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4:38 pm
Mon May 12, 2014

Album Review: 'Afropolitan Dreams'

Blitz the Ambassador of Ghana performs at the Rio Loco music festival in Toulouse, France.
Remy Gabalda AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Wed May 14, 2014 7:26 pm

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A Ghanaian hip-hop artist from Ghana, who goes by the name Blitz the Ambassador, explores his immigrant experience in a new album. Blitz came to the U.S. 14 years ago to study marketing. He now uses those skills to market his own music.

Reviewer Banning Eyre says the album "Afropolitan Dreams" reflects the rapper's multi-national life.

(SOUNDBITE OF A SONG)

UNIDENTIFIED WOMAN: This is Brooklyn Bridge...

UNIDENTIFIED MAN: Transfer is available to the Four and J Trains...

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Metropolis
4:12 pm
Mon May 12, 2014

Metropolis: 5/10/14

Veteran rave producer DJ Dan appears twice on this week's Metropolis mix.
Courtesy of the artist

This Week's Tracklist

  • Little Dragon, "Klapp Klapp (Swindle Remix)" (Loma Vista/Republic)
  • Blackbird Blackbird, "Tangerine Sky" (Om)
  • Arthur Beatrice, "Too Late (Medlar Vocal Mix)" (Harvest)
  • Paolo Rocco, "Move Body Move Forward"
  • Lancelot, "Truth (feat. Ngaiire)" (Anjunadeep)
  • Classixx, "Stranger Love (Salva Remix)" (Innovative Leisure)
  • We Were Evergreen, "False Start (Jakwob Remix)" (Mi7 Records)
  • Logistics, "Glitch" (Hospital)
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Shots - Health News
4:10 pm
Mon May 12, 2014

Deadly MERS Virus Detected In Florida

A farmworker in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, wears a mask to protect against Middle East respiratory syndrome earlier this month. The MERS virus is common in camels.
Fayez Nureldine AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Mon May 12, 2014 4:38 pm

The second U.S. case of a dangerous new virus from the Middle East has been found in Florida, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Monday.

The patient is a health care worker from Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, who developed symptoms May 1 while traveling to Orlando, Fla., to visit family, the CDC said.

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Europe
4:02 pm
Mon May 12, 2014

Why One Donetsk Resident Stayed Home On Referendum Day

Originally published on Mon May 12, 2014 7:58 pm

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Yuliya Kubanova was also among those who did not go to the polls in Donetsk. Like most people who live in eastern Ukraine, she is a Russian speaker, but the 28-year-old supported the uprising that ousted Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych in February. She says never took yesterday's vote for independence seriously, though the process has her rethinking her future in the region. Kubanova described the polling as unorganized and says even the ballots themselves looked like a joke.

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Europe
4:02 pm
Mon May 12, 2014

In Two Eastern Ukraine Provinces, Bold Steps Toward Independence

Originally published on Mon May 12, 2014 7:58 pm

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This is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED from NPR News. I'm Melissa Block. Pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine declared independence for two regions today, after announcing the results of a much-disputed referendum. Separatist leaders in the Donetsk region asked to join Russia. The Kremlin said it respected the vote but it has not yet responded to that request. The Ukrainian government maintains the referendum was illegal, and it threatened criminal prosecution for those who organized it. NPR's Corey Flintoff reports from Donetsk.

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Around the Nation
4:02 pm
Mon May 12, 2014

Out Of Maryland, A Cry For Nigeria: 'Bring Back Our Girls!'

In Bowie, Md., girls raise their signs in protest of the Nigerian government's fruitless search efforts, and in solidarity with the schoolgirls still missing.
Hansi Lo Wang NPR

Originally published on Mon May 12, 2014 8:26 pm

It has been four weeks since more than 250 Nigerian schoolgirls were abducted from their boarding school. In that month, search efforts for the girls have been largely fruitless, even as media outlets continue to spread their story. It's caught the attention of communities around the world, including many Nigerian-Americans living in the U.S.

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Photography
4:02 pm
Mon May 12, 2014

The Forgotten Pictures Of A Music Photography Pioneer

Jim Cummins' photo of Jimi Hendrix performing at Madison Square Garden in 1969 was used by Life magazine the following year for the guitarist's obituary.
Jim Cummins Courtesy of Image Fortress

Originally published on Mon May 12, 2014 8:20 pm

For more than three decades, Chris Murray ran the Govinda Gallery in Washington, D.C. He still curates shows and also edits books about rock 'n' roll photography.

"To find an archive that's been lost, if you will, or overlooked, it's always a wonderful and extraordinary thing," he says.

In New York City, a trove of forgotten photographs depicting music icons such as Jimi Hendrix and Janis Joplin is being displayed for the first time. The original negatives had been boxed up for decades in photojournalist Jim Cummins' basement.

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Television
4:02 pm
Mon May 12, 2014

Louis C.K. Takes On TV Hypocrisy, Aiming Scrutiny Back At Himself

Louis C.K. in the episode "So Did the Fat Lady," which also stars actress Sarah Baker.
Craig Blankenhorn FX

Originally published on Thu May 15, 2014 12:51 am

He's known as an astute comic observer with an unerring ability to skewer the most hypocritical moments of modern life. But it turns out Louis C.K. can also be a surprising example of TV's double standard when it comes to men, women and weight. He complains about his tubby body in part of his standup act. But on his TV show, his love interests are often beautiful, thin actresses like Parker Posey and Yvonne Strahovski.

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Sports
4:02 pm
Mon May 12, 2014

After Draft Pick, Sam Poised To Become NFL's First Openly Gay Player

Originally published on Mon May 12, 2014 7:58 pm

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Only the most extreme football geeks spend their Saturday afternoon watching the final round of the NFL draft. Well, this year, even some of the most casual fans were watching until just about the very end of the day.

UNIDENTIFIED MAN: With the 249th pick of the 2014 NFL draft, the Saint Louis Rams select Michael Sam, defensive end (unintelligible)

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Sports
4:02 pm
Mon May 12, 2014

Apology, Defense And Defiance: The Sterlings Speak Out

Originally published on Wed May 28, 2014 1:21 pm

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From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Melissa Block. The LA Clippers pulled off a comeback victory last night to tie up their playoff series with the Oklahoma City Thunder, but that's not the Clippers conversation of the day. That conversation centers on Donald Sterling, the now-banned Clippers owner. He has broken his silence.

In a CNN interview, Sterling apologized for racist remarks that emerged on an audio tape. NPR's Tom Goldman reports.

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Environment
4:02 pm
Mon May 12, 2014

'Past The Point Of No Return:' An Antarctic Ice Sheet's Slow Collapse

Originally published on Tue May 13, 2014 10:04 am

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Antarctica is covered with the biggest mass of ice on earth. The part of the ice sheath that's over West Antarctica is thought to be especially vulnerable to climate change. Scientists now say a slow collapse of the West Antarctic ice sheet is both underway and irreversible. And as NPR's Nell Greenfieldboyce reports, this could eventually raise sea levels more than 10 feet.

NELL GREENFIELDBOYCE, BYLINE: For decades, scientists have worried about the West Antarctic ice sheet.

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The Two-Way
3:27 pm
Mon May 12, 2014

Italy Searches For African Migrants After Boat Sinks In Mediterranean

An Italian navy photo from March, showing a migrant boat from North Africa intercepted off the coast of Sicily.
AP

Originally published on Mon May 12, 2014 7:55 pm

A boat carrying migrants from North Africa sank off the coast of Libya on Monday, killing at least 14 people a day after dozens were drowned in a similar incident.

The sinkings are just the latest in a long series of such accidents amid an exodus of would-be illegal immigrants from North Africa trying to reach EU shores.

Monday's accident occurred about 100 miles south of the Sicilian island of Lampedusa, a common destination for migrants trying to enter the European Union illegally because of its relative nearness to the African coast.

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NPR Story
2:41 pm
Mon May 12, 2014

FiveFingers Shoe Company Pays $3.5 Million For Misleading Customers

Vibram's FiveFinger running shoes have developed a strong following among runners who believe minimal cushioning in shoes provides a better running experience, but the company recently settled a lawsuit claiming there was no science backing up their claims. (Patrick Yodarus/Flickr)

Originally published on Fri May 16, 2014 5:05 pm

Vibram USA — the maker of those shoes that look more like rubber gloves with separate compartments for each toe — has agreed to pay $3.5 million settlement in a class action suit for allegedly misleading their customers.

The lawsuit was brought by a woman who says the shoe company claimed to decrease foot injuries and strengthen foot muscles, but had no scientific research to prove it.

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NPR Story
2:35 pm
Mon May 12, 2014

Web Series ‘Thug Notes’ Puts A Hip-Hop Spin On Classic Literature

Comedian Greg Edwards presents brief book reports of classic literature using a hip-hop vernacular in the popular web series "Thug Notes," created by Jared Bauer. (Screenshot)

Originally published on Mon May 12, 2014 4:20 pm

[Youtube]

Note: This video contains language that some viewers may find offensive.

Students of literature have long used SparkNotes and CliffsNotes to help them navigate the tricky plot-lines of the classics. Now, there’s a new web series that students can turn to for literary help: “Thug Notes.”

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NPR Story
2:35 pm
Mon May 12, 2014

Big Weekend In Sports: Sterling Apologizes, NFL Drafts First Openly Gay Player

Newly drafted NFL player Michael Sam, standing alongside his boyfriend Vito Cammisano, becomes emotional as he learns he will be playing for the St. Louis Rams. (Screenshot)

Originally published on Mon May 12, 2014 2:58 pm

L.A. Clippers owner Donald Sterling apologized over the weekend in an interview with CNN’s Anderson Cooper. It’s the first time Sterling has spoken publicly since a recording of him making racist comments was leaked more than two weeks ago.

And in other big sports news, Michael Sam became the first openly gay player to be drafted by the NFL.

Here & Now sports analyst Mike Pesca joins Jeremy Hobson to talk about the significance of these events in the world of sports.

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Parallels
2:31 pm
Mon May 12, 2014

Meet Uruguay's Pot-Legalizing, VW-Driving, Sandal-Wearing President

Uruguay's President Jose Mujica, who is known for his modest lifestyle, sits outside his home on the outskirts of Montevideo earlier this month. Under his leadership, Uruguay legalized marijuana, from the growing to the selling.
Matilde Campodonico AP

Originally published on Mon May 12, 2014 7:58 pm

As Uruguay's President Jose Mujica likes to say, his personal story seems like the stuff of fiction.

He was a leftist guerrilla who was imprisoned for more than a decade. He's known for driving a 1987 Volkswagen Beetle, wearing sandals to meetings and living in a simple farmhouse on the outskirts of the capital.

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Tiny Desk Concerts
2:09 pm
Mon May 12, 2014

Chvrches: Tiny Desk Concert

Chvrches performs at a Tiny Desk in April 2014.
Meredith Rizzo Meredith Rizzo/NPR

Originally published on Thu May 29, 2014 9:56 am

For a brief moment, I imagined hearing Chvrches perform "Recover" or "Gun" with a couple of acoustic guitars and perhaps a shaker or two. And, though these songs would surely stand up well when broken down and bared, I'm thrilled that Chvrches came with a small arsenal of synthesizers to perform a few highlights from last year's album The Bones of What You Believe.

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NPR Story
1:47 pm
Mon May 12, 2014

Eels Plays New Songs About Love And Loss

Singer-songwriter and musician Mark Oliver Everett, better known as "E," formed Eels in 1995, in California. (Piper Ferguson)

Originally published on Mon May 12, 2014 3:09 pm

In 1998, the band Eels released an album called “Electro-Shock Blues.” The music reflected the losses suffered by the band’s leader, Mark Oliver Everett, who goes by “E.”

His father, noted physicist Hugh Everett III, died when Mark was a teenager, his mother later died from cancer and his sister committed suicide.

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NPR Story
1:47 pm
Mon May 12, 2014

Austrian Drag Queen Wins Eurovision Song Contest

Conchita Wurst, representing Austria, poses with the trophy after winning the Eurovision Song Contest 2014 Grand Final in Copenhagen, Denmark, on May 11, 2014. (Jonathan Nackstrand/AFP/Getty Images)

Originally published on Mon May 12, 2014 2:58 pm

Austrian bearded drag queen Conchita Wurst has won the 59th edition of the Eurovision Song Contest with a James Bond-inspired power ballad.

The song, “Rise Like a Phoenix,” helped Wurst secure Austria’s second victory in the competition Saturday. The country also won in 1966.

The winner was picked by juries and television viewers across Europe.

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NPR Story
1:47 pm
Mon May 12, 2014

At 99, Anti-Trans Fats Scientist Eats An Egg Daily

Dr. Fred Kummerow, the scientist who pioneered the study of the effects of trans fats on heart health in the 1950s, says that cholesterol is unfairly villified -- and that he eats an egg every day at age 99. (Drew McKechnie/Flickr)

Originally published on Mon May 12, 2014 3:58 pm

Back in 1957, Fred Kummerow, a nutrition scientist at the University of Illinois, was analyzing the arteries of people who had died of heart attacks.

Kummerow started analyzing the fat in the diseased arteries and soon became a pioneer in the study of heart disease and trans-fats — artificial fats used in processed foods.

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