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4:16 pm
Wed October 2, 2013

The Curious Listener: 'So,' Is This A Fad?

Katie Burk NPR

At NPR, our work is all about listening and inspiring others to listen. Reporters and editors wage a daily battle with distracting interjections - pesky 'umms,' 'likes' and 'wells' - so NPR listeners can focus instead on the content of our stories.

However, everyone talks their own talk. Sometimes guests (and even our own journalists) throw in verbal pauses that some listeners find distracting. One curious (and self-proclaimed faithful) listener wrote to tell us about a certain word they find soooooo irritating:

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World Cafe
3:50 pm
Wed October 2, 2013

Little Comets On World Cafe

Little Comets.
Courtesy of the artist

Little Comets, a trio from Newcastle upon Tyne, England, recently released its U.S. debut, Life Is Elsewhere. Described early in its career as a British Vampire Weekend, the band smoothly incorporates tricky percussive rhythms and Afrobeat-tinged guitars.

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The Two-Way
3:39 pm
Wed October 2, 2013

At Least 8 Dead In Tenn. Church Bus Crash

Originally published on Wed October 2, 2013 6:05 pm

Eight people are reported dead in a fiery crash between a tractor trailer and a tour bus in Tennessee.

The Knoxville News Sentinel reports that the crash has shut down both sides of Interstate 40, in Statesville, Tenn., east of Knoxville.

Aerial images of the crash show a smoldering trailer and an overturned bus.

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The Two-Way
3:39 pm
Wed October 2, 2013

U.S. Opposes Tech Firms' Plea To Release Surveillance Requests

An employee stands at the Microsoft booth during the 2013 Computex in Taipei on June 4, 2013.
Mandy Cheng AFP/Getty Images

The United States filed a court brief (pdf) opposing the release of details concerning the surveillance requests they hand big tech companies in the U.S.

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Planet Money
2:02 pm
Wed October 2, 2013

How Garment Workers Decided $104.72 a Month Was A Living Wage

Quoctrung Bui / NPR

Monday, after a week of protests, Bangladesh's garment manufacturers agreed to increase the minimum wage for workers in the industry. But they haven't agreed on how much it will be.

The garment workers are asking for $104.72 a month, which would more than double the current minimum. To get to that number, they created a monthly budget that, they figure, is the bare minimum.

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All Tech Considered
1:42 pm
Wed October 2, 2013

Whoosh: Pneumatic Tubes Give The Tooth Fairy A Boost

The pneumatic transport system, which carries a capsule from one end to the other, is controlled by a valve and an iPhone app. The app also includes sending options for the Easter Bunny and Santa, although they haven't been developed yet.
Jeff Highsmith

Originally published on Wed October 2, 2013 4:09 pm

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The Two-Way
1:38 pm
Wed October 2, 2013

Dying 'Angola 3' Inmate Freed After Decades In Solitary

Originally published on Wed October 2, 2013 5:26 pm

Herman Wallace, one of the "Angola 3" inmates who spent more than 40 years in solitary confinement for the killing of a guard, has been freed after his conviction was overturned.

U.S. District Judge Brian Jackson in Baton Rouge, La., said Tuesday that Wallace had not received a fair trial.

The Associated Press says that Jackson "had also ordered a new trial because women were unconstitutionally excluded from the grand jury that indicted Wallace in the guard's death. And, he ordered him immediately released."

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All Songs Considered
1:34 pm
Wed October 2, 2013

First Watch: Jacco Gardner, 'The End Of August'

Courtesy of the artist

Somehow this young Dutch musician has managed to capture an aesthetic that happened 20 years before he was born. Jacco Gardner makes music in the spirit of early 1960s baroque pop bands, such as The Left Banke (a group that featured a harpsichord) or late '60s Kinks, and certainly The Zombies from their Odessey and Oracle period. Gardner channels these sounds on a new song and trippy video called "The End Of August."

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The Two-Way
1:25 pm
Wed October 2, 2013

FBI Arrests Alleged Owner Of 'Silk Road' Black Market Site

Originally published on Thu October 3, 2013 8:47 am

The FBI has moved to crack down on a shadowy back channel of the Internet — where transactions take place outside of easily accessible domains — arresting the alleged proprietor of the black-market site Silk Road, which has been called the eBay of the drug trade.

Ross William Ulbricht, 29, known by his hacker handle "Dread Pirate Roberts," was arrested Tuesday morning in San Francisco and charged with one count each of narcotics trafficking conspiracy, computer hacking conspiracy and money laundering conspiracy, according to the Federal Bureau of Investigations' court filing.

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All Tech Considered
1:03 pm
Wed October 2, 2013

Your Digital Trail: Does The Fourth Amendment Protect Us?

The Bill of Rights as seen at The National Archives in Washington, D.C.
Courtesy of National Archives

Originally published on Wed October 2, 2013 7:56 pm

This is the third story in our four-part series examining your digital trail and who potentially has access to it. It was co-reported by G.W. Schulz from the Center for Investigative Reporting. Yesterday, we examined how data-tracking companies are monitoring your online behavior. Today we look at your Fourth Amendment rights.

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The Record
12:29 pm
Wed October 2, 2013

This Beat's For You: The Making Of Drake's 'Furthest Thing'

Producer Jake One in Seattle in 2011.
Kyle Johnson for NPR

Originally published on Thu October 3, 2013 11:33 am

The journey of a song from farm to table, so to speak, is not something listeners are likely to consider in the course of absorbing an album. And that's for the best. The song is part of a longer narrative. It fits and then is over. In the context of a longplay, its own story is not meant to be lingered on.

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NPR Story
12:05 pm
Wed October 2, 2013

How Important Is Health Care Act To Latinas?

Originally published on Wed October 2, 2013 12:45 pm

Transcript

MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

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NPR Story
12:05 pm
Wed October 2, 2013

A Month In Mamelodi: 'Slum Tourism'?

Originally published on Fri October 11, 2013 9:34 am

Transcript

MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

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Classics in Concert
11:32 am
Wed October 2, 2013

Gustavo Dudamel And The LA Philharmonic Celebrate 10 Years In Disney Hall

Gustavo Dudamel and the Los Angeles Philharmonic celebrate the 10th anniversary of Walt Disney Concert Hall in a special gala concert.
Vern Evans

Originally published on Fri June 20, 2014 9:50 am

Not unlike childbirth, the odyssey of fits and starts that preceded the completion of Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles hurt like hell at the time. But today, 10 years later, Angelenos marvel on a daily basis at architect Frank Gehry's dazzling offspring: the incandescent beauty of its billowing metallic sails, especially at dusk, in L.A.'s famed purple-pink fading light; its iconic status as an architectural symbol of the city and its warm and vibrant acoustics.

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The Two-Way
11:19 am
Wed October 2, 2013

Tom Clancy, Master Of Military Techno-Thrillers, Dies

Author Tom Clancy in 2003.
Ralph Lauer MCT/Landov

Originally published on Wed October 2, 2013 1:45 pm

Tom Clancy, the best-selling writer of such "techno-thrillers" as The Hunt for Red October, Red Storm Rising and Patriot Games, has died.

He was 66.

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The Protojournalist
11:13 am
Wed October 2, 2013

The 1,000-Year Calendar: Mark These Dates

Originally published on Wed October 2, 2013 12:12 pm

In the futuristic books, movies, songs and video games that abound, there is an overabundance of speculation about the distant future.

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Thistle and Shamrock
11:03 am
Wed October 2, 2013

The Thistle And Shamrock: Nuala Kennedy And A.J. Roach

A.J. Roach and Nuala Kennedy.
Louis DeCarlo Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue October 8, 2013 12:15 pm

Hear how two musicians, raised over 4,000 miles apart, share a deep musical connection. Flute player and singer Nuala (pronounced Noo-la) Kennedy is from the east coast of Ireland; singer and songwriter A.J. Roach was raised in southwestern Virginia. Nuala grew up with many Ulster ballads and tunes that were carried across the ocean to take root in the mountains and hollows of A.J.'s homeland. Fiona chats with the pair and delves into their individual recordings.

The Picture Show
10:52 am
Wed October 2, 2013

A Long-Standing Love Affair With Myanmar

Woman smoking cheroot, Mandalay
Courtesy of Geoffrey Hiller

Photographer Geoffrey Hiller made his first foray into Myanmar — also known as Burma — when he was traveling around Southeast Asia in 1987. At the time, he could only get a seven-day tourist visa, and the best method for changing currency was to arrive with two cartons of cigarettes and two bottles of Johnnie Walker, then trade them for cash outside the airport.

"I'll never forget flying in from Bangkok — there were no lights at all, and all you could see was the Shwedagon Pagoda," he says of his initial arrival.

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The Two-Way
8:55 am
Wed October 2, 2013

VIDEO: 'I Quit' Dance Sure Works For Millions

The way to go? Marina Shifrin in her viral "I Quit!" video.
YouTube

Originally published on Wed October 2, 2013 10:28 am

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The Two-Way
8:37 am
Wed October 2, 2013

Top Stories: Day 2 Of Government Shutdown; Jobs Report

Originally published on Wed October 2, 2013 10:13 am

Good morning, here are our early stories:

-- Shutdown Solution? There's None To Be Seen Just Yet.

-- 166,000 Jobs Added In September, Survey Says.

And here are more early headlines:

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