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5:00 pm
Thu March 19, 2015

Investigation Continues Into Deadly Museum Attack In Tunis

Originally published on Thu March 19, 2015 8:19 pm

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Technology
5:00 pm
Thu March 19, 2015

Apple Planning To Offer 'Skinny' TV Service, Reports Say

Originally published on Thu March 19, 2015 8:19 pm

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World
5:00 pm
Thu March 19, 2015

Detained Feminists Highlight China's Crackdown On Dissent

Originally published on Thu March 19, 2015 8:19 pm

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Goats and Soda
5:00 pm
Thu March 19, 2015

Egyptian Singer, Meet Burundi Bassist. Play Among Yourselves!

A Nile Project concert in Al Azhar Park, Cairo, Egypt, 31 January, 2013.
Courtesy of Matjaz Kacicnik/Nile Project

Originally published on Thu March 19, 2015 8:19 pm

Late one night, Dina el-Wadi, a singer and musician from Cairo, arrived in Kampala, Uganda. She'd come for a gathering of musicians who live in countries along the Nile River.

She went to bed and woke up to pure enchantment: "I found a very beautiful woman singing in the morning in a very, very, very magical way. So I said, 'Oh, who is this girl that's going to sing with us?'"

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13.7: Cosmos And Culture
4:48 pm
Thu March 19, 2015

We May Have Snakes To Thank For Our Acute Vision

Next time you run into an African bush viper like this one, be thankful for your forward-facing eyes.
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Originally published on Fri March 20, 2015 8:46 am

In a new paper published in the journal Primates, author William C. McGrew, a former professor of evolutionary primatology at the University of Cambridge, reports a high rate of venomous snake encounters by his team of primatologists seeking to observe unhabituated wild chimpanzees in Mount Assirik, Senegal, West Africa.

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Parallels
4:36 pm
Thu March 19, 2015

Despite Cease-Fire, Skirmishes Carry On Along Ukraine's Front Line

A Ukrainian serviceman walks in the village of Pisky in the region of Donetsk controlled by Ukrainian forces on Feb. 26.
Oleksandr Ratushniak AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Fri March 20, 2015 8:50 am

Fighting in eastern Ukraine between Ukrainian forces and pro-Russia separatists has died down after a cease-fire agreement last month, but there are stretches of the front line where shooting has never really stopped.

Near the village of Pisky, for instance, you can hear the dull thud of incoming mortar rounds, coming in sporadic waves.

Pisky is on the Ukrainian government side of the front line, but it's not far from the separatist-controlled city of Donetsk.

The shelling is more than a mile from a militia camp set up in what used to be a small hotel and cafe.

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Planet Money
4:30 pm
Thu March 19, 2015

How Much (Or Little) The Middle Class Makes, In 30 U.S. Cities

Quoctrung Bui/NPR

Originally published on Fri March 20, 2015 9:07 am

"My family's household income is $250,000 a year, but I promise you I am middle class."

That's from a recent article in a college newspaper by a student who grew up in Silicon Valley. And it's the kind of thing you hear pretty often from people who live in expensive parts of the country.

That got us thinking: What do families in the middle of the income distribution actually make in cities around the United States?

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NPR Story
3:38 pm
Thu March 19, 2015

2,000 Snow Geese Die In Idaho

2,000 snow geese in Idaho died this month as a result of avian cholera. (hjhipster/Flickr)

Wildlife experts say avian cholera is responsible for a mass die-off of snow geese in Idaho this month, which left 2,000 of the migratory birds dead. Wildlife officials say they are taking precautions so that it doesn’t spread.

Jeff Knetter, a waterfowl biologist with the Idaho Department of Fish & Game tells Here & Now’s Robin Young about how spectacular it is when tens of thousands of snow geese at once take off in flight.

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SXSW Music Festival
3:33 pm
Thu March 19, 2015

Courtney Barnett, 'Nobody Really Cares If You Don't Go To The Party' (Live At SXSW)

Courtney Barnett on stage at Stubb's in Austin, Texas during SXSW 2015.
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Originally published on Fri March 20, 2015 11:24 am

"This song's for anybody who couldn't make into this show, if there is anybody," Courtney Barnett says before blasting through "Nobody Really Cares If You Don't Go To The Party," from her just-over-the-horizon debut album, Sometimes I Sit And Think, And Sometimes I Just Sit. The modesty is cute but unnecessary; Barnett has the attention of many crowds at SXSW 2015, and a live show that can hold it.

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The Two-Way
3:20 pm
Thu March 19, 2015

Netanyahu Says A Palestinian State Is 'Unachievable' Today

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks at the American Israel Public Affairs Committee Policy Conference in Washington earlier this month. In an interview with NPR's Morning Edition, Netanyahu said a separate Palestinian state is unachievable "under the present circumstances."
Pablo Martinez Monsivais AP

Originally published on Fri March 20, 2015 6:55 am

Updated at 5:15 p.m. ET.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, fresh from victory in parliamentary elections this week, says he wants to clarify remarks he made on the campaign trail that appeared to write off any possibility of a Palestinian state on his watch.

"What I said was that under the present circumstances, today, it is unachievable," Netanyahu says in an interview with Morning Edition host Steve Inskeep to be aired Friday. "I said that the conditions have to change."

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The Two-Way
3:17 pm
Thu March 19, 2015

Qatar To Host Final Of Soccer's 2022 World Cup On Dec. 18

Originally published on Thu March 19, 2015 7:45 pm

Soccer's governing body says the final of the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar will be played on Dec. 18, the Arab country's national day.

FIFA's executive committee also agreed that the 2022 World Cup, whose venue and schedule have been the focus of controversy, will be played over "a reduced timeframe, for instance 28 days."

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Alt.Latino
3:02 pm
Thu March 19, 2015

It's Beginning To Feel A Lot Like Spring: An Alt.Latino New Music Mix

Singer/songwriter Alex Cuba
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The Two-Way
2:28 pm
Thu March 19, 2015

Obama Orders Reduction In Government's Greenhouse Gas Emissions

President Obama on Thursday signs an executive order directing the federal government to cut greenhouse gas emissions over the next decade.
Jacquelyn Martin AP

Originally published on Thu March 19, 2015 4:44 pm

President Obama signed an executive order at the White House on Thursday directing the federal government to cut its emissions of greenhouse gases by 40 percent from 2008 levels within the next decade and to increase its use of renewable energy sources to 30 percent of total consumption.

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Music Interviews
2:16 pm
Thu March 19, 2015

Bluegrass Musician Norman Blake Releases An Album Of Original Songs

Originally published on Fri March 20, 2015 10:57 am

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Book Reviews
2:16 pm
Thu March 19, 2015

'A Little Life': An Unforgettable Novel About The Grace Of Friendship

Originally published on Fri March 20, 2015 1:52 pm

America is hooked on stories of redemption and rebirth, be it Cheryl Strayed rediscovering herself by hiking the Pacific Trail or the late David Carr pulling himself out of the crack-house and into The New York Times. We just love tales about healing.

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World Cafe
1:08 pm
Thu March 19, 2015

Brandi Carlile On World Cafe

Brandi Carlile.
Rocco Peditto WXPN

Originally published on Mon March 23, 2015 9:25 am

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Goats and Soda
12:35 pm
Thu March 19, 2015

Botched Ritual Circumcision Leads To World's First Penile Transplant

These teens from the Xhosa tribe wear traditional garb and paint after their coming-of-age circumcision ceremony near Qunu, South Africa.
CARL DE SOUZA AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Thu March 19, 2015 5:02 pm

It began with a ritual circumcision for a teenager in South Africa, from the Xhosa tribe. And it ended with the world's first penile transplant, completed in December and disclosed last week.

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Deceptive Cadence
12:11 pm
Thu March 19, 2015

Sviatoslav Richter: The Pianist Who Made The Earth Move

Sviatoslav Richter, born 100 years ago in Ukraine, is considered one of the world's greatest pianists.
Sony Music Photo Archives

Originally published on Fri March 20, 2015 8:48 am

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The Two-Way
11:31 am
Thu March 19, 2015

NPR Appoints The AP's Michael Oreskes As News Chief

Michael Oreskes says that he admires NPR's reportorial muscle and that the network's greatest strength can be found in its ability to tell stories that listeners find compelling, accessible and absorbing.
Chuck Zoeller AP

Originally published on Thu March 19, 2015 2:57 pm

NPR has named Michael Oreskes, a top Associated Press executive and former New York Times editor who has led newsrooms in such global centers as New York, Washington and Paris, to run its news division.

Officially, Oreskes will be the network's senior vice president for news and editorial director, a slightly refashioned title. Oreskes is currently vice president and senior managing editor at the AP, where he oversees the giant international news wire's daily report.

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Press Room
11:26 am
Thu March 19, 2015

NPR Names Michael Oreskes Senior Vice President of News and Editorial Director

Chuck Zoeller AP

Chris Turpin Promoted to Vice President of News

March 19, 2015; Washington, D.C. – NPR President and CEO Jarl Mohn has named noted journalist and author Michael Oreskes Senior Vice President of News and Editorial Director, effective April 27, 2015. Oreskes is currently Vice President and Senior Managing Editor of The Associated Press and was previously Executive Editor of The International Herald Tribune and Deputy Managing Editor of The New York Times.

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