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Music Interviews
4:45 pm
Fri July 25, 2014

Gurrumul, An Unlikely International Star, Reaches U.S. Ears

Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu, who goes by Gurrumul, released his self-titled debut album in the U.S. this week.
Adrian Cook Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Fri July 25, 2014 7:40 pm

The Australian musician and singer-songwriter Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu, who goes by simply Gurrumul, is an international star. He has sung a duet with Sting, performed for Britain's Royal Family and President Obama and even graced the cover of Rolling Stone, who called him "Australia's most important voice." That's remarkable for a man who was born blind, is extremely shy and doesn't speak much English.

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Animals
4:45 pm
Fri July 25, 2014

If Dogs Feel Jealousy, It May Run Deeper In Us Than We'd Thought

Originally published on Fri July 25, 2014 7:40 pm

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Mental Health
4:45 pm
Fri July 25, 2014

Pa. Hospital Sees Gun Fight Between Psychiatrist And Patient

Originally published on Fri July 25, 2014 7:40 pm

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The Salt
4:45 pm
Fri July 25, 2014

Can Finishing A Big Bowl Of Ramen Make Dreams Come True?

At Yume Wo Katare, eating ramen is treated as a path to personal fulfillment.
Andrea Shea for WBUR

Originally published on Sat July 26, 2014 10:48 am

You can find ramen, the Japanese noodle soup that's meant to be slurped, almost anywhere in the U.S. these days. Ramen shops continue to pop up, and you can find renditions on the menus of restaurants and gastropubs.

But there's a truly funky noodle spot in Cambridge called Yume Wo Katare that serves more than just ramen.

There aren't many restaurants where you get praised by everyone around you for clearing your plate or bowl. But that's exactly what happens at Yume Wo Katare.

"Everyone, he did a good job!"

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Middle East
4:45 pm
Fri July 25, 2014

In A Complex Web Of Tunnels, Israel Draws Its Red Line

Originally published on Fri July 25, 2014 7:40 pm

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The Salt
4:44 pm
Fri July 25, 2014

Key Chain Blood-Alcohol Testing May Make Quantified Drinking Easy

The BACTrack Vio keychain breathalyzer and app on the iPhone at NPR headquarters in Washington, D.C. A public health researcher says tools like this could help people make better decisions about alcohol use.
Meredith Rizzo NPR

Originally published on Fri July 25, 2014 7:36 pm

While testing whether a dash of yeast could keep you from getting drunk, we discovered that it's pretty entertaining — and revealing — to track your blood alcohol while drinking.

Using a device to test blood-alcohol levels, we watched the alcohol in our bodies soar as we drank two beers on empty stomachs. And we noticed there's a place on the curve — about 0.04 or 0.05 BAC — when the buzz is the sweetest.

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Paperback Nonfiction Bestsellers
4:03 pm
Fri July 25, 2014

NPR Bestsellers: Paperback Nonfiction, Week Of July 24, 2014

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Paperback Fiction Bestsellers
4:03 pm
Fri July 25, 2014

NPR Bestsellers: Paperback Fiction, Week Of July 24, 2014

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Hardcover Nonfiction Bestsellers
4:03 pm
Fri July 25, 2014

NPR Bestsellers: Hardcover Nonfiction, Week Of July 24, 2014

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Hardcover Fiction Bestsellers
4:03 pm
Fri July 25, 2014

NPR Bestsellers: Hardcover Fiction, Week Of July 24, 2014

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NPR Bestseller List
4:03 pm
Fri July 25, 2014

NPR Bestsellers: Week Of July 24, 2014

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NPR Story
3:29 pm
Fri July 25, 2014

NYC Approves Building With Separate Entrance For Lower Income Residents

This rendering shows the Extell Development Company's Riverside South project (center), amid Upper West Side skyline in New York City. (extelldev.com)

Anger has been building this week over the news that New York City has approved a developer’s plans for an apartment building with two separate entrances: one for wealthy residents, and another for those living in affordable units.

The Riverside South development project, at 40 Riverside Boulevard on the Upper West Side of Manhattan, will not be the first building in the city with separate entrances. But the decision has sparked outrage, both in and out of New York.

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NPR Story
3:09 pm
Fri July 25, 2014

As Market Basket Store Shelves Empty, Online Presence Grows

The New England grocery store chain Market Basket is launching its first official website amid employee protests. (demoulasmarketbasket.com)

Originally published on Fri July 25, 2014 3:56 pm

It’s been a big week for Market Basket.

For a window into everything about this family-owned business that has been successful — despite deep divisions at the top — you just have to go online. From our own WBUR to Buzzfeed, countless publications are writing about the New England grocery store chain’s ongoing employee protests and resulting empty shelves.

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NPR Story
3:09 pm
Fri July 25, 2014

Market Basket Employees Protest Labor Changes

Market Basket employees protested outside of the Somerville store near Union Square on July 22. Inside, store shelves emptied this week as employees refused to deliver and stock products. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

Originally published on Fri July 25, 2014 3:56 pm

At a New England grocery store, employees are protesting labor changes — but it’s not what you’re expecting. Market Basket’s 25,000 employees don’t have a problem with their own working conditions. Rather, they want ousted CEO Arthur T. Demoulas put back in his position.

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NPR Story
3:09 pm
Fri July 25, 2014

N.C. Town Reinvents Itself As Biotech Hub

Construction of the North Carolina Research Complex in Kannapolis, N.C. took place on the site of a demolished former Cannon Mills textile mill (Brad Spry/Flickr).

On our show, we often cover American towns and cities whose heydays seem to have passed: Detroit, Michigan; Stockton, California; Camden, New Jersey. All struggling after the collapse of an industry, looking for something else.

One city that is trying to keep itself off that list is Kannapolis, North Carolina. Ten years ago, Kannapolis saw the largest single layoff in North Carolina history. More than 4,000 people, a tenth of the city’s population, lost their jobs when a textile mill in town closed. But Kannapolis did not go the way of Detroit or Camden.

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The Two-Way
2:51 pm
Fri July 25, 2014

Sen. John McCain Calls Lengthy Execution In Arizona 'Torture'

Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz. speaks to reporters on Capitol Hill.
Susan Walsh AP

Originally published on Fri July 25, 2014 2:54 pm

Sen. John McCain, a Republican from Arizona, says the execution of Joseph Rudolph Wood, which took nearly two hours, amounted to torture.

Politico reports:

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NPR Story
2:33 pm
Fri July 25, 2014

Ebola Epidemic Strikes Top Health Worker

A picture taken on June 28 shows a member of Doctors Without Borders (MSF) putting on protective gear at the isolation ward of the Donka Hospital in Conakry, Guinea, where people infected with the Ebola virus are being treated. (Cellou Binani/AFP/Getty Images)

Originally published on Fri July 25, 2014 4:10 pm

Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone are continuing to suffer from the worst Ebola outbreak ever recorded. The World Health Organization is reporting more than 1,000 cases and more than 600 deaths.

And those trying working to stop it are being struck by the disease as well. This week, Sierra Leone’s top health worker focused on Ebola, Dr. Sheik Umar Khan, was confirmed to have the disease himself.

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NPR Story
2:33 pm
Fri July 25, 2014

Crisis On The Border Comes To The White House

Originally published on Fri July 25, 2014 3:09 pm

President Obama meets today with leaders from Central America to discuss what to do about the influx of thousands of children coming into the U.S. illegally from their countries. He’s meeting with the presidents of Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador.

Today’s meeting comes as the president considers a plan to give refugee status to young people coming from Honduras. But Congress is deeply split on a response to the crisis, which President Obama’s critics say was triggered by his own policies.

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NPR Story
2:33 pm
Fri July 25, 2014

The Best And Worst Companies To Retire From

Facebook reportedly boasts impressive employee perks, but a competitive retirement plan is not among them, according to Bloomberg (Marco Paköeningrat/Flickr).

Originally published on Fri July 25, 2014 3:09 pm

Bloomberg has ranked the best and worst companies to retire from, and some of the results are surprising: ConocoPhillips provides some of the most generous retirement benefits to employees, while Whole Foods and Facebook are ranked near the bottom.

Bloomberg’s Michael Regan joins Here & Now’s Meghna Chakrabarti to explain how the publication calculated the rankings.

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NPR Story
2:19 pm
Fri July 25, 2014

What The Latest Corporate Earnings Say About The Economy

Originally published on Fri July 25, 2014 3:09 pm

It’s been a week of corporate earnings reports. Financial analyst Julianne Niemann joins Here & Now’s Jeremy Hobson to take a look at which industries and sectors are doing well and which are not and what the reports say about the U.S. economy.

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