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The Two-Way
6:40 pm
Fri August 9, 2013

U.S. To Open Most Embassies Shuttered By Terrorist Threat

Eighteen of the 19 diplomatic missions that were shuttered this week because of a terror threat will reopen this Sunday, the State Department said.

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The Two-Way
6:38 pm
Fri August 9, 2013

ITC Says Samsung Infringed On Apple Patents

A woman talks on an iPhone as she walks past construction of a new Apple store in Berlin in April.
Sean Gallup Getty Images

Originally published on Fri August 9, 2013 7:18 pm

U.S. trade officials have ruled that South Korea's Samsung infringed on patents owned by Apple for specific smartphone features, ratcheting up a tit-for-tat legal battle between the two electronics giants that is matched only by the ferocity of their marketplace competition.

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The Two-Way
6:00 pm
Fri August 9, 2013

5 Things To Know About The Legal Reasoning For Surveillance

The National Security Agency headquarters at Fort Meade, Md.
Saul Loeb Getty Images

After Obama proposed reforms to some surveillance programs run by the NSA, the Justice Department issued a long-awaited white paper (pdf) on the legal reasoning for the bulk collection of telephone records.

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Deceptive Cadence
5:55 pm
Fri August 9, 2013

Versatile Opera Star, Director, Teacher Regina Resnik Dies at 90

Regina Resnik as Ellen Orford in the Metropolitan Opera premiere of Benjamin Britten's Peter Grimes in 1948.
Metropolitan Opera Archives

Originally published on Tue August 13, 2013 1:11 pm

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This Is NPR
5:54 pm
Fri August 9, 2013

'Alt.Latino,' Coming To You From A Closet Abroad

NPR's Alt.Latino Host Jasmine Garsd posted this photo of her makeshift recording studio in Mexico City, where she's reporting for a few months.
courtesy of Jasmine Garsd via Instagram

NPR's Alt.Latino Host Jasmine Garsd is spending a few months in Mexico City, a city she calls "one of the Latin meccas of music." In addition to researching great stories there, she's been tracking down innovative places to record quality audio.

Garsd posted this photo from one of her makeshift recording studios in the city, and says:

"Desde las oficinas de grabacion de Alt.Latino en Mexico- tmbn conocido como un placard con buena acustica"

Which in English means:

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Newport Jazz Festival
5:46 pm
Fri August 9, 2013

Donny McCaslin Group, Live In Concert: Newport Jazz 2013

The Donny McCaslin Group performs at the 2013 Newport Jazz Festival.
Adam Kissick NPR

Originally published on Fri June 20, 2014 10:24 am

Should you ever meet Donny McCaslin, you'll encounter an imposingly tall fellow who's one of the nicest guys you'll shake hands with — and who wields a sax like few others. His band has gone electro-funk with fuzz-dub bass, analog synths and hard grooves. One of his newer tunes is called "Stadium Jazz," which is a little tongue-in-cheek and with a little bit of the grand vision implied. They played a side stage in the morning. The audience didn't know what hit 'em.

Personnel

  • Donny McCaslin, tenor saxophone
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The Salt
5:33 pm
Fri August 9, 2013

Watermelon Babies Of China: Your Friday Moment Of Zen

Mom, I'm not so sure about this: An example of the photos of babies dressed as watermelons being shared by Chinese Internet users.
dx365

Originally published on Tue August 13, 2013 10:56 am

Babies come in pretty cute packaging — we're pretty sure it has something to do with Mother Nature wanting you to coo over a burping, pooping little freeloader. But now Chinese Internet users have found a way to one-up nature: They're wrapping those already adorable babes in watermelons.

Yep, watermelons.

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Paperback Nonfiction Bestsellers
5:03 pm
Fri August 9, 2013

NPR Bestsellers: Paperback Nonfiction, Week Of August 8, 2013

Richard Russo recounts growing up in 1950s upstate New York in Elsewhere, which appears at No. 10.

Paperback Fiction Bestsellers
5:03 pm
Fri August 9, 2013

NPR Bestsellers: Paperback Fiction, Week Of August 8, 2013

Appearing at No. 11, Alice Munro collects the stories and moments that shape a life in Dear Life.

Hardcover Nonfiction Bestsellers
5:03 pm
Fri August 9, 2013

NPR Bestsellers: Hardcover Nonfiction, Week Of August 8, 2013

The Telling Room, about Michael Paterniti's mission to taste the finest cheeses, debuts at No. 15.

Hardcover Fiction Bestsellers
5:03 pm
Fri August 9, 2013

NPR Bestsellers: Hardcover Fiction, Week Of August 8, 2013

David Gilbert's & Sons tests the bond of a reclusive writer with his sons. It debuts at No. 13.

NPR Bestseller List
5:03 pm
Fri August 9, 2013

NPR Bestsellers: Week Of August 8, 2013

The lists are compiled from weekly surveys of close to 500 independent bookstores nationwide.

Iraq
4:24 pm
Fri August 9, 2013

July Was Iraq's Deadliest Month In Five Years

Originally published on Fri August 9, 2013 5:45 pm

Melissa Block talks to Tim Arango, Baghdad bureau chief for The New York Times, about increasing violence in Iraq.

Africa
4:24 pm
Fri August 9, 2013

As Ramadan Winds Down, Tensions Ramp Up In Egypt

Originally published on Fri August 9, 2013 5:45 pm

Transcript

AUDIE CORNISH, HOST:

From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Audie Cornish.

MELISSA BLOCK, HOST:

And I'm Melissa Block. In Egypt, the country's Muslims are marking the end of the holy month of Ramadan, celebrating with family and friends. But not everyone is home enjoying the holiday. Tens of thousands of protesters are still in the streets mainly camped out in two locations in Cairo.

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The Two-Way
4:18 pm
Fri August 9, 2013

Mexican Court Frees Drug Lord Convicted In Killing DEA Agent

Mexican federal police patrol Friday near Puente Grande State prison (background) in Zapotlanejo, Jalisco state, Mexico, where former top Mexican cartel boss Rafael Caro Quintero was released.
Hector Guerrero AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Mon August 12, 2013 8:28 am

A Mexican court has thrown out the conviction of infamous drug lord Rafael Caro Quintero, 28 years after he was convicted and imprisoned for the 1985 kidnapping and murder of U.S. DEA agent Enrique Camarena.

Quintero had been serving a 40-year sentence for torturing and killing Camarena, but the court voided the sentence on a technicality — saying he should have been tried in a state court instead of the federal court where he was convicted.

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Monkey See
3:53 pm
Fri August 9, 2013

Karen Black, Strange And Lovely, And Always Game

Karen Black and Kris Kristofferson were photographed together in 1972, when they co-starred in Cisco Pike, a saga of drug-ruined rockers and crooked cops.
John Springer Collection/CORBIS

Originally published on Mon August 12, 2013 1:26 pm

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
3:07 pm
Fri August 9, 2013

Abby Wambach

Originally published on Sat August 10, 2013 12:03 pm

The soccer star proves she has her head in the game.

Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
3:07 pm
Fri August 9, 2013

Nic Wallenda

Originally published on Sat August 10, 2013 12:03 pm

Transcript

CARL KASELL: From NPR and WBEZ-Chicago, this is WAIT WAIT...DON'T TELL ME!, the NPR news quiz. I'm Carl Kasell. And once again here's your host, at the Chase Bank Auditorium in downtown Chicago, Peter Sagal.

PETER SAGAL, HOST:

Thank you, Carl. Thanks so much.

(APPLAUSE)

SAGAL: There are a lot of different kinds of pastimes and games, so there's some debate over what actually is a sport and what isn't. Here's my definition. A sport is anything I am scared to attempt.

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
3:07 pm
Fri August 9, 2013

Jon Miller

Originally published on Sat August 10, 2013 12:03 pm

The voice of the San Francisco Giants tries to win our game.

Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
3:07 pm
Fri August 9, 2013

Jackie Joyner-Kersee

Originally published on Sat August 10, 2013 12:03 pm

We talk to the track and field star about training as a child and racing her brother.

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