NPR Story
2:16 pm
Mon May 5, 2014

Radio Wars In Pakistan

Originally published on Mon May 5, 2014 2:53 pm

In Pakistan in recent years, tens of thousands of people have been killed in the conflict between the government and the Taliban. But there’s also a propaganda war taking place there, and it’s playing out over the radio airwaves.

For some time now, the Taliban has been using FM stations to deliver its message. Now, the state is hitting back with its own radio station.

There is programming in Urdu, Pashtu, Baloch and also a few hours each week in English, aimed at the big cities. The BBC’s Owen Bennett-Jones has been listening in and brings us this report.

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NPR Story
2:16 pm
Mon May 5, 2014

In Afghanistan, Families Keep Searching For Landslide Victims

The mud and rocks of the landslide are pictured in this aerial view of Aab Bareek village at Argo district in Badakhshan province on May 5, 2014. (Wakil Kohsar/AFP/Getty Images)

Originally published on Mon May 5, 2014 2:37 pm

In in Badakhshan province, a very remote area of northern Afghanistan, people are still digging to try to find members of their families who have been missing since a massive landslide on Friday. The formal search for survivors ended Saturday.

At least 2,000 people were in their homes when a landslide covered the area in mud and rocks. Hundreds more are also missing after rushing to help with the rescue effort. They were caught in a second landslide.

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NPR Story
2:16 pm
Mon May 5, 2014

Target CEO Resigns In Wake Of Data Breach

Originally published on Mon May 5, 2014 2:37 pm

Target CEO and board chair Gregg Steinhafel, a 35-year veteran of the company, resigned today, nearly five months after a massive data breach at the company.

While today’s announcement did not specifically refer to the data breach, Steinhafel has been under pressure since December, when it was revealed that hackers had stolen data connected to tens of millions of customer credit and debit cards.

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2:09 pm
Mon May 5, 2014

Where Are The Missing Nigerian Schoolgirls?

Nigerian women in Lagos on Monday demand that the government do more to rescue the teenage girls who were kidnapped three weeks ago by a radical Islamist group in the northeastern part of the country. The government says it does not know where the girls are being held or what condition they are in.
Sunday Alamba AP

Originally published on Mon May 5, 2014 4:08 pm

Children are abducted with depressing regularity in African conflicts, but the seizure of more than 250 schoolgirls in Nigeria is a particularly strange and baffling case.

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The Salt
2:08 pm
Mon May 5, 2014

Sandwich Monday: The Wonut

I don't know if it means anything, but my autocorrect keeps changing "wonuts" to "wounds."

Originally published on Mon May 12, 2014 4:29 pm

First, there was the cronut, the croissant-doughnut hybrid. Then there was the doughscuit. Then, the Liger. And now, there is the wonut, a waffle-doughnut hybrid from Waffles Cafe in Chicago. We ordered ours in Tiramisu flavor — that's those little speckles on top. (In case you were thinking, "Wait, it's topped with Dippin' Dots? All my dreams have come true!")

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NPR Story
1:52 pm
Mon May 5, 2014

Axe Bat Wins Converts, But Has To Overcome Baseball Traditionalists

An Axe Bat (top) vs. a traditional baseball bat. (Tom Banse/Northwest News Network)

Originally published on Mon May 5, 2014 2:37 pm

There’s an age-old tension between honoring tradition and embracing innovation. A family-owned sporting goods company in suburban Seattle is confronting that tension in the sport of baseball. Baden Sports of Renton, Washington, is going to market with what it calls a “better” baseball bat.

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1:43 pm
Mon May 5, 2014

Todd Barry's New Stand-Up Strategy: 'Does Anyone Want To Talk To Me?'

Todd Barry has appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live, the Late Show With David Letterman and Late Night With Conan O'Brien.
Mindy Tucker

Originally published on Mon May 5, 2014 3:51 pm

Todd Barry is one of comic Louis C.K.'s favorite comedians. So when Barry had the idea to film a tour in which all he did was crowd work — or, engage the audience in improvised conversations — Louis C.K. decided to produce the film, called The Crowd Work Tour, and feature it on his website.

Barry also plays a version of himself on Louis C.K.'s show Louie, which begins a new season on Monday. He's recorded several comedy albums, appeared in the film The Wrestler and done a lot of voice-over work for animated TV series.

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Book Reviews
1:43 pm
Mon May 5, 2014

In 'Hotel Florida,' Three Couples Chronicle The Spanish Civil War

Ernest Hemingway and his third wife, Martha Gellhorn, at the Sun Valley Lodge in Idaho.

Originally published on Mon May 5, 2014 3:40 pm

There's something romantic about biographer Amanda Vaill's device of making the Hotel Florida in Madrid the hub of her new book about the Spanish Civil War, called Hotel Florida; but, then again, there's always been something romantic about the Spanish Civil War itself. For the Spanish loyalists — who were supported by Russia and Mexico as well as the International Brigades of civilians from Europe and the Americas — the Spanish Civil War was a gallant stand against fascism.

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The Two-Way
1:35 pm
Mon May 5, 2014

Mo. Man Whose Prison Term Was Delayed By Clerical Error Is Free Again

Cornealious "Mike" Anderson walks out of the Missouri County Courthouse along with his wife, LaQonna Anderson, their daughter Nevaeh, 3, and his attorney Patrick Megaro on Monday in Charleston, Mo.
Jeff Roberson AP

Originally published on Tue May 27, 2014 2:58 pm

Cornealious "Mike" Anderson is a free man once again.

Back in 2000, the Missouri resident was sentenced to 13 years in prison for holding up a man with a gun. Anderson was 23 at the time and was told to await orders on when to show up to prison.

Thirteen years went by and he never received notice. According to the AP, in the meantime, Anderson started a construction business, got married, had children and volunteered at his church near St. Louis.

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12:08 pm
Mon May 5, 2014

Nigerians Urge Leaders: Forget Politics, Find Our Girls Now

Originally published on Mon May 5, 2014 12:35 pm



This is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. I'm Michel Martin. We're going to start the program today with a story we've been covering closely for the last few weeks - the kidnapping of more than 200 girls at a boarding school in Nigeria last month. There have been a number of new developments we want to tell you about, including mounting pressure on the government of Nigeria to step up its efforts to find the girls. That pressure coming from the streets of Nigeria, online and in cities around the world.

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11:57 am
Mon May 5, 2014

Metropolis: 5/3/14

Jacques Greene's new EP, Phantom Vibrate, was released last week.
Courtesy of the artist

This Week's Tracklist

  • Mr. Probz, "Waves (Robin Schulz Remix)" (Ultra)
  • Junior Jack, "Thrill Me (Infinity Ink Mix)" (Defected)
  • Static Revenger, "Colors At Night (Deep Mix)" (D-Dub)
  • Disclosure & Friend Within, "The Mechanism" (Method)
  • Kraak & Smaak, "How We Gonna Stop The Time (Valique Remix)" (Jalapeno)
  • Junior Jack, "Thrill Me (No_ID Mix)" (Defected)
  • London Grammar, "Hey Now (Sasha Remix)" (Sony)
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The Two-Way
11:55 am
Mon May 5, 2014

A Survivor Of The Crusades Comes Up Against The Syrian Civil War

An artist's rendering of the Crac des Chevaliers in Syria. UNESCO says the fortress "was built by the Hospitaller Order of Saint John of Jerusalem from 1142 to 1271."
Hulton Archive/Getty Images

Originally published on Mon May 5, 2014 1:24 pm

One of the many casualties of Syria's civil war is the country's architectural heritage. We've told you about damage to the historic 11th century Umayyad mosque and the ancient city of Palmyra.

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The Two-Way
11:54 am
Mon May 5, 2014

Prayers Before Town Hall Meetings Are Constitutional, High Court Finds

Members of the media camp outside the U.S. Supreme Court in June of 2013.
Jim Watson AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Mon May 5, 2014 1:36 pm

A city council in upstate New York is not violating the Constitution when it opens its meetings with a prayer, the U.S. Supreme Court held Monday with a 5-4 vote.

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Classics in Concert
11:08 am
Mon May 5, 2014

Spring For Music: A Rare American Oratorio At Carnegie Hall

James Conion leads the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and Chorus at Carnegie Hall in New York, NY on May 09, 2014.
Melanie Burford/Prime Melanie Burford/Prime for NPR

Originally published on Thu June 19, 2014 4:16 pm

When NPR Music and WQXR present the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and May Festival Chorus' performance of R. Nathaniel Dett's The Ordering of Moses at Carnegie Hall Friday, there will be one significant difference from its first airing: it should be free of interruptions.

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13.7: Cosmos And Culture
11:00 am
Mon May 5, 2014

How (And Why) We Should Celebrate Mother's Day


Raising children does funny things to your experience of time.

Sometimes minutes ooze by with painful viscosity as you wait for the baby to (finally!) fall asleep, seek another way to entertain the (grumpy!) toddler or wait for the teenager to come home (past curfew!). But then you blink and the minutes have amassed into years: the baby's walking, the toddler's in high school, the teenager is engaged.

This paradox of parental time perception is nicely captured by an aphorism of uncertain origin:

"The days are long, but the months are short."

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Code Switch
10:36 am
Mon May 5, 2014

After Decades, A University By And For Latinos Will Shut Its Doors

The National Hispanic University sits in the shadow of the East San Jose foothills in a working-class Latino neighborhood.
Shereen Marisol Meraji

Originally published on Tue May 6, 2014 10:34 am

The National Hispanic University was created more than 30 years ago to educate first-generation college students from Latino backgrounds. Next year, the only school of its kind west of the Mississippi will close its doors.

NHU sits in the shadow of the East San Jose foothills in California's Silicon Valley. All the classrooms and faculty offices fit in one modern three-story building in the heart of a working-class Latino neighborhood. But the postwar elementary school right next door used to serve as the institution's hallowed halls.

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The Two-Way
10:06 am
Mon May 5, 2014

George H.W. Bush Given Courage Award For 1990 Tax Hikes

Accepting the 2014 John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Award on behalf of her grandfather former President George H.W. Bush, Lauren Bush Lauren, center, and fellow Award recipient Paul W. Bridges, the former mayor of Uvalda, Ga., right, hold the awards as they stand with Jack Schlossberg, left, grandson of President John F. Kennedy.
Gretchen Ertl AP

Originally published on Mon May 5, 2014 11:27 am

During his campaign for president in 1988, George H.W. Bush made what's arguably one of the most memorable campaign promises: "Read my lips," he said. "No new taxes."

But as 1990 came around, with the economy still sluggish, he agreed to a bipartisan budget deal that reneged on that promise by raising taxes.

For that politically costly decision, Bush was honored on Sunday with the John F. Kennedy Profile In Courage Award.

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The Two-Way
9:19 am
Mon May 5, 2014

WATCH: An Almost Unbelievable Backheel Goal By Ronaldo

Real Madrid's Portuguese forward Cristiano Ronaldo reacts during the Spanish league football match Real Madrid CF vs Valencia CF at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid Sunday.
Dani Pozo AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Mon May 5, 2014 11:22 am

We usually don't make much of European soccer. But on Sunday, Cristiano Ronaldo nailed such a spectacular goal against Valencia that we just had to show it to you.

Here's how SBNation describes it:

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All Songs TV
9:03 am
Mon May 5, 2014

Nickel Creek, 'Destination'

Nickel Creek.
Brantley Gutierrez Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Thu May 22, 2014 12:22 pm