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10:33 am
Mon September 23, 2013

Is It Racist To 'Call A Spade A Spade'?

So where did the phrase "call a spade a spade" come from?
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Originally published on Mon September 23, 2013 2:21 pm

What happens when a perfectly innocuous phrase takes on a more sinister meaning over time?

Case in point, the expression "to call a spade a spade." For almost half a millennium, the phrase has served as a demand to "tell it like it is." It is only in the past century that the phrase began to acquire a negative, racial overtone.

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Monkey See
9:08 am
Mon September 23, 2013

A Sloppy Emmy Telecast Does The Wrong Song And Dance

Neil Patrick Harris hosted the Emmy Awards on Sunday night.
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Originally published on Mon September 23, 2013 10:26 am

Awards shows aren't easy. That's partly because they're fundamentally unsympathetic affairs in which rich pretty people give each other trophies, and partly because there are only a few real things on which they can be judged: the opening by the host, the montages and features, the speeches, the assorted intangibles and — oh, right — who wins.

By almost any of these measures, Sunday night's Emmy Awards were not only merely bad but really most sincerely bad, or at best (particularly in the case of winners) a bag that's very much mixed.

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The Two-Way
9:05 am
Mon September 23, 2013

Egyptian Court Bans The Muslim Brotherhood

Originally published on Mon September 23, 2013 7:49 pm

A court in Egypt has issued a ban on the Muslim Brotherhood, the group that is still protesting the military's ouster of President Mohammed Morsi. The court also ordered the group's assets to be seized.

"The court bans the activities of the Muslim Brotherhood organization and its non-governmental organization and all the activities that it participates in and any organization derived from it," presiding Judge Mohammed al-Sayed said, according to Reuters.

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The Two-Way
8:36 am
Mon September 23, 2013

No Way, Man! Last VW Bus To Soon Roll Off Assembly Line

Enio Guarnieri of Sao Paulo, Brazil, in his 1972 Volkswagen. Soon, the last of the vans will be made in a nearby factory.
Andre Penner AP

Originally published on Mon September 23, 2013 9:00 am

We just tripped over some news that's got us a bit bummed out:

The last Volkswagen "hippie bus" is due to roll off an an assembly line in Brazil on Dec. 31.

It seems the van that became known as the transportation of choice for counter-culture folks in the '60s can't be made with the air bags and other safety equipment that "the man" wants it to have.

So Volkswagen is ending production in the last place where the van's still made; a factory near Sao Paulo.

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Africa
8:36 am
Mon September 23, 2013

Survivor Of Kenya Mall Attack Describes Horrible Situation

Originally published on Mon September 23, 2013 10:35 am

Efforts are underway in Nairobi to remove the militants and others trapped in the high-end shopping mall after it was attack on Saturday. For more on what the situation is like, David Greene talks to an American who works for a non-governmental organization. She asks only to be identified by her first name Lauren.

The Two-Way
7:36 am
Mon September 23, 2013

Book News: Remembering Poet Kofi Awoonor, Killed In Nairobi Attack

Kenya security personnel take cover outside Nairobi's upscale Westgate Mall after shooting started inside early Monday morning.
Sayyid Azim AP

The daily lowdown on books, publishing, and the occasional author behaving badly.

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The Two-Way
7:05 am
Mon September 23, 2013

Kenyan Police Say They're 'In Charge' Of The Mall

Kenyan soldiers outside the Westgate shopping mall in Nairobi on Monday. Inside, attackers had killed dozens of shoppers, wounded more and it was feared they also had hostages.
Daniel Irungu EPA/Landov

Originally published on Tue September 24, 2013 7:15 am

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New In Paperback
7:03 am
Mon September 23, 2013

Sept. 23-29: An Island, A Coastline And Plenty Of Secrets

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Originally published on Mon September 23, 2013 5:28 pm

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Book Reviews
7:03 am
Mon September 23, 2013

With Controlled, Clinical Prose Lahiri Explores Love And Sacrifice

Writer Jhumpa Lahiri attends the Fox Searchlight premiere of The Namesake.
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Originally published on Mon September 23, 2013 8:38 pm

Jhumpa Lahiri's new book has been nominated for the National Book Award and shortlisted for the Man Booker prize. It's an ambitious undertaking, spanning decades and continents as the author tells the story of three generations of a family in Calcutta and Rhode Island.

The story opens with brothers Udayan and Subhash sneaking into an exclusive golf club near their home in Calcutta. Udayan, the younger brother, is bold and daring; Subhash tags along, timid but unwilling to let his brother take such a risk alone.

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Middle East
6:21 am
Mon September 23, 2013

Syria's Move To Join Chemical Treaty Puts Pressure On Israel

Originally published on Sun September 29, 2013 8:24 am

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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

World leaders are convening in New York this week for the United Nations' General Assembly. And among other things, they're facing some potentially dramatic changes in arms control in the Middle East. Syria might give up it chemical weapons. Iran is signaling that it might negotiate with the West over its nuclear plans. From Jerusalem, NPR's Emily Harris looks at how this might affect Israel and its own weapons programs.

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World
6:12 am
Mon September 23, 2013

Pakistan, Iraq See Uptick In Suicide Bombings

Originally published on Mon September 23, 2013 10:35 am

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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

On a Monday morning, it's MORNING EDITION from NPR News. I'm David Greene.

STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

And I'm Steve Inskeep. The siege of a Kenyan shopping mall was one of several spectacular acts of violence over the weekend. Each act only highlighted a long-running conflict that has continued for years somewhere off in our peripheral vision.

GREENE: The Somali group Al-Shabab claims responsibility for the attack on a mall in Kenya. Gunshots and explosions continued there today, on the third day of the siege.

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Movies
6:12 am
Mon September 23, 2013

Disney Experiments With 2-Screen Experience Involves iPads

Originally published on Tue September 24, 2013 5:35 pm

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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

I don't know about you, but I'm a little troubled when I hear about people who watch multiple screens. You know what I'm talking about. Maybe you're watching a movie at home while live tweeting, or while keeping track at a ballgame. At least movie theaters are a sacred space, immune to these changes.

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Television
6:12 am
Mon September 23, 2013

Small-Screen Stars Honored At Emmy Awards

Originally published on Tue September 24, 2013 3:00 pm

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

The stars of the small screen strode down the red carpet last night, to attend the Emmy Awards.

DAVID GREENE, HOST:

"How I Met Your Mother" star Neil Patrick Harris was the host. Here's how we met him.

(SOUNDBITE OF EMMY AWARDS BROADCAST)

NEIL PATRICK HARRIS: Welcome to the 65th Primetime Emmy Awards. Tonight we celebrate the best of television. For our younger audience, that's the thing you watch on your phones.

(AUDIENCE LAUGHTER)

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NPR Story
4:51 am
Mon September 23, 2013

Budget Debate To Hit High Drama This Week

Originally published on Mon September 23, 2013 10:35 am

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

It's MORNING EDITION, from NPR News. I'm Steve Inskeep.

DAVID GREENE, HOST:

And I'm David Greene, good morning. Here is a window into President Obama's agenda right now. He's off to New York today for the annual meeting of the United Nations General Assembly. Meanwhile, the U.S. federal government is heading towards a possible shutdown. And the president is helping the nation heal after another mass shooting.

Let's bring in a familiar voice on Monday mornings. Cokie Roberts, good morning.

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NPR Story
4:51 am
Mon September 23, 2013

Moms Sell Healthy Lunches For Kids At School

Originally published on Mon September 23, 2013 10:35 am

Stephanie Rubin and Ingrid Calvo are two New York-based moms who think American school lunches leave a lot to be desired. So they started a delivery business in Manhattan called Inboxyourmeal com. For $10, they'll deliver healthy, chef-prepared meals to students in their delivery area.

NPR Story
4:51 am
Mon September 23, 2013

'House Of Cards' Wins Emmy's Director Award

Originally published on Mon September 23, 2013 10:35 am

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(SOUNDBITE OF MUSIC)

STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

NPR's business news includes a first for Internet TV.

The video streaming service Netflix claimed a victory at the Emmy Awards last night. David Fincher took the Best Director prize for his work on the political drama "House of Cards;" the first time an online video distributor won in a major category.

NPR Story
4:51 am
Mon September 23, 2013

Germany's Chancellor Leads Conservative Party To Victory

Originally published on Mon September 23, 2013 10:35 am

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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

In Germany, low unemployment and a strong economy translated into a big election victory for Chancellor Angela Merkel and her Conservative political party. This means a third term for the 59-year-old physicist. The win for Merkel was even bigger than predicted by her political party. Merkel's win is all the more impressive as other European leaders have fallen, with voters venting frustration over the continent's financial crisis.

NPR's Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson reports.

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NPR Story
4:51 am
Mon September 23, 2013

'Rush' Gets Points For Style, Doesn't Win Our Hearts

Originally published on Mon September 23, 2013 10:35 am

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

Formula One racing is having its moment on American movie screens. The documentary "Senna" was a hit a few years back, and now "Rush" is in theaters. Los Angeles Times and MORNING EDITION film critic Kenneth Turan has this review.

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NPR Story
4:51 am
Mon September 23, 2013

A Check On The Global Economy With IMF Head Lagarde

Originally published on Mon September 23, 2013 10:35 am

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

The International Monetary Fund has played a pivotal role in responding to the global financial crisis. The IMF has almost 200 member countries, and the organization helps to keep their economies growing, or at least stable. Christine LaGarde heads the IMF.

DAVID GREENE, HOST:

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