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NPR Story
1:05 pm
Thu May 15, 2014

Video Of Cat Saving Child From Dog Attack Goes Viral

Security camera video shows four-year-old Jeremy Triantafilo being rescued from a dog attack when his cat, Tara, lunged at the dog and chased it away. (Screenshot)

Originally published on Thu May 15, 2014 3:31 pm

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You may have seen this video — security cameras show four-year-old Jeremy Triantafilo of Bakersfield, California, playing on his bicycle in his driveway. A neighborhood dog spies him, and then attacks the child, unprovoked.

Suddenly, the Triantafilo family’s cat, Tara, streaks across the driveway, pushes the dog off the boy, hip-checks the dog and chases it away.

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NPR Story
1:05 pm
Thu May 15, 2014

Host Of Fires Clear San Diego-Area Neighborhoods

Fire rages above an apartment complex May 14, 2014 in San Marcos, California. (Bill Wechter/Getty Images)

Originally published on Thu May 15, 2014 3:31 pm

Firefighters gained ground overnight on a string of major San Diego area wildfires – except for one in the city of San Marcos where the 700-acre blaze burned out of control Thursday as another scorcher day dawned.

Nine fires in all were burning an area of more than 14 square miles amid a heat wave and dry conditions, said San Diego County officials, who warned also of poor air quality with black and gray smoke wafting over the region. The wildfires drove tens of thousands from their homes and shut down schools and amusement parks, including Legoland.

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NPR Story
1:04 pm
Thu May 15, 2014

Emotions High As 9/11 Museum Begins To Open

Surviving firefighter Dan Potter's fire helmet, which he used at Ground Zero on September 11, is viewed during a tour the National September 11 Memorial Museum on May 14, 2014 in New York City. (Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

Originally published on Thu May 15, 2014 1:19 pm

Nearly 13 years after al-Qaida attacked the United States, a museum and memorial dedicated to what happened that day is opening today.

President Barack Obama and other dignitaries, as well as survivors, rescue workers and family members of the victims, joined today to dedicate the museum.

Before the museum opens to the public on May 21, there will a six-day, 24-hour-a-day period when members of the 9/11 community will have exclusive access to the museum.

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Code Switch
12:23 pm
Thu May 15, 2014

Young People Want Equality But Struggle To Discuss Bias

These protesters rallied outside the Supreme Court in favor of affirmative action last fall, but MTV found that majorities of young people, across races, opposed racial preferences of any kind.
Susan Walsh AP

Originally published on Thu May 15, 2014 2:53 pm

One oft-employed generalization about The Kids These Days is that they've grown up free from the legalized discrimination and racial neuroses of older generations, and they will live in a more multicultural world with less racism. But do we even know if that's true?

MTV, that reliable weather vane of popular youth culture, wanted to find out. It polled a nationally representative sample of people ages 14 to 24 about their views on bias and identity.

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Science
12:18 pm
Thu May 15, 2014

Why This Octopus Isn't Stuck-Up

Originally published on Thu May 15, 2014 8:18 pm

Octopus arms keep from getting all tangled up in part because some kind of chemical in octopus skin prevents the tentacles' suckers from grabbing on.

That was the surprise discovery of scientists who were trying to understand how octopuses manage to move all their weird appendages without getting tied in knots.

Unlike humans, octopuses don't have a constant awareness of their arms' locations. It's kind of like the eight arms have minds of their own. And as an octopus arm travels through the water, its neighboring arms are constantly in reach.

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All Songs TV
12:12 pm
Thu May 15, 2014

The Acid, 'Fame'

The Acid (from left: Adam Freeland, Ry X, Steve Nalepa)
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue May 20, 2014 2:42 pm

The video for "Fame" was directed by Dugan O'Neal and The Acid's Ry X. The Acid's debut album, Liminal, will be out July 15 on Mute Records.

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All Tech Considered
12:07 pm
Thu May 15, 2014

Solar-Powered Bike Lock Aims To Be The Airbnb Of Bike-Sharing

The Skylock is solar-powered and can send messages to let a bike owner know if it's being tampered with.
Skylock

Originally published on Fri May 16, 2014 2:32 pm

In our "Weekly Innovation" blog series, we explore an interesting idea, design or product that you may not have heard of yet. Do you have an innovation to share? Submit it with this form.

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The Two-Way
11:48 am
Thu May 15, 2014

FCC Gives Initial OK To New Internet Traffic Rules

Demonstrators protest outside the Federal Communications Commission Thursday. The agency voted to open new proposed rules for public comment, including a discussion of whether "paid prioritization" should be banned.
Alex Wong Getty Images

Originally published on Thu May 15, 2014 5:40 pm

New rules for how Internet traffic is governed were officially unveiled and approved for public comment following a 3-2 vote Thursday by members of the Federal Communications Commission.

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The Salt
11:47 am
Thu May 15, 2014

A Sponge Cake's Long, Strange Trip: Germany To Denver, Via Japan

A chef prepares the baumkuchen, a German layer cake made on a stick that when cut, resembles a tree with concentric rings.
LuxTonnerre Flickr.com

Originally published on Tue May 20, 2014 3:18 pm

For a cake the Germans call "the king of cakes" and the Japanese call "the ultimate wedding cake," the baumkuchen doesn't really look like a cake or behave like one. But it more than makes up for its oddities with rich flavor, history and symbolism.

It resembles a hollowed cross-section of a craggy tree trunk, or a planet's rings, depending on how you make it. It can have up to 21 delicate, sugary stratums, which give it a light yet chewy texture.

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Education
11:37 am
Thu May 15, 2014

Educating Girls: Big Payoff For $45 A Year

Originally published on Thu May 15, 2014 12:37 pm

Transcript

CELESTE HEADLEE, HOST:

This is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. I'm Celeste Headlee. Michel Martin is away. Nigeria has been in the news a lot lately. That's since the militant Islamic organization Boko Haram kidnapped hundreds of schoolgirls on April 15. Professed to be against Western education, Boko Haram took the girls away from their books and their teachers and have threatened to sell them as wives and slaves.

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Music
11:36 am
Thu May 15, 2014

Breaking Up Helped Ledisi Find 'The Truth' In Her Music

Ledisi performs at the 2013 BET Honors awards. The singer has been nominated for eight Grammy awards over the past 10 years.
Kris Connor Getty Images for BET

Originally published on Thu May 15, 2014 12:37 pm

Singer songwriter Ledisi has had eight Grammy nominations, and says she is grateful for that. "I would like to win, but it will happen when its time."

For more than 10 years, Ledisi has garnered an international fan base while striving to grow her musical abilities.

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Ask Me Another
10:10 am
Thu May 15, 2014

Gone Fishing

Originally published on Fri May 16, 2014 3:47 pm

There's something fishy about this final round. Every answer contains a type of fish, but be careful: some are unexpected. Did you know that a mullet isn't just Billy Ray Cyrus' go-to hairstyle?

Heard in Episode 317: Puzzle Hard

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Ask Me Another
10:10 am
Thu May 15, 2014

Andrew W.K.: Jesus Christ Super Quiz

What's the buzz, Andrew W.K.?
Neilson Barnard Getty Images

Originally published on Fri May 16, 2014 3:51 pm

Musician, motivational speaker, and party pro Andrew W.K. is a man of many talents—but did you know that he is also an expert on Jesus Christ Superstar? We wrote him a quiz on his favorite rock opera.

After the game, hear he and house musician Jonathan Coulton duet on "What's The Buzz."

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Ask Me Another
10:10 am
Thu May 15, 2014

Unruly Passengers

Originally published on Fri May 16, 2014 3:47 pm

"I specifically requested not to be on the Pinta!" In this game, we imagine the complaints passengers might have made on certain historical journeys, such as Columbus's expedition to the New World.

Heard in Episode 317: Puzzle Hard

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Ask Me Another
10:10 am
Thu May 15, 2014

Tonight We're Going to Party

Originally published on Fri May 16, 2014 3:47 pm

Who says you can only "party like it's 1999"? Not us! Jonathan Coulton sings rewritten lyrics to Prince's classic hit, to describe famous events that happened in less...festive years. Let's party like it's 1775!

Heard in Episode 317: Puzzle Hard

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Ask Me Another
10:10 am
Thu May 15, 2014

Random Questions With: Andrew W.K.

"Not being dead is my version of partying. So far, so good." - Andrew W.K.
Mireya Acierto Getty Images

Originally published on Fri May 16, 2014 3:47 pm

  • Hear Andrew play "Jesus Christ Super Quiz"
  • Andrew W.K. tells the story of his first, and last, gig at Cafe Wha? in NYC

Rock star and self-proclaimed professional partier Andrew W.K. is nothing short of a renaissance man. While the traditionally trained piano player is best known for rollicking hits like "Party Hard" and "It's Time to Party," Andrew has also tried his hand as a TV show host, a motivational speaker and, currently, a weekly advice columnist for The Village Voice.

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Ask Me Another
10:10 am
Thu May 15, 2014

Nick Names

Originally published on Fri May 16, 2014 3:47 pm

Many celebrities are better known by their monikers, like George Herman "Babe" Ruth, Jr. or Jennifer "J. Lo." Lopez. In this game, we created nicknames for people who already have the name "Nick." Do you know who "Mr. Mariah Carey" might be?

Heard in Episode 317: Puzzle Hard

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Ask Me Another
10:10 am
Thu May 15, 2014

How Now, Brown Cow?

Originally published on Fri May 16, 2014 3:47 pm

If you've ever wondered about the origins of the phrase "How now, brown cow," we can't help you. But just for kicks, we wrote a game in which every answer rhymes with "cow." How now, kung pao?

Plus, hear house musician Jonathan Coulton cover They Might Be Giants' "Cowtown."

Heard in Episode 317: Puzzle Hard

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Field Recordings
10:03 am
Thu May 15, 2014

D.D Dumbo: Looping Sounds In An Austin Alleyway

D.D Dumbo during his Field Recording in Austin, Texas.
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Originally published on Wed July 2, 2014 3:47 pm

Mystery seems to swirl around D.D Dumbo. We'd heard all sorts of crazy rumors about this solo musician; namely, that Dumbo is a modern-day nomad whose only worldly possessions are his guitar and some crazy customized pedals. But once he arrived for one of our SXSW Backyard Sessions, here's what we discovered: Dumbo was born outside of Melbourne, Australia (birth name: Oliver Hugh Perry). He performs with a 12-string electric guitar, a simple drum set-up and some loop pedals. And he prefers to let his eclectic, drone-filled music speak for itself — so, alas, no comment on the nomad rumors.

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