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All Songs Considered
1:06 pm
Tue April 8, 2014

New Mix: Mirah, Fennesz, Brody Dalle, Chet Faker, More

Clockwise from upper left: Mirah, Brody Dalle, Fennesz, Chet Faker
Courtesy of the artists

Originally published on Tue April 8, 2014 1:20 pm

This week, hosts Bob Boilen and Robin Hilton come bearing a bunch of song premieres, including a cut from singer-songwriter Mirah's first solo album in five years, Australian electronic artist Chet Faker and power punk rock singer Brody Dalle.

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The Salt
1:01 pm
Tue April 8, 2014

Why Chocolate Is A Bargaining Chip In The Ukraine-Russia Conflict

Roshen is a premium brand but some say it tastes "less refined" than Western European chocolate.
Bodo Flickr

Originally published on Tue April 8, 2014 4:21 pm

In the political battle between Ukraine and Russia, one of the biggest pawns is chocolate.

That's because the current front-runner in Ukraine's presidential race is Petro Poroshenko, known as "the Chocolate King." His billion-dollar empire was founded on candy factories.

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First Listen
12:59 pm
Tue April 8, 2014

First Listen: Kelis, 'Food'

Kelis' new album, Food, comes out April 22.
Laurent Levy Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue April 22, 2014 1:20 pm

Food is life. It's the connective tissue between families, communities and cultures. At base, it's sustenance, and at its most complex, like when it appears in song, it can evoke nostalgia, carnal desires and comfort. For Kelis Rogers, R&B's resident provocateur, Food — her first album since 2010's dance-heavy Flesh Tone — is the embodiment of what she has always contended as an artist: that she can't be molded to fit inside one genre — one flavor, one dish, one cuisine.

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My Big Break
12:30 pm
Tue April 8, 2014

Ken Jeong, Leaving Medicine For Movies

Originally published on Tue April 8, 2014 12:49 pm

Transcript

MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

You might have heard that some of our listeners actually joined Twitter just to participate in our Twitter poetry series. You might call it their big break into poetry. Well, our colleagues at All Things Considered have been hearing stories from a number of people about the moment when their careers in other fields took off.

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Money Coach
12:30 pm
Tue April 8, 2014

Prepaid Debit Cards Not As Simple As They Seem

Originally published on Tue April 8, 2014 12:49 pm

Transcript

MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

I'm Michel Martin, and this is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. Now it's time for our money coach conversation. That's the part of the program where we talk about the economy and personal finance.

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#TMMPoetry: Muses and Metaphor
12:30 pm
Tue April 8, 2014

Creating An Ecosystem In 140 Characters

Dennis Macdonald Getty Images

Originally published on Thu April 10, 2014 2:36 pm

For Tell Me More's second week of Muses and Metpahor poet Holly Bass stopped by to talk about her teen writing initiative at a Washington, D.C. detention center. Bass has been working with her students to create poems that are 140-characters or less. She shared how she inspires them to navigate the sometimes difficult limitation.

"I tell them to just write a whole poem and then you can take one line or two lines from that poem and turn that into your Twitter poem" Bass told Tell Me More's Michel Martin.

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Parenting
12:30 pm
Tue April 8, 2014

Vaccinating Children: Who Gets To Decide?

Originally published on Tue April 8, 2014 12:49 pm

Transcript

MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

I'm Michel Martin and this is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. They say it takes a village to raise a child, but maybe you just need a few moms and dads in your corner. Every week, we check in with a diverse group of parents for their common sense and savvy advice.

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The Two-Way
12:29 pm
Tue April 8, 2014

NASA Image Shows Volcanic Island Has Annexed Its Neighbor

An image taken by the Landsat 8 satellite last month shows the new, larger Nishino-shima.
Landsat 8 NASA

Originally published on Tue April 8, 2014 4:07 pm

There's some new, pristine real estate on the remote Japanese island of Nishino-shima.

Volcanic activity has merged the tiny island with a new neighbor that started to form late last year, creating a single landmass, NASA satellite imagery shows. The island is now a bit more than a half-mile across.

According to NASA:

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Shots - Health News
12:05 pm
Tue April 8, 2014

Global Aid For Health Hits Record High As Funding Sources Shift

A pregnant Somali woman gets a tetanus shot at a clinic in Mogadishu in 2013. The vaccination initiative was launched by the GAVI Alliance, UNICEF and the World Health Organization.
Carl de Souza AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Tue April 8, 2014 3:58 pm

International development aid has hit an all-time high, despite some nations dramatically slashing their foreign assistance budgets. As patterns of international assistance shift, an increasing amount of money is being invested in improving health in the developing world.

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13.7: Cosmos And Culture
11:59 am
Tue April 8, 2014

High-Speed Trading Defines A New Era

While traders may still roam the floor of the New York Stock Exchange, there's unseen action taking place every millisecond via fiber optic cables connecting computers run by trading firms and computers run by the Exchange.
Andrew Burton Getty Images

Originally published on Tue April 8, 2014 7:31 pm

If you asked a medieval farmer if he had an hour to spare, he would have asked you, "What's an hour?" If you asked a renaissance shipwright if he had a second to spare, he would have asked you, "What's a second?" If you asked a factory worker at the turn of the 20th century if she had a millisecond to spare, she would have asked: "What can you do in a millisecond?" But ask a 21st century Wall Street trader if they have a millisecond and they'd know exactly what you mean. More importantly, if he or she were a high-frequency trader, they'd also know exactly what a millisecond cost.

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Code Switch
11:30 am
Tue April 8, 2014

It's Our Anniversary! Tell Us How We're Doing

Once again, we expect our impeccable use (and reuse!) of stock photos is clearly among your favorite aspects of Code Switch.
iStockphoto.com

One year ago today, Code Switch launched with the post "How Code-Switching Explains The World." Last June, we released our first Code Switch visitors survey to query our users about what they were seeing, what they liked, and what they liked less. We're long overdue for a follow-up.

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The Two-Way
11:17 am
Tue April 8, 2014

Oscar Pistorius Sobs On Witness Stand At His Murder Trial

Aimee Pistorius (second from right) cries as she hears her brother Oscar speak Tuesday during his murder trial in Pretoria, South Africa, about the night he killed Reeva Steenkamp.
Kim Ludbrook EPA/Landov

Originally published on Tue April 8, 2014 3:32 pm

Oscar Pistorius sobbed and wailed from the witness stand in his murder trial in South Africa as he recalled what he maintains was the accidental fatal shooting of his girlfriend.

Pistorius, a double-amputee Olympic runner, was describing the moment he said he realized that he shot his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, through a bathroom door and not an intruder.

"That's the moment when everything changed," he told the court in Pretoria. "The first thing that ran through my mind was that I needed to arm myself and protect Reeva and I."

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All Tech Considered
11:16 am
Tue April 8, 2014

Windows XP Users, It's Time To Upgrade. Here's How

Microsoft is ending its support for the 12-year-old Windows XP software Tuesday.
Justin Sullivan Getty Images

Originally published on Wed April 9, 2014 12:59 pm

Microsoft is ending support Tuesday for Windows XP, which means the company won't be fixing any fresh problems that crop up with the 12-year-old operating system. "PCs running Windows XP after April 8, 2014, should not be considered to be truly protected," says a company statement.

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Code Switch
11:02 am
Tue April 8, 2014

How Stereotypes Explain Everything And Nothing At All

The City College of New York basketball team in 1932.
New York Daily News Archive New York Daily News via Getty Images

Originally published on Wed April 9, 2014 5:10 pm

A few days ago, I wrote a post in which I was mulling just why so few Asian-Americans played Division I basketball in the 2012-2013 season. The numbers were striking. Of the 5,380 men's players in the top tier of college basketball, only 15 were Asian-American. Asian-American ballers weren't just underrepresented. They were practically invisible.

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Deceptive Cadence
10:54 am
Tue April 8, 2014

Fiddle In A Pickle: Jonathan Carney's Concertmaster Quiz

Jonathan Carney is the concertmaster of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra.
James Bartolomeo Baltimore Symphony Orchestra

You're seated at the symphony. All the players but one are in place. You're ready for music. Then the first violinist enters to a round of applause and stands next to the conductor's podium while the oboist plays an A. The orchestra tunes up.

That ceremony is just one of many jobs for the concertmaster, Jonathan Carney says. He is the concertmaster of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra.

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The Salt
10:25 am
Tue April 8, 2014

Quinoa Is Kosher For Passover, But Mom May Not Approve

Factories that got the all-clear now produce quinoa that will bear the OU-P symbol, meaning they're kosher for Passover.
Iryna Melnyk/iStockphoto

Originally published on Tue April 8, 2014 2:25 pm

Passover is famously the holiday when Jews ask four questions at the ceremonial meal, most notably, "Why is this night different from all other nights?"

This year, there's a new answer: For the first time, the Orthodox Union, the ultimate authority on kosher foods, has put its "kosher for Passover" symbol on certain brands of quinoa.

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Shots - Health News
10:18 am
Tue April 8, 2014

Mouthwash And Poor Dental Hygiene May Up The Risk Of Oral Cancer

A recent study reported that poor dental hygiene and excessive use of mouthwash containing alcohol could increase the risk of oral cancer.
iStockphoto

Originally published on Wed April 9, 2014 8:57 am

Recent research on oral cancer made headlines — and raised concerns — when scientists reported that poor dental hygiene and excessive use of mouthwash containing alcohol could increase the risk of the disease.

Each year, some 40,000 Americans — and upward of 640,000 people worldwide — are diagnosed with oral cancer, which can occur in the tongue, the floor of the mouth, the gum and the cheek. Deaths from oral cancer in the U.S. last year were estimated at 7,890.

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The Two-Way
9:26 am
Tue April 8, 2014

Russia Issues Warning As Ukraine Forcibly Removes Protesters

A photo taken through a shattered window shows pro-Russian protesters in front of Ukrainian police guarding the Kharkiv regional state administration building Tuesday.
AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Tue April 8, 2014 11:59 am

Riot police and other Ukrainian forces are cracking down on pro-Russian demonstrators in eastern Ukraine, drawing a warning from neighboring Russia on Tuesday that also alleged an American military contractor is helping Ukraine.

Interior Minister Arsen Avakov says Ukraine has arrested around 70 demonstrators who had seized a regional administration building in Kharkiv, the country's second-largest city. Avakov described it as an "anti-terrorist" operation.

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The Two-Way
9:16 am
Tue April 8, 2014

Top Stories: UConn Takes Title; Searchers Listen For Jet Data Recorder

Good morning, here is our early story:

-- With NCAA Title, UConn Answers Questions About Kentucky, And Itself.

And here are more early headlines:

Search Teams Still Hunt "Pings" In Case Of Missing Jet. (Globe & Mail)

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The Record
8:03 am
Tue April 8, 2014

A Rational Conversation: A European's View On Coachella And U.S. Festivals

The view at the 2013 Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival at the Empire Polo Club in Indio, Calif.
Christopher Polk Getty Images

Originally published on Tue April 8, 2014 11:16 am

"A Rational Conversation" is a column by writer Eric Ducker in which he gets on iChat or Gchat or the phone or whatever with a special guest to examine a music-related subject that's entered the pop culture consciousness.

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