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The Two-Way
5:57 pm
Tue March 18, 2014

Oklahoma Court Delays 2 Executions Because Of Drug Shortage

Originally published on Tue March 18, 2014 8:51 pm

An Oklahoma court put the execution of two men on hold on Tuesday because a five-judge appellate panel was not sure that the state could procure the drugs used to put convicts to death.

Lawyers for the two men asked that their executions be delayed because of the uncertainty surrounding the method.

USA Today reports:

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New In Paperback
5:08 pm
Tue March 18, 2014

March 15-21: Typhoid Mary, World War I And Reflections From The South

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Krulwich Wonders...
4:43 pm
Tue March 18, 2014

An Imaginary Town Becomes Real, Then Not. True Story

Booklist American Library Association

Originally published on Wed March 19, 2014 5:38 pm

This is the story of a totally made-up place that suddenly became real — and then, strangely, undid itself and became a fantasy again. Imagine Pinocchio becoming a real boy and then going back to being a puppet. That's what happened here — but this is a true story.

It's about a place in upstate New York called Agloe. You can see it here, circled in blue ...

... just up the road from Roscoe and Rockland.

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World Cafe
4:28 pm
Tue March 18, 2014

Quilt On World Cafe

Quilt.
Allison Pharmakis Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed March 19, 2014 1:31 pm

At Quilt's core are Shane Butler and Anna Fox Rochinski, who met at Boston's School of the Museum of Fine Arts. They bonded over a shared fondness for '60s idealism and a love of stacked harmonies. On the band's second album, Held in Splendor, warmly interwoven harmonies and playing go a long way toward explaining why its members chose the name Quilt.

Europe
4:03 pm
Tue March 18, 2014

The View From Russia: Crimea's Long-Awaited Return

Originally published on Wed March 19, 2014 4:50 pm

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ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST:

Well, now for a pro-Russian take on recent events, we turn once again to political scientist Andranik Migranyan. He's director of the Institute for Democracy and Cooperation. That's a Russian-funded think tank in New York. Welcome back to the program.

ANDRANIK MIGRANYAN: Oh, thank you for having me.

SIEGEL: When we spoke just over three weeks ago, you raised the subject of Crimea. So first question: Is Crimea unique among regions of Ukraine? Or could you see what happened there happening elsewhere in that country?

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News
4:03 pm
Tue March 18, 2014

Deadly Violence Breaks Out At Crimean Military Base

Originally published on Wed March 19, 2014 4:50 pm

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AUDIE CORNISH, HOST:

From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Audie Cornish.

ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST:

I'm Robert Siegel.

On Sunday, Crimea was part of Ukraine. Yesterday, according to Russian President Vladimir Putin, Crimea was an independent country. And today Putin and Crimean officials signed a treaty to make the peninsula part of Russia. We're going to hear a Russian view of these events coming up.

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Europe
4:03 pm
Tue March 18, 2014

Will Scotland Leave The UK? One Cafe Sells Cakes to Find Out

Originally published on Wed March 19, 2014 4:50 pm

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AUDIE CORNISH, HOST:

Here's a referendum that would overturn centuries of history. Scotland is deciding whether to leave the United Kingdom. The U.K. is home to more than 60 million people. Scotland holds just about five million of those. They'll vote on independence in September.

NPR's Ari Shapiro reports from Glasgow on the campaign.

ARI SHAPIRO, BYLINE: On a bland street near Glasgow's central train station, the Riverhill Coffee Bar announces itself with a vibrant blue facade. It's a teeny sliver of a place.

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Europe
4:03 pm
Tue March 18, 2014

Ukrainian Ambassador: Today, Nobody In Europe Feels Secure

Originally published on Wed March 19, 2014 4:50 pm

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ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST:

Olexander Motsyk is Ukraine's ambassador to the United States and joins us by phone now. Welcome to the program, Mr. Ambassador.

UKRAINE AMBASSADOR OLEXANDER MOTSYK: Thank you.

SIEGEL: I want to ask you first, there are Ukrainian troops in Crimea. Will they remain there?

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News
4:03 pm
Tue March 18, 2014

Russia Votes To Annex Crimea, As The West Looks On

Originally published on Wed March 19, 2014 4:50 pm

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ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST:

From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Robert Siegel.

AUDIE CORNISH, HOST:

And I'm Audie Cornish.

Russia's President Vladimir Putin moved today to overturn recent history by reclaiming Crimea for Russia. Putin signed a treaty to annex Ukraine's Crimean Peninsula and gave a rousing speech to parliament laying out his case. He is also blasted the West for trying to frighten him with sanctions.

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U.S.
4:03 pm
Tue March 18, 2014

In Unprecedented International Search, American Navy Lends A Hand

Originally published on Wed March 19, 2014 4:50 pm

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ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST:

The search for the missing plane has expanded to a vast area, stretching from Kazakhstan in Central Asia to the southern ends of the vast Indian Ocean. For the latest on those efforts, we're joined now by Commander William Marks who is spokesperson for the U.S. 7th Fleet, the Navy's biggest fleet. Commander Marks, welcome.

COMMANDER WILLIAM MARKS: Thank you for having me. Appreciate it.

SIEGEL: And can you tell us where you are and what the U.S. Navy is doing in this search?

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News
4:03 pm
Tue March 18, 2014

Politics And Power Complicate The Airliner Search

Originally published on Wed March 19, 2014 4:50 pm

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AUDIE CORNISH, HOST:

From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Audie Cornish.

ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST:

And I'm Robert Siegel. We begin this hour with the politics of a vanishing airliner. The search for Malaysian Airlines Flight 370 now covers well over 2 million square miles. Twenty-six countries are still involved, 10 days after the plane's disappearance. In a few moments, we'll hear from the U.S. Navy about their efforts.

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National Security
4:03 pm
Tue March 18, 2014

Quest For A Friend Helps Undo Decades Of Medal Of Honor Bias

Originally published on Wed March 19, 2014 4:50 pm

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Today's ceremony, awarding 24 Medals of Honor, can be traced back to the efforts of one man. President Obama gave him special recognition at the White House today.

PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA: Mitchel Libman, a friend of one of these soldiers and an Army vet himself set out on a mission. He and his wife, Marilyn, spent years writing letters and working with Congress and our military to get this done.

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Animals
4:03 pm
Tue March 18, 2014

Giant Lizards Rise In Fla. — And They've Got Quite An Appetite

Originally published on Wed March 19, 2014 4:50 pm

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It's fight against invasive species every day in Florida. Burmese pythons and Cuban tree frogs are some of the animals that moved in uninvited. There's also this giant lizard, the Argentine black and white tegu. Tegus are coming out of hibernation right now and they're hungry. They eat eggs of native animals that conservationists want to protect.

Here's Robin Sussingham of member station WUSF.

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Humans
4:03 pm
Tue March 18, 2014

The Science And Poetry Behind A Semi-Famous Sleep Talker

Originally published on Wed March 19, 2014 4:50 pm

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AUDIE CORNISH, HOST:

From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Audie Cornish.

ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST:

And I'm Robert Siegel. Listen to this.

DION MCGREGOR: The horse she grabbed came out and peeked. Only peeked and then winked.

SIEGEL: Would you say that this speaker is A, reading a poem, B, out of his mind or C, asleep.

MCGREGOR: How are those waves? Yes, those waves, dark waves, lowering clouds, horseshoe crabs. It was all very, very timorous.

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The Two-Way
3:11 pm
Tue March 18, 2014

Report: NSA Can Record, Store Phone Conversations Of Whole Countries

Nicolas Armer DPA/LANDOV

Originally published on Tue March 18, 2014 4:17 pm

The United States has the capability to record "100 percent" of a country's phone calls, The Washington Post reports today citing people "with direct knowledge" and documents leaked by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden.

According to the paper, the U.S. keeps those recordings for a month. The paper adds:

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NPR Story
2:51 pm
Tue March 18, 2014

More Communities Look To Recycling Toilet Water

Ron Wildermuth is pictured at the The Edward C. Little Water Recycling Facility. (Jeremy Hobson/Here & Now)

Originally published on Tue March 18, 2014 4:01 pm

As California deals with a historic drought, more communities are looking to recycling sewage and storm runoff as a way to deal with the water crisis.

At the Edward C. Little Water Recycling Facility in El Segundo, California, Here & Now’s Jeremy Hobson speaks with Ron Wildermuth, manager of public and government affairs for the West Basin Municipal Water District.

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NPR Story
2:50 pm
Tue March 18, 2014

What Annexation Of Crimea Means For U.S.-Russia Relations

Originally published on Tue March 18, 2014 4:01 pm

It’s now official. Russian President Vladimir Putin today signed a treaty to incorporate Crimea into Russia — a move that Russian President Vladimir Putin described as a “restoration of historical justice.” The move follows a referendum in Crimea that overwhelmingly supported Russian annexation.

The United States and the European Union have responded by freezing assets and placing travel restrictions on Russian and Ukrainian officials involved in the crisis, with promises of stricter and stronger sanctions to come.

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NPR Story
2:50 pm
Tue March 18, 2014

Malaysia Changes Timeline For Missing Flight Information

Originally published on Tue March 18, 2014 4:01 pm

Malaysian officials now say they are uncertain about when the communications system on flight 370 was disabled, saying it could have been take out of operation anytime between 1:07 and 1:37 a.m.

The change raises new questions about the flight and about the competence of the Malaysian authorities in investigating what happened to the flight.

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The Salt
2:33 pm
Tue March 18, 2014

Thank Your Gut Bacteria For Making Chocolate Healthful

Bacteria in your gut can break down the antioxidants in chocolate into smaller, anti-inflammatory compounds.
Meg Vogel NPR

Originally published on Wed March 19, 2014 2:50 pm

Boy, it's a good time to be a dark-chocolate lover.

We've noted before the growing evidence that a daily dose of the bitter bean may help reduce blood pressure. There also seems to be a link between a regular chocolate habit and lower body weight.

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13.7: Cosmos And Culture
1:13 pm
Tue March 18, 2014

Do We Know What Life Is?

Polar bears are a great example of natural selection and evolution. But how did this ball get rolling?
Remko de Waal AFP/Getty Images

Neil deGrasse Tyson and the Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey team dropped the ball in the episode on life and evolution that just aired.

It's not that Tyson and his team said anything wrong. So what was missing?

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