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The Two-Way
11:52 am
Thu February 27, 2014

Attorney General Holder Released From Hospital

Attorney General Eric Holder.
J. Scott Applewhite AP

Originally published on Thu February 27, 2014 4:34 pm

Update at 2:04 p.m. ET. Released From Hospital:

Attorney General Eric Holder was released from a Washington, D.C. hospital Thursday afternoon.

Holder was taken to Washington Hospital Center after complaining of shortness of breath and faintness. Holder was released shortly thereafter and is now resting at home, a spokeswoman tells NPR's Carrie Johnson.

Update at 4:31 p.m. ET. Elevated Heart Rate:

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The Two-Way
11:36 am
Thu February 27, 2014

Any Way It's Measured, Tesla's $5B 'Gigafactory' Is Huge

Joe Raedle Getty Images

Originally published on Thu February 27, 2014 1:31 pm

Just how big a deal is the "gigafactory" that Tesla Motors says it's going to build to make batteries for its electric cars?

-- It's projected to cost $5 billion between now and the year 2020. Tesla expects to invest about $2 billion. Partners — who it's rumored could include Apple and Panasonic — would invest the rest.

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The Two-Way
11:23 am
Thu February 27, 2014

Report Criticizes Border Patrol's Use Of Deadly Force

A Border Patrol agent looks to the north near where the border wall ends as is separates Tijuana, Mexico, left, and San Diego, right.
Gregory Bull AP

Originally published on Thu February 27, 2014 11:27 am

An independent review of 67 cases in which Border Patrol agents used deadly force found that in some of them "agents have deliberately stepped in the path of cars apparently to justify shooting at the drivers and have fired in frustration at people throwing rocks from the Mexican side of the border."

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The Two-Way
10:54 am
Thu February 27, 2014

'Calvin & Hobbes' Creator Pens His First Public Comic In 18 Years

Stripped Film

Originally published on Thu February 27, 2014 12:10 pm

Almost two decades after publishing his last Calvin & Hobbes comic strip, elusive cartoonist Bill Watterson is back — with a film poster. The documentary, Stripped, is a self-described "love letter to comic strips" that includes interviews with, among others, Jeff Keane of Family Circus, Richard Thompson of Cul de Sac and Watterson himself.

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Ask Me Another
10:37 am
Thu February 27, 2014

Keep It Country

Originally published on Thu February 27, 2014 12:03 pm

We're going around the world for this game, in which every answer contains the name of a country. Puzzle guru John Chaneski stumps our contestants in the shortest Ask Me Another final round ever.

Heard in Episode 310: Fact Check Me Another

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Ask Me Another
10:37 am
Thu February 27, 2014

Product Placement IV

Originally published on Thu February 27, 2014 12:03 pm

What if companies put their products in the titles of films? In this game, combine the names of famous brands and movies to imagine the resulting product placement, like "Some Like It Hot Pockets."

Heard in Episode 310: Fact Check Me Another

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Ask Me Another
10:37 am
Thu February 27, 2014

A Family Affair

Originally published on Thu February 27, 2014 12:03 pm

Snap your fingers as Jonathan Coulton performs the The Addams Family theme with the lyrics rewritten to be about other families, both real and fictional. Your job? Tell us what clan we're describing.

Heard in Episode 310: Fact Check Me Another

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Ask Me Another
10:37 am
Thu February 27, 2014

Weird Almanac Facts

Originally published on Fri February 28, 2014 4:03 pm

Did you know that the average American ate 11 times as many avocados in 2011 than in 1970? V.I.P. Sarah Janssen, editor of The 2014 World Almanac, helps lead this game about strange-but-true facts.

Plus, catch Jonathan Coulton's rendition of Tom Lehrer's classic, tongue-twisting tour of the Periodic Table in "The Elements Song."

Heard in Episode 310: Fact Check Me Another

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Ask Me Another
10:37 am
Thu February 27, 2014

All Answers Are Alliterative

Originally published on Thu February 27, 2014 12:03 pm

Fee, fi, fo, fum! We smell a word game... in this one, you'd better bend your brain to come up with answers that are all three- or four-word alliterative phrases.

Heard in Episode 310: Fact Check Me Another

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Ask Me Another
10:37 am
Thu February 27, 2014

Oscar Winners

Originally published on Thu February 27, 2014 12:03 pm

No cutoff music here: take your time while you identify fictional and factual "Oscars" based on the speeches they might give if they won Academy Awards.

Heard in Episode 310: Fact Check Me Another

Ask Me Another
10:37 am
Thu February 27, 2014

Sarah Janssen: It's In The Book

Sarah Janssen.
Stephen Lovekin/ Mark Von Holden

If you're in need of a one-stop shop for facts, like the world's fastest roller coaster (Formula Rossa in Abu Dhabi) or the winning word at the 1984 Scripps National Spelling Bee (luge), Sarah Janssen would recommend consulting The 2014 World Almanac and Book of Facts (which spent 8 weeks on the NPR Paperback Nonfiction Bestseller List).

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Favorite Sessions
10:03 am
Thu February 27, 2014

KCRW Presents: Lo-Fang

Lo-Fang (right) performs live on KCRW.
Larry Hirshowitz KCRW

Originally published on Mon July 7, 2014 2:27 pm

Lo-Fang's Matthew Hemerlein writes poignant lyrics embedded in layers of acoustic and electronic elements. He's also surrounded himself with a trio of talented musicians including Paul Taylor, who crafts percussive sounds using everything from skateboard wheels to plastic frogs. It's a unique sound and an equally impressive sight. Check it out here with the song "Permutations" from his album Blue Film.

Watch KCRW's entire session with Lo-Fang at KCRW.com.

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First Listen
9:50 am
Thu February 27, 2014

First Listen: Calle 13, 'Multi_Viral'

Calle 13 singer René Pérez Joglar.
Leo Ramirez AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Wed March 5, 2014 10:53 am

Puerto Rican rap duo Calle 13 is both famous and infamous throughout the Spanish-speaking world. Its members went from making hilariously raunchy club hits early in the previous decade to becoming two of the most visible and socially conscious Latin musicians today. Their unabashed support of the independence movement in Puerto Rico and their sympathy for leftist causes has earned them both rabid fans and furious detractors.

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The Record
9:18 am
Thu February 27, 2014

A Rational Conversation: What's With All The Drummers Leading Late-Night Bands?

Arsenio Hall with his band. Robin DiMaggio stands to the right of Arsenio.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Thu February 27, 2014 9:36 am

"A Rational Conversation" is a column by writer Eric Ducker in which he gets on iChat or Gchat or the phone or whatever with a special guest to examine a music-related subject that's entered the pop culture consciousness.

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The Two-Way
8:54 am
Thu February 27, 2014

Jobless Claims Jump Up, Orders For Durable Goods Fall Off

Thursday's economic news isn't great:

-- There were 348,000 first-time claims for unemployment insurance filed last week, up 14,000 from the week before, the Employment and Training Administration says.

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Monkey See
8:50 am
Thu February 27, 2014

Bob And Linda Read Internet Movie Reviews, Part Eight: Captain Phillips

Bob And Linda Review Internet Movie Reviews Part 8
NPR

Originally published on Thu February 27, 2014 4:17 pm

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The Two-Way
7:43 am
Thu February 27, 2014

Once Again, North Korea Fires Missiles To Send Message

In Pyongyang, North Korea, last July, this short-range missile was among the military hardware on parade.
Kyodo/Landov

"North Korea fired four projectiles believed to be short-range ballistic missiles off its southeast coast Thursday," South Korea's Yonhap News Agency reports, citing a "South Korean defense ministry official" as its source.

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The Two-Way
7:23 am
Thu February 27, 2014

Book News: 'Fifty Shades Of Grey' Sales Top 100 Million

Copies of Fifty Shades of Grey by E. L. James at the Politics and Prose Bookstore in Washington, D.C.
Saul Loeb AFP/Getty Images

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

  • E.L. James' Fifty Shades of Grey series has now sold more than 100 million copies worldwide, Vintage Books announced on Wednesday. The erotica series, which began as Twilight fanfiction, features shy Anastasia Steele, her handcuff-happy lover, businessman Christian Grey, and Anastasia's "inner goddess," who is prone to impromptu Latin dancing. About 45 million of the copies have been sold in the U.S.

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The Two-Way
7:10 am
Thu February 27, 2014

Ukraine Crisis: New Government Takes Shape As Crimea Simmers

Flags fly outside the Crimean parliament building in Simferopol on Thursday during a rally by pro-Russian protesters. Gunmen seized government buildings in the city.
David Mdzinarishvili Reuters/Landov

Originally published on Thu February 27, 2014 1:58 pm

  • On the NPR Newscast: Peter Kenyon reports from Kiev
We're adding updates throughout this post as the day continues.

Tensions continue to rise in Ukraine, where months of public protests led last week to the downfall of President Viktor Yanukovych's government. His opponents are now installing pro-Western ministers to replace the pro-Russian leaders who worked for Yanukovych. The interim government is expected to be in charge at least until new elections can be held, perhaps in late May.

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