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2:07 pm
Tue April 29, 2014

More Sanctions Imposed On Russia, But To What End?

Originally published on Tue April 29, 2014 4:43 pm

The U.S. and European Union are adding new names to the sanctions list, to protest Russia’s interference in the political turmoil in Ukraine.

But Bryan Early argues that economic sanctions often fail. He tells Here & Now’s Jeremy Hobson that sanctions imposed by the U.S. on a particular entity or country can harm American businesses.

And then there’s the case of North Korea. It’s isolated by the U.S., but plenty of other countries will to do business with it.

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NPR Story
2:06 pm
Tue April 29, 2014

In the Face of Criticism, Obama Defends His Foreign Policy

U.S. President Barack Obama attends a joint press conference with Philippine President Benigno Aquino at the presidential palace on April 28, 2014 in Manila, Philippines. (Malacanang Photo Bureau via Getty Images)

Originally published on Tue April 29, 2014 4:43 pm

Many have criticized President Obama for his response to crises in Eastern Europe and the Middle East, demanding that he take a more assertive approach.

While speaking at a press conference in the Philippines, President Obama defended his foreign policy and questioned his critics’ remarks.

NPR’s White House Correspondent Scott Horsley discusses the criticisms aimed at the Obama administration’s foreign policy, and the president’s reactions to these comments.

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NPR Story
2:06 pm
Tue April 29, 2014

Miss. State Senator's Home Among Those Destroyed

Originally published on Tue April 29, 2014 4:43 pm

Today emergency officials said that three people in Alabama, two in Tennessee and nine people in Mississippi died yesterday in a huge storm that reached the South after pummeling the Central U.S. over the weekend.

The Mississippi the town of Louisville was hit hardest.

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NPR Story
2:04 pm
Tue April 29, 2014

Old 97's Have A Blast On New Album

The members of Old 97s (from left): Philip Peeples, Rhett Miller, Ken Bethea and Murry Hammond. Their new album is "Most Messed Up." (Courtesy)

Originally published on Tue April 29, 2014 4:43 pm

Old 97′s have been cooking their tasty brew of rock ‘n’ roll for 20 years now, and the Dallas-based band is out with a new album today called “Most Messed Up” that’s getting rave reviews.

The New Yorker calls it “blistered, blasted, and brilliant: song after song about the diminishing returns of the road, the ravages of early middle age.”

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Monkey See
1:42 pm
Tue April 29, 2014

How Craig Ferguson Unmade The Late-Night Talk Show

Craig Ferguson set a very individual course for himself in a field with a lot of standard elements. Now, as David Letterman moves on from CBS late night, Ferguson does too.
Lisette M. Azar CBS

As has become the recent custom over at CBS, when Craig Ferguson decided to announce his departure from The Late Late Show on Monday, he had a self-deprecating joke ready.

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All Songs Considered
12:53 pm
Tue April 29, 2014

New Mix: tUnE-yArDs, Roy Orbison, More

Top row: F---ed Up; Bottom row, left to right: Haley Bonar, Roy Orbison, tUnE-yArDs
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue April 29, 2014 5:17 pm

On this week's All Songs Considered, Bob Boilen kicks things off with "Water Fountain," a breathless cut from the new tUnE-yArDs album Nikki Nack.

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All Tech Considered
12:07 pm
Tue April 29, 2014

Psst! Wearable Devices Could Make Big Tech Leaps, Into Your Ear

Bragi's Dash, a fitness-centered wireless earpiece, has raised over $3 million on Kickstarter, the crowdfunding site.
Bragi

Originally published on Tue April 29, 2014 5:35 pm

It's early evening on a Thursday and you're at a networking event, balancing a small plate of appetizers in one hand. Someone comes up to you to say hello. She acts like you've met before, but you can't recall where.

"It's Jackie Barnes," she says.

"Jackie Barnes," you repeat like you remember. "It's been a while."

As you say her name, a little device in your ear picks it up. The device does a search, and microseconds later it feeds you the info it's found on the Web: the college she attended, her current company, that she has two kids and is an avid runner.

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13.7: Cosmos And Culture
11:46 am
Tue April 29, 2014

Velocity: It's All Relative

The Concorde was fast and changed how we thought about travel here on Earth. In the future, we may well travel at speeds that change our relationship with time itself.
David Parker Getty Images

We spend a lot of our lives getting from here to there. Everyday we slog from home to work and back again. Once a week we make the trek to the grocery store. A few times a year we take vacations across the state, the country or even across an ocean. Each trip, large or small, sets us in motion.

We get going.

We get up to speed.

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#TMMPoetry: Muses and Metaphor
11:37 am
Tue April 29, 2014

Caine Prize Winners Close Out #TMMPoetry

Originally published on Tue April 29, 2014 12:40 pm

Transcript

MARTIN MARTIN, HOST:

This is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. I'm Michel Martin. Right now I am happy, and I'm sad. I'm happy because it's time for Muses and Metaphor, our very own ode to National Poetry Month. This year, as we've been doing every year throughout April, we've been featuring original Twitter poems written by NPR listeners. Thousands of you have participated. New this year, some of our regular contributors have also weighed in. But I'm sad because April is just about over. So it's time now for our final roundup of Twitter poems for this year.

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World Cafe
11:27 am
Tue April 29, 2014

World Cafe Next: The Apache Relay

The Apache Relay.
Courtesy of the artist
  • Hear Two Songs By The Apache Relay

We heard about this week's World Cafe: Next band, The Apache Relay, during our Sense of Place: Nashville series. Their new self-titled release took a while to get right, with a couple of tries being scrapped along the way, but it's finally arrived. Hear two songs from the record on this week's World Cafe: Next segment.

Monkey See
10:22 am
Tue April 29, 2014

'Gentleman's Guide' Leads The Tony Nominations

The Tony nominations are out, and it was a good year to be playing eight people at the same time.

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Theater
10:05 am
Tue April 29, 2014

Audra McDonald As Billie Holiday: The Importance Of Feeling It

Audra McDonald just nabbed a Tony nominations for playing Billie Holiday in Lady Day At Emerson's Bar And Grill.
Evgenia Eliseeva

Originally published on Tue April 29, 2014 11:32 am

Billie Holiday will not be singing unless she "feels it." That's practically her thesis statement in Lady Day at Emerson's Bar and Grill, Lanie Robertson's play about a drug-ravaged nightclub show near the end of Holiday's tortured life. War stories and bawdy jokes are never a problem — and neither is pouring a drink — but if the audience wants a show, they have to wait until Lady Day can give them something real.

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The Two-Way
9:19 am
Tue April 29, 2014

North Korea Conducts Artillery Drills Near Southern Border

South Korean soldiers on Yeonpyeong last month. North Korea conducted live-fire artillery drills near the island on Tuesday.
Yonhap EPA/Landov

North Korea has conducted live artillery drills near a disputed western maritime border with the South just days after President Obama and his South Korean counterpart urged Pyongyang to give up its nuclear weapons.

The exercises occurred near Yeonpyeong Island, which was hit by North Korean shelling in 2010, killing four people and causing significant damage.

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The Two-Way
8:24 am
Tue April 29, 2014

EU Follows U.S. In Imposing New Sanctions On Russia

Armed pro-Russian militants attacked a demonstration of supporters of Ukraine in Donetsk on Monday.
Olya Morvan Maxppp/Landov

Originally published on Tue April 29, 2014 9:28 am

This post was updated at 9:30 a.m. ET.

The European Union has followed the U.S. in imposing a new round of sanctions on Russia for the Kremlin's intervention in Crimea and alleged support of separatist elements inside eastern Ukraine.

The sanctions, which specifically target Russian President Vladimir Putin's "inner circle," drew a response from Moscow, which described them in Cold War terms.

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The Two-Way
7:26 am
Tue April 29, 2014

Book News: Harper Lee Agrees To E-Book Version Of 'To Kill A Mockingbird'

To Kill a Mockingbird author Harper Lee smiles before receiving the Presidential Medal of Freedom in November 2007.
Chip Somodevilla Getty Images

Originally published on Tue April 29, 2014 9:00 am

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

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Books
6:53 am
Tue April 29, 2014

'Nothing More To Lose' Forges A Connection To Palestine

Originally published on Tue April 29, 2014 8:53 am

Roughly halfway through Najwan Darwish's Nothing More to Lose, wiping awkwardly at tears and trying self-consciously not to sob with my partner in the room, I found myself wondering what someone with no connection to Palestine would make of it.

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Economy
6:21 am
Tue April 29, 2014

How Much Will New U.S. Sanctions Affect Russia?

Originally published on Tue April 29, 2014 12:52 pm

Transcript

STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

Let's examine just how much U.S. sanctions could affect Russia. President Obama yesterday announced the latest measures aimed at punishing Russia for its links to violence in Eastern Ukraine. Russia is accusing the U.S. and its allies in Europe and Japan of resorting to Cold War tactics.

NPR's Corey Flintoff is covering this story from Moscow. Hi, Corey.

COREY FLINTOFF, BYLINE: Good morning, Steve.

INSKEEP: So what will the latest sanctions do?

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Middle East
5:17 am
Tue April 29, 2014

For Peace Talks To Resume, Israel Insists Hamas Must Change

Originally published on Tue April 29, 2014 12:52 pm

Transcript

STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

Let's look at the Middle East now. The two leading Palestinian parties are trying to form a unity government. Israel wants them to break up again. The parties are Fatah and Hamas. Hamas is considered a terrorist organization by Israel and the United States.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel says he will not deal with a Palestinian government that includes Hamas, and he called off peace talks, at least for now. The question is how, if at all, Middle East peace can advance.

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Europe
5:17 am
Tue April 29, 2014

Swedish Town To Move As Iron Mine Swallows It

Originally published on Tue April 29, 2014 12:52 pm

Transcript

STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

OK, as Greensburg rebuilds from the ground up, people in a town in Sweden are preparing to move their community a couple of miles to the east.

DAVID GREENE, HOST:

That be the town of Kiruna sits on the edge of an iron mine. Officials realized the mine would slowly swallow the community about 10 years ago, so they began preparing to empty the town and rebuild it - hopefully new and improved - two miles down the road.

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