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1:22 pm
Thu April 3, 2014

Answers Sought After Deadly Fort Hood Shooting

A soldier watches over media as they prepare to hear General Mark Milley, III Corps and Fort Hood Commanding General, speak during a press conference about a shooting that occurred earlier in the day at Fort Hood Military Base on April 2, 2014 in Fort Hood, Texas. Milley confirmed that four people were dead in the shooting, including the gunman himself. (Drew Anthony Smith/Getty Images)

Originally published on Thu April 3, 2014 2:45 pm

The Army’s top civilian official says the soldier accused in the Fort Hood shooting this week was deployed for the final months of the Iraq war but did not see combat.

Three people died and 16 were wounded before the shooter committed suicide. At least three military personnel remain in critical condition.

Army Secretary John McHugh testified Thursday that the soldier appeared to have no connections to extremist groups.

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NPR Story
1:22 pm
Thu April 3, 2014

Investigating Strange Noises Coming From The Earth

Originally published on Thu April 3, 2014 2:45 pm

For hundreds of years, residents of a small New England town have been hearing strange noises coming from the earth.

Reporter Ari Daniel took a trip there, to Moodus, Connecticut, to check out the reports. He produced the story for Stylus, WBUR’s experimental documentary series about sound, music, and listening.

The piece features the voices of Cathy Wilson, Moodus resident; Alison Guinness, historian; and John Ebel, seismologist, Weston Observatory, Boston College.

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NPR Story
1:22 pm
Thu April 3, 2014

AP: U.S. Agency Created 'Cuban Twitter' To Stir Political Unrest

Students gather behind a business looking for a Internet signal for their smart phones in Havana, Cuba, on April 1. The U.S. Agency for International Development masterminded the creation of a "Cuban Twitter," a communications network designed to undermine the communist government in Cuba, built with secret shell companies and financed through foreign banks, The Associated Press has learned. (Ramon Espinosa/AP Photo)

Originally published on Thu April 3, 2014 2:45 pm

An Associated Press investigation released today reveals that the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) created a Twitter-like company in Cuba. The goal was to undermine the Cuban government by giving disgruntled citizens the tools to more easily organize and communicate.

The company, called Zunzuneo, gradually grew to include more than 40,000 Cuban subscribers who had no idea their messages were being monitored and their personal data was being gathered by the U.S. government.

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NPR Story
1:22 pm
Thu April 3, 2014

Mike Pesca Previews The Final Four

Connecticut, Kentucky, Wisconsin and Florida are preparing to face off in the NCAA Men's Final Four at AT&T Stadium on in Arlington, Texas on Saturday. (Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

Originally published on Fri April 4, 2014 2:58 pm

College basketball’s Final Four tips off Saturday in Arlington, Texas.

Florida plays Connecticut in one of the semifinals. Kentucky takes on Wisconsin in the other. The winners play for the championship Monday night.

Slate’s Mike Pesca joins Here & Now’s Robin Young to discuss the Final Four matchups.

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NPR Story
1:22 pm
Thu April 3, 2014

Retirement Planning Advice For Teens To 50+

Originally published on Thu April 3, 2014 7:57 pm

Many people in the workforce used to look forward to the many benefits of retirement – having the time to spend with loved ones, to travel, or just relax. However, due to a changing economy, as more baby boomers age out of the work force, the reality of retired life doesn’t always match up to previous expectations.

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Krulwich Wonders...
12:59 pm
Thu April 3, 2014

'Oh, Hello,' Says Andrew, As He Suddenly Grabs You By The Leg Or Neck

Andrew Ucles YouTube

Originally published on Thu April 3, 2014 2:22 pm

Some people like a nice walk, some a gentle run, others a cup of tea. But not Andrew Ucles. There is nothing relaxed about Andrew. You can find him chasing after wild animals on his videos, grabbing them with his bare hands and then, while they squiggle, scratch and lunge, he tells them, "Settle, settle," shows them to the camera, brags a little and lets them go.

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13.7: Cosmos And Culture
12:57 pm
Thu April 3, 2014

The Joys And Ethics Of Insect Eating

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Originally published on Thu April 3, 2014 2:57 pm

A week ago today, I ate my first crickets.

It was a first step into entomophagy, the practice of insect eating. I wrote about this topic here at 13.7 in January but had never before tried it myself (excluding accidental ingestion of the insect parts often found in peanut butter, chocolate, vegetables and other foods).

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My Big Break
11:52 am
Thu April 3, 2014

Inflatable Suit Launches Stylist To Stardom

Originally published on Thu April 3, 2014 9:37 pm

Transcript

MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

We just mentioned that dancing on "Soul Train" was the big break for a number of entertainers like Rosie Perez and Jody Watley. Well, our colleagues at All Things Considered have been hearing stories from a number of other people about the moment when their careers took off.

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Author Interviews
11:52 am
Thu April 3, 2014

How 'Soul Train' Shaped A Generation

Originally published on Thu April 3, 2014 9:37 pm

Transcript

MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

I'm Michel Martin and this is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. Now we're going to take a trip down memory lane or we should probably say down the soul train line.

(SOUNDBITE OF TV SHOW, "SOUL TRAIN")

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Health
11:52 am
Thu April 3, 2014

Cancer Disparity Among Black Women Unresolved

Originally published on Thu April 3, 2014 9:37 pm

Transcript

MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

I'm Michel Martin and this is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. Now we turn to one of those uncomfortable questions that many people, particularly in health, have asked themselves and know all too well.

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Race
11:52 am
Thu April 3, 2014

'One Nation Underemployed' Shows Blacks Still In Crisis

Originally published on Thu April 3, 2014 9:37 pm

Transcript

MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

I'm Michel Martin and this is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. We're going to start the program today talking about the National Urban League's annual report - The State of Black America.

It says that black and Latino people are still feeling the effects of the great recession, especially in their pocketbooks. The Urban League report is called "One Nation Underemployed: Jobs Rebuild America." The president of the organization, Marc Morial, is with us now. Welcome back to the program. Thanks for joining us.

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The Two-Way
11:34 am
Thu April 3, 2014

Court In Turkey Orders Twitter Service Restored

A Twitter app on an iPhone screen. Turkey banned the social media service for two weeks, but a court has now ordered the ban lifted on constitutional grounds.
Richard Drew AP

Originally published on Thu April 3, 2014 1:51 pm

Twitter is back on in Turkey after a constitutional court ruled that a government-imposed ban on the social media service was a breach of free expression.

The country's telecom authority lifted the 2-week-old ban, after it was blocked in the runup to last Sunday's local elections.

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Deceptive Cadence
11:14 am
Thu April 3, 2014

How Do You Sweep The Ivy League? Practice — The Viola. (Really.)

Was playing a much-maligned instrument — or writing about it beautifully — part of Kwasi Enin's secret? (Not that he is playing the 'Archinto' Stradivarius pictured here.)
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By now, you may have heard about Kwasi Enin, the impressive young man from Long Island who has been accepted into the classes of 2018 at Brown, Columbia, Cornell, Dartmouth, Harvard, Princeton, the University of Pennsylvania, Yale (all eight Ivy League universities) as well as Duke and three campuses of the State University of New York.

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Shots - Health News
10:20 am
Thu April 3, 2014

Good Day Sunshine: Could Morning Light Help Keep Us Lean?

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Originally published on Fri April 4, 2014 3:46 pm

Exposure to morning light, whether it's pure sunlight or bright indoor lighting, is associated with leaner body weights, researchers say.

The findings fit with a growing body of evidence that suggests keeping our internal body clocks synchronized with the natural light-dark cycle is beneficial to our health and our waistlines.

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Ask Me Another
9:49 am
Thu April 3, 2014

Random Questions With: Mike Birbiglia

"I'm gonna take this conversation we're having, and then repeat that to strangers. Then that's the joke. You're the joke, later."
Josh Rogosin NPR

Originally published on Thu April 3, 2014 2:44 pm

  • Hear Mike play a game about Catholicism
  • Mike Birbiglia: "No Air Quotes, Man!"

Comedian Mike Birbiglia has a knack for molding his own extremely personal follies into hilarious stories. He's weaved autobiographical tales of his awkward childhood, his love life and medical mishaps into the fabric of his stand-up specials and frequent contributions to The Moth and This American Life.

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Ask Me Another
9:49 am
Thu April 3, 2014

Insert Coin Here

Originally published on Thu April 3, 2014 11:59 am

Video game characters lead dangerous lives, so they could use our advice on how to stay out of trouble. Identify classic video games based on some helpful tips — before the ghosts get you!

Heard in Episode 313: This Birbiglian Life

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Ask Me Another
9:49 am
Thu April 3, 2014

What's In A Name? Another Name

Originally published on Thu April 3, 2014 11:59 am

What do Martin Luther and Martin Luther King Jr. have in common? A name, obviously. In this game, identify famous people whose full names are found within the names of other celebrities.

Heard in Episode 313: This Birbiglian Life

Ask Me Another
9:49 am
Thu April 3, 2014

Hello, Goodbye

Originally published on Thu April 3, 2014 11:59 am

We love to say hello to our final round contestants, but we have to say goodbye to those who can't think up famous salutations and valedictions from film and TV. Think quick before "You're fired!"

Heard in Episode 313: This Birbiglian Life

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Ask Me Another
9:49 am
Thu April 3, 2014

Mike Birbiglia: Thank God for Trivia

"[Father Patterson's] not funny, I'm funny. I should be the priest!"
Josh Rogosin NPR

Originally published on Thu April 3, 2014 11:59 am

He's known for his stand-up comedy, as well as a particular sleepwalking episode, but asked to play a game on...Catholicism? Holy moly! We quiz him on the Bible and more in this VIP challenge.

Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.

Ask Me Another
9:49 am
Thu April 3, 2014

Our Delicious Bodies

Originally published on Thu April 3, 2014 11:59 am

Cannibalism is gross, but admittedly, ladyfinger cakes are delicious. Try not to get too hungry as you think up various foods, all of which have a human body part in their name.

Heard in Episode 313: This Birbiglian Life

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