NPR News

The Two-Way
3:28 pm
Fri March 6, 2015

Snowden: Asylum In Switzerland A 'Great Political Option'

Edward Snowden wants Switzerland to grant him asylum.

The NSA leaker made the remark as he spoke to an audience in Geneva via a video link from Moscow, where he has been living in exile to avoid U.S. prosecution on espionage charges.

"I would love to return to Switzerland, some of my favorite memories are from Geneva. It's a wonderful place," Snowden told the International Film Festival and Forum on Human Rights, where the Oscar-winning documentary about his case, Citizenfour, was screened.

Read more
The Salt
3:01 pm
Fri March 6, 2015

Voluptuous Veg: Can Food Porn Seed Lust For Healthy Eating?

A "ballet" of Brussels sprouts dazzles at the Food Porn Index, a site that tracks which foods are trending in social media part of an effort to heighten the appeal of healthy eating.
via Bolthouse Farms

Sorry to be so risqué, but beautiful photos of tempting foods can make our mouths water.

Think molten spoonfuls of chocolate, voluptuous layer cake or melted cheese oozing from a perfectly grilled croque monsieur.

We're awash in these types of food porn images. But, by comparison, do pictures of Brussels sprouts or beets get as much love online?

Nope. According to Bolthouse Farms, which markets baby carrots and fresh juices, of the more than 1.7 million food images posted daily, only about one-third are of fruits and vegetables.

Read more
World
2:29 pm
Fri March 6, 2015

Russian Democracy Activist Says Nemtsov's Death A Major Turning Point

Originally published on Fri March 6, 2015 3:30 pm

Copyright 2015 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.

Muslim Identity In Europe
2:29 pm
Fri March 6, 2015

Dresden Anti-Immigration Protests Cause Tension In Muslim Community

Originally published on Fri March 6, 2015 3:30 pm

Copyright 2015 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.

Remembrances
2:26 pm
Fri March 6, 2015

Albert Maysles, Pioneering Documentary Filmmaker, Dies

Originally published on Fri March 6, 2015 2:52 pm

Copyright 2015 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.

Movies
2:26 pm
Fri March 6, 2015

'Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel' Stays True To Its Name

Originally published on Fri March 6, 2015 3:30 pm

Maggie Smith and Judi Dench reunite in Jaipur, India, for The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, which came to theaters Friday. Despite a stellar cast, the sequel to the surprise 2012 hit comedy, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, is second best.

Copyright 2015 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.

The Salt
2:14 pm
Fri March 6, 2015

Should Labels Say Meat Was Made In USA? Ranchers, Meatpackers Disagree

Gayland Regier carries buckets of feed to his cattle in southeast Nebraska. Imported cattle make up a small portion of the American beef supply, but many American farmers and ranchers are concerned that foreign-sourced meat could distort their markets.
courtesy of Grant Gerlock/NET News/Harvest Public Media

Originally published on Fri March 6, 2015 3:14 pm

You've probably seen, but may not have noticed, labels on the meat at your grocery store that say something like "Born, Raised, & Harvest in the U.S.A." or "Born and Raised in Canada, Slaughtered in the U.S."

These country-of- origin labels, as they are known, are part of an ongoing international trade dispute that has swept up Midwest ranchers. And they may not be long for store shelves.

Read more
The Two-Way
1:33 pm
Fri March 6, 2015

North Korean Diplomat Stopped In Bangladesh With $1.4 Million In Gold

Customs authorities in Bangladesh would like to know what a top North Korean diplomat was doing with $1.4 million in gold hid in his luggage as he arrived on a flight from Singapore to Dhaka.

Read more
The Two-Way
1:17 pm
Fri March 6, 2015

Source: Justice Dept. Prepares To Charge N.J. Sen. Menendez With Corruption

The Justice Department is planning to bring corruption charges against Sen. Robert Menendez, D-N.J., alleging that he did political favors for a friend and donor, NPR has confirmed.
Manuel Balce Ceneta AP

Originally published on Fri March 6, 2015 1:50 pm

Updated at 3:17 p.m. ET

The Justice Department is planning to bring corruption charges against Sen. Robert Menendez, D-N.J., alleging that he did political favors for a friend and donor, NPR's Carrie Johnson has confirmed.

A person familiar with the case tells Carrie that a decision has been made to go forward with a prosecution.

"It is not clear how long it will take for actual criminal charges to emerge," Carrie says.

The case is being handled by the Justice Department's Public Integrity Section in Washington, she adds.

Read more
NPR Story
1:00 pm
Fri March 6, 2015

'Mockingjay' Director: 'I Love The Book. We Made This For The Fans.'

Director Francis Lawrence attends the premiere of Lionsgate’s ‘The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1′ on November 17, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)

The highest grossing movie of 2014, “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1,” comes out on DVD and Blu-ray today. We revisit Here & Now host Jeremy Hobson’s November conversation with director Francis Lawrence about the rewards and challenges of bringing such beloved books to the screen. Lawrence also directed two other films in the series: “Catching Fire” and “Mockingjay – Part 2.”

Read more
NPR Story
1:00 pm
Fri March 6, 2015

Are The Spurs Leading The Way On Sports Analytics?

Tim Duncan #21 of the San Antonio Spurs dunks past Matt Barnes #22 of the Los Angeles Clippers during a 119115 Clipper win at Staples Center on February 19, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and condition of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Harry How/Getty Images)

The San Antonio Spurs take on the Denver Nuggets tonight in the Alamo City, Texas. The Spurs have won five NBA Championships in the past 16 years.

But it’s another award the team just picked up that we want to focus on. The M.I.T. Sloan Sports Analytics Conference named the Spurs the “Best Analytics Organization” and gave team manager R.C. Buford a lifetime achievement award.

Read more
NPR Story
1:00 pm
Fri March 6, 2015

Rare Doubloon Wows Collectors At National Money Show

This rare Brasher Dubloon was minted in the United States in 1787. (Courtesy of American Numismatic Association)

Rare coin enthusiasts are gathered in Portland, Oregon for the National Money Show, a celebration of rare coins and bills.

Over $100 million worth of coins are expected to be displayed by dealers and collectors alike, but attendees expect the focus of the event to be the fabled Brasher Doubloon.

Struck in 1787, the Brasher Doubloons were the first gold coins ever struck for the United States and the first coins ever valued at $10 million.

The doubloon will take center stage in a convention full of historical curiosities and wild manufacturing errors.

Read more
The Two-Way
12:45 pm
Fri March 6, 2015

#NPRreads: On America's First Suicide Bombing And Its Influential Pizza Lobby

The pizza lobby tries to influence things like school lunches and the calorie labels that go on the pies.
Joe Raedle Getty Images

Originally published on Fri March 6, 2015 3:51 pm

#NPRreads is a new feature we're testing out on Twitter and on The Two-Way. The premise is simple: Correspondents, editors and producers throughout our newsroom will share pieces that have kept them reading. They'll share tidbits on Twitter using the #NPRreads hashtag, and on occasion we'll share a longer take here on the blog.

This week, we bring you four reads that illuminate a bit of history or pieces of regulation you may not have known about.

Read more
The Two-Way
12:08 pm
Fri March 6, 2015

DOJ Indicts 3 Men Accused Of 'Largest Data Breach In History'

Originally published on Fri March 6, 2015 1:16 pm

Three men, two from Vietnam and one from Canada, who allegedly participated in a scheme to harvest a billion email addresses have been charged in what the Department of Justice describes as the largest data breach in the history of the Internet.

Read more
The Two-Way
12:00 pm
Fri March 6, 2015

Documentary Filmmaker Albert Maysles Dies At 88

Originally published on Fri March 6, 2015 3:23 pm

Albert Maysles, the father of the contemporary American documentary film who was behind such classics as 1970's Gimme Shelter, has died. He was 88.

Maysles, an Oscar-nominated director, died Thursday in New York, Erica Dilday at the Maysles Documentary Center confirmed.

NPR's Neda Ulaby is reporting on his death for our Newscast unit. She says:

"Albert Maysles with his brother David turned an unflinching cinematic eye on everything from door to door Bible salesmen to the most eccentric members of the East Coast elite. ...

Read more
The Two-Way
11:47 am
Fri March 6, 2015

Mayor: 3 Ferguson Employees Linked To Racist Emails No Longer With Department

Originally published on Fri March 6, 2015 12:18 pm

Three Ferguson, Mo., employees who were responsible for emails that contained disparaging references to President Obama and African-Americans are no longer employed by the city, Mayor James Knowles tells The Associated Press.

Read more
History
11:43 am
Fri March 6, 2015

Fresh Air Pays Tribute To The 50th Anniversary Of Bloody Sunday

Copyright 2015 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.

Transcript

DAVE DAVIES, HOST:

Read more
The Two-Way
11:34 am
Fri March 6, 2015

Former NBC Executive Returns To Oversee Troubled News Division

Originally published on Fri March 6, 2015 12:13 pm

The parent company of NBC, Comcast, has turned to a familiar figure to lead the network's troubled news division, naming Andrew Lack as chairman to shore up its credibility, its finances and its stability.

Read more
Politics
11:32 am
Fri March 6, 2015

Obama Returns To Selma For 50th Anniversary Of Historic March

Barack Obama as a presidential candidate in Selma, Ala., in 2007 re-creating a voting rights march that was violently repressed by state troopers in 1965.
Roberto Schmidt AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Fri March 6, 2015 3:30 pm

It's the kind of moment rich with history — a moment to reflect on a searing date in the civil rights struggle, and to do so with the nation's first African-American president taking center stage at the memorial ceremonies. It's a time and place to reflect on where we have been and where we have come as a nation. But also to ponder the future for Barack Obama and whether the discussion of race and inequality will become major themes of his post-presidency, which begins in less than two years.

Read more
Asia
10:43 am
Fri March 6, 2015

For India's Widows, A Riot Of Color, An Act Of Liberation

Susannah Ireland for NPR

Originally published on Fri March 6, 2015 3:30 pm

"I have no one. I've lost everything. My children are gone, my parents are gone. My husband's family doesn't ask about me. They don't even look for me, they don't even know if I eat," says Manu Ghosh, 85.

That's her above, seen before and after the Hindu festival of Holi at her ashram in northern India.

Read more
Muslim Identity In Europe
10:09 am
Fri March 6, 2015

Germans Open Their Homes To Refugee Roommates

Berlin residents Mareike Geiling (left) and her boyfriend, Jonas Kakoschke, speak with their roommate, a Muslim refugee from Mali. Geiling and Kokoschke helped launch a website that matches Germans willing to share their homes with new arrivals.
Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson NPR

Originally published on Fri March 6, 2015 2:29 pm

Asylum-seekers are flooding into Germany in record numbers, with more than 200,000 applying for that status last year, many from Muslim countries, according to the government.

Read more
Code Switch
9:58 am
Fri March 6, 2015

The Fascinating Story Of New Orleans' Two Lost Chinatowns

Chinese who operated small shops in New Orleans' Chinatown for many decades learned in 1937 that their small city-within-a-city was doomed to make way for a parking lot. Shown in front of one of the shops on Tulane Avenue between Elk Place and Rampart Street are Big Gee, seated, and Lee Sing, standing.
The Times-Picayune/Landov

New Orleans is known for its enormous Vietnamese population, one of the largest in the country. But we recently came across a story about a now-lost Chinatown in New Orleans — two of them, in fact — and how they came to be. To understand how these hubs came about, and why they disappeared, we have to rewind the clock 150 years, to the end of the Civil War.

Read more
Shots - Health News
9:54 am
Fri March 6, 2015

Pot Can Trigger Psychotic Symptoms For Some, But Do The Effects Last?

High-end marijuana buds on sale at a Denver dispensary.
Craig F. Walker Denver Post via Getty Images

Originally published on Fri March 6, 2015 1:05 pm

In the "American Sniper" murder trial, prosecutors successfully countered Eddie Ray Routh's plea of not guilty by reason of insanity by saying that he just seemed psychotic because he was high. But scientists continue to argue over whether marijuana-induced psychosis is always short-lived or if there's a deeper connection at play.

Read more
Code Switch
9:34 am
Fri March 6, 2015

Beautiful Photos Of Everyday Life In 19th And 20th Century Iran

Iranian children buy ice cream from a vendor in Tehran around the turn of the century.
Antoin Sevruguin Freer|Sackler Gallery

Originally published on Fri March 6, 2015 12:47 pm

Since 1979, tens of thousands of Iranians have lived in exile in the United States. The Iranian Revolution forced large numbers of the population out of the country, and many have never returned. As Persian New Year, referred to by Iranians as Nowruz, approaches, many look back on old photos and remember an Iran they used to know. The holiday happens annually on the spring equinox and symbolizes a rebirth in Persian culture. Iranians in the U.S. now experience new lifestyles and culture that make Nowruz's themes of rebirth more real than they had imagined.

Read more
The Two-Way
9:07 am
Fri March 6, 2015

Tajik Opposition Leader Shot Dead In Istanbul

Originally published on Fri March 6, 2015 9:56 am

Umarali Kuvatov, an outspoken critic of Tajikistan's autocratic president, was killed by a single shot to the head on a street in Istanbul, where he had been living in exile, according to Turkish media reports.

Kuvatov, 47, a businessman turned government opponent, was head of the Group 24 opposition movement. He had accused Tajik President Emomali Rahmon of corruption and nepotism.

Read more
Europe
4:24 am
Fri March 6, 2015

German Nightclubs Try Out Urine-Repellent Paint

Originally published on Fri March 6, 2015 8:40 am

Copyright 2015 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.

Transcript

RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

Read more
Around the Nation
4:17 am
Fri March 6, 2015

Families Stage 'Sled-In' Protests On Capitol Hill

Originally published on Fri March 6, 2015 8:40 am

Copyright 2015 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.

Transcript

DAVID GREENE, HOST:

Read more
Europe
3:03 am
Fri March 6, 2015

Will Greece's New Government Help The Muslim Minority Integrate?

Originally published on Fri March 6, 2015 9:14 am

Copyright 2015 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.

NPR Story
3:03 am
Fri March 6, 2015

Administration Fights Case That Would Assign Lawyers To Minors Seeking Asylum

Originally published on Fri March 6, 2015 8:40 am

Copyright 2015 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.

NPR Story
3:03 am
Fri March 6, 2015

Being Unoriginal Is Not The Biggest Problem For 'Chappie'

Originally published on Fri March 6, 2015 12:52 pm

Copyright 2015 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.

Transcript

DAVID GREENE, HOST:

The director of the acclaimed sci-fi hit "District 9" is now out with a sci-fi thriller called "Chappie." Here's film critic Kenneth Turan.

Read more

Pages