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4:22 pm
Fri April 25, 2014

After Everest Tragedy, Who Pays When Climbing Season's Suspended?

Originally published on Fri April 25, 2014 7:15 pm

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The short climbing season on Mount Everest ended suddenly and sadly. The avalanche that killed 16 guides last Friday has shaken the Sherpa community and many have left the mountain. As a result, most expedition companies have cancelled their climbs. NPR's Julie McCarthy has more from Kathmandu on the next chapter, who pays when the season is suspended?

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News
4:22 pm
Fri April 25, 2014

Obama Offers Support And Condolences In Somber South Korea

Originally published on Fri April 25, 2014 7:15 pm

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This is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED from NPR News. I'm Robert Siegel.

AUDIE CORNISH, HOST:

And I'm Audie Cornish. In South Korea today, President Obama consoled a nation in mourning over the victims of a ferry disaster. He also assured South Koreans that the U.S. is committed to support and defend the country in the face of North Korea's threats to test yet another nuclear device. NPR's Anthony Kuhn has been following the president in Seoul and joins us to talk about the trip.

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Commentary
4:22 pm
Fri April 25, 2014

Week In Politics: Middle East Peace Talks And Ukraine Offensive

Originally published on Fri April 25, 2014 7:15 pm

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ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST:

Joining us now, political columnists David Brooks of the New York Times and E.J. Dionne of The Washington Post and the Brookings Institution. Hello to both of you.

DAVID BROOKS: Hello.

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

SIEGEL: And first, briefly since you both talked about Ukraine here just last Friday, does some kind of soft landing seem possible to you there and does President Obama's leadership strike you as effective in leading the Western response to Russia? David, you first.

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Europe
4:22 pm
Fri April 25, 2014

Heated Words On Air Often Don't Match Events On Ground In Ukraine

Originally published on Fri April 25, 2014 7:15 pm

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From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Robert Siegel.

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And I'm Audie Cornish. The government in Kiev accused the Kremlin today of trying to start another world war. This comes as a team of unarmed military observers in Ukraine is said to have been detained by pro-Moscow militants. The group is made up of representatives from several European countries. They've been monitoring growing tensions in eastern Ukraine.

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The Two-Way
4:21 pm
Fri April 25, 2014

North Korea Detains 24-Year-Old American Tourist

Originally published on Fri April 25, 2014 7:29 pm

North Korea says it has detained a 24-year-old American tourist. NPR's Michele Kelemen filed this report for our Newscast unit:

"North Korea's official news agency identifies the man as Miller Matthew Todd, saying he was arrested because of his 'rash behavior' as he was entering the country.

"The country says he was taken into custody earlier this month. State Department spokesperson Jen Psaki says the U.S. is aware of the reports.

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Global Health
4:21 pm
Fri April 25, 2014

Deadly Disease Out Of Middle East Draws Concerns Of Pandemic

Cases of Middle Eastern Respiratory Syndrome, or MERS, are on the rise in Saudi Arabia. That's prompting concern among public health officials that the MERS virus has become more virulent.

Mountain Stage
4:16 pm
Fri April 25, 2014

Elizabeth And The Catapult On Mountain Stage

Elizabeth and the Catapult.
Brian Blauser Mountain Stage

Originally published on Thu June 19, 2014 4:30 pm

Elizabeth and the Catapult perform on Mountain Stage, recorded live at the Culture Center Theater in Charleston, W.Va.

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The Two-Way
3:32 pm
Fri April 25, 2014

Company Hopes To Strike It Rich By Mining Pacific Seafloor

Shrimp surround a volcanic vent nearly 4,000 feet beneath the Pacific Ocean, south of Samoa. Some mining companies are interested in the rich sulfide deposits surrounding vents such as these.
NSF/NOAA AP

Originally published on Sat April 26, 2014 9:41 am

A Canadian company has signed a contract to open the first deep-sea mineral mine off the coast of Papua New Guinea, realizing a decades-long ambition to tap the seafloor's vast resources.

Nautilus Minerals is hoping to extract copper, gold and silver at a depth of about 5,000 feet as part of the mining project, known as Solwara 1.

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Movie Reviews
3:05 pm
Fri April 25, 2014

Feminine, Foreign, And Struggling To Come Of Age

Alex Brendemuehl plays a mysterious doctor, obsessed with perfection and purity, who befriends an Argentine family in The German Doctor.
Samuel Goldwyn Films

Originally published on Mon April 28, 2014 6:18 pm

Sex and violence mean one thing in Hollywood, quite another overseas. At any rate, it'll seem that way to anyone watching this week's most alarming foreign-language films: Francois Ozon's coming-of-age saga Jeune et Jolie, and the Argentine thriller The German Doctor.

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NPR Story
3:02 pm
Fri April 25, 2014

Is Opera In America In Peril?

In Boston Baroque's semi-staged version of Claudio Monteverdi's "Il ritorno d'Ulisse in patria," Portuguese tenor Fernando Guimarães makes his U.S. debut as Ulisse, and Jennifer Rivera plays his wife, Penelope. (Clive Grainger)

Originally published on Sun April 27, 2014 3:09 pm

With the New York City Opera announcing its closing and the San Diego Opera in peril, the state of opera in the United States appears to be tottering.

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The Two-Way
2:33 pm
Fri April 25, 2014

Before This Blogger Moves On, He Wants To Say Thanks

Mark Memmott: All packed up and ready to move on to a new role at NPR.
Meredith Rizzo NPR

Originally published on Fri April 25, 2014 2:36 pm

The Two-Way is just shy of its fifth anniversary, on May 13.

This blogger has written just over 9,700 posts for NPR — almost 9,500 of them for The Two-Way.

It seems like a good time to move on.

Next week, I'll be on vacation. When I return to work May 5, I'll be taking on the duties of "standards and practices" editor at NPR and no longer blogging for The Two-Way.

According to our ethics handbook:

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The Two-Way
2:26 pm
Fri April 25, 2014

Space X To Protest No-Bid National Security Contracts

Elon Musk, chief executive officer and chief designer of SpaceX.
Jewel Samad AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Fri April 25, 2014 6:17 pm

SpaceX will launch an official protest against the Air Force for its no-bid national security launch contracts to Boeing and Lockheed, SpaceX CEO Elon Musk said in a televised press conference.

He said his company thought the process was "unfair" and that he wanted to shine a light on the process.

"As I've said, sunlight is the best disinfectant. If everything's fine, then I guess that's great," Musk said. "But that seems unlikely to me."

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All Songs Considered
2:07 pm
Fri April 25, 2014

The Good Listener: Is It OK To Bootleg Concerts?

Phish has a thorough set of policies for fans who want to tape the band's shows.
Jeff Kravitz FilmMagic

Originally published on Fri April 25, 2014 4:31 pm

We get a lot of mail at NPR Music, and alongside the two quart-size tubs of barbecue sauce is a slew of smart questions about how music fits into our lives — and, this week, thoughts on recording and trading live shows for our private enjoyment.

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NPR Story
2:06 pm
Fri April 25, 2014

Ceasefire Ends In Pakistan

Originally published on Fri April 25, 2014 3:02 pm

In Pakistan, officials say the military has launched a series of air strikes against suspected militants near the Afghan border. They say at least 12 suspected militants have been killed.

It’s the first such operation in two months and yet another sign of just how deep the divisions run in Pakistani society between those who are fighting for a theocracy and those who believe in democracy.

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NPR Story
2:06 pm
Fri April 25, 2014

100 Percent Of California Now In Drought

Source: United States Drought Monitor

Originally published on Fri April 25, 2014 3:02 pm

This week, the U.S. Drought Monitor declared that 100 percent of California is experiencing moderate to exceptional drought.

Richard Heim, a meteorologist with the National Climatic Data Center, joins Here & Now’s Jeremy Hobson to discuss which parts of the state are most affected and what steps are being taken to deal with it.

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NPR Story
2:06 pm
Fri April 25, 2014

Gasoline Prices Are On The Rise

Experts say that U.S. gas prices are nudging higher because Gulf Coast refineries are sending more gasoline to other countries. (Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

Originally published on Fri April 25, 2014 3:02 pm

Every year, as the summer season approaches, gasoline refineries switch to their more expensive summer blends, causing an increase in the price of gasoline.

However, this year, the seasonal price increase is particularly high. Experts are saying that U.S. gas prices are nudging higher because Gulf Coast refineries are sending more gasoline to other countries.

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Song Travels
1:55 pm
Fri April 25, 2014

Brandy Clark On 'Song Travels'

Brandy Clark.
Becky Fluke Courtesy of the artist

Country singer and songwriter Brandy Clark has written major hits for Reba McEntire, Miranda Lambert and The Band Perry. With her debut solo album, last year's 12 Stories, she helps revitalize the tradition of storytelling in country music with darkly humorous songs.

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The Two-Way
1:50 pm
Fri April 25, 2014

Saint Who? John XXIII Overshadowed By John Paul II

Tapestry portraits of Pope John Paul II (left) and Pope John XXIII hang from balconies on the facade of St. Peter's Basilica in Rome. On Sunday, the two pontiffs will officially be declared saints.
Claudio Peri EPA/Landov

Originally published on Fri April 25, 2014 4:53 pm

There's never been much doubt that Pope John Paul II was destined for sainthood. In more than a quarter-century as the head of the Holy See, he left such an indelible mark that at his funeral in 2005, mourners chanted "Santo subito (sainthood now)."

That road might have seemed less obvious for the other saint-to-be, Pope John XXIII — especially for young Catholics who may not be familiar with his relatively short but highly influential papacy, from 1958 to 1963.

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NPR Story
1:49 pm
Fri April 25, 2014

Pope Francis To Hold Historic Double Canonization

Tapestries depicting the late Pope John Paul II and Pope John XXIII hang on the balcony of St Peters basilica on April 25, 2014 in Vatican City, Vatican. The late Pope John Paul II and Pope John XXIII will be canonized on Sunday 27 April, inside the Vatican. (Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

Originally published on Fri April 25, 2014 3:02 pm

This Sunday, Pope Francis will elevate two former popes to sainthood: Pope John XXIII and Pope John Paul II.

While Pope John XXIII is remembered as an icon of the progressive wing of the Catholic Church, Pope John Paul II is remembered for upholding orthodoxy and doctrine.

Millions of pilgrims are expected to descend upon Rome for the joint canonization, which occurs just one week after the ceremonies of Holy Week.

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NPR Story
1:49 pm
Fri April 25, 2014

Washington First State To Lose No Child Left Behind Waiver

Originally published on Fri April 25, 2014 3:02 pm

Washington’s No Child Left Behind waiver has been revoked as a result of the state legislature not approving changes to teacher evaluations in order to stay in compliance with federal requirements.

The loss of the waiver means that districts will no longer have control over how $38 million dollars of federal education funding will be spent. Governor Jay Inslee said public schools will definitely feel the impact of the lost funding, and that it could mean layoffs.

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