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6:19 pm
Fri May 9, 2014

Not My Job: Brat Pack Member Rob Lowe Gets Quizzed On Bratwurst

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Originally published on Sat May 10, 2014 10:49 am

Rob Lowe and Peter Sagal are about the same age, and have led very similar lives: They've both made it huge in show business, been staples of the gossip magazines, are known far and wide for their strangely youthful good looks.

Back in the '80s Lowe was part of Hollywood's Brat Pack so we've invited him to answer three questions about some of the lesser known facts of bratwurst.

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Books
6:08 pm
Fri May 9, 2014

In A Changing Climate, Science Fiction Starts To Feel Real

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Originally published on Mon May 12, 2014 4:17 pm

The White House released a report this week on the impacts of global warming. Many places are already feeling the effects. There's drought in the Southwest, rising sea levels in Miami, and now even fictional worlds are feeling the burn.

There have been novels about climate change since the 1960's, but to me the definitive example is a book that's not well known outside the field of science fiction: The Windup Girl, by the American novelist Paolo Bacigalupi, which won both the Hugo and the Nebula Awards in 2010.

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World Cafe
6:05 pm
Fri May 9, 2014

Ben & Ellen Harper On World Cafe

Ben Harper and his mother, Ellen Harper.
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In honor of Mother's Day, World Cafe welcomes singer Ben Harper and his mother Ellen, who've just released an album together titled Childhood Home.

Alongside his band The Innocent Criminals, Ben Harper has been making powerful, blues-influenced rock records since 1992. The most recent, Get Up! — which he recorded with harmonica player Charlie Musselwhite — won the 2014 Grammy Award for Best Blues Album.

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World Cafe
5:56 pm
Fri May 9, 2014

Damon Albarn On World Cafe

Damon Albarn.
Linda Brown Lee Courtesy of the artist

Founder and singer of the Britpop band Blur, Damon Albarn has been involved in many musical projects over the years, from Gorillaz to The Good, The Bad And The Queen. He's also looked beyond borders through his recordings with Malian musicians and an opera he wrote based on Chinese folklore. Until now, though, he'd never released a solo album.

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Movie Interviews
5:47 pm
Fri May 9, 2014

In 'God's Pocket,' There's A Mad Man Behind The Camera

John Slattery (left) reprises his role as Roger Sterling in the seventh and final season of Mad Men.
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Originally published on Fri May 9, 2014 8:45 pm

The 1980s novel God's Pocket, by Pete Dexter, is a story of hapless drunks, construction workers and one washed-up newspaper columnist. The book takes its name from a fictional blue-collar neighborhood in Philadelphia.

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Planet Money
5:41 pm
Fri May 9, 2014

Episode 538: Is A Stradivarius Just A Violin?

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Originally published on Fri May 16, 2014 4:40 pm

A trumpet is more or less a trumpet. A clarinet is a clarinet. But violin or a viola... they are different. More like living breathing things. Hand crafted from wood, from a tree. Every one is different. And, you know the story. Antonio Stradivari, was the master. Some say the greatest violin maker to ever live. The Stradivarius is one of the most powerful and expensive brands in the world.

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Shots - Health News
5:20 pm
Fri May 9, 2014

Europeans Are Getting Fatter, Just Like Americans

Fried cod awaits its destiny as fish and chips in London.
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Ireland is predicted to become the fattest country in Europe by 2030, according to a study released by the World Health Organization and the UK Health Forum.

As many as 90 percent of Irish men and 84 percent of Irish women are projected to be classified as overweight or obese by then. Blame goes to the usual culprits: unhealthy diets high in sugar and fats, and a lack of exercise.

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NPR Story
5:07 pm
Fri May 9, 2014

Ana Tijoux: Music And Motherhood

Chilean lyricist, rapper and mother Ana Tijoux talks about giving birth to her daughter Emilia. The experience left an impact: the writing on her third studio album, Vengo.

NPR Story
5:07 pm
Fri May 9, 2014

A Mother of "Deportation Orphans"

Reporter Jordana Gustafson profiles a mother who's been deported to Tijuana, Mexico, while her U.S.-born children stay home in Oregon.

NPR Story
5:07 pm
Fri May 9, 2014

Domestic Violence and Pets

Hundreds of domestic violence shelters nationwide struggle to shelter women who have pets. Latino USA's Camilo Vargas heads to a New York City shelter that lets women stay with their animals.

NPR Story
5:07 pm
Fri May 9, 2014

Jesusita's Story

During the Mexican Revolution, Maria de Jesus Mendias had to flee Mexico for Texas. Her daughter and granddaughter recount her story.

NPR Story
5:07 pm
Fri May 9, 2014

Latino Parents and Education

Black and Latino students perform substantially less well than their white counterparts. Two educators talk about the achievement gap and how schools can bring cultural understanding into classrooms.

NPR Story
5:07 pm
Fri May 9, 2014

A Cross-Border Mother's Day

In Mexico, Mother's Day is always celebrated on May 10th. Guest host Claudio Sanchez honors his mother, Blanca Luz, and the lessons she passed down to her children living on the border.

NPR Story
5:07 pm
Fri May 9, 2014

Friends as Family

Friends can be as close as family. In rural Alabama, a gay male pastor and a bisexual Latina activist form a bond. They both protest against a tough anti-immigration law.

NPR Story
5:07 pm
Fri May 9, 2014

"Deportation Orphans" in Oregon

Two years ago, the mother of Brian, Ashley and Karleen Tapia left them in Oregon after she got deported to Mexico. We find out how the "deportation orphans" have been coping.

Shots - Health News
4:51 pm
Fri May 9, 2014

Keep Or Kill Last Lab Stocks Of Smallpox? Time To Decide, Says WHO

U.S. Marine Sgt. Robert Scoggin gets a vaccination against smallpox in 2003 at Camp Pendleton in California — one of the final steps before deployment overseas.
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Originally published on Fri May 9, 2014 8:45 pm

The World Health Organization is revisiting a question that's been the subject of intense debate for decades: whether to destroy the only known samples of the smallpox virus.

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It's All Politics
4:47 pm
Fri May 9, 2014

Why The Benghazi Committee Is A Rare Win-Win-Win For Congress

House Rules Committee member Rep. Virginia Foxx, R-N.C., is flanked by Chairman Pete Sessions, R-Texas (left), and Rep. Rob Bishop, R-Utah (right), as the panel works May 7 on the creation of a special select committee to investigate the 2012 attack on the U.S. diplomatic outpost in Benghazi, Libya, that killed the ambassador and three other Americans.
J. Scott Applewhite AP

Originally published on Fri May 9, 2014 5:20 pm

As hopeful Republicans anticipate how their new select committee will get the Benghazi issue a full airing, and as Democrats gnash their teeth at what they're calling a political stunt, here's another possible scenario: It won't make much difference either way.

The new committee has subpoena power — just like the House Oversight Committee, which has already been investing Benghazi. The new committee will be able to look at classified material — just like the House Intelligence Committee, which has also been investigating Benghazi.

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Africa
4:39 pm
Fri May 9, 2014

Nigerian Kidnapping Highlights Scale Of Child Trafficking In Africa

Originally published on Fri May 9, 2014 8:45 pm

Nearly 300 schoolgirls remain missing in Nigeria. For more information on the pervasiveness of child slavery in Africa, Robert Siegel speaks with Benjamin Lawrance, the Barber B. Conable Jr. Endowed Chair in International Studies at the Rochester Institute of Technology.

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Middle East
4:11 pm
Fri May 9, 2014

After Setbacks In Battle, Syrian Rebels Seek Victories In D.C.

Originally published on Fri May 9, 2014 8:45 pm

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ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST:

From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Robert Siegel.

MELISSA BLOCK, HOST:

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Europe
4:11 pm
Fri May 9, 2014

On Victory Day, Fanfare In Crimea And Turmoil In Eastern Ukraine

Originally published on Fri May 9, 2014 8:45 pm

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MELISSA BLOCK, HOST:

From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Melissa Block.

ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST:

And I'm Robert Siegel. President Vladimir Putin travelled to Crimea today to mark the anniversary of Russia's victory in the Second World War. It was his first time there since the peninsula was annexed by Russia. His visit was criticized by the Ukrainian government and Washington, but Putin told Crimeans that by being together with Russia, they're stronger.

PRESIDENT VLADIMIR PUTIN: (Speaking foreign language)

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