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The Thistle & Shamrock
1:49 pm
Wed April 23, 2014

The Thistle & Shamrock: ...And Three

CRAN.
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This hour features classic combinations of musical trios who weave melodies and rhythms together into an intoxicating and perfectly balanced blend.

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1:36 pm
Wed April 23, 2014

Colbert Appears As Himself On Letterman

Originally published on Wed April 23, 2014 2:22 pm

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It was old meets new on Letterman last night. Stephen Colbert, who will be taking over for the retiring David Letterman next year, was a guest on the “Late Show.”

Colbert made the appearance as himself, not as his persona on his Comedy Central show “The Colbert Report.”

The comedian says he has a simple plan for his new job — he’s going to do whatever Dave Letterman does. That got a laugh from Letterman and the audience.

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NPR Story
1:36 pm
Wed April 23, 2014

How To Delete Your MySpace - Even Without Your Login

Looks like Taylor Quimby's not the only one trying to scrub his social media past. (NHPR)

Originally published on Wed April 23, 2014 2:22 pm

Social media users are often warned to be discreet about what they share online these days. You don’t want inappropriate photos or messages to get in the way of a college or job offer.

So if you have old profiles left over from rarely used platforms like MySpace, you might want to delete your account.

But as Taylor Quimby of Here & Now contributor station New Hampshire Public Radio found out, removing your online past is not always so straightforward.

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NPR Story
1:36 pm
Wed April 23, 2014

Happy 450th Birthday, Shakespeare

William Shakespeare's birth date is unknown, but he was baptized on April 23, 1564, and died on April 26, 1616. Devotees celebrate his birthday on April 23. (Wikimedia Commons)

Originally published on Wed April 23, 2014 2:22 pm

To mark William Shakespeare’s 450th birthday, Here & Now hosts Robin Young and Jeremy Hobson read from his play “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.”

Copyright 2014 WBUR-FM. To see more, visit http://www.wbur.org.

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NPR Story
1:35 pm
Wed April 23, 2014

Big Pharma Deals Could Reshape Drug Industry

Originally published on Wed April 23, 2014 2:22 pm

Swiss drug maker Novartis is buying British company GlaxoSmithKline’s cancer drug business for up to $16 billion.

Novartis is also selling its vaccine business to GlaxoSmithKline for around $7 billion. And the two pharmaceutical giants are forming a joint venture consumer drug business.

These moves, along with some other recent deals in the pharmaceutical business, could reshape the entire drug industry, according to analysts.

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NPR Story
1:35 pm
Wed April 23, 2014

Authorities: Drug Ring Targeted Top Schools

Originally published on Wed April 23, 2014 2:22 pm

Residents of wealthy Philadelphia suburbs were stunned this week by the arrest of eight locals charged with operating a major drug trafficking ring.

The alleged ringleaders were former students and lacrosse players at the upscale Haverford School. Authorities say Neil Scott, 25, and Timothy Brooks, 18, sought to establish a monopoly on drug dealing to all area high school students.

Mari Schaefer of The Philadelphia Inquirer discusses these developments with Here & Now’s Robin Young.

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Parallels
1:34 pm
Wed April 23, 2014

China And Beyond: NPR's Frank Langfitt Answers Redditors' Questions

Frank Langfitt is NPR's international correspondent based in Shanghai.
Wright Bryan NPR

Originally published on Wed April 23, 2014 5:49 pm

From his home base in Shanghai, Frank Langfitt keeps track of a wide swath of North and East Asia. He's recently back from Myanmar, where he went for (mostly) fun.

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The Two-Way
1:14 pm
Wed April 23, 2014

After Bitter Split, Palestinian Factions Pledge To Reconcile

Palestinians march Wednesday in Gaza City in support of an attempt to reconcile the two main factions. Those factions, Hamas and the Palestine Liberation Organization, have been bitterly divided since 2007. They hope to form a unity government within five weeks.
Said Khatib AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Thu April 24, 2014 11:26 am

Seven years after a violent split, the two main Palestinian factions said Wednesday that they are attempting to reconcile and form a national unity government within five weeks.

The Palestine Liberation Organization and Hamas have tried several times to resolve their feud, but those efforts quickly unraveled.

So will this attempt fare any better?

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All Songs TV
12:36 pm
Wed April 23, 2014

tUnE-yArDs, 'Water Fountain'

A still from the video for tUnE-yArDs' new song, "Water Fountain."
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Krulwich Wonders...
12:33 pm
Wed April 23, 2014

Music That Burns, Literally

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Originally published on Thu April 24, 2014 4:49 pm

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The Two-Way
12:25 pm
Wed April 23, 2014

Obama Assures Japan Of U.S. Security Commitment

President Obama and Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe depart Sukiyabashi Jiro sushi restaurant in Tokyo, on Wednesday. Obama met with Abe on the first stop of a four-nation visit to Asia.
Carolyn Kaster AP

President Obama, at the start of a four-stop trip to Asia, sought to reassure Japan that the U.S. is on its side in a dispute with China over the tiny Senkaku islands chain, which has led to bluster and naval jockeying between the two countries in recent years.

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The Salt
12:23 pm
Wed April 23, 2014

Bake Bread Like A Pioneer In Appalachia ... With No Yeast

Salt rising bread is a yeastless Appalachian soul food.
Susan Brown and Jenny Bardwell

Originally published on Thu April 24, 2014 8:10 am

Growing up in West Virginia in the 1960s and '70s, Susan Brown would have a slice of salt rising bread, toasted, for Saturday morning breakfast. Her grandmother baked the bread with the mysterious and misleading name.

There's little or no salt in the recipe. No yeast, either. The bread rises because of bacteria in the potatoes or cornmeal and the flour that goes into the starter.

The taste is as distinctive as the recipe. Salt rising bread is dense and white, with a fine crumb and cheese-like flavor.

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World Cafe
12:18 pm
Wed April 23, 2014

Robert Ellis On World Cafe

Robert Ellis.
Davis Ayer Courtesy of the artist

Robert Ellis and his road band perform songs from his fine third album, The Lights From the Chemical Plant, in this World Cafe session. After his last record, 2011's Photographs, Ellis wanted to push his music in less of a country-oriented direction, so he worked on the new album with producer Jacquire King (Tom Waits, Kings Of Leon).

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The Two-Way
11:55 am
Wed April 23, 2014

American Journalist Kidnapped By Ukraine's Pro-Russia Insurgents

In a photo taken earlier this month, U.S. reporter Simon Ostrovsky stands with a pro-Russian gunman at a seized police station in the eastern Ukrainian town of Slovyansk. Ostrovsky has reportedly been seized by the pro-Russian insurgents.
Efrem Lukatsky AP

Originally published on Wed April 23, 2014 7:34 pm

An American journalist operating in eastern Ukraine has been kidnapped by pro-Russian gunmen, the separatists said Wednesday.

Simon Ostrovsky, working for Vice News, was seized at gunpoint early Tuesday by masked men in the restive eastern Ukrainian city of Slovyansk.

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All Songs TV
11:33 am
Wed April 23, 2014

Black Prairie, 'Let It Out'

Black Prairie visit a taxidermist
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Originally published on Thu April 24, 2014 2:19 pm

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Africa
11:23 am
Wed April 23, 2014

Nigerian Activist Chooses Exile Over Life In The Closet

Originally published on Tue May 13, 2014 10:52 am

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

I'm Michel Martin, and this is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. Now we'd like to go back to a story that we've turned to a number of times on this program. We're talking about the move in many countries in Africa to toughen legal penalties and increase the stigma against homosexuality.

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Music
11:23 am
Wed April 23, 2014

Yaya Alafia's Songs Of Strength For Her Baby Boy

Originally published on Wed April 23, 2014 12:24 pm

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

Finally today, let's hear from a model and actress who also has Nigerian roots, Yaya Alafia. Last year was a breakout year for her with meaty roles in critically acclaimed films including Lee Daniels' "The Butler" and Andrew Dosunmu's "Mother of George." And she had a baby.

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A Blog Supreme
11:16 am
Wed April 23, 2014

13 Jazz Artists Awarded Over $1.7 Million

Roscoe Mitchell is one of six jazz musicians awarded the Doris Duke Artist Award for 2014.
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Originally published on Thu April 24, 2014 1:30 pm

Yesterday, the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation announced the recipients of its 2014 Performing Artist Awards, including 13 jazz and improvising musicians, who will receive at least $1.7 million in unrestricted grants in total.

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The Two-Way
11:08 am
Wed April 23, 2014

7 Weeks Before World Cup, Rio Is Rocked By Riot

An officer from Brazilian Police Special Forces took aim Tuesday during the violent protest that broke out in one of Rio de Janeiro's slums. People there blame police for a young man's death, and say authorities are clamping down too hard in advance of this June's World Cup soccer tournament and the 2016 Summer Olympics, both of which will be held in Brazil.
Christophe Simon AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Wed April 23, 2014 12:12 pm

"A Rio de Janeiro slum erupted in violence late Tuesday following the killing of a popular local figure, with angry residents setting fires and showering homemade explosives and glass bottles onto a busy avenue in the city's main tourist zone," The Associated Press writes.

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All Songs Considered
10:45 am
Wed April 23, 2014

Hear A New Solo Song By Jamie XX

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