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1:56 pm
Mon April 28, 2014

KEXP Presents: The Afghan Whigs

Matthew Thompson KEXP

Originally published on Mon July 7, 2014 2:12 pm

The boozy blues of obsession and regret have never sounded so good — at least not in the last 16 years, which is how long it's been since The Afghan Whigs released an album. But while other '90s bands have cashed in with 20- and 25-year anniversary reunions and reissues of past classics, Greg Dulli and his band have returned to form with a new album of tantalizingly dark, soul-infused rock.

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1:46 pm
Mon April 28, 2014

Obama: Claims Of Neglect At VA Hospital Being Taken 'Very Seriously'

Originally published on Mon April 28, 2014 2:47 pm

President Obama said today that his administration will look into allegations that 40 veterans in Arizona died while waiting for medical appointments at the VA health care center in Phoenix, Arizona.

Carrie Jung has been covering this story for KJZZ in Phoenix and joins Here & Now’s Robin Young with details.

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NPR Story
1:46 pm
Mon April 28, 2014

California Town Could Run Out Of Water Soon

Originally published on Mon April 28, 2014 2:47 pm

Sporadic rainfall this month is bringing some relief to drought-stricken California. But it’s water conservation efforts that are helping some communities cope with the historic drought.

The number of towns and communities at risk of running out of water in California has dropped from 17 to just three. But there’s a new entry — the rural town of Montague in Northern California.

Chris Tyhurst is water supervisor in Montague, and tells Here & Now’s Jeremy Hobson about the measures they’re taking to deal with the lack of water.

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Television
1:44 pm
Mon April 28, 2014

John Oliver Does His Best 'Daily Show' Impression For HBO

John Oliver's new show, Last Week Tonight, debuted Sunday on HBO.
Eric Liebowitz HBO

Originally published on Mon April 28, 2014 5:37 pm

Fans who worried that John Oliver's new HBO program might somehow diminish his legacy at The Daily Show can rest easy.

Because apparently he's decided to copy it.

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The Salt
1:43 pm
Mon April 28, 2014

Got Gas? It Could Mean You've Got Healthy Gut Microbes

Sulfur-rich foods, such as cabbage, bok choy and kale, can be popular with gut bacteria. And we all know how much the critters enjoy beans.
Meg Vogel/NPR

Originally published on Thu May 1, 2014 12:02 pm

Not long ago, we heard about a catchy idea for a cookbook: "Fart-free food for everybody."

In theory, these recipes would be helpful for some people — and those in their vicinity.

But being a bit gassy may actually be a small price to pay for a lot of benefits to our health.

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Mountain Stage
1:23 pm
Mon April 28, 2014

Angélique Kidjo On Mountain Stage

Angélique Kidjo.
Brian Blauser Mountain Stage

Originally published on Thu June 19, 2014 4:29 pm

Angélique Kidjo appears on Mountain Stage, recorded live on the campus of West Virginia University in Morgantown.

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The Two-Way
1:20 pm
Mon April 28, 2014

North Korea Issues Sexist Tirade Against South Korean Leader

North Korea apparently doesn't like either of them: President Obama and South Korean President Park Geun-hye at a news conference in Seoul, South Korea, on Friday.
Carolyn Kaster AP

Originally published on Tue April 29, 2014 7:21 am

North Korea isn't exactly known for its light touch: It has referred to its foes as a "rat-like group of bastards," a "shameless political dwarf" and even a "swish of skirt."

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NPR Story
1:11 pm
Mon April 28, 2014

Song Of The Week: 'Milwaukee' By The Both

"The Both" is a side project of veteran musicians Aimee Mann and Ted Leo. (the-both.com)

Originally published on Mon April 28, 2014 2:47 pm

NPR Music writer and editor Stephen Thompson introduces Here & Now’s Robin Young to the new song “Milwaukee” by the band The Both, a side project of veteran musicians Aimee Mann and Ted Leo.

[Youtube]

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NPR Story
1:11 pm
Mon April 28, 2014

In Indiana, Some Must Take Quiz To Get Tax Refund

Originally published on Mon April 28, 2014 2:47 pm

A short identity quiz stands between some Indiana taxpayers and their tax refunds this year.

After a reported 1,500 cases of tax return fraud last year, the Indiana Department of Revenue decided to look into how to protect Hoosiers from tax fraud.

Bob Dittmer, director of public relations for Indiana Department of Revenue, says the state partnered up with Lexis Nexis to create a short identity quiz based on information provided by public records, in order to combat potential identity thieves.

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NPR Story
1:11 pm
Mon April 28, 2014

Supreme Court Takes On Cell Phones And Privacy

A pedestrian uses a smartphone as he walks along Market Street on June 5, 2013 in San Francisco, California. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Originally published on Mon April 28, 2014 2:47 pm

Two Supreme Court cases about police searches of cellphones without warrants are presenting vastly different views of the device. Is it a critical tool for criminals, or is it someone’s virtual home?

How the justices answer that question could determine the outcome of the cases being argued Tuesday. The Obama administration and California defend the searches.

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1:11 pm
Mon April 28, 2014

'Cleveland-Europe Express' Makes Maiden Voyage

The Dutch container ship Fortunagracht left Cleveland this week, heading to Antwerp. (Brian Bull/WCPN)

Originally published on Mon April 28, 2014 2:47 pm

Cargo traded between the U.S. and Europe usually goes through East Coast ports. But a new direct route between Belgium and the port of Cleveland, Ohio, aims to score some business of its own.

The inaugural voyage kicked off last week. A container ship laden with a bus, some beer and high hopes is on its way to Antwerp.

From the Here & Now Contributors Network, Brian Bull of WCPN reports.

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Africa
12:31 pm
Mon April 28, 2014

South Sudan: History Was Always Against Us

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

We are going to switch gears now and go to a place where fighting over racial and ethnic differences is about more than hurt feelings and lost opportunities. Secretary of State John Kerry is heading to Africa this week on a weeklong trip where he hopes to highlight advances in democratic and economic development and U.S. partnerships on the continent.

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Shots - Health News
10:50 am
Mon April 28, 2014

Pediatricians Say Training Can Help Teens Avoid Knee Injuries

Kelly Koshuta, a basketball star at James Madison High School, Vienna, Va., had surgery to repair an anterior cruciate ligament injured in 2012.
Sarah L. Voisin The Washington Post

Originally published on Mon April 28, 2014 12:43 pm

If you're a teenage athlete, or the parent of one, you probably live in fear of a torn anterior cruciate ligament, one of the knee's key stabilizing ligaments.

A torn ACL often requires surgical repair. But so-called neuromuscular training programs can cut the risk of a serious ACL injury and should be recommended to at-risk young athletes, especially girls, according to a clinical report from the American Academy of Pediatrics.

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Code Switch
10:37 am
Mon April 28, 2014

For Donald Sterling, A Spotty Reputation Further Tarnished

Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling and V. Stiviano watch the Clippers play the Los Angeles Lakers during a 2010 NBA preseason game.
Danny Moloshok AP

Originally published on Mon April 28, 2014 5:36 pm

If you're a basketball nut, last week was heaven. Nearly all of the series in the first round of the NBA playoffs have been intense affairs with dramatic finishes. Several teams that barely squeaked into the postseason might upset some of the league's powerhouses. It was an uncommonly exciting week of hoops.

Then Donald Sterling happened.

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The Two-Way
10:19 am
Mon April 28, 2014

Australia: Search For Missing Airliner To Enter 'New Phase'

Originally published on Mon April 28, 2014 6:24 pm

Australia's prime minister says the chance of finding any floating debris from MH370 is "highly unlikely" and that the search for the missing Malaysian Airliner will need to shift away from visual searches and focus instead on scouring the seafloor.

Tony Abbott said that at this point, weeks after the plane disappeared on March 8 with 239 people aboard, it's possible nothing will ever be found from the Boeing 777 that is thought to have gone down in the southern Indian Ocean west of Australia.

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13.7: Cosmos And Culture
9:56 am
Mon April 28, 2014

Rational Debate: We Can't Live (Together) Without It

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In a recent post at New APPS: Arts, Politics, Philosophy, Science, philosopher Helen De Cruz asks important questions about the role of evidence, arguments and debate in public discussions about evolution and creationism:

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The Record
9:36 am
Mon April 28, 2014

Innovative Chicago Producer DJ Rashad Dies At 34

DJ Rashad passed away on Saturday in Chicago at the age of 34.
Courtesy of Ashes 57

Rashad Hanif Harden, the Chicago DJ and producer known as DJ Rashad who helped establish a new style of dance music over a 15-year career, died on Saturday. He was 34.

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The Two-Way
8:58 am
Mon April 28, 2014

Egyptian Court Hands Down 683 Death Sentences

Muslim Brotherhood leader Mohammed Badie (center) and senior Brotherhood figure Salah Soltan (right) appear in court in Cairo earlier this month.
Mohammed Abu Zaid AP

Originally published on Mon April 28, 2014 6:39 pm

An Egyptian court on Monday sentenced 683 people to die, including the top leader of the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood.

It's the latest mass trial aimed at the Muslim Brotherhood party of ousted President Mohammed Morsi. The defendants were charged with an attack on a police station in the city of Minya last year in which a policeman was killed.

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This Is NPR
8:58 am
Mon April 28, 2014

International Correspondent ProFile: Baking In Beirut

NPR International Correspondent, Alice Fordham.
Kainaz Amaria NPR

Originally published on Thu May 1, 2014 2:57 pm

Alice Fordham has covered the Arab world for more than five years. Her work has taken her from the bookshops of Baghdad to the sand dunes of Algeria - and back again. Now settling into her new posting for NPR as a correspondent in Beirut, she reflects on the little things (cakes, games and songs) that have kept her sane over the years.

My name... Alice Fordham

NPR employee since... January 2014

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