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This Is NPR
5:13 pm
Fri July 19, 2013

Maria Bamford Loves NPR

Melissa Kuypers NPR

Maria Bamford is a stand-up comedian with a growing and dedicated following. You might recognize her unique voice from the many cartoons she plays, or you might know her as a meth addict named Debris in the new season of Arrested Development.

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The Two-Way
4:57 pm
Fri July 19, 2013

Michigan AG Appeals Court Order Blocking Detroit Bankruptcy

State-appointed emergency manager Kevyn Orr (right) and Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder, at a Friday news conference in Detroit.
Carlos Osorio AP

A circuit court judge has ruled that Detroit's bankruptcy filing violates the state's constitution and laws, and must be withdrawn; Michigan's attorney general has already appealed the decision.

Judge Rosemarie Aquilina made the ruling on Friday, a day after the city became the largest municipality in history to declare bankruptcy under federal Chapter 9 rules.

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Movie Interviews
4:56 pm
Fri July 19, 2013

Kristen Wiig: That Loud, Strange Lady Isn't Me

Kristen Wiig (with Darren Criss) stars in Girl Most Likely as a hard-luck case who learns how to reboot her disastrous life after she's forced to move back in with her mom.
Nicole Rivelli Roadside Attractions

Originally published on Fri July 19, 2013 6:12 pm

For seven seasons on Saturday Night Live, actress Kristen Wiig made us laugh — laugh hard — with her off-the-wall, over-the-top characters, from Sue, the woman who loved surprises a little too much, to the unnervingly exuberant Target Lady.

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NPR Ombudsman
4:43 pm
Fri July 19, 2013

Regional Bias And How NPR Covers America

istockphoto.com

Originally published on Thu August 1, 2013 2:28 pm

It is a persistent complaint among listeners: NPR has a regional bias, and it favors the East and West coasts.

"It is past time that NPR relocated its headquarters away from Washington, D.C.," admonished Gregory Elmes, a professor at West Virginia University, where he teaches geology and, fittingly, geography. "Somewhere like St. Louis, Mo. or Denver, Co. might provide your reporters, analysts and hosts with a wider perspective representative of a much broader sweep of the United States."

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The Two-Way
4:17 pm
Fri July 19, 2013

Chicago School System Plans More Layoffs

The Chicago Public Schools system is again in the spotlight after announcing late Thursday that it will lay off more than 2,100 employees — nearly half of them teachers. The laid-off educators account for 4 percent of the system's faculty, reports the Chicago Sun-Times.

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Song Travels
4:11 pm
Fri July 19, 2013

Valerie Simpson On 'Song Travels'

Valerie Simpson.
Courtesy of the artist

Singer-songwriter Valerie Simpson and her late husband Nick Ashford formed one of the most powerful musical duos of the modern era. From the Motown staple "Ain't No Mountain High Enough" to Chaka Khan's "I'm Every Woman," along with their own smash "Solid," Ashford & Simpson are some of the master architects of soul and R&B. Forty years on, Valerie Simpson carries their songwriting legacy into the present day.

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World
4:04 pm
Fri July 19, 2013

Ex-CIA Officer Heads To U.S. After Italy Issues Warrant

Originally published on Fri July 19, 2013 6:12 pm

Former CIA officer Robert Seldon Lady is on his way back to the U.S. after being briefly detained in Panama. An Italian court had convicted the agent in the first trial anywhere involving the practice known as extraordinary rendition, in which a terrorist suspect is kidnapped and transferred to a country where torture is practiced.

Middle East
4:04 pm
Fri July 19, 2013

Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood Transitions From Rulers To Protesters

Originally published on Fri July 19, 2013 6:12 pm

Transcript

MELISSA BLOCK, HOST:

Today, in cities across Egypt, supporters of the ousted President Mohammed Morsi filled streets and squares. They've been demanding his release from custody and his reinstatement as president. Opponents of Morsi also took to the streets, raising fears of fresh violence. NPR's Leila Fadel paid a visit to the headquarters of the pro-Morsi camp. She sent this report.

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Monkey See
4:04 pm
Fri July 19, 2013

Sliced, Diced And (Sometimes) Served Up Fresh: Three Horror Films That Prove A Point

Conjuring Scares: James Wan's latest genre entry serves up familiar horror tropes with enough style and facility to result in something shiver-inducingly fresh.
Warner Bros. Pictures

Originally published on Fri July 19, 2013 4:46 pm

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From Our Listeners
4:04 pm
Fri July 19, 2013

A Vacation Horror Story, Set In A Bad Motel

Originally published on Fri July 19, 2013 6:12 pm

Transcript

MELISSA BLOCK, HOST:

From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Melissa Block.

AUDIE CORNISH, HOST:

And I'm Audie Cornish. Surprise can enhance an adventure or it can turn a trip into what we've been chronicling this summer in a series we call...

ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST:

Vacation Horror Stories.

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The Two-Way
4:02 pm
Fri July 19, 2013

John Kerry: A 'Basis' For New Israeli-Palestinian Talks

Secretary of State John Kerry meets with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in Ramallah, West Bank, on Friday. Shortly afterward, Kerry announced a "basis" for the Israelis and Palestinians to resume peace negotiations.
Fadi Arouri Pool/Getty Images

Originally published on Sun July 21, 2013 8:45 am

Nothing ever seems to come easy in the Middle East, but Secretary of State John Kerry said Friday that there was "a basis" for a new round of Israeli-Palestinian peace negotiations, which would be the first such talks in several years.

Kerry made the announcement in Amman, Jordan, after a series of discussions with Palestinian and Arab leaders.

"We have reached an agreement that establishes the basis for resuming direct final status negotiations between the Palestinians and the Israelis," Kerry said. "This is a significant and welcome step forward."

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The Two-Way
3:52 pm
Fri July 19, 2013

Look Up And Smile: NASA's Taking More Photos Of Earth

That little blue dot is how Earth will likely appear in a photo shot from a spacecraft that is studying Saturn.
NASA/JPL-Caltech simulation

As Robert Krulwich says, "it's going to be a very small picture, but we're all going to be in it — all trillions of us on Earth."

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From Scratch
3:46 pm
Fri July 19, 2013

Robert Langer, Chemical Engineer At MIT

Dr. Langer is a chemical engineer who has pioneered the fields of drug delivery and tissue engineering. His lab at MIT receives roughly $10 Million in annual grants and has 100 researchers. Dr. Langer has helped to launch close to 30 start-ups, and his lab's innovations have been licensed or sublicensed by 250 companies. Dr. Langer is also a father of three children and a magician. Dr. Langer speaks with Jessica about how he has transformed the bio-materials landscape.

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Race
3:22 pm
Fri July 19, 2013

Transcript: President Obama's Remarks On Trayvon Martin Ruling

Originally published on Fri July 19, 2013 5:34 pm

President Obama's statement in the White House briefing room on July 19, as released by the White House:

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The Protojournalist
3:18 pm
Fri July 19, 2013

Monsters On Magazine Covers: A Quick History

In this magazine cover image released by Wenner Media, Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev appears on the cover of the Aug. 1, 2013, issue of Rolling Stone.
Wenner Medi AP

Originally published on Fri July 19, 2013 3:41 pm

Responding to criticism of putting a photo of suspected Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine — a hallowed spot in American culture — the publication's editors posted an explanatory note on the website version of the story. It says: "The cover story we are publishing this week falls within the traditions of journalism."

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Parallels
3:06 pm
Fri July 19, 2013

Brazil's Highflying VIPs Face Backlash Over Air Travel

A helicopter carries VIPs to the Brazilian Grand Prix in Sao Paulo in 2010. Politicians taking expensive helicopters and government planes have generated controversy in Brazil.
Jefferson Bernardes AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Fri July 19, 2013 7:57 pm

Unlike New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who often takes the subway to work, some prominent politicians in Brazil have a far more impressive way of getting around: private helicopters and government planes.

Perhaps the most over-the-top example of the trend is that of Rio de Janeiro state Gov. Sergio Cabral. A recent magazine expose showed that his commute to work is only about 6 miles.

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Paperback Nonfiction Bestsellers
3:03 pm
Fri July 19, 2013

NPR Bestsellers: Paperback Nonfiction, Week Of July 18, 2013

Quiet, Susan Cain's study of introverts in modern culture, stays on the list at No. 3.

Paperback Fiction Bestsellers
3:03 pm
Fri July 19, 2013

NPR Bestsellers: Paperback Fiction, Week Of July 18, 2013

Jo Nesbo's first Inspector Harry Hole novel, The Bat, appears at No. 7.

Hardcover Nonfiction Bestsellers
3:03 pm
Fri July 19, 2013

NPR Bestsellers: Hardcover Nonfiction, Week Of July 18, 2013

I Wear The Black Hat, Chuck Klosterman's exploration of villainy, debuts at No. 9.

Hardcover Fiction Bestsellers
3:03 pm
Fri July 19, 2013

NPR Bestsellers: Hardcover Fiction, Week Of July 18, 2013

The Light In The Ruins, about a Florence family imprisoned in its own home, debuts at No. 14.

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