?

AMY DICKINSON: Instead of posting on Facebook, maybe we'll put our face in a book?

(APPLAUSE)

DICKINSON: It could happen.

SAGAL: And Charlie Pierce?

CHARLIE PIERCE: Go out in the backyard and make real birds really angry.

(LAUGHTER)

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
4:53 pm
Fri April 11, 2014

Not My Job: Filmmaker Errol Morris Gets Quizzed On Mickey Rooney

Gabriel Bouys AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Sat April 12, 2014 12:44 pm

In 2003, Errol Morris, who has been making documentaries for 30 years, won an Oscar for The Fog of War about former Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara. His new film, The Unknown Known, is about former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld. Once he does a film with former Secretary of Defense Robert Gates, he can turn in his loyalty card for a free secretary.

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It's All Politics
4:46 pm
Fri April 11, 2014

5 Takeaways From The Equal Pay Debate

President Obama, pictured here with Lilly Ledbetter, and congressional Democrats are working the equal pay issue hard in a midterm election year when they will need as many women to vote as possible.
Carolyn Kaster AP

Originally published on Fri April 11, 2014 6:44 pm

This was the week that included Equal Pay Day, the point on the 2014 calendar to which the average female worker must work to match the average man's 2013 pay.

To mark the occasion, President Obama held a White House event Tuesday to sign executive orders aimed at providing more transparency about what federal contractors pay their workers. Meanwhile, Senate Democrats held a vote on the Paycheck Fairness Act, which failed in a vote that largely fell along partisan lines — the third time that's happened.

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The Two-Way
4:43 pm
Fri April 11, 2014

Millennials 'Talk To God,' But Fewer Rely On Religion, Survey Finds

Mormon missionaries walk through the halls at the Missionary Training Center in Provo, Utah, in January 2013. A new survey by Carnegie Mellon University shows that more millennials report they "talk to God" than turn to religion for guidance.
Rick Bowmer AP

Originally published on Sat April 12, 2014 6:35 am

Barely half of millennials say they look to religion for guidance, but a higher percentage "talk to God," suggesting that the 18-to-34 demographic is more spiritual than sectarian, according to a new survey by the Integrated Innovation Institute at Carnegie Mellon University.

The survey of 2,000 U.S. men and women, ages 18-34, found that 62 percent said they talk to God, while 52 percent said they look to religion for guidance.

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The Two-Way
3:55 pm
Fri April 11, 2014

NSA Denies It Knew About Heartbleed Bug Before It Was Made Public

The Heartbleed bug has exposed up to two-thirds of the Internet to a security vulnerability.
iStockphoto

Originally published on Sat April 12, 2014 6:34 am

The National Security Agency says it did not know about a critical security bug until it became public earlier this month.

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Deep In The Heart Of (A Transforming) Texas
3:52 pm
Fri April 11, 2014

LBJ Carried Poor Texas Town With Him In Civil Rights Fight

Long before he was president, Lyndon Johnson taught in Cotulla, Texas. He is pictured here with students in 1928.
Courtesy of LBJ Library

Originally published on Sat April 12, 2014 12:34 am

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The Two-Way
3:49 pm
Fri April 11, 2014

Total Eclipse Of The Moon Next Week Throughout North America

The moon seen from Manila, Philippines, during a total lunar eclipse in December 2012, as the Earth casts a shadow across the face of our nearest celestial neighbor.
Bullit Marquez AP

Originally published on Sat April 12, 2014 6:34 am

If you're willing to stay up late and the skies are clear early next week, you can catch the first total lunar eclipse in more than three years that's visible throughout North America.

The total eclipse, the first visible throughout the U.S. since December 2012, will peak at about 3 a.m. EDT.

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Sports
3:06 pm
Fri April 11, 2014

NBA Commish Wades Into Debate Over Paying College Players

Originally published on Fri April 11, 2014 7:13 pm

New NBA commissioner Adam Silver made news by suggesting the league's willingness to pay college basketball players. Sportswriter Stefan Fatsis explains what might mean for professionals and students.

Business
3:06 pm
Fri April 11, 2014

GM Recall Distrust Trickles Down To Dealers

Originally published on Fri April 11, 2014 7:13 pm

The General Motors recall puts its dealerships in an uncomfortable spot, having to placate customers as both parties wait for replacement parts to arrive. Brian Bull of WCPN reports that many are reconsidering whether they'll ever buy a GM car again.

Economy
3:06 pm
Fri April 11, 2014

Onlookers Show No Worry Over Market's Week In Tumult

Originally published on Fri April 11, 2014 7:13 pm

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MELISSA BLOCK, HOST:

From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Melissa Block.

AUDIE CORNISH, HOST:

And I'm Audie Cornish. Volatile, that's the kind of week the stock market had. Investors sold off high-flying technology and biotech stocks. Weak bank earnings also added to the sour mix. The NASDAQ is down 8 percent from its peak this year. The S&P 500, it's off 4 percent. But as NPR's Chris Arnold reports, the sell-off hasn't triggered alarm and indicators for the broader economy are mostly positive.

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