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6:10 pm
Wed February 20, 2013

Learning The NPR API Has Never Been Easier

The NPR badge for Codecademy API courses.
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Earlier this year, we launched a new NPR API course on Codecademy as a tool for developers interested in learning the basics of our API and attracting new programmers to the public radio system.

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The Two-Way
5:46 pm
Wed February 20, 2013

Cool Photo: A Black Spot, The Size Of Six Earths, Appears On The Sun

The bottom two black spots on the sun, known as sunspots, appeared quickly over the course of Feb. 19-20, 2013.
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Originally published on Wed February 20, 2013 9:42 pm

Over the course of two days in February, scientists watched something amazing happening on the surface of our sun: A giant black spot grew to over six Earths in diameter.

NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center released a picture of the sun, which shows the spots in deep black.

NASA explains that it's hard to know the full extent of the spots, because it's on a sphere "not a flat disk." NASA adds:

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Middle East
5:33 pm
Wed February 20, 2013

A West Bank Story, Told Through Palestinian Eyes

Emad Burnat, a Palestinian who co-directed the Oscar-nominated documentary 5 Broken Cameras, displays the cameras destroyed by Israeli settlers and security forces. The film focuses on a Palestinian village protesting Israel's separation barrier in the West Bank.
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Originally published on Sun February 24, 2013 8:49 am

The Academy Award-nominated documentary 5 Broken Cameras tells the story of Bil'in, a modest Palestinian village perilously close to an Israeli settlement in the West Bank.

After the Israeli government began putting up its West Bank separation barrier, Bil'in resident Emad Burnat picked up a video camera, and in 2005 began a multiyear documentary project.

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The Two-Way
5:16 pm
Wed February 20, 2013

New York Times Co. Plans To Sell 'Boston Globe'

A Boston Globe newpaper sits inside a vendor box in 2009.
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Originally published on Wed February 20, 2013 5:39 pm

The New York Times Co. will continue shedding assets, this time announcing it is looking to sell The Boston Globe.

The New York Times reports the company said it was looking to sell off the Globe and "other New England properties" to "focus energy and resources on its flagship newspaper."

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The Salt
5:15 pm
Wed February 20, 2013

Smaller But Better? Organic Tomatoes May Pack More Nutritional Punch

Originally published on Thu February 21, 2013 2:05 pm

A new study published in the journal PLOS ONE finds that tomatoes grown on organic farms were about 40 percent smaller than conventionally grown tomatoes. The upside? They pack more of a nutritional punch. The researchers found the organic tomatoes had significantly higher levels of vitamin C, sugar and lycopene.

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Business
4:41 pm
Wed February 20, 2013

For The Publicly Traded, Going Private Can Be Risky Business

Dell's founder and another tech company have announced plans to take the computer giant private. While companies can benefit from withdrawing from the stock market, there are potential pitfalls as well.
Paul Sakuma AP

Originally published on Wed February 20, 2013 6:11 pm

It's been a busy month for corporate America.

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Music
4:36 pm
Wed February 20, 2013

Thistle And Shamrock: A Different Kind Of Love Song

Shooglenifty
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Originally published on Thu February 28, 2013 10:43 am

Move beyond the traditional notion of romantic love this week to hear of a love of landscape, of whisky, and of the natural world. Listen for contributions from Shooglenifty, Maura O'Connell, Tony McManus, Danu, Lunasa, Ceolbeg and many more.

Copyright 2013 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.

Book Reviews
4:20 pm
Wed February 20, 2013

'The Dinner' Offers Food For Thought

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Originally published on Wed February 20, 2013 6:11 pm

Food doesn't matter much in novels. Years will pass in a person's life without a single description of a snack. Not a moment between adverbs for a taco. No wonder so many characters in contemporary fiction are glum: They're not hopeless; they're hungry.

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13.7: Cosmos And Culture
4:16 pm
Wed February 20, 2013

Universe Or universe? It All Depends On The Multiverse

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Originally published on Thu February 28, 2013 12:41 pm

Sometimes behind what appears to be a mere grammatical issue hides a much deeper question of meaning.

The reader can easily check, after glancing at a handful of books and articles, including here at 13.7, that the word "universe" sometimes is capitalized and sometimes not. How is that decided, exactly? And who decides it? A choice is being made every time an author (or, more realistically, an editor) refers to the cosmos as "Universe" or as "universe." Let's ponder the reasoning behind this choice.

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The Two-Way
4:11 pm
Wed February 20, 2013

Lance Armstrong Will Not Cooperate With USADA Doping Probe

Lance Armstrong, during the interview with Oprah Winfrey that was recorded Monday and began airing Thursday night.
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Lance Armstrong will not cooperate with a United States Anti-Doping Agency probe into doping in the cycling world.

Bloomberg reports Armstrong missed a deadline set by USADA today. Armstrong's lawyer said he would not cooperate because the probe was too narrow.

Bloomberg adds:

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Shots - Health News
4:06 pm
Wed February 20, 2013

Feds Outline What Insurers Must Cover, Down To Polyp Removal

Colonoscopy copay? Zero.
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Originally published on Thu February 21, 2013 9:41 am

The Obama administration on Wednesday released its final rule on essential health benefits, which sets out the coverage insurers must offer starting in 2014.

Insurers must cover 10 broad categories of care, including emergency services, maternity care, hospital and doctors' services, mental health and substance abuse care and prescription drugs.

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It's All Politics
4:05 pm
Wed February 20, 2013

Romney To Return To Political Scene For CPAC Speech

Mitt Romney spoke at the Conservative Political Action Conference in February 2012. The former Republican presidential nominee is scheduled to speak to the group again next month.
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Mitt Romney will make his return to the political world at next month's Conservative Political Action Conference, the host American Conservative Union announced Wednesday.

"The thousands gathered at CPAC this year are eager to hear from the former 2012 GOP presidential candidate at his first public appearance since the elections," ACU Chairman Al Cardenas said in a statement. "We look forward to hearing Governor Romney's comments on the current state of affairs in America and the world, and his perspective on the future of the conservative movement."

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Afghanistan
3:57 pm
Wed February 20, 2013

The Afghan Battle Over A Law To Protect Women

Students in Kabul protest violence against women in Kabul last fall. Afghan President Hamid Karzai issued a decree in 2009 protecting women's rights, but parliament has not passed a law making the decree permanent.
Mohammad Ismail Reuters/Landov

Originally published on Wed February 20, 2013 6:11 pm

Afghan President Hamid Karzai issued a decree in 2009 banning violence against women. But the parliament, which is currently on its winter recess, has been unable to pass it and give it permanence as a law.

There's major disagreement on key provisions where Islamic and secular law come into conflict. And activists say the gains made in women's rights since the fall of the Taliban in 2001 are slipping away.

Masooda Karokhi, a female member of parliament, has been pushing to get the proposal through the male-dominated legislature.

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World Cafe
2:52 pm
Wed February 20, 2013

Erin McKeown On World Cafe

Erin McKeown.
Merri Cyr Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed February 20, 2013 9:28 pm

Erin McKeown's new album, Manifestra, is a self-released, fan-funded vehicle for some of her personal and political folk-rock songs. She collaborated with MSNBC's Rachel Maddow for "Baghdad to the Bayou" — Maddow wrote the words, which McKeown then fashioned into a song — while "In God We Trust," "The Politician" and "The Jailer" find the singer speaking out about the death penalty, foreign policy and income inequality.

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The Two-Way
2:49 pm
Wed February 20, 2013

Tea Party Group Apologizes To Rove For Photoshopping Him As Nazi

American political consultant Karl Rove.
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Originally published on Wed February 20, 2013 9:43 pm

The conservative group Tea Party Patriots has apologized to GOP strategist Karl Rove after an "outside vendor" sent an email with a photoshopped image of Rove wearing a Nazi uniform.

"Wipe that smirk off Rove's face," the subject of the email read.

In a statement, the group said the image was "inappropriate."

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The Two-Way
2:46 pm
Wed February 20, 2013

Antarctic Penguin Turns Up In New Zealand; Vets Say Condition 'Touch And Go'

The original "Happy Feet" ready for release aboard The New Zealand research vessel Tangaroa in Aug. 2011.
Hagen Hopkins Getty Images

Originally published on Wed February 20, 2013 9:47 pm

New Zealand seems to be the destination of choice for wayward Antarctic penguins.

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All Songs Considered
2:32 pm
Wed February 20, 2013

First Watch: Field Report, 'I Am Not Waiting Anymore'

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Guitarist and singer Chris Porterfield has done a lot of soul searching since his previous band, DeYarmond Edison, broke up in 2006. Other guys in the group went on to start their own projects — Justin Vernon formed Bon Iver, while some of the other members formed Megafaun. Porterfield, meanwhile, hung back in his native Milwaukee and took a job as a student union administrator at Marquette Univeristy.

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World
2:19 pm
Wed February 20, 2013

Flames Of Protest: The History Of Self-Immolation

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NEAL CONAN, HOST:

This is TALK OF THE NATION. I'm Neal Conan in Washington. A grim milestone last week in Tibet: Over the past four years, more than 100 people have now set themselves on fire to protest Chinese rule. According to the campaign, International Campaign for Tibet, at least 85 died following their protest.

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Movies
2:13 pm
Wed February 20, 2013

The Art And Anatomy Of The Cinematic Trailer

Movie trailers can drive people to the theaters or keep them away altogether.
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Originally published on Wed February 27, 2013 3:05 pm

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From Our Listeners
2:07 pm
Wed February 20, 2013

Letters: Radio Moments, Defense Spending

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NEAL CONAN, HOST:

It's Wednesday, and time to read from your comments. On February 13th, we marked World Radio Day by asking: What's the radio moment that changed your life?

Brian in Louisville wrote about the first he heard a famous comedy duo: Bob Elliott and Ray Goulding. He wrote: Lying in bed with a boyfriend in the early '90s, I couldn't sleep. I turned on the radio and found, for the first time, a rerun of a Bob and Ray broadcast, Wally Ballou lead ingot factory soap opera. I never laughed so hard. I never got to sleep.

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