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The Two-Way
8:32 am
Thu May 15, 2014

Turkish Mine Explosion: Angry Protests As Death Toll Rises

People dig graves Thursday for miners who died in an explosion in Soma, Turkey. Anger over what's being called the deadliest industrial accident in the country's history has set off protests nationwide.
Bulent Kilic AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Thu May 15, 2014 10:42 am

The death toll in the coal mine explosion in Turkey keeps rising, and anger over the incident has spread around the country. Thousands of people staged protests after a speech from Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan in which he suggested such accidents are unavoidable.

Officials say at least 282 mine workers have died in the incident in the city of Soma. That figure seems certain to rise, as about 100 people are still missing. The mine explosion is already being called the deadliest industrial disaster in Turkey's history.

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Favorite Sessions
8:03 am
Thu May 15, 2014

KCRW Presents: Chromeo

Chromeo performed live in Los Angeles for KCRW.
Jon Gordon McKenzie KCRW

Originally published on Wed July 2, 2014 1:38 pm

Flanked by a six-piece choir dubbed "The Chromettes," the Canadian electro-funk duo Chromeo recently unleashed a set of dance music on a small audience at Apogee Studios in Santa Monica. With David "Dave 1" Macklovitch on guitar and lead vocals and Patrick "P-Thugg" Gemayel on synths and Talk Box, Chromeo bounced between older hits and favorites from its new album White Women — including the catchy "Jealous (I Ain't With It)."

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The Two-Way
8:00 am
Thu May 15, 2014

Book News: Rush Limbaugh Wins Children's Book 'Author Of The Year' Award

Rush Limbaugh, pictured in 2013, was honored at the Children's Choice Book Awards for his bestselling book Rush Revere and the Brave Pilgrims: Time-Travel Adventures With Exceptional Americans.
Bill Pugliano Getty Images

Originally published on Thu May 15, 2014 7:34 pm

The daily lowdown on books, publishing, and the occasional author behaving badly.

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Book Reviews
6:52 am
Thu May 15, 2014

Huck And Jim Ride The River Of Time In 'Boy In His Winter'

Huck Finn and Jim set out from Hannibal, Mo. on a July afternoon in 1835 aboard a raft. But this is not Mark Twain's tale: In Norman Lock's brief and brilliant fabulist novel The Boy in His Winter, Huck and Jim sweep down the Mississippi toward the Gulf of Mexico as though in a dream, caught in mythic time. "We were held in the mind of the river, like a thought," Lock writes.

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Krulwich Wonders...
6:49 am
Thu May 15, 2014

How To Marry The Right Girl: A Mathematical Solution

Robert Krulwich NPR

Originally published on Thu May 15, 2014 2:34 pm

Poor Johannes Kepler. One of the greatest astronomers ever, the man who figured out the laws of planetary motion, a genius, scholar and mathematician — in 1611, he needed a wife. The previous Mrs. Kepler had died of Hungarian spotted fever, so, with kids to raise and a household to manage, he decided to line up some candidates — but it wasn't going very well.

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Planet Money
5:31 am
Thu May 15, 2014

Why Inflation Is So Low

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

With the Federal Reserve pumping trillions of dollars into the economy the past several years, why has inflation remained so low?

Asia
5:30 am
Thu May 15, 2014

Thai Economy May Become Victim Of Political Unrest

Originally published on Thu May 15, 2014 10:55 am

The political crisis in Thailand has escalated since the country's top constitutional court ousted Yingluck Shinawatra as prime minister. Amid political deadlock, there are fears of economic disaster.

Europe
5:15 am
Thu May 15, 2014

Past Disasters Haunt Modern-Day Coal Mining Accidents

Originally published on Thu May 15, 2014 10:55 am

More than 280 miners have died in Turkey with another 150 still missing. It's hard to imagine how so many can perish in a mine accident in modern times.

NPR Story
5:12 am
Thu May 15, 2014

Travel Plans Are Looking Up For Airline Industry

Originally published on Thu May 15, 2014 10:55 am

Transcript

STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

NPR's business news starts with friendly skies for airlines.

After a brutal winter, which hurt both American's travels plans and airline profits, things are looking up. More than 200 million passengers are expected to fly on U.S.-based airlines this summer.

According to a leading industry group, A4A, that is the most since the financial crisis six years ago. This included a projected record number of passengers flying from the U.S. to international destinations. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.

NPR Story
5:12 am
Thu May 15, 2014

Dozens Of Protesters Picked Up Ahead Of Tiananmen Anniversary

Originally published on Thu May 15, 2014 10:55 am

Chinese authorities have arrested or detained dozens of people ahead of the 25th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square crackdown. This is an annual ritual ahead of a sensitive political date in China.

NPR Story
5:12 am
Thu May 15, 2014

Who Wears Short Shorts?

Originally published on Thu May 15, 2014 10:55 am

Transcript

STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

And for today's last word in business, we have a new answer to an old question.

(SOUNDBITE OF MUSIC)

UNIDENTIFIED MEN: (Singing) Who wears short shorts?

UNIDENTIFIED WOMEN: (Singing) We wear short shorts.

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Law
3:04 am
Thu May 15, 2014

U.S. Border Patrol's Response To Violence In Question

Patrolling the U.S.-Mexico border can be dangerous. Still, critics say there isn't enough public accountability when Border Patrol agents use deadly force.
Eric Thayer Reuters/Landov

Originally published on Thu May 15, 2014 10:55 am

Picnickers in a riverside park in Nuevo Laredo, Mexico, react in horror as a man in a yellow baseball cap named Guillermo Arevalo lies on the bank of the Rio Grande, bleeding to death.

It's a warm Monday evening in September 2012. He has just been shot by an agent on a U.S. Border Patrol airboat on the river. The Border Patrol says the agent shot at rock throwers and that the incident is under investigation.

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Television
3:03 am
Thu May 15, 2014

Bye-Bye To Barbara Walters: A Long 'View' Of A Storied Career

Walters credits ABC News head Roone Arledge with jump-starting her career by sending her on the road, to do interviews with people like Fidel Castro.
AP

Originally published on Thu May 15, 2014 10:55 am

Barbara Walters had a big interview recently: She spoke with V. Stiviano, the girlfriend of disgraced L.A. Clippers owner Donald Sterling.

"Are you in love with Donald Sterling?" Walters asks. "I love him," Stiviano answers. There's a little back-and-forth about the nature of their love, and in the end, Stiviano admits she's not in love with Sterling, but she does love him "like a father figure."

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Music Interviews
2:03 am
Thu May 15, 2014

Kishi Bashi: Holding A Mirror To Pop Music's Many Faces

Kishi Bashi's second solo album is titled Lighght.
Kaden Shallat Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Thu May 15, 2014 10:55 am

Indie-pop musician K. Ishibashi blends violin, electronics and stylistic influences from multiple cultures and pop-music eras to create a unique sound. NPR's Steve Inskeep recently spoke with the musician, who is also a touring member of the eclectic band Of Montreal, about how his many experiences have contributed to the creation of Lighght, his second album as Kishi Bashi. Hear their conversation at the audio link.

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The Two-Way
8:59 pm
Wed May 14, 2014

Two Dead Following Attacks On Anti-Government Protesters In Bangkok

An anti-government protester waves the Thai flag during a rally in Bangkok, on Wednesday.
Vincent Thian AP

Originally published on Thu May 15, 2014 1:46 pm

An attack on anti-government protesters in Thailand's capital, Bangkok, has left at least two people dead and more than 20 wounded, Thai authorities say.

The incident marks renewed violence between supporters and opponents of ousted Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra, who was removed from her post last week by the country's Constitutional Court along with nine of her Cabinet ministers. Her Pheu Thai party, however, remains in power.

The Associated Press writes:

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The Two-Way
8:55 pm
Wed May 14, 2014

Hagel: U.S. Drones Searching For Kidnapped Nigerian Schoolgirls

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel speaks during a news conference after attending the Gulf Cooperation Council meeting in Jiddah, Saudi Arabia, on Wednesday. Hagel confirmed that the U.S. was using drones to search for 270 kidnapped Nigerian schoolgirls.
Mandel Ngan AP

Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel said Wednesday that the U.S. is using surveillance drones to try to locate more than 270 kidnapped schoolgirls in Nigeria.

"We are now providing unmanned reconnaissance intelligence over Nigeria and we'll continue to do that," Hagel told reporters in Saudi Arabia at a meeting of the Gulf Cooperation Council.

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Digital Life
7:27 pm
Wed May 14, 2014

In Kansas, Professors Must Now Watch What They Tweet

Originally published on Thu May 15, 2014 3:17 pm

The Kansas Board of Regents gave final approval Wednesday to a strict new policy on what employees may say on social media. Critics say the policy violates both the First Amendment and academic freedom, but school officials say providing faculty with more specific guidelines will actually bolster academic freedom on campus.

The controversial policy was triggered by an equally controversial tweet posted last September by David Guth, an associate journalism professor. Reacting to a lone gunman who killed 12 people at the Washington Navy Yard in Washington, D.C., he wrote:

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The Two-Way
7:05 pm
Wed May 14, 2014

Regulators Couldn't Close U.S. Mine Despite Poor Safety Record

Originally published on Wed May 14, 2014 8:10 pm

The West Virginia mine where two workers were fatally injured on Monday consistently violated federal mine safety laws, but federal regulators say they were unable to shut it down completely.

The Mine Safety and Health Administration confirmed that two workers were killed on May 12 when coal and rocks burst from mine walls at Patriot Coal's Brody No. 1 mine in Boone County, W.Va.

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The Two-Way
6:42 pm
Wed May 14, 2014

Kansas University Board Revises Its Free Speech Guidelines

Following months of criticism, the Kansas Board of Regents revised its social media policy on Wednesday, but that didn't satisfy detractors who said it still represented a blow against academic free speech.

Fred Logan, the board's chair, said the new policy will "shore up academic freedom by creating more specific guidelines," reports Peggy Lowe of member station KCUR.

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