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8:17 am
Fri April 24, 2015

Armenians Mark A Century Since World War I Massacre

Catholicos Karekin II (R, front), the supreme head of the Armenian Apostolic Church, and Russia's President Vladimir Putin walk to attend a commemoration ceremony marking the centenary of the mass killing of Armenians by Ottoman Turks in Yerevan, Armenia.
RIA Novosti Reuters/Landov

European leaders attended a ceremony marking the centenary of the massacre of an estimated 1.5 million Armenians by Ottoman Turks during World War I, as German lawmakers risked triggering a diplomatic row with Turkey by voting to acknowledge the historical event as "genocide" –- a charge Ankara has strongly denied.

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Deceptive Cadence
8:03 am
Fri April 24, 2015

Bang On A Can Riffs On John Cage

On the Bang on a Can All-Stars' new album, Field Recordings, composers riff on a range of recorded sounds.
Peter Serling Bang on a Can

Originally published on Fri April 24, 2015 11:41 am

Life changed a lot after that day in 1877 when Thomas Edison spoke "Mary had a little lamb" into a contraption he called a phonograph and discovered he could reproduce sound. Back then, tinfoil cylinders captured just a few flickering moments. Today Wagner's entire Ring cycle fits on a 16GB flash drive.

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All Songs TV
8:03 am
Fri April 24, 2015

My Brightest Diamond, 'This Is My Hand'

Courtesy of the artist

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Around the Nation
7:23 am
Fri April 24, 2015

Tales Of Environmental Activism

Originally published on Fri April 24, 2015 10:24 am

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Europe
7:23 am
Fri April 24, 2015

Lost Siblings Find Each Other On Dating App

Originally published on Fri April 24, 2015 10:24 am

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The Two-Way
6:31 am
Fri April 24, 2015

A Century After Atrocities Against Armenians, An Unresolved Wound

Armenians were massacred by forces of the Ottoman Empire in 1915. In this instance, the heads of the victims were placed on stakes.
AP

Originally published on Fri April 24, 2015 8:38 am

This much is known: Up to 1.5 million Armenians were killed or deported in the violence unleashed by Ottoman Turks starting on April 24, 1915. But as the 100th anniversary of these events is marked on Friday, it remains a bitter source of contention between Turks and Armenians.

Armenians, along with many historians and European countries, have called it the 20th century's first genocide. Turkey suppressed accounts of the killings for decades, and to this day staunchly rejects the label of genocide.

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Code Switch
6:09 am
Fri April 24, 2015

A Look At 'Blackbird,' The First Film On The New 'Black Netflix'

Blackbird is about a gay interracial romance set in the deep South.
courtesy of blackbirdthemovie.com

Originally published on Fri April 24, 2015 10:59 am

A tiny independent movie has been picked by one of Hollywood's biggest moguls to promote his latest venture. Robert L. Johnson created BET and now, the Urban Movie Channel — an online channel that's being called the black Netflix.

The first original film it has acquired is a gay interracial romance set in the Deep South. In Blackbird, the main character Randy is in high school. Everyone thinks he's gay, and they're totally fine with it.

Randy, 18, is fervently religious. Even though his best friend is gay, Randy's in denial about his own sexuality.

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The Two-Way
5:32 am
Fri April 24, 2015

China's Latest Target: Funeral Strippers

A screenshot of a striptease act at a funeral in February in China's Hebei province.
Weibo

Looking for a way to give a departed loved one a send-off everyone will remember?

How about hiring strippers to perform at the funeral?

In some parts of rural China, this is not considered absurd, but a good idea.

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It's All Politics
5:19 am
Fri April 24, 2015

As Governors Eye The White House, Home Takes A Back Seat

Gov. Scott Walker arrives at the First in the Nation Republican Leadership Summit in New Hampshire. Walker has long been a polarizing figure due to his epic battles with public employee unions, but a new poll this week shows a new and sizable drop in his approval rating.
Darren McCollester Getty Images

Originally published on Fri April 24, 2015 10:24 am

The list of official and likely candidates for president in 2016 includes some prominent Republicans who are currently governors. Three of them — Scott Walker, Chris Christie and Bobby Jindal — all tout executive experience as qualification for the White House. They also share something else — slumping poll numbers back home.

They've been working to make themselves familiar and friendly faces to the party faithful in early voting states, including at a big event hosted last week by the New Hampshire GOP.

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It's All Politics
5:17 am
Fri April 24, 2015

Clinton Faces Bad Headlines And More Questions Of Scandal

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton is facing questions about money, access and influence while she was secretary of state.
Jacquelyn Martin AP

Originally published on Fri April 24, 2015 10:46 am

The House Select Committee on Benghazi announced plans to call Hillary Clinton to testify next month, right around the time her campaign was reportedly going to shift into high gear with a mid-May campaign kickoff speech.

At the same time, a new book about the Clinton foundation is generating the kind of headlines and news coverage no presidential candidate wants to see.

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NPR Story
5:10 am
Fri April 24, 2015

U.S. Drone Strike Kills 2 Al-Qaida Hostages, Including An American

Originally published on Fri April 24, 2015 10:24 am

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5:10 am
Fri April 24, 2015

Europe Grapples With How To Deal With Influx Of Migrants

Originally published on Fri April 24, 2015 10:24 am

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NPR Story
5:10 am
Fri April 24, 2015

Aid Workers Hear Migrants' Accounts Of Shipwrecks

Originally published on Fri April 24, 2015 10:24 am

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NPR Story
5:10 am
Fri April 24, 2015

Rejected Decades Ago, Publisher Can't Keep 'Pioneer Girl' In Stock

Originally published on Fri April 24, 2015 10:24 am

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NPR Story
5:10 am
Fri April 24, 2015

European Leaders Vow To Do More To Help Arriving Migrants

Originally published on Fri April 24, 2015 10:24 am

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NPR Story
5:10 am
Fri April 24, 2015

Cleveland Police Officer On Trial In Deaths Of 2 Unarmed Black Suspects

Originally published on Fri April 24, 2015 10:24 am

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5:10 am
Fri April 24, 2015

2 Years After Garment Factory Collapse, Are Workers Any Safer?

Two years after the collapse of the factory at Rana Plaza, families of victims gather, holding photos of their lost loved ones.
Amy Yee for NPR

Originally published on Fri April 24, 2015 11:28 am

Beneath a gray sky, rainwater had collected in a hole in the ground where Rana Plaza once stood, creating a small, murky pond. Rubble and pieces of steel bars surrounded the edge of the water. It was hard to believe that this small lot, steps away from a busy main road, was once home to an eight-story building with thousands of garment workers.

The nondescript place did not look like the site of the world's worst garment factory disaster. Two years ago on April 24, Rana Plaza collapsed, killing more than 1,100 people and injuring 2,500.

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NPR Story
5:10 am
Fri April 24, 2015

After 5-Month Delay, Senate Confirms Loretta Lynch For Attorney General

Originally published on Fri April 24, 2015 10:24 am

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5:10 am
Fri April 24, 2015

Kidnappers In Mexico Now Target Undocumented Migrants

Originally published on Fri April 24, 2015 10:24 am

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