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Parallels
5:55 pm
Fri April 24, 2015

Clearing The Tangled Path For Land Ownership In The West Bank

One of the first homes going up on land bought and sold as part of a Canadian-Palestinian investment firm's effort to properly register plots. Much land in the West Bank is not registered and has no title deed, creating problems for economic development.
Emily Harris NPR

Originally published on Fri April 24, 2015 6:11 pm

High on a West Bank hilltop, the extended Dissi family gathered on a recent weekend for a day out in the Palestinian countryside.

Aunts, uncles and cousins came to see the half-built weekend home of Taysier Dissi, an electrician and father of three. The concrete-block shell, with windows set and stairs roughed in, is placed just right for the view.

This will be the family's getaway from their home in the cramped confines of Jerusalem's often tense Old City. Dissi paid about $30,000 for one-third of an acre here, bought from a Palestinian-Canadian company, UCI.

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The Two-Way
5:35 pm
Fri April 24, 2015

Baltimore Police: Freddie Gray Should've Gotten Medical Help At Scene Of Arrest

Baltimore Police Department Commissioner Anthony Batts speaks about the investigation into Freddie Gray's death at a news conference on Friday in Baltimore.
Patrick Semansky AP

Police officials in Baltimore admitted that their officers should have provided medical attention immediately following the arrest of Freddie Gray.

Instead, Deputy Police Commissioner Kevin Davis said during a press conference, police officers put handcuffed Gray and put him in the back of a police van without ever buckling him in.

The van went on to make three different stops across town. At the first, Gray was shackeled, but at no point said Commissioner Anthony Batts was Gray ever buckled into the van.

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Africa
5:22 pm
Fri April 24, 2015

Lawless Libya: The Jumping Off Point For Migrants Heading To Europe

Originally published on Fri April 24, 2015 6:05 pm

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U.S.
5:22 pm
Fri April 24, 2015

What's That Smell? The Beautiful Tree That's Causing Quite A Stink

Callery pear trees in Pittsburgh. The smell of the invasive trees has been compared to rotting fish and other stinky things.
Luke H. Gordon Flickr

Originally published on Fri April 24, 2015 6:05 pm

It's springtime in Pittsburgh, and throughout the city, Callery pear trees are sprouting beautiful, white blossoms.

But that's just the problem. Simply put, these trees stink.

"This whole place smells like dead fish," says Sheila Titus. "I mean everywhere. Everywhere you see one of these trees with the white on them."

Titus has lived in her home in the now hip neighborhood of Lawrenceville for 49 years. Two decades ago, her grandson and his 7th grade class planted a row of Callery pears across the street from her house.

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NPR Story
5:04 pm
Fri April 24, 2015

Sabiduría: Transracial Adoption

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NPR Story
5:04 pm
Fri April 24, 2015

José James Loves Billie Holiday

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NPR Story
5:04 pm
Fri April 24, 2015

Remittance Dream Homes

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NPR Story
5:04 pm
Fri April 24, 2015

A Mariachi Opera

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NPR Story
5:04 pm
Fri April 24, 2015

Frida's Food

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NPR Story
5:04 pm
Fri April 24, 2015

Guatemala Adoption

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It's All Politics
5:03 pm
Fri April 24, 2015

With Tears And Thanks, Attorney General Eric Holder Says Goodbye

Holder said goodbye to Justice Department employees Friday.
Chip Somodevilla Getty Images

"Hey," the attorney general said as he walked into his final meeting with senior staffers Friday morning. "Let's do this one last time."

After more than six years running the Justice Department, Eric Holder took a seat at his polished wooden table and prepared to close the door on an institution where he'd spent countless hours since September 1976.

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All Tech Considered
4:40 pm
Fri April 24, 2015

At The Heart Of A Watch, Tested By Time

The author, modeling her mother's watch.
Laura Sydell NPR

Originally published on Fri April 24, 2015 5:22 pm

When my mother passed away, I was by her side in a peaceful, sunny room at a hospice in South Florida. The sliding glass doors looked out to a flourishing garden filled with bougainvillea, rose bushes and carefully cultivated grasses. A block of sunlight, alive with swirling dust, hit the edge of my mother's bed where the tops of her small bony feet made a lump under the light cotton covers.

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Author Interviews
4:40 pm
Fri April 24, 2015

Don't Take His Stapler: 'Paper Clip' Author's Passion For Office Supplies

Originally published on Fri April 24, 2015 5:47 pm

The percussive snap of a stapler. The crisp peeling of a Post-it note. The ruffling flip of an old Rolodex chock-full of cards. James Ward loves office supplies beyond reason — and he's written about the history of everything from the pencil to the glue stick in his new book, The Perfection of the Paper Clip.

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Middle East
4:40 pm
Fri April 24, 2015

Keith Murdoch, Father Of Media Baron, Disclosed Disaster At Gallipoli

Originally published on Fri April 24, 2015 5:22 pm

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Movie Interviews
4:40 pm
Fri April 24, 2015

Marfa's Mexican-Americans Remember 'Giant' And Southwest Segregation

The 1956 film Giant was nominated for 10 Academy Awards and won a Best Director Oscar for George Stevens. Above, James Dean sits on set with Robert Marquez, left, and Joe Vasquez of Marfa, Texas.
Richard C. Miller, 1955

Originally published on Fri April 24, 2015 5:22 pm

In 1956, the film Giant (based on the 1952 novel by Edna Ferber) took a piercing look at the Texas myth. It traced the rise of power from cattle ranchers to oil barons and examined the tensions between whites and Latinos. The film was nominated for 10 Academy Awards and won a best director Oscar for George Stevens.

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The Two-Way
3:46 pm
Fri April 24, 2015

Sabeen Mahmud, Pakistani Social Activist, Shot Dead In Karachi

Originally published on Fri April 24, 2015 4:53 pm

Sabeen Mahmud, a Pakistani social activist who ran Karachi's Second Floor cafe, was shot dead Friday by unknown gunmen in the port city.

The Dawn newspaper reports that Mahmud and her mother were on their way home from the cafe, known locally as T2F, at 9 p.m. local time when they were attacked. She died on her way to the hospital, the newspaper reported; doctors retrieved five bullets from her body. Her mother is in critical condition, the newspaper added.

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The Two-Way
3:25 pm
Fri April 24, 2015

At A Georgia University, Tension Between Free Speech, Patriotism Sparks Protest

Originally published on Fri April 24, 2015 3:55 pm

An incident that sparked tensions between the ideals of patriotism and free speech has culminated in a mass protest that shut down the campus of Valdosta State University in south Georgia on Friday.

According to several local media outlets, thousands of protesters from around the state flooded onto the college campus to fly American flags.

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It's All Politics
3:09 pm
Fri April 24, 2015

Read Their Lips: No New Taxes. Pledge Season Is Officially Open.

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush's campaign dismissed the no-new taxes pledge as something "circulated by lobbying groups" and he says he "will not sign."
David Goldman AP

Originally published on Fri April 24, 2015 3:56 pm

In recent campaigns, candidates have been asked to sign a lot of pledges. But one stands out from the rest — the 58-word "Taxpayer Protection Pledge."

Sens. Rand Paul and Ted Cruz became the first 2016 presidential candidates to sign the no-new-taxes pledge. They're likely just the first dominoes to fall in line. In 2012, every presidential candidate signed the pledge except former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman.

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All Songs Considered
2:33 pm
Fri April 24, 2015

Drum Fill Friday, With Cayetana's Kelly Olsen

Kelly Olsen at the kit for the Philadelphia-based rock trio Cayetana, performing at NPR Music's CMJ music festival show.
Loren Wohl for NPR

Originally published on Fri April 24, 2015 3:46 pm

This week's guest Quizmaster is Kelly Olsen, drummer for the Philadelphia-based rock trio Cayetana. This is one of our favorite new bands of the past year. We featured Cayetana in a live concert webcast from New York during last fall's CMJ music festival, and most recently for their video for the song "Scott Get The Van, I'm Moving."

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NPR Story
2:33 pm
Fri April 24, 2015

An Audio Postcard From A Columbus Barbershop

Peter gets a hair cut from Jim Morris in Columbus, Ohio. (Peter O'Dowd)

Originally published on Fri April 24, 2015 2:41 pm

Here & Now’s Peter O’Dowd is retracing part of the route that Abraham Lincoln’s funeral train took 150 years ago. The train was carrying the body of the late president and was making its way to Springfield, Illinois from Washington, D.C.

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