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The Two-Way
1:39 pm
Tue April 1, 2014

GM CEO Barra Is Grilled Over Handling Of Ignition Switch Defect

As members of Congress prepared to hear testimony from GM's CEO Tuesday, Ken and Jayne Rimer, whose daughter, Natasha Weigel, died in the crash of a 2005 Chevy Cobalt, spoke at a news conference held by family members of deceased drivers.
Jim Watson AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Tue April 1, 2014 6:15 pm

In a hearing before the House Oversight and Investigations panel, GM CEO Mary Barra and National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Acting Administrator David Friedman testify Tuesday on concerns surrounding GM's recall of a faulty ignition switch that's been linked to more than a dozen deaths.

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Shots - Health News
1:33 pm
Tue April 1, 2014

Fraud Found In Study Claiming Fast, Easy Stem Cells

Ryoji Noyori, a Nobel Prize-winning chemist and president of Japan's prestigious RIKEN research institute, bows at a news conference in Tokyo Tuesday to apologize for the scientific misconduct of a RIKEN colleague.
Eugene Hoshiko AP

Originally published on Wed April 2, 2014 8:04 am

What is it with stem cell research? Despite solid science from many corners, the scandals never seem to stop. In this case, after a lofty international announcement in January, it only took about two months for the other shoe to drop.

A scientific committee in Japan said Tuesday that the lead author of a recent "breakthrough study" fabricated data and is guilty of scientific misconduct.

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Author Interviews
1:28 pm
Tue April 1, 2014

On A 'Rigged' Wall Street, Milliseconds Make All The Difference

Originally published on Wed April 2, 2014 2:01 pm

"The stock market is rigged," Michael Lewis tells Fresh Air's Terry Gross. "It's rigged for the benefit for really a handful of insiders. It's rigged to ... maximize the take of Wall Street, of banks, the exchanges and the high-frequency traders at the expense of ordinary investors."

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Microphone Check
1:10 pm
Tue April 1, 2014

Lunice: 'I Ain't Doing What That Guy Did'

Lunice, center, being interviewed by Microphone Check's Ali Shaheed Muhammed, left, and Frannie Kelley, right.
NPR

Originally published on Tue July 8, 2014 11:02 am

Lunice is a DJ and producer from Montreal who got his start B-Boying. He works under his own name and, with Hudson Mohawke, in TNGHT. While in Austin, Texas, he rolled up on Microphone Check co-hosts Ali Shaheed Muhammad and Frannie Kelley in a loaner Bentley, sat down in a sunny backyard (that bordered another backyard full of dogs) and spoke on his performance style, learning from the greats and reading autobiographies.

Credits:

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The Two-Way
1:08 pm
Tue April 1, 2014

Red Sox Rock The White House With Flag Jacket And Presidential Selfie

President Obama and David Ortiz of the Boston Red Sox on the front line of a group selfie Tuesday.
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Boston Red Sox outfielder Jonny Gomes had hoped everyone on his team would wear one of the American flag blazers he bought for them all before their visit to the White House today.

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All Songs Considered
12:54 pm
Tue April 1, 2014

New Mix: Jack White, Ray LaMontagne, Lyla Foy, More!

Clockwise from upper left: Jack White, Teebs, Lyla Foy, Ray LaMontagne
Courtesy of the artists

Originally published on Wed April 2, 2014 2:05 pm

This week on All Songs Considered, hosts Bob Boilen and Robin Hilton offer up a brand new song by Jack White. The screaming instrumental track "High Ball Stepper" is the first taste of White's second solo album, Lazaretto, which will be out on June 10.

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Parallels
12:52 pm
Tue April 1, 2014

The Arguments For And Against Releasing Jonathan Pollard

The U.S. is reportedly considering the release of Jonathan Pollard, a former Naval intelligence analyst who is serving a life sentence for spying for Israel. He's shown here during a 1998 interview at a federal prison in Butner, N.C., where he is still held.
Karl DeBlaker AP

Originally published on Tue April 1, 2014 3:55 pm

Should the United States free Jonathan Pollard, the former U.S. Navy intelligence analyst who was sentenced to life for spying for Israel?

Pollard's case bubbles to the surface periodically, and suddenly his fate has become central to Secretary of State John Kerry's efforts to keep alive the shaky Israeli-Palestinian peace negotiations.

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The Two-Way
12:23 pm
Tue April 1, 2014

Tiger Woods Will Miss The Masters After Back Surgery

Tiger Woods last month at the WGC-Cadillac Championship in Doral, Fla. His back has been hurting him.
Robert Duyos MCT/Landov

Originally published on Tue April 1, 2014 1:16 pm

Tiger Woods' quest to win another of golf's "major" tournaments has been put on hold.

Woods announced on his website Tuesday morning that "he has undergone a successful microdiscectomy for a pinched nerve that has been hurting him for several months. The surgery was performed Monday in Park City, Utah, by neurosurgeon Dr. Charles Rich."

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Planet Money
12:23 pm
Tue April 1, 2014

More House, Less Booze: How Spending Changes From Age 25 To 75

What is it about bars that brings out bad behavior?
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Originally published on Wed April 2, 2014 12:34 pm

As anyone who has been 25 and not 25 can tell you, spending patterns change over the course of adult life.

We built the graph below to track these changes. It shows how different categories of spending change between age 25 and 75. For each category, spending at age 25 is equal to 1 on the graph.

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The Two-Way
12:06 pm
Tue April 1, 2014

China's Military Latest Target In Anti-Corruption Drive

An unfinished residence which belongs to former PLA Gen. Gu Junshan is pictured in Puyang, Henan province, in January.
CHINA STRINGER NETWORK Reuters/Landov

China's anti-corruption campaign has expanded its reach to the country's military, with a former top general being charged and news that widespread wrongdoing had been uncovered at key units of the People's Liberation Army.

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The Protojournalist
11:13 am
Tue April 1, 2014

5 April Fools' Pranks Gone Bad

Yanik Chauvin istockphoto.com

Originally published on Tue April 1, 2014 7:25 pm

Perhaps in a calmer, more innocent era — if there ever was such a thing — April Fools' jokes made more sense. Nowadays the world seems overrun with Impractical Jokers, Crank Yankers and Ali G-type tricksters. And gags that once might have made us smile make us just, well, gag.

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BackTalk
11:09 am
Tue April 1, 2014

Listeners Weigh In On Parents Using Physical Discipline

Originally published on Tue April 1, 2014 12:26 pm

Transcript

MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

Now we'd like to turn to Backtalk. That's where we hear from you about to the week's stories. And it happens that we got a very spirited response to last week's parenting conversation about physical discipline. Editor Amita Parashar Kelly joins us now to review some of those comments. Welcome back, Amita.

AMITA PARASHAR KELLY, BYLINE: Hi, Michel.

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Arts & Life
11:08 am
Tue April 1, 2014

'Muses And Metaphor' Kicks Off National Poetry Month

Melanie Taube

Originally published on Tue April 1, 2014 5:26 pm

Tell Me More kicks off its annual ode to poetry month with the Muses and Metaphor series.

Throughout April we'll feature Twitter poems submitted by NPR fans and hear from poets and writers from all over the country.

But to shake things up, regular contributors to Tell Me More's Beauty Shop, Barbershop and Political Chats are also trying their hands at verses and rhymes while following the submissions on Twitter.

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The Two-Way
11:07 am
Tue April 1, 2014

Group Blasts Greece Over Conditions In Which Migrants Are Detained

Illegal immigrants watch from behind a fence as police patrol the perimeter of a detention center at Amygdaleza, on the northern fringes of Athens, on April 30, 2012.
Thanassis Stavrakis AP

Originally published on Tue April 1, 2014 11:09 am

Medecins Sans Frontieres' new report criticized the Greek government for its treatment of migrants, calling it not only a "violation of national, European and international standards, but also" harmful to people's health and dignity.

In its report, Invisible Suffering, the group, also called Doctors Without Borders, said:

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The Two-Way
11:07 am
Tue April 1, 2014

Who Will Join UConn And Notre Dame In Women's Final Four?

Connecticut's Moriah Jefferson drives past Texas A&M's Jordan Jones during Monday night's game in Lincoln, Neb. Connecticut extended its unbeaten streak and is headed to the women's Final Four.
Nati Harnik AP

Two undefeated teams are waiting to see who will join them in Nashville on Sunday as the NCAA women's basketball tournament moves toward its Final Four championship round.

Monday night, the University of Connecticut extended its undefeated season — beating Texas A&M 69-54. UConn, the No. 1 ranked team in the nation and the defending champion, has a 38-0 record this season. If UConn wins the tournament, it would be a record ninth title for the team.

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Monkey See
11:03 am
Tue April 1, 2014

Captain America On The Potomac

Chris Evans as Captain America.
Zade Rosenthal Marvel

Originally published on Tue April 1, 2014 11:33 am

A genre film – one about superheroes, for instance – holds certain variables constant and allows others to change. The visual style can move, the dialogue style can move, and the force to be battled can move: what fans of Buffy The Vampire Slayer call the "Big Bad."

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All Tech Considered
10:39 am
Tue April 1, 2014

How To Wean Yourself From Your Smartphone, At Least Temporarily

Remember these? Some of you have gone back to — or stayed with — the flip phone to avoid getting too attached to smartphones and their capabilities.
Koichi Kamoshida Getty Images

Originally published on Wed April 2, 2014 11:56 am

We have been exploring our increasingly smartphone-aided interactions and what they're doing to the old-fashioned ways of being together, like talking face to face. Hundreds of you wrote in with your thoughts, which tend to be a variation on a theme All Tech reader Cassie Anderson laid out:

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The Two-Way
10:37 am
Tue April 1, 2014

NATO Chief: No Sign Russian Troops Leaving Ukraine Border

NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen looks on at the start of a NATO foreign ministers meeting at the Alliance headquarters in Brussels on Tuesday.
Francois Lenoir Reuters/Landov

A day after Russian President Vladimir Putin reportedly promised that the Kremlin would withdraw some troops from near the border with Ukraine, the head of NATO says he's seen no movement as yet.

As we reported, German Chancellor Angela Merkel's office said on Monday that Putin had told her of the impending troop movement, which seemed designed to ratchet down tensions in the region after Russia's annexation of Crimea last month.

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World Cafe
10:27 am
Tue April 1, 2014

Song Premiere: Strand Of Oaks, 'Goshen '97'

Timothy Showalter, who performs as Strand of Oaks, releasing a new album, Heal, due out this summer.
Dusdin Condren Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue April 1, 2014 6:17 pm

"There's zero symbolism, and that's the scary thing," Timothy Showalter says. "Every single lyric is either a direct thought or a direct event. It's exactly my life."

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NPR Story
10:18 am
Tue April 1, 2014

Why Doesn't America Read Anymore?

What has become of our brains?
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Originally published on Tue April 1, 2014 10:58 am

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We sometimes get the sense that some people are commenting on NPR stories that they haven't actually read. If you are reading this, please like this post and do not comment on it. Then let's see what people have to say about this "story."

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