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All Tech Considered
12:05 pm
Fri November 22, 2013

Tech Week That Was: Video Gaming, Bitcoin And Landlines

There's a growing market for digital currencies like Bitcoin. A Sydney pub, seen here, is taking Bitcoins as payment for drinks.
Cameron Spencer Getty Images

Wow, suddenly we're at the end of the week already. If you missed the conversations about digital life and technology in the headlines and on NPR, here's a look back.

ICYMI

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Hardcover Nonfiction Bestsellers
12:03 pm
Fri November 22, 2013

NPR Bestsellers: Hardcover Nonfiction, Week Of November 21, 2013

Originally published on Fri November 22, 2013 12:46 pm

Double Down, at No. 6, presents Mark Halperin and John Heilemann's account of the 2012 election.

NPR Story
12:02 pm
Fri November 22, 2013

Teens Knock Out Strangers: A New Trend?

Originally published on Fri November 22, 2013 3:24 pm

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CELESTE HEADLEE, HOST:

I'm Celeste Headlee and this is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. Michel Martin is away. And it's time for our weekly visit to the Barbershop, where the guys are going to talk about what's in the news and what's on their minds. Sitting in the chairs for a shape-up this week, writer Jimi Izrael. He joins us from Cleveland. Fernando Vila is director of program - Vila is director of programming - sorry, Fernando - for Fusion.

FERNANDO VILA: It's OK.

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NPR Story
12:02 pm
Fri November 22, 2013

Jazz Legend Sandoval: Music 'Keeps You Alive'

Originally published on Fri November 22, 2013 3:24 pm

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CELESTE HEADLEE, HOST:

Now we take a moment to highlight and salute another artist. Jazz-great Arturo Sandoval received the Presidential Medal of Freedom this week from President Obama. Sandoval was born and raised in Cuba, where he was once jailed just for listening to jazz music. So he packed up his trumpet and moved to the United States. A country he says gave him the freedom to fill the air with his music. Here's what the president said about him at the ceremony.

(SOUNDBITE OF CEREMONY)

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NPR Story
12:02 pm
Fri November 22, 2013

The Science Behind Hard Hits And Touchdowns

Originally published on Mon November 25, 2013 4:18 pm

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CELESTE HEADLEE, HOST:

This is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. I'm Celeste Headlee. Michel Martin is away. Coming up, Grammy award-winning musician Esperanza Spalding gets political with her new song. We'll talk to her about her battle to close Guantanamo in just a few minutes.

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NPR Story
12:02 pm
Fri November 22, 2013

Do Sanctions Really Work?

Originally published on Fri November 22, 2013 3:24 pm

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CELESTE HEADLEE, HOST:

This is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. I'm Celeste Headlee. Michel Martin is away. Coming up, we visit the Barbershop and ask the guys to reflect on the 50th anniversary of JFK's assassination in Dallas. That's in just a few minutes.

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History
11:47 am
Fri November 22, 2013

Shortened Term Limited JFK's Accomplishments, But Not His Contributions

Originally published on Fri November 22, 2013 2:36 pm

Fresh Air's Dave Davies discusses John F. Kennedy's abbreviated term in office with presidential historian Robert Dallek, who finds that while you can make an argument that Kennedy accomplished little, he represents something special in the American experience. Dallek's latest book is Camelot's Court: Inside The Kennedy White House.

Interviews
11:47 am
Fri November 22, 2013

Botched Investigation Fuels Kennedy Conspiracy Theories

Originally published on Fri November 22, 2013 2:36 pm

This interview was originally broadcast on Oct. 28, 2013.

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Code Switch
11:39 am
Fri November 22, 2013

If Twitter Existed In 1963: Follow Live Tweets From Nov. 22

Lady Bird Johnson (left), Vice President Lyndon B. Johnson, First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy and President John F. Kennedy sit during the Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce Breakfast at the Hotel Texas.
JFK Library

Originally published on Fri November 22, 2013 3:18 pm

If you've been on Twitter the past couple of days, you might have stumbled upon tweets from @TodayIn1963. Since June, NPR's Code Switch blog has compiled moments from 1963 — a pivotal year in U.S. history — and is tweeting them as they happened then. The news — and @TodayIn1963 — will spin and spin as bits of history unfold in "real-time."

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Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz
11:33 am
Fri November 22, 2013

Kenny Werner On Piano Jazz

Kenny Werner.
Richard Conde

Pianist, composer and author Kenny Werner is known for his 1996 book Effortless Mastery: Liberating the Master Musician Within, which has become a university textbook for improvising musicians and other artists. His album of original compositions, No Beginning No End -- a meditation on loss, death and renewal — was awarded a Guggenheim fellowship in 2010.

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The Protojournalist
11:13 am
Fri November 22, 2013

Project Xpat: Exploring The Expatriate Life

Expatriate Ernest Hemingway, 1923
National Archives, via Wikimedia Commons

Originally published on Fri November 22, 2013 4:20 pm

Funny thing about being an American living away from America: It makes you think more about what it means to be an American.

But which is the dominant sentiment? Absence makes the heart grow fonder? Or out of sight, out of mind? The answer depends on a lot of variables.

Over the years, various people and projects have explored those variables: the mechanics and meanings of expatriation.

One of America's most notable expatriates, novelist Ernest Hemingway, examined the notion from many angles in the 1920s.

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The Protojournalist
11:13 am
Fri November 22, 2013

9 Good Things To Do With Human Hair

princess red Flickr

Originally published on Fri November 22, 2013 12:34 pm

Hair. On a head, it can dazzle. In a drain, it can revile — its repulsive potential right up there next to slime, bugs and vomit.

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Shots - Health News
11:08 am
Fri November 22, 2013

Insomnia Could Raise Risk Of Heart Disease And Death In Men

There's more than one reason to aim for a good night's sleep.
Charles Taylor iStockphoto.com

Originally published on Fri November 22, 2013 2:49 pm

There are lots of reasons to aim for a good night's sleep. Sleep helps us retain our memories. It helps our brains get rid of harmful toxins. But sleep might also play a role in heart disease.

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The Two-Way
10:26 am
Fri November 22, 2013

VIDEO: Spectacular Animation Of Biggest Bang Ever Seen

KABOOM! A NASA illustration of a gamma-ray burst. They occur, the space agency says, when "a massive star runs out of nuclear fuel, collapses under its own weight, and forms a black hole. The black hole then drives jets of particles that drill all the way through the collapsing star."
NASA.gov

Originally published on Fri November 22, 2013 10:36 am

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The Two-Way
9:43 am
Fri November 22, 2013

Why Did That Jet Land At The Wrong Airport? Well, It Happens

This Boeing 747 "Dreamlifter" landed at the wrong airfield in Wichita, Kan., this week. No damage was done, but there was concern about whether the runway was long enough to allow for a takeoff. After unloading fuel to lighten its load, the big jet was able to leave Thursday.
Charlie Riedel AP

We're circling around for another look at one of this week's more talked-about stories: The Boeing 747 "Dreamlifter" cargo jet that touched down at a small municipal airport in Wichita, Kan., instead of its intended destination about 10 miles away, McConnell Air Force Base.

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TED Radio Hour
9:32 am
Fri November 22, 2013

Are There Any Universal Beliefs And Truths?

James Duncan Davidson TED

Originally published on Thu December 26, 2013 3:23 pm

Part 5 of the TED Radio Hour episode Believers and Doubters.

About Devdutt Pattanaik's TEDTalk

Devdutt Pattanaik takes an eye-opening look at the myths of India and of the West — and shows how these fundamentally different sets of beliefs about God, death and heaven help us consistently misunderstand one another.

About Devdutt Pattanaik

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TED Radio Hour
9:32 am
Fri November 22, 2013

What Can Atheism Learn From Religion?

TED

Originally published on Thu December 26, 2013 3:23 pm

Part 4 of the TED Radio Hour episode Believers and Doubters.

About Alain de Botton's TEDTalk

What aspects of religion should atheists adopt? Alain de Botton suggests a "religion for atheists" that incorporates religious forms and traditions to satisfy our human need for connection, ritual and transcendence.

About Alain De Botton

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TED Radio Hour
9:32 am
Fri November 22, 2013

How Does A Person Go From Believer To Atheist?

"I felt so lucky to be Catholic and I loved the Catholic school and I loved the nuns ... then when it came to the belief part of it I was always a little bit skeptical" — Julia Sweeney
James Duncan Davidson TED

Originally published on Thu December 26, 2013 3:23 pm

Part 3 of the TED Radio Hour episode Believers and Doubters.

About Julia Sweeney's TEDTalk

When two young Mormon missionaries knocked on performer Julia Sweeney's door one day, it puts Sweeney on a quest to completely rethink her own beliefs.

About Julia Sweeney

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TED Radio Hour
9:32 am
Fri November 22, 2013

Is Doubt Essential To Faith?

James Duncan Davidson TED

Originally published on Thu December 26, 2013 3:10 pm

Part 2 of the TED Radio Hour episode Believers and Doubters.

About Lesley Hazleton's TEDTalk

Writer Lesley Hazleton calls for a new appreciation of doubt and questioning as the foundation of faith — and an end to fundamentalism of all kinds.

About Lesley Hazleton

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TED Radio Hour
9:32 am
Fri November 22, 2013

What's The Difference Between Belief And Faith?

Rev. Billy Graham speaking at a TED conference in 1998.
Courtesy of TED

Originally published on Fri November 22, 2013 7:08 pm

Part 1 of the TED Radio Hour episode Believers and Doubters.

About Billy Graham's TEDTalk

Speaking at TED in 1998, Rev. Billy Graham marvels at technology's power to improve lives and change the world. But he says technology and science can't do everything: "There's something inside of us that is beyond our understanding." Graham's daughter, Anne Graham Lotz, reflects on her father's idea of the nature of faith.

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