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2:29 pm
Tue April 14, 2015

'The Children's Crusade': A Heavily Plotted Family Saga To Dive Into And Savor

Originally published on Tue April 14, 2015 5:13 pm

Ann Packer's new novel, The Children's Crusade, opens in California, on a scene that's so bedrock American, it's borderline corny.

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NPR Story
2:20 pm
Tue April 14, 2015

Police Weapon Use Under Fire, As More Videos Emerge

A video released by police shows North Charleston officer Michael Slager using a taser on the motorist after he had been pinned to the ground. (Screenshot)

Originally published on Tue April 14, 2015 4:02 pm

Bob Bates, the 73-year-old reserve police officer in Tulsa, Oklahoma, who fatally shot a man after police say he confused his gun for his taser, now faces a second-degree manslaughter charge.

Meanwhile, in North Charleston, South Carolina, more video has surfaced showing another violent arrest by officer Michael Slager. Slager is being charged with murder after fatally shooting an unarmed motorist who tried to flee a traffic stop.

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NPR Story
2:20 pm
Tue April 14, 2015

Saturday Night Live's Cecily Strong

Cecily Strong joined Saturday Night Live in 2012. (Courtesy of NBC)

Originally published on Tue April 14, 2015 4:02 pm

Cecily Strong is joining the impressive list of female comedians who are taking their talent beyond the Saturday Night Live stage.

Strong has been asked to host the White House Correspondents Dinner later this month, and she is appearing in her first movie, “The Bronze,” which hits theaters this summer.

Strong is famous on SNL for her recurring character the “girl you wish you hadn’t started a conversation with at a party” on Weekend Update – a sketch she once hosted.

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Metropolis
2:16 pm
Tue April 14, 2015

Metropolis: 4/11/15

Tame Impala's new song "Let It Happen" is featured on this week's episode of Metropolis.
Courtesy of the artist

This Week's Playlist

  • Chris Malinchak, "So Good To Me" (Ultra/Sony)
  • Porsches, "Horses" (Sweat It Out)
  • SAJE, "Lost Tonight"
  • Lapsley, "Falling Short" (XL)
  • Drake, "Too Much (Unlikely Futures Remix)" (Cash Money)
  • Zero 7, "400 Blows" (Make)
  • Andhim, "Domplatte" (Get Physical)
  • Gorgon City, "Go All Night (Booka Shade Remix)" (Black Butter/Virgin)
  • Hot Since 82, "Time Out" (Ultra)
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All Songs TV
2:15 pm
Tue April 14, 2015

First Watch: Chris Staples, 'Dark Side Of The Moon'

Chris Staples watches the Apollo rocket launch into space in a scene from his new video for the song "Dark Side Of The Moon."
Courtesy of the artist

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World Cafe
1:55 pm
Tue April 14, 2015

World Cafe Next: Hop Along

Hop Along.
Kelsey Stanger WXPN

This week's World Cafe: Next artist is Philadelphia's Hop Along, a band that evolved from the solo freak-folk recordings singer Frances Quinlan made while still in high school. The music on Painted Shut, Hop Along's first album for a national label, is no one's folk music — it's brash and powerful, led by Frances' intense, almost abrasive vocals.

All Songs Considered
1:55 pm
Tue April 14, 2015

New Mix: Built To Spill, The Milk Carton Kids, Brown Bird, Protomartyr

Clockwise from upper left: Built To Spill, Brown Bird, Holly Miranda, The Milk Carton Kids
Courtesy of the artists

Originally published on Tue April 14, 2015 2:27 pm

Idaho's Built to Spill were one of the most beloved rock acts of the '90s and now the indie rock pioneers are back with a new rhythm section and the band's first album since 2009. This week on All Songs Considered, we bring you a new track from upcoming album Untethered Moon, which you can hear in its entirety on First Listen.

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NPR Story
1:52 pm
Tue April 14, 2015

As 'Justified' Ends, Tumbleweeds Take Over TV Westerns

After six seasons, the FX series "Justified" is coming to an end. (fxnetworks.com)

Originally published on Tue April 14, 2015 4:02 pm

Tonight marks the end of the road for FX’s Western drama “Justified,” a cult and critic favorite. It’s the story of a U.S. marshal and his bank robbing rival that came about in 2010, when the TV genre was being reinvented in more culturally sensitive ways.

NPR TV Critic Eric Deggans has called the show “smart” for seasons now, and laments its last episode with Here & Now’s Robin Young.

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NPR Story
1:51 pm
Tue April 14, 2015

Turkish Professor Concludes There Was An Armenian Genocide

A general view taken on April 14, 2015, shows the Armenian Genocide memorial dedicated to Armenian women in the southern French city of Marseille. The 100th anniversary of the start of the tragedy -- which Armenians trace back to the arrest of the leaders of the Armenian community in Istanbul on April 24, 1915 -- has been a matter of major concern for Turkey, with the government seeking to engage in offensive diplomacy. (Boris Horvat/AFP/Getty Images)

Originally published on Tue April 14, 2015 4:02 pm

Turkish officials reacted in anger on Sunday to Pope Francis’s description of the slaughter of Armenians by the Ottoman Turks as the first genocide of the 20th century. Turkey has acknowledged the killing of Armenians occurred around the time of World War I, but has resisted the notion that this was part of a systematic genocide.

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All Songs Considered
1:44 pm
Tue April 14, 2015

Viking's Choice: Tau Cross, 'Fire In The Sky'

Tau Cross.
Courtesy of the artist

When Amebix returned after two decades with 2011's Sonic Mass, it was an adventurous take on the crust-punk legacy the English band had left behind. Unfortunately, it was the only album to come out of the reunion, but that lush, brooding, melodic sound continues and evolves with Tau Cross, bassist/vocalist Rob Miller's new band featuring members of Voivod, Misery and War//Plague. Case in point, here's "Fire In The Sky" from Tau Cross' self-titled debut.

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It's All Politics
1:22 pm
Tue April 14, 2015

With Masala Chai And A Caramel Latte, Clinton's Campaign Begins

Hillary Clinton's first campaign stop was at Jones St. Java House in Le Claire, Iowa.
Tamara Keith NPR

Originally published on Tue April 14, 2015 5:34 pm

Hillary Clinton was expected to start her presidential campaign small after Sunday's announcement, and that's exactly what she did Tuesday.

After a much talked about road trip, including a stealth stop at Chipotle, Clinton and her team landed in Iowa and held her first campaign event.

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Monkey See
1:18 pm
Tue April 14, 2015

The 'Justified' Finale Brings An End To Another TV Western

Timothy Olyphant plays Deputy U.S. Marshal Raylan Givens on FX's Justified. The series finale airs tonight.
Prashant Gupta FX

Originally published on Tue April 14, 2015 5:30 pm

Here's why I'm going to miss FX's modern-day Kentucky Western, Justified, so much.

In last week's episode, our hero, unflinching U.S. Marshal Raylan Givens, has ambushed his bitter rival, backwoods Kentucky crime lord Boyd Crowder, shooting at him from across a darkened field on the side of a mountain in hopes of finally putting down the man who is most like his opposite number.

"You've given up everything that you are, so you can murder me," Crowder (Walton Goggins) yells at Givens (Timothy Olyphant) while hunched behind a rock for cover.

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The Two-Way
1:07 pm
Tue April 14, 2015

Cheap Oil Fuels Global Growth. Now If We Just Had Roads And Bridges

Men work on an oil pump during a sandstorm in the desert oil fields of Sakhir, Bahrain, in January.
Hasan Jamali AP

Originally published on Tue April 14, 2015 6:05 pm

The global economy won't sink this year, thanks to the oceans of cheap oil keeping it afloat.

That's the bottom line of the World Economic Outlook, released Tuesday by the International Monetary Fund. The 2015 pace of economic growth will tick up to 3.5 percent, helped along by lower energy costs and weaker currencies.

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The Record
12:34 pm
Tue April 14, 2015

José González On Finding Light In A Comforting Darkness

"There's always a light at the end of the tunnel" José González says of the songs on his album, Vestiges & Claws, released earlier this year.
Malin Johansson Courtesy of the artist

On his most recent album, Vestiges & Claws, José González treads a familiar musical path, offering listeners the same subdued-but-powerful austerity of his unobtrusive tenor paired with minimal instrumentation that's come to define his remarkable sound since his full-length debut with 2003's Veneer. While those compositional tendencies have thankfully remained undisturbed, Vestiges & Claws is a divergence in theme for González.

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The Record
12:16 pm
Tue April 14, 2015

Spirit Family Reunion's Unbroken Circle

Brooklyn's Spirit Family Reunion released its new album, Hands Together, on Tuesday.
James Weinheimer Courtesy of the artist

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NPR History Dept.
11:35 am
Tue April 14, 2015

Lincoln's Private Side: Friend, Poet, Jokester

Originally published on Tue April 14, 2015 8:23 pm

Struck down by an assassin's bullet 150 years ago Tuesday, President Abraham Lincoln — who faded away in the wee hours of April 15, 1865 — went on to become a multimythologized man.

Biographers describe him as "an exceptional child of unexceptional parents," "self-assertive to the point of arrogance," and ultimately a "political genius."

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Goats and Soda
11:14 am
Tue April 14, 2015

Disease Detection Gets A Boost With Plans For A CDC In Africa

Secretary of State John Kerry and African Union Commission Chairperson Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma signed an agreement Monday to establish the first Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Africa. The U.S. will provide technical advice and a few staff for the agency.
Alex Wong Getty Images

Originally published on Tue April 14, 2015 1:02 pm

In 1946, a malaria outbreak across the Southern U.S. catalyzed the formation of what would eventually become the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Then in 2002, China's CDC began its operations just as an outbreak of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome, or SARS, took hold.

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Shots - Health News
10:51 am
Tue April 14, 2015

Digital Tools For Health Come With 'Hope, Hype And Harm'

Dr. Robert Wachter writes that computers have crowded out eye contact between the doctor and patient, in his latest book, The Digital Doctor: Hope, Hype, and Harm at the Dawn of Medicine's Computer Age.
Courtesy of Susan Merrell/University of California, San Francisco

Originally published on Tue April 14, 2015 5:16 pm

Dr. Robert Wachter has long been an advocate for patient safety and a keen observer of trends in medicine.

Years ago, Wachter coined the term "hospitalist" and predicted the rise of these doctors who specialize in caring for hospitalized patients.

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Book Reviews
10:15 am
Tue April 14, 2015

'Cold Silver' Drags Epic Fantasy Through The Mud, Wonderfully

Originally published on Wed April 15, 2015 3:54 pm

Early in A Crown for Cold Silver — the debut novel by Alex Marshall (a pseudonym for an established author striking off in an epic new direction) — an old woman's battle scars are mistaken for matronly wrinkles. It's a tiny detail, but it speaks volumes. In Marshall's fictional, vaguely medieval world, Cobalt Zosia is a legendary retired general who once led her fearsome Five Villains to victory in a land rife with injustice, mostly of the haves-and-have-nots variety.

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The Two-Way
8:58 am
Tue April 14, 2015

Scientists Release Largest Map Yet Of Dark Matter In The Cosmos

Mass map with images of two galaxy clusters and a cosmic void.
Dark Energy Survey

Originally published on Tue April 14, 2015 11:08 am

Scientists have released the first of several dark matter maps of the cosmos.

Researchers from the Dark Energy Survey used data captured by the Dark Energy Camera, a 570-megapixel imaging device they say is one of the world's most powerful digital cameras, to put together the largest contiguous map of dark matter created. They presented their findings Monday at a meeting of the American Physical Society in Baltimore.

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