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7:16 pm
Fri June 21, 2013

WATCH: 'NPR Sports' Parody: A Classical NBA Finals

Official Comedy parodied NPR's sports coverage of Game 7 of the NBA Finals.
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Originally published on Fri June 21, 2013 10:38 pm

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Around the Nation
7:11 pm
Fri June 21, 2013

Ghost Island Looms Large Among Displaced Inupiat Eskimos

King Island is only accessible via helicopter or chartered boat.
Rachel D'Oro AP

Out in Alaska's Bering Sea, about 90 miles from Nome, sits a small, rocky island that used to be home to a couple of hundred Inupiat Eskimos. They lived in houses built on stilts, perched on rocky cliffs.

Then, about 50 years ago, the threat of rock slides, the spread of tuberculosis and the loss of men to World War II forced residents to relocate to the mainland. King Island has been a ghost island ever since.

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Around the Nation
7:11 pm
Fri June 21, 2013

At Coney Island, The (Mermaid) Show Must Go On

The Mermaid Parade at Coney Island draws hundreds of thousands of revelers each June. After sustaining significant damage during Superstorm Sandy, the nonprofit that runs the parade was almost unable to host this year's event, scheduled for Saturday.
Eric Thayer Reuters/Landov

Not even Superstorm Sandy could keep the mermaids from coming back to Brooklyn.

The Mermaid Parade is a nautically themed and occasionally naughty parade that draws close to a million people to Coney Island, in the New York City borough of Brooklyn, each June. Sandy nearly drowned the organization that hosts the parade, but supporters donated more than $100,000 to get the parade back on its fins this year.

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Media
7:11 pm
Fri June 21, 2013

Is It Ethical? Universities Pay Newspaper For Coverage

Copies of The Orange County Register slide through the presses. The Register is the country's 20th most-read daily, with a circulation of about 285,000.
Grant Slater KPCC

This spring, readers of The Orange County Register in Southern California started seeing much more coverage of local universities. What they probably did not know is that the stories are paid for by the schools. Depending on whom you ask, it is either a smart way to bring in revenue, or a serious breach of journalism ethics.

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Politics
7:11 pm
Fri June 21, 2013

Va. Gubernatorial Race Could Preview Congressional Midterms

Republicans and Democrats are looking at this year's race for governor in Virginia as a possible harbinger of the 2014 election. The contest pits Republican Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli against Democratic Party fundraiser Terry McAuliffe. Both candidates are strongly supported by their respective bases, but sport strong negatives among moderate voters. The outcome could come down to turnout.

Around the Nation
7:11 pm
Fri June 21, 2013

Thousands Greet Summer With Sun Salutations In Times Square

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In New York's Times Square, thousands of people are greeting the solstice with sun salutations. The Square is the scene today of mass yoga classes to honor the first day of summer. NPR's Margot Adler has this story about finding your center in the center of Manhattan.

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The Two-Way
7:06 pm
Fri June 21, 2013

FAA To Examine Near Collision Of Passenger Jets Over NYC

A Delta Air Lines 747 similar to the one involved in the near collision last week.
Ted S. Warren AP

The FAA says it's investigating how two passenger jets managed to come within just a few hundred feet of each other last week over New York City.

The Federal Aviation Administration says a Delta Air Lines Boeing 747 approaching New York's John F. Kennedy airport and a Shuttle America Embraer E170 departing LaGuardia Airport passed within 200 feet vertically around 2:40 p.m. EDT on June 13.

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It's All Politics
6:35 pm
Fri June 21, 2013

Marco Rubio's Big Problem: Explaining His Immigration Shift

Florida Sen. Marco Rubio is a member of the so-called Gang of Eight, a bipartisan group of lawmakers working on immigration reform.
Drew Angerer Getty Images

Originally published on Fri June 21, 2013 9:23 pm

Sen. Marco Rubio has a problem. He has transformed from conservative hero to suspect in the eyes of many on the political right because he now supports "a path to citizenship" for people unlawfully in the U.S. after forcefully opposing it in 2010 when he was running for U.S. Senate.

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The Two-Way
6:28 pm
Fri June 21, 2013

Judge Shaves 10 Years From Ex-Enron CEO's Prison Sentence

Former Enron CEO Jeffrey Skilling talks to the media after his October 2006 sentencing in Houston.
Johnny Hanson Getty Images

Disgraced former Enron CEO Jeffrey Skilling — convicted of conspiracy, fraud and insider trading related to the 2001 collapse of the Houston-based energy company — has gotten a decade subtracted from his 24-year sentence.

Skilling, 59, has been in prison since he was convicted and sentenced in 2006. With the sentence reduction on Friday and time off for good behavior, he could go free in 2017.

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The Two-Way
6:21 pm
Fri June 21, 2013

Teen Who Served Time For Bomb Plot Wants Your Vote For Mayor

Originally published on Fri June 21, 2013 7:30 pm

Joshua Kyler Hoggan of Roy, Utah, probably wasn't thinking this far ahead when he conspired to blow up his high school last year.

Hoggan, now 18 and a student at Weber State University, has declared his candidacy for mayor of Roy, challenging two-term incumbent Joe Ritchie and City Council member Willard Cragun, according to the Ogden Standard-Examiner.

Roy is a suburban community about 30 miles north of Salt Lake City.

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This Is NPR
6:10 pm
Fri June 21, 2013

Buika Hearts NPR

Amy Ta NPR

Just over ten years ago, Spanish flamenco singer Concha Buika was performing as an impersonator in Las Vegas and conjuring her idol, Tina Turner. Now, she's composing her own songs, and inspiring other artists in the process.

In an interview with Tell Me More host Michel Martin, Buika shared how her own heritage plays a large role in inspiring her music. "I never knew, you know, where I was from," she says.

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The Two-Way
5:59 pm
Fri June 21, 2013

Paula Deen's Contract Is Toast After Quick-Fire Criticism

Paula Deen is the host of the Food Network's Paula's Home Cooking and Paula's Best Dishes.
Chia Chong

Paula Deen's contract with The Food Network expires at the end of June — and it won't be renewed.

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NPR's Backseat Book Club
5:13 pm
Fri June 21, 2013

July Kids' Book Club Pick: 'Glory Be'

In July, NPR's Backseat Book Club is heading to Hanging Moss, Miss., and boy, is it hot. Hanging Moss is the setting for Glory Be, by Augusta Scattergood. The time is 1964, and this coming-of-age story intersects with the country's own coming of age during the civil rights era.

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Piano Jazz With Jon Weber
5:08 pm
Fri June 21, 2013

Karen Oberlin On Piano Jazz

Karen Oberlin.
Heather Sullivan Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Sun June 23, 2013 8:41 am

Award-winning vocalist Karen Oberlin is one of the premier interpreters of the Great American Songbook. She's also a theater veteran whose credits include the first stage production of Rent, as well as more than 100 Off Broadway performances of the hit show Our Sinatra. On this episode of Piano Jazz, Oberlin presents an intimate set of timeless music with host Jon Weber.

Originally recorded on March 5, 2013.

Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz
4:54 pm
Fri June 21, 2013

Arturo Sandoval On Piano Jazz

Arturo Sandoval.
Courtesy of the artist

Trumpeter, pianist and composer Arturo Sandoval is one of Cuba's best-known musical exports. He's won multiple Grammys, including one for Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album in 2013, and his life inspired the film For Love or Country: The Arturo Sandoval Story, starring Andy García.

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The Two-Way
3:47 pm
Fri June 21, 2013

Octogenarian Heir To Astor Fortune Begins Prison Term

Anthony Marshall, the son of the late New York philanthropist Brooke Astor, leaves court in 2009 after his sentencing hearing.
Spencer Platt Getty Images

Originally published on Fri June 21, 2013 4:36 pm

Anthony Marshall, the 89-year-old heir to the Brooke Astor fortune, is heading to prison in New York after exhausting appeals in his 2009 conviction for defrauding his famous mother.

A judge in Manhattan ordered Marshall to begin serving the one- to three-year prison term on charges that he exploited his philanthropist mother's ailing mental health to loot her millions. She died in 2007 at the age of 105.

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The Salt
3:44 pm
Fri June 21, 2013

Farm Free Or Die! Maine Towns Rebel Against Food Rules

Dan Brown pets "Sprocket," his family's 4-year-old, sole milking cow, before hosing her down at his farm in Blue Hill, Maine. Brown has become the poster child for Maine's food sovereignty movement.
John Clarke Russ Bangor Daily News

Originally published on Mon June 24, 2013 5:18 pm

New Englanders have never been shy about revolting against what they see as unfair food regulations. Remember that whole Boston Tea Party thing?

So perhaps it's not so surprising that in Maine, towns have been staging another revolution: They've declared independence from state and federal regulations on locally produced foods.

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The Summer of '63
3:24 pm
Fri June 21, 2013

Shake, Rattle And Rally: Code Songs Spurred Activism In Birmingham

When played on the radio in 1963, songs like Big Joe Turner's "Shake, Rattle and Roll" were code to Birmingham youths, telling them to assemble.
Jan Persson Redferns

Originally published on Fri June 21, 2013 7:11 pm

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The Two-Way
3:16 pm
Fri June 21, 2013

James Comey Nominated To Be New FBI Director

President Obama speaks Friday during a news conference to announce his nomination of James Comey to become FBI director.
Win McNamee Getty Images

President Obama has formally nominated James Comey, a registered Republican and former Justice Department official under President George W. Bush, to become the next FBI director. If he's confirmed by the Senate, Comey will replace outgoing director Robert Mueller, who has held the post since 2001.

Comey is best-known for his actions in 2004 when he rushed to the hospital bedside of Attorney General John Ashcroft to keep Bush aides from reauthorizing a warrantless-wiretapping program. Comey has described the incident as the most difficult night of his career.

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The Picture Show
3:04 pm
Fri June 21, 2013

What Happens To An Olympic City After The Olympics?

Rome, host of the 1960 games.
Olympic City project Courtesy of Jon Pack and Gary Hustwit

Originally published on Fri June 21, 2013 11:59 pm

Jon Pack and Gary Hustwit are always a little late to the games. That is: They're interested in the Olympics, but only years after they end. So when I asked if they'll be going to Rio de Janeiro in 2016, they demurred, saying something along the lines of, "Maybe someday."

"We're not for or against the Olympics," says Hustwit. "We wanted to see how all of this development has been integrated into the cities — or not. And to look at the idea of planning ... for the legacy of these facilities."

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