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NPR Story
2:52 pm
Mon April 21, 2014

'Wait Wait' Host Peter Sagal Runs Boston Marathon As Guide

Peter Sagal and Erich Manser are pictured about an hour before the start of the Boston Marathon. (@Peterruns/Twitter)

You know Peter Sagal as host of NPR’s “Wait Wait… Don’t Tell Me!” but he’s also a marathon runner. For the second year in a row, he’s running the Boston Marathon with a legally blind athlete, at the invitation of a group called “Team with a Vision.”

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The Two-Way
2:32 pm
Mon April 21, 2014

U.N. Reports Hundreds Killed In Ethnic Violence In South Sudan

South Sudanese fleeing an attack on the town of Rank, on Saturday. The United Nations says when rebels seized the town of Bentiu, south of Rank, earlier this month, hundreds became victims of ethnically targeted killings.
Mohamed Nureldin Abdallah Reuters/Landov

Originally published on Mon April 21, 2014 4:13 pm

The United Nations Mission in South Sudan says that "targeted killings of civilians" based on ethnicity were carried out in the war-torn country after rebels last week seized the city of Bentiu.

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Pop Culture
2:14 pm
Mon April 21, 2014

For Comic Hari Kondabolu, Explaining The Joke IS The Joke

Comic Hari Kondabolu's album Waiting for 2042 is a reference to the year the Census Bureau projects whites will be the minority in the U.S. "Don't worry, white people," he says. "You were a minority when you came to this country. Things seemed to have worked out for you."
Kyle Johnson

Originally published on Mon April 21, 2014 4:23 pm

At first, Hari Kondabolu's comedy was mostly about catharsis: "I was doing some work in detention centers and meeting families who had family members who were going to be deported," he tells Fresh Air's Terry Gross. "It was really powerful work ... but it was incredibly hard and performing at night was a relief. It was cathartic. It was just a way to get things out."

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NPR Story
2:01 pm
Mon April 21, 2014

NASA's Ambitious Plan To Send Humans To Mars

This computer-generated view depicts part of Mars at the boundary between darkness and daylight, with an area including Gale Crater beginning to catch morning light. (NASA/JPL-Caltech)

Originally published on Mon April 21, 2014 2:52 pm

The nation’s space agency is gearing up to put humans on Mars within the next two decades. NASA is testing a supersonic lander that can carry heavy loads, and just signed a 20-year lease on a launch pad at the Kennedy Space Center.

Mike Gazarik is associate administrator of NASA’s Space Technology Mission Directorate and he tells Here & Now’s Jeremy Hobson that going to Mars is part of Americans’ pioneering spirit, and will also have benefits for life on Earth.

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NPR Story
2:01 pm
Mon April 21, 2014

Grading Community Colleges, 5 Years Into Obama Improvement Efforts

U.S. President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden speak to guests at the Community College of Allegheny County on April 16, 2014 in Oakdale, Pennsylvania. The President and Vice President are announcing new federal investments using existing funds to support job-driven training, like apprenticeships, that will expand partnerships with industry, businesses, unions, community colleges, and training organizations to train workers in the skills they need. (Jeff Swensen/Getty Images)

Originally published on Mon April 21, 2014 2:52 pm

President Obama has been touting community colleges almost since he got into office. In 2009, at Macomb Community College in Michigan, he said, “Community colleges are an essential part of our recovery in the present — and our prosperity in the future. This place can make the future better, not just for these individuals but for America.”

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NPR Story
2:01 pm
Mon April 21, 2014

Indian Politics Still Very Much A Family Business

Originally published on Mon April 21, 2014 2:52 pm

For most of its independence, India’s politics has been dominated by the Nehru-Gandhi dynasty, a family that has given the country three prime ministers.

The BBC’s Sanjoy Majumder looks at why, despite being a flourishing democracy for more than six decades, Indian politics is still very much a family business.

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Parallels
1:45 pm
Mon April 21, 2014

For Extremists In Syria, Extortion Brings Piles Of Cash From Iraq

Rebel fighters inspect the wreckage of a Syrian army helicopter after the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, or ISIS, allegedly destroyed it in March in the northern Syrian city of Aleppo.
Mohammed Al-Khatieb AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Mon April 21, 2014 7:26 pm

The renegade Islamist group known as ISIS now controls swaths of Syria and Iraq, and it's partly because the fighters are so rich. ISIS, or the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, is known for having the biggest guns and paying the highest salaries.

While kidnapping, oil smuggling and donations from sympathizers have been well-known sources of money, the groups also run complex and brutal protection rackets, according to analysts.

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Favorite Sessions
12:54 pm
Mon April 21, 2014

KEXP Presents: Temples

Temples, performing live in the KEXP studios.
Dave Lichterman KEXP

Originally published on Mon July 7, 2014 2:10 pm

The young U.K. band Temples has been touted by Britpop luminaries like Johnny Marr and Noel Gallagher, who've both fallen for the group's shimmering debut, Sun Structures.

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The Two-Way
12:42 pm
Mon April 21, 2014

Parents Say 234 Girls Are Missing From School In Nigeria

Originally published on Mon April 21, 2014 3:23 pm

Disturbing news from Nigeria about girls kidnapped last week from their school by Islamist extremists grew even more distressing on Monday when parents told authorities that 234 of the young women are still missing.

That's nearly triple the number — 85 — that officials have been reporting.

According to The Associated Press:

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Shots - Health News
12:41 pm
Mon April 21, 2014

Lead Poisoning Nightmare In Nigeria May Be Easing

Gado Labbo holds her 5-year-old son, Yusuf, at a clinic in Dareta, Nigeria. In 2010, when Yusuf first entered the clinic, he had a blood lead level 30 times higher than the amount the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention considers dangerous.
David Gilkey NPR

Originally published on Mon April 21, 2014 2:51 pm

Children in northwestern Nigeria are no longer dying by the hundreds.

That's the promising word from Mary Jean Brown, chief of the lead poisoning prevention program at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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Economy
12:27 pm
Mon April 21, 2014

President Obama Will Skip China, But Asia Trip Sends A Message

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CELESTE HEADLEE, HOST:

I'm Celeste Headlee and this is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. Michel Martin is away. President Obama heads overseas this week to Asia. He hopes to strengthen U.S. economic ties with that region.

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Digital Life
12:27 pm
Mon April 21, 2014

Security Threats Hit Deeper Than Heartbleed Bug

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CELESTE HEADLEE, HOST:

This is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. I'm Celeste Headlee. Michel Martin is away. You might have been hearing about the Heart Bleed bug over the past couple weeks. And if you haven't, you might want to check it out. It's important. That is the security flaw the researchers say could have compromised up to half a million websites. So maybe you changed your passwords for your online accounts by now.

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The Two-Way
12:07 pm
Mon April 21, 2014

VIDEO: Leopard Attacks Residents In Central India

Video of a leopard attacking residents in the town of Chandrapur, Maharashtra, in central India.
NDTV

Originally published on Mon April 21, 2014 2:17 pm

You can see the video here. New Delhi Television calls it "an indication of increased conflicts between man and animal."

In the footage, a leopard is seen bursting through roof tiles of a one-story building in the central city of Chandrapur, Maharashtra, about 400 miles east of Mumbai.

NDTV says:

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The Two-Way
12:06 pm
Mon April 21, 2014

Biden Visits Ukraine In Show Of U.S. Support

Ukrainian Foreign Minister Andrii Deshchytsia (center) greets Vice President Joe Biden at the airport in Kiev on Monday.
Yuriy Maksimov EPA/Landov

Originally published on Mon April 21, 2014 3:04 pm

The situation in eastern Ukraine remains on edge Monday, following a weekend of violence that reportedly left up to five pro-Russian separatists dead at the hands of Ukraine nationalists. Moscow has used the killings to press its case that Ukraine's Russian speakers are threatened and to accuse Kiev of not living up to last week's agreement on steps to ease tensions.

Here's some of the latest news from the region:

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All Songs TV
12:06 pm
Mon April 21, 2014

The Milk Carton Kids, Live From Lincoln Theatre

The Milk Carton Kids, performing live at Lincoln Theater in Columbus, Ohio.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue April 22, 2014 7:55 pm

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Mountain Stage
11:01 am
Mon April 21, 2014

Declan O'Rourke On Mountain Stage

Declan O'Rourke.
Brian Blauser Mountain Stage

Originally published on Thu June 19, 2014 4:37 pm

Declan O'Rourke makes his first appearance on Mountain Stage, recorded live at the Culture Center Theater in Charleston, W.Va.

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The Two-Way
10:49 am
Mon April 21, 2014

After Tragedy, Nepalese Sherpas May Refuse To Climb Everest

Mount Everest straddles the border of Nepal and the Tibetan region of China. This is a view of the Nepalese side.
Hans Edinger AP

Originally published on Mon April 21, 2014 12:37 pm

Friday's tragedy on Mount Everest in which at least 13 Sherpa guides were killed in an avalanche has led others among that group of Nepalese who lead foreigners up the world's tallest mountain to issue some demands — and threaten to boycott the soon-to-start climbing season if their requests aren't granted.

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The Two-Way
9:36 am
Mon April 21, 2014

Win Tin, Myanmar's Longest-Serving Political Prisoner, Dies

Win Tin, pictured at his Yangon home in 2013, was a prominent journalist who became Myanmar's longest-serving political prisoner after challenging military rule.
Gemunu Amarasinghe AP

Originally published on Mon April 21, 2014 3:07 pm

Win Tin, a former newspaper editor who became Myanmar's longest-serving political prisoner for his pro-democracy activism, has died. News reports gave his age as 84 or 85.

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First Listen
9:30 am
Mon April 21, 2014

First Listen: Pixies, 'Indie Cindy'

The Pixies new album, Indie Cindy, comes out April 29.
Jay Blakesberg Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed April 30, 2014 9:40 am

Last year, My Bloody Valentine released its first album since 1991, and the result sounded as if not a minute had passed in the intervening 22 years. Every bleary, bended note of m b v sounded immaculately crafted, as if Kevin Shields and company had been toiling away in pursuit of perfection since the release of Loveless and merely lost track of time.

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The Two-Way
9:29 am
Mon April 21, 2014

As It Happened: American Wins 118th Running Of The Boston Marathon

Boylston Street's 26-mile marker will be a welcome sight to the thousands of runners who are in today's Boston Marathon. Today marks the 118th running of the race.
Jared Wickerham Getty Images

Originally published on Mon April 21, 2014 7:11 pm

There is no doubt the bombings of last year cast a long shadow on the 118th running of the Boston Marathon.

It was an inevitable backdrop: The signs on the buildings that line the course near the finish are usually covered in witty, encouraging posters. This year, they encouraged a greater kind of perseverance.

"Boston Strong," they exhorted.

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