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2:15 pm
Fri April 17, 2015

DJ Sessions: Swing And Vintage Jazz

Artie Shaw plays the clarinet on Sept. 10, 1941. The clarinetist and bandleader's recording of "Begin the Beguine" epitomized the Big Band era. (AP)

Originally published on Fri April 17, 2015 2:32 pm

Here & Now host Jeremy Hobson is broadcasting from Washington, D.C., and sits down with Rob Bamberger, the longtime host of “Hot Jazz Saturday Night” on WAMU in Washington. Bamberger brings us sounds from Jelly Roll Morton to Artie Shaw and His Orchestra.

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NPR Story
2:15 pm
Fri April 17, 2015

Obama Immigration Policy Up For Debate In Federal Court

The John Minor Wisdom U.S. Courthouse, home of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, New Orleans, Louisiana. (Bobak/Wikimedia Commons)

Originally published on Fri April 17, 2015 2:32 pm

In November, President Obama announced executive actions that would allow 5 million undocumented immigrants to stay in the country and obtain work permits. Not long after, a Texas judge ordered a freeze on those actions.

Today the Fifth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals in New Orleans will be hearing arguments from federal lawyers and 26 states opposing Obama’s order on whether to lift the freeze and allow his policies to move forward, or to leave the immigration policies in limbo.

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NPR Story
2:14 pm
Fri April 17, 2015

As Army Shrinks, Soldiers Forced To Return To Civilian Life

Justin Blodgett in Afghanistan before the helicopter crash that lead to his separation from the Army. (NCPR)

Originally published on Fri April 17, 2015 2:32 pm

Budget cuts are forcing the Army to reduce its force by 70,000. As troops begin to transition out, many soldiers, including those who thought they would make a career in the military, are having a difficult time finding jobs.

Julia Botero of Here & Now contributor North Country Public Radio talks with soldiers who are trying to come to terms with returning to civilian life.

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NPR Story
2:14 pm
Fri April 17, 2015

Video Of Apparent Chemical Attack In Syria Moves U.N. To Tears

Originally published on Fri April 17, 2015 2:32 pm

Member of the United Nations Security Council were moved to tears Thursday after they were shown footage of an apparent chlorine gas attack in northwest Syria last month. The footage is said to show the unsuccessful attempts of doctors to revive three children no more than four years old.

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Goats and Soda
1:46 pm
Fri April 17, 2015

Yes, You Can Help The World And Make Money At The Same Time

A woman cultivates seaweed off the coast of Madagascar to counter overfishing. She's working with Blue Ventures, a business that supports its conservation projects by giving ecotours.
Courtesy of Skoll Foundation

Originally published on Fri April 17, 2015 7:05 pm

What do you call someone who runs a successful business that aims to make the world a better place? A CEO with a conscience? A do-good bottom-liner?

At the Skoll World Forum this week in Oxford, England, the preferred term is social entrepreneur. In fact, the conference is completely devoted to the idea — and promoting its rising stars.

Young entrepreneurs are invited to join veterans for workshops, talks and confabs. Awards are given for "social entrepreneurship."

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Movie Reviews
1:17 pm
Fri April 17, 2015

In 'True Story,' A Shamed Journalist Interviews A Fugitive Who Stole His Identity

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Pop Culture
1:17 pm
Fri April 17, 2015

Comedian Joel McHale Talks Dyslexia, Bad TV And Filming A Thriller

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This is FRESH AIR. I'm David Bianculli sitting in for Terry Gross.

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All Songs Considered
1:15 pm
Fri April 17, 2015

All Songs Plus One: Our Record Store Day Must-Haves

Record Store Day is that magical day each spring (this year it's Saturday, April 18) when geeks like us line up outside their favorite music shops to get their hands on a bunch of vinyl exclusives. These are the albums, EPs and singles bands and labels put out just to celebrate the day.

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13.7: Cosmos And Culture
12:58 pm
Fri April 17, 2015

Reflections On The 'Boys' Of Summer

Philadelphia Phillies shortstop Freddy Galvis has the ball but the New York Mets' David Wright is safe on an eighth-inning stolen base in New York on Tuesday.
Kathy Willens AP

Originally published on Fri April 17, 2015 3:23 pm

The baseball season is well underway now. In the past, I've managed to resist posting to 13.7 about the thrill, the hopes, the excitement, the shamefully partisan delight that I feel with the start of the new season.

This year is different for me, though. For the first time, I'm an assistant coach for my son's Little League squad — and I'm even more steeped in baseball, and its sheer difficulty, than ever before.

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The Two-Way
12:09 pm
Fri April 17, 2015

Violence Against Immigrants In South Africa Turns Deadly

South African hostel dwellers demonstrate against foreigners in Johannesburg on Friday after overnight violence between locals and immigrants in the city.
Shiraaz Mohamed AP

Originally published on Fri April 17, 2015 1:07 pm

Violence against immigrants in South Africa has killed at least five people, resulted in attacks on businesses owned by foreigners and sent thousands to take refuge at temporary shelters.

A massive rally against xenophobia was held Thursday in Durban, the coastal city that has been the scene of much of the unrest. Migrants from Africa and South Asia have been the target of the violence, which was condemned by President Jacob Zuma.

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The Two-Way
12:04 pm
Fri April 17, 2015

Mercury Probe Set For Crash-Landing On April 30

In an artist's rendering, NASA's Messenger spacecraft is shown orbiting Mercury.
Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory/Carnegie Institute of Washington/NASA

Originally published on Fri April 17, 2015 4:02 pm

Messenger, the space probe that discovered water on Mercury and has been circling the planet for four years, will take a swan dive at the end of the month in hopes of discovering something about weathering on the surface.

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NPR Story
11:37 am
Fri April 17, 2015

Caitlin Gill - "The Minivan"

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NPR Story
11:37 am
Fri April 17, 2015

Ise Lyfe - "My Best Friend"

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NPR Story
11:37 am
Fri April 17, 2015

Glynn Washington - "The Native Tongue"

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My mother has a huge family. And every year, they have a family reunion, and she's always trying to get me to go. Come on, let's go, let's go, let's go, let's go. I haven't gone since I was a little kid. Finally, she wore me down. All right, let's go.

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NPR Story
11:37 am
Fri April 17, 2015

Vijai Nathan - "Like A Virgin"

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From PRX and NPR, welcome back to SNAP JUDGMENT LIVE!, the "Encore" episode, already in progress.

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NPR Story
11:37 am
Fri April 17, 2015

Dhaya Lakshminarayanan - "Smart Like You"

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Our next guest is a comedian, a nerd, and she actually taught charm school at MIT. Please put your hands together for Ms. Dhaya Lakshminarayanan.

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NPR Story
11:37 am
Fri April 17, 2015

Joe Klocek - "The California Confederacy"

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Thank you Caitlin Gill. Look this woman up wherever Internets are found. We'll have the film version of the story on our website, snapjudgment.org.

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Shots - Health News
11:31 am
Fri April 17, 2015

The State Of The Cancer Nation

Matt Stiles and Christopher Groskopf/NPR

Originally published on Fri April 17, 2015 8:40 pm

While a cure for cancer remains elusive, we already know how to keep many cases of the disease from developing in the first place.

People can reduce cancer risks by keeping a healthful weight and avoiding cigarettes.

But smoking, obesity and other major cancer risk factors remain common, and they still vary widely across the country.

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Song Travels
11:26 am
Fri April 17, 2015

Ginny Mancini On Song Travels

Ginny Mancini.
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Ginny Mancini performed with Mel Tormé and the Mel-Tones before marrying fellow musician, composer and conductor Henry Mancini, who died in 1994. He would have celebrated his 91st birthday on April 16. This week, Song Travels remembers Henry Mancini, as his wife shares stories of their life together, her career and Henry's remarkable contributions to American film, television and song.

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The Two-Way
11:14 am
Fri April 17, 2015

Key Figure In Saddam's Regime Reportedly Killed By Iraqi Forces

Izzat Ibrahim al-Douri, a former member of Saddam Hussein's inner circle (shown here in 2002), leads one of the Sunni armed factions helping ISIS in its fight against the Iraqi government.
Jassim Mohammed AP

Originally published on Fri April 17, 2015 2:06 pm

Iraqi forces claim to have killed Izzat Ibrahim al-Douri, who served in Saddam Hussein's leadership circle and is believed to have been instrumental in the sudden rise of the self-declared Islamic State.

But an official from Saddam's Baath Party has denied the report.

Douri, 72, is the "king of clubs" in the deck of playing cards U.S. troops used to identify key figures in Saddam's regime following the 2003 invasion that toppled the Baathist regime.

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