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The Two-Way
7:34 am
Mon March 24, 2014

Book News: Hitler As A Comedian? Comic Novel Tests Limits Of Humor

Adolf Hitler, pictured delivering a speech circa 1936.
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The daily lowdown on books, publishing, and the occasional author behaving badly.

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The Two-Way
7:17 am
Mon March 24, 2014

Ukraine Orders Its Troops Out Of Crimea As G-7 Meets On Crisis

President Obama tours the Rijksmusuem with Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte (left) and others ahead of the G-7 summit in The Hague, Netherlands, which is certain to focus on the situation in Crimea.
Pablo Martinez Monsivais AP

Originally published on Mon March 24, 2014 1:12 pm

Ukraine announced the pullout of its troops from Crimea after Russia annexed the Black Sea peninsula and took control of the military bases there. The decision comes as President Obama arrived in the Netherlands on Monday for a summit of the G-7 group of industrialized nations that is certain to focus on discussion of the international crisis.

Ukrainian President Oleksandr Turchynov said Monday that the Defense Ministry has been ordered to redeploy Ukrainian servicemen from the Crimea to Ukraine's mainland, in remarks confirmed by his office.

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Your Health
5:53 am
Mon March 24, 2014

Battery-Powered Headband Helps Prevent Migraines

Originally published on Mon March 24, 2014 12:25 pm

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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

This is MORNING EDITION from NPR News. I'm David Greene.

STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

And I'm Steve Inskeep, good morning.

This is the last week to get insurance through the Affordable Care Act. The deadline for open enrollment is Monday, March 31st.

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NPR Story
5:49 am
Mon March 24, 2014

Focus On Ukraine's Crisis With Russia Moves Eastward

Originally published on Mon March 24, 2014 12:25 pm

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

Good Monday morning to you. It's MORNING EDITION from NPR News. I'm Steve Inskeep.

DAVID GREENE, HOST:

And I'm David Greene. Good morning.

Many people in Ukraine are asking what else Russia might want from their country. Russian troops have already taken full control of the Crimea region.

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NPR Story
5:49 am
Mon March 24, 2014

Red Sneaker Effect Signals Authority And Accomplishment

Originally published on Mon March 24, 2014 12:25 pm

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

And our last word in business today is: red sneakers.

Some days when getting ready for work, you just want to put on your favorite pair of shoes. They're comfortable, they're familiar, and they just may be a sign of something, as boss man, Jack Donaghy, noted to the creative, Liz Lemon, on the TV show "30 Rock."

(SOUNDBITE OF TV SHOW, "30 ROCK")

ALEC BALDWIN: (As Jack Donaghy) You left me dangling, Lemon. I'm not a creative type like you with your work sneakers and your left-handedness. I can't do what you do.

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NPR Story
5:49 am
Mon March 24, 2014

Apple, Comcast In Talks To Create TV Streaming Service

Originally published on Mon March 24, 2014 12:25 pm

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

NPR's business news starts with the future of streaming TV.

(SOUNDBITE OF MUSIC)

INSKEEP: Apple and Comcast are in preliminary talks about creating a streaming television service, according to The Wall Street Journal. The Journal says a deal between the world's most valuable company and the nation's largest cable provider would mark a new level of collaboration between a tech company and a cable company.

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NPR Story
5:49 am
Mon March 24, 2014

Obama's European Trip Overshadowed By Crimea Crisis

Originally published on Mon March 24, 2014 12:25 pm

As President Obama begins a week of diplomacy overseas, he faces domestic and international challenges. Steve Inskeep talks to contributor Cokie Roberts and Russia expert Stephen Sestanovich.

Music Interviews
3:41 am
Mon March 24, 2014

For Boy George, Music And Style Is Just 'What I Do'

Boy George's first solo album in 19 years is This Is What I Do.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Mon March 24, 2014 12:25 pm

Boy George's style and sound are unmistakable. In 1982, the Irish Catholic singer joined a Jewish drummer, a Protestant guitar-and-keyboard player and a Jamaican bassist to form Culture Club.

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First Listen
11:03 pm
Sun March 23, 2014

First Listen: Inventions, 'Inventions'

Inventions' self-titled album comes out April 1.
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Originally published on Tue April 1, 2014 2:14 pm

The majestic instrumental rock band Explosions in the Sky broke into the mainstream thanks to its contributions to the soundtrack for Friday Night Lights — both the film and the TV series of the same name. With three-quarters of the band originally from Midland, Texas, Explosions in the Sky possesses an ideal toolkit to capture the sounds of football, the roaring wind of the plains and the quiet hope and despair of small-town life in the Texas Panhandle.

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First Listen
11:03 pm
Sun March 23, 2014

First Listen: Saintseneca, 'Dark Arc'

Saintseneca's new album, Dark Arc, comes out April 1.
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Originally published on Tue April 1, 2014 2:19 pm

Banjo, baglama, bulbul, balalaika, bowed banjo, baritone ukulele, banjo, bass, bouzouki... Saintseneca might pick up any of these instruments at any given moment, and those are just the ones that start with the letter B. The band has its origins and heart in a small Appalachian town in Ohio, as well as a passion for sounds and textures with acoustic instruments at their core. Saintseneca's members eventually settled in Columbus, and they like their acoustic music a bit punkish, with stomping feet as a heartbeat to accompany mind-altering words and music.

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First Listen
11:03 pm
Sun March 23, 2014

First Listen: Mac DeMarco, 'Salad Days'

Mac DeMarco's album, Salad Days, comes out April 1.
Robert Redfield Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue April 1, 2014 2:15 pm

For someone who once coined the phrase "jizz jazz" to describe his own style, Montreal 23-year-old Mac DeMarco sounds remarkably grounded on his second album, Salad Days. Gone are the Rocky Horror pantomimes, the sleazy radio promo skits, the gnomic pronouncements about "European Vegas." In their wake is a thematically tight, formally slender album full of sun-dappled songs about frittering youth away and being mostly okay with it.

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First Listen
11:03 pm
Sun March 23, 2014

First Listen: Cloud Nothings, 'Here And Nowhere Else'

Cloud Nothings new album, Here and Nowhere Else, comes out April 1.
Pooneh Ghana Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue April 1, 2014 2:13 pm

The word "maturation" and the word "punk" don't often coexist easily: For a band like Cleveland's Cloud Nothings, whose sloppily aggressive songs channel slackerdom and frustration, growing up would seem antithetical to its mission. But the group's third album, Here and Nowhere Else, threads the needle just right, tightening and brightening Cloud Nothings' sound in ways that never numb its blistering, careening forcefulness.

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First Listen
11:03 pm
Sun March 23, 2014

First Listen: Timber Timbre, 'Hot Dreams'

Timber Timbre's new album, Hot Dreams, comes out April 1.
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Originally published on Tue April 1, 2014 2:13 pm

Timber Timbre's members tiptoe across some strange boundaries: Atop atmospheric sound beds that often conjure spaghetti Westerns, Taylor Kirk's dusky croon can seem seductive, inviting and, when he prefers, deeply creepy. It's a voice that can embody Halloween itself — Timber Timbre is self-aware enough to have titled its last album Creep On Creepin' On — and yet Kirk possesses the versatility to sing sweet ballads with Feist on the side.

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First Listen
11:03 pm
Sun March 23, 2014

First Listen: Nickel Creek, 'A Dotted Line'

Nickel Creek's new album, A Dotted Line, comes out April 1.
Brantley Gutierrez Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue April 1, 2014 2:32 pm

"I think we're more grown-up now, to use an extremely childlike term," the violinist Sara Watkins recently told a reporter who asked what had changed in the eight years since Nickel Creek — the trio of Watkins, guitarist Sean Watkins (her brother) and mandolinist Chris Thile — released a studio album. Watkins' words astutely acknowledged the expectations leveled at the former child prodigies, who wowed bluegrass and country fans with three precocious albums in the early 2000s.

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First Listen
11:03 pm
Sun March 23, 2014

First Listen: Thievery Corporation, 'Saudade'

Thievery Corporation's new album, Saudade, comes out April 1.
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Originally published on Tue April 1, 2014 2:16 pm

Every language has words and phrases that elude easy translation. In Portuguese, "saudade" (pronounced by Brazilians as "sow-DAH-djee") is one of those. Some musicians equate it with the blues; it's generally associated with melancholy and longing. In its most recent bio, the Washington, D.C., electronic duo Thievery Corporation defines it as "a longing for something or someone that is lost."

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Weekends On All Things Considered Podcast
8:08 pm
Sun March 23, 2014

Rehauling California Incarceration, Debunking The 12 Steps, Loving Dubstep's Drop

Inmates in a recreation yard at the Deuel Vocational Institution in Tracy, Calif. California is trying to address court-ordered reductions in overcrowding with a plan to shift thousands of those convicted of "non-serious" crimes to county jails.
Rich Pedroncelli AP
  • Rehauling California Incarceration, Debunking The 12 Steps, Loving Dubstep's Drop

In this week's podcast, California attempts to deal with overcrowded prisons, an addiction specialist challenges AA and 12-step programs, and dubstep icon Skrillex discusses his latest album.

Around the Nation
7:43 pm
Sun March 23, 2014

Freeing Up California's Prisons: A Massive Undertaking

Inmates in a recreation yard at the Deuel Vocational Institution in Tracy, Calif. California is trying to address court-ordered reductions in overcrowding with a plan to shift thousands of those convicted of "nonserious" crimes to county jails.
Rich Pedroncelli AP

Originally published on Tue March 25, 2014 1:18 pm

It's been said you can judge the quality of a civilization by the way it treats its prisoners. If that's true, California in 2011 was in poor condition, at least according to the Supreme Court.

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Code Switch
7:03 pm
Sun March 23, 2014

When Vanilla Was Brown And How We Came To See It As White

Fun fact: The vines that vanilla beans grow on also produce orchids.
Malcolm Manners via Flickr

Originally published on Mon March 24, 2014 9:31 am

Say you know someone, maybe a friend of a friend, who's perfectly pleasant but just sort of lacks any sort of oomph. You don't want to be mean (because, you, unkind? Never), but if you had to describe that person in a really, really honest way, how would you do it?

Call the FOF boring? Bland? Dull?

Vanilla?

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All Tech Considered
6:03 pm
Sun March 23, 2014

Xbox? Playstation? Wii? A Cheaper Way To Join The Console Wars

If you want to try the console gaming experience without the jaw-dropping cost, step back from the hype and consider older models.
Robyn Beck AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Sat April 12, 2014 5:09 pm

In our Getting Back In The Game series, we're helping would-be gamers navigate the wide world of video games — whether you're new to the hobby or a former player who hasn't picked up a controller in a while.

If you've been out of the game, all the hype over the latest consoles may leave you too bewildered to choose. As we said in our platform guide for would-be gamers, consoles are a pretty pricey commitment.

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My Big Break
5:15 pm
Sun March 23, 2014

To Mike Birbiglia's Parents: It's OK If Your Son Sticks To Comedy

Originally published on Sun March 23, 2014 7:37 pm

As part of a series called "My Big Break," All Things Considered is collecting stories of triumph, big and small. These are the moments when everything seems to click, and people leap forward into their careers.

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