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4:34 pm
Wed September 25, 2013

Jamie N Commons On World Cafe

Jamie N Commons.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Thu September 26, 2013 12:01 pm

It's a story we've heard before: The British singer enamored of American music makes it his own. In the case of our guest today, Jamie N Commons, he didn't have to do it from afar.

Commons was born in Bristol, England, but moved to Chicago when he was 7. That's where he soaked up all the blues and R&B he could; he'll tell us today about an Allman Brothers concert at an early age that made a major impression. He returned to the U.K. at 19 and now, at 24, has just released his second EP, Rumble and Sway.

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The Two-Way
3:56 pm
Wed September 25, 2013

SEE: Baby Veronica Reunited With Adoptive Parents

Matt and Melanie Capobianco with "Baby Veronica," taken Monday.
Capobianco family photo

We're a day late to this, but it's a story this blog has followed for a while and this latest development represents some closure.

On Tuesday, the 4-year-old known as "Baby Veronica" was reunited with her adoptive parents. As we reported, that was the same day the Oklahoma Supreme Court opened the door to that possibility.

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The Two-Way
3:40 pm
Wed September 25, 2013

Ancient Fish With Strong Jawline Could Rewrite History Of Faces

A reconstruction of Entelognathus primordialis, with the fossil find highlighted above.
Nature

Originally published on Wed September 25, 2013 4:18 pm

As faces go, Entelognathus primordialis isn't much to look at, even for a fish.

But consider that the 419 million-year-old, armor-plated fish is the earliest known creature to have what humans might recognize as a face, according to research published Wednesday in Nature. That's mostly due to its bony, modern jaw.

As USA Today reports:

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Ask Me Another
3:38 pm
Wed September 25, 2013

Mind Your Ps And Qs

Originally published on Thu September 26, 2013 10:03 am

Transcript

OPHIRA EISENBERG, HOST:

Now we're going to crown this week's grand champion so let's bring back the winners from all of our former games. From Which Came First Jamie Orenstein. From Triple Word Score David Schmidt. From Istanbul, Not Constantinople, Jim Sparnon. From In A World, Bill Holzapfel. And from Just Add Nada, Cody Lee.

(APPLAUSE)

EISENBERG: I'm going to ask our puzzle guru John Chanesky to crown our winner.

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Ask Me Another
3:38 pm
Wed September 25, 2013

Planet Money: Our Perplexing Economy, Explained

"If you bought [gold] now, you'd be making a slightly less bad mistake than if you bought two months ago," says Planet Money's Alex Blumberg, center. He and co-creator Adam Davidson, right, spoke with host Ophira Eisenberg.
Josh Rogosin NPR

Originally published on Thu September 26, 2013 4:16 pm

  • Bonus: Adam and Alex on what America can learn from Canada economy

Imagine that you had a fun evening at a bar, chatting with a friend about the economy. That's the essence of NPR's Planet Money. With the aid of a team of reporters, co-creators Adam Davidson and Alex Blumberg help listeners make sense of how economic changes impact our lives in an entertaining twice-weekly podcast.

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Ask Me Another
3:38 pm
Wed September 25, 2013

Just Add Nada

Originally published on Fri October 4, 2013 1:27 pm

A word that literally means nothing takes on a whole new meaning in this game led by house musician Jonathan Coulton. Contestants must identify words that, when the letter "O" is added to their end, become different words. For example, adding nada to what the "D" stands for in CD-ROM — "disc" — produces a music genre — "disco."

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Ask Me Another
3:38 pm
Wed September 25, 2013

In A World...

Originally published on Thu February 6, 2014 10:19 am

Transcript

OPHIRA EISENBERG, HOST:

On our stage right now we have Marti Davidson Sitchel and Bill Holzapfel.

(APPLAUSE)

EISENBERG: Marti, Bill, summer blockbusters. Tell me about one that either changed your life or was the biggest waste of your money. Marti?

MARTI DAVIDSON SITCHEL: If you're going there, I really like the "Star Treks."

EISENBERG: You really like the "Star Treks." There you go.

SITCHEL: I do like the "Star Treks."

EISENBERG: That does well with our people.

SITCHEL: They're my kind of people.

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Ask Me Another
3:38 pm
Wed September 25, 2013

Istanbul, Not Constantinople

Originally published on Thu September 26, 2013 10:03 am

Transcript

(SOUNDBITE OF MUSIC)

OPHIRA EISENBERG, HOST:

You're listening to ASK ME ANOTHER from NPR and WYNC. I'm Ophira Eisenberg. Coming up, we'll magically turn words into other words by adding nothing. Plus, we'll put Planet Money's Adam Davison and Alex Blumberg in the puzzle hot seat. But joining us right now are our next two contestants, Jim Sparnon and Dana Rossi.

(APPLAUSE)

EISENBERG: Now, both of you are music lovers. Jim, you go to an extraordinary amount of concerts.

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Ask Me Another
3:38 pm
Wed September 25, 2013

Triple Word Score

Originally published on Thu September 26, 2013 10:03 am

Transcript

OPHIRA EISENBERG, HOST:

And we've got our next two contestants, Jon Early and David Schmidt.

(APPLAUSE)

EISENBERG: Two fascinating guys. Jon teaches at science camp.

JON EARLY: Very much so. Yeah.

EISENBERG: What do you teach specifically at science camp?

EARLY: Well, today we made egg drops. Basically you just drop eggs off buildings. And I find an excuse to do it. So there we go. It teaches physics or something.

(LAUGHTER)

EISENBERG: That sounds very fun. Now, David, you grew up in Colonial Williamsburg?

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Ask Me Another
3:38 pm
Wed September 25, 2013

Which Came First?

Originally published on Thu September 26, 2013 12:03 pm

You may own every Apple product, but do you remember if the iPhone was released before the iPad? In this game, host Ophira Eisenberg gives you a list of three things, like books or consumer products, and you must identify which one came first. Plus, house musician Jonathan Coulton polishes off this game with the ABBA classic, "Money, Money, Money."

The Salt
3:32 pm
Wed September 25, 2013

Pork Politics: Why Some Danes Want Pig Meat Required On Menus

Originally published on Wed September 25, 2013 6:16 pm

In Denmark, pigs outnumber people 2 to 1. No traditional Danish meal would be complete without something wrapped in, wrapped around, or topped with pork.

In 2012, the country exported close to $6 billion in pig meat, a figure that includes "carcasses" — which leads to the question: What does one do with a pig carcass?

All this is by way of explaining the hubbub that erupted following a recent headline: "Day Cares Ban Pork."

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Parallels
3:10 pm
Wed September 25, 2013

For Some NYU Students, A Sweet Deal To Study ... In Shanghai

The university is currently located on the leafy campus of East China Normal University. Next year, NYU Shanghai will move to a 15-story building in the city's financial district.
Frank Langfitt NPR

Originally published on Tue October 8, 2013 9:58 am

First-year college student Stephanie Ulan, from Queens, N.Y., had her sights set on New York University, in the heart of Manhattan's Greenwich Village.

She got her wish — sort of.

At first, the school offered her a generous scholarship but told her and her father they'd still have to take out big loans.

"My father is 62 years old," says Ulan, who plans to major in international relations. "There was a big scene and he flipped out and he was, like, 'I can't do that.' "

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Middle East
3:09 pm
Wed September 25, 2013

Meet The Iranian Commander Pulling Strings In Syria's War

Smoke rises after an airstrike hit a Syrian village on Sept. 22.
AP

Originally published on Wed September 25, 2013 5:22 pm

Perhaps the most important military commander in Syria's civil war is not Syrian at all. He's Iranian Maj. Gen. Qassem Suleimani, and he's the subject of an article by Dexter Filkins in the current edition of The New Yorker.

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Monkey See
2:58 pm
Wed September 25, 2013

In His Silences And His Songs, An Unmistakable Note Of Genius

McCraney in rehearsal for The Brother/Sister Plays at Chicago's Steppenwolf Theatre, where he's a member of the ensemble.
Mark Campbell Steppenwolf Theatre

Originally published on Wed September 25, 2013 5:22 pm

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The Two-Way
2:09 pm
Wed September 25, 2013

FBI Releases Video Of Navy Yard Shooter Moving Through Building

Alexis moves through the hallways of Building #197 carrying the Remington 870 shotgun.
FBI

Originally published on Wed September 25, 2013 4:39 pm

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The Record
2:03 pm
Wed September 25, 2013

The Choice Is Yours: 10 Great Rap Release Dates Of The 1990s

On September 29, 1998, Outkast's Aquemini came out the same day as A Tribe Called Quest's The Love Movement, Brand Nubian's The Foundation and Jay-Z's Vol. 2, Hard Knock Life.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed September 25, 2013 2:31 pm

Raise your hand if you ever cut school to go buy a brand new album the day it came out. Raise your hand if you went to Tower Records, or The Wiz, and you did this in the 1990s. Raise your hand if you remember impatiently waiting for the doors to open, racing to the front of the register line and hoping to make it back to school before lunch — becoming the first to brag about owning the latest EPMD release or Illmatic.

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Parallels
1:52 pm
Wed September 25, 2013

Is Iran's Leader Sincere?

Much To Smile About? Iranian President Hasan Rouhani prepares to address the 68th session of the U.N. General Assembly on Tuesday.
Frank Franklin II AP

Originally published on Tue October 8, 2013 9:59 am

In keeping with his image as a moderate, Iranian President Hasan Rouhani brought his charm offensive to the United Nations this week and held out the possibility of improved relations with the U.S. after more than three decades of hostility.

"Prudent moderation will ensure a bright future for the world," Rouhani told world leaders Tuesday in New York.

So how is the world responding?

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The Two-Way
1:45 pm
Wed September 25, 2013

Senate Takes Next Step Toward Shutdown Showdown

After a dramatic 21-plus hours in which Republican Sen. Ted Cruz stood to express his opposition to President Obama's health care programs, the Senate early Wednesday afternoon voted 100-0 to move ahead and take up legislation that would avert a government shutdown next Tuesday.

As expected, the move by the Democratic-led Senate sets up what promises to be another showdown with the Republican-controlled House.

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Shots - Health News
1:28 pm
Wed September 25, 2013

Say What? French Horn Players Run Risk Of Hearing Loss

Stand back, or wear earplugs.
iStockphoto.com

Originally published on Wed September 25, 2013 2:52 pm

Loud music can lead to hearing loss. But it's not just rock musicians and their fans who are at risk.

In classical orchestras, horn players are particularly vulnerable to hearing damage from the tunes they and their colleagues play.

Some studies have found that horn players are blasted with some of the loudest sounds in the orchestra. The levels are so high that many countries' occupational health regulations would limit exposure like that to a half-hour a day, some studies have found.

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Books
1:02 pm
Wed September 25, 2013

David Dinkins: Leading New York Is The 'Greatest Job There Is'

Former New York City Mayor David Dinkins
Jenny Dossin PublicAffairs

Originally published on Wed September 25, 2013 4:31 pm

As New York City enters the final stretch of its latest mayoral campaign, Tell Me More host Michel Martin hears from a former Big Apple mayor who made history: David Dinkins.

Winning the office in 1989, Dinkins earned the glare of national attention not only as the mayor of one of the country's most important cities, but also as that city's first black mayor.

It was a difficult time for the city. Race relations were fractured, the economy was struggling, and many neighborhoods were gripped by a crack epidemic.

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