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11:51 am
Fri April 26, 2013

'Horrific' And 'Surreal': The Words We Use To Bear Witness

Visitors paid their respects at a makeshift memorial on Boylston Street on April 20, near the scene of the Boston Marathon bombings.
Timothy A. Clary AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Fri April 26, 2013 3:33 pm

Mass shootings, bus crashes, tornadoes, terrorist attacks — we've gotten adept at talking about these things. Act of God or act of man, they're all horrific. At least that was the word you kept hearing from politicians and newscasters describing the Boston bombings and the explosion at the fertilizer plant in Texas.

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The Two-Way
11:49 am
Fri April 26, 2013

Honoring Film Critic Roger Ebert — With A Conga Line

Ebertfest.com

It's not been a full month since Roger Ebert passed away, but his annual Ebertfest continued this month in Illinois with screenings, lectures and guest visits by artists.

The big hit was actress Tilda Swinton, who closed out last Friday night with this touching tribute to the longtime movie critic: a conga line.

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It's All Politics
11:36 am
Fri April 26, 2013

FEC: DOMA Limits Political Donations By Gay Married Couples

Republican U.S. Senate candidate Dan Winslow of Massachusetts wants same-sex married couples to have the same right to pool their money for political donations as other married couples. But the Federal Election Commission says the Defense of Marriage Act won't allow it. The constitutionality of DOMA is now before the Supreme Court.
Charles Krupa AP

Originally published on Fri April 26, 2013 3:46 pm

Maybe it's not your first thought after saying "I do," but federal election law gives married couples some advantages in making political contributions. The Federal Election Commission tried Thursday to make those same breaks available to couples in same-sex marriages — but commissioners said they're thwarted by the federal Defense of Marriage Act.

True, President Obama's Justice Department no longer defends DOMA, and the Supreme Court is weighing whether to get rid of it. But the FEC didn't want to get too far out in front. The vote was a reluctant 5-0.

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The Two-Way
10:51 am
Fri April 26, 2013

Country Star George Jones Dies

George Jones in the late 1980s.
Hulton Archive Getty Images

Originally published on Mon November 11, 2013 12:13 pm

Country superstar George Jones, known for "He Stopped Loving Her Today" and a long string of other hits, has died.

He was 81.

According to Webster & Associates, the Nashville public relations firm that represented Jones, he died Friday at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. He was hospitalized there on April 18 for treatment of a fever and irregular blood pressure, the p.r. firm adds.

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NPR Story
10:21 am
Fri April 26, 2013

Great Salt Lake Is No 'Dead Sea'

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IRA FLATOW, HOST:

This is SCIENCE FRIDAY. I'm Ira Flatow. We're broadcasting today from the Grand Theatre at Salt Lake Community College. And, of course, just up the road from Salt Lake City is the city's namesake, the Great Salt Lake. Parts of it are 10 times saltier than the ocean. But this is no Dead Sea. It's teeming with microbes which can turn the water bubblegum pink.

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NPR Story
10:21 am
Fri April 26, 2013

Studying Earth To Learn About Mars

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IRA FLATOW, HOST:

This is SCIENCE FRIDAY. I'm Ira Flatow.

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NPR Story
10:21 am
Fri April 26, 2013

The Bird That Struts Its Stuff

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IRA FLATOW, HOST:

Up next, it's our Video Pick of The Week. And here with me, as always, is our managing editor and correspondent for video, Flora Litchman. Hi, Flora.

FLORA LITCHMAN, BYLINE: Hi, Ira.

FLATOW: You went on a...

(APPLAUSE)

FLATOW: You went on a local expedition for us.

LITCHMAN: I love Salt Lake City.

FLATOW: Yeah.

LITCHMAN: I just want to...

FLATOW: They love you, it sounds like. Tell us about your expedition.

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NPR Story
10:21 am
Fri April 26, 2013

Utah's Fossil Finds Describe an Ancient World

Originally published on Fri April 26, 2013 1:03 pm

Once upon a time, giants roamed the planet — many of them in what is now Utah. A panel of paleontology experts describes some of the state's ancient treasures, from massive long-necked sauropods to the Utahraptor, a predator that would put those in Jurassic Park to shame.

NPR Story
10:21 am
Fri April 26, 2013

James Webb Space Telescope Wings It

The James Webb Space Telescope will succeed Hubble in 2018, boasting modern computers and a mirror with seven times the viewing area. Bob Hellekson, ATK Program Manager for the telescope, discusses the telescope's newly constructed wings, designed to support the telescope's folding mirror, and astrophysicist Stacy Palen talks about what the telescope may reveal about the cosmos.

The Two-Way
10:15 am
Fri April 26, 2013

South Korean Workers To Leave Industrial Zone In North

South Korean soldiers stand beside barricades as cars drive on the road leading to North Korea's Kaesong industrial complex on Friday.
Jung Yeon-je AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Fri April 26, 2013 1:44 pm

South Korea has ordered the withdrawal of its workers from a jointly run industrial zone in North Korea, in a further sign of how relations have gone from bad to worse between the two countries in recent weeks.

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Economy
10:06 am
Fri April 26, 2013

U.S. Economic Growth Regained Speed In First Quarter

Originally published on Fri April 26, 2013 6:59 pm

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

Accelerating economic growth is at the top of NPR's business news.

(SOUNDBITE OF MUSIC)

INSKEEP: U.S. economic growth regained speed in the first quarter of this year, although not as much as economists had hoped. The Gross Domestic Product grew at an annual rate of 2.5 percent. Consumer spending is up and home construction rose, but government spending fell and tax increases, as well as federal budget cuts, are expected to slow economic growth later in the year. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.

TED Radio Hour
9:55 am
Fri April 26, 2013

Are Droids Taking Our Jobs?

Andrew McAfee speaking at TEDxBoston.
Sheryl Lanzel TED

Originally published on Mon December 16, 2013 2:57 pm

Part 3 of the TED Radio Hour episode Do We Need Humans?

About Andrew McAfee's TEDTalk

Robots and algorithms can now build cars, write articles, and translate texts — all work that once required a human. So what will we humans do for work? Andrew McAfee looks at recent labor data to say: We ain't seen nothing yet.

About Andrew McAfee

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The Two-Way
9:25 am
Fri April 26, 2013

Rescuers Still Hope For Survivors In Bangladesh Collapse

Bangladeshi volunteers and rescue workers at the site of the factory on Friday.
AFP AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Fri April 26, 2013 10:20 am

Rescue workers are still hoping to find survivors from the collapse of an eight-story garment factory in Bangladesh that has killed more than 300 people and left hundreds missing.

Meanwhile, angry relatives of the missing have clashed with police, blaming authorities for the catastrophe at Rana Plaza in Savar, an industrial suburb of the capital, Dhaka.

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The Two-Way
9:24 am
Fri April 26, 2013

Big Night For Big Men In Round 1 Of NFL Draft

Eric Fisher, offensive tackle from Central Michigan, was the No. 1 pick in the 2013 NFL draft. He was chosen by the Kansas City Chiefs.
Rich Kane UPI /Landov

Originally published on Fri April 26, 2013 4:47 pm

One year after glamour quarterbacks were the big story, NFL teams mostly opted for big, beefy, bruisers during Round One of the 2013 NFL draft Thursday night.

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'It's All Politics': NPR's Weekly News Roundup
9:19 am
Fri April 26, 2013

It's All Politics, Apr. 25, 2013

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Politics has been especially gloomy lately, but NPR's Ken Rudin and Ron Elving try their best to improve the mood in this week's podcast, offering analysis on the politicization of the Boston bombings, Max Baucus' potential successor and Senate primary battles in Massachusetts and Hawaii. Plus: Jeb Bush gets some 2016 advice.

The Two-Way
8:47 am
Fri April 26, 2013

Economy Picked Up In First Quarter: Grew At 2.5 Percent Pace

Shoppers came out in the first quarter, pushing up economic growth.
Robyn Beck AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Sat April 27, 2013 1:20 pm

The U.S. economy grew at a 2.5 percent annual rate in the first quarter of 2013, the Bureau of Economic Analysis estimated Friday morning.

That's modest growth, and was below the 3.2 percent pace economists had expected to hear about. But growth was up substantially from fourth-quarter 2012, when the economy expanded at a scant 0.4 percent annual rate.

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Monkey See
8:27 am
Fri April 26, 2013

How 'The Office' Took A Scene From The Heart And Shot It In The Foot

John Krasinski and Jenna Fischer as Jim and Pam Halpert.
Chris Haston NBC

This has been a difficult year for The Office. There are only three episodes left after "Paper Airplanes," which aired Thursday night, and where 30 Rock rallied as it headed to the finish, The Office has seemed lost, particularly by devoting substantial time to world-building Dwight's beet farm, a remnant of a failed spin-off effort.

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The Two-Way
8:23 am
Fri April 26, 2013

Top Stories: Boston Bombing Suspect Moved; Deadly Russian Fire

Originally published on Fri April 26, 2013 8:58 am

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The Two-Way
7:53 am
Fri April 26, 2013

Dozens Dead After Fire In Russian Psychiatric Hospital

Firefighters battling the blaze at a psychiatric hospital north of Moscow early Friday.
Jiang Kehong Xinhua /Landov

An estimated 38 people died early Friday at a psychiatric hospital north of Moscow when a fire swept through the facility.

The state news agency RIA Novosti says it has been told by a "police source" that most of the victims "died in their sleep [from] inhaling the fumes as they were likely sedated by prescribed medicine."

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A Blog Supreme
7:53 am
Fri April 26, 2013

Jazzahead! Highlights: 5 New Bands From Europe

Turkish-German vocalist Esra Dalfidan sings in several languages with her band FIDAN.
Courtesy of the artist

Bremen may be best known for its love of soccer and Beck's beer, but every April, its Jazzahead! festival turns the German port town into a capital city of jazz for a weekend

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