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Latin America
4:08 pm
Tue February 18, 2014

Between Cartels And Militias, Mexican State Hangs In The Balance

Originally published on Tue February 18, 2014 7:58 pm

President Obama will be in Mexico on Wednesday to talk about trade and commerce. Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto has made the economy the cornerstone of his administration's agenda, but security is still a major problem in parts of the country. Nowhere are the challenges more daunting than in the western state of Michoacan, where civilian militias have been fighting a ruthless drug cartel and federal forces have moved in to try to restore calm.

All Songs Considered
3:31 pm
Tue February 18, 2014

New Mix: Sisyphus, Avey Tare, Nothing, More

Clockwise from upper left: Sisyphus (Son Lux, Sufjan Stevens, Serengeti), Diane Cluck, Avey Tare, The Family Crest
Courtesy of the artists

Originally published on Wed April 2, 2014 4:30 pm

Hosts Bob Boilen and Robin Hilton open this week's show by reminiscing about a recent Son Lux and San Fermin show that delivered epic sounds with bold, cinematic rock. Bob and Robin's shared love for walls of noise leads them directly to the orchestral opening track on this week's program, "Beneath The Brine" by The Family Crest.

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The Record
3:12 pm
Tue February 18, 2014

Skrillex, King Of The Dance Club Hit-And-Run

Skrillex on stage at HARD Day Of The Dead on November 2, 2013.
Gabriel Olsen FilmMagic/Getty Images

It had been snowing all day and raining all evening when the doors opened at Output on Friday night right after 10 p.m. for Skrillex's appearance, so I felt ready for anything. Not that anyone was expecting too many surprises — a lot of hard, hiccuping beats and jackhammer bass, trap and dubstep and Dutch house, the lingua franca of mainstream nightlife the last few years — in short, what people mean by "EDM."

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World Cafe
3:02 pm
Tue February 18, 2014

Suzanne Vega On World Cafe

Suzanne Vega.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Thu March 27, 2014 4:20 pm

For today's Vintage Cafe, we revisit iconic singer-songwriter Suzanne Vega's time in the World Cafe studios back in February.

Vega burst on the New York City folk scene in 1987 with her second album, Solitude Standing, and specifically the song "Luka." Later, a short a cappella song from that album, "Tom's Diner," was remixed by DNA and became a pop sensation.

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The Two-Way
2:58 pm
Tue February 18, 2014

4 Dead In Thai Protests; Prime Minister Faces Charges In Rice Deal

An anti-government protester is caught in tear gas during clashes with riot police in Bangkok, Thailand, on Tuesday.
Wally Santana AP

Originally published on Tue February 18, 2014 4:35 pm

Four people were killed Tuesday in Thailand and at least 60 injured as police tried to clear anti-government protesters around Bangkok.

The dead included a policeman, the Bangkok Post reported, as well as three civilians. Here's more from the paper:

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NPR Story
2:36 pm
Tue February 18, 2014

Olympic Photo Of The Day: The Floating Hockey Player

Alexander Nemenov AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Tue February 18, 2014 4:28 pm

Russia's Alexander Ovechkin fights for the puck against Norway's goalkeeper Lars Haugen during the men's hockey qualification game at the Bolshoy Ice Dome during the Sochi Winter Olympics on Tuesday.

Despite Ovechkin's leap, he did not score a goal against Norway, and he remains scoreless in the last three games. Russia won 4-0, eliminating Norway from the competition.

For more Olympics coverage, go to The Edge.

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The Two-Way
2:12 pm
Tue February 18, 2014

Anti-Government Protests In Ukraine Turn Deadly

Smoke from exploding fireworks and fires billows into the night sky as Ukrainians gather at Independence Square during continuing protests in Kiev on Tuesday.
Igor Kovalenko EPA/Landov

Originally published on Wed February 19, 2014 12:01 am

This post was updated at 8:52 p.m. ET

Riot police stormed the main anti-government camp in central Kiev, the capital of Ukraine, on Tuesday. They fought with demonstrators armed with clubs and wearing helmets fought back. More than a dozen people were killed, including five policemen, according to AP and the BBC.

Opposition leaders met late in the day with President Viktor Yanukovych, but left without an agreement.

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Tiny Desk Concerts
2:08 pm
Tue February 18, 2014

Cate Le Bon: Tiny Desk Concert

Cate Le Bon performs a Tiny Desk Concert in January 2014.
Meredith Rizzo Meredith Rizzo/NPR

Originally published on Tue February 18, 2014 2:52 pm

The Beatles may be an odd place to begin a Cate Le Bon conversation, but I remember being struck by the way four guys from Liverpool could sing without their English accents. That's true of most pop singers, whose words often come out sounding more American than anything else. But that's not true with Cate Le Bon. Her phrasing is completely tied to her Welsh dialect — in fact, her first record was in Welsh.

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New In Paperback
2:03 pm
Tue February 18, 2014

Feb. 16-22: A Secret, A Controversy And A Catcher's Career

Retired Major League Baseball player Mike Piazza's new autobiography, Long Shot, addresses the steroid controversy and recalls the first game after the Sept. 11 attacks.
Simon and Schuster

*Some of the language in the summaries above has been provided by publishers.

Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.

Monkey See
2:00 pm
Tue February 18, 2014

On 'Tonight Show,' Jimmy Fallon Looks To Bridge Two Eras

Stephen Colbert visits The Tonight Show for Jimmy Fallon's debut --€” and pays up the $100 he bet that Fallon would never host it.
Theo Wargo Getty Images

Originally published on Tue February 18, 2014 4:24 pm

When Jimmy Fallon first stepped up to lead a late-night talk show in 2009, he looked like a teenager trying to drive his dad's Ferrari: a good kid who was out of his depth.

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All Songs Considered
1:04 pm
Tue February 18, 2014

Damon Albarn And St. Vincent To Play NPR Music's SXSW Showcase

Clockwise from upper left: St. Vincent, Damon Albarn, Perfect Pussy and Kelis.
Courtesy of the artists

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World
12:22 pm
Tue February 18, 2014

Is Egypt Cracking Down On Freedom Of Press?

Originally published on Wed February 19, 2014 8:54 am

Transcript

MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

Switching gears now to a form of employment that has become increasingly dangerous in many places around the world. We hope you don't mind if we talk for a few minutes about our field - journalism. In Egypt, several Al Jazeera journalists are facing trial after weeks behind bars. They're accused of working with a terrorist group, among other things. In Iraq, there has been a spike in the number of journalists killed in recent months.

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Parenting
12:22 pm
Tue February 18, 2014

Bringing Up Olympians: Athletes' Parents Shed Their Own Blood, Sweat And Tears

Originally published on Wed February 19, 2014 8:54 am

Transcript

MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

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Parallels
12:06 pm
Tue February 18, 2014

For U.S. Ambassador, Ties To Prague That Transcend Diplomacy

Norm Eisen, the U.S. ambassador to the Czech Republic, poses at his official residence in Prague in October 2013. Eisen's mother was born and raised in what was Czechoslovakia and was sent by the Nazis to the Auschwitz concentration camp, which she survived.
Filip Singer The Washington Post/Getty Images

Originally published on Wed February 19, 2014 8:18 am

The drive into Prague is like a journey into the past. As you approach, grand castles and cathedrals appear on the horizon and pull you into an old-world city that could be the setting for a fairy tale.

Three years ago, Norm Eisen made this journey in a motorcade. It was his first day as U.S. ambassador to the Czech Republic. He was returning to the land where his mother, Frieda, had been born almost 90 years ago.

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The Two-Way
12:03 pm
Tue February 18, 2014

A Big Asteroid Just Flew By, And Guess What? More Are Coming

NASA/JPL-Caltech

Originally published on Tue February 18, 2014 3:18 pm

An asteroid that's about the size of three football fields flew past Earth on Monday, coming within 2.1 million miles. That was near enough to generate headlines such as this, from Reuters: "Earth marks close encounter with enormous asteroid."

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All Tech Considered
11:28 am
Tue February 18, 2014

Jazzpunk: A Spy Game Full Of Jokes, Blokes And Cold War Tropes

In Jazzpunk, you play a spy in a surreal world seemingly ripped from the pulpiest of spy novels.
Necrophone Games/Adult Swim Games

Originally published on Fri February 21, 2014 10:21 am

Just last week I was lamenting a severe lack of comedy-based video games, where perhaps getting a hearty laugh is the goal rather than quelling a rebellion or fighting off hordes of zombies.

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The Edge
10:03 am
Tue February 18, 2014

In Bobsled, 'You Learn As You Go'

Elana Meyers, during a training session in Sochi last week, is a driver on the U.S. team. She started out as a brakeman.
Tobias Hase EPA/Landov

Originally published on Tue February 18, 2014 10:51 am

If there's one sport in the Winter Olympics you can do with your eyes closed, it's bobsled.

The bobsled brakeman does about five seconds of hard work, jumps in the sled and can then relax a bit. During the women's bobsled competition tonight in Sochi, we should keep our eyes open, because it's fun to watch.

The women call themselves brakemen — not brake women or brake person — in a nod to the fact that bobsled was an all-male sport until 2002.

Even now, the women only race two-man — not four-man — bobsled.

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13.7: Cosmos And Culture
9:44 am
Tue February 18, 2014

How To See A Galaxy In Your Toilet Bowl

The spiral galaxy known as NGC 3521 lies in the constellation of Leo, a mere 35 million light-years away. Now go flush and see if you understand the connection between the two.
O. Maliy ESO

Originally published on Tue February 25, 2014 8:01 pm

Have you ever watched a little kid playing in a sink full of water? It could be the kitchen sink, the bathroom sink or even the tub — it's all the same to kids. The faucet goes on. The faucet goes off. The water fills up, the water drains away. Why is it that every kid everywhere can lose a good hour just watching water slosh around?

The answer is simple.

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