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10:54 am
Fri August 14, 2015

Songs We Love: Aaron Lee Tasjan, 'E.N.S.A.A.T.' (East Nashville Song About A Train)

Aaron Lee Tasjan will release his new album, In The Blazes, on October 8.
Stacie Huckeba Courtesy of the Artist

Originally published on Fri August 14, 2015 12:41 pm

Like Brooklyn and Northeast Los Angeles, East Nashville is a bohemian stronghold with an army of newcomers threatening its foundation. I'm one of those newbies, and every day I marvel at the creativity and plain love shared by the musicians who live here. But I also understand that gentrification is pushing out both longtime residents and impoverished younger talents, and that a perfectly prepared smoked-beet salad served in a bistro by an indie-rock guitarist-turned-waiter with a waxed moustache is no substitute for the time and creative space that affordable living makes possible.

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The Two-Way
10:46 am
Fri August 14, 2015

U.S. Flag Flies Over Embassy In Cuba For First Time In 54 Years

Secretary of State John Kerry (left) and other dignitaries watch the raising of the U.S. flag over the newly reopened embassy in Havana on Friday.
Pablo Martinez Monsivais AP

Originally published on Fri August 14, 2015 11:33 am

Updated at 11:25 a.m. ET

Secretary of State John Kerry presided over a ceremony reopening the U.S. Embassy in Havana, including a flag-raising ceremony — an event that will mark the first time the Stars and Stripes have flown over a diplomatic compound there in 54 years.

Kerry, speaking before assembled dignitaries, remembered the strained history of U.S.-Cuba relations, including the 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis, when the Soviet Union was discovered to be siting nuclear rockets on the island nation.

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TED Radio Hour
9:48 am
Fri August 14, 2015

What's The Best Way To Achieve A New Goal?

"When you tell someone your goal and they acknowledge it ... the mind is kind of tricked into feeling that it's already done." — Derek Sivers
James Duncan Davidson TED

Part 4 of the TED Radio Hour episode Amateur Hour.

About Derek Sivers' TED Talk

After setting a new personal goal, often your first instinct is to tell someone. But entrepreneur Derek Sivers says you're better off keeping it to yourself.

About Derek Sivers

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TED Radio Hour
9:48 am
Fri August 14, 2015

When It Comes Time For 'The Talk,' Are All Parents Amateurs?

"I think some people do know how to do it! I wasn't one of those people." — Julia Sweeney
James Duncan Davidson TED

Part 3 of the TED Radio Hour episode Amateur Hour.

About Julia Sweeney's TED Talk

Actor and writer Julia Sweeney says parenting has always made her feel like an amateur — but especially when her 8-year-old started asking some smart questions about animal reproduction.

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TED Radio Hour
9:48 am
Fri August 14, 2015

What Does It Take To Produce Nuclear Fusion — In Your Garage?

"Physics tells you what you can and can't do. If you know the physics anything else is possible." — Taylor Wilson
James Duncan Davidson TED

Part 2 of the TED Radio Hour episode The Amateurs.

About Taylor Wilson's TED Talk

Taylor Wilson is a self-taught nuclear physicist who sees every obstacle as a challenge. He describes how — at age 14 — he built a working nuclear fusion reactor in his garage.

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TED Radio Hour
9:48 am
Fri August 14, 2015

How Does A Year Of Following Biblical Rules Change You?

"I'm Jewish in the same way the Olive Garden is Italian ... But I've become increasingly interested in religion." — A.J. Jacobs
Courtesy of TED

Part 1 of the TED Radio Hour Episode Amateur Hour.

About A.J. Jacob's TED Talk

Author and journalist A.J. Jacobs has made a career of being an amateur. He talks about the year he spent living biblically — following the rules in the Bible as literally as possible.

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TED Radio Hour
9:48 am
Fri August 14, 2015

How Did A Simple Challenge Become A Worldwide Phenomenon?

"My agenda is very transparent and very simple: I want to save my kid, and will not let this disease take him without a fight." — Nancy Frates
Sheryl Lanzel

Part 5 of the TED Radio Hour episode The Amateurs.

About Nancy Frates' TED Talk

The 2014 ALS Ice Bucket Challenge was one of the fastest fundraising efforts in history. Nancy Frates recounts how her love for her son Pete plunged her into leading a worldwide awareness campaign.

About Nancy Frate

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The Two-Way
9:39 am
Fri August 14, 2015

Death Toll Rises As Investigation Into Chinese Port Explosions Continues

Firefighters work at the warehouse explosion site in Tianjin, north China, Friday. Scorched cars are in the foreground; toppled shipping containers are in the background.
Wang Haobo Xinhua /Landov

Originally published on Fri August 14, 2015 12:01 pm

Two days after twin explosions devastated a warehouse area in northeast China, officials say the death toll has risen to 56, including 21 firefighters. More than 6,000 people have been relocated over contamination concerns; the warehouse contained dangerous chemicals.

The authorities are still trying to determine what caused the huge explosions in an industrial area of the port city of Tianjin, where some fires have continued to burn.

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The Two-Way
8:50 am
Fri August 14, 2015

In Long, Raucous Session, Greek Parliament OKs Draft Bailout

Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras looks at his watch as he speaks to a marathon parliamentary session in Athens on Friday. A bitterly divided Parliament approved a draft bailout agreement with international lenders.
Yiannis Liakos AP

Originally published on Fri August 14, 2015 1:55 pm

In a 24-hour marathon session, Greek lawmakers approved the draft of an 85 billion euro bailout reached earlier this week with international lenders — agreeing to many of the austerity measures that voters rejected in a referendum last month and sparking a rebellion in the ruling party ranks.

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Goats and Soda
8:42 am
Fri August 14, 2015

Laws Prohibiting Bush Meat Are Actually A Boon For The Bush Meat Biz

The dik-dik is a small antelope that is hunted as bush meat. This picture was taken in Voi, a town in southern Kenya.
Marcus Bleasdale/VII

Originally published on Mon August 17, 2015 10:05 am

Note: This post contains a photo of a monkey carcass, on sale at a bush meat market, that may be disturbing to some readers.

What's for dinner?

Porcupines, giant squirrels, dwarf crocodiles and a variety of primates, including golden-bellied crowned monkeys and Bioko black colobus monkeys.

Those are some of the bush meat offerings at the outdoor covered market in Malabo on Bioko Island, part of Equatorial Guinea in Central Africa. And shoppers are willing to pay more for these prized delicacies than they'd fork over for chicken or fish.

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The Two-Way
8:42 am
Fri August 14, 2015

Japan's Abe Notes Regret And Past Apologies In WWII Speech

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe bows after delivering an address marking the 70th anniversary of World War II's end for his country. Abe noted Japan's continued grief over the war, but he also said future generations shouldn't be compelled to apologize for the war.
Toru Hanai Reuters /Landov

Originally published on Fri August 14, 2015 3:17 pm

In a much-anticipated speech, Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe expressed his "profound grief" and "sincere condolences" for his country's role in World War II.

But the leader stopped short of renewing apologies extended by his predecessors, and he said he doesn't want future generations to be "predestined to apologize" for the war.

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13.7: Cosmos And Culture
8:07 am
Fri August 14, 2015

Finding The True Philosophical Discussion In 'Irrational Man'

Originally published on Fri August 14, 2015 11:32 am

Woody Allen's lovely new movie, Irrational Man, tells the story of an alcoholic philosophy professor, played by Joaquin Phoenix, who arrives one summer to take up a teaching gig at an idyllic, elite liberal arts college.

I'm not sure what is more far-fetched, the proposition that the entire campus is aflutter with erotic anticipation at the "brilliant" man's arrival, or the idea that Joaquin Phoenix is supposed to be a brilliant philosophy professor.

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Tiny Desk
8:03 am
Fri August 14, 2015

Restorations: Tiny Desk Concert

Tiny Desk Concert with Restorations
Morgan McCloy NPR

Restorations' LP3 was a gorgeous, vulnerable and big-hearted rock and roll record with three electric guitars dialed to the lump in your throat. A year since its release, these introspective anthems about self-doubt and uncertainty still ring true and take on a whole new power live.

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World
7:19 am
Fri August 14, 2015

GPS Locates True Greenwich Meridian Line

Originally published on Fri August 14, 2015 12:52 pm

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Monkey See
6:03 am
Fri August 14, 2015

Pop Culture Happy Hour: 'Difficult People' And Amusement Parks

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Linda Holmes is this close to returning home from two and a half weeks at the Television Critics Association press tour — so close, she swears can practically feel the fabric of the sheets on her very own bed — but she's absent from this week's Pop Culture Happy Hour taping. Which, in turn, means two very special guests on this week's show: Super-librarian Margaret H. Willison and Code Switch lead blogger Gene Demby join Glen Weldon and me for a spirited and wide-ranging discussion.

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NPR Story
5:10 am
Fri August 14, 2015

Engineers Make Narcotics With Yeast. Is Home-Brewed Heroin Next?

This genetically modified yeast can convert sugar into powerful opioid drugs. Scientists working with the modified yeast strains are required to register them with the Drug Enforcement Administration and keep the yeast under lock and key.
Courtesy of Christina Smolke/Stanford University

Originally published on Mon August 17, 2015 5:05 pm

When bioengineer Christina Smolke started her own research lab, she was only 29-years-old. But that didn't stop her from setting colossal goals.

Smolke immediately began to work on what many considered to be a holy grail in bioengineering: yeast that can literally brew narcotic drugs. Achieving that, she knew, could open the door to the quick development of better medications of all sorts.

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NPR Story
5:10 am
Fri August 14, 2015

High-Level U.S. Delegation To Make First Trip To Cuba Since 1961

Originally published on Fri August 14, 2015 12:52 pm

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NPR Story
5:10 am
Fri August 14, 2015

Yuan's Devaluation Could Help China Become A World Financial Player

Originally published on Mon August 17, 2015 2:35 pm

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NPR Story
5:10 am
Fri August 14, 2015

HBO To Air Exclusive New Episodes Of 'Sesame Street'

These familiar faces will soon be appearing on another channel.
Kathy Willens AP

Originally published on Fri August 14, 2015 4:03 pm

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"Sesame Street" has found a new home, HBO. Under a five-year deal, new episodes will get their first run on the pay cable channel. As NPR media correspondent David Folkenflik reports, the deal gives "Sesame Street" a fresh lease on life.

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Music News
5:10 am
Fri August 14, 2015

Biopic 'Straight Outta Compton' Tells The Epic Story Of Hip-Hop And N.W.A

The five young stars of Straight Outta Compton. Left to right: Aldis Hodge (MC Ren), Neil Brown, Jr. (DJ Yella), Jason Mitchell (Eazy-E), O'Shea Jackson, Jr. (Ice Cube), Corey Hawkins (Dr. Dre).
Universal Studios

Originally published on Fri August 14, 2015 2:36 pm

In the late 1980s, Los Angeles hip-hop group N.W.A created a sensation and controversy with their music, which was labeled gangsta rap. Like the group's story, the making of their much-anticipated biopic, Straight Outta Compton, is filled with drama.

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