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World Cafe
1:21 pm
Mon December 9, 2013

The Head And The Heart On World Cafe

The Head and the Heart.
Curtis Wayne Millard Courtesy of the artist

The Head and the Heart gives an enchanting performance, recorded in front of an enthusiastic audience at Philadelphia's World Cafe Live. The group's set features songs from its new record, Let's Be Still. The Seattle band recorded a successful, self-titled debut on its own in 2010; it was reissued the next year by Sub Pop during an indie-folk rampage led by Fleet Foxes, among others.

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The Two-Way
12:35 pm
Mon December 9, 2013

Russia's Putin Scraps Major State-Run News Agency

Cars pass by the RIA Novosti information agency headquarters in Moscow on Monday. President Vladimir Putin named Dmitry Kiselyov, a controversial news anchor known for his ultraconservative views, to head a newly restructured state news agency.
Pavel Golovkin AP

Originally published on Mon December 9, 2013 5:35 pm

Russian President Vladimir Putin dissolved one of the country's official news agencies and an international radio broadcaster on Monday, setting up a new organization to be run by a news anchor known for his ultraconservative views.

RIA Novosti, the news agency, and Voice of Russia, the broadcaster, will be absorbed by a new entity, Russia Today.

Jessica Golloher is reporting on the story for our Newscast unit:

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The Two-Way
11:35 am
Mon December 9, 2013

Images Appear To Confirm Removal Of Top North Korean Official

A still image taken from North Korea's state-run television footage and released Monday shows Jang Song Thaek being forcibly removed by uniformed personnel from a meeting of the Central Committee of the Workers' Party of Korea in Pyongyang.
Yonhap/Reuters/Landov

Originally published on Mon December 9, 2013 5:42 pm

We told you last week about a report from North Korea that an uncle of Kim Jong Un, the country's leader, was dismissed from a key defense post.

The uncle in question is Jang Song Thaek, who is married to the sister of Kim's late father, Kim Jong Il. As NPR's Scott Neuman noted, there have been previous reports of Jang's dismissal only for him to be back in power, apparently rehabilitated. Well, not this time — or so it would seem.

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The Two-Way
11:12 am
Mon December 9, 2013

Thai Prime Minister Dissolves Parliament, Calls New Elections

Anti-government protesters carry a Thai national flag as they march Monday in Bangkok.
Sakchai Lalit AP

Originally published on Mon December 9, 2013 5:27 pm

Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra dissolved the country's Parliament on Monday and called early elections in the face of anti-government protests that began last month. But protest leaders said their goal was to rid Thai politics of her family's influence, and to that end, they want to replace Yingluck's elected government with an unelected "people's council."

A government spokesman said a new vote would be held Feb. 2, but the date must be approved by Thailand's Election Commission. Yingluck says she'll remain as caretaker leader until a new prime minister is named.

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The Two-Way
8:59 am
Mon December 9, 2013

Riot Police Dismantle Protest Camps In Ukraine's Capital

Activists who had backed Ukraine's plan to form closer ties to the European Union try to give food to riot police officers preparing to block the Independence Square in Kiev Monday.
Sergei Chuzavkov AP

Originally published on Mon December 9, 2013 12:44 pm

Ukraine's government on Monday deployed riot police near Independence Square outside Kiev's City Hall, which has been occupied by anti-government protesters for more than a week.

Update at 12:30 p.m. ET: Police Reportedly Tear Down Protest Tents

Police have started to dismantle protest camps, the BBC and the AP report. The AP also says that police were tearing down barricades that had been erected in front of municipal buildings.

In another sign of tougher government tactics, an opposition party says their offices were raided.

From the AP:

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Parallels
8:57 am
Mon December 9, 2013

Now Praised By Presidents, Mandela Wasn't Always Admired In The U.S.

In 1995, then-South African President Nelson Mandela pays tribute at a funeral service for Joe Slovo, a leading white figure in South Africa's struggle for racial equality.
Philip Littleton AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Mon December 9, 2013 3:11 pm

As President Obama travels to South Africa for Nelson Mandela's memorial service on Tuesday, it might seem as though Mandela was an eternal object of admiration for U.S. presidents and the American public. But that wasn't the case by a long shot.

During Mandela's 27 years behind bars, successive U.S. administrations worked with, or at least tolerated, South Africa's white leaders. Only in his final years of incarceration did he and the anti-apartheid movement become a cause that gained traction in the United States.

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World
8:18 am
Mon December 9, 2013

A Boxing Champ Rises In Ukraine's Bare-Knuckle World Of Politics

Vitali Klitschko, head of the opposition UDAR party, waves a flag during a rally in downtown Kiev, Ukraine, on Dec. 1. The WBC heavyweight boxing champion has emerged as one of Ukraine's most popular political figures, as massive anti-government protests grip the country.
Sergei Grits AP

Originally published on Mon December 9, 2013 4:35 pm

Vitali Klitschko is best-known to the world as "Dr. Ironfist," towering over opponents at a full 6 feet 7 inches, with a punch that delivered 45 victories, including 41 knockouts and only two defeats.

Now 42, Klitschko is the current World Boxing Council heavyweight champion, but he has his eye on a bigger title — president of Ukraine.

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Africa
8:18 am
Mon December 9, 2013

In Soweto, Remembering Mandela As A Figure Of Resistance

While the world remembers Nelson Mandela as the great reconciler, some ordinary South Africans are remembering him in their own way — as a powerful figure of resistance. And they're looking toward the country's future with both hope and uncertainty.

NPR Story
6:06 am
Mon December 9, 2013

WTO Nations Say Deal Will Boost Global Trade

Originally published on Mon December 9, 2013 8:18 am

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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

Officials of 159 countries have taken a big step forward in promoting global trade. This happened over the weekend at World Trade Organization talks in Indonesian.

STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

Here's NPR's Jim Zarroli.

JIM ZARROLI, BYLINE: The countries attending the WTO meeting agreed to a treaty that they say will lower trade barriers and speed up the passage of goods across borders. Officials say the deal could increase global trade by nearly a trillion dollars over time and also create millions of jobs.

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NPR Story
6:06 am
Mon December 9, 2013

French Troops Arrive In Central African Republic

Originally published on Mon December 9, 2013 8:18 am

David Greene talks with Sylvain Groulx, head of mission for Doctors without Borders in the Central African Republic, about the state of the violence there and the hopes for peace now that French troops have arrived.

NPR Story
6:06 am
Mon December 9, 2013

American Dazzles Judges On 'Arabs Got Talent'

Originally published on Mon December 9, 2013 8:18 am

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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

In the Arab world, TV watchers were buzzing this weekend about the finals of a popular contest show, "Arab's Got Talent." Runner up was the competition's dark horse contender, Jennifer Grout, a young American. She's not an Arab. She just loves Arabic music. And the presence of a Westerner in the running for this prize caused a bit of a stir. NPR's Deborah Amos was at the finale Saturday in Beirut and she sent this postcard.

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NPR Story
6:06 am
Mon December 9, 2013

Praise For Mandela Crosses Borders, Partisan Lines

Originally published on Mon December 9, 2013 8:18 am

When Nelson Mandela was in prison, the fight over imposing sanctions on South Africa was politically divisive. But it also produced a kind of unity in the end.

NPR Story
7:55 pm
Sun December 8, 2013

Murder In Pakistan, Fiction In Iran And The 'Weirdest Show On Television'

Originally published on Sun December 15, 2013 5:45 pm

  • Murder In Pakistan, Fiction In Iran And The 'Weirdest Show On Television'

In this week's podcast of All Things Considered, we remember the life of Nelson Mandela — and hear from those whose lives he touched. Then, comedian Eric Andre opens up about his surreal late-night talk show, and musician Nick Lowe plays a few of his "ironic" Christmas tunes.

Author Interviews
6:13 pm
Sun December 8, 2013

'Getting Away With Murder': A Study Of Benazir Bhutto's Death

In 2007, Benazir Bhutto — twice prime minister of Pakistan and then-leader of the Pakistan People's Party — was killed in a suicide bombing attack that claimed 38 lives. The factors at play in her assassination, however, reached deeper than many imagined.

In his new book, Getting Away With Murder, Heraldo Munoz portrays the tense political climate that surrounded Bhutto's return to politics and examines the circumstances of her death.

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Code Switch
5:29 pm
Sun December 8, 2013

Don't You Dare Call Me A Hipster! I, Sir, Am A 'Hep Cat'

Jazz trumpeter Louis Armstrong signs autographs in the Blue Note nightclub in Chicago in 1948.
Edward S. Kitch AP

Originally published on Mon December 9, 2013 9:54 am

Aside from racial and ethnic slurs, there aren't many words that prompt a more immediate and visceral response than "hipster." Many associate the term with craft beer, smugness and, of course, Brooklyn. Modern-day hipsters have inspired a huge number of Tumblrs, memes and trend pieces in the media.

It may seem like hipsters sprang up out of nowhere sometime in the late 1990s, but the original hipsters were around several generations before that. And they were strongly associated with another uniquely American phenomenon — jazz.

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Africa
5:06 pm
Sun December 8, 2013

South Africa Holds Mandela In Mind As It Gathers In Prayer

Originally published on Sun December 8, 2013 6:12 pm

It has been National Day of Prayer and reflection in South Africa as the nation pays tribute to the late Nelson Mandela. Host Arun Rath speaks with NPR's Ofeibea Quist-Arcton about the day, and how white South Africans are reacting to the death of Mandela.

Europe
5:06 pm
Sun December 8, 2013

Ukrainians Take Anger Over Trade Into The Streets

Originally published on Sun December 8, 2013 6:12 pm

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(SOUNDBITE OF CHANTING)

ARUN RATH, HOST:

Those are protestors who converged on the capital city of Ukraine today. Hundreds of thousands of people gathered for a massive anti-government protest. It's part of a struggle over whether the country will align itself with Europe or with its former Soviet partner Russia.

NPR's Corey Flintoff reports from Kiev.

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Middle East
5:06 pm
Sun December 8, 2013

Assessing The Fallout From A Hezbollah Commander's Death

Originally published on Sun December 15, 2013 10:58 am

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ARUN RATH, HOST:

Not far from the border with Syria, early this Wednesday, a street in Beirut, Lebanon, became the stage for a political murder.

(SOUNDBITE OF NEWS REPORTS)

UNIDENTIFIED WOMAN #1: Hezbollah is searching for whoever is responsible for the death of its military leader...

UNIDENTIFIED MAN: ...a senior Hezbollah commander has been killed outside his home in the Lebanese capital city of Beirut.

UNIDENTIFIED WOMAN #2: ...leader Hassan Houlo al-Laqis was reportedly gunned down just after midnight outside his home.

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Middle East
5:06 pm
Sun December 8, 2013

So You Found The Chemical Weapons. How Do You Transport Them?

Originally published on Sun December 8, 2013 6:12 pm

The plan to dispose of Syria's chemical weapons is swiftly moving ahead. But the plan to get the materials out to sea to dispose of them is easier said than done, when it means transporting them through a war zone. Arun Rath talks to Amy Smithson of the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies about what lies ahead.

Around the Nation
5:06 pm
Sun December 8, 2013

Temperatures Dip From Sea To Icy Sea

Originally published on Sun December 8, 2013 6:12 pm

Frigid weather and freezing rain have beset large swaths of the country. Those below-average temperatures are expected to stay well into the week.

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