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7:59 am
Sat March 29, 2014

Activists Push Public Financing Of N.Y. Political Campaigns

Originally published on Sat March 29, 2014 11:27 am

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SCOTT SIMON, HOST:

The U.S. Supreme Court could deliver a new ruling as early as next week that could undo existing limits on regulating political money. But on the other hand, a coalition of liberal groups has started pushing for the public finance of elections. They essentially want to give money to candidates so they don't have to chase big donors. And the current fight is going on in New York's state capitol, Albany. NPR's Peter Overby reports.

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StoryCorps
7:59 am
Sat March 29, 2014

Never Truly Over: Discussing Deployment A Challenge Of Its Own

Army Capt. Drew Pham says his wife, Molly Pearl, helps him push through the difficulties of transitioning back to civilian life after deployment in Afghanistan.
StoryCorps

Originally published on Sat March 29, 2014 11:27 am

Army Capt. Drew Pham, 26, returned from a tour in Afghanistan in October 2011. Since Drew's been back, it's been hard for him to make sense of what he saw there and adjust to his life at home. It's been difficult for his wife, Molly Pearl, to respond to some of the things he would tell her, too.

Pham called once to tell her he had shot a man. He says she didn't know what to say, so she replied, "Well, we'll deal with it when you get home."

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Business
7:59 am
Sat March 29, 2014

GM Expands Ignition Switch Recall To Newer Cars

Originally published on Sat March 29, 2014 11:27 am

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Now to the misfortunes of another U.S. transportation giant. Late on Friday, General Motors recalled more than 800,000 cars because of faulty ignition switches. Now, that's in addition to more than a million and a half cars that the company recalled last month. Those faulty ignition switches have led to a dozen deaths as well as multiple investigations into why it took General Motors as long as a decade to tell the public about safety problems.

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Digital Life
7:59 am
Sat March 29, 2014

Wikipedia Holds An Edit-A-Thon To Draw Women Editors

Originally published on Sat March 29, 2014 11:27 am

A Wikipedia edit-a-thon is designed to encourage women to contribute to the online encyclopedia. Sara Snyder of the Smithsonian American Art Museum tells NPR's Scott Simon why.

History
7:59 am
Sat March 29, 2014

Helen Keller's Glimpse Of Beethoven's 'Heavenly Vibration'

Originally published on Sat March 29, 2014 11:27 am

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Author Interviews
7:59 am
Sat March 29, 2014

'Lovesongs' Examines What It Means To Come Home

Originally published on Sat March 29, 2014 11:27 am

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How long do good friends keep growing up with each other? Leland, or Lee, is a rock star. He tours the world but keeps coming back, if not back home, to the place where he grew up - Little Wing, Wisconsin, a fictitious Midwestern town that feels as real as Eau Claire, which is where the author, Nickolas Butler grew up. His new novel, "Shotgun Lovesongs" interlaces the stories of friends who keep coming back to each other and try to get hold of where they are in the world.

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All Tech Considered
7:40 am
Sat March 29, 2014

Tech Week: Smartphones And You, Virtual Reality, NPR Plays

The Oculus Rift virtual reality headset is now part of Facebook's empire.
Jeff Chiu AP

The tech news cycle didn't stop churning this week, with the fairy tale story of the Kickstarter-backed Oculus VR getting purchased by Facebook for $2 billion, the flop of a Candy Crush IPO and Turkey banning YouTube after already

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Poetry
7:03 am
Sat March 29, 2014

Dark, Remarkable Poems Show 'How To Dance' Amid Economic Despair

Courtesy of Greywolf Press

Originally published on Mon March 31, 2014 4:18 pm

Nick Lantz speaks from the failed and fallen heart of middle-class Americans, the everyday folks whose lives and bank accounts were gutted when the housing bubble burst. What does that heartbreak look like? Deeper and uglier than plunging stock market charts and foreclosure signs, and more personal. Welcome to an America in which ambition is turned upside down, where someone is likely to say, when asked what he's doing for work these days, "you know those cracks people fall through?/ We're the crack regulators, we keep/ those cracks up to code."

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Author Interviews
5:39 am
Sat March 29, 2014

A Grand Tradition Of Family Drama In 'Cavendon Hall'

Originally published on Tue April 1, 2014 12:33 pm

Barbara Taylor Bradford is one of the best-selling authors in the world — and, proudly, a working stiff. She's written 29 novels, beginning with A Woman of Substance in 1979, which became one of the best-selling novels of all time. Her books have been published in more than 90 countries and 40 languages.

Her latest is Cavendon Hall, which takes its title from the great old Edwardian home shared by two families: the aristocratic Inghams and the Swanns, who've served the Inghams since time immemorial.

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The Salt
5:38 am
Sat March 29, 2014

Batter Up: Baseball Just Got Its Most Decorated Corn Dog

The Diamondbacks' D-bat Dog is an18-inch corn dog filled with cheese, bacon and jalapeño.
@DBACKS VIA TWITTER

Originally published on Sat March 29, 2014 11:27 am

Inside the kitchen of the Arizona Diamondbacks, chef Michael Snoke has created a monster: 18 inches of meat that's skewered, wrapped in cornbread, stuffed with bacon and infused with cheddar cheese and jalapeños.

All that rests on a bed of fries. And for $25, it's all yours.

"I have created the D-Bat," he says.

The Diamondback's executive chef has wanted to get in on the culinary competition that's sprung up between Major League Baseball teams.

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Parallels
5:37 am
Sat March 29, 2014

Made In China — But Was It Made In A Prison?

Products produced by prison labor in China are on display at the Laogai Museum in Washington, D.C.
Shujie Leng NPR

Originally published on Mon March 31, 2014 10:14 am

An Oregon woman was looking at her Halloween decoration last year when she found a letter written by an inmate from one of China's re-education-through-labor camps. The letter spoke of brutal forced labor in the camp.

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Sports
5:37 am
Sat March 29, 2014

Would March Be Less Mad If Players Were Paid?

Arizona guard Gabe York (1) pulls down a rebound as teammate Rondae Hollis-Jefferson (23) watches during a regional semifinal NCAA college basketball tournament game against San Diego State, Thursday in Anaheim, Calif.
Mark J. Terrill AP

Originally published on Mon March 31, 2014 10:44 am

Would March Madness be terribly different if the players were paid?

Probably not. The college basketball tournament might become more professionalized, but it wouldn't look much different from what we're seeing right now.

"I don't see it changing one iota," says ESPN basketball analyst Jay Bilas.

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Parallels
5:36 am
Sat March 29, 2014

Dans Le Train, French Spend Their Commute Learning English

David Potier, head of commercial relations with France's state rail company, promotes the English classes and Canadian Afton Piercy is one of the teachers.
Eleanor Beardsley NPR

Originally published on Sat April 5, 2014 11:18 am

On some French trains, the conductor's whistle signals more than just a departure. For commuters traveling on an express train from Reims to Paris — a 90-mile, 45-minute ride — it means the beginning of English class.

"Before the course, we were sleeping in the train in the morning," says passenger-student Gilles Hallais. "So I prefer practicing English."

Hallais, 44, is a journalist at French public radio. He says while he doesn't need English for his work, he does need it for his life. "I think it could be a handicap if I don't speak fluent English."

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The Two-Way
8:50 pm
Fri March 28, 2014

Breaking Tradition, Pope Confesses His Sins In Public

Pope Francis leads a mass at St Peter's basilica on Friday at the Vatican.
Alberto Pizzoli AFP/Getty Images

Pope Francis broke tradition, again, today by confessing his sins in public.

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It's All Politics
8:17 pm
Fri March 28, 2014

In Politics, Hog Castration Cuts Through The Ad Clutter

A lot more people now know who Iowa Republican Senate candidate Joni Ernst is, which was the point of the hog-castration line in her campaign ad.
YouTube screen shot Joni Ernst for Senate YouTube channel

Originally published on Fri March 28, 2014 11:14 pm

One candidate talks fondly about castrating hogs in her youth and suggests that could be a useful skill in Washington.

Another fires semi-automatic weapons at a 2-foot-high stack of paper representing the Affordable Care Act before feeding it through a wood chipper.

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Planet Money
8:16 pm
Fri March 28, 2014

Episode 528: Money, Work and TV

Patrick Harbron Netflix

Originally published on Fri March 28, 2014 9:18 pm

On today's show: Three short stories from Planet Money. We follow the money into the depths of the Internet, look at how women and men negotiate their salaries, and parse the debate over the minimum wage.

For more on these stories check out: When Everyone Wants To Watch 'House Of Cards,' Who Pays? and Does Raising The Minimum Wage Kill Jobs?

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Movie Reviews
8:02 pm
Fri March 28, 2014

For Two Brothers, Life Creeps Into The Paradise Of Summer Break

Brothers Tommy (Ryan Jones) and Eric (Nathan Varnson), and their group of friends spend much of their summer hanging out in the woods and abandoned buildings near their small New Jersey town.
Courtesy of Tribeca Film

For parents dreading the prospect of their kids spending summer locked in air-conditioned basements with nothing but the glow of computer, TV, and tablet screens to keep them company, the opening scenes of Hide Your Smiling Faces will surely inspire wistful sighs.

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
7:37 pm
Fri March 28, 2014

Prediction

Originally published on Sat March 29, 2014 11:25 am

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MIKE PESCA, HOST:

Now, panel, no more G-8. What will Russia join, Roy Blount, Jr.?

ROY BLOUNT JR.: This is going to take a little sort of change of pace and join the fashion firm (Unintelligible).

(LAUGHTER)

PESCA: Kyrie O'Connor.

KYRIE O'CONNOR: Oh, Russia will join the cast of the Real Housewives of the Former USSR.

(LAUGHTER)

PESCA: Tom Bodett.

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
7:37 pm
Fri March 28, 2014

Lightning Fill In The Blank

Originally published on Sat March 29, 2014 11:25 am

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MIKE PESCA, HOST:

Now on to our final game, Lightning Fill In The Blank. Each of our players will have 60 seconds in which to answer as many fill in the blank questions as he or she can. Each correct answer is worth two points. Carl, can you give us the scores?

CARL KASELL: We have a tie for first place. Roy Blount, Jr. and Tom Bodett each has three points. Kyrie O'Connor has two.

PESCA: Kyrie, so you're in third place. You're going to go first. The clock will start when I begin your question. Are you ready?

KYRIE O'CONNOR: I am ready.

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
7:37 pm
Fri March 28, 2014

Limericks

Originally published on Sat March 29, 2014 11:25 am

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