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5:05 pm
Sun May 11, 2014

In The Studio With Rodrigo Y Gabriela

Rodrigo Y Gabriela's latest album is 9 Dead Alive.
Tina Korhonen Courtesy of the artist

A pair of former heavy metal guitarists who left Mexico for Ireland, Rodrigo y Gabriela developed an acoustic sound that has taken the duo from playing on the streets for change to some of the biggest stages on the festival circuit. Rodrigo Sanchez and Gabriela Quintero joined NPR's Arun Rath in the studio at NPR West to perform a few selections from their latest album, 9 Dead Alive. Hear the music, and their conversation, at the audio link.

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The Two-Way
4:59 pm
Sun May 11, 2014

Shelly Sterling Says She'll 'Absolutely' Fight To Keep Her Half Of Clippers

Shelly Sterling, the wife of Donald Sterling owner of the Los Angeles Clippers, watches the Clippers against the Golden State Warriors in Game Four of the Western Conference Quarterfinals during the 2014 NBA Playoffs in Oakland, California.
Thearon W. Henderson Getty Images

Shelly Sterling, the wife of embattled Clippers owner Donald Sterling, tells ABC News she will "absolutely" fight any NBA attempt to oust her as owner.

Shelly owns half of Los Angeles Clippers.

ABC News adds:

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The Two-Way
3:48 pm
Sun May 11, 2014

Secretary Of Defense Says Ban On Transgender People Should Be Reviewed

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel.
Chip Somodevilla Getty Images

Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel says he's open to reviewing the military's ban on transgender service members.

In an interview with ABC News, Hagel said while the issue is more complicated than allowing gays in the military because it requires medical support, the policies "continually should be reviewed."

ABC News reports:

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Author Interviews
2:12 pm
Sun May 11, 2014

'Insatiable': One Woman's Love Affair With The Porn Industry

Originally published on Mon May 12, 2014 8:03 am

Asa Akira had a happy childhood. The daughter of an upper middle-class family, she attended private schools in New York City and in Japan, where she lived for six years as a child.

"I'm from a very normal family," she tells NPR's Arun Rath. "My parents are still together; nothing dramatic or traumatic has ever happened to me."

After high school, as her peers started careers or went off to college, Akira decided to pursue her dream job: porn star.

Akira says even from an early age, she was both comfortable with her own sexuality and interested in the sex industry.

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Code Switch
1:47 pm
Sun May 11, 2014

Recall That Ice Cream Truck Song? We Have Unpleasant News For You

This story may well sour any pleasant childhood memories of chasing after ice cream trucks in the summer.
iStockphoto.com

Originally published on Thu May 22, 2014 11:03 am

EDITOR'S NOTE: This article is about a virulently racist song. Read no further if you wish to avoid racist imagery and slurs.

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Shots - Health News
1:27 pm
Sun May 11, 2014

Addicted And Pregnant: 'The Most Heart-Wrenching Experience Of My Life'

Maria Fabrizio for NPR

Originally published on Wed June 18, 2014 6:59 am

I bought my first and only pregnancy test when I was 26.

At the time, I had been doing a lot of meth. I was fortunate if I remembered to eat one meal a day. Refilling my birth-control prescription had become just another missed detail in a life that had ceased to have much meaning for me.

I was an addict, and I was staring at two very bright pink lines on a stick.

I showed the test to my boyfriend. "What are we going to do?" I asked. He replied, "Have a baby, I guess."

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The Two-Way
12:03 pm
Sun May 11, 2014

Portraits Of Mothers (And The Children Who Love Them)

Originally published on Sun May 11, 2014 1:14 pm

There are a few special days we relish watching unfold on social media. The first day of school is one. Mother's Day is another. We like them because social feeds are filled with photographs that gives us an intimate peek at a very special human connection that resonates across the globe.

On this mother's day, we looked sifted through Instagram and Twitter and pulled out some of our favorite images. Here they are, but before all of that: Happy Mother's Day!

Parallels
11:50 am
Sun May 11, 2014

What Three College Pals Say About Their Dreams In China

Pedestrians walk through the Sanlitun Village shopping district on May 2, in Beijing, China.
Xiao Lu Chu Getty Images

Originally published on Sun May 11, 2014 12:51 pm

When you think of China, what pops to mind? Superhighways. Bullet trains. Gleaming skyscrapers. Economic growth. A booming middle class. Opportunity.

My friends and I graduated from college five years ago, embarking on lives that we hoped would be full of promise, excitement and opportunity. We all went to Minzu University of China (formerly known as the Central University for Nationalities), a prestigious school in Beijing.

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Asia
11:48 am
Sun May 11, 2014

As India Votes, Muslims Keep A Wary Eye On The Hindu Frontrunner

A group of Muslim men stand aside, waiting for a car convoy carrying candidate Narendra Modi to pass in the streets of Varanasi last week.
Roberto Schmidt AFP/Getty Images

Monday is the final day of voting in India's election, the biggest democratic exercise in the world.

India is home to more than 1 billion people, 13 percent of them Muslims. Their mistrust of Narendra Modi, the Hindu nationalist leader running for prime minister, can tell us a great deal about India, a democratic country with a long history of religious violence between the Muslim minority and the Hindu majority.

Muslims Wary Of A Modi-Run India

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The Sunday Conversation
10:51 am
Sun May 11, 2014

A Voice For Abuse Survivors Within The Catholic Church

Marie Collins (left) and Vatican spokesman father Federico Lombardi leave at the end of a press conference at the Vatican on May 3, 2014. Collins, a clergy abuse survivor, was chosen as a member of Pope Francis' abuse advisory board.
Riccardo De Luca AP

Originally published on Sun May 11, 2014 11:47 am

Each week, Weekend Edition Sunday host Rachel Martin brings listeners an unexpected side of the news by talking with someone personally affected by the stories making headlines.

For decades Marie Collins has advocated on behalf of sex abuse victims and spoken out against the way the Catholic Church has handled the crisis.

Collins was selected by Pope Francis to sit on the new commission he set up to try to right past wrongs and to make recommendations for dealing with pedophile priests in the future.

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The Two-Way
9:46 am
Sun May 11, 2014

Fighting Resumes In South Sudan, Despite Cease-Fire Agreement

Originally published on Sun May 11, 2014 1:16 pm

A cease-fire deal that was hailed by the international community was broken two days later by more fighting in South Sudan on Sunday.

Quoting a United Nations official, Reuters reports fighting broke out in the town of Bentiu, where both sides fired.

Reuters adds:

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It's All Politics
9:03 am
Sun May 11, 2014

Seeds Of Political Engagement? They're Planted Early

@dbkiesel via Instagram

For some, it was parents or grandparents. For others, it was school elections, field trips to Washington, D.C. or programs like Girls State. Those were the answers we got recently when we asked NPR listeners to share photos and to tell us: who or what got you interested or involved in politics?

We got dozens of responses, and these are some of our favorites, complete with '80s hair and antique campaign buttons.

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Television
7:36 am
Sun May 11, 2014

The Pains Of Parenting, And Other Life Lessons From Louis C.K.

Originally published on Mon May 12, 2014 8:49 am

Louis C.K. has made a career in comedy by going places others won't. He can be shockingly crude and deeply insightful in the same sentence.

In his Emmy-award winning TV show called Louie, the comedian basically plays himself — a divorced standup comic in New York with two kids. Season 4 of the show kicked off last week.

Louie is "right where I started him, really," he tells NPR's Rachel Martin. "Some stuff happened, but he ended up back where he was, which sort of is the way things work. It's a zero-sum game, at times."

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Sports
7:36 am
Sun May 11, 2014

Stress-Free Golf, With Holes The Size Of A Pizza

Originally published on Sun May 11, 2014 11:47 am

Transcript

RACHEL MARTIN, HOST:

If you're a golfer not named Tiger Woods you have surely experienced days out on the course where it felt like the hole was the size of a penny. Rather than hurl your clubs, now you can try big-hole golf. It's a new twist on a very traditional sport where the hole is the size of an extra-large pizza. Intrigued?

To hear more, we are joined by John Paul Newport. He's the gold columnist at The Wall Street Journal and recently played a round of golf with the bigger bull's-eye. Hey, John Paul. Thanks for being with us.

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Music Interviews
7:36 am
Sun May 11, 2014

Tori Amos On Where Art And Aging Intersect

Tori Amos, new album, her 14th, is called Unrepentant Geraldines.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Sun May 11, 2014 11:47 am

Tori Amos has been looking at a lot of artwork lately, and on a new album, she's found ways to turn the visual into the musical. Unrepentant Geraldines is a return to a familiar pop form for Amos, who has been crisscrossing the boundaries of style in recent years — as well as an artistic self-evaluation from a performer who turned 50 last year. She recently spoke with NPR's Rachel Martin about "standing by the creations" that make up her identity at midlife. Hear their conversation at the audio link.

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Movie Interviews
7:36 am
Sun May 11, 2014

Director Richard Ayoade Holds Up A Dark Looking Glass In 'The Double'

Originally published on Sun May 11, 2014 11:47 am

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RACHEL MARTIN, HOST:

The new film "The Double" is a comedy and a love story, but a very dark one. It's based off an 1846 Dostoyevsky novella. "The Double" focuses on a guy named Simon James. He is, by all accounts, rather nondescript - the kind of guy who fades, mostly intentionally, into the background. He stammers halfway through sentences, his boss can't remember his name and he can't seem to make any impression on the girl of his dreams. Then one day at work, things get worse when Simon James' boss makes an announcement.

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Music Interviews
7:36 am
Sun May 11, 2014

Former Walkmen Man Releases Album For The Very Young

Originally published on Sun May 11, 2014 9:03 pm

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RACHEL MARTIN, HOST:

One of the perks of being a mom is going on those long car trips with your young children, listening to hours of the "The Hokey Pokey" and "Wheels On The Bus" over and over and over again. For those moms and dads, this one's for you.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "WE'RE ALL YOUNG TOGETHER)

WALTER MARTIN AND MATT BERNINGER: (Singing) The new kid on my street, she kind of looks like me.

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Music Interviews
7:36 am
Sun May 11, 2014

Now That's What We Call A Hit CD!

Originally published on Sun May 11, 2014 9:02 pm

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RACHEL MARTIN, HOST:

Think back just a few decades to the 1990s.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "ALL MY LIFE")

K-CI AND JOJO: (Singing) All my life, I've prayed for someone like you.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "AS LONG AS YOU LOVE ME")

BACKSTREET BOYS: (Singing) I don't care who you are...

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "SAY YOU'LL BE THERE")

SPICE GIRLS: (Singing) Giving you everything...

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "FLY AWAY")

LENNY KRAVITZ: (Singing) I want to get away. I want to fly away. Yeah, yeah...

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Author Interviews
7:36 am
Sun May 11, 2014

'Snow In May': The Lives Of Magadan, Gateway To The Gulag

Originally published on Sun May 11, 2014 11:47 am

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RACHEL MARTIN, HOST:

There's a town in Russia on the far eastern reaches of the country closer to Alaska than any major Russian city. It's terribly cold, and snow falls late into spring. That place is Magadan, and it's the focal point of a new collection of short stories by Kseniya Melnik. It's called "Snow In May."

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Religion
7:36 am
Sun May 11, 2014

U.N. Panel Could Find Vatican Guilty Of Torture

Originally published on Sun May 11, 2014 11:47 am

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RACHEL MARTIN, HOST:

This is WEEKEND EDITION from NPR News. I'm Rachel Martin. The Vatican got a grilling this past week for its handling of the clerical sex abuse scandal. The setting - a United Nations hearing in Geneva. Meanwhile in Rome, a new advisory board to Pope Francis held its first meeting on the sex abuse crisis.

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