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It's All Politics
3:34 pm
Fri August 14, 2015

New Piñata Trumps Usual Party Props For Mexican Entrepreneur

Dalton Javier Ramirez, a 28-year-old piñata maker from Reynosa, Mexico, works on his popular new creation — a piñata of Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump.
John Burnett NPR

Originally published on Fri August 14, 2015 6:21 pm

Donald Trump never met Dalton Javier Ramirez. But the 69-year-old real estate mogul would have a grudging respect for the ambitious 28-year-old piñata entrepreneur.

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Song Travels
2:56 pm
Fri August 14, 2015

Arturo O'Farrill On Song Travels

Arturo O'Farrill.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Mon August 17, 2015 9:35 am

Grammy-winning bandleader, composer and pianist Arturo O'Farrill, son of the late Chico O'Farrill, has carried on his father's legacy as director of the Chico O'Farrill Afro Cuban Jazz Orchestra. He's also the founder and artistic director of the Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra, which has performed worldwide.

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The Two-Way
2:35 pm
Fri August 14, 2015

With Discovery, 3 Scientists Chip Away At An Unsolvable Math Problem

The 15th convex pentagon found to be able to tile a plane.
Casey Mann

Originally published on Fri August 14, 2015 3:38 pm

Jennifer McLoud-Mann had almost come to believe that her last two years of work had been for naught.

"It had gotten to the point, where we hadn't found anything," she said. "And I was starting to believe I just don't know if we're going to find anything."

Armed with an algorithm, McLoud-Mann, along with her husband, Casey Mann, and David Von Derau — all of the University of Washington, Bothell — had been trying to help unravel one of math's long-standing unanswered questions.

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NPR Story
2:23 pm
Fri August 14, 2015

One Man's Story Of Texting While Driving

Originally published on Fri August 14, 2015 2:47 pm

MTV is featuring the story of Reggie Shaw, who was 19 years old when he driving his truck and sent a text to his girlfriend. His truck crossed the road’s center line, hitting an oncoming car. The two men inside were killed.

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NPR Story
2:22 pm
Fri August 14, 2015

Mangoes For The Masses

Anna Milaeva, founder of Mangoes to Share, and Steven Brownlee pick mangos from a South Miami home last month. Later that day, they donated more than 500 pounds to the Miami Rescue Mission shelters in the city's Wynwood neighborhood. (Alexander Gonzalez/WLRN)

Originally published on Fri August 14, 2015 2:47 pm

Mango season is just about over in South Florida, where one group has been spreading the “king of fruits'” wealth. Mangoes to Share has donated more than 700 pounds of mangoes this summer to homeless shelters.

From the Here & Now Contributors Network, WLRN’s Alexander Gonzalez reports.

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Movie Interviews
2:13 pm
Fri August 14, 2015

Jason Segel On Breakups, Bromances And 'Freaks And Geeks'

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Author Interviews
2:13 pm
Fri August 14, 2015

David Foster Wallace: The 'Fresh Air' Interview

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NPR Story
2:06 pm
Fri August 14, 2015

Trading Places

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NPR Story
2:06 pm
Fri August 14, 2015

Lucky 8-Ball

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NPR Story
2:06 pm
Fri August 14, 2015

Lake Chronicopia

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Movies
1:37 pm
Fri August 14, 2015

Discovering Movies, And How Visions Are Seldom All They Seem

A first movie, like Disney's Sleeping Beauty, can have a big impact on little kids. It might even turn them into movie reviewers one day.
Courtesy of The Kobal Collection

Originally published on Fri August 14, 2015 6:21 pm

Editor's Note: Hot weather is the time for popcorn pictures — escapist films that may have laughs or tears along the way, but that inevitably end happily. It's a formula that's served Hollywood well, and that's also served to make a lot of people into movie addicts, including our critic Bob Mondello. He now sees more than 300 movies a year — many of which do not have happy endings, and that suits him fine. But we asked him if he remembered his first trip to a movie theater. And he did.

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NPR Story
1:23 pm
Fri August 14, 2015

'Straight Outta Compton': A Reminder That N.W.A. Lyrics Were Controversial, Poignant

"Straight Outta Compton" hits theaters today. (Courtesy)

Originally published on Mon August 17, 2015 10:22 am

This weekend, we’ll all be able to look back on what you could call some ancient history in hip-hop.

The new film “Straight Outta Compton” tells the story of five friends who shot out of that California city like a rocket. But it also serves as a reminder about the true-to-life tales that N.W.A. sang about, of police mistreatment, distrust and life in the inner city.

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NPR Story
1:23 pm
Fri August 14, 2015

'Bert The Tree' Headed For The Chipper

Students gather under "Bert" in support of keeping the bluff oak on the University of Florida campus. (Facebook)

Originally published on Fri August 14, 2015 2:47 pm

In Gainesville, Florida, a 200-year-old tree that students have named “Bert” appears to be slated for destruction.

The tree, which is one of the largest heritage bluff oaks in Florida, has become the focus of a debate between students and the University of Florida’s administration over plans to build a $50 million engineering building.

Here & Now’s Robin Young talks to Jason Smith, a professor of forest pathology who has been an active participant in the fight to save Bert.

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NPR Story
1:23 pm
Fri August 14, 2015

Dealing With Tough Negotiations

'The Negotiator' by George Mitchell (Courtesy)

Originally published on Mon August 17, 2015 10:22 am

George Mitchell represented Maine as a U.S. senator for 15 years. He also served presidents as a special envoy to Northern Ireland and the. Middle East, so he knows a thing or two about bringing divided people together.

Here & Now’s Jeremy Hobson talks to George Mitchell about his work overseas, and what he thinks is wrong with Washington.

Book Excerpt: ‘The Negotiator’

By George Mitchell

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NPR Story
1:22 pm
Fri August 14, 2015

When Should Nations Apologize?

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe made an anniversary statement in recognition of the 70th anniversary of Japan's surrender from World War II, saying that neighboring nations will scrutinize for signs of sufficient remorse over Tokyo's past militarism. Abe expressed deep remorse over World War II and said previous national apologies were unshakable, but emphasized future generations should not have to keep saying sorry. (Toru Yamanaka/Getty Images)

Originally published on Fri August 14, 2015 2:47 pm

Today, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe marked the 70th anniversary of Japan’s surrender ending World War II. He upheld past apologies made by the country’s government but he did not issue a new one.

China and South Korea, which suffered under Japanese occupation during the war, say that country has never fully atoned for its conduct during the war. How does a country do that, and should it?

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The Two-Way
1:11 pm
Fri August 14, 2015

Newly Discovered Exoplanet Provides Glimpse Into Jupiter's Past

An artistic conception of the Jupiter-like exoplanet, 51 Eridani b, seen in the near-infrared light that shows the hot layers deep in its atmosphere glowing through clouds.
Danielle Futselaar & Franck Marchis, SETI Institute

Originally published on Fri August 14, 2015 2:45 pm

The discovery of a new planet about 100 light years from Earth could provide clues as to what Jupiter was like early in the life of our solar system.

The new exoplanet, 51 Eridani b, is thought to be just 20 million years old, a tiny fraction of the age of Jupiter, which was formed along with the rest of the solar system about 4.5 billion years ago.

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Parallels
1:01 pm
Fri August 14, 2015

重塑因地震而破碎的生活

黄梅花, 18岁. 在2008年中国西南方的毁灭性地震中失去了膝盖以下的双腿。今年将要开始高中的最后一年, 这个地方让她学会英语, 参加 SATs (美国高考)并且希望有机会能在美国或者加拿大念书。
Courtesy of Huang Meihua

Editor's note: NPR's Melissa Block was on a reporting trip to southwest China in May 2008 when a massive earthquake hit, leaving some 90,000 dead or missing. Now, as she wraps up her time hosting All Things Considered, she reconnected with a girl, now a young woman, who has overcome great obstacles since that traumatic event. The original version, published in English, is here.

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All Songs Considered
11:58 am
Fri August 14, 2015

All Songs +1: Marking The Demise Of 'The Spotify Of The '80s'

One of many ads run by Columbia House during its heyday.
Mushy Flickr

Originally published on Sat August 15, 2015 2:36 am

Columbia House (actually, the company that has owned Columbia House since 2012) filed for bankruptcy this week, which will mean a great deal to those who were music lovers in the 1980s and '90s, and probably close to nothing to listeners under the age of 30. Columbia House was a mail-order music warehouse, which used cheap (or free) LPs, then 8-tracks, then cassettes and CDs to rope customers into its full-price subscription service.

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Planet Money
11:29 am
Fri August 14, 2015

13 Years Of American Credit Cards, In 1 Graph

Quoctrung Bui/NPR

Originally published on Fri August 14, 2015 12:09 pm

Last week, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker revealed that he was paying off a credit card that was charging him 27 percent interest — really high! That got me thinking: What kind of deal are the rest of us getting on our credit cards? And how has that changed over time?

To find out, I analyzed a Federal Reserve Survey that delves into the details of people's finances. Here's what I found.

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Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz
11:15 am
Fri August 14, 2015

Bertha Hope On Piano Jazz

Bertha Hope on the cover of In Search Of Hope.
Courtesy of the artist

Bertha Hope's contributions to mainstream and improvised musical idioms have made her elite among her peers. Wife of the pianist Elmo Hope (1923-1967), Bertha has kept their extraordinary teamwork alive through her highly regarded trio and solo performances.

In this Piano Jazz session from 1991, Bertha Hope performs "In Search Of Hope" and host Marian McPartland joins her for a duet of "I'm Beginning To See The Light."

Originally broadcast in the fall of 1991.

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