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Parallels
2:28 pm
Tue August 18, 2015

The World's Most Trafficked Mammal Is One You May Never Have Heard Of

A pangolin is released into the wild by officials at a conservation forest in Indonesia in 2013. The animal was among 128 pangolins confiscated by customs officers from a smuggler's boat off Sumatra.
Jefri Tarigan AP

Originally published on Tue August 18, 2015 7:06 pm

Lisa Hywood remembers the first time she ever set eyes on a pangolin. It was in 1994, and she had just founded the Tikki Hywood Trust, a wildlife conservation sanctuary in Zimbabwe. One morning, someone dropped off a strange-looking, injured creature that had been confiscated from an illegal trader.

"This animal arrived in a sack and smelling something horrendous," she recalls. "And I looked at this animal and I thought it's like no other mammal that I've ever encountered."

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This Is NPR
2:28 pm
Tue August 18, 2015

Public Radio At SXSW 2016: 12 Panels To Vote For Right Now

Shereen Marisol Meraji of NPR's Code Switch team and Lauren Saks of PBS at SXSW Interactive in 2015.
Ben Mook Current

Similar to many repeat badge-toters and secret show-finders, NPR has made SXSW a staple of its calendar. For years, we've been one of the programmers delivering public media in Austin with music showcases at Stubb's; a launch party for SXAmericas; panels and discussions during SXSWedu, Interactive and Film.

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Movie Interviews
2:25 pm
Tue August 18, 2015

Lily Tomlin At 75: The Actress Discusses Great Roles, Old Cars And Coming Out

Actress Lily Tomlin (second from right) poses with wife writer Jane Wagner (second from left) and friends Elaine Barbour (left) and Vivian Schneider before the 2014 Kennedy Center Honors in Washington.
Mike Theiler Reuters/Landov

Originally published on Wed August 19, 2015 7:47 am

The star of the film Grandma and the Netflix series Grace and Frankie married her partner of 42 years, Jane Wagner, in 2013. She spoke with Fresh Air about being more open about her sexuality.

"I've been out for ... 10 or 11 or 12 years or something. I mean, finally somebody printed it. ... [If asked about her sexuality during a 1989 interview with Terry Gross] I probably would have said something like, um ... 'yes, I am.' I couldn't have lied — it would have been too diminishing to lie."

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NPR Story
2:12 pm
Tue August 18, 2015

A Cardboard Canoe Regatta For Girls In Science

Dozens of teenage girls from Chavez High School built cardboard boats for a regatta. (Houston Public Media)

Originally published on Tue August 18, 2015 3:11 pm

You might wonder how cardboard boxes, duct tape and a swimming pool can solve a problem that has stumped researchers for years. That problem is how to get more women working in science, technology, engineering and math, or STEM for short.

Some think the answer lies in giving girls hands-on projects that spark their curiosity and prepare them for not only advanced science courses in school, but also a STEM career. That's where the tape, cardboard and pool come in.

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NPR Story
2:12 pm
Tue August 18, 2015

Canadian Election Campaign Is In Full Swing

Supporters of Canada's main federal parties rally outside the site of the first leader's debate in Toronto, Canada, on August 6, 2015. The federal election is set for October 19, 2015. (Geoff Robins/AFP/Getty Images)

Originally published on Tue August 18, 2015 3:01 pm

The candidates in this fall’s election in Canada are running hard as the vote approaches in October. Prime Minister Stephen Harper leads the Conservative Party, but he has been hurt by a Canadian economy suffering from low global commodity prices.

Here & Now’s Jeremy Hobson talks with David Common, network host for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, about the campaigning in Canada and the upcoming vote.

[Youtube]

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NPR Story
2:12 pm
Tue August 18, 2015

Medicare Gives End-Of-Life Counseling The Go-Ahead

Mountlake Terrace resident Jennifer Calnon, 67, recently discussed her advance directive with her doctor. Starting January, Medicare plans to pay physicians for end of life counseling. (Ruby de Luna/ KUOW)

Originally published on Tue August 18, 2015 3:01 pm

Remember the “death panels”? That’s what Sarah Palin called them when the Affordable Care Act first proposed paying doctors for end-of-life counseling with patients. The uproar killed that plan, but recently Medicare announced that beginning next year, it will pay doctors to have these discussions. Ruby de Luna from Here & Now contributor KUOW reports.

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Movies
1:52 pm
Tue August 18, 2015

Documentary Revisits The 'Dazzling' Polemics Of The Buckley-Vidal Debates

William F. Buckley (left) and Gore Vidal square off on Nov. 5, 1968.
ABC Photo Archives ABC via Getty Images

Originally published on Tue August 18, 2015 2:25 pm

After the Republicans held their lively first debate, you heard people saying what they always say nowadays — that our media-driven political discourse has become shallow and petty, even clownish. Hearing this, an innocent young person might believe that, not so long ago, America was a latter-day Athens in which political arguments were magnificent in their purity and eloquence.

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All Songs Considered
1:38 pm
Tue August 18, 2015

New Mix: Deerhunter, YACHT, Youth Lagoon, GEMS, More

Clockwise from upper left: Deerhunter, Youth Lagoon, GEMS, YACHT
Courtesy of the artists

Originally published on Wed August 19, 2015 12:37 pm

Bob Boilen is back after several weeks for this week's episode of All Songs Considered, and at least part of this week's show is Robin coming to terms with Bob's new beard.

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NPR Story
1:22 pm
Tue August 18, 2015

Tech Industry Reacts To New York Times' Amazon Exposé

Originally published on Tue August 18, 2015 3:04 pm

The New York Times article published Saturday about the workplace culture for Amazon’s white collar workers sent a shockwave through the rest of the tech industry. The piece describes a “bruising workplace” where work-life boundaries are willfully eroded and employees are encouraged to anonymously critique their colleagues via human resources software.

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NPR Story
1:22 pm
Tue August 18, 2015

There's Another Way To Cook A Lobster: Grill It

Two grilled lobsters are ready to be eaten. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

Originally published on Tue August 18, 2015 3:01 pm

[Youtube]

As a longtime Maine resident, Here & Now resident chef Kathy Gunst is very familiar with the state’s most famous export: lobster. As she told host Jeremy Hobson, when she has summer guests, “does anybody want to have chicken? No. Does anybody want to have salad? No. Everyone wants lobster!”

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NPR Story
1:22 pm
Tue August 18, 2015

Texas Agriculture Official Won't Apologize For Anti-Muslim Facebook Post

Texas Agricultural Commissioner Sid Miller is pictured on June 18, 2015, in Austin, Texas. (Eric Gay/AP)

Originally published on Tue August 18, 2015 3:01 pm

Aides to Texas Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller say Miller has no plans to apologize for a post on a campaign Facebook account this past weekend that appeared to advocate the atomic bombing of “the Muslim world.” The post has since been deleted. The commissioner, who is on a trade mission to China, also has no plans to figure out which staffer shared the post.

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NPR Story
1:18 pm
Tue August 18, 2015

Investigators Search For Suspect In Thailand Bombing

Workers clean up debris from the site of the explosion on August 18, 2015 in Bangkok, Thailand. Last night a bomb explosion in the centre of Bangkok, which went off next to the Erawan Shrine killed at least 21 people and hundreds more injured. (Nicolas Axelrod/Getty Images

Investigators in Thailand believe a man seen in a security video wearing a yellow t-shirt and carrying a backpack set off a deadly explosion yesterday. The blast at a central Bangkok shrine killed at least 20 people and injured more than 100 others. The video appears to show the man sitting on a bench at the crowded shrine. Then he takes off the backpack and walks away.

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Shots - Health News
12:51 pm
Tue August 18, 2015

High Cost Of Diabetes Drugs Often Goes Overlooked

After the blood sugar check, it may be time for a diabetes medicine whose price has jumped.
iStockphoto

When it comes to treating chronic conditions, diabetes drugs aren't nearly as sexy as say, Sovaldi, last year's breakthrough hepatitis C drug that offers a cure for the chronic liver infection at a price approaching six figures.

Yet an estimated 29 million people in the U.S. have diabetes — about 10 times the number of people with hepatitis C — and many of them will take diabetes drugs for the rest of their lives. Cost increases for both old and new drugs are forcing many to scramble to pay for them.

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All Songs Considered
12:37 pm
Tue August 18, 2015

Viking's Choice: Deafheaven, 'Brought To The Water'

Deafheaven.
Kristin Cofer Courtesy of the artist

Deafheaven achieved a rare feat with 2013's Sunbather: The band became a legit metal crossover. Sunbather draws from black metal, but was also uplifting with its inventive guitar work and ecstatic sense of propulsion. The group has since moved from the Bay Area to L.A. and adopted a darker tone, as heard in "Brought To The Water," the lead track from New Bermuda.

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Intelligence Squared U.S.
12:06 pm
Tue August 18, 2015

Debate: Is A Containment Strategy Enough For Isis?

Samuel LaHoz/Intelligence Squared U.S.

In June 2014, the Sunni militant group ISIS declared that it had established a new caliphate spanning territory in Syria and Iraq. Since then, the region under its control has expanded, despite airstrikes and the deployment of U.S. military advisers, and Jihadist groups across the Muslim world have pledged their allegiance. What should the Obama administration's next steps be? Should the U.S. goal be containment, or can ISIS be defeated?

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The Record
11:39 am
Tue August 18, 2015

'Is It Rolling, Bob?': Remembering Producer Bob Johnston

Bob Dylan in the studio in the summer of 1965, while recording Highway 61 Revisited, which was mostly produced by Bob Johnston.
Michael Ochs Archives Getty Images

Originally published on Tue August 18, 2015 5:20 pm

This past Friday, Aug. 14, the record producer Bob Johnston died in hospice care near his home in Nashville, Tenn. He was 83 years old.

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All Songs TV
11:36 am
Tue August 18, 2015

Beirut's New Video Is An Actual Walk On The Beach

Members of Beirut appear in a scene from their new video, "Gibraltar."
YouTube

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Monkey See
11:23 am
Tue August 18, 2015

Television 2015: With 25 Ways To Watch TV, Does The House Always Win?

iStockphoto

Originally published on Tue August 18, 2015 1:45 pm

This is one in a series of essays running this week and next about the state of television in 2015. The series is based on developments at the recent Television Critics Association press tour in Beverly Hills, Calif., where broadcast and cable networks, along with streaming services like Netflix, presented new and existing shows to TV critics and reporters.

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Songs We Love
11:03 am
Tue August 18, 2015

Songs We Love: Dam-Funk, 'Glyde 2nyte'

Dam-Funk's new album, Invite The Light, comes out Sept. 4.
Courtesy of the artist

Ever since his breakthrough 2009 album, Toeachizown, Damon "Dam-Funk" Riddick has used his internet celebrity to celebrate the funk and R&B stars of his childhood. Whether it's through sharing vintage songs on his Twitter account, or producing albums with Steve Arrington and Snoop Dogg, Riddick is constantly paying respect to those who came before him.

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Goats and Soda
10:40 am
Tue August 18, 2015

The Underage Girls Of Mexico's Sex Trade: Hope Amid The Horror

Maria Fabrizio for NPR

Originally published on Tue August 18, 2015 2:55 pm

The report that ISIS is forcing girls as young as 12 to become sex slaves is part of a larger issue. In the world today, an estimated 2 million underage girls work in the sex trade.

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