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Parallels
9:57 am
Thu March 27, 2014

Why Taiwanese Students Stormed The Government

Students continue their week-long occupation of Taiwan's legislature.
Lam Yik Fei Getty Images

Originally published on Mon March 31, 2014 12:04 pm

Protesters in Taiwan are angry. They've taken over the island's Parliament, blocking the doors with piles of furniture. They also stormed the offices of the Cabinet, where they clashed with riot police armed with batons and water cannons.

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Monkey See
9:50 am
Thu March 27, 2014

'Tell Me Two Things Good': A Happiness Experiment

Originally published on Mon March 31, 2014 4:16 pm

One of my old pals used to come walking into a room at the end of a long day, sigh, look around, and say, "Tell me two things good." They could be big things, small things, anything — he had to hear two things, and they had to be good things, and you had to think of them right away.

Wednesday night, I asked Twitter this crucial question. Here are some of the responses.

The Two-Way
9:48 am
Thu March 27, 2014

Weekly Jobless Claims Drop, GDP Growth Revised Up Slightly

Originally published on Thu March 27, 2014 9:49 am

The economic news about both last quarter and last week is on the positive side:

-- The Bureau of Economic Analysis says the economy grew at a 2.6 percent annual rate in fourth-quarter 2013, a bit better than its previous estimate that gross domestic product had expanded at a 2.4 percent pace.

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The Two-Way
8:57 am
Thu March 27, 2014

Sentenced To Death 46 Years Ago, Japanese Man Is Now Free

Iwao Hakamada before he went to prison in 1966 and after his release on Thursday. Now 78, he was sentenced to death in 1968 for the murders of four people and may have been the world's longest-serving death row inmate. Newly analyzed DNA evidence indicates he may be innocent. A retrial has been ordered.
Kyodo/Reuters/Landov

Originally published on Thu March 27, 2014 11:36 am

A Japanese man who may have been on death row longer than anyone else in the world walked out of prison on Thursday after newly analyzed DNA evidence prompted a judge to order that he be retried.

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Favorite Sessions
8:03 am
Thu March 27, 2014

KCRW Presents: Hozier

Hozier performing live in KCRW studios.
Rob LaFond KCRW

Originally published on Wed July 2, 2014 2:06 pm

With a powerful debut single and an impressive EP, Ireland's Hozier already has a lot of momentum. He was the talk of SXSW earlier this month, and we welcomed him to our studios for his U.S. radio debut soon afterwards. We quickly learned that his talent is more than one song deep as he dug into his American blues influences and showcased his considerable vocal range. Here, he performs "Take Me to Church" live on Morning Becomes Eclectic.

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The Two-Way
7:39 am
Thu March 27, 2014

Planes Turn Back, But Ships Continue Search For Flight 370

A Thai satellite snapped an image that shows about 300 objects floating in the southern Indian Ocean in the area now being searched for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370. This is part of that image. So far, searchers have not located any debris from the plane.
Thai Ministry of Science and Technology EPA/Landov

Originally published on Thu March 27, 2014 5:42 pm

Nearly three weeks after it disappeared, the search for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 and any sign of the 239 people who were on board continues in the southern Indian Ocean. Thursday's news is that:

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The Two-Way
7:31 am
Thu March 27, 2014

Book News: Shaken, Stirred: Ian Fleming's Racy Love Letters To Be Sold

Ian Fleming, best-selling British author and creator of James Bond, is seen in this 1962 photo.
AP

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

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Europe
7:25 am
Thu March 27, 2014

Dolphins In Crimea Join Russian Navy

Originally published on Mon March 31, 2014 12:18 pm

Transcript

LINDA WERTHEIMER, HOST:

Good morning. I'm Linda Wertheimer. Russia took over many Ukrainian military assets when it annexed Crimea, including dolphins at the oceanarium in Sebastopol. Trained to locate enemy divers and carry spy equipment, Ukraine planned to shut down the combat dolphin program in April - too expensive. Now these dolphins will raise their fins to the Kremlin, which apparently does have the rubles to upgrade their gear. It's MORNING EDITION. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.

The Two-Way
7:06 am
Thu March 27, 2014

'I'm A Great Admirer,' Obama Tells Pope Francis

Pope Francis and President Obama at the Vatican on Thursday. It was their first meeting.
Gabriel Bouys AP

Originally published on Thu March 27, 2014 11:50 am

One leader whose popularity around the world has been eclipsed by the other met for the first time Thursday when President Obama visited Pope Francis at the Vatican.

Obama, who has seen his approval numbers decline since he took office in 2009, met for about 50 minutes with the pope, who has become one of the world's most popular leaders since becoming leader of the Roman Catholic Church a year ago.

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New In Paperback
7:03 am
Thu March 27, 2014

March 22-28: The CIA, Central Bankers And Summer Camp

Cover of The Alchemists

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Asia
5:14 am
Thu March 27, 2014

Panda Diplomacy: Michelle Obama Concludes Visit To China

Originally published on Mon March 31, 2014 12:18 pm

Transcript

LINDA WERTHEIMER, HOST:

Michele Obama is back in the U.S. after a weeklong trip to China. Her tour of three Chinese cities represented a sort of diplomatic change of pace from the usual tensions between the U.S. and China, like cyber espionage and trade spats.

NPR's Anthony Kuhn reports the first lady's visit included ping-pong and pandas, both symbols of soft power diplomacy.

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Middle East
5:05 am
Thu March 27, 2014

U.S.-Saudi Relations Strain Over Syria And Iran

Originally published on Mon March 31, 2014 12:18 pm

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LINDA WERTHEIMER, HOST:

President Obama leaves Rome tomorrow for Riyadh in Saudi Arabia, where he'll be reassuring Saudi officials that the U.S. is committed to security in the Persian Gulf region.

NPR's Michele Kelemen reports U.S.-Saudi relations have been strained over many regional issues, from Syria and Egypt to diplomacy on Iran.

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Business
5:05 am
Thu March 27, 2014

Wu-Tang Clan Unveils Unique Distribution Model

Originally published on Mon March 31, 2014 12:18 pm

Transcript

DAVID GREENE, HOST:

And our last word in business today is: A Single Record.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "C.R.E.A.M.")

WU-TANG CLAN: (Rapping) Cash, Rules, Everything, Around, Me, C.R.E.A.M. Get the money. Dollar, dollar bill y'all.

GREENE: Legendary hip-hop artists, Wu-Tang Clan have come up with a new music distribution model. Instead of trying to sell millions of copies of their latest album, they're planning to release just one and sell it at auction for millions of dollars.

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Business
5:05 am
Thu March 27, 2014

Conn. Lawmakers Pass Minimum Wage Hike Bill

Originally published on Mon March 31, 2014 12:18 pm

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LINDA WERTHEIMER, HOST:

NPR's business news starts with a minimum wage hike.

(SOUNDBITE OF MUSIC)

WERTHEIMER: Lawmakers in Connecticut passed a bill on Wednesday that would eventually raise the state's minimum wage to $10.10 an hour. That's the rate President Obama wants for the federal minimum wage.

Europe
5:05 am
Thu March 27, 2014

Obama And Pope Meet For First Time At The Vatican

Originally published on Mon March 31, 2014 12:18 pm

Transcript

LINDA WERTHEIMER, HOST:

This is MORNING EDITION from NPR News. I'm Linda Wertheimer.

DAVID GREENE, HOST:

And I'm David Greene. Good morning. President Obama has wrapped up a meeting in Vatican City with Pope Francis, the man who in just one year has become the world's spiritual superstar. Now, the elections of both men made history, Barack Obama as the first African-American president, and the Argentine-born Jorge Bergoglio became the first non-European pope in centuries.

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Deceptive Cadence
3:01 am
Thu March 27, 2014

The Kronos Quartet: Still Daring After All These Years

The Kronos Quartet (from left): David Harrington, John Sherba, Sunny Yang and Hank Dutt.
Jay Blakesberg Courtesy of the artists

Originally published on Mon March 31, 2014 12:18 pm

Kronos Quartet is celebrating 40 years of playing music together — and to mark the occasion, they're playing a celebration concert at Carnegie Hall in New York tomorrow night. Since their founding, the San Francisco-based string quartet has become one of the most visible ensembles in classical music. The players have done it by championing new and underheard music, and by coming up with a business model that was unheard of for a chamber group four decades ago.

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Parallels
2:58 am
Thu March 27, 2014

Crossing The Desert: Why Brenda Wanted Border Patrol To Find Her

Parts of the fence along the U.S.-Mexico border might stop vehicles, but they don't keep out those making the journey on foot.
Kainaz Amaria NPR

Originally published on Mon March 31, 2014 12:18 pm

It's hard enough to drive through the Arizona desert, where the sun is harsh and the distances immense. This is the story of people who walk it.

In particular, it's the story of Brenda, who asked us to use only her first name. She told us yet another of the unbelievable stories you hear in the Borderland.

We met her in Nogales, Sonora, on the northern border of Mexico opposite Arizona. She was living in a shelter for deported people, where she told us of her brief and difficult stay in the United States.

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Theater
2:57 am
Thu March 27, 2014

At 81, Playwright Athol Fugard Looks Back On Aging And Apartheid

In 1961, South African playwright Athol Fugard put black and white actors on stage together in his breakout play Blood Knot. He's pictured above in the 1970s.
Hulton Archive Getty Images

Originally published on Mon March 31, 2014 12:18 pm

Under apartheid, trying to make an artistic political statement was difficult — artists were subject to scrutiny and even arrest. On the other hand, making a political statement was easy: All one had to do was put black and white actors on a stage together.

That's exactly what South African playwright Athol Fugard did back in 1961 with his breakout play Blood Knot. His newest play, The Shadow of the Hummingbird, is now onstage at the Long Wharf Theatre in New Haven, Conn.

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The Checkout: Live
10:44 pm
Wed March 26, 2014

Matthew Stevens Group: Live At Berklee

Matthew Stevens performs at Berklee College of Music, with bassist Vicente Archer.
Michael Borgida Courtesy of Berklee College of Music

Originally published on Thu June 19, 2014 4:40 pm

Of the young guitarists on New York's jazz scene, few are as highly tipped as Matthew Stevens. Best known for his role in Christian Scott's quintet, he's often drafted to execute the new visions of his peers, but also gets calls from veteran musicians like Terri Lyne Carrington and Dr. Lonnie Smith. Stevens also has a knack for writing and arranging, and will soon unveil his own debut recording as a bandleader.

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