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4:36 pm
Thu March 20, 2014

As Russia And The West Trade Shots Across The Bow, Kiev Looks On

Originally published on Fri March 21, 2014 6:20 pm

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

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Parallels
4:36 pm
Thu March 20, 2014

Awash In Cash, Drug Cartels Rely On Big Banks To Launder Profits

A woman uses a cash machine at an HSBC bank office in Mexico City. The multi-national bank was heavily penalized several years ago for permitting huge transfers of drug cartel money between Mexico and the U.S.
Enric Marti AP

Originally published on Fri March 21, 2014 6:20 pm

The Sinaloa Cartel, headquartered on Mexico's northern Pacific Coast, is constantly exploring new ways to launder its gargantuan profits. The State Department reports that Mexican trafficking organizations earn between $19 and $29 billion every year from selling marijuana, cocaine, heroin and methamphetamines on the streets of American cities.

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Shots - Health News
4:36 pm
Thu March 20, 2014

Never Mind Eyesight, Your Nose Knows Much More

Your schnoz deserves more respect.
epSos .de/Flickr

Originally published on Mon March 24, 2014 8:14 am

The human eye can distinguish more than 2 million distinct colors. But scientists studying smell now say they have their vision colleagues beat: The human nose, they say, can distinguish more than a trillion different smells.

Yes, trillion with a T.

That new figure displaces a much more modest estimate. Until now, smell researchers have been saying the human nose can distinguish about 10,000 smells.

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Movies
4:36 pm
Thu March 20, 2014

There's More Than One Way To Watch 'Star Wars'

Originally published on Mon March 31, 2014 4:14 pm

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(SOUNDBITE OF "STAR WARS" THEME MUSIC)

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Spoiler alert: In light of the news that there will be even more "Star Wars" films at theaters in coming years, we bring you this story. If you haven't seen "Star Wars," turn your radio down fast.

(SOUNDBITE OF MOVIE, "STAR WARS: EPISODE V - THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK")

JAMES EARL JONES: (As voice of Darth Vader) I am your father.

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Animals
4:36 pm
Thu March 20, 2014

This Freeloading Bird Brings Help — And The Help Smells Gross

Originally published on Fri March 21, 2014 6:20 pm

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The great spotted cuckoo is a sneaky bird. It lays its eggs in the nests of other species such as crows. Baby cuckoos grow up side by side with the crows that belong in that nest, gobbling up food and the parents' attention. You'd think that this would be a bad thing for those crows. But as NPR's Nell Greenfieldboyce reports, this kind of freeloading can sometimes be helpful.

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Remembrances
4:36 pm
Thu March 20, 2014

Fred Phelps, Head Of Westboro Baptist Church, Dies

Originally published on Fri March 21, 2014 6:20 pm

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Anti-Gay activist Fred Phelps, a widely reviled figure, has died. Phelps led the Westboro Baptist Church in Topeka, Kansas. Its members are infamous for picketing funerals with signs proclaiming God's hatred of gay people. Their targets also include the United States and its men and women in uniform.

Frank Morris, of member station KCUR, has a report.

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It's All Politics
4:03 pm
Thu March 20, 2014

Selfies In Red Square? Not For These American Politicians

GOP Sen. John McCain greets well-wishers as he arrives to visit a pro-European Union rally in Independence Square in Kiev, Ukraine, on Dec. 15. Strong criticism and trips like this landed the Arizona senator on Russia's travel blacklist.
Sergei Chuzavkov ASSOCIATED PRESS

For a select group of American politicians and advisers to the president there will be no selfies in Red Square, no tours of Saint Basil's Cathedral, no borscht, no Baltika beer and certainly no return to the Sochi arena where the U.S. hockey team won an epic victory over Russia in the Winter Olympics.

And they couldn't be happier.

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The Two-Way
3:17 pm
Thu March 20, 2014

Google Says It's Beefed Up Encryption Because Of NSA Revelations

A Google data center in Changhua, Taiwan.
Sam Yeh AFP/Getty Images

Google announced on Thursday that it has beefed up its security in response to reports that the National Security Agency was scooping up data from its servers.

In a statement, Nicolas Lidzborski, Gmail security engineering lead, says Google is now encrypting data as a it moves between the company's servers and every session of Gmail will now use a secure HTTPS connection.

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NPR Story
3:10 pm
Thu March 20, 2014

Obama Orders New Sanctions Against Russia

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

The U.S. has announced a second round of sanctions in protest of Russia’s takeover of Crimea. President Obama said the new sanctions would hurt the Russian economy.

Meanwhile, the Russian takeover of Crimea is scaring off investors. Companies stocks are suffering, Russia’s richest people are also losing money and smaller businesses are scared about the future.

The Atlantic’s Derek Thompson joins Here & Now’s Sacha Pfeiffer with details.

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NPR Story
3:10 pm
Thu March 20, 2014

First Lady Criticized Over Trip To China

First Lady Michelle Obama traveled to China on March 20 with her mother, Marian Robinson, and daughters Sasha and Malia, to kick off a six-day tour where she will focus on education and cultural exchange. Mrs. Obama has received criticism for not making issues of trade and human rights focal points of the trip. (Feng Li/Getty Images)

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

First Lady Michelle Obama is in China today on her third trip abroad sans President Obama. The White House is calling the trip a “people to people exchange,” in which Mrs. Obama will visit some of China’s landmarks, spend time with China’s First Lady Peng Liyuan, and visit China’s schools promoting education and the importance of exchange programs between the two countries.

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NPR Story
3:10 pm
Thu March 20, 2014

Maple Syrup Recipes From Chef Kathy Gunst

Kathy's husband John taps a maple tree. (Kathy Gunst/Here & Now)

It may be spring today, but in Maine, it’s maple syrup season. Here & Now resident chef Kathy Gunst’s husband John Rudolph has been tapping their trees and making syrup.

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NPR Story
3:10 pm
Thu March 20, 2014

Putin's 'Russkii' Comment Raises Fears Of A New Yugoslavia

Russian President Vladimir Putin addresses a joint session of Russian parliament on Crimea in the Kremlin in Moscow on March 18. Putin sparked controversy when he used the word "Russkii" to refer to the Russian people, rather than "Rossisskii." (Alexei Nikolsky/Getty Images)

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

Political scientist Kimberly Marten says Vladimir Putin “may have permanently changed” Russia and its relationship with the outside world by using the word “Russkii” in Parliament this week.

In her post on The Monkey Cage at The Washington Post, Marten says there are two words for “Russian” in the Russian language, “Rossisski,” and “Russkii.”

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NPR Story
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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