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This Is NPR
1:48 pm
Fri February 8, 2013

Rob Lowe Hearts NPR

Melissa Kuypers NPR

Originally published on Fri February 15, 2013 8:59 am

City Manager Chris Traeger came in to... wait, I mean, Rob Lowe came in to NPR West for a talk with KPCC host Alex Cohen about his new political thriller Knife Fight. It's pretty easy to mistake the seasoned actor for his Parks and Recreation character, as Lowe's friendliness and enthusiasm are not lost on his TV counterpart.

After chatting with Cohen about his latest project and his long career in TV and film, we asked if he'd mind posing for a quick photo.

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All Tech Considered
1:46 pm
Fri February 8, 2013

Twitter's Vine App Raises Questions About Social Media Age Restrictions

Vine now has a 17+ rating in the Apple App Store, but is it enforceable?
NPR

Originally published on Fri February 8, 2013 3:01 pm

Vine, Twitter's new microvideo-sharing app for the iPhone, this week added a 17+ rating, saying that the app "contains age-restricted material." The change came after some users uploaded pornographic clips onto the app, which features 6-second (or

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The Two-Way
1:45 pm
Fri February 8, 2013

Squatter Relying On Archaic Law Is Kicked Out Of Florida Mansion

The mansion Andre Barbosa was squatting in.
South Florida Sun-Sentinel

Originally published on Fri February 8, 2013 2:30 pm

The unlikely tale of "Loki Boy" came to a quick, uneventful resolution on Thursday.

Without incident, Boca Raton Police have evicted Andre "Loki Boy" Barbosa from the $2.5 million mansion he had been squatting in citing Florida law.

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13.7: Cosmos And Culture
1:42 pm
Fri February 8, 2013

Do We Know How Life Began? Not Really

Egg reassembly machine?
Johannes Eisele AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Mon February 11, 2013 12:41 pm

The account of evolution we call Darwinian can explain the great diversity of life on Earth. The origin of species and the descent of human beings are well understood.

Darwinism is silent on the question of life's first beginnings, however. This is not a hole or an omission; it represents no unfulfilled promise. The theory of evolution is not a theory of that.

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All Songs Considered
1:34 pm
Fri February 8, 2013

In 'Letter Of Intent,' Hear Indie Rock Reimagined As Deep House

We didn't expect DJ Sprinkles to dabble in indie rock.
Mule Musiq

Originally published on Fri February 8, 2013 2:04 pm

Well, this was a surprise. The boundaries between indie rock and electronic music have been dissolving for a while now, but who could have foreseen Ducktails' Matt Mondanile — also a guitarist in the straightforward indie-pop band Real Estate — seeking out cult icon DJ Sprinkles for a deep house remix of his new single "Letter of Intent"?

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Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz
1:30 pm
Fri February 8, 2013

Randy Weston On Piano Jazz

Pianist Randy Weston recently returned to Piano Jazz for a new session with host Marian McPartland. Weston got his start playing with Eddie "Cleanhead" Vinson and Kenny Dorham in the late 1940s and '50s, and won New Star Pianist in the 1955 Downbeat poll. By the end of that decade, Weston was inspired by the burgeoning civil rights movement in the U.S. and the independence movement among African nations.

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It's All Politics
1:18 pm
Fri February 8, 2013

Death By Drone, And The Sliding Scale Of Presidential Power

An unmanned drone armed with Hellfire missiles is shown over southern Afghanistan. A Hellfire missile fired from a drone was used in 2011 to kill an American in Yemen who the Obama administration says was an al-Qaida leader. Another American died in that attack, and a 16-year-old American was killed in a separate drone strike.
Lt. Col. Leslie Pratt AP

Originally published on Fri February 8, 2013 2:00 pm

The controversy over President Obama's targeted-killings-by-drone policy is a reminder that the default position of presidents in times of crisis is generally to side with national security over civil liberties.

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Planet Money
1:13 pm
Fri February 8, 2013

The Real Story Of How Macklemore Got 'Thrift Shop' To No. 1

Twitter

Originally published on Fri February 8, 2013 7:09 pm

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The Two-Way
12:30 pm
Fri February 8, 2013

U.S. Postal Service Reports $1.3 Billion Loss In First Quarter

A U.S. Postal service employee loads his van as he prepares to leave the loading dock to deliver mail from the Los Feliz Post Office in Los Angeles.
Kevork Djansezian Getty Images

The United States Postal Service said it lost $1.3 billion in first quarter of its fiscal year. While that's still a huge number, it's a big drop from the $3.1 billion loss the service posted during the same time period last year.

Still, CNN Money reports, the service is still in trouble. It reports:

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World
12:28 pm
Fri February 8, 2013

Chaos Follows Funeral For Slain Leader In Tunisia

Transcript

DAVID GREENE, HOST:

We want to go live now to the nation of Tunisia, where tens of thousands of people turned out today for the funeral of an assassinated opposition leader. Political tensions turned violent as young men clashed with police. The scene was a reminder of the precariousness of the situation in Tunisia - two years after the Arab Spring revolution began there. NPR's Eleanor Beardsley was at the funeral and joins me on the line. And Eleanor, what was the scene at this funeral? What did you see?

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The Two-Way
12:14 pm
Fri February 8, 2013

Clashes In Tunis At Funeral Of Opposition Leader

A protester, and riot police in the background, during the clashes Friday in Tunis.
Louafi Larbi Reuters /Landov
  • Eleanor Beardsley reporting from Tunis

"Police and mourners clashed at the mass funeral on Friday of secular opposition leader Chokri Belaid, whose assassination has plunged Tunisia deeper into political crisis," Reuters writes.

According to the wire service, "braving chilly rain, at least 50,000 people turned out to honor Belaid in his home district of Jebel al-Jaloud in the capital, chanting anti-Islamist and anti-government slogans."

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Hardcover Nonfiction Bestsellers
12:03 pm
Fri February 8, 2013

NPR Bestsellers: Hardcover Nonfiction, Week Of February 7, 2013

Al Gore's The Future describes the six forces that are shaping our world. It debuts at No. 5.

Hardcover Fiction Bestsellers
12:03 pm
Fri February 8, 2013

NPR Bestsellers: Hardcover Fiction, Week Of February 7, 2013

Speaking From Among the Bones, Alan Bradley's fifth Flavia de Luce mystery, debuts at No. 6.

Paperback Nonfiction Bestsellers
12:03 pm
Fri February 8, 2013

NPR Bestsellers: Paperback Nonfiction, Week Of February 7, 2013

Appearing at No. 2, Susan Cain's Quiet describes the benefits of being an introvert.

Paperback Fiction Bestsellers
12:03 pm
Fri February 8, 2013

NPR Bestsellers: Paperback Fiction, Week Of February 7, 2013

Holding on to its No. 1 spot, Paula McLain's The Paris Wife imagines the life of Hadley Hemingway.

NPR Bestseller List
12:03 pm
Fri February 8, 2013

NPR Bestsellers: Week Of February 7, 2013

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

NPR Story
11:45 am
Fri February 8, 2013

West Africans Clash To Crown Nations' Champions

As the Africa Cup of Nations reaches fever pitch, allegations of unfair officiating are drowning out the trumpet-like vuvuzelas blasting in South Africa. Host Michel Martin speaks with Nigerian soccer journalist Osasu Obayiuwana for a look ahead to the final between Nigeria's Super Eagles and Burkina Faso's Stallions.

The Two-Way
10:48 am
Fri February 8, 2013

Astronaut And Rocker Pen First Earth-Space Duet

Canadian Space Agency astronaut Chris Hadfield strums his guitar, a Larrivee Parlor, on the International Space Station in December.
NASA

Talk about the ultimate space jam.

The song is called "I.S.S. (Is Somebody Singing)," and it's billed as the first space-Earth musical collaboration. The project is a very long-distance project from Canadians Ed Robertson of Barenaked Ladies and Chris Hadfield, who currently commands the International Space Station.

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NPR Story
10:14 am
Fri February 8, 2013

Sharpen Your Wits (And Your Pencils)

Guest musician John Roderick, of the band The Long Winters, addresses the crowd at The Bell House in Brooklyn, NY.
Steve McFarland NPR

Originally published on Thu April 4, 2013 6:43 pm

"Shake it like a polar bear ninja!" If you suspect that these are not the correct lyrics to Outkast's "Hey Ya!", then this week's game of mondegreens (misheard lyrics) is for you. We'll also visit the world of late-night infomercials and root for our favorite gluttonous, envious, lustful basketball team--the Phoenix Sins. Plus, V.I.P. David Rees teaches us how to sharpen pencils the artisanal way.

The Salt
9:43 am
Fri February 8, 2013

Chinese New Year: Dumplings, Rice Cakes And Long Life

Year cakes made of sticky rice are among the traditional Chinese New Year foods.
Ju-x Flickr.com

Originally published on Mon February 11, 2013 4:37 pm

About 3,000 years ago, give or take a couple of decades, the Chinese people began celebrating the beginning of their calendar year with a joyful festival they called Lunar New Year. They cleaned their homes, welcomed relatives, bought or made new clothes and set off firecrackers. And there was feasting and special offerings made to the Kitchen God for about two weeks.

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