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6:44 am
Mon April 7, 2014

Feathers Fly During International Pillow Fight Day

Originally published on Mon April 7, 2014 8:17 am

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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

Good morning. I'm David Greene. People all over the world pummeled each other on Saturday. It was International Pillow Fight Day. In New York City, people dressed as superheroes battled villains - somewhat gently. There was a pillow fight on the National Mall here in Washington, D.C. Feathers were flying in London, Paris, Bucharest and Berlin. In Vienna, one woman described being hit kind of hard in the face.

Asia
5:26 am
Mon April 7, 2014

India's Election: Six Weeks Long, 814 Million Potential Voters

A woman in the northeastern Indian state of Tripura receives her identity card back from an election official on Monday. India began six weeks of voting in a country where more than 800 million are registered to cast ballots.
Saurabh Das AP

Originally published on Tue April 8, 2014 1:03 am

S.Y. Quraishi, the former chief election commissioner, sums up voting in India this way: "The Indian election is not only the biggest election of the world — probably this is the biggest human event of the world."

Indians streamed to the polls Monday in the first stage of a nearly six-week-long national election, and the outcome is very much in doubt. The sheer size sets the election apart: A record 814 million people — more than the electorates of the United States and Europe combined — are eligible to cast ballots.

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Analysis
5:25 am
Mon April 7, 2014

Obama To Circumvent Congress Over Women's Pay

Originally published on Mon April 7, 2014 8:17 am

President Obama on Tuesday is expected to order contractors with the federal government to provide information that could be beneficial to female employees.

Africa
5:18 am
Mon April 7, 2014

Where Does Rwanda Go From Here?

Originally published on Mon April 7, 2014 8:17 am

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

All right. You heard the praise and criticism for Rwanda's government since the genocide. Credit, as well as blame, go to Rwandan's president, Paul Kagame, a onetime rebel leader who helped to bring the genocide to an end.

We reached out to the writer Philip Gourevitch, author of a history of the Rwandan genocide titled, "We Wish to Inform You that Tomorrow We Will be Killed with Our Families." Gourevitch has closely followed Paul Kagame's career.

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Africa
5:15 am
Mon April 7, 2014

Ceremonies Commemorate 20 Years Since Rwanda Genocide

Originally published on Mon April 7, 2014 8:17 am

The ethnic slaughter killed nearly a million people. The massacre was born of years of tension between the majority Hutu and minority Tutsi.

Remembrances
5:14 am
Mon April 7, 2014

The Inimitable Mickey Rooney Dies At 93

Mickey Rooney plays Oliver Nugent in the short-lived television series One of the Boys in 1982. Rooney died Sunday at the age of 93.
NBC via Getty Images

Originally published on Mon April 7, 2014 12:48 pm

Mickey Rooney was a 5-foot-3 dynamo. Whether he was acting, singing or dancing, he poured an uncanny energy into his performances. It's an energy that sustained a lifelong career alongside some of the biggest names in show business, including Judy Garland and Elizabeth Taylor.

He died Sunday at his North Hollywood home, at age 93. He was still working — on a new film version of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.

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Business
5:14 am
Mon April 7, 2014

5-Year-Old Boy Exposes Bug In Microsoft's Xbox

Originally published on Mon April 7, 2014 8:17 am

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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

Our last word in business today - pint-sized security breach.

KGTV in San Diego says Kristoffer Von Hassel recently exposed a major bug in Microsoft's Xbox. He is 5 years old.

STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

Five years old, but Kristoffer was able to log into his father's Xbox Live account after entering the wrong password, then hitting the space bar.

(SOUNDBITE OF SPACE BAR BEING HIT)

INSKEEP: ...a bunch of times.

(SOUNDBITE OF SPACE BAR BEING HIT)

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Business
5:14 am
Mon April 7, 2014

Tyson Foods Recalls Frozen Chicken Nuggets

Originally published on Mon April 7, 2014 8:17 am

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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

NPR's business news starts with a warning about chicken nuggets.

(SOUNDBITE OF MUSIC)

GREENE: Tyson Foods has recalled more than 75,000 pounds of frozen chicken nuggets. Consumers complained that they found small pieces of plastic in their food that caused some minor oral injuries.

Afghanistan
5:14 am
Mon April 7, 2014

Afghanistan Is One Step Closer To Karzai's Successor

Originally published on Mon April 7, 2014 8:17 am

On Saturday, voters turned out in large numbers despite threats of Taliban violence. It will take weeks to learn who will become Afghanistan's next president. Hamid Karzai can't run for a third term

Shots - Health News
3:33 am
Mon April 7, 2014

Involuntary Shaking Can Be Caused By Essential Tremors

Deep brain stimulation eased Shari Finsilver's tremors, but didn't stop them entirely. Here she uses both hands to stabilize a glass of water.
Marvin Shaouni for NPR

Originally published on Mon April 7, 2014 3:51 pm

Katharine Hepburn had it. So did playwright Eugene O'Neill and Sen. Robert Byrd. Essential tremor is a condition that causes involuntary shaking.

While it usually develops in middle age, it can start much earlier. Shari Finsilver was aware of her hands shaking as a child.

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Shots - Health News
3:22 am
Mon April 7, 2014

Chemo Can Make Food Taste Like Metal. Here's Help

Scott Peterson/One Bite at a Time/Celestial Arts

Originally published on Mon April 7, 2014 9:08 am

Cancer patients often lose their appetite because chemotherapy can cause nausea. But it does something else to make food unappetizing – it changes the way things taste.

Hollye Jacobs was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2010, at the age of 39. As a nurse she expected the extreme nausea that often accompanies powerful chemo therapy drugs. But as a patient, she wasn't expecting the taste changes.

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The Changing Lives Of Women
3:22 am
Mon April 7, 2014

Former Bank Executive: Women, Ask For A Raise!

Sallie Krawcheck speaks onstage at the Pennsylvania Conference for Women last year. She says when it comes to negotiating salary, "men ask and women don't."
Lisa Lake Getty Images

Originally published on Mon April 7, 2014 12:10 pm

It's not an exaggeration to say most of America's financial sector is run by men. In the securities and investment banking industries, men hold more than 80 percent of executive positions. And women hold only 17 percent of the board seats on Fortune 500 companies.

Sallie Krawcheck bucked the odds.

As former president of global wealth and investment management for Bank of America, she oversaw more than $2 trillion in assets. But corporate turnovers and personnel changes got her unceremoniously pushed out.

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World
6:29 pm
Sun April 6, 2014

Fighting For Rwanda's Justice In France

Rwandan genocide-hunter Dafroza Gauthier on February 4, 2014 at the opening of the trial of Pascal Simbikangwa, Rwanda's former intelligence chief, charged with complicity in the 1994 Rwandan genocide.
MARTIN BUREAU AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Sun April 6, 2014 8:00 pm

For more than a decade, Dafroza Gauthier and her husband, Alain, have hunted perpetrators of the 1994 Rwandan genocide. More than 800,000 people were killed in the genocide, most of them members of the Tutsi ethnic group.

Earlier this month, the couple gave testimony against former Rwandan intelligence chief Pascal Simbikangwa in Paris. On March 14, Simbikangwa was sentenced to 25 years in prison for complicity in genocide and crimes against humanity. His was the first Rwandan genocide trial to take place in France.

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Africa
5:23 pm
Sun April 6, 2014

How Abandonment In Rwandan Genocide Changed Peacekeepers' Role

Family photographs of some of those who died hang in a display in the Kigali Genocide Memorial Centre in Rwanda's capital on Saturday.
Ben Curtis AP

Originally published on Sun April 6, 2014 6:50 pm

It's been 20 years since the Rwandan genocide, in which political ideology and ethnic hatred gave license to thousands of Hutus to kill Tutsi families. But ethnic ideology may not have unleashed the genocide if the international community had not stepped back and allowed it to happen.

One notorious episode of abandonment changed forever the role of the United Nations peacekeeper. Early in the morning of April 7, 1994, thousands of Tutsis began arriving at a school on the outskirts of the capital, Kigali, seeking the protection of Belgian soldiers stationed there for the U.N.

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Music Interviews
4:59 pm
Sun April 6, 2014

The Coming Robot Army Just Wants To Rock

British musician Tom Jenkinson, a.k.a. Squarepusher.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Sun April 6, 2014 6:50 pm

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Shots - Health News
1:22 pm
Sun April 6, 2014

Simple Blood Test To Spot Early Lung Cancer Getting Closer

An artist's illustration shows lung cancer cells lurking among healthy air sacs.
David Mack Science Source

Originally published on Mon April 7, 2014 1:32 pm

One of these days, there could well be a simple blood test that can help diagnose and track cancers. We aren't there yet, but a burst of research in this area shows we are getting a lot closer.

In the latest of these studies, scientists have used blood samples to identify people with lung cancer.

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Africa
12:42 pm
Sun April 6, 2014

Since Genocide, Rwanda's Women Have Helped Lead The Recovery

Rwanda is commemorating the 20-year anniversary of the genocide. Since that time, more women have entered politics to help with the recovery.
Chip Somodevilla Getty Images

Originally published on Sun April 6, 2014 1:49 pm

The Rwandan genocide left a deep and profound wound. It not only decimated the Rwandan people, it destroyed the nation's political and social structures.

In 1994, after the killing stopped, women made up 70 percent of the population.

They were needed to lead Rwanda's recovery. Rwandan women moved away from traditional roles and joined politics in unprecedented numbers.

Twenty years later, the Rwandan Parliament has more women than anywhere else in the world.

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Commentary
11:22 am
Sun April 6, 2014

In Uganda, The Fastest Public Transport Is DIY

Originally published on Sun April 6, 2014 1:49 pm

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RACHEL MARTIN, HOST:

Stand on almost any corner in Kampala, Uganda and you'll be swarmed by a buzzing throng of men on motorcycles. These are the bota botas, the country's DIY public transportation system. Hop on and for a dollar or two you can go pretty much anywhere you want. During a recent visit to Uganda, Julie Caine of member station KALW, took a ride.

(SOUNDBITE OF TRAFFIC)

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Africa
11:22 am
Sun April 6, 2014

20 Years Later, Rwanda Hopes To Be A 'Light For The World'

Originally published on Sun April 6, 2014 1:49 pm

Rwandan President Paul Kagame is working to transform the legacy of hatred, 20 years after the genocide. The new generation is being taught to find a common purpose in reconstructing Rwanda.

NPR Story
10:44 am
Sun April 6, 2014

'Beer Culture' Revered As Belgium's Heritage

Originally published on Mon April 7, 2014 10:23 am

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RACHEL MARTIN, HOST:

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