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NPR Story
1:13 pm
Fri May 22, 2015

'All Souls Trilogy' Author Deborah Harkness

Originally published on Fri May 22, 2015 2:29 pm

Deborah Harkness used her background as a history of science professor to write the the hugely successful “All Souls Trilogy.”

The books are set in a world where witches, vampires and demons live alongside humans, and center around the romance of Diana, a reluctant witch, and Matthew, a vampire who’s 1,500 years old.

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NPR Story
1:13 pm
Fri May 22, 2015

The Ad That Ushered In An Era Of Tough-On-Crime Politics

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In 1987, the Lawrence Eagle-Tribune newspaper in Massachusetts wrote this about a local criminal case: “The question everyone wants answered is how a cold-blooded murderer ever got out in the first place.”

One year later, the entire nation was asking the same question because of this 30-second television ad (above).

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World Cafe
1:08 pm
Fri May 22, 2015

West Philadelphia Orchestra On World Cafe

West Philadelphia Orchestra with interloping World Cafe host David Dye (ensousaphoned, right).
Rich McKie WXPN

We've got something quite different as our Sense of Place: Philly series continues. Philadelphia has a brass band called The West Philadelphia Orchestra. They specialize in Balkan music, and as they were rehearsing a number of years ago, a singer was passing by who knew the music they were playing from growing up — and she joined the band. Petia Zamfirova will be the first to say this eclectic group is not just about backing her singing. We'll find out how this band grew here, hear about their selection in the All Songs Considered Tiny Desk Concert contest and more.

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Monkey See
12:54 pm
Fri May 22, 2015

Pop Culture Happy Hour: For 'Mad Men' And Letterman, A Week Of Goodbyes

Jon Hamm as Don Draper.
Michael Yarish AMC

This week's taping presented us with a few conundrums: Host Linda Holmes had already begun her vacation, while I know jack-all about the seven accumulated seasons of Mad Men, whose finale we were duty-bound to discuss. Our solution involved a pair of our most beloved guest panelists — Gene Demby and, from a studio in L.A., Barrie Hardymon — and a brief interregnum in poor Linda's vacation. (I stayed home and ate snacks.)

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The Two-Way
12:51 pm
Fri May 22, 2015

Some Clinton Emails Were Retroactively Classified

The State Department is releasing 296 emails from Hillary Clinton's email account during her tenure as secretary of state. The correspondence relates to the attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya.
M. Spencer Green AP

Originally published on Fri May 22, 2015 5:12 pm

Updated at 3:40 p.m. ET

Emails released Friday by the State Department appear to confirm Hillary Clinton's assertion that she received no classified information on her personal email account while she served as secretary of state. Still, some of the emails were classified at the FBI's request after the fact — something the White House says is not uncommon.

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The Two-Way
12:21 pm
Fri May 22, 2015

#NPRReads: Social Concern And The Drought In California

Sprinklers water a lawn in Sacramento, Calif.
Rich Pedroncelli AP

#NPRreads is a feature we're testing out on Twitter and on The Two-Way. The premise is simple: Correspondents, editors and producers throughout our newsroom will share pieces that have kept them reading. They'll share tidbits on Twitter using the #NPRreads hashtag, and on occasion we'll share a longer take here on the blog.

This week, we bring you four reads.

From reporter Sam Sanders:

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Goats and Soda
12:03 pm
Fri May 22, 2015

A Desk That Can Take A Ton Of Earthquake Rubble

Still standing: The earthquake-proof desk can withstand 2,200 pounds dropped on top of it.
Courtesy of Ido Bruno

Originally published on Fri May 22, 2015 3:02 pm

Call it the little school desk that can.

At 57 pounds, the desk in question is light enough for two students to carry and move around the classroom. At $35 per student, it's affordable enough for many school districts to buy in bulk. And oh yes, tests have shown it can survive a crushing weight of 1,000 kilograms (2,200 pounds) or more.

In other words, this desk can withstand an earthquake — and potentially save students' lives in the process

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NPR Story
11:22 am
Fri May 22, 2015

The Recipients

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GLYNN WASHINGTON, HOST:

Welcome back to SNAP JUDGMENT, from PRX and NPR, "The Weight Of The World" episode. Today, we're peering into the lives of people who are carrying an unexpected burden. And sometimes the heaviest weight is one we choose for ourselves.

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NPR Story
11:22 am
Fri May 22, 2015

The Red Lantern

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NPR Story
11:22 am
Fri May 22, 2015

Shot in the Dark

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NPR Story
11:22 am
Fri May 22, 2015

Out of Uniform

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Songs We Love
10:38 am
Fri May 22, 2015

Songs We Love: Alessia Cara, 'Here'

"Here" is Alessia Cara's debut single on Def Jam.
Courtesy of the artist

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From Scratch
10:37 am
Fri May 22, 2015

Martine Rothblatt, Founder Of Sirius Satellite Radio

Host Jessica Harris talks with Martine Rothblatt, founder of Sirius Satellite Radio and United Therapeutics. Harris also talks with Ayah Bdeir, Founder of littleBits.

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Parallels
9:33 am
Fri May 22, 2015

A Wedding And A Challenge: Lebanese Couples Fight For Civil Marriage

Kholoud Succariyeh (right) and Nidal Darwish, who got married in defiance of Lebanon's ban on civil unions, walk past Beirut's landmark Pigeon Rock in 2013.
Joseph Eid AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Sat May 23, 2015 11:52 am

Like lots of young married couples, Kholoud Succariyeh and Nidal Darwish love to show their wedding video. They go all misty-eyed remembering that day two years ago.

"Very beautiful," says Succariyeh. "Everything is nice."

Their wedding was special, not only as a personal milestone for the couple. It was a political milestone, as well.

Darwish says their union was a challenge to the state: It was Lebanon's first civil marriage.

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13.7: Cosmos And Culture
9:26 am
Fri May 22, 2015

Peering Into Rembrandt's Eyes

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The Late Rembrandt show that closed this past weekend at the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam is the first exhibition ever to focus on the adventurous and experimental painting of the last 18 years of Rembrandt's life.

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TED Radio Hour
8:36 am
Fri May 22, 2015

Is Aging Really So Bad?

"I don't have to prove anything anymore. I'm not stuck in the idea of who I was, who I want to be, or what other people expect me to be." - Author Isabel Allende
James Duncan Davidson Courtesy of TED

Originally published on Fri May 22, 2015 9:02 am

Part 5 of the TED Radio Hour episode The Fountain Of Youth

About Isabel Allende's TED Talk

Author Isabel Allende is in her 70's. She's got a few wrinkles—but she has incredible perspective, too. She says she plans to keep on living passionately as long as she can.

About Isabel Allende

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TED Radio Hour
8:34 am
Fri May 22, 2015

What Are The Secrets of Centenarians?

National Geographic writer and explorer Dan Buettner studies the world's longest-lived peoples and their lifestyles.
Courtesy TEDxTC

Originally published on Fri May 22, 2015 1:45 pm

Part 1 of the TED Radio Hour episode The Fountain Of Youth

About Dan Buettner's TED Talk

To find the path to long life and health, Dan Buettner studies the world's "Blue Zones," communities whose elders live longer than anyone else on the planet.

About Dan Buettner

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TED Radio Hour
8:26 am
Fri May 22, 2015

How Could Technology Change The Way We Evolve?

Medical ethicist Harvey Fineberg says "neo-evolution" is on the horizon.
James Duncan Davidson Courtesy of TED

Originally published on Fri May 22, 2015 9:01 am

Part 4 of the TED Radio Hour episode The Fountain Of Youth

About Harvey Fineberg's TED Talk

Medical ethicist Harvey Fineberg says "neo-evolution" is on the horizon. When it becomes easier to eliminate disease through gene therapy, will we change the trajectory of evolution?

About Harvey Fineberg

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TED Radio Hour
8:26 am
Fri May 22, 2015

How Do You Make An Elderly Worm Feel Young Again?

"We can harness our bodies' own abilities that are kind of kept under wraps to allow the aging process to be slowed down." - Biochemist Cynthia Kenyon
James Duncan Davidson Courtesy of TED

Originally published on Fri May 22, 2015 9:01 am

Part 3 of the TED Radio Hour episode The Fountain Of Youth

About Cynthia Kenyon's TED Talk

What controls aging? Biochemist Cynthia Kenyon has found a genetic mutation that can more than double the lifespan of a tiny worm, which points to how we might one day significantly extend human life.

About Cynthia Kenyon

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TED Radio Hour
8:26 am
Fri May 22, 2015

Can Aging Be Cured?

"Things that only have a 50% chance of happening 20 years from now are supposed to sound like science fiction." - Aubrey de Grey
Robert Leslie TED

Originally published on Fri May 22, 2015 9:01 am

Part 2 of the TED Radio Hour episode The Fountain Of Youth

About Aubrey de Grey's TED Talk

Cambridge researcher Aubrey de Grey argues that aging is merely a disease — and a curable one at that.

About Aubrey de Grey

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