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NPR Story
1:57 pm
Tue May 13, 2014

New Research: Health Benefits Of Red Wine, Dark Chocolate Exaggerated

Contrary to popular belief, new research out of Johns Hopkins suggests that the occasional glass of red wine or piece of dark chocolate aren't as beneficial to our health as we though. (Christine Leiser/Flickr)

Originally published on Tue May 13, 2014 2:48 pm

You might want to think twice before you reach for your next glass of red wine or square of dark chocolate — if you’re eating it for health reasons.

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NPR Story
1:56 pm
Tue May 13, 2014

EU Court Rules Google Must Delete Links When Requested

Originally published on Wed May 14, 2014 7:49 am

Europe’s highest court says Google users in Europe have a right to ask the company to remove links about themselves. The surprise decision by the European Union’s highest court comes as regulators are trying to tighten online privacy protections.

Wall Street Journal reporter Jason Bellini tells Here & Now’s Robin Young about the ruling, and the implications for Google and other search engine operators.

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NPR Story
1:40 pm
Tue May 13, 2014

FedEx Pricing Changes May Affect Online Shopping

Instead of basing the price of a package just on weight, starting in January 2015, FedEx will factor in size, too. Analysts predict UPS will likely follow suit. (Thomas Hawk/Flickr)

Originally published on Tue May 13, 2014 2:48 pm

FedEx has announced a big change in how it charges for ground shipping.

Instead of basing the price of a package just on weight, starting in January 2015, FedEx will factor in size, too. Analysts predict UPS will likely follow suit.

Here and Now’s Jeremy Hobson talks to Sucharita Mulpuru, retail analyst at Forrester Research, about how this could affect online retailers like Amazon, and how they approach both packaging and shipping.

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NPR Story
1:40 pm
Tue May 13, 2014

Recalling Winston Churchill's Famous Speech 74 Years Ago Today

Originally published on Tue May 13, 2014 2:48 pm

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On May 13, 1940, World War II was underway.

The United States wasn’t involved yet, but there was real fear in Britain that Germany would invade. German troops had already invaded France, and once Europe was conquered, Adolf Hitler would target Britain.

Winston Churchill spoke to the House of Commons for the first time as prime minister that day, and established the tone that would rally his country for the rest of the war.

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NPR Story
1:39 pm
Tue May 13, 2014

Texas To Hold First Execution Since Botched Oklahoma Case

If he is executed today, Robert James Campbell will be the first prisoner killed by capital punishment in the U.S. since a botched execution occurred in Oklahoma two weeks ago. (Texas Department of Criminal Justice/AP Photo)

Originally published on Tue May 13, 2014 2:48 pm

Today, the state of Texas is scheduled to execute 41-year old Robert James Campbell for the murder and rape of a 20-year old woman in 1991.

If carried out, Campbell will be the first prisoner killed by capital punishment in the U.S. since a botched execution occurred in Oklahoma two weeks ago. However, Campbell’s defense team is still trying to appeal his deal using two very distinct arguments.

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NPR Story
1:39 pm
Tue May 13, 2014

Former Gourmet Editor Ruth Reichl Cooks Up A Novel

In her new book "Delicious," Ruth Reichl turns her talents to fiction. (Jesse Costa/Here & Now)

Originally published on Tue May 13, 2014 2:48 pm

Ruth Reichl has been acclaimed for her non-fiction writing. She was a restaurant critic for The New York Times and she penned the best selling memoirs “Tender At the Bone” and “Comfort Me With Apples.”

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The Two-Way
12:49 pm
Tue May 13, 2014

Official: More Than 200 Dead In Turkish Mine Explosion

A rescued miner is carried away after an explosion and fire at a coal mine in Soma, Turkey, on Tuesday.
AP

Originally published on Wed May 14, 2014 5:59 am

Updated at 6:00 a.m. ET. Wednesday:

Authorities in Turkey say at least 205 workers have been killed after an explosion and fire at a coal mine in the western part of the country. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has declared three days of national mourning.

Update at 11:19 p.m. ET. More Than 200 Dead:

The sad count of fatalities continues to climb as AP reports at least 201 dead and more than 200 are still trapped underground after a fire and explosion in a coal mine south of Istanbul.

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The Two-Way
12:45 pm
Tue May 13, 2014

6 Ukrainian Soldiers Killed In Ambush

Ukranian soldiers stop cars at a highway checkpoint near Slovansky, Ukraine, on Tuesday.
John Moore Getty Images

Originally published on Tue May 13, 2014 1:49 pm

Ukraine says six of its soldiers were killed during an ambush by militants on Tuesday.

CNN reports the Ukrainian Defense Ministry called it a "terrorist attack." The network adds:

"The incident took place in the village of Oktyabrski in the Slovyansk region, about 20 kilometers from Kramatorsk, during 'a unit movement from the military base.' The location is in volatile eastern Ukraine.

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The Two-Way
12:35 pm
Tue May 13, 2014

International Envoy To Syria Lakhdar Brahimi Will Step Down

U.N. mediator Lakhdar Brahimi during a news conference in Geneva.
Martial Trezzini EPA/Landov

Originally published on Tue May 13, 2014 1:37 pm

Without making any progress toward ending Syria's civil war, Lakhdar Brahimi will step down as the international envoy to Syria.

Brahimi's nearly two years in the post ends in much the same way that it did for his predecessor Kofi Annan, who stepped down in the summer of 2012 after his peace plan failed to take hold.

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All Tech Considered
12:34 pm
Tue May 13, 2014

Big Questions Now That Europeans Can Edit Google Search Results

Attendees line up to enter the Google I/O developers conference in San Francisco in May 2013.
Justin Sullivan Getty Images

Originally published on Tue May 13, 2014 1:25 pm

In case you missed it, Europe's highest court has set a new precedent: Individuals in 28 European countries can now request the removal of search results they consider harmful. Is this ruling a big win for the individual? Or does this break the Internet?

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Monkey See
12:26 pm
Tue May 13, 2014

Thanks To H.R. Giger, For All The Sleepless Nights

The "chestburster" is one of the many deeply unsettling images of 1979's Alien, probably the best-known work of designer H.R. Giger. Giger's original chestburster design changed substantially as he inched toward this final version with director Ridley Scott and others.
20th Century Fox/PictureDesk

Originally published on Tue May 13, 2014 4:14 pm

H.R. Giger was the guy who made me sleep with the lights on for years.

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All Songs Considered
12:17 pm
Tue May 13, 2014

New Mix: Premieres From Nico Vega, Joe Henry, More

Clockwise from upper left: Nico Vega, Joe Henry, Dub Thompson, Broken Twin
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Fri May 30, 2014 1:20 pm

Hosts Bob Boilen and Robin Hilton kick off this week's All Songs Considered with a song that's 160 years old but still resonates. Guitarist Marisa Anderson offers a transporting, solo electric version of Stephen Foster's "Hard Times Come Again No More," an ever-relevant tune about pausing to enjoy "life's pleasures and count its many tears."

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The Two-Way
12:10 pm
Tue May 13, 2014

Artist H.R. Giger, Creator Of Surreal Biomechanics, Dies

Swiss artist H.R. Giger, seen here at his "Dreams and Visions" exhibition in 2011, died Monday after a fall in Zurich. Giger's work includes designs for the 1979 film Alien.
Robert Jaeger EPA/Landov

Originally published on Tue May 13, 2014 7:26 pm

You might not know the name, but you probably know the work: H.R. Giger created some of the most powerfully creepy visuals in Hollywood's history, including animals and props that forced some viewers of 1979's sci-fi film Alien to watch the film through their fingers.

Hans Rudolf Giger was 74; he died in Zurich from injuries suffered in a fall, a representative of the H.R. Giger Museum in Gruyeres, Switzerland, tells the AP.

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Parallels
11:48 am
Tue May 13, 2014

China's Communist Party Learns The Fine Art Of Public Relations

Among other courses, the China Executive Leadership Academy in Shanghai teaches public relations to government officials, including mock TV shows and mock press conferences. NPR's Frank Langfitt took this photo from a control room, because the presence of a foreign reporter in class rattled some of the participants.
Frank Langfitt NPR

Originally published on Tue May 13, 2014 7:26 pm

Openness doesn't come naturally to China's Communist Party. After all, China is an authoritarian state where people have little right to know how they are governed. But Communist Party schools have been trying to change that over the years by teaching officials how to deal with the news media.

Earlier this month, Qin Chang, a host at Shanghai People's Radio, taught a class on the art of the press conference at China Executive Leadership Academy in Shanghai's sprawling Pudong district and I was invited to watch.

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The Record
11:39 am
Tue May 13, 2014

Why Tori Amos Connects

Tori Amos on stage in Glasgow, three days before the release of her 14th studio album, Unrepentant Geraldines.
Ross Gilmore Redferns via Getty Images

Originally published on Mon May 19, 2014 5:40 pm

When I spent time on tour with Tori Amos a decade ago, collaborating with her on a book, I'd see her invoke the four elements many nights before her band would take the stage.

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The Two-Way
11:10 am
Tue May 13, 2014

With Just Hours To Go, Federal Court Halts Texas Execution

A Texas judge halted the planned execution of Robert Campbell, saying his lawyers could not fairly prepare an ineligibility claim because the state had not provided them with relevant information. Campbell is mentally disabled.
Texas Dept. of Criminal Justice AP

Originally published on Wed May 14, 2014 1:21 pm

Update at 4:57 p.m. ET. Federal Court Halts Execution:

With just hours to go, a federal court has halted the execution of Texas inmate Robert Campbell.

The execution would have been the first since Oklahoma botched one in April.

The ruling has nothing to do with the drug shortage that's dominated the narrative over the death penalty in the country. Instead, Campbell's lawyers argued that the state knew that Campbell was intellectually disabled but did not let his defense team know that.

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All Songs Considered
11:03 am
Tue May 13, 2014

Bob Dylan Covers A Classic Tune

Courtesy of the artist

A new Bob Dylan recording popped up on his site just now. You have to go there to hear it — it's a version of the classic 1945 song, "Full Moon and Empty Arms." The tune is written by Buddy Kaye — known for writing hits for Sinatra, Ella and Elvis — and Ted Mossman, and based on Sergei Rachmaninoff's Piano Concerto No. 2.

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All Songs Considered
11:03 am
Tue May 13, 2014

Song Premiere: Naomi Shelton And The Gospel Queens, 'Sinner'

Jacob Blickenstaff Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Thu May 15, 2014 10:18 am

In 1963, Alabama was culturally closer to Brooklyn than it is now. The Great Migration of African-Americans out of the South created enclaves in cities all over the country, and the Civil Rights movement trained the eyes of the North on cities like Birmingham. Alabama native Naomi Shelton came to Brooklyn that year with the gospel in her heart and soul music turning her head. She found a place to sing, a bar on Flatbush Avenue, and a musical partner in keyboardist Cliff Driver. Flatbush Avenue rang out with the sound of her Southern blend of grace and grit.

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Deceptive Cadence
11:00 am
Tue May 13, 2014

Anonymous 4: Breaking Up Is Hard To Do (But They're Doing It)

The vocal ensemble Anonymous 4 will disband after the 2015-16 concert season.
Dario Acosta

Originally published on Wed May 14, 2014 12:01 pm

In 1986, four women gathered in a casual setting to sing through a bit of medieval chant. Little did they know they were launching Anonymous 4, an a cappella ensemble that has spanned nearly 30 years, 20 albums, countless concerts and more than a millenium of music.

Today the group announced that the 2015-16 season will be its last together. But this isn't the first time Anonymous 4 has thought about calling it quits. The group bid a similar farewell in 2004.

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The Salt
10:06 am
Tue May 13, 2014

Resveratrol May Not Be The Elixir In Red Wine And Chocolate

There are more than three dozen polyphenols in red wine that could be beneficial. But resveratrol may not have much influence on our health.
iStockphoto

Originally published on Tue May 13, 2014 3:28 pm

If you've come to treat that daily glass of wine as your fountain of youth, it may be time to reconsider.

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