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NPR Story
12:47 pm
Thu July 30, 2015

Sports And Media Pros Bet Big On Fantasy Sports

A woman tries the new Yahoo Sports Daily Fantasy contest following a product launch on July 8 in San Francisco. (Eric Risberg/AP)

Originally published on Thu July 30, 2015 2:43 pm

Pro leagues, teams and the media empires that broadcast them are betting big on fantasy sports. DraftKings, a major daily fantasy sports site, said this week it has received a $300 million investment from Fox Sports, Madison Square Garden and the national leagues of baseball, hockey and soccer.

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NPR Story
12:47 pm
Thu July 30, 2015

NAACP To Begin 860-Mile 'Journey For Justice' March

National Association for the Advancement of Color People (NAACP) President and CEO Cornell William Brooks, left, talks with Larry Cohen, president of the Communications Workers of America (CWA), following a news conference announcing NAACP's Journey for Justice on June 15. (Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP)

Originally published on Fri July 31, 2015 10:55 am

On Wednesday, Americans witnessed another shooting of an unarmed black man at the hands of a white police officer. This weekend, the NAACP will be marching to bring awareness and an end these incidents as well as other social justice issues including voting rights, across the country.

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NPR Story
12:47 pm
Thu July 30, 2015

Theories About MH370 Disappearance Range From Unlikely To Absurd

In covering the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 last year, the media covered the story in all sorts of ways. We’ve heard many of the theories on Here & Now, including one guess that involved a possible Russian government plot.

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The Record
12:16 pm
Thu July 30, 2015

Watch Low-Key Country Supergroup Traveller's Charming Video For 'Western Movies'

Traveller is Cory Chisel, Jonny Fritz & Robert Ellis.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Fri July 31, 2015 4:10 pm

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Songs We Love
11:40 am
Thu July 30, 2015

Songs We Love: SiR, 'Crashing Down'

SiR's new album, Seven Sundays, is out Friday.
Dana Washington Courtesy of the artist

The company you keep says a lot. On his upcoming full-length debut, Seven Sundays, Inglewood singer-songwriter SiR (born "Sir" Darryl Farris) is making a hell of a statement through his collaborative choices.

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NPR Story
11:40 am
Thu July 30, 2015

Iran Deal Sparks Potential Arms Race In Region

U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter meets with Saudi Arabian King Salman bin Abdul Aziz at Al-Salam Palace in Jiddah, Saudi Arabia on July 22. Carter came to consult with Saudi leaders, who are also unsettled by an Iran accord they see as likely to increase Iranian power and influence in the Persian Gulf and beyond. (Carolyn Kaster/AP)

U.S. allies in the Middle East are already seeking to boost their missile defense systems after the deal to limit Iran’s nuclear program.

The agreement lifts Iran’s conventional arms embargo sanction in five years and sanctions on long-range missile projects in eight years. According to the Pentagon, Saudi Arabia wants to buy 600 Patriot missile interceptors.

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Goats and Soda
11:09 am
Thu July 30, 2015

What Botswana's Teen Girls Learn In 'Sugar Daddy' Class

The bar chart tells all: That's how eighth-graders at Bakgatle Community Junior Secondary School in Botswana can compare the HIV infection rate of older men and of teenage boys.
Don Boroughs for NPR

Originally published on Thu July 30, 2015 5:28 pm

Chilo Ketlhoafetse struts around an eighth-grade classroom like the coolest guy in Botswana, warming the students up to talk about an awkward subject. He calls out "Nomhlaba!" and they respond "Auwe!" — nonsense words from a local childhood game. Soon he has the students clicking their fingers, dancing and following his every word.

Within an hour, the students at the Bakgatle Community Junior Secondary School in Mochudi are chanting the only message he wants to get across to them: "Older partners are riskier."

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This Is NPR
10:33 am
Thu July 30, 2015

When Animals Talk, NPR Listens

Mamma and baby elephants share a moment.
Andrea Turkalo The National Public Radio-National Geographic Society Sound Collection at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology

Originally published on Fri July 31, 2015 11:22 am

Did you catch what just came out of that critter's mouth? What does it all mean?!

Listen, and listen closely. NPR has been decoding the rich, sonic communication between living creatures: the songs of whales, the call of a cricket, the chirp of a treehopper (a cousin of the cicada). And now you can tune into this wild world of "unheard" conversations.

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The Two-Way
10:30 am
Thu July 30, 2015

Taliban Acknowledge Death Of Leader, Select Successor

Undated photo reportedly showing Taliban leader Mullah Omar.
AP

Originally published on Thu July 30, 2015 1:19 pm

The Taliban have confirmed reports that the group's spiritual leader, Mullah Omar, is dead, and the Afghan-based extremist organization has reportedly chosen a successor.

As Eyder reported on Wednesday, the Afghan government said it had "credible information" that Omar had died in April 2013 in Pakistan.

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The Two-Way
10:28 am
Thu July 30, 2015

University Of Cincinnati Officer Pleads Not Guilty To Murder Charge

Former University of Cincinnati police officer Ray Tensing appears at Hamilton County Courthouse for his arraignment in the shooting death of motorist Samuel DuBose, on Thursday in Cincinnati. Tensing pleaded not guilty to charges of murder and involuntary manslaughter.
John Minchillo AP

Originally published on Thu July 30, 2015 2:33 pm

A University of Cincinnati officer who was charged in the murder of an unarmed black man during a routine traffic stop has pleaded not guilty.

Officer Ray Tensing was escorted into a Hamilton County courthouse on Thursday handcuffed and in a prison uniform.

Hamilton County Common Pleas Judge Megan Shanahan said because Tensing is facing a potential life-in-prison sentence, she was setting his bail at $1 million.

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Book Reviews
10:03 am
Thu July 30, 2015

'Barbara' Is Imperfect, Defiant And Wonderfully Human

Lydia Thompson NPR

Originally published on Thu July 30, 2015 7:45 pm

There's something meaningful, almost defiant, about the title of Lauren Holmes' debut, Barbara the Slut and Other People. It's not the first part, either; while the word "slut" is still frequently used as a term of abuse, it has lost some of the power to shock that it had a few decades ago. It's the final few words — "and other people," not "and other stories," which is the usual naming convention for short story collections.

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The Two-Way
10:02 am
Thu July 30, 2015

'Top Gear' Team Signs Deal With Amazon; New Car Show Set For 2016

James May, Jeremy Clarkson and Richard Hammond have signed a deal for a new show with Amazon.
Amazon Prime Video

Originally published on Thu July 30, 2015 2:50 pm

Months after they left the BBC, car enthusiasts Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May are headed to Amazon, hoping to re-create the success of the long-running TV show Top Gear. The trio left the BBC under a cloud after Clarkson's contract was not renewed because of a physical attack on a show producer.

"The show will be produced by the trio's long time executive producer Andy Wilman," Amazon announced Thursday, adding that production on the new show, whose name wasn't revealed, will begin soon.

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13.7: Cosmos And Culture
8:42 am
Thu July 30, 2015

Raising Voices For Cecil The Lion

Originally published on Thu July 30, 2015 2:09 pm

Cecil the lion's slaughter at the hands of trophy hunters in Zimbabwe has lit up the Internet and social media with protest and outrage in recent days.

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All Songs TV
8:03 am
Thu July 30, 2015

First Watch: Kalle Mattson, 'Avalanche'

Kalle Mattson re-creates the cover of Bruce Springsteen's Born in the U.S.A.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Thu July 30, 2015 9:11 am

Attention all music geeks: Can you identify the 35 album covers Canadian singer Kalle Mattson re-creates in this video?

"Avalanche" is the title track for his new EP, to be released on Aug. 21. It's a big, bold sound for Kalle and draws from the influences of many of the musical heroes he pays homage to in this video, as he told us via email:

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Deceptive Cadence
8:03 am
Thu July 30, 2015

Sound Design: The Art Of The Album Cover

Denise Burt's album cover designs are as cutting-edge as the music they represent.
Denise Burt Dacapo

Calling all design geeks and fans of cool album art! Check out this thing we made.

It tells the story of graphic designer Denise Burt and her album covers. Read about her process, see the art — and hear the music that inspired her.

Shortly after Burt moved to Copenhagen in 2000, she landed a job creating album covers for Denmark's Dacapo Records. Trouble was, she didn't know a thing about the contemporary classical music the label specialized in.

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The Two-Way
7:43 am
Thu July 30, 2015

Testing By AP Finds Water At 2016 Olympic Sites 'Rife With Human Sewage'

The Rodrigo de Freitas lake, which was largely cleaned up in recent years, was thought to be safe for Olympic rowers and canoeists. But an investigation by The Associated Press found it to be among the most polluted sites.
Leo Correa AP

Originally published on Thu July 30, 2015 9:35 am

It's no secret that the water at some of the 2016 Olympic venues in Rio de Janeiro has some problems.

NPR's Lourdes Garcia-Navarro got a whiff of one venue in April. But The Associated Press has just put some science into it by commissioning tests over a five-month period.

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The Two-Way
7:30 am
Thu July 30, 2015

Egypt Postpones Verdict In Trial Of Al Jazeera Journalists

Al Jazeera English producer Baher Mohamed (from left), Canadian-Egyptian acting Cairo bureau chief Mohamed Fahmy and correspondent Peter Greste appear in court along with several other defendants during their trial on terrorism charges in Cairo.
Heba Elkholy AP

Originally published on Thu July 30, 2015 9:18 am

A court in Egypt has delayed reading the verdict in the retrial of three Al Jazeera journalists accused of aiding a terrorist organization.

The BBC reports:

"Canadian-Egyptian Mohamed Fahmy, Egyptian Baher Mohamed and Australian Peter Greste were sentenced to up to 10 years in prison in June 2014.

"Their convictions for spreading false news were overturned on appeal and they were released on bail in February. ...

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Book Reviews
7:03 am
Thu July 30, 2015

'Baby' Is A Pretty Feat Of Misdirection

Courtesy of MIRA Books

Originally published on Thu July 30, 2015 1:34 pm

A novelist friend once told me she loves the TV series American Crime because it focuses on "the other people affected, the ones you never hear about, when a crime happens." You might think creators of fiction, like my friend, would be the first to consider "the other people affected," but finding a suspense novel that upends both the linearity and the nature of what constitutes "crime" occurs less than I might like.

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Parallels
5:07 am
Thu July 30, 2015

In The West Bank, A Rough Start Doesn't Deter New Arab TV Channel

Afaf Shini, a host on the Palestine 48 TV channel, holds a reading card with the satellite channel's logo during a morning broadcast in Ramallah in July. Israel shut down operations just days after the launch.
Nasser Nasser AP

Originally published on Fri July 31, 2015 12:21 pm

One out of every five people in Israel is Arab. But Israeli TV sets aside only a few hours a week for Arabic-language programming. And Arabs in Israel don't have many opportunities to see their own cities and lives reflected on the screen. That's the idea behind a new TV channel. It's called Palestine 48, a reference to the year Israel was founded.

The channel's new morning show is called Our Morning Is Different. It's like an Arabic version of the Today show, with a breezy opening jingle and stock footage of sunlight peeking through a field.

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