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Parallels
5:25 pm
Thu April 30, 2015

Ex-Gitmo Detainees In Uruguay Protest At U.S. Embassy

Former Guantanamo prison inmates walk between their tents and the U.S. Embassy in Montevideo, Uruguay's capital, where four former prisoners are protesting what they say is an inadequate deal in exchange for permanent asylum.
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Originally published on Thu April 30, 2015 8:19 pm

When six Middle Eastern prisoners were freed from Guantanamo Bay prison and given refuge by the tiny South American country of Uruguay in December, they were grateful.

But four months later, four of them are camping outside the U.S. Embassy protesting as inadequate the deal they've been offered in exchange for permanent asylum.

Three small tents have been pitched on the smooth green lawn in front of the U.S. Embassy in Montevideo, Uruguay's capital.

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NPR Ombudsman
5:16 pm
Thu April 30, 2015

Political Story On Breast Cancer Screenings Was Missing Some Science

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A Morning Edition report on Monday with the headline "Congress May Be Forced To Intervene Again On Mammogram Recommendations" drew some sharp rebukes, many of them from physicians who expressed deep concern over missing context.

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World
4:36 pm
Thu April 30, 2015

Fearing Aftershocks, Thousands Stream Out Of Kathmandu

Originally published on Thu April 30, 2015 8:19 pm

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The Two-Way
4:32 pm
Thu April 30, 2015

Documents Show FAA Questioned Mental Fitness of Germanwings Co-Pilot Andreas Lubitz

September 13, 2015 photo of Andreas Lubitz, who is believed to have deliberately crashed Germanwings flight 9525 into a mountain in southern France on March 24, 2015, killing all 150 people on board.
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Newly released documents from the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration show that it initially declined to grant a medical certificate to Andreas Lubitz, the pilot who is believed to have intentionally crashed an airline into the French Alps last month.

The documents, obtained under the Freedom of Information Act, provide an eerie glimpse into Lubitz's mental history and an effort to conceal that from U.S. medical examiners.

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Asia
4:27 pm
Thu April 30, 2015

Returning To Vietnam Years After Fleeing War, A Man Finally Feels At Home

Originally published on Thu April 30, 2015 8:19 pm

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All Tech Considered
4:27 pm
Thu April 30, 2015

The Doctor Will Video Chat With You Now: Insurer Covers Virtual Visits

UnitedHealthcare says it will cover doctors' visits by live video on smartphones, tablets and computers.
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Originally published on Thu April 30, 2015 8:19 pm

If you can live stream movies, why not live stream medical care?

Insurance company UnitedHealthcare will start covering visits to the doctor's office — via video chat. Patients and physicians talk live online — on smartphones, tablets or home computer — to get to a clinical diagnosis. This move to cybermedicine could save insurers a ton of money — or have unintended consequences.

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Jazz Night In America: The Radio Program
4:24 pm
Thu April 30, 2015

Venezuela's National Jazz Orchestra Returns

Simón Bolívar Big Band Jazz.
Frank Stewart Jazz at Lincoln Center

This year Venezuela celebrates the 40th anniversary of its national youth music education program, known as El Sistema. Part of the celebration is to send one of its newest bands, a national jazz ensemble, on its second tour of the U.S. — where jazz was born. In 2007, drummer Andrés Briceño helped to seed Simón Bolívar Big Band Jazz, and has directed its growth beyond the canonical American repertoire to incorporate the work of Venezuelan and other Latin American composers.

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World Cafe
3:57 pm
Thu April 30, 2015

The McCrary Sisters On World Cafe

The McCrary Sisters.
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Our guests today, the Nashville based gospel group The McCrary Sisters, have a new album produced by Buddy Miller called Let's Go. It's their third. They released their debut in 2011.

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The Salt
3:37 pm
Thu April 30, 2015

Why We Can't Take Chipotle's GMO Announcement All That Seriously

Chipotle restaurant workers in Miami fill orders on April 27, the day the company said it would use only non-GMO ingredients in its food.
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Originally published on Thu April 30, 2015 6:24 pm

Chipotle is trumpeting its renunciation of ingredients derived from genetically modified organisms, or GMOs. The company says that using GMOs — mainly corn in its tortillas and soybean oil for cooking — "doesn't align" with its vision of "food with integrity." According to Chipotle spokesman Chris Arnold, it represents "our commitment to serving our customers the very best ingredients we can find."

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Music Interviews
3:24 pm
Thu April 30, 2015

You've Heard This Country Duo's Songs, Now Hear Them Sing

Striking Matches.
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Originally published on Fri May 1, 2015 4:18 pm

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Shots - Health News
3:22 pm
Thu April 30, 2015

Health System Took Control To Make Joint Replacement More Profitable

Northeast Baptist Hospital, one of five hospitals within the Baptist Health System in San Antonio.
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Originally published on Fri May 1, 2015 2:13 pm

To understand how the health law is supposed to fix the mediocre, overpriced, absurd medical system, you could read wonky research papers on bundled payments and accountable care organizations.

Or you could look at what's going on at Baptist Health System in San Antonio.

Under the potent lure of profit, doctors, nurses and managers at Baptist's five hospitals have joined forces to cut costs for hip and knee replacements, getting patients on their feet sooner and saving taxpayers money.

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Music
2:37 pm
Thu April 30, 2015

Two Takes On Billie Holiday

In honor of Billie Holiday's 100th birthday this month, several artists are releasing out Holiday tribute albums. Fresh Air jazz critic Kevin Whitehead looks at a couple of these by other singers. One he rather likes; the other, not so much.

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All Songs Considered
2:10 pm
Thu April 30, 2015

All Songs At 15: Stephin Merritt Writes And Records A Song In Two Days

Stephin Merritt records a Project Song for NPR.
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This past week we held a listening party in Denver, and one of the songs we played for the crowd was Stephin Merrit's "Book Of Love," from his album 69 Love Songs, by The Magnetic Fields. Our panelist, Amelia Mason, writer for WBUR's The ARTery, called it a perfect song, and many of us in the room agreed.

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The Salt
1:58 pm
Thu April 30, 2015

How British Farmers Are Making Rapeseed (Canola) Posh And Flavorful

Algy Garrod's rapeseed in bloom in Norfolk, England.
Anne Bramley for NPR

Originally published on Thu April 30, 2015 4:23 pm

Rapeseed, an oilseed known in North America as canola, has a mild reputation as a cooking oil. Maybe that's because the version that most consumers know is a pale, neutral-flavored oil used for frying and baking.

But in the U.K., a more colorful and flavorful version has made its way onto store shelves: cold-pressed rapeseed that goes for £5-7 per 500 milliliters (about $9-12 for 17 fluid ounces).

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NPR Story
1:54 pm
Thu April 30, 2015

Teen Rescued From Nepal Rubble After 5 Days

Originally published on Thu April 30, 2015 3:03 pm

Teenager Pemba Tamang was pulled from the rubble today, after being trapped for five days in the wreckage of a Kathmandu building. Emergency crews continue to search for survivors after Saturday’s massive 7.8 magnitude earthquake.

Here & Now’s Robin Young speaks to Eddie Thurston, a firefighter in Fairfax County, Va. who is part of the USAID Disaster Assistance Response Team who was part of the rescue.

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NPR Story
1:54 pm
Thu April 30, 2015

Economist Says There's Plenty Of Reason To Be Optimistic About Baltimore

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Originally published on Thu April 30, 2015 3:03 pm

The riots and violence shook Baltimore this week and caused tens of millions of dollars in damage. But an economist who lives and works in the city says Baltimore has the foundation to rebuild successfully. Economist Anirban Basu tells Here & Now’s Lisa Mullins that even in the struggling parts of the city, he sees many bright spots.

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NPR Story
1:54 pm
Thu April 30, 2015

A Baltimore Principal Helps Her Students Make Sense Of It All

Crystal Harden-Lindsey, 35, is the principal at Green Street Academy in West Baltimore. (Shereen Marisol Meraji/NPR)

Originally published on Thu April 30, 2015 3:19 pm

Baltimore schools were closed on Tuesday after Monday night’s violence, but thousands went back to school across the city on Wednesday. NPR's Shereen Marisol Meraji spent the day with a West Baltimore principal who is helping her students make sense of it all.

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NPR Story
1:54 pm
Thu April 30, 2015

Fewer Migrant Children Reach U.S. Border, As Mexico Steps Up Deportations

In this June 19, 2014 photo, a 14-year-old Guatemalan girl traveling alone waits for a northbound freight train along with other Central American migrants, in Arriaga, Chiapas state, Mexico. The United States has seen a dramatic increase in the number of Central American migrants crossing into its territory, particularly children traveling without any adult guardian. More than 52,000 unaccompanied children have been apprehended since October. (Rebecca Blackwell/AP)

Originally published on Thu April 30, 2015 3:03 pm

Mexico has been deporting record numbers of Central American children in recent months, according to a new study by the Pew Research Center.

Mexico deported more than 3,800 unaccompanied minors from October 2014 to February 2015, a 56 percent increase over the same period the previous year. That has contributed to the significant drop in the number of unaccompanied children crossing into the U.S. since last fall.

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All Songs Considered
1:10 pm
Thu April 30, 2015

What Song Did You Turn To This Week?

Clockwise from upper left: A woman faces riot police in Baltimore (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images); A woman and child sit amid earthquake ruble in Nepal (Omar Havana/Getty Images); Demonstrators outside the supreme court (Drew Angerer/Getty)
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All Songs is a music podcast, and we like to have fun. But music can speak to significant political, cultural and social events that can be challenging to process on their own. Songs can spark a protest or offer peace of mind, or just be close companions.

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The Two-Way
11:38 am
Thu April 30, 2015

France Investigates Claims Its Soldiers Abused Children In Africa

Originally published on Thu April 30, 2015 3:28 pm

French President Francois Hollande says there will be grave consequences if allegations that French soldiers sexually abused children in the Central African Republic are true.

"There should be no stain on our French forces wherever they're serving," he said. "I will be implacable if any soldiers are shown to have behaved badly."

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