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4:56 pm
Thu April 23, 2015

Prime Minister Says France Faces 'Unprecedented Terrorist Threat'

Originally published on Thu April 23, 2015 7:03 pm

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Politics
4:56 pm
Thu April 23, 2015

Lawmakers Urge Boehner To Act On Obama's Use Of Force Request

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Planet Money
4:56 pm
Thu April 23, 2015

'We Built A Robot That Types': The Man Behind Computerized Stock Trading

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Commentary
4:56 pm
Thu April 23, 2015

Hubble Telescope Celebrates 25 Years In Space

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It was 25 years ago tomorrow that NASA launched the Hubble Telescope. It gave us a new view of the universe, and NPR's Cosmos and Culture blogger Adam Frank tells us its remarkable work will endure for centuries.

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Book Reviews
4:56 pm
Thu April 23, 2015

Book Review: 'The Language Of Paradise'

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"The Language Of Paradise." That's the title of a new book by first-time novelist Barbara Klein Moss. "The Language Of Paradise" sounds lovely, but it's much more complicated. Alan Cheuse has our review.

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National Security
4:56 pm
Thu April 23, 2015

American Al-Qaida Member Killed In Strike Was Star Of Propaganda Videos

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It's All Politics
3:36 pm
Thu April 23, 2015

#TBT: With Year To Go In White House, First Lady Runs For Senate

Hillary Clinton walking in the a St. Patrick's Day parade in Queens, N.Y., during her 2000 Senate race.
Diane Bondareff AP

Originally published on Fri April 24, 2015 3:57 pm

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The Two-Way
3:19 pm
Thu April 23, 2015

Indian Farmer's Apparent Suicide Sparks Political Backlash

An Indian National Congress party worker on Thursday pays tribute to Gajendra Singh, a farmer who committed suicide during a candlelight vigil in New Delhi the previous day.
Rajay Gupta EPA/Landov

Originally published on Thu April 23, 2015 4:05 pm

The apparent suicide of a farmer at a rally in central Delhi has turned into a political mud-slinging contest.

Gajendra Singh, reportedly in his 40s, was found hanging from a tree during a rally in New Delhi earlier this week. His death has quickly become a powerful symbol for disaffected and destitute farmers who oppose a government push to loosen restrictions on industrial acquisition of farmland.

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Music
3:14 pm
Thu April 23, 2015

Dwight Yoakam's 'Second Hand Heart' Is First Class

Dwight Yoakam has been making music that mixes country with rock 'n' roll since the 1970s. Working out of Los Angeles rather than Nashville, he's built a career that has also included a solid acting career, appearing in movies like 1996's Sling Blade and the recent TV series Under the Dome. Yoakam's new album is called Second Hand Heart, and Fresh Air rock critic Ken Tucker says it's one of Yoakam's most stylistically diverse.

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Middle East
3:14 pm
Thu April 23, 2015

Saudi Bombing In Yemen Has Led To New Gains For Al-Qaida

Reporter Gregory Johnsen talks with Fresh Air's Dave Davies about the humanitarian crisis in Yemen and how the chaos is impacting the U.S. fight against al-Qaida. Johnsen describes a country torn apart. "I don't even think it's accurate to speak of Yemen as one country anymore," he says. "I think the country has been definitively and decisively broken in the way that no one will ever be able to put it back together again."

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World Cafe
3:11 pm
Thu April 23, 2015

Latin Roots: Essential Cumbia

Colombian singer Totó La Momposina.
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Of all the styles of Latin music we've been exploring on our Latin Roots Essential series, there are few that are more essential than cumbia. Catalina Maria Johnson from Chicago's Beat Latino is up to the task of exploring this wide-ranging genre. She brings some great musical picks — and she made this extended Spotify playlist for your further enjoyment.

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World Cafe
2:44 pm
Thu April 23, 2015

Judah & The Lion On World Cafe

Judah & the Lion
Joshua Black Wilkins Courtesy of the artist

Judah & the Lion join us live today. They're a three-piece band from Nashville consisting of of Judah Akers (vocals and guitar), Brian Macdonald (mandolin) and Nate Zuercher (banjo).

In 2011, like many new young bands from Music City, they met at Belmont University. After a couple of EPs, they released their debut full length, Kids These Days, in September of last year.

One thing you will note is how upbeat these guys are lyrically. There is no way you can leave a concert with Judah & the Lion without feeling better than when you arrived.

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NPR Story
2:37 pm
Thu April 23, 2015

'Full House' Is Latest Old TV Hit To Be Revived

The '90s sitcom will return as "Fuller House" on Netflix. John Stamos will reprise his role, along with some – though not all – of his costars. (ABC)

If “Full House” was a major part of your childhood, you might get a kick out of this. Netflix announced this week that it’s coming back – as “Fuller House.”

John Stamos – or Uncle Jesse – will produce the new series, and will also reprise his role, along with some of his old co-stars (though not all).

“Full House” is just the latest in a parade of old favorites that seem to be returning to television. There’s also “Arrested Development,” “The X-Files,” “Coach,” “Twin Peaks,” “Boy Meets World” (reimagined as “Girl Meets World”), “Bewitched” and the list goes on.

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Alt.Latino
2:28 pm
Thu April 23, 2015

Grab Your Bionic Chanclas: Alt.Latino's Mixtape For The Robot Apocalypse

Vendaval, el Capitán Invencible was a comic book series created in the 1950s by Víctor Mora and Antonio Bernal.
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It's All Politics
2:25 pm
Thu April 23, 2015

Rubio Takes Up Koch Brothers Charge On Export-Import Bank

Sen. Marco Rubio speaks at the First in the Nation Republican Leadership Summit in New Hampshire earlier this month.
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There's a growing battle in Washington, especially among Republicans, over the Export-Import Bank, an 80-year-old federal agency that helps to finance American companies in foreign trade. Congress must reauthorize the bank by June 30 or it will shut down.

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Songs We Love
2:25 pm
Thu April 23, 2015

Songs We Love: Juan Wauters, 'This Is I'

"This Is I" embodies Queens songwriter Juan Wauters's path from punk to poet.
Nicole Ucedo Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Thu April 23, 2015 4:34 pm

Queens-via-Uruguay songwriter Juan Wauters rose to internet acclaim as a member of the obstreperous rock band The Beets, one of New York City's most beloved DIY acts of the 21st century. In the time since The Beets' initial breakup in 2012, Wauters has pursued a more introspective, subdued sound, writing songs that explore who he is and how "he" came to be.

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Goats and Soda
2:16 pm
Thu April 23, 2015

She Got 80,000 Girls To Attend School And Won A $1.25 Million Prize

Safeena Husain says: "I educate girls." Her efforts have brought 80,000 Indian girls into school; last week she received a Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship (above).
Courtesy of Skoll Foundation/Gabriel Diamond

Originally published on Fri April 24, 2015 11:07 am

Have you ever had an "aha" moment? Suddenly, it becomes clear you have to make a change in your life, and you actually go ahead and do it.

Safeena Husain, 43, has had three "aha" moments. She ran away from home in India to an ashram. She let her fingers do the walking through the Yellow Pages to plot a new career in the U.S. And she found her true calling after a soul-shaking encounter in a Himalayan village.

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NPR Story
1:47 pm
Thu April 23, 2015

Judge Approves NFL Concussion Settlement

Former NFL player Kevin Turner speaks during a news conference in Philadelphia on April 9, 2013. As former players Dorsey Levens, center, and Bill Bergey listen. The NFL agreed Wednesday, June 25, 2014, to remove a $675 million cap on damages from thousands of concussion-related claims after a federal judge questioned whether there would be enough money to cover as many as 20,000 retired players. The plaintiffs include Kevin Turner, who played for the Philadelphia Eagles and New England Patriots and is now battling ALS. (Matt Rourke/AP)

Originally published on Thu April 23, 2015 2:37 pm

A federal judge has approved a plan to resolve thousands of NFL concussion lawsuits that could cost the league $1 billion over 65 years.

The league expects 6,000 of nearly 20,000 retired players will suffer from Alzheimer’s disease or moderate dementia eventually, and the settlement approved yesterday would pay them an average of $190,000.

Here & Now sports analyst Mike Pesca discusses the settlement with host Robin Young.

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NPR Story
1:47 pm
Thu April 23, 2015

DJ Sessions: New Sounds From Canada To Sweden

Pale Hone is an indie rock duo from Gothenburg, Sweden. (palehoney.com)

Originally published on Thu April 23, 2015 2:37 pm

KCRW DJ Chris Douridas joins Here & Now’s Jeremy Hobson to share some new music, from a Canadian artist who goes by the name Doldrums, to a young woman who has remade the 1963 song “You Don’t Own Me.”

Songs In This Segment

Doldrums, “Hotfoot”

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NPR Story
1:47 pm
Thu April 23, 2015

More Questions Than Answers After Emergency Landing

Emergency vehicles surround a SkyWest Airlines plane, operating as United Express, that made an emergency landing at Buffalo Niagara International Airport, Wednesday, April 22, 2015, in Cheektowaga, N.Y. A SkyWest spokeswoman said one passenger aboard Flight 5622, lost consciousness and the pilots rapidly descended "out of an abundance of caution." (Gary Wiepert/AP)

Originally published on Thu April 23, 2015 2:37 pm

The mystery persists over just what happened on the SkyWest Airlines flight that made an emergency landing last night in Buffalo. The flight from Chicago had been scheduled to land in Hartford, Connecticut.

Passengers passed out, and the pilot quickly descended to a lower elevation. Some believed it was to correct an air pressure problem, but the airline later said there was no air pressure problem. Clive Irving joins Here & Now’s Robin Young with the latest on the investigation.

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