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1:39 pm
Fri January 30, 2015

Beijing Mayor Calls Smog 'Unlivable'

A heavy smog hits the city on November 25, 2014 in Beijing, China. (ChinaFotoPress via Getty Images)

Originally published on Fri January 30, 2015 2:44 pm

With tourism down and dangerous levels of smog clouding the horizon, Beijing Mayor Wang Anshun has declared it “not a livable city,” according to the China Youth Daily newspaper.

Here & Now’s Lisa Mullins speaks with Will Philipps, a U.K. expat and marathoner who has lived in the Chinese capital for three years and monitors the pollution daily to avoid exercising on “unhealthy air” days.

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NPR Story
1:39 pm
Fri January 30, 2015

Mitt Romney's Not Running, So Who's Got Ground Game In Iowa?

Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker and Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush (Darren Hauck, Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Originally published on Fri January 30, 2015 2:44 pm

Former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney announced today that he wouldn’t run for the White House for a third time.

Kay Henderson, news director of Radio Iowa, tells Here & Now’s Jeremy Hobson that former Florida Governor Jeb Bush has been moving quickly to firm up support in Iowa.

So have other Republicans such as Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker. And Democrat Hillary Clinton so far hasn’t really been heard from yet.

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Mountain Stage
1:30 pm
Fri January 30, 2015

Rose Cousins On Mountain Stage

Rose Cousins.
Brian Blauser Mountain Stage

Rose Cousins makes her first appearance on Mountain Stage, recorded live in Charleston, West Virginia. One of Canada's most respected young singer-songwriters, Prince Edward Island native Rose Cousins has garnered numerous awards including a JUNO for Roots & Traditional Album of the Year, two Canadian Folk Music Awards for Best Contemporary Singer, six East Coast Music Awards, three Nova Scotia Music Awards, and three PEI Music Awards. Now living in Halifax, Cousins has performed in Boston for nearly a decade, and is deeply involved in that city's musical community.

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All Songs Considered
12:57 pm
Fri January 30, 2015

Drum Fill Friday, For Jan. 30

Jazz percussionist Lionel Hampton once said that "drumming was the best way to get close to God." For me, it's putting together these Drum Fill Friday puzzlers. This week's batch of fills comes from a handful of (I think) instantly recognizable hits, so I'm expecting a lot of perfect scores. Good luck, careful listeners!

As always, if you have a drummer or a fill you'd like to see featured in these weekly puzzlers, let us know in the comments section or via Twitter @allsongs, #drumfillfriday.

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The Two-Way
12:36 pm
Fri January 30, 2015

Jeremy The Koala, Rescued From Australian Brush Fire, Goes Home

Jeremy the Koala.
BBC Weather

Originally published on Fri January 30, 2015 4:31 pm

Jeremy the koala — who became a social-media sensation after a photo went viral showing him recuperating from injuries sustained in an Australian wildfire — is being released back into the wild.

The three-year-old male koala, nicknamed after his rescuer, was removed from the Adelaide Hills in South Australia after a massive brush fire swept through the area. His paws had been burned and he was badly in need of treatment.

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Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz
12:29 pm
Fri January 30, 2015

Danilo Pérez On Piano Jazz

Danilo Pérez.
Courtesy of the artist

Panamanian pianist Danilo Perez worked with Dizzy Gillespie and his United Nations Orchestra, from whom he absorbed bebop and pre-bop styles. But Gillespie also impressed upon Perez the importance of getting to the roots of his own heritage, and Perez began creating music that seeks connection and defies boundaries. In this Piano Jazz session from 1994, he demonstrated his fresh ideas in his original composition "Reminisce."

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NPR Story
12:16 pm
Fri January 30, 2015

Sabiduría: #LatinoLit

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12:16 pm
Fri January 30, 2015

Hurray for the Riff Raff

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12:16 pm
Fri January 30, 2015

Undocumented Voting

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12:16 pm
Fri January 30, 2015

Being LGBT in Cuba

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12:16 pm
Fri January 30, 2015

Community/Police Relations

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World Cafe
12:13 pm
Fri January 30, 2015

Billy Idol On World Cafe

Billy Idol.
Michael Muller Courtesy of the artist

If all you know about Billy Idol is the hair, the sneer and a string of hits in the '80s, then you need to give this conversation your attention. Idol has a new autobiography named after one of his best-known songs, "Dancing With Myself," and he's recently released a new album called Kings And Queens Of The Underground.

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The Two-Way
12:05 pm
Fri January 30, 2015

Bomb Attack On Shiite Mosque In Pakistan Leaves At Least 55 Dead

Pakistani protesters in Karachi condemn a bombing at a Shiite mosque in Shikarpur on Friday.
Fareed Khan AP

Originally published on Fri January 30, 2015 3:33 pm

At least 55 people are dead and dozens injured after a blast ripped through a mosque in southern Pakistan where worshipers had gathered for Friday prayers.

Jundullah, a Sunni militant group with links to the Pakistani Taliban, claimed responsibility for the attack on the mosque in Shikarpur, Sindh province.

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Song Travels
12:00 pm
Fri January 30, 2015

John Wilson On 'Song Travels'

John Wilson.
Courtesy of the artist

British arranger and scholar John Wilson serves as conductor for numerous orchestras throughout the U.K., including his own.

On this episode of Song Travels, Wilson describes his project to reconstruct the lost scores of iconic MGM films, such as Singin' In The Rain and The Wizard Of Oz. Musical selections include "Love Of My Life" and "Les Girls" from the John Wilson Orchestra's album Cole Porter In Hollywood.

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Favorite Sessions
11:43 am
Fri January 30, 2015

KCRW Presents: The Decemberists

The Decemberists perform live on KCRW's Morning Becomes Eclectic.
Larry Hirshowitz KCRW

After a four-year hiatus between albums, which singer Colin Meloy largely spent writing and parenting, The Decemberists recently returned with a new album called What A Terrible World, What A Beautiful World. Last week, the folk-rock band made its way to Los Angeles to perform new songs on KCRW's Morning Becomes Eclectic, including the single "Make You Better."

SET LIST

  • "Make You Better"
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All Songs Considered
11:09 am
Fri January 30, 2015

Viking's Choice: Crypt Sermon, 'Will Of The Ancient Call'

Crypt Sermon.
Scott Kinkade Courtesy of the artist

Props to a metal band that fully acknowledges its lineage: Philadelphia's Crypt Sermon knows it couldn't exist without Candlemass, Solitude Aeturnus and Dio-era Black Sabbath. On its debut album, Out Of The Garden, the band quickly gets into the business of making majestic doom metal that honors its forebears. Just listen to the hefty "Will Of The Ancient Call."

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The Two-Way
10:51 am
Fri January 30, 2015

Balloonists Crossing Pacific Set Distance Record

In this photo provided by the Two Eagles balloon team, Troy Bradley of New Mexico and Leonid Tiukhtyaev of Russia set off from Saga, Japan.
Troy Bradley AP

Originally published on Fri January 30, 2015 11:36 am

Two balloonists have unofficially left a distance record in their wake as they head east over the Pacific Ocean. They lifted off from Japan, and now they're getting ready for a landing on Saturday somewhere on Mexico's Baja peninsula.

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Monkey See
10:17 am
Fri January 30, 2015

Pop Culture Happy Hour: 'Jane The Virgin' And Sexy Sex Thrillers

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On this week's show, we start off by chatting with our friend Barrie Hardymon about the CW's terrific telenovela adaptation Jane The Virgin. Why the show is so good, why the show is so different, why the show has been so well received, and have we mentioned how much we adore the lead, Gina Rodriguez? (If you haven't ever read the speech she gave at press tour about turning down Devious Maids, which I reference in the discussion, you really should.)

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The Two-Way
10:04 am
Fri January 30, 2015

Jailed Saudi Blogger Granted Another Reprieve From Flogging; Reason Unclear

Originally published on Fri January 30, 2015 3:55 pm

Saudi authorities have once again canceled the scheduled flogging of blogger Raif Badawi, who is being punished for insulting Islam, according to Amnesty International, the human rights group that has been closely following the case.

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The Two-Way
9:55 am
Fri January 30, 2015

Boston Marathon Winner Rita Jeptoo Banned 2 Years For Doping

Rita Jeptoo of Kenya crosses the finish line to win the Women's Elite division of the 118th Boston Marathon on April 21.
Timothy Clary AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Fri January 30, 2015 12:42 pm

One of the marathon world's brightest stars has been banned for two years, after testing positive for a performance-enhancing drug.

Athletics Kenya, the body that governs running in the country, said Rita Jeptoo tested positive for erythropoietin, or EPO, which stimulates the production of red blood cells.

Jeptoo has won the Boston Marathon three times and she won her second Chicago Marathon in October.

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