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10:11 am
Thu April 10, 2014

Jingle All the Way

You've probably heard the jingles for products like Kit Kat and McDonald's hundreds of times. But can you recognize them when Jonathan Coulton sings them — in Italian? Buona fortuna!

Heard in Episode 314: Let's Do This Thing

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The Two-Way
9:24 am
Thu April 10, 2014

The Story Flips: Burger King Says It Isn't Moving Into Crimea

A Burger King restaurant in Moscow. The company's Russian arm says it will extend its reach into Crimea.
Zurab Dzhavakhadze ITAR-TASS/Landov

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

We updated this post with a major development at 1:15 p.m. ET.

Reports that Burger King is looking to open restaurants in Crimea now that McDonald's has decided to pull out of that region were overcooked, a Burger King spokesman says.

Responding to the stories that we saw across the news media and posted about earlier today, Burger King spokesperson Bryson Thornton emailed to say that "neither Burger King Worldwide, nor any of its franchisees, have plans to open Burger King restaurants in Crimea."

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The Two-Way
8:48 am
Thu April 10, 2014

Weekly Jobless Claims Drop To Near 7-Year Low

Originally published on Thu April 10, 2014 12:50 pm

There were 300,000 first-time claims for unemployment benefits filed last week, the fewest since mid-May 2007, the Employment and Training Administration reported Thursday.

Claims were down 32,000 from the week before, the agency adds.

Reuters says the news "could bolster views of an acceleration in job growth after a cold winter dampened hiring."

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The Two-Way
8:17 am
Thu April 10, 2014

'Stay With Me, Bud,' Mom Told Baby After Mudslide Trapped Them

Originally published on Thu April 10, 2014 12:26 pm

The pain, anguish and fear comes through as a young mother who held on to her baby boy as their Oso, Wash., home was swallowed by a mudslide on March 22 describes the harrowing ordeal.

Here's how our colleagues at Seattle's KPLU begin their story:

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Favorite Sessions
8:03 am
Thu April 10, 2014

KCRW Presents: Ana Tijoux

Ana Tijoux performs live in the KCRW studios.
Rob LaFond Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed July 2, 2014 12:32 pm

Born in France to Chilean parents, Ana Tijoux discovered music at an early age. Her influences came from all over the world, which informed both her hip-hop style and her thoughtful lyrics. Hear it in songs like "Vengo," from her new album of the same name.

Watch KCRW's entire session with Ana Tijoux on KCRW.com.

The Two-Way
8:01 am
Thu April 10, 2014

Book News: What Are The World's Best New Novels? Libraries Weigh In

The daily lowdown on books, publishing, and the occasional author behaving badly.

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World
7:26 am
Thu April 10, 2014

Century-Old Message Pulled From Bottle In Baltic Sea

Originally published on Thu April 10, 2014 7:54 am

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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

Good morning. I'm David Greene. Last month a fisherman on the Baltic Sea near Germany pulled a beer bottle from the water. Inside - a postcard written on May 17, 1913, nearly 101 years ago. If Guinness verifies it, it would be the oldest message in a bottle on record. Sadly, the postcard is mostly illegible, but a German museum was able to make out who wrote it - the son of a baker who was 20 at the time.

Around the Nation
7:26 am
Thu April 10, 2014

Rat Shakes Up New York Subway Commuters

Originally published on Thu April 10, 2014 7:54 am

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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

Good morning, I'm David Greene.

Maybe you remember that 2006 film Snakes on a Plane. Well, today we bring you rats on a train. New Yorkers pride themselves on being pretty tough. But one morning this week, commuters could not keep their cool when a rat joined them in their subway car. A YouTube video of the incident shows the riders screaming, sobbing, and jumping up onto their seats, just as the train conductor comes over the loudspeaker and tells them to have a safe day.

The Two-Way
7:19 am
Thu April 10, 2014

School Stabbing Suspect Was 'Nice Young Boy,' Attorney Says

At Mother of Sorrows Catholic Church in Murrysville, Pa., on Wednesday evening, worshipers held candles as they prayed for those injured in a stabbing attack at the local high school.
Connor Mulvaney Pittsburgh Post-Gazette/Landov

Originally published on Thu April 10, 2014 12:21 pm

Until Wednesday, the 16-year-old Pennsylvania boy who's charged with multiple counts of attempted murder and aggravated assault after a stabbing attack at his high school was known as "a nice young boy," his attorney said this morning. Now the sophomore is in custody after the attack that left more than 20 people — nearly all of them fellow students — injured.

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Book Reviews
7:03 am
Thu April 10, 2014

Glossy As Film, This Handbook Was Made For The Multiplex

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Originally published on Thu April 10, 2014 11:00 am

First, a confession: I've been a serial intern. Like so many other millennials, I've hopped from internship to internship, my wages often paid more in promises than recognized currency. And though my last internship — here at NPR Books — was one of the best things to happen to me (hi there, Boss!), it's safe to say that I carried into Shane Kuhn's new novel some preconceived notions. Even before I opened The Intern's Handbook, I knew that my review might need some sort of disclaimer. Consider this it.

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Music News
5:26 am
Thu April 10, 2014

Yusuf Islam To Perform At Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Ceremony

Originally published on Thu April 10, 2014 11:33 am

Cat Stevens, now known as Yusuf Islam, churned out hits in the 1970s before leaving pop music after a conversion to Islam. He's among this year's inductees to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Health Care
5:22 am
Thu April 10, 2014

Medicare Data Could Change How Patients Choose Doctors

Originally published on Thu April 10, 2014 7:54 am

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(SOUNDBITE OF MUSIC)

DAVID GREENE, HOST:

This is MORNING EDITION from NPR News. Good morning. I'm David Greene.

When you're picking a restaurant or a hotel or a car you might want to buy, it has become so easy to go online, do research, compare and make the best choice. Not so when you're doing something far more important - like picking the right doctor. But in coming months, the government will be releasing more information about doctors.

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Asia
5:19 am
Thu April 10, 2014

2 Pakistani Musicians Gain Fame Singing Political Satire

Originally published on Thu April 10, 2014 7:54 am

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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

There's also anxiety in Pakistan because it is a country where you can get into big trouble because of what you say. Recently, gunmen there opened fire on a prominent journalist who's a critic of Islamic extremism, killing his driver. Twenty-five journalists have been killed over the last decade. Non-journalists like the young activist Malala Yousafzai have been attacked. NPR's Philip Reeves went to see two young Pakistanis who think they're better off singing about their political views than talking. He sent this postcard from Lahore.

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NPR Story
5:19 am
Thu April 10, 2014

Why People Exaggerate Religious Behavior

Originally published on Thu April 10, 2014 7:54 am

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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

It's MORNING EDITION from NPR News. Good morning. I'm David Greene. Social scientists have learned over the years that they can't always trust what people tell them. Ask about their behavior and some people lie - even to themselves. You have to compare what people say to some measurement of what they actually do. That's what researchers did when looking at religious behavior in three parts of the Muslim world. Our colleague Steve Inskeep discussed this with NPR's Shankar Vedantam.

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NPR Story
5:19 am
Thu April 10, 2014

Many Millennials Expect To Spend Decades Paying For College

Originally published on Thu April 10, 2014 9:01 am

When Morning Edition asked millennials what their concerns are, almost two-thirds responded college debt. David Greene talks to three women, who are wading through massive college debts.

NPR Story
5:19 am
Thu April 10, 2014

Court To Hear Utah's Appeal In Same-Sex Marriage Case

Originally published on Thu April 10, 2014 7:54 am

Same-sex marriage in Utah goes before a federal appeals court on Thursday. A three-judge panel will hear Utah's appeal of a lower court ruling that struck down the state's gay marriage ban.

NPR Story
5:19 am
Thu April 10, 2014

Fort Hood Memorializes Shooting Victims, Obama Attends

Originally published on Thu April 10, 2014 7:54 am

President Obama joined families and troops paying tribute to the three soldiers killed last week by a fellow soldier. Obama was there in 2009 after another mass shooting at the base.

NPR Story
5:19 am
Thu April 10, 2014

Ex-Interns Want Credit For Taco Bell Idea

Originally published on Thu April 10, 2014 7:54 am

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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

And our last word in business today is: Getting Credit for a Crunch.

Crunch, as in the sound of biting into a Doritos Locos Tacos. A variety Taco Bell has been serving since 2012. But four former Taco Bell interns say they came up with the idea all the way back in 1995. Andrea Watt and three fellow interns were told that their idea wasn't really all that marketable. But Taco Bell has netted $1 billion from the Doritos Locos Tacos. The former interns say they don't want money, just a little bit of recognition.

NPR Story
5:19 am
Thu April 10, 2014

After Avoiding Bankruptcy, Greece Resumes Bond Sales

Originally published on Thu April 10, 2014 7:54 am

Over the past 4 years, Greece has endured a crippling debt crisis, and was bailed out twice. David Greene talks to Nick Malkoutzis, editor of Macropolis, an economic and political website in Athens.

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