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5:05 am
Sun May 4, 2014

Listen To These Lovely Cats. No, Actually, Don't

John Pitcher iStockphoto

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Author Interviews
5:05 am
Sun May 4, 2014

The 'Marvelous Living' Of Soprano Jessye Norman

Jessye Norman performs late on June 6, 2008 during the 14th Sacred World Music Festival.
Abdelhak Senna AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Tue May 6, 2014 1:32 pm

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Music News
5:03 am
Sun May 4, 2014

Hear Hans Zimmer's Bid For The Next Great Screen Composer

Hans Zimmer.
Zoe Zimmer Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Sun May 4, 2014 1:06 pm

Crimson Tide, The Lion King, Inception, Gladiator — that's just a handful of the many movies that feature award-winning scores by Hans Zimmer. Lately, Zimmer has lent his ear to soundtracks written by a new generation of aspiring film composers.

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The Two-Way
6:47 pm
Sat May 3, 2014

California Chrome Wins The Kentucky Derby

California Chrome, ridden by Victor Espinoza, comes out of the fourth turn en route to winning the 140th running of the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs on Saturday.
Andy Lyons Getty Images

Originally published on Sat May 3, 2014 9:26 pm

California Chrome won the 140th running of Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs in Louisville Saturday. The horse was favored to win, despite quirks that set him apart from his more traditional competitors.

"Derby dreams do come true," an announcer said after the race.

As NBC Sports reports:

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Economy
6:05 pm
Sat May 3, 2014

Playing Matchmaker To Empty Jobs And Those Seeking Them

Chevron's El Segundo Refinery is just one of many in the Los Angeles area that must stock up on workers during fast turnaround projects.
David McNew Getty Images

Originally published on Sun May 4, 2014 9:50 pm

The easiest time to get hired at one of the seven oil refineries in the Los Angeles area is during what's called a turnaround. These breaks, when the refineries are shut down for routine maintenance, are incredibly labor-intensive. And refineries want to get them done as quickly as possible.

So companies need enough people to get the job done. But those workers must have specific skills.

In this line of work, as with other U.S. industries, there's a skills gap.

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Code Switch
5:21 pm
Sat May 3, 2014

Who's Waiting On Death Row?

Holding cells at a former prison.
Tracy King iStockphoto

News of Tuesday's botched execution in Oklahoma got us thinking more generally about who is in prison and who is facing the death penalty.

Here are some figures that may surprise you:

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Parallels
5:19 pm
Sat May 3, 2014

Russia Condemns Ukraine With Comparisons To Nazis

Ukrainian soldiers stand at a checkpoint they seized Friday morning in the eastern Ukrainian village of Andreevka. The Russian government has referred to Ukraine's interim government and other Ukrainian groups as "fascists" and "neo-Nazis."
Vasily Maximov AFP/Getty Images

The Ukrainian government is describing its offensive against pro-Russian separatists in the eastern part of the country as an "anti-terrorist operation," language that offends the separatists and Russia.

In turn, Russia is using even stronger language, saying that the Ukrainian military has launched a "punitive operation." While that may not carry any special meaning to Western ears, it has far more sinister implications for Russians.

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Music Interviews
5:18 pm
Sat May 3, 2014

Sonny Rollins: 'You Can't Think And Play At The Same Time'

"Jazz improvisation is supposed to be the highest form of communication," Sonny Rollins says, "and getting that to the people is our job as musicians."
John Abbott Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Sat May 3, 2014 6:27 pm

When you consider that critics have been writing about him for over 60 years, it can seem as if there's nothing left to say about Sonny Rollins. But there is – because over the decades, the "Saxophone Colossus" has never stopped growing or adding to his sound.

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Digital Life
5:18 pm
Sat May 3, 2014

Police Turn To Pinterest To Fight Crime

Originally published on Mon May 5, 2014 8:16 am

Transcript

(SOUNDBITE OF MUSIC)

ARUN RATH, HOST:

It's time now for the New and the Next.

(SOUNDBITE OF MUSIC)

RATH: Carlos Watson is the co-founder of the online magazine Ozy. Each week he joins us to talk about what's new and what's next. Welcome back, Carlos.

CARLOS WATSON: Arun, good to be back. Good to have you back.

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Sports
5:18 pm
Sat May 3, 2014

Donald Sterling, Philanthropist: What To Do With His Donations?

Originally published on Sat May 3, 2014 6:27 pm

UCLA cancelled a $3 million donation from LA Clippers owner Donald Sterling, because of racist comments Sterling made in a recording. The donation was to go towards kidney research. Host Arun Rath speaks with Stacy Palmer, editor of The Chronicle of Philanthropy, about why institutions return money that could still be used for good causes.

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Sports
5:18 pm
Sat May 3, 2014

After Week Of Tumult, Clippers' Focus Must Turn Back To Basketball

Originally published on Sat May 3, 2014 6:27 pm

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ARUN RATH, HOST:

The Los Angeles Clippers are back to the business of basketball. They'll play the Golden State Warriors tonight in a deciding game 7 playoff game. It will cap a jaw-dropping week for the franchise, bound together by race, the Internet and the economics of sports. Here's NPR's Uri Berliner.

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Law
5:18 pm
Sat May 3, 2014

In Evolution Of Execution Methods, Botched Procedures Remain

Originally published on Sat May 3, 2014 6:27 pm

In Oklahoma, a botched execution resulted from a relatively new combination of lethal injection drugs. Ohio, Missouri, and Florida are all struggling to find alternatives to traditional drugs. Austin Sarat of Amherst College explains the evolution of execution methods in the U.S.

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Author Interviews
5:18 pm
Sat May 3, 2014

Drawing From The Experience Of 'Indolent But Relentless' Cancer

Originally published on Sat May 3, 2014 6:27 pm

A few years ago, the cartoonist Matt Freedman started having nagging pain around his ear. He bought mouth guards and tried pain relievers, but nothing seemed to work. Slowly, the pain got worse. In 2012, a bump appeared on his neck. It was a slow-growing, dangerous cancer that had already spread to his lungs.

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Alt.Latino
4:06 pm
Sat May 3, 2014

Dancing To The Radio: Alt.Latino's Cinco De Mayo Playlist

Whether or not you celebrate Cinco de Mayo, you'll need some music this weekend.
John Moore Getty Images

Originally published on Tue May 6, 2014 9:17 pm

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The Two-Way
3:23 pm
Sat May 3, 2014

What You Need To Know About the 2014 Kentucky Derby

Post time for Saturday's Kentucky Derby is 6:24 p.m. ET. As they await the big event, spectators spend part of their day at Churchill Downs watching a video screen.
Charlie Riedel AP

Originally published on Sat May 3, 2014 4:34 pm

The 140th running of the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs in Louisville Saturday evening will bring a new chance at a Triple Crown winner. Here are some crucial things to know about the race.

  • Post time is 6:24 p.m. ET; the race airs on NBC.
  • The favorite is California Chrome at 2-1 odds.
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The Two-Way
1:47 pm
Sat May 3, 2014

Deadly Virus Sparks French Ban On Live Pigs From U.S.

France has banned imports of live pigs and other products from the U.S. to keep out a virus that has killed more than 4 million pigs in the U.S. Here, young pigs look out of a pen at a North Dakota hog farm in a 2005 file photo.
Will Kincaid AP

Originally published on Sat May 3, 2014 2:37 pm

France has banned imports of live pigs and related products from the U.S. and other countries in an attempt to keep a deadly virus that has killed millions of piglets in North America and Asia from spreading. The Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea Virus has spread rapidly since the first U.S. case was reported last year.

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The Two-Way
11:54 am
Sat May 3, 2014

Actor Efrem Zimbalist Jr. Dies; Played Sleuths On TV Hits

Actor Efrem Zimbalist Jr., seen here at his California home in 1982, died Friday, his family announced.
Wally Fong AP

Originally published on Sat May 3, 2014 3:00 pm

Efrem Zimbalist Jr., an actor whose streak of leading-man success on TV stretched over three decades, has died. Zimbalist, who starred on ABC's 77 Sunset Strip and The F.B.I., was 95; his family announced his death, saying he died at home on Friday.

"We are heartbroken to announce the passing into peace of our beloved father, Efrem Zimbalist Jr., today at his Solvang ranch," the family said in a statement. "He actively enjoyed his life to the last day, showering love on his extended family, playing golf and visiting with close friends."

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Europe
11:31 am
Sat May 3, 2014

Sanctions Put Pentagon's Business Deals With Russia Up For Debate

An Mi-17 helicopter used by the Afghan air force sits on Bagram Air Field in Afghanistan in May 2013. The Pentagon purchases the Russian-made helicopters for the Afghan air force, but recent sanctions may put that deal in jeopardy.
Kristin M. Hall AP

Originally published on Tue May 6, 2014 9:39 am

Washington has imposed a number of economic sanctions on Russia in retaliation for that country's push into Ukraine.

Getting European allies to do the same has not always been easy, since many of those nations trade with Russia and fear getting hurt themselves.

But the Europeans are not the only ones balking: The Pentagon also buys Russian military hardware.

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The Two-Way
10:31 am
Sat May 3, 2014

Afghan Landslide: Search For Survivors Ends; Thousands Feared Dead

Afghan villagers pray at the site of a landslide in Abi-Barik Saturday. Rescuers searched in vain for survivors of the disaster, which is feared to have killed more than 2,000 people.
Shah Marai AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Sat May 3, 2014 2:28 pm

More than 2,000 people are believed to be dead after a hillside collapsed on part of a remote village in Afghanistan, where rescue attempts have largely been abandoned. Heavy rain prompted the landslide, which enclosed hundreds of houses in more than 30 feet of mud.

The U.N. and relief agencies are working to help more than 4,000 displaced people in Abi-Barik, the village in northeastern Afghanistan's Badakhshan province where the landslide occurred.

The event took place in two stages, the BBC reports:

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All Songs Considered
10:02 am
Sat May 3, 2014

Bob's Rainbows: May 3, 2014

Future Islands at the 9:30 Club in Washington DC.
Photo by Zac Visco for NPR NPR

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