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4:11 pm
Fri May 9, 2014

Meet NPR's New Chief Executive: Jarl Mohn

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

NPR announced the selection of a new CEO. His name is Jarl Mohn, a longtime radio disc jockey and former media executive, who's been a venture capitalist and corporate board member in recent years. The appointment of Mohn follows last year's departure of Gary Knell, who left NPR to run the National Geographic Society.

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Commentary
4:11 pm
Fri May 9, 2014

Week In Politics: Primary Politics And The Climate Change Report

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

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MELISSA BLOCK, HOST:

We turn now to domestic politics and our regular Friday commentators, E.J. Dionne of The Washington Post and David Brooks of the New York Times. Welcome back to you both.

E.J. DIONNE: Good to be with you.

DAVID BROOKS: Good to be here.

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Found Recipes
4:11 pm
Fri May 9, 2014

Bake Mom Some Skillingsboller: Simple Buns With A Tricky Name

When leaving the oven, these "money buns" look like they're made of gold.
Alexandra Grablewski Courtesy of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Originally published on Mon May 12, 2014 11:52 am

First, a public service announcement: Mother's Day is Sunday. Perhaps it's best to reread that note before continuing, because it's also best that you don't, under any circumstances, forget. And — ahem — you still have time to put something nice together.

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Paperback Nonfiction Bestsellers
4:03 pm
Fri May 9, 2014

NPR Bestsellers: Paperback Nonfiction, Week Of May 8, 2014

At No. 6, Michael Pollan's Cooked looks at how fire, water, air and earth transform plants and animals into food.

The Two-Way
2:58 pm
Fri May 9, 2014

Turkish Man On Dating Show Was Ax Murderer; He Also Killed Wife

Sefer Çalınak (right) and the host of Flash TV's Ne Çıkarsa Bahtına (The Luck of the Draw).
YouTube screen shot

Originally published on Fri May 9, 2014 5:24 pm

Think your love life is complicated?

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NPR Story
2:39 pm
Fri May 9, 2014

Video Chats With Mom Become Popular Web Series

Film director Joshua Seftel turned his FaceTime conversations with his mom Pat Seftel into a popular YouTube series called "My Mom On Movies." (Phillip Toledano)

Originally published on Sat May 10, 2014 10:34 am

In 2009, after filmmaker Joshua Seftel‘s father passed away, he and his sisters worried about staying in touch with their mom, so they bought her an iPad, and even though she was nervous about it at first, they convinced her to start using it.

First they sent emails back and forth, but soon Seftel and his mom started talking on FaceTime. Seftel says that around this time he remembered his mother said she had always wanted her own show. So he thought, why not?

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NPR Story
2:39 pm
Fri May 9, 2014

Speaking Exchange: Brazilian Students Connect With Elderly Americans

A Brazilian student speaks with an American senior in this screenshot from a video about the program. (Screenshot)

A language school in Brazil is connecting its students to the elderly in Chicago, so the students can practice their English online. The promotional video for the “Speaking Exchange” program has gone viral because the kids and seniors are developing relationships.

[Youtube]

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NPR Story
2:39 pm
Fri May 9, 2014

New Space Fence Could Prevent Real Life 'Gravity'

A computer image generated by NASA shows objects orbiting Earth, including those in geosynchronous orbit at a high altitude. The objects are not to scale. (NASA)

In the blockbuster film “Gravity,” astronauts became stranded, floating in orbit after “space junk” hit their mission at a heart-racing speed. While the film is more science fiction than fact, there are huge concerns about all the debris in the Earth’s orbit, and how that could affect satellite systems.

Sixty years of activity in space have resulted in about 500,000 pieces of space debris. The detritus ranges from left-over pieces of rockets to a glove that an astronaut dropped in 1965. All of that material has the potential to collide with the 1,100 satellites over the Earth.

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All Songs Considered
2:03 pm
Fri May 9, 2014

Viking's Choice: This Heavy-Metal Ballad Will Break Your Heart

High Spirits' Chris Black.
Courtesy of the artist

At the office, in the classroom, in line at the bank, at your own wedding — there's really no wrong place to play air guitar. But the best spot is on public transportation, when you're crammed into a mass of unknown bodies about to experience the fury of a righteous guitar solo no one can hear but yourself.

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Mountain Stage
1:51 pm
Fri May 9, 2014

Shonna Tucker On Mountain Stage

Shonna Tucker.
Brian Blauser Mountain Stage

Originally published on Thu June 19, 2014 4:20 pm

Shonna Tucker and Eye Candy appear on Mountain Stage, recorded live at the Culture Center Theater in Charleston, W.Va.

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Arts & Life
1:41 pm
Fri May 9, 2014

'Wait Wait' Celebrates Carl Kasell, Our Official Judge and Scorekeeper

Carl decides to take a publicity photo shoot up a notch while Peter tickles the ivories.
Wait Wait Don't Tell Me NPR

Originally published on Fri May 16, 2014 1:00 pm

For 30 years, Carl anchored the newscast for Morning Edition, and in 1998 he became Wait Wait ... Don't Tell Me's official scorekeeper. His last show will air on May 17. Following that, Carl will become Scorekeeper Emeritus and will continue to record voice mail greetings for our winners. In honor of Carl's last show, Peter Sagal reflects on their years working together.

Presumably, the day I was born was the most important day of my life, but I don't remember that. I do remember the day I met Carl Kasell, though, so that tops my personal list.

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World Cafe
1:33 pm
Fri May 9, 2014

Sam Smith On World Cafe

Sam Smith.
Courtesy of the artist

Sam Smith's soulful voice recalls the singers of yesteryear, but he's found a way to bring that classic style to today's pop and electronic music. The British singer gained recognition in 2012 after writing and providing the vocal for "Latch," a breakout hit for the electronic duo Disclosure.

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NPR Story
1:23 pm
Fri May 9, 2014

Illinois School District Quits National School Lunch Program

Students at McLean High School in McLean, Virginia, purchase snacks at a vending machine on school property 15 December 2005. (AFP Photo/Paul J. Richards/AFP/Getty Images)

Originally published on Fri May 9, 2014 3:19 pm

A suburban Chicago school district’s decision to opt out of the National School Lunch Program leaves federal dollars and food on the table.

The school board in Township High School District 214 voted yesterday to drop the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s “Smart Snacks in School” program that will be implemented in schools nationwide starting July 1.

Officials in the district say that the new food requirements offer healthy meals that students won’t eat.

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NPR Story
1:23 pm
Fri May 9, 2014

Safety Recalls Don't Keep Used Cars Off The Road

Car companies that have recalled vehicles, like GM, aren't required to repair cars that are resold, even if they fall under a recall. The same applies to rental cars. (Bill Pugliano/Getty Images)

Originally published on Fri May 9, 2014 4:41 pm

Last year, carmakers recalled nearly 22 million cars and trucks — the most in almost a decade. But if those vehicles are resold, car dealers and rental companies aren’t required to fix them.

Safety advocates are supporting bills calling for mandatory rentals. There are two bills pending in Congress.

Paul Eisenstein of the car news website The Detroit Bureau talks with Here & Now’s Robin Young about why at least one of these bills is idling.

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NPR Story
1:23 pm
Fri May 9, 2014

Why American Investors Would Want A Piece Of Alibaba's IPO

Chinese workers walk out from the Alibaba head office building in Hangzhou, in eastern China's Zhejiang province on May 21, 2012. (STR/AFP/GettyImages)

Originally published on Fri May 9, 2014 2:39 pm

This week, the Chinese e-commerce company Alibaba announced it would go public in the United States this summer. That announcement has caused quite a stir, including among many American investors.

Zoe Chace from NPR’s Planet Money team joins Here & Now’s Jeremy Hobson to discuss what an Alibaba IPO means for American investors, and why they should consider an investment.

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NPR Story
1:23 pm
Fri May 9, 2014

Rescue Mission Ad Campaign Shows How People Ignore The Homeless

Originally published on Fri May 9, 2014 2:39 pm

[Youtube]

The New York City Rescue Mission’s new ad campaign, “Make Them Visible” is geared to changing the way the homeless are perceived.

The ad asks, “Have the homeless become so invisible… we wouldn’t notice our own family members living on the street?” It then shows five people who walk right by their families dressed as homeless.

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Faith Matters
12:39 pm
Fri May 9, 2014

Kidnappers In Nigeria Distorting Muslim Faith?

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

This is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. I'm Michel Martin. Now it's time for Faith Matters. That's the part of the program where we talk about faith, religion and spirituality. Over the past few weeks, we've talked a number of times about the hundreds of girls who were kidnapped from a school in northern Nigeria.

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Movie Reviews
12:39 pm
Fri May 9, 2014

'Double': Double Toil And Trouble For Eisenberg

Jesse Eisenberg's performance as mystery doppelgangers will have you seeing Double.
Magnolia Pictures

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

In The Social Network, Jesse Eisenberg invented Facebook. In Now You See Me, he mastered magic tricks. In Rio, his animated macaw learned to fly, and his Lex Luthor will soon be nemesis-ing the caped crusader in Batman Vs. Superman. But it's safe to say that none of those pictures asked half as much of Eisenberg as Richard Ayoade's The Double, which requires him, pretty literally, to meet himself coming and going.

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It's All Politics
12:19 pm
Fri May 9, 2014

U.S. Spinmeisters Gear Up For Big Election ... Britain's Election

The leader of Britain's opposition Labour Party, Ed Miliband, speaks to supporters earlier this month in London. His party and the ruling Conservative Party have both hired former advisers to President Obama in advance of Britain's national election next year.
Peter Macdiarmid Getty Images

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

In 2000, Jeff Shesol was nearing the end of his stint as a White House speechwriter for President Clinton. He went to the Democratic convention in Los Angeles, where he met a young staffer from Britain's Labour Party. They struck up a friendship.

"And so almost immediately after the Clinton administration had ended, I got a call to come over and begin writing speeches," Shesol says. "Before long, Labour was in the throes of its campaign, and I was stationed there along with them."

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Television
12:11 pm
Fri May 9, 2014

'Penny Dreadful' Is Wonderful, But 'Rosemary's Baby' Is Dreadful

Originally published on Tue May 13, 2014 3:19 pm

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DAVID BIANCULLI, HOST:

This is FRESH AIR. I'm TV critic David Bianculli. This weekend two very different TV productions attempt to do much the same thing - revisit old works of literature in the horror and suspense genre and adapt them with new approaches for a new generation. NBC's four hour miniseries version of Ira Levin's "Rosemary's Baby" barely justifies the attempt.

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