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4:05 pm
Thu May 15, 2014

What Might Have Prevented The Soma Mining Disaster?

Originally published on Thu May 15, 2014 8:18 pm

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MELISSA BLOCK, HOST:

Since the explosion on Tuesday, mine safety expert Davitt McAteer has been looking into what went wrong at the Soma mine and how the disaster could have been prevented. McAteer is the former head of the Federal Mine Safety and Health Administration and he joins me now here in our studios. Welcome to the program.

DAVITT MCATEER: Thank you.

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Middle East
4:05 pm
Thu May 15, 2014

Hopes Dim For Turkish Miners, But Rescuers Carry On

Originally published on Fri May 16, 2014 12:34 am

Hope is fading that any more mine workers will be rescued from a mine in western Turkey, where over 280 miners died after an explosion. NPR's Leila Fadel has been at the mine and offers more details.

Politics
4:05 pm
Thu May 15, 2014

After Nearly 50 Years In Office, Conyers Might Not Make The Ballot

Originally published on Sun May 18, 2014 3:11 pm

A local elections official has ruled that Rep. John Conyers of Detroit, who's served in the House for nearly 50 years, has failed to collect enough valid signatures to appear on the Democratic primary ballot. He's appealing the decision; if he loses, it could be an ignominious end to a distinguished career.

It's All Politics
3:48 pm
Thu May 15, 2014

Meet The High School Student Who Took Down A State Lawmaker

The incumbent state legislator who lost to Saira Blair acknowledged that the 17-year-old outworked him on the campaign trail.
Courtesy of Saira Blair

Originally published on Thu May 15, 2014 4:54 pm

Saira Blair has been busy this week. She's president of the Key Club at Hedgesville High School in West Virginia, and she's been participating in a variety of activities as her class prepares to graduate next week.

Oh — and on Tuesday, she won a primary election for the state House.

Blair, who is 17, unseated two-term GOP incumbent Larry Kump. The district is heavily Republican, so she'll be favored to win the seat in the fall.

She may be a teenager, but she sounds like a concerned parent when she talks about why she ran.

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The Two-Way
3:11 pm
Thu May 15, 2014

The Turkish Mine Disaster: How Could It Happen?

Miners rest Thursday during a break in the rescue operation after a mine explosion near Soma, Turkey.
Tolga Bozoglu EPA/Landov

Originally published on Thu May 15, 2014 5:08 pm

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has enraged families of the victims of the Soma mine disaster by characterizing mining accidents as "ordinary things."

In fact, the disaster appears to have ordinary causes familiar to mining experts, who note that well-known precautions exist to prevent the kind of explosion that killed so many in Turkey.

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It's All Politics
2:50 pm
Thu May 15, 2014

In Idaho, A Debate Like You've Never Seen Before

The four candidates for Idaho governor (left) at Wednesday's GOP gubernatorial debate. The debate was held at Idaho Public Television studios.
YouTube

Originally published on Thu May 15, 2014 5:45 pm

Wednesday's GOP gubernatorial primary debate in Idaho should carry a disclaimer: NOT a Saturday Night Live skit.

It was that amazing.

And it had nothing to do with the ongoing conflict between the Tea Party and the Republican establishment.

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The Two-Way
2:46 pm
Thu May 15, 2014

Chinese Nationals Flee Vietnam As Unrest Intensifies

Chinese nationals stand by their belongings after crossing to Cambodia from Vietnam at the Bavet international checkpoint in Svay Rieng province, on Thursday. Hundreds of Chinese are fleeing the country as unrest escalates.
Samrang Pring Reuters/Landov

Originally published on Thu May 15, 2014 6:09 pm

A second day of violence in Vietnam has seen mobs singling out Chinese workers for attack, killing at least one and injuring dozens, as hundreds of Chinese nationals fled the country by land and air. A major foreign-owned steel operation was set ablaze in the country's north.

The unrest has been sparked by China's efforts to deploy an oil platform in disputed waters in the South China Sea, putting tensions on boil and spreading fear of a possible conflict between the neighboring countries that fought a brief border war in 1979.

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Movie Reviews
2:42 pm
Thu May 15, 2014

Son Of? Bride Of? Cousin Of? How Many Godzillas Are There, Already?

Godzilla goes after San Francisco in this newest update to the classic monster movie.
Courtesy of Warner Bros. Pictures

Originally published on Thu May 15, 2014 8:18 pm

The world has already seen 28 Godzilla movies — 29, if you count Roland Emmerich's 1998 Hollywood remake (which most of us don't). So why is another one opening this week?

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NPR Story
2:27 pm
Thu May 15, 2014

Gary Kremen, Founder Of Match.com

From Scratch Host Jessica Harris speaks with Gary Kremen, serial entrepreneur and founder of Match.com. Harris also speaks with Fred Swaniker, co-founder of the African Leadership Academy.

Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.

All Songs TV
2:24 pm
Thu May 15, 2014

Chris Schlarb, 'The Great Receiver'

Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed May 28, 2014 4:10 pm

The video was animated and directed by Imma Almourzaeva. "The Great Receiver" is from Schlarb's upcoming album, Making The Saint, due out May 27 on Asthmatic Kitty.

NPR Story
2:19 pm
Thu May 15, 2014

TV 'Upfronts' Preview Next Season's Shows

Fox's "Gotham" is among the new shows airing this fall. (Fox)

Originally published on Thu May 15, 2014 3:31 pm

This week, big TV broadcast networks released their fall schedules at an event in New York City.

The “upfronts,” as the event is called in the industry, draws in a huge crowd of advertisers, media executives, actors, agents and producers. It also serves as a chance for big networks to woo over advertisers.

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NPR Story
2:06 pm
Thu May 15, 2014

FCC Vote Could Open Internet Fast Lanes

People demonstrate for net neutrality in the neighborhood of Bel-Air outside a USC Shoah Foundation fundraiser to be attended by President Barack Obama on May 7, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (David McNew/Getty Images)

Originally published on Thu May 15, 2014 3:31 pm

With a three-to-two vote today, the FCC released a controversial set of proposed rules on Internet openness.

A leaked draft version had provoked protests among many who worried that the FCC was shirking its responsibility to protect open access.

Today, FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler struck an emphatically reassuring tone, saying the proposal does not authorize paid prioritization. But numerous observers claim that that’s exactly what it does.

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NPR Story
2:06 pm
Thu May 15, 2014

What Happens To The Junk Donated To Charity

Every morning St. Vincent de Paul auctions off donations that won't sell at the store. (Peter O'Dowd/KJZZ)

Originally published on Thu May 15, 2014 3:31 pm

Donations of unwanted clothes keep hundreds of millions of pounds of trash out of local landfills. But, in the end, a lot of the contributions that charities like Goodwill and the Salvation Army receive are basically garbage.

From the Here & Now Contributors Network, Peter O'Dowd of KJZZ tells us what happens to the stuff that doesn’t sell in thrift stores.

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All Songs Considered
1:53 pm
Thu May 15, 2014

Come Make Some Noise With Us In Brooklyn On June 21st!

Composer and drummer Sunny Jain, the founder of Red Baraat, is writing 100 BPM as a commission from NPR Music.
Wills Glasspiegal Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Thu May 15, 2014 3:55 pm

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NPR Story
1:12 pm
Thu May 15, 2014

Male Soprano Soars In World's Smallest Vocal Category

Robert Crowe is a male soprano and PhD student in historical musicology, specializing in the history of the castrati. (Courtesy)

Originally published on Thu May 15, 2014 3:31 pm

Robert Crowe is a member of “the world’s smallest vocal category”: male sopranos. There are relatively few of them performing professionally worldwide, and he’s one of them.

Crowe is pursuing a doctoral degree at Boston University and will be researching and performing in Europe this summer.

He sings for Here & Now’s Sacha Pfeiffer in the studio, demonstrating his multi-octave range and hitting some gravity-defying notes.

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NPR Story
1:05 pm
Thu May 15, 2014

Michael Lewis: Wall Street Now Like 'A Private Viewing Of A Stolen Work Of Art'

Michael Lewis's latest book, 'Flash Boys: A Wall Street Revolt,' tells the story of the Canadian banker who uncovered the underhanded and illegal practices carried out by some high-frequency traders on Wall Street. (T.J. Kirkpatrick/Getty Images)

Originally published on Thu May 15, 2014 4:36 pm

Michael Lewis has explored the flaws of the financial market in a series of books. In his latest, “Flash Boys: A Wall Street Revolt,” he details how he thinks Wall Street is rigged by high-frequency traders for their own gain.

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NPR Story
1:05 pm
Thu May 15, 2014

Downloading A New App? There's Reason For Caution.

Originally published on Thu May 15, 2014 3:31 pm

How much information sharing is going on in your smartphone? That was something Here & Now’s Sacha Pfeiffer started wondering when she upgraded her phone and discovered that all of her photos had been rearranged according to the geographic location where the pictures had been taken.

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NPR Story
1:05 pm
Thu May 15, 2014

Video Of Cat Saving Child From Dog Attack Goes Viral

Security camera video shows four-year-old Jeremy Triantafilo being rescued from a dog attack when his cat, Tara, lunged at the dog and chased it away. (Screenshot)

Originally published on Thu May 15, 2014 3:31 pm

[Youtube]

You may have seen this video — security cameras show four-year-old Jeremy Triantafilo of Bakersfield, California, playing on his bicycle in his driveway. A neighborhood dog spies him, and then attacks the child, unprovoked.

Suddenly, the Triantafilo family’s cat, Tara, streaks across the driveway, pushes the dog off the boy, hip-checks the dog and chases it away.

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NPR Story
1:05 pm
Thu May 15, 2014

Host Of Fires Clear San Diego-Area Neighborhoods

Fire rages above an apartment complex May 14, 2014 in San Marcos, California. (Bill Wechter/Getty Images)

Originally published on Thu May 15, 2014 3:31 pm

Firefighters gained ground overnight on a string of major San Diego area wildfires – except for one in the city of San Marcos where the 700-acre blaze burned out of control Thursday as another scorcher day dawned.

Nine fires in all were burning an area of more than 14 square miles amid a heat wave and dry conditions, said San Diego County officials, who warned also of poor air quality with black and gray smoke wafting over the region. The wildfires drove tens of thousands from their homes and shut down schools and amusement parks, including Legoland.

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NPR Story
1:04 pm
Thu May 15, 2014

Emotions High As 9/11 Museum Begins To Open

Surviving firefighter Dan Potter's fire helmet, which he used at Ground Zero on September 11, is viewed during a tour the National September 11 Memorial Museum on May 14, 2014 in New York City. (Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

Originally published on Thu May 15, 2014 1:19 pm

Nearly 13 years after al-Qaida attacked the United States, a museum and memorial dedicated to what happened that day is opening today.

President Barack Obama and other dignitaries, as well as survivors, rescue workers and family members of the victims, joined today to dedicate the museum.

Before the museum opens to the public on May 21, there will a six-day, 24-hour-a-day period when members of the 9/11 community will have exclusive access to the museum.

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