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11:33 am
Fri February 21, 2014

No Place Like Home

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GLYNN WASHINGTON, HOST:

Welcome back to SNAP "The Pariah" episode. Today, we're speaking with people who've been cut off from the mainstream. And our next guest, Neil White, he was a businessman living well with his wife and kids. And Neil did fine for himself. Fine until being convicted of bank fraud and sentenced to serve 18 months in a minimum-security prison in Carville, Louisiana. But Neil, well, I'm going to let Neil speak for himself.

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11:33 am
Fri February 21, 2014

The Tribe

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The Two-Way
11:04 am
Fri February 21, 2014

Photos: Kiev's Independence Square Before And After

Kiev's Independence Square on Thursday (Feb. 20, 2014).
Vasily Fedosenko Reuters/Landov

Hopes are high that the worst is over in the Ukrainian capital of Kiev, where dozens of people died this week as security forces responded to anti-government protests. As we reported earlier, President Viktor Yanukovych and key opposition leaders have signed an agreement about forming a unity government, holding new elections and restoring the nation's 2004 constitution.

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Alt.Latino
10:51 am
Fri February 21, 2014

How Hip-Hop Changed Latin Music Forever

Rapper Bocafloja is a pioneer of Mexican hip-hop.
Thomas De Los Santos Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Fri February 21, 2014 11:42 am

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The Two-Way
9:45 am
Fri February 21, 2014

Good Work On Those 'Feeli The Finnish Reindeer' Lyrics

His antlers are so bright.
Reindeer Herders' Association (of Finland)

We asked and Two-Way readers came through.

The challenge:

Set the story of "Feeli the Finnish Reindeer" and his shiny antlers to the tune of "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer."

The responses in our comments thread:

Feeli the Finnish reindeer
Had antlers that didn't glow.
And drivers didn't see them
As right over them they'd mow.

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Monkey See
8:44 am
Fri February 21, 2014

Pop Culture Happy Hour: 'House Of Cards' And Pop Culture Punching Bags

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Originally published on Sat February 22, 2014 10:00 pm

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How intrepid is Pop Culture Happy Hour's intrepid Linda Holmes? So intrepid that, when she goes on vacation in February, she heads to even-colder climes, braving the snow-swept Alcatraz that is northern Minnesota. This, of course, left the rest of us to pick up the pieces — which we did, thanks to the arrival of our dear Code Switch pal Kat Chow.

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The Edge
7:56 am
Fri February 21, 2014

Oh No! When U.S. And Canada Face Off, 'Loser Keeps Bieber'

The stakes are high.
@CommandSign

Originally published on Fri February 21, 2014 8:53 am

Sure, a chance to play in Sunday's gold medal game is at stake when the men's hockey teams from the U.S. and Canada face off Friday in Sochi. Game time: noon ET. NBC Sports Network is broadcasting it in the U.S.

But while Olympics glory is up for grabs, a shipping company in Skokie, Ill., has pushed the stakes even higher:

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The Two-Way
7:48 am
Fri February 21, 2014

Book News: Year's Oddest Title? 'Pie-ography,' 'Working Class Cats' In Running

The daily lowdown on books, publishing, and the occasional author behaving badly.

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Movies
7:17 am
Fri February 21, 2014

Analysis: Who Oscar-Winning Actors Thank

Originally published on Tue February 25, 2014 5:31 pm

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

Good morning. I'm Steve Inskeep. We finally have analysis of actors giving thanks at the Oscars. You know, I want to thank my director or some inspiring figure. Twice in recent years, winning actors thanked Oprah; twice, they thanked Sidney Poitier. Three actors name-checked God; four thanked Meryl Streep - and that was the headline: Meryl Streep gets thanked more often than God.

The Two-Way
7:04 am
Fri February 21, 2014

Breakthrough? Ukrainian President, Opposition Leaders Reach Deal

Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych (right) and opposition leader Vitali Klitschko shake hands Friday after signing an agreement that diplomats hope will end the bloodshed in Kiev.
Tim Brakemeier EPA/Landov

Originally published on Fri February 21, 2014 6:52 pm

We're updating this post as the day continues.

In what could be a major move toward ending the violence in the streets of his capital, Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych and leaders of the anti-government opposition reached agreement Friday on a deal to hold new elections, form a unity government and restore a constitution drafted in 2004.

Some details have yet to be spelled out. But the BBC sums up the news this way:

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Poetry
7:03 am
Fri February 21, 2014

Wise, Funny Poems, Saved From The Trash Bin In The Nick Of 'Time'

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It always feels good to see a poet rescued from oblivion. Michael Benedikt (1935-2007), a prominent figure in the poetry scene of the 1960s and 70s, was not exactly an important poet, but he was — and in his work, he remains — a deeply enjoyable one.

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World
6:56 am
Fri February 21, 2014

Australian Police Wait For Suspect To Unload Rare Diamond

Originally published on Fri February 21, 2014 9:29 am

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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

Good morning, I'm David Greene.

Australian police think they know what happened to a rare pink diamond that's worth $180,000. The diamond was swiped from a jewelry store by a man who fled on a bicycle. Based on fingerprints and surveillance footage, police arrested the guy, who's a British tourist. They're pretty sure he swallowed the loot but they need firm evidence. And X-ray was inconclusive. Think there's a pretty clear solution here - what goes in must come out. How about a little bit of patience?

Europe
5:27 am
Fri February 21, 2014

Ukraine: Deal Reached At Crisis Talks

Originally published on Fri February 21, 2014 9:29 am

The office of president Viktor Yanukovich says a deal has been reached with opposition leaders to stop the violence in the capital Kiev. Scores of people have died in two days of clashes.

NPR Story
5:24 am
Fri February 21, 2014

Are More Eccentric Artists Perceived As Better Artists?

Originally published on Fri February 21, 2014 9:29 am

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

Think for a moment about an artist who is really out there in some way. Maybe a musician comes to mind, somebody like Lady Gaga or a painter like Salvador Dali. New research now asks whether you like such artists because of their art or because they conform to a mental stereotype of how artists are supposed to behave. NPR's social science correspondent Shankar Vedantam joins us regularly on this program. Hi, Shankar.

SHANKAR VEDANTAM, BYLINE: Good morning, Steve.

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NPR Story
5:24 am
Fri February 21, 2014

Wal-Mart Profit Shrinks After Weak Holiday Sales

Originally published on Fri February 21, 2014 9:29 am

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

NPR's business news starts with weak sales at Wal-Mart.

(SOUNDBITE OF MUSIC)

INSKEEP: The retail giant posted its fourth-quarter profit yesterday. Now it still was a profit, so don't cry for Wal-Mart. But that profit was down 21 percent from the same time last year. Wal-Mart also gave a weak forecast for the year ahead.

NPR Story
5:24 am
Fri February 21, 2014

First Listen: St. Vincent's Latest Album

Originally published on Fri February 21, 2014 9:29 am

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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

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5:24 am
Fri February 21, 2014

Sen. Tim Kaine Looks For Egypt's Steps Toward Democracy

Originally published on Fri February 21, 2014 11:43 am

Democratic Sen. Tim Kaine of Virginia is on a Middle East tour. From Cairo, Kaine talks to Steve Inskeep about U.S. aid to Egypt and what he's observing as the country sets out on a path to democracy.

NPR Story
5:24 am
Fri February 21, 2014

World's Best Slalom Skier Prepares For Olympic Event

Originally published on Fri February 21, 2014 9:29 am

Eighteen-year-old American Mikaela Shiffrin is the favorite in Friday's women's slalom at the Winter Olympics in Sochi. Three other Americans are also in the field of 88.

NPR Story
5:24 am
Fri February 21, 2014

Ukrainian Opposition Reacts To Reported Deal

Originally published on Wed February 26, 2014 10:54 am

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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

Now as Soraya just mentioned, we'll have to wait to see if Ukrainians who are part of this protest movement side with the opposition leaders and agree to this deal. It is worth remembering that Ukraine, in terms of history and language, is really split in two - the eastern Russian-speaking half looks to Russia. The western Ukrainian-speaking region, which is once part of Poland, feels much closer to Europe. And people in the west are more often opposed to President Yanukovych.

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