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11:40 am
Fri February 13, 2015

Chasing Kari

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GLYNN WASHINGTON, HOST:

We're going to kick off today's SNAP JUDGMENT with a story from Kari and a guy we're calling Jordan, a story that answers the question of the ages - is love enough? SNAP JUDGMENT.

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NPR Story
11:40 am
Fri February 13, 2015

The Gangster's Girl

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Song Travels
11:39 am
Fri February 13, 2015

René Marie On 'Song Travels'

René Marie.
Joe Boggess Courtesy of the artist

Jazz singer, songwriter and actress René Marie launched her career in 1999 with her self-released debut album, Renaissance, and quickly found success as a performer and recording artist. Her 2013 album, I Wanna Be Evil, is the first ever tribute album to the late Eartha Kitt. You can hear Kitt on an episode of Piano Jazz from 1993.

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Politics
11:39 am
Fri February 13, 2015

Why Convention Sites Don't Make Very Good Swing State Strategy

If the Democrats do win Pennsylvania, it won't be because they had their convention in Philadelphia, which is already a mother lode of Democratic votes. And if the Republicans wind up winning Ohio, it won't be because they won over a lot of precincts in Cleveland, which is a similarly rich trove of Democratic support in elections at all levels.
Matt Rourke AP

Originally published on Fri February 13, 2015 4:04 pm

Put it in the category of things we know for sure that just ain't so.

No sooner did the Democratic National Committee announce it had chosen Philadelphia, Pa., as its 2016 convention site than a lot of us political analyst types popped out the conventional wisdom about "appealing to a swing state in the general election."

It sounds good and it makes sense, as far as it goes. It just doesn't go very far.

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The Two-Way
11:32 am
Fri February 13, 2015

Alabama Police Officer Arrested Over Severe Injuries To Indian Man

Chirag Patel stands in his neighborhood in Madison, Ala., where his father, Sureshbhai Patel, was severely injured by police. Visiting from India, the elder Patel was staying with his son, his wife and child in their Madison home.
Sarah Cole AL.COM /Landov

Originally published on Fri February 13, 2015 12:25 pm

The police chief in Madison, Ala., says that an officer who threw a man to the ground faces assault charges and dismissal. Sureshbhai Patel, 57, was stopped last week as he walked in his son's new neighborhood. Patel remains hospitalized after surgery to fuse bones in his neck; his son says he now has limited mobility.

"I found that Officer Eric Parker's actions did not meet the high standards and expectations of the Madison City Police Department," Chief of Police Larry Muncey said after an investigation. He added that he is recommending Parker be fired.

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The Two-Way
11:24 am
Fri February 13, 2015

Internet Pioneer Warns Our Era Could Become The 'Digital Dark Ages'

Vint Cerf in a photo from last year. Cerf is warning of a possible "digital Dark Ages" if the world's data isn't permanently preserved.
Andre Penner AP

Originally published on Fri February 13, 2015 12:31 pm

What happens when today's high-tech data storage systems become tomorrow's floppy discs?

Google Vice President Vint Cerf is concerned about the answer and its implications for preserving history. Speaking at an annual conference of top American scientists, Cerf described such a loss of important information as a possible "digital Dark Ages."

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The Salt
11:19 am
Fri February 13, 2015

How NAFTA Changed American (And Mexican) Food Forever

In 2013, the U.S. imported about 2 million tons of Coronas and Modelos, making beer Mexico's largest agricultural export to the U.S., according to a USDA report.
Scott Olson Getty Images

If you were to try and list the biggest game-changers for the American food system in the last two decades, you might note the Food Network, or the writing of Michael Pollan, or maybe even the evolution of Walmart.

But you'd probably overlook NAFTA, the North American Free Trade Agreement.

And that would be a mistake, according to a lengthy report out early February from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

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Songs We Love
11:00 am
Fri February 13, 2015

Football, etc., 'Sunday'

Football, etc.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed April 8, 2015 4:32 pm

In whatever wave of emo we're experiencing now, we've reached a fever pitch of bands that rely too heavily on the '90s sound — think Mineral, American Football, Braid — that preceded them. It's instinctual to start from our mentors, but important to move forward.

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Goats and Soda
10:48 am
Fri February 13, 2015

A Radio Journalist Who Put His Life On The Line

Somali journalist Yusuf Ahmed Abukar used the radio to tell stories of the poor and suffering in Somalia — and to criticize militant groups and the government.
Farah Abdi Warsameh AP

Originally published on Fri February 13, 2015 7:15 pm

Here's a sobering number: Thirty-seven radio journalists have been killed worldwide in the past two years, according to the Committee to Protect Journalists.

Somalia is one of the most dangerous countries for reporters. Last year, three radio reporters were killed there.

Somali journalist Muhyadin Ahmed Roble remembers one of them: his friend and colleague Yusuf Ahmed Abukar, who was 27 years old when he was killed in Mogadishu last June.

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It's All Politics
10:38 am
Fri February 13, 2015

Former Campaign Manager Pleads Guilty To SuperPAC Spending

This case is the Justice Department's first prosecution based on the coordination provisions of campaign finance law. They've been on the books, in different forms, for decades.
J. David Ake AP

A veteran political consultant has pleaded guilty to violating the little-enforced coordination provisions of campaign finance law, which bar a candidate's campaign and an outside group from working together on messages and expenditures.

The case involves the unsuccessful House bid of Republican Chris Perkins in 2012. He was challenging Democratic incumbent Gerry Connolly in the suburbs of Northern Virginia.

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Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz
10:35 am
Fri February 13, 2015

Eartha Kitt On Piano Jazz

Eartha Kitt.
Amy Sussman Getty Images

Most people probably know Eartha Kitt for her famous recording of the seductive "Santa Baby" or perhaps for her role in the campy '60s television series, Batman — and on this Piano Jazz, she even threw in a few trademark growls for good measure. However, her musical and performance career went far deeper than that, as is evident on this program.

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Monkey See
10:21 am
Fri February 13, 2015

Pop Culture Happy Hour: 'Jupiter Ascending' And On-Screen Chemistry

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You might be able to still find Jupiter Ascending at your local multiplex, if it's not entirely occupied with screenings of The Spongebob Movie and Fifty Shades Of Grey (USA! USA!). It made modest money last weekend despite (?) being a big and splashy production from the Wachowskis, who made The Matrix and, well, not really The Matrix again after that.

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From Scratch
10:19 am
Fri February 13, 2015

Vinnie Bharara & Marc Lore, Co-Founders Of Diapers.Com

Host Jessica Harris talks with Vinnie Bharara and Marc Lore, co-founders of Diapers.com, an online retail site specializing in baby products. Harris also talks with Sam Goldman, founder of d.light.

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NPR Ombudsman
10:03 am
Fri February 13, 2015

Closing The Open Forum; Opening New Conversations

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After considerable discussion, we have decided to end the practice of posting an Open Forum each month. They were started at a time when my predecessor wasn't posting often, while he was working on a lengthy project. My intention is to get back to having more frequent posts, which will offer more opportunities for more focused commenting.

We'd like to move the broader discussions of NPR's journalism, ethics and standards to social media. We hope this will make it easier to hold conversations focused on single topics, rather than the jumble of issues that come up in each forum.

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The Two-Way
9:27 am
Fri February 13, 2015

Boko Haram Ventures Out Of Nigeria, Hitting Village In Chad

An armored vehicle used by Boko Haram militants captured by the Nigerian military in Maiduguri, Borno state, late last month. The extremist group appears to be expanding its operations into neighboring countries in an effort to establish an independent Islamic state.
EPA/Landov

Originally published on Fri February 13, 2015 10:54 am

Suspected Boko Haram militants have conducted their first-ever raid in Chad, attacking a village just across the border from the extremist group's stronghold in northeast Nigeria.

Reuters says the assault took place about 12 miles east of the border at the village of Ngouboua inside Chad, which, like Nigeria, is a Muslim-majority country with a substantial Christian minority.

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The Two-Way
8:24 am
Fri February 13, 2015

As Cease-Fire Nears, Europe Warily Watches Fighting In Ukraine

A Ukrainian government soldier waves to an armored vehicle on a road near the town of Artemivsk, Ukraine, Friday. Fighting between Russia-backed separatists and Ukrainian government forces has continued despite the agreement reached by leaders of Russia, Ukraine, Germany and France in the Belarusian capital of Minsk Thursday.
Petr David Josek AP

Originally published on Fri February 13, 2015 10:44 am

Two days before a cease-fire is set to take effect in eastern Ukraine, forces on both sides are fighting over strategic territory they hope to control after the peace begins. A truce between the government and Russian-backed separatists is set to begin Sunday.

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Songs We Love
8:09 am
Fri February 13, 2015

Boogie, 'Further'

Boogie.
Jack Wagner Courtesy of Blood Company

Originally published on Thu April 16, 2015 12:47 pm

"Things just ain't the same for gangstas." Dr. Dre was more right than he could have known when he opened "The Watcher," from his 1999 album Chronic 2001, with those words. Meant to be a matter-of-fact acknowledgement of changing times and his own shelf life as a gangsta rapper, Dre unknowingly heralded the coming of NWA's musical progeny in the new millennium.

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Shots - Health News
8:07 am
Fri February 13, 2015

California Health Exchange Considers Extending Enrollment For Some

Covered California may extend the enrollment deadline for health coverage far beyond Feb. 15.
KQED

Originally published on Fri February 13, 2015 9:58 am

Covered California open enrollment ends this Sunday. Sort of.

For starters, the agency announced Thursday that people who start an application by this Sunday get until next Friday, Feb. 20, to finish it. That's similar to steps that Covered California has taken in the past.

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The Two-Way
7:27 am
Fri February 13, 2015

Obama: Cyberspace Is The New 'Wild West'

Hoping to prevent or limit data breaches like the one that recently hit health insurer Anthem, President Obama is urging companies to work together to protect their data.
Gus Ruelas Reuters /Landov

Originally published on Fri February 13, 2015 4:43 pm

Updated at 4:35 p.m. ET

President Obama called cyberspace the "wild West" and that everyone is looking to the government to be the sheriff. But he said in his address to leaders in the tech industry, that private industry, policy makers and security experts had to do more to stop cyber attacks, the Associated Press reported.

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