World

13.7: Cosmos And Culture
9:03 am
Tue April 9, 2013

Second Genesis: Looking For Aliens Here, There And Everywhere

Will we need to tread lightly, in deference to the locals, when finally do make it to Mars?
Pat Rawlings/SAIC NASA

Not too long ago I asked an astrobiologist colleague if he thought the search for life on Mars would be successful. His answer, delivered deadpan, stunned me.

"Oh I think we will find life on Mars," he said. "But the real question will be: Is it our life?" The point my friend was raising is the fundamental question of the solar system's second genesis.

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The Two-Way
9:02 am
Tue April 9, 2013

Strong Quake Hits Southern Iran, Killing Or Injuring Dozens

Originally published on Tue April 9, 2013 3:55 pm

UPDATE at 3:40 p.m. ET: Death Toll Rises

Bushehr provincial governor Fereidoun Hasanvand tells state TV that the death toll has reached 37 people, with 850 injured, including 100 who were hospitalized.

We updated this post with new information at 12:15 p.m. ET

A strong earthquake in a sparsely populated area of southern Iran has killed at least 30 people and injured 800, according to Iran's state media.

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Code Switch
8:46 am
Tue April 9, 2013

Mom Says: "Learn Chinese"

Hu, with her mom, Jeannie.
Channing Johnson Elise Hu

Originally published on Tue April 9, 2013 12:50 pm

My earliest memory of code switching is at Pizza Hut, back when Pizza Huts were sit-down restaurants with salad bars and garlic bread. (Like any daughter of immigrants, most of my memories involve food.) My mom and dad would speak with the waiters in English, ordering our pan-crust pizzas and Pepsi products, but we used Mandarin at the table. Our Mandarin was our secret code.

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The Two-Way
8:22 am
Tue April 9, 2013

Top Stories: South Koreans Aren't Fazed; Syria Rejects Probe

Originally published on Fri April 12, 2013 3:16 pm

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The Two-Way
7:54 am
Tue April 9, 2013

Thatcher's Funeral Set For April 17

A Union flag flies at half staff over the Houses of Parliament, and next to the Big Ben clock tower, in honor of former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, who died Monday.
Luke MacGregor Reuters /Landov

Originally published on Tue April 9, 2013 10:09 am

British Prime Minister David Cameron's office announced Tuesday morning that "Lady Thatcher's funeral service will take place on Wednesday, 17 April 2013 at St Paul's Cathedral."

The "Iron Lady" — former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher — died Monday in London following a stroke. She was 87.

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Digital Life
7:40 am
Tue April 9, 2013

Cher Fans Confused By Thatcher Twitter Hashtag

Originally published on Tue April 9, 2013 10:17 am

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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

Good morning, I'm David Greene. Yesterday, a Twitter hashtag threw fans of Cher into a panic. It read: #nowthatcherisdead - all one word - referring to the late British leader. But many read it as "now that Cher is dead."

One fan of the singer tweeted: I note the hashtag #nowthatcherisdead is trending. I can't confirm anywhere that Cher is dead - leading other users to tweet advice such as why hashtags need spaces.

Favorite Sessions
7:37 am
Tue April 9, 2013

Chelsea Light Moving: A New Song, Inspired By Chocolate

Thurston Moore performs with his band Chelsea Light Moving, live on KEXP.
Brittany Brassell KEXP

Originally published on Tue July 8, 2014 9:11 am

After nearly 40 years in music, Thurston Moore can still find inspiration in the unexpected — like a candy-bar wrapper.

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Heavy Rotation
7:34 am
Tue April 9, 2013

Heavy Rotation: 10 Songs Public Radio Can't Stop Playing

Phosphorescent
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Mon April 15, 2013 1:28 pm

Each month, we ask public radio DJs from across the country to share their favorite new songs. Usually, we stick to a handful, but since April is Public Radio Music Month, we're celebrating with a 10-spot.

  • Larry Groce, host of NPR's Mountain Stage, which is produced by West Virginia Public Broadcasting
  • Rita Houston, the program director at WFUV in New York City
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Sports
7:27 am
Tue April 9, 2013

Will Coach Rick Pitino Make Good On His Promise?

Originally published on Tue April 9, 2013 9:14 am

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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

Good morning, I'm David Greene.

With Louisville's victory over Michigan last night to win the NCAA tournament, it's time to make good on some promises. Louisville players have suggestions for their coach, Rick Pitino, who pledged to get a tattoo if they won. Player Shane Bohannon thinks his name should be tattooed on Pitino's body. Another player suggests the lower back is the best location. Pitino's family seems too stunned to make suggestions. One son said, he would have killed us if we got a tattoo.

The Two-Way
7:22 am
Tue April 9, 2013

3 Things To Know About Louisville's Basketball Championship

The Louisville Cardinals celebrated after beating Michigan 82-76 in the NCAA Men's Basketball Championship at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta.
Mark Cornelison MCT /Landov

Originally published on Tue April 9, 2013 9:00 am

  • On 'Morning Edition': David Greene and Mike Pesca talk about Louisville's win

By beating Michigan 82-76 Monday night in Atlanta, Louisville won this year's Division I men's basketball championship.

In winning:

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The Two-Way
7:20 am
Tue April 9, 2013

North Korea's Warnings More Boring Than Alarming To Those In South

Two women sit at a cafe Monday in central Seoul, South Korea. While North Korea has been issuing threats on a daily basis, many South Koreans say they're more bored than worried.
Lee Jae-Won Reuters /Landov

Originally published on Tue April 9, 2013 1:25 pm

  • On 'Morning Edition': Frank Langfitt reports from Seoul

There were more ominous-sounding words from North Korea on Tuesday. Pyongyang warned tourists and foreign companies in South Korea to leave for their own safety because a nuclear war may be imminent.

It was the latest in a string of threats in recent days.

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The Two-Way
7:14 am
Tue April 9, 2013

Book News: Margaret Thatcher Authorized A Posthumous Biography

Britain's then-Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher at the Tory Party Conference in Blackpool, England, in 1981.
Hulton Archive Getty Images

Originally published on Tue April 9, 2013 8:18 am

The daily lowdown on books, publishing, and the occasional author behaving badly.

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NPR Story
7:03 am
Tue April 9, 2013

Exclusive First Read: 'Snapper,' By Brian Kimberling

Originally published on Tue April 9, 2013 11:11 am

Brian Kimberling's debut novel, Snapper, is a lovely, loose-limbed collection of stories about an aimless ornithologist named Nate, who as the book opens is possessed of a glitter-covered pickup truck and a massive (somewhat requited) crush on redheaded dream girl Lola. Nate and his friends wander toward marriage and maturity over the course of 13 linked stories — encountering angry snapping turtles, bald eagles and mystic mechanics along the way.

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Author Interviews
4:34 am
Tue April 9, 2013

'The Bird' Captivated A Nation

Originally published on Tue April 9, 2013 9:14 am

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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

When people are moved by a performance, they get on their feet and cheer until the star comes back out to take a bow. Well, in the summer of 1976, that is what happened at Tiger Stadium in Detroit. That night, Mark Fidrych was the star.

(SOUNDBITE OF CHEERING)

UNIDENTIFIED MAN #1: And the Tigers act like Fidrych has just won the seventh game of the World Series. So Mark Fidrych, thanking his teammates. Look at that, he's thanking the umpires, everybody, the ground crew. And the fans want him to come back.

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Asia
4:29 am
Tue April 9, 2013

Pakistan's Campaign Season Is In Full Swing

Originally published on Tue April 9, 2013 9:14 am

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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

People in Pakistan will go to the polls next month to select a new parliament, and election fever is already building. The country faces chronic energy shortages, deepening economic problems and the specter of violence, as entrenched militants threaten to disrupt the vote. NPR's Julie McCarthy brings us this report from a very active campaign trail in Pakistan.

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Asia
4:29 am
Tue April 9, 2013

South Koreans Ignore Threats From The North

Originally published on Tue April 9, 2013 9:14 am

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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

This is MORNING EDITION from NPR News. Good morning. I'm David Greene.

Well, in recent weeks, we have heard that Seoul, the capital of South Korea, will become, quote, a sea of fire. North Korea has said its enemies' windpipes will be, quote, totally cut. Today, North Korea urged tourists and foreign companies to leave South Korea in case of war. These are just some of the threats North Korea has been hurling. But instead of scaring South Koreans, all this blood-thirsty rhetoric seems to be mostly boring them.

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Remembrances
4:29 am
Tue April 9, 2013

Britain's Only Female Prime Minister: Margaret Thatcher

Originally published on Tue April 9, 2013 9:14 am

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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

Now, as we consider the legacy of Margaret Thatcher, the question arises about her significance as the only woman to serve as British prime minister, and the first woman to lead a government of a major Western nation. Kim Campbell, who briefly served as Canada's first woman prime minister in the early 1990s, put it this way last night on the "PBS NewsHour."

(SOUNDBITE OF TV SHOW, "PBS NEWSHOUR")

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Business
4:29 am
Tue April 9, 2013

Mexico's Magnificent Mangoes

Originally published on Tue April 9, 2013 9:14 am

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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

All right. If you happen to be listening to this program while having a mango for breakfast, there is a good chance that mango is grown in Mexico. Our neighbor to the south says it is now the world's largest exporter of fresh mangos.

India still reigns king in exports of mango products, but as NPR's Carrie Kahn reports, Mexican mangos are now grown at an astonishing rate and the American market is the main target.

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Economy
4:29 am
Tue April 9, 2013

Margaret Thatcher's Economy

Originally published on Tue April 9, 2013 9:14 am

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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

This is MORNING EDITION, from NPR News. Good morning. Steve Inskeep is in Venezuela, reporting this week on that country's presidential election, and he'll be on the program tomorrow. I'm David Greene.

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Business
4:29 am
Tue April 9, 2013

Administration Urges Europeans To Ease Austerity Measures

Originally published on Tue April 9, 2013 9:14 am

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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

This is MORNING EDITION from NPR News. Good morning. I'm David Greene. President Obama is preparing to send budget plan to Capital Hill this week and Treasury Secretary Jack Lew will be key in selling that plan to Congress.

Right now, Secretary Lew is on another mission: to sell European leaders on the idea of easing austerity to boost economic growth. We reached Secretary Lew in Berlin. Mr. Secretary, welcome back to the program.

SECRETARY JACK LEW: Good to talk to you, David.

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