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1:36 am
Mon March 3, 2014

Oscars 2014: Low On Laughs, But A Great Speech Or Two

At Sunday's Oscar ceremony, the feel-good win of the night came when 12 Years a Slave star Lupita Nyong'o took home the supporting-actress trophy.
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Originally published on Mon March 3, 2014 8:26 am

The big winner was 12 Years a Slave, but there was quite a bit of love to go around at Sunday night's Oscars. What there wasn't, as usual, was a lot of riveting television.

Sure, there was John Travolta squinting at the teleprompter and introducing Idina Menzel (to sing the Oscar-winning Best Original Song "Let It Go," from Frozen) as — no kidding — "Adele Dazeem." And there was a fun dance number featuring Pharrell Williams and his own Oscar-nominated "Happy," which he wore a formal black version of his Grammys hat to perform.

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Shots - Health News
12:03 am
Mon March 3, 2014

Noise Machines To Help Babies Sleep Can Raise Quite A Din

Noise machines to help infants fall asleep can be so loud that they pose a hazard, researchers say.
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Originally published on Tue March 4, 2014 9:23 am

About a year ago, pediatric otolaryngologist Blake Papsin went into a patient's room at The Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto. He was surprised by the roar of a sleep machine the parents had brought to help their child conk out amid the beeps and buzzes of the hospital.

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First Listen
11:03 pm
Sun March 2, 2014

First Listen: Tycho, 'Awake'

Tycho's new album, Awake, comes out March 18.
Reuben Wu Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed March 19, 2014 10:53 am

The instrumental music San Francisco's Scott Hansen makes as Tycho splits the difference between post-rock's melodic architecture and pop ambient's immersive, uplifting environments. Hansen's aims felt a little harder to grasp on the sprawling Dive, the 2011 predecessor of his fourth album as Tycho, Awake. The latter is a slickly constructed album that finds him streamlining both his setup and his aims — the sounds he uses and how he deploys them are more considered and purposeful.

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First Listen
11:03 pm
Sun March 2, 2014

First Listen: Ambrose Akinmusire, 'the imagined savior is far easier to paint'

Ambrose Akinmusire's new album, The Imagined Savior Is Far Easier To Paint, is out March 11.
Autumn de Wilde Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue July 15, 2014 3:08 pm

In early September, trumpeter Ambrose Akinmusire teased the new album he was recording:

@amBROSEire: Ohhh wait ... I think I was suppose to be making a killing melt your face off jazz album ---- opps !!!

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First Listen
11:03 pm
Sun March 2, 2014

First Listen: Augustin Hadelich, 'Sibelius, Adès: Violin Concertos'

Violinist Augustin Hadelich pairs a classic concerto with a contemporary one on this new album.
Rosalie O'Connor

Originally published on Wed March 19, 2014 10:54 am

Looking for a new violinist to fall in love with? Meet Augustin Hadelich, the 29-year-old Italian-born son of German parents. On his new album, to be released March 11, he pairs two searching, seemingly disparate violin concertos — one classic and one contemporary.

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First Listen
11:02 pm
Sun March 2, 2014

First Listen: Raz Simone, 'Cognitive Dissonance'

Raz Simone's album, Cognitive Dissonance, comes out March 6.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Thu March 13, 2014 11:42 am

Heavy psychological difficulty is a hot theme in chart-topping hip-hop these days, with artists like Eminem and Rihanna making Al-Anon worthy testimonies to codependency, and Macklemore vying for soberest man in all of pop. Joining them could be Seattle's Raz Simone — he's part of a scene within the local rap sphere there looking to do national numbers, a new ambition in the city, post-"Thrift Shop."

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The Two-Way
9:11 pm
Sun March 2, 2014

Outgoing Afghan President Karzai Says U.S. Betrayed Him

Originally published on Mon March 3, 2014 1:22 am

In an interview with The Washington Post, the departing president of Afghanistan, Hamid Karzai, said that "Afghans died in a war that's not ours."

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Weekends On All Things Considered Podcast
7:25 pm
Sun March 2, 2014

Chinese Mistresses, Looming Food Stamp Cuts, Lunchbox Love Story

A passerby walks past a sign for an "hourly hotel" in a popular shopping district in Hong Kong. A recent anti-vice crackdown in China has targeted mistresses and sex workers.
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  • Chinese Mistresses, Looming Food Stamp Cuts, Lunchbox Love Story

In this week's podcast, powerful men in China buy their mistresses, the farm bill slices and dices food stamps, and a new film from India tells an unlikely love story.

The Two-Way
6:44 pm
Sun March 2, 2014

'12 Years A Slave,' 'Gravity' Win Big At The Oscars

Red carpet's ready: The rope line awaits at Hollywood & Highland Center.
Christopher Polk Getty Images

Originally published on Mon March 3, 2014 10:37 am

After several days of heavy rain in Los Angeles, the sun came out just as the 86th annual Academy Awards got underway at the Dolby Theater.

The big award of the night, for Best Picture, went to 12 Years a Slave. The film tells the harrowing tale of Solomon Northup, a free black man in New York who was sold into slavery. (See the full list of winners below.)

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Europe
5:12 pm
Sun March 2, 2014

'Snow-How': The Winter Playbook At Nordic Airports

Originally published on Sun March 2, 2014 7:09 pm

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ARUN RATH, HOST:

If you're just joining us, it's ALL THINGS CONSIDERED from NPR West. I'm Arun Rath.

It's happening again. Yet another massive winter storm is covering much of the central U.S. with freezing rain and snow. Thousands of flights have already been cancelled across the country. Well, this would not be the case if you lived in any Nordic country. Nordic countries face brutal snow every year and their winter lasts five months. But their airports almost never close.

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Latin America
5:12 pm
Sun March 2, 2014

In Defiance Of Arrests, Protests Erupt Again In Venezuela

Originally published on Sun March 2, 2014 7:09 pm

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ARUN RATH, HOST:

Now to Venezuela where violent clashes continue between antigovernment protesters and national guard security forces who are using water cannons and tear gas to break up demonstrations. On Friday, dozens of people, including journalists, were arrested. And on Saturday, more protests erupted around the city. So far, 18 people have died.

Joining us now in Caracas is reporter Girish Gupta who has been covering the unrest. Girish, tell us what things are like there today.

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Europe
5:12 pm
Sun March 2, 2014

Putin And Predispositions In The Crimean Crisis

Originally published on Sun March 2, 2014 7:09 pm

Julia Ioffe, editor at The New Republic, helps to make sense the ongoing crisis in Ukraine.

Europe
5:12 pm
Sun March 2, 2014

With Russian Military In Crimea, What's Next For Ukraine?

Originally published on Sun March 2, 2014 7:09 pm

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ARUN RATH, HOST:

It's ALL THINGS CONSIDERED from NPR West. I'm Arun Rath.

Events in Ukraine have taken another dramatic turn. Russian forces now control Ukraine's Crimean peninsula. The Ukrainian government in Kiev is calling up its military reserves. Secretary of State John Kerry says Russia's military incursion is an incredible act of aggression. Kerry will meet with the new Ukrainian government in Kiev on Tuesday.

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Asia
5:12 pm
Sun March 2, 2014

Corruption Blurs The Lines Of China's Mistress Culture

A passerby walks past a sign for an "hourly hotel" in a popular shopping district in Hong Kong. An recent anti-vice crackdown in China has targeted mistresses and sex workers as part of a social problem.
Antony Dickson AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Sun March 2, 2014 7:09 pm

China's leader Xi Jinping has made a crackdown on corruption a centerpiece of his administration. He's vowed to root out corruption from the bottom to the top, or to use his expression, to "go after the tigers as well as the flies."

When it comes to corrupt, high-ranking officials, there's a reliable source for tips: scorned mistresses. Some have even taken to shaming their lovers on social media, and the scandals have made international headlines.

The Mistress Standard

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Books
5:12 pm
Sun March 2, 2014

Roving Literary Death Match Aims To Breathe Life Into Literature

Originally published on Sun March 2, 2014 7:09 pm

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ARUN RATH, HOST:

It's ALL THINGS CONSIDERED from NPR West. I'm Arun Rath.

Picture this, a group of writers - quiet, bookish, solitary - duking it out in a fight to the death. That's the idea behind Literary Death Match, a performance series that pits authors against each other - not physically but through readings from their own books. The show travels all over the country. Reporter Alex Schmidt was at a recent performance in Los Angeles and has the story.

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The Salt
5:12 pm
Sun March 2, 2014

Even In A Desert, Drought Spells Trouble For Ranchers

No snowpack, no hay: In the northern Nevada, cattle feed is getting hard to come by, as sources of water diminish in supply.
Frederic J. Brown AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Sun March 2, 2014 7:09 pm

In northern Nevada, a place famous for its wide, open spaces and expansive cattle operations, ranchers are in a bind due to the historic drought.

Much of the state is desert, so when people talk about drought, they're really talking about the snowpack in the Sierra Nevada. It's at barely 20 percent of average.

This is a huge concern for farmers and ranchers like Julie Wolf, because the mountains store the snow that melts and feeds rivers and reservoirs. These bodies of water then allow the desert to bloom with grass and alfalfa for her cattle.

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Movie Interviews
5:12 pm
Sun March 2, 2014

When A Lost 'Lunchbox' Leads To Love, A Mistake Becomes A Miracle

Saajan Fernandes (Irrfan Khan) is a widower whose correspondence comes in an unlikely package — a lunchbox.
Ritesh Batra Courtesy of Sony Pictures Classics

Originally published on Sun March 2, 2014 7:09 pm

How many ways are there to tell a love story? More than you may think — especially in Mumbai, India, a city of millions. The Lunchbox, written and directed by Ritesh Batra, is one such story — a love that blossoms from a mistaken food delivery.

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Deceptive Cadence
5:12 pm
Sun March 2, 2014

Philippe Jaroussky And The Impossibly High Male Voice

Philippe Jaroussky's new album is Farinelli: Porpora Arias.
Marc Ribes Erato/Warner Classics

Originally published on Sun March 2, 2014 7:09 pm

Philippe Jaroussky cuts a masculine figure on the cover of his new album, Farinelli: Porpora Arias, but you might do a double take upon hearing the music. The arias the French opera singer performs on this release were written in the 18th century for a castrato — a boy singer castrated to retain his high singing voice through adulthood.

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#NPRWIT: Women In Tech
4:00 pm
Sun March 2, 2014

A Day In The Life: Women Tech Innovators

Tell Me More is hosted by award-winning journalist Michel Martin.
Amy Ta NPR

Originally published on Thu March 27, 2014 3:39 pm

In 2014, women still represent a small fraction of entrepreneurs, investors, coders and engineers in America. Tell Me More host Michel Martin engages innovative women in tech around the Twitter hashtag #NPRWIT. On the radio, we'll meet women who are driving the rise of the technology sector in this nation's economy. We'll also talk about why the majority of Silicon Valley entrepreneurs are men, and how to encourage young women to consider coding and computer science careers.

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Code Switch
3:37 pm
Sun March 2, 2014

Latin Pride Swells For Mystery Model Behind Oscar Statuette

Hollywood legend has it the Oscar statuette was modeled after Mexican actor and director Emilio Fernandez.
Robyn Beck AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Sun March 2, 2014 8:23 pm

The 8-pound, 24-carat-gold-plated statuette that will be handed out at the Academy Awards Sunday night is said to be modeled after a real man.

That man's name is not Oscar.

It might be Emilio, Emilio "El Indio" Fernandez. He was a famous Mexican director and actor who used to live in Hollywood in the 1920s. His nickname, "The Indian," came from the Kickapoo side of his family.

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