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All Tech Considered
3:11 pm
Fri August 23, 2013

Three Tips For Microsoft's Next CEO

Microsoft's next chief will face a host of challenges, including doing more to encourage innovation.
Kin Cheung AP

Originally published on Fri August 23, 2013 4:30 pm

Speculation is already beginning about who will replace Steve Ballmer as CEO of Microsoft. The names being floated are as diverse as Stephen Elop, the head of Nokia, and Steven Sinofsky, who ran Windows.

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The Two-Way
3:04 pm
Fri August 23, 2013

Koreas Reportedly Agree To Resume Family Reunions

North Korean delegate Pak Yong-Il crosses the military demarcation line with South Korea for a meeting on family reunions as North Korean soldiers stand guard at the border village of Panmunjom on Friday.
Handout Getty Images

North and South Korea have reportedly agreed to resume reunions of families separated by the 1950-53 Korean War, picking up from where the emotional meetings left off when they were suspended three years ago.

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The Two-Way
2:47 pm
Fri August 23, 2013

U.S. Soldier Sentenced To Life In Afghan Village Attacks

Staff Sgt. Robert Bales, foreground, is seen in a courtroom sketch earlier this week, as prosecutor Lt. Col. Jay Morse, right, speaks to the jury. Bales was sentenced to life in prison without parole Friday.
Peter Millett AP

Originally published on Fri August 23, 2013 4:14 pm

A military jury has sentenced Robert Bales, the U.S. Army staff sergeant who admitted to killing 16 Afghan civilians in 2012, to life in prison without parole. During the punishment hearings held this week, Bales was confronted by family members of victims and people who survived the attacks of March 11, 2012.

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The Two-Way
1:59 pm
Fri August 23, 2013

Drop In New Home Sales May Be Sign Higher Rates Are Biting

The scene earlier this year at a home construction site in Phoenix.
Justin Sullivan Getty Images

Proving once again that when it comes to economic data there's almost always a "but" to watch out for:

The housing sector has been one of the economy's stars in recent months, as we said Thursday when the news broke that sales of existing homes rose an estimated 6.5 percent in July from June.

But ...

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Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz
1:45 pm
Fri August 23, 2013

Kenny Barron On Piano Jazz

Kenny Barron.
John Sann Courtesy of the artist

Kenny Barron is one of the most highly regarded players of his generation. Playing professionally since he was 15, Barron has worked with some of the jazz world's best, including Ella Fitzgerald, Joe Henderson and Roy Haynes.

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This Is NPR
1:35 pm
Fri August 23, 2013

Librarian ProFile: It's Amazing To Hear A Person's Voice Change In Their Career

Hannah Sommers, Program Manager in the NPR Library.
Katie Burk & Claire Mueller NPR

Originally published on Mon August 26, 2013 4:43 pm

This month, the NPR Arts Desk has been exploring the role of public libraries in the U.S. and how it's evolved over the years. The fascinating series, Keys to the Whole World: American Public Libraries, got us curious about what's happening in our own library at NPR. It provides instrumental services to staff from research and training, to developing massive music and radio story databases, to preserving and digitizing NPR's huge collection of audio.

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Mountain Stage
1:24 pm
Fri August 23, 2013

Lora Faye On Mountain Stage

Lora Faye performs on Mountain Stage.
Brian Blauser Mountain Stage

Originally published on Wed July 2, 2014 9:50 am

Lora Faye makes her first appearance on Mountain Stage, recorded live at the Culture Center Theater in Charleston, W.Va. A singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, Faye plays brash, lo-fi Americana that draws inspiration from such disparate sources as Gillian Welch and Jeff Buckley, Blind Willie Johnson and Anaïs Mitchell, Harry Smith and Andy Warhol.

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The Two-Way
1:16 pm
Fri August 23, 2013

A Glimpse Of Syria's 1 Million Child Refugees

Syrian-Kurdish children sit on a bed at the Quru Gusik refugee camp in the Kurdish region of northern Iraq, on Aug. 22. Faced with brutal violence and soaring prices, thousands of Syrian Kurds have poured into Iraq's autonomous Kurdish region. UNICEF has reported that over one million Syrian children live as refugees in other countries.
Safin Hamed AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Fri August 23, 2013 2:04 pm

Syria's war has reached another grim milestone: Two United Nations agencies announced Friday that 1 million Syrian children have now fled their homeland in an uprising and civil war that's well into its third year.

The accompanying slide show provides a glimpse of some of these children and the conditions they are living in.

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World Cafe
1:05 pm
Fri August 23, 2013

Buddy Guy On World Cafe

Buddy Guy's new double album is titled Rhythm & Blues.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Fri September 27, 2013 5:17 pm

We recorded this interview with blues guitarist and singer Buddy Guy the day after he turned 77 — and he turned up early for our 9 a.m. start.

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All Tech Considered
1:00 pm
Fri August 23, 2013

Tech Week That Was: National Security, Privacy And Ballmer

Glenn Greenwald is the blogger and journalist who broke the story about widespread surveillance by the National Security Agency. His partner, David Miranda, was detained at London's Heathrow Airport earlier this week.
Sergio Moraes Reuters/Landov

Originally published on Fri August 23, 2013 5:27 pm

Each Friday we round up the big conversations in tech and culture during the week that was. We also revisit the work that appeared on this blog and highlight what we're reading from our fellow technology writers and observers at other organizations.

ICYMI

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Krulwich Wonders...
12:40 pm
Fri August 23, 2013

Can Worms Create Their Own Imaginary Oceans? Can Oysters?

D.P. Wilson/FLPA Science Source

Originally published on Fri August 23, 2013 3:35 pm

When you see them on the beach, spinach-like plops of green sprawled on the sand, you'd never guess their teeny nervous systems are imprinted with beach-ness. They are the ultimate Beach Boys. For them it's always summer.

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Race
12:19 pm
Fri August 23, 2013

What Do Asian-Americans Owe The Civil Rights Movement?

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CELESTE HEADLEE, HOST:

This is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. I'm Celeste Headlee, Michel Martin is away. Coming up, for some music fans, Robin Thicke's megahit "Blurred Lines" sounds distinctly familiar, kind of like an old Marvin Gaye song. The Barbershop guys step to the mic with their verdict. That's ahead. But first, the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington has given the nation an opportunity to reflect on the legacy of Martin Luther King and the movement that he helped to shape.

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Music Interviews
12:19 pm
Fri August 23, 2013

Broadway Star 'Comfortable' With Album Of Intensely Personal Songs

Originally published on Fri August 23, 2013 4:10 pm

Tituss Burgess gained fameasthescene-stealing sidekick D'Fwan on the NBC Comedy 30 Rock. But he's also a singer who has performed on Broadway in big hits like The Little Mermaid and Guys & Dolls. Now, he's making a name for himself as in the world of R&B. His latest album is called "Comfortable." He told guest host Celeste Headlee about his transition from the stage to the recording studio.

Interview Highlights


The inspiration for 'Comfortable'

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Song Travels
12:05 pm
Fri August 23, 2013

Rob Schwimmer On 'Song Travels'

Rob Schwimmer.
Courtesy of the artist

Composer and pianist Rob Schwimmer has worked with the likes of Simon & Garfunkel, Stevie Wonder and Bette Milder. He's also written scores for Oscar-winning short films and is a master of the theremin.

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NPR Story
12:05 pm
Fri August 23, 2013

Rebooting Science Museums for the 21st Century

Originally published on Mon August 26, 2013 9:16 am

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IRA FLATOW, HOST:

When you last visited your local science museum, what did you see? Those cavernous dark halls, the dinosaurs, a bone frozen into place. The dioramas of stuffed big-horn sheep in a painted habitat. We all know of those. At least that might be how you remember it. But museum directors today are reimagining that Victorian-era museum, reimagining it for the 21st century. They envision using everything from smartphone apps to walk-through labs and meet and greet with actual scientists.

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NPR Story
12:05 pm
Fri August 23, 2013

Judging Music With Visual Cues

Originally published on Fri August 23, 2013 4:26 pm

Musical performances may not be a completely auditory experience, according to a study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Study author Chia-Jung Tsay discusses how visual cues can influence our judgments about music and other social settings.

NPR Story
12:05 pm
Fri August 23, 2013

A Robot Lab to Survey the Sea Floor

Originally published on Fri August 23, 2013 4:26 pm

Imagine a robotic lab that can sample ocean organisms on its own and perform DNA analysis of what it finds. William Ussler, of the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute, describes how a prototypical robotic explorer is helping study the life around undersea thermal vents.

NPR Story
12:05 pm
Fri August 23, 2013

A Telescope Fails, but the Hunt for Exoplanets Continues

Originally published on Fri August 23, 2013 4:26 pm

The ailing Kepler planet-hunting telescope cannot be fixed, the victim of failed reaction wheels required to aim the instrument. However, researchers still have reams of data to sift through. William Borucki of NASA and Joshua Winn of MIT discuss the search for distant planets.

NPR Story
12:05 pm
Fri August 23, 2013

Study Correlates Copper Intake and Alzheimer's in Mice

Originally published on Fri August 23, 2013 4:26 pm

Reporting in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, researchers write of a possible link between copper in drinking water and Alzheimer's disease in mice. Lead author Rashid Deane discusses the potential mechanism.

The Two-Way
10:30 am
Fri August 23, 2013

Police Say One Arrest Made In Gang Rape Of Photojournalist In India

Police officers on Friday inspect the site where a woman in her early 20s was allegedly gang raped in Mumbai, India.
Rafiq Maqbool AP

Originally published on Fri August 23, 2013 12:17 pm

Authorities in India say they've arrested one man and identified four others in the alleged gang rape of a young photojournalist, apparently the latest victim in a series of recent sexual assaults that have shaken the country.

NPR's Julie McCarthy reports that the woman, in her early 20s, and a male colleague were doing a photo shoot of old buildings in south Mumbai when the incident took place early Thursday evening local time.

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