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Monkey See
6:18 am
Tue April 15, 2014

No Take-Backs: Why Can't 'New Girl' Figure Out What It's Doing?

Jess (Zooey Deschanel) and Nick (Jake Johnson) dealt with some relationship business in the New Girl episode "Mars Landing," but where are they supposed to go now?
Ray Mickshaw Fox

[Ahoy, there be New Girl spoilers ahead, through the most recently aired episode, "Mars Landing."]

A few weeks ago, New Girl neared the end of its third season the way it began it: by admitting that it doesn't know what it's doing.

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The Two-Way
5:38 am
Tue April 15, 2014

Book News: A Q&A With Pulitzer Prize-Winning Poet Vijay Seshadri

The Pulitzer Prize committee called Vijay Seshadri's work "a compelling collection of poems that examine human consciousness, from birth to dementia."
AP

Originally published on Tue April 15, 2014 7:16 am

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

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Sports
5:33 am
Tue April 15, 2014

Runner Returns To Boston With A New Outlook On Life

A March 2014 portrait of Demi Clark in front of her Mount Pleasant, S.C., home.
Wright Bryan NPR

Originally published on Tue April 15, 2014 3:14 pm

Eight runners entered in the 2014 Boston Marathon are documenting their race preparations for NPR in a Tumblr blog. Demi Clark is one of the eight, and this is her story.

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The Two-Way
5:28 am
Tue April 15, 2014

Ukrainian Military Says It Is Moving Against Pro-Russia Protesters

One of the pro-Russia protesters who have taken over the police headquarters in Slovyansk, Ukraine, watched from the barricades on Tuesday. Ukrainian authorities said special forces were beginning an operation against the demonstrators.
Gleb Garanich Reuters/Landov

Originally published on Tue April 15, 2014 12:26 pm

  • On 'Morning Edition': NPR's Ari Shapiro reports from Donetsk, Ukraine

Ukraine's acting president says his nation's military has begun "an anti-terrorist operation" aimed at pushing armed pro-Russia demonstrators out of the government buildings in eastern Ukraine that they have occupied for several days.

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Around the Nation
5:20 am
Tue April 15, 2014

Astronauts Will Soon Be Able To Eat Fresh Veggies In Space

Originally published on Tue April 15, 2014 10:05 am

A plant growth chamber is headed to the International Space Station. It's called Veggie and it sort of looks like a pillow that you can see through, all lit up in pink, with lettuce inside.

Around the Nation
5:20 am
Tue April 15, 2014

'Captain Underpants' 2013's Most Vilified Book

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KELLY MCEVERS, HOST:

Good morning. I'm Kelly McEvers.

The top spot on the American Library Association's annual list of most challenged books goes to "The Adventures of Captain Underpants," for the second year in a row. The series got the most formal complaints in a list compiled by librarians across the country. The graphic children's novels feature a superhero in his skivvies fighting villains like Dr. Diaper, which, believe it or not, earned the books more complaints than the very adult book "Fifty Shades of Grey."

Code Switch
5:03 am
Tue April 15, 2014

Sometimes Getting Along Comes Down To How You Say 'Gravy'

There are a surprising number of stock photos of gravy out there. You know, in the event you need one at some point.
iStockPhoto

Originally published on Wed April 16, 2014 7:40 am

In the hectic days before we went live one year ago (hooray!), we somehow missed the news of the passing, at age 91, of John Gumperz — a hugely influential linguist who contributed reams of research on the ways people from different cultures communicate. Had we been paying attention, we could have highlighted a story from Gumperz's studies that serves as a useful demonstration of why code-switching can be both a potent metaphor and a necessary skill.

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Book Reviews
5:03 am
Tue April 15, 2014

Horrors Small And Large Haunt 'Birds'

Courtesy of Random House

Originally published on Tue April 15, 2014 9:44 am

Suspense and the stink of sheep permeate All the Birds, Singing in equal measure. In Evie Wyld's gloriously gruesome second novel, shepherd Jake lives alone on a chilly, windswept British island, in a cottage "squat and white like a chalk pebble at the black foot of the downs." Something or someone is killing off her sheep, one by one. And Jake hears scratching, footsteps, coughs in the night.

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The Two-Way
4:44 am
Tue April 15, 2014

Did You See It? If Not, Here's The 'Blood Moon'

The "blood moon" as seen from Koreatown, west of Los Angeles, early Tuesday. The next total eclipse of the moon comes on Oct. 8.
Joe Klamar AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Tue April 15, 2014 7:34 am

There were "whistles, cheers and howls" early Tuesday on the grounds of the Griffith Observatory in Los Angeles as the moon turned red during a total lunar eclipse.

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NPR Story
3:17 am
Tue April 15, 2014

Empathy: How Should We Care About One Another?

Originally published on Tue April 15, 2014 5:20 am

Kelly McEvers talks to Leslie Jamison, author of the new essay collection, The Empathy Exams: Essays. The book takes the writer on a quest to figure out how others feel empathy.

NPR Story
3:17 am
Tue April 15, 2014

Russia's Move Into Ukraine Turns Allies Into Adversaries

Originally published on Tue April 15, 2014 5:20 am

Russia and Ukraine were the major contributors to the Soviet army. After the collapse of the Soviet Union, Moscow and Kiev continued to cooperate. The recent crisis transformed friend into foe.

NPR Story
3:17 am
Tue April 15, 2014

Retailers Want Your Tax Refund

Originally published on Tue April 15, 2014 5:20 am

It's the deadline to file your taxes. And if you're getting a money back, retailers want it. They're offering sales and promotions to separate you from your hard-earned refund.

NPR Story
3:17 am
Tue April 15, 2014

2 Senior Executives Leave General Motors

Originally published on Tue April 15, 2014 5:20 am

Transcript

DAVID GREENE, HOST:

NPR's business news begins with another shakeup at GM.

(SOUNDBITE OF MUSIC)

GREENE: General Motors announced yesterday that two of its senior executives have left the company. The departures of the senior vice president for communications and for human resources follow in the heels of strong criticism of the company's handling of February's recall of nearly 2.6 million cars.

NPR Story
3:17 am
Tue April 15, 2014

Russian Media Accused Of Using Propaganda In Ukraine Reporting

Originally published on Tue April 15, 2014 5:20 am

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KELLY MCEVERS, HOST:

Those pro-Russian militants we've heard a lot about occupying buildings in Eastern Ukraine, well, in Russia, they're portrayed very differently than they are here in the West. Russia's pro-government media characterize these men as embattled citizens, trying to protect themselves from a hostile Ukrainian government. Throughout this crisis, the Russian media has been casting the new Ukrainian government as illegitimate, dominated by neo-Nazis and deeply hostile to the Russian-speaking minority.

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Around the Nation
3:17 am
Tue April 15, 2014

Florida's Freshwater Springs Attract Vacationers

Originally published on Tue April 15, 2014 5:20 am

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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

All right. If I say Florida and Spring Break, you might be conjuring images of beaches, cocktails, theme parks. Well, some of our reporters have been sending suggestions for more off-the-beaten-path destinations and NPR's Greg Allen takes us to Florida and the state's fresh waters springs.

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Shots - Health News
1:25 am
Tue April 15, 2014

Voodoo Dolls Prove It: Hunger Makes Couples Turn On Each Other

Volunteers with lower levels of blood sugar stuck more pins in voodoo dolls of their spouses than people with higher levels.
Courtesy of Brad Bushman

Originally published on Tue April 15, 2014 3:03 pm

A lot of us know what can happen when we get hungry. We get grumpy, irritable and sometimes nasty.

There's even a name for this phenomenon: "Hangry, which is a combination of the words hungry and angry," says psychologist Brad Bushman from Ohio State University.

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Shots - Health News
1:24 am
Tue April 15, 2014

The 7.5 Million Insured Through Obamacare Are Only Part Of The Story

President Obama announced in early April that more than 7 million people had signed up for health insurance through the exchanges.
Win McNamee Getty Images

Originally published on Tue April 15, 2014 1:08 pm

Want to know how many people have signed up for private insurance under Obamacare? Like the health care law itself, the answer is complicated.

The Obama administration is tracking the number of plans purchased on HealthCare.gov and on the state exchanges, and this month reported that it had exceeded expectations by signing up 7.5 million people. In addition, federal officials have said that 3 million people have enrolled in Medicaid this year.

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All Tech Considered
1:23 am
Tue April 15, 2014

A Small Tablet Company Brings High-Tech Hopes To Haiti

Haitian artist Richard Josue uses a Surtab tablet.
Marie Arago Reuters/Landov

Originally published on Tue April 15, 2014 8:25 am

Haiti has struggled to rebuild since a devastating earthquake more than four years ago. Most of the population lives on less than $2 a day, and there are few open jobs for the millions of unemployed.

But there's a bright spot: The Western Hemisphere's poorest country is getting into the high-tech race thanks to Surtab, a Port-au-Prince-based company that makes Android tablets.

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The Salt
1:22 am
Tue April 15, 2014

Where's The Whole Grain In Most Of Our Wheat Bread?

The most healthful loaves of bread contain chunks of grain still intact, like the seeded loaf on the right. Whole wheat loaves, like the one in the middle, may contain few whole grains and may be made up mostly of refined flour, like the white bread on the left.
Meg Vogel NPR

Originally published on Tue April 15, 2014 10:06 am

We've all heard the advice to eat more whole grains, and cut back on refined starches.

And there's good reason. Compared with a diet heavy on refined grains, like white flour, a diet rich in whole grains — which includes everything from brown rice to steel-cut oats to farro — is linked to lower rates of heart disease, certain cancers and Type 2 diabetes.

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Asia
1:22 am
Tue April 15, 2014

After 25 Years Of Amnesia, Remembering A Forgotten Tiananmen

After People's Armed Police were deployed to clear the square on June 4, pitched battles broke out between police and angry crowds throwing stones.
Courtesy photo

Originally published on Tue April 15, 2014 7:23 pm

Twenty-five years ago, on April 15, 1989, Chinese students were mourning the death of a reformist leader. But what began as mourning evolved into mass protests demanding democracy. Demonstrators remained in Beijing's Tiananmen Square, day after day, until their protests were brutally suppressed by the Chinese army — on June 4. Hundreds died; to this day, no one knows how many.

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The Changing Lives Of Women
1:21 am
Tue April 15, 2014

Social Security Chief: Women Live Longer, So They Should Save Early

Acting Social Security Commissioner Carolyn Colvin at a news conference last year. She says women need to start saving for retirement early in their careers.
Charles Dharapak AP

Originally published on Tue April 15, 2014 8:17 am

The Social Security Administration distributes retirement benefits to nearly 60 million Americans. And of those beneficiaries, nearly 60 percent are women.

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The Record
4:24 pm
Mon April 14, 2014

Reunited And It Feels A Little Awkward: OutKast At Coachella

Big Boi (left) and Andre 3000 perform on stage at Coachella during the first stop on OutKast's reunion tour.
Adam Kissick for NPR

Originally published on Mon April 14, 2014 4:42 pm

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The Two-Way
4:22 pm
Mon April 14, 2014

Ooops! US Airways Accidentally Includes Lewd Photo In Tweet

The Twitter account for US Airways created an embarrassing incident for the airline Monday, after an inappropriate image was included in a tweet to a customer.
Twitter

Airlines commonly use Twitter to address the concerns of customers, answering questions about flights and policies and helping passengers deal with delays. But US Airways ran into trouble online Monday, when its response to an unhappy customer included a link to a graphic photo of a woman with a model airplane.

The company has apologized and deleted the tweet from its account.

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Parallels
4:03 pm
Mon April 14, 2014

Ukrainian Jews Celebrate Passover In Uncertain Times

Many Jews protested in Kiev's Independence Square and see a thread connecting ancient Egypt to modern-day Ukraine. "We started our liberation 3,000 years ago, and we still are in the process," says Rabbi Alexander Duchovny.
Peter Klaunzer EPA/Landov

Originally published on Mon April 14, 2014 6:02 pm

At Passover celebrations around the world tonight, the youngest child will sing a song in Hebrew. "Why," the youngster will ask, "is this night different from all other nights?"

Adults in Ukraine can ask a similar question this year: What makes this Passover different from all others? It's a question Rabbi Alexander Duchovny has been thinking about a lot. "Passover is z'man cheruteinu, time of our liberty — time of freedom," he says. "And especially for Ukrainian Jewry, and for Ukrainians, this is a time of liberty."

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Shots - Health News
4:00 pm
Mon April 14, 2014

Gene Linked To Alzheimer's Poses A Special Threat To Women

Women make up nearly two-thirds of the people in the U.S. diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease.
iStockphoto

Originally published on Mon April 14, 2014 5:35 pm

A gene associated with Alzheimer's disease appears especially dangerous to women and may be one reason that more women than men are diagnosed with the disease.

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NPR Story
3:30 pm
Mon April 14, 2014

How To Start Conversations With Total Strangers

Rob Baedeker and Chris Colin are the authors of "What to Talk About: On a Plane, at a Cocktail Party, in a Tiny Elevator with Your Boss's Boss." (Ilana Diamond)

Have you ever gone up to an intriguing looking person at a party, tried to start a conversation and froze? Or perhaps you just babbled mundanely about the weather? Well, authors Chris Colin and Rob Baedeker can help.

Along with illustrator Tony Millionaire, they’ve published “What to Talk About: On a Plane, at a Cocktail Party, in a Tiny Elevator with Your Boss’s Boss” (excerpt below).

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NPR Story
3:30 pm
Mon April 14, 2014

'Blood Moon' Begins Series Of Lunar Eclipses

Path of the Moon through Earth's umbral and penumbral shadows during the Total Lunar Eclipse of April 15, 2014. (Fred Espenak via NASA.gov)

Stargazers are in for a treat if they’re willing to stay up late tonight. A rare lunar eclipse known as a blood-moon will begin tomorrow morning at about 2 a.m. Eastern time. The full eclipse will last from about 3 a.m. to 4:30 a.m.

Kelly Beatty, senior contributing editor for Sky & Telescope magazine joins Here & Now’s Jeremy Hobson to explain the phenomenon, which is part of a “tetrad,” and the best time to watch.

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NPR Story
3:30 pm
Mon April 14, 2014

Development Forces Out Pronghorn Antelope

A housing subdivision, a golf course and roads are named after the antelope that have been squeezed out by development. (Laurel Morales/Fronteras Desk)

When we think of the American West, we picture wide open spaces. But roads, new homes and commercial buildings have cut across those spaces.

That development is having an impact on the pronghorn antelope, especially in one of the fastest-growing areas in the Southwest: Prescott Valley in northern Arizona.

From the Here & Now Contributors Network, Laurel Morales of Fronteras Desk reports.

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Around the Nation
3:25 pm
Mon April 14, 2014

After Deaths, Renewed Focus On Leaky Gas Pipelines

A Philadelphia Gas Works employee replaces old steel and cast-iron pipes with new plastic pipes that are less likely to leak.
Jeff Brady NPR

Originally published on Mon April 14, 2014 4:42 pm

After a gas explosion last month in New York leveled two buildings and killed eight people, an old issue received new attention: aging natural gas pipelines that leak.

It can take decades and billions of dollars to replace old steel and cast-iron pipes with plastic ones, but some utilities are making that a priority.

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Music Interviews
3:25 pm
Mon April 14, 2014

Emicida: 'People Sample What Is Nearest To Them'

Emicida.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Mon April 14, 2014 4:42 pm

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