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2:34 pm
Thu April 10, 2014

Obama: 'The Story Of America Is The Story Of Progress'

President Obama pauses while speaking at the LBJ Presidential Library, on Thursday in Austin, Texas.
Carolyn Kaster AP

Things have changed.

That was the message delivered during a ceremony commemorating the 50th anniversary of the passage of the Civil Rights Act on Wednesday.

Rep. John Lewis, a prominent figure in the civil rights struggle, said there is probably no greater symbol of that change than the fact that he was introducing Barack Obama, the country's first black president.

Obama took the stage at the Lyndon Johnson Presidential Library in Austin, Texas, to great applause. Then, he went on to deliver a nuanced study of Johnson and the power of the presidency.

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2:25 pm
Thu April 10, 2014

Walmart Partners With Wild Oats To Sell Cheaper Organics

Wild Oats, a popular organic food brand in the 1980s, will soon be on the shelves in the grocery section of your local Walmart. Wild Oats products are projected to sell for 25 percent less than other national organic brands, and will likely bring about a huge shift in organics supply chain. (Bill Lile/Flickr)

Originally published on Thu April 10, 2014 4:00 pm

Look out, Whole Foods. This month, Walmart will start offering a new line of organics about 25 percent cheaper than the national organic brands it already carries, and those sold by its competitors.

The giant retailer is partnering with Wild Oats to bring in a new line of organic products. Wild Oats was a popular health brand in the 1980s and was acquired by Whole Foods in 2007.

But the Federal Trade Commission challenged the purchase, saying it was concerned about loss of competition. Ultimately, Whole foods sold its holdings in Wild Oats in 2009.

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NPR Story
2:25 pm
Thu April 10, 2014

In Libya, Accused Gaddafi Loyalists Still Can't Return Home

Originally published on Fri April 11, 2014 12:29 pm

Three years after the revolt that toppled Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi, some people are still internally displaced in the country. That includes men from the western town of Tawergha, who were accused of siding with Gaddafi’s forces by their neighbors in the city of Misurata.

After Gaddafi was killed, Tawergha was attacked. Thousands were forced from their homes and many of the men were jailed. Two years later, Tawerghans across Libya are living in refugee camps and still can’t return home.

The BBC’s Rana Jawad reports.

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Code Switch
2:19 pm
Thu April 10, 2014

Writers Of Color Flock To Social Media For A New Way To Use Language

Kima Jones, like many other poets of color, uses social media as a tool to reach audiences that don't typically read literary journals.
Courtesy of Kima Jones

"How do we enter the poem?" That's the first question poets are asked to consider for their readers. When reworking and formatting, before the line breaks or last word, the poet must find a way into the poem, first, to show the reader how to get there for herself.

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Parallels
2:00 pm
Thu April 10, 2014

How Bad Is Brazil's Crime? Watch This Mugging On Live TV

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Originally published on Sat April 12, 2014 9:11 pm

Brazil's Globo TV set out to do a simple story about how bad street crime is in Rio de Janeiro, and it quickly got an answer.

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Parallels
1:40 pm
Thu April 10, 2014

What A Ban On Taxi Apps In Shanghai Says About China's Economy

The Shanghai government has banned the use of taxi-booking apps such as Kuaidi Dache during rush hour. Here, a Shanghai resident displays the app on his smartphone in Shanghai, on Jan. 23.
Imagine China/Corbis

Originally published on Mon June 9, 2014 12:58 pm

The Chinese mega-city of Shanghai has been cracking down on popular taxi-booking apps, banning their use during rush hour. The government says apps discriminate against older people and those who don't have smartphones.

But economists and some customers see the crackdown as a small, textbook case of something much bigger: the battle between the government and market forces in the world's second-largest economy.

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1:16 pm
Thu April 10, 2014

Is Twitter Becoming The New Instagram?

If a picture's worth 1,000 words, perhaps it's no surprise that Twitter is looking more like Instagram. (Marco Colin/Flickr)

Originally published on Thu April 10, 2014 4:00 pm

It’s said that a picture’s worth 1,000 words — considerably more than the 140 characters allowed in a tweet. So perhaps it’s no surprise that Twitter is starting to look more like Instagram, with more users including photos in their tweets.

Alexander Howard, who has written extensively about social media and collaborative technology, joins Here & Now’s Jeremy Hobson to discuss the increasing similarities between the two social networks.

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1:15 pm
Thu April 10, 2014

Tests Show 'Gospel of Jesus's Wife' Is Ancient

Harvard University professor Karen King says this fragment of papyrus, which she unveiled last year, is the only existing ancient text quoting Jesus explicitly referring to having a wife. (Courtesy Karen L. King)

Originally published on Fri April 11, 2014 12:14 pm

New tests show that the fragment of papyrus called “Gospel of Jesus’s Wife” is actually from ancient times. The results of a carbon dating test show that it probably dates to eighth-century Egypt.

The discovery of the fragment, which includes the words “Jesus said to them, ‘My wife…’” was announced to the world a little more than a year ago by Karen L. King, a professor of history at Harvard’s School of Divinity.

The gospel immediately sparked heated debate and drew immediate dismissals from some because the gospel refers to Jesus being married.

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1:15 pm
Thu April 10, 2014

Country's Biggest Bitcoin 'Mine' Found In Small Central Wash. City

MegaBigPower CEO Dave Carlson inside North America's biggest bitcoin "mine." (Tom Banse/Northwest News Network

Originally published on Thu April 10, 2014 4:00 pm

Ever wonder where bitcoins come from?

For those of you who don’t know what Bitcoin is, it’s a virtual currency that is creating a lot of buzz. The Bitcoin Price Index as of 9 a.m. on April 10 was $411.13 USD.

At this moment, computers around the world are racing to solve complex algorithms. Whoever wins earns the prize of 25 newly created bitcoins. This digital money can then be traded or used to buy goods directly.

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1:15 pm
Thu April 10, 2014

Greece Returns To World Markets For First Time In Five Years

Originally published on Thu April 10, 2014 4:00 pm

Greece’s finance ministry says its first return to the markets in four years has seen strong demand, with the country raising $4 billion through five-year bonds at a coupon rate of 4.75 percent.

Today’s bond sale is Greece’s first since 2010, when it became locked out of the international debt market by excessively high interest rates due to a severe financial crisis. It has been relying on international bailout funds ever since.

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The Two-Way
1:12 pm
Thu April 10, 2014

Justice: Albuquerque Police Show 'Pattern Of Excessive Force'

Riot police launch tear gas toward activists in downtown Albuquerque, N.M., last month following a 10-hour protest around the city, in response to a deadly police shooting.
Russell Contreras AP

Originally published on Thu April 10, 2014 3:10 pm

The Justice Department says it has found "patterns of excessive force" in the Albuquerque Police Department.

Justice said it found "reasonable cause to believe that APD engages in a pattern or practice of excessive force in violation of the Fourth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution."

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Africa
12:59 pm
Thu April 10, 2014

Sex, Style And Success In 'An African City'

An African City follows the adventures of Ghanaian returnees Nana Yaa and her friends.
Emmanuel Bobbie Bob Pixel Studios

Originally published on Thu April 10, 2014 1:46 pm

A group of beautiful, accomplished women are on the hunt for love --and great clothes-- in a vibrant metropolis.

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NPR Story
12:59 pm
Thu April 10, 2014

On 50th Anniversary Of Civil Rights, LBJ Remembered As An Opportunist?

Originally published on Thu April 10, 2014 1:38 pm

Transcript

MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

I'm Michel Martin and this is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. We're going to start off the program with some of the latest politics on Capitol Hill before Congress heads off on recess next week.

And the nation is celebrating a big anniversary in civil rights this week. We wanted to talk about these topics and more. So we've called Maria Cardona. She's a Democratic strategist and a principal in the Dewey Square Group, which is a public relations firm - or public affairs firm. She's here in our Washington, D.C. studios. Welcome back.

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The Salt
12:44 pm
Thu April 10, 2014

Is Everything More Delicious When You Eat With Your Hands?

Arun Venugopal hand-ate in public for the first time in March.
WYNC

Originally published on Thu April 10, 2014 1:42 pm

My wife Meera and I often have non-Indian guests over for dinner – typically a sumptuous Indian meal that she makes.

Everyone digs into their rice and daal, hariyali chicken and prawn curry with silverware. Then my daughter clears her throat and quietly asks if she can please just eat with her hands.

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The Two-Way
12:39 pm
Thu April 10, 2014

'Gospel Of Jesus's Wife' Papyrus Not A Forgery, Harvard Says

This Sept. 5, 2012, photo released by Harvard University shows the papyrus fragment.
Karen L. King AP

Originally published on Thu April 10, 2014 1:56 pm

A fragment of an ancient Egyptian papyrus known as the "Gospel of Jesus's Wife," unveiled in 2012, shows no evidence of being a modern forgery, as some critics had charged, according to an article published in the Harvard Theological Review.

The scrap of papyrus sparked controversy when it was presented at a conference in Rome some 18 months ago by Harvard professor of divinity Karen L. King.

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The Two-Way
12:33 pm
Thu April 10, 2014

Stephen Colbert Will Take Over 'Late Show'

Stephen Colbert: He's moving on up, from basic cable to the big time.
Theo Wargo Getty Images

Originally published on Thu April 10, 2014 1:38 pm

Breaking news on CBS-TV's Twitter feed:

"Stephen Colbert to be next host of 'The Late Show'...press release coming"

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All Songs TV
12:28 pm
Thu April 10, 2014

Eels, 'Mistakes Of My Youth'

From the video 'Mistakes Of My Youth' by Eels
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Mon April 14, 2014 1:35 pm

The new record by Eels, called The Cautionary Tales Of Mark Oliver Everett, comes out April 22. Unlike the rock 'n' roll sound of Oliver's last album, this one is contemplative and personal, and features a live orchestra.

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Brain Candy
12:09 pm
Thu April 10, 2014

Boss Says You're Smart...For A Woman

Originally published on Thu April 10, 2014 1:38 pm

Transcript

MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

Now we'd like to return to something we talked about recently - microaggressions. Now you might not know that word, but you probably feel it if one is directed at you. These are those little every day comments or questions or actions that tend to indicate a subtle form of bias.

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History
12:08 pm
Thu April 10, 2014

Does 'Cesar Chavez' Ignore Filipino Workers?

Originally published on Thu April 10, 2014 1:38 pm

Transcript

MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

This is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. I'm Michel Martin. We've been talking about civil rights this week. Earlier this hour, we talked about the legacy of the 1964 Civil Rights Act. And yesterday, we remembered Marion Anderson's historic concert at the Lincoln Memorial.

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Education
12:04 pm
Thu April 10, 2014

National Hispanic University Shutting Its Doors

Originally published on Thu April 10, 2014 1:38 pm

Transcript

MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

I'm Michel Martin and this is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. This spring, we've been focusing on the challenge of paying for college - something that can be especially difficult for families of color or first-generation college students. Now one institution that was intended to serve one group of students who've often been shut out of college is closing its doors.

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