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3:09 pm
Thu March 20, 2014

How Do You Define 'Assisted' In Assisted Suicide?

William Melchert-Dinkel, center, leaves the Rice County Courthouse with his attorney Terry Watkins, right, and wife, Joyce Melchert-Dinkel, Feb. 17, 2011. (Robb Long/AP)

Originally published on Thu March 20, 2014 3:50 pm

The Minnesota Supreme Court issued a decision yesterday on a very unusual assisted suicide case. The court ruled that a Minnesota law that makes illegal to “advise” or “encourage” people to take their own lives is too broad. But it said that to “assist” a suicide is still illegal.

The case involves a man who would troll online for people expressing suicidal thoughts. William Melchert-Dinkel would then pose as a sympathetic listener and encourage them to kill themselves. He told police he did it for, quote, the “thrill of the chase.”

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NPR Story
2:47 pm
Thu March 20, 2014

Ansel Elgort's Star Rises With 'Divergent' Movie

Actor Ansel Elgort was recently named "The Next Big Thing" by the Hollywood Reporter and has roles in two of this year's most highly anticipated movies, "Divergent" and "The Fault In Our Stars." (Melissa Kuypers/NPR)

Originally published on Thu March 20, 2014 4:17 pm

Ansel Elgort was named “the next big thing” by this week’s Hollywood Reporter. The 20-year old-actor has two highly anticipated films coming out in the next few months.

Opening tonight in theaters, “Divergent” is based on the first book in Veronica Roth’s best-selling trilogy.

Then in June, Elgort stars as Augustus a movie adaptation of a young adult bestseller, “The Fault in Our Stars,” which is based on John Green’s book.

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The Two-Way
2:23 pm
Thu March 20, 2014

Reds Pitcher Expected To Recover After Line Drive To Face

Cincinnati Reds pitcher Aroldis Chapman last month. Now, he's recovering from being hit in the face by a batted ball last night.
Gregory Bull AP

Originally published on Thu March 20, 2014 3:28 pm

All-Star relief pitcher Aroldis Chapman of the Cincinnati Reds is expected to make a full recovery and pitch again despite the injuries he suffered Wednesday night when he was hit square in the face by batted ball.

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NPR Story
2:17 pm
Thu March 20, 2014

New Clues In Search For Missing Plane?

Originally published on Thu March 20, 2014 3:50 pm

Australian authorities are investigating two objects seen on satellite images in the southern Indian Ocean that could be connected to Malaysia Airlines flight 370.

As night fell, the search was called off until daylight. The search area is very remote. It’s 1,500 miles from Perth, but in Malaysia, families of the people on the plane are watching closely.

The BBC’s Jennifer Pak joins Here & Now’s Sacha Pfeiffer from Malaysia to discuss the latest developments.

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NPR Story
2:17 pm
Thu March 20, 2014

Experts Question Saturated Fat Guidelines

Long vilified for concerns of raising the risk of heart disease, experts are now questioning whether foods high in saturated fat, like butter, as as damaging as we've been led to believe. (Casey Bisson/Flickr)

Originally published on Thu March 20, 2014 3:50 pm

For years, the U.S. Dietary Guidelines have urged people to limit their consumption of saturated fat due to concerns that it raises the risk of heart disease. However, after decades of research, a growing number of experts are questioning this link.

According to a new analysis, there is insufficient evidence to support the long-standing recommendation to consume saturated fat in very low amounts.

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NPR Story
2:17 pm
Thu March 20, 2014

Son-In-Law Recalls Conversations With Osama Bin Laden

In this courtroom sketch, Osama bin Laden's son-in-law, Sulaiman Abu Ghaith, right, testifies at his trial on March 19, 2014, in New York, on charges he conspired to kill Americans and aid al Qaida as a spokesman for the terrorist group. In his surprise testimony, Abu Ghaith recounted the night of the September 11, 2001. (Elizabeth Williams/AP)

Originally published on Thu March 20, 2014 3:50 pm

Osama bin Laden’s hours in a dark Afghanistan cave the evening of the September 11 attacks were brought to light when his son-in-law testified in his own defense at his terrorism trial.

The son-in-law, Sulaiman Abu Ghaith, portrayed the al-Qaida leader as worried and apprehensive as he contemplated how America would react. He said bin Laden asked him hours after the attacks what he thought would happen next, and he told bin Laden the U.S. would not stop until it killed him and toppled the Taliban.

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The Two-Way
2:06 pm
Thu March 20, 2014

Sub-Hunting Planes Use High-Tech Gear To Search For Flight 370

A P-8A Poseidon (top) and a P-3 Orion are shown flying off the coast of Maryland.
U.S. Navy

Originally published on Thu March 20, 2014 4:42 pm

Two of the most advanced maritime surveillance aircraft are being pressed into service to search for possible wreckage from Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 in the middle of the Indian Ocean.

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SXSW: Live From Austin
1:45 pm
Thu March 20, 2014

SXSW 2014: Perfect Pussy, Live In Concert

Perfect Pussy's Meredith Graves performs during NPR Music's SXSW showcase.
Adam Kissick for NPR

Originally published on Wed July 9, 2014 9:08 am

Before her band had played a single note, frontwoman Meredith Graves surveyed a thousands-strong crowd packing Stubb's BBQ at NPR Music's 2014 SXSW showcase.

"We're Perfect Pussy," she said. "We're terrified."

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Shots - Health News
1:05 pm
Thu March 20, 2014

Screening Immigrants For TB Pays Dividends In U.S.

People who test positive for infection with bacteria that cause tuberculosis can be treated before they enter the U.S.
Janice Haney Carr CDC

Originally published on Thu March 20, 2014 2:39 pm

Hundreds of people with tuberculosis wishing to come to the U.S. have been stopped before they reached U.S. borders, says a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Physicians overseas picked up more than 1,100 cases in prospective immigrants and refugees prior to their arrival in the U.S. The cases include 14 people with multidrug-resistant TB, the CDC says.

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Deceptive Cadence
12:44 pm
Thu March 20, 2014

In The First Violins — At Least For One Night

Conductor Jeffrey Grogan led a motley — but very happy — assembly of professional, student and amateur musicians at the New Jersey Symphony's #OrchestraYou project in Newark, N.J. Saturday.
Fred Stucker Courtesy of the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra

Originally published on Wed March 26, 2014 8:24 pm

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The Two-Way
12:43 pm
Thu March 20, 2014

Top Stories: Search For Missing Jet Narrows; Westboro Baptist Founder Dies

Good afternoon.

Sorry for being late in our daily roundup. Here's what has been happening so far today:

-- Search For Missing Jet Focuses On Objects Seen Off Australia

-- Ukrainian Troops' Departure From Crimea Isn't A Simple Matter

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Shots - Health News
11:59 am
Thu March 20, 2014

Exercise Cuts Breast Cancer Risk For All Women Everywhere

Researchers found that the more active a woman is, the better her odds of avoiding breast cancer.
Pavel Golovkin AP

Originally published on Thu March 20, 2014 5:22 pm

This could be the simplest bit of health advice ever: Exercise reduces women's risk of breast cancer, no matter what kind of exercise they do, how old they are, how much they weigh, or when they get started.

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The Two-Way
11:27 am
Thu March 20, 2014

U.S. To Impose Sanctions On More Russian Officials

President Obama on the south lawn of the White House Thursday as he spoke about new sanctions on some Russian officials.
Kevin Dietsch UPI/Landov

Originally published on Thu March 20, 2014 9:23 pm

More senior Russian officials are being added to the list of those who the U.S. will seek to penalize for their nation's interference in Ukraine's affairs, President Obama announced Thursday morning.

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Food
11:20 am
Thu March 20, 2014

Soaring Lime Prices Put Squeeze On Restaurants, Food Lovers

Originally published on Thu March 20, 2014 3:51 pm

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#NPRWIT: Women In Tech
11:20 am
Thu March 20, 2014

Lyndsey Scott: Runway Model And Tech Programmer

Originally published on Thu March 20, 2014 3:21 pm

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

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NPR Story
10:48 am
Thu March 20, 2014

New 'Scandal' Character Ups The Drama And Intrigue

Richard Shotwell AP

Originally published on Thu March 20, 2014 3:51 pm

Nazanin Boniadi is on screens now as the mysterious Adnan Salif on the hit show Scandal.

The Iranian-born actress tells NPR's Michel Martin that she loves the role because it plays with people's perceptions. "The beauty of Adnan Salif is, is she a bad guy, or is she just completely lost, is she just damaged goods?" she asks. But she believes that ambiguity is also the key to the show. "The thing that I love about Scandal is every character, it's not clear if they're good or bad. Everyone is both good and bad."

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The Salt
10:33 am
Thu March 20, 2014

French-Fry Conspiracy: Genes Can Make Fried Foods More Fattening

Oh, these look good! But how much the fries hurt your waistline depends not only on how many you eat but also your DNA.
angela n./Flickr

Originally published on Fri March 21, 2014 1:11 pm

When it comes to fried foods, sometimes I feel cursed.

My husband can eat as many spicy, crispy chicken sandwiches as he wants and never gain a pound. But for me, just smelling the chicken fryer seems to expand my waistline.

Now doctors at the Harvard School of Public Health show what we've all suspected: Some people do indeed pay a higher price for indulging in French fries and Tater Tots. And we have Mom and Dad to blame for it.

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Favorite Sessions
10:18 am
Thu March 20, 2014

KCRW Presents: James Vincent McMorrow

Rob LaFond KCRW

Originally published on Wed July 2, 2014 2:11 pm

On a day when Americans and others celebrate Irish heritage, KCRW welcomed falsetto-voiced Irishman James Vincent McMorrow to the studio. Post Tropical is his new album, and you can immediately feel the influence of soul records written by the likes of Donny Hathaway and D'Angelo — although as McMorrow told us, it was actually recorded on a pecan farm in South Texas. Hear the results in this song, "Cavalier."

Watch KCRW's entire session with James Vincent McMorrow on KCRW.com.

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Ask Me Another
10:02 am
Thu March 20, 2014

Winter Weather

Originally published on Thu March 20, 2014 11:39 am

Puzzle guru Art Chung helps our contestants cool off in this Ask Me Another final round, in which all the answers contain the word "frost," "ice," or "snow." Bundle up, it's getting chilly in here!

Heard in Episode 312: Leggo My Lego

Ask Me Another
10:02 am
Thu March 20, 2014

Nathan Sawaya: Lego My Van Gogh

Lego brick artist Nathan Sawaya in his studio. Can you guess how many bricks he has?
Photo courtesy of brickartist.com

Originally published on Sun March 23, 2014 2:15 pm

As a kid, artist Nathan Sawaya made a life-size Boxer out of Lego bricks when his parents wouldn't get him a dog. But it took many years before he turned an obsession into a career.

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