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5:02 am
Tue March 4, 2014

Singapore Is Now The World's Most Expensive City

Originally published on Tue March 4, 2014 8:04 am

Singapore bumped Tokyo from the top spot and beat out Paris, London and Hong Kong because of its high cost of living. The report was released by the Economist Intelligence Unit.

NPR Story
5:02 am
Tue March 4, 2014

When It Comes To Vaccines, Science Can Run Into A Brick Wall

Originally published on Tue March 4, 2014 8:04 am

The public health community has been trying for years to debunk the spurious connection people have been making between vaccines and autism. Have the messages been backfiring?

NPR Story
5:02 am
Tue March 4, 2014

Russian Troops Pullback From Ukraine Border, Remain In Crimea

Originally published on Tue March 4, 2014 8:04 am

David Greene gets the latest on Russia's military moves in Ukraine from Steven Lee Myers of The New York Times. Russia portrays the Kiev government as rabid nationalists threatening ethnic Russians.

The Salt
3:50 am
Tue March 4, 2014

In The New Globalized Diet, Wheat, Soy And Palm Oil Rule

The world is increasingly relying on a few dozen megacrops, like wheat and potatoes, for survival. Above, a wheat field in Arkansas.
Danny Johnston AP

Originally published on Wed March 5, 2014 9:21 am

These days you can fly to far corners of the world and eat pretty much the same food you can get back home. There's pizza in China and sushi in Ethiopia.

A new scientific study shows that something similar is true of the crops that farmers grow. Increasingly, there's a standard global diet, and the human race is depending more and more on a handful of major crops for much of its food.

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Movie Interviews
3:49 am
Tue March 4, 2014

A Psychological Game Of Casting For 'The Grand Budapest Hotel'

Ralph Fiennes portrays concierge Monsieur Gustave in The Grand Budapest Hotel, the actor' first project with director Wes Anderson.
Bob Yeoman Courtesy of Fox Searchlight Pictures

Originally published on Wed March 5, 2014 9:34 am

Watching Wes Anderson's films can often feel like a tumble down a rabbit hole. With the opening credits comes entry into a world that's both weird and wonderful. The writer and director of movies like Rushmore, The Royal Tenenbaums and Moonrise Kingdom has long had a point of view that is completely original — even dating back to the fifth grade, when he and a friend dramatized a Kenny Rogers album.

"We built quite a nice set," Anderson recalls. "We just performed the whole album of The Gambler with puppets playing instruments."

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The Salt
3:48 am
Tue March 4, 2014

Europe Tells U.S. To Lay Off Brie And Get Its Own Cheese Names

Originally published on Tue March 4, 2014 9:19 am

What's in a name? It's an age-old question Juliet once asked Romeo in Shakespeare's famed play.

Today, it's a serious question between the U.S. and the European Union, which has said it wants U.S. food makers to stop using European names.

But depending on what food you're talking about, a name could be a lot, says Kyle Cherek, the producer and host of a TV show called Wisconsin Foodie.

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Author Interviews
3:48 am
Tue March 4, 2014

When War-Torn Rubble Met Royal Imagination, 'Paris Became Paris'

Le Pont Neuf, shown here in an 18th-century painting by Nicolas-Jean-Baptiste Raguenet, was completed in 1606 by Henry IV. The bridge's construction kicked off the reinvention of Paris in the 17th century. Today, it's the oldest standing bridge across the Seine.
Public Domain

Originally published on Tue March 4, 2014 8:04 am

Today, Paris is a city of light and romance, full of broad avenues, picturesque bridges and countless tourists visiting to soak in its charms.

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The Two-Way
9:00 pm
Mon March 3, 2014

Baseball Tests Out Its Expanded Replay System

A play involving Toronto Blue Jays' Jared Goedert was the first to be reviewed under baseball's extended replay rules.
Gene J. Puskar AP

Major League Baseball debuted its expanded replay system on Monday and all three calls challenged ended up being upheld by another umpire looking at a screen in a satellite truck.

The AP reports:

"The first test came at 3:06 p.m. EST in Fort Myers, Fla., after first base umpire Fieldin Culbreth ruled Toronto shortstop Munenori Kawasaki's throw pulled Jared Goedert off the bag in the sixth inning. ...

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Commentary
8:18 pm
Mon March 3, 2014

Modern Mardi Gras Is Fun For The Whole(some) Family

Paradegoers yell for beads from float-riders in the Tucks Mardi Gras parade in New Orleans on Saturday. Mardi Gras is the city's biggest holiday, starting two weeks before Fat Tuesday and culminating with a long weekend crammed with parades. But there's a family-friendly side to this notoriously drunken party.
Bill Haber AP

It's Mardi Gras in New Orleans, and I'm going with my kids.

"What?" you may ask. "That festival of drunken debauchery?"

That's where you're wrong. For the fourth year in a row, we were at the family-oriented, kid-friendly celebration that's joyous, musical, raucous — and entirely legal.

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Code Switch
7:44 pm
Mon March 3, 2014

A Colorful Night At The Oscars. More Of The Same To Come?

The Mexico-born, Kenyan actress Lupita Nyong'o was one of several artists of color to collect awards during Sunday's Oscar ceremony. She won the accolade for best supporting actress.
Kevin Winter Getty Images

It might have been the most diverse Academy Awards telecast in recent memory.

Sunday night's broadcast was capped by British director Steve McQueen accepting a best picture Oscar for his film 12 Years a Slave — the first film directed by a black man to earn that honor. His emotional acceptance speech was dedicated to "all of the people who endured slavery and the 21 million people who still suffer slavery today."

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The Two-Way
7:40 pm
Mon March 3, 2014

Government Shutdown Cost National Parks $414 Million

The Upper Geyser Basin at sunset in Yellowstone National Park, Wyo.
Matt Volz AP

Originally published on Tue March 4, 2014 11:57 am

Months after the 16-day partial shutdown of the federal government, the U.S. Department of Interior has tallied the numbers and come up with a cost: National parks saw 7.88 million fewer visitors in October 2013, and that translates to a loss of $414 million.

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The Two-Way
6:57 pm
Mon March 3, 2014

Teens Live 'A Dream,' Dancing With Pharrell At Oscars

Originally published on Tue March 4, 2014 4:37 pm

Nearly 20 kids went back to high school Monday after a very special weekend: They danced onstage with Pharrell at the Oscars Sunday night. It's the fourth time students of Los Angeles' Academy of Music at Hamilton High School have teamed up with the superstar musician in recent months.

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Shots - Health News
5:50 pm
Mon March 3, 2014

If He's Sexually Aggressive In Bars, It's Not Because He's Drunk

We used to think they behaved badly because they were drunk. Now we know they were just behaving badly.
iStockphoto

Originally published on Thu March 6, 2014 2:14 pm

Young women are often the targets of aggression when they're out in bars, but the problem isn't that guys are too drunk to know better.

Instead, men are preying on women who have had too much to drink.

When researchers at the University of Toronto and the University of Washington observed young people's behavior in bars, they found that the man's aggressiveness didn't match his level of intoxication. There was no relationship.

Instead, men targeted women who were intoxicated.

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Metropolis
5:16 pm
Mon March 3, 2014

Metropolis: 3/1/14

Tourist's new song, "I Can't Keep Up," was featured on this week's show.
Adam Kissick NPR

• Tycho, "See" (Ghostly International)


• Rufus Du Sol, "Modest Life" (Sweat It Out!)


• Sleight Of Hands, "Sometimes" (Smoke N'Mirrors)


• Shur-I-Kan, "Won't Love, Can't Love" (Lazy Days Recordings)


• Sleight Of Hands, "Seal The Deal" (Smoke N'Mirrors)


• Sharam Jey, Night Talk, "The Future" (Bunny Tiger)


• Tensnake, "Pressure" (Astralwerks)


• Chromeo, "Jealous (I Ain't With It)" (Big Beat / Atlantic)


• Tourist, "I Cant Keep Up" (Method)

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The Two-Way
5:06 pm
Mon March 3, 2014

WATCH: Plow Vs. TV Reporter (You'll Be Surprised Who Wins)

A reporter about to get pummeled by a plow.
YouTube

Originally published on Mon March 3, 2014 7:14 pm

Local TV reporters tend to get themselves into hairy situations when it comes to weather stories.

This morning, a reporter for Fox 29 in Philadelphia was covering the snowfall. He was in the middle of a stand-up on a rural road in Woodstown, N.J., when all of a sudden a group of plow trucks came his way.

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The Two-Way
4:59 pm
Mon March 3, 2014

China Arrests 3 Suspects In Saturday's Deadly Knife Attack

Chinese paramilitary police stand guard outside the scene of a terrorist attack at the main train station in Kunming, Yunnan Province, Monday. Knife-wielding assailants left at least 29 people dead in the attack.
Mark Ralston AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Mon March 3, 2014 6:22 pm

Police in China say they have arrested some of those responsible for a massacre that took place at a train station Saturday, according to state media. The attackers used knives to kill 29 people; they injured more than four times that number.

Three suspects have been captured, reports Xinhua. The state-run agency cites a report from the Ministry of Public Security saying that with the arrests, it has now accounted for the eight people who took part in the attack.

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Europe
4:29 pm
Mon March 3, 2014

Deputy National Security Adviser Explains U.S. Options In Ukraine

Originally published on Mon March 3, 2014 7:19 pm

Deputy National Security Adviser Tony Blinken joins Melissa Block to explain the Obama administration's views on recent events in Ukraine and Russia.

Middle East
4:29 pm
Mon March 3, 2014

Two Talks On The Docket For Netanyahu's White House Visit

Originally published on Mon March 3, 2014 7:19 pm

Transcript

MELISSA BLOCK, HOST:

This is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED from NPR News. I'm Melissa Block.

AUDIE CORNISH, HOST:

And I'm Audie Cornish.

President Obama met today in the Oval Office with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. At the top of the president's agenda: Getting Israel to accept a framework for peace talks with the Palestinians.

NPR White House correspondent Tamara Keith reports.

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Europe
4:29 pm
Mon March 3, 2014

NATO Aims To Raise Price For Putin In Crimea — But How?

Originally published on Mon March 3, 2014 7:19 pm

Ivo Daalder, the former U.S. representative to NATO, talks with Melissa Block about the options available to NATO and the United States in Ukraine.

Europe
4:29 pm
Mon March 3, 2014

Western Diplomats Visit Kiev, Bringing Few Answers With Them

Originally published on Mon March 3, 2014 7:19 pm

Transcript

MELISSA BLOCK, HOST:

From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Melissa Block.

AUDIE CORNISH, HOST:

And I'm Audie Cornish. We begin this hour in Ukraine where Russian troops took control of more areas in Crimea today, including a ferry terminal between the Ukrainian peninsula and Russia. Western countries are strategizing a response to the crisis with many meetings and several high level visits to Ukraine. Secretary of State John Kerry is due in Kiev tomorrow.

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