Hardcover Fiction Bestsellers
5:03 pm
Fri April 18, 2014

NPR Bestsellers: Hardcover Fiction, Week Of April 17, 2014

In his six-decade career, Peter Matthiessen has written 33 books, including The Snow Leopard and Shadow Country.
Linda Girvin Courtesy of Riverhead Books

The late Peter Matthiessen's last novel, , debuts at No. 4.

Hardcover Nonfiction Bestsellers
5:03 pm
Fri April 18, 2014

NPR Bestsellers: Hardcover Nonfiction, Week Of April 17, 2014

How Jesus Became God looks at how a Jewish preacher from Galilee was transformed into a deity. It debuts at No. 12.

Paperback Fiction Bestsellers
5:03 pm
Fri April 18, 2014

NPR Bestsellers: Paperback Fiction, Week Of April 17, 2014

At No. 5, Elizabeth Strout's The Burgess Boys follows a family fractured by tragedy.

Paperback Nonfiction Bestsellers
5:03 pm
Fri April 18, 2014

NPR Bestsellers: Paperback Nonfiction, Week Of April 17, 2014

Katherine Boo's Behind the Beautiful Forevers looks at everyday life in a Mumbai slum. It appears at No. 1.

The Two-Way
5:02 pm
Fri April 18, 2014

Rescue Workers Erect Memorial To Washington Mudslide Victims

A memorial erected by rescue workers near the site of the March 22 mudslide that killed at least 39 people.
Martin Kaste NPR

Originally published on Fri April 18, 2014 10:35 pm

Rescue workers still searching for bodies from the March 22 landslide that killed at least 39 people near the town of Oso, Washington, erected a simple, but moving memorial to the victims of the tragedy. Four people are still listed as missing.

NPR's Martin Kaste, who took the photo, says the rescue effort is in a "transition phase" as crews from other states are leaving and being replaced by fresh searchers.

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All Tech Considered
5:01 pm
Fri April 18, 2014

Airbnb To Start Charging Hotel Taxes In A Handful Of Cities

Airbnb, the online home-rental service, says it will start collecting hotel taxes in a few American cities.
Chris Weeks Getty Images

Originally published on Fri April 18, 2014 7:13 pm

When Regitze Visby, a tourist visiting San Francisco from Denmark, searched for accommodations for her trip and saw she could stay at one of the famed "painted ladies" on Alamo Square through Airbnb, she took it.

At $135 a night, "it was a good deal," she says.

But does she know if she's paying a transient occupancy tax or a hotel tax? "I have no idea," she says.

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Sports
4:44 pm
Fri April 18, 2014

Welcome, Spring — And More Importantly, Playoff Hockey

Originally published on Fri April 18, 2014 7:13 pm

Transcript

AUDIE CORNISH, HOST:

After the marathon, Boston sports fans will still have playoff hockey. If you pay attention to the National Hockey League, then you probably heard or maybe even said that there's nothing like the playoffs. And judging from the start of this year's playoffs, it's not an exaggeration. Here to talk more about it is sportswriter Stefan Fatsis. And, Stefan, the NHL playoffs began on Wednesday, but just how exciting have these first games been?

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Shots - Health News
4:41 pm
Fri April 18, 2014

One Scientist's Quest To Vanquish Epileptic Seizures

The dream of epilepsy research, says neurobiologist Ivan Soltesz, is to stop seizures by manipulating only some brain cells, not all.
Steve Zylius UC Irvine Communications

Originally published on Fri April 18, 2014 7:13 pm

In the early 1990s, a young brain researcher named Ivan Soltesz heard a story that would shape his career.

His adviser told him about a school for children whose epileptic seizures were so severe and frequent that they had to wear helmets to prevent head injuries. The only exception to the helmet rule was for students who received an award.

"The big deal for them is that they can take the helmet off while they're walking across the stage," Soltesz says. "And that thing struck me as just wrong."

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Ecstatic Voices
4:16 pm
Fri April 18, 2014

In New Mexico, A Brotherhood Of Ancient Hymns

Originally published on Fri April 18, 2014 7:13 pm

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World Cafe
4:14 pm
Fri April 18, 2014

The War On Drugs On World Cafe

The War On Drugs.
Courtesy of the artist

We are major fans of the band The War On Drugs. Today's show presents an epic live performance and interview with leader Adam Granduciel. The band formed in Philadelphia in 2005 and was critically lauded in 2011 for the album Slave Ambient, which put them on the map.

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