1:51pm

Thu August 16, 2012
NPR Story

'American Gypsy': A Road From Siberia To Hollywood

Originally published on Fri August 17, 2012 12:54 pm

Oksana Marafioti moved to the U.S. with her family when she was 15.
Courtesy FSG Books

Oksana Marafioti spent her childhood touring the Soviet Union with the family band. She is a Gypsy — from an ethnic group dispersed throughout Europe and linked by a language called Roma, or Romani.

In their travels — from the deserts of Mongolia to the Siberian tundra — her family endured intense racism.

"In the USSR ... people would just ... spit on you or hit you as soon as you said you were a Gypsy," she tells NPR's John Donvan.

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1:40pm

Thu August 16, 2012
The Two-Way

More Of The Nation Is Getting The Worst Of The Drought

This week's drought map.
National Drought Mitigation Center

The drought gripping much of the nation is "exceptional" — the most severe classification — in an area covering 6.26 percent of the lower 48 states, according to the latest data from the National Drought Mitigation Center.

That's up from 4.21 percent the week before.

The center's latest map shows increases in size of the areas in Colorado, Kansas, Oklahoma, Nebraska and Missouri that are experiencing exceptional drought conditions.

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1:26pm

Thu August 16, 2012
The Two-Way

A Gift From The Interwebs: A Brilliant Auto-tuned Burger Review

Originally published on Fri August 17, 2012 1:42 pm

A screenshot from a YouTube video.
YouTube

We will get back to the news in a bit. But we could not help but point you to a little bit of Internet happiness:

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12:55pm

Thu August 16, 2012
The Two-Way

Bahrain Sentences Prominent Activist To 3 Years In Jail

A man walks past a picture of human rights defender Nabeel Rajab and Arabic that reads, "freedom to human rights defender Nabeel Rajab."
Hasan Jamali AP

The government of Bahrain, today, handed down a three-year jail sentence for prominent activist Nabeel Rajab, the head of the Bahrain Center For Human Rights.

Rajab, reports The Guardian, was already serving a three month sentence for posting for his anti-government comments on Twitter. The government said the three-year sentence is a result of his participation in an "illegal demonstration."

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12:33pm

Thu August 16, 2012
Participation Nation

Spreading Their Wings In Columbus, Ohio

The butterflies of Proyecto Mariposa.
Courtesy of Yahaira Perez

For the past year Yahaira Perez has led a group called Proyecto Mariposa, or Project Butterfly, that helps provide life skills to Latina girls and their mothers while ensuring they do not forget their Latin roots.

Proyecto Mariposa is made up of 16 mothers and their daughters, ages 2 to 13. They meet weekly at a church in Columbus to make crafts, read in Spanish and receive guidance on issues such as personal health and proper nutrition.

Yahaira, who moved from Puerto Rico to attend The Ohio State University, has gotten many people involved — including her family.

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12:33pm

Thu August 16, 2012
The Two-Way

Two Deputies Killed, Two Wounded In Louisiana Shootings

Three days after the shooting death of a constable in College Station, Texas, there's word that two sheriff's deputies in Louisiana's St. John the Baptist Parish were killed this morning and another two were wounded in what appear to be connected shootings.

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12:19pm

Thu August 16, 2012
Music Reviews

Autosalvage: The Psychedelic Band That Vanished

Originally published on Fri August 17, 2012 3:14 pm

Autosalvage, a New York quartet, made one album and then stopped playing.
Courtesy of the artist

A little over 10 years ago, a friend with a small record company in England called me and asked if I wanted to do liner notes for an album he was re-releasing. When he told me it was the Autosalvage album, I flipped. Of course I did!

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11:51am

Thu August 16, 2012
Health

Study finds high risk to drinking water from fracking wastewater

Each shale natural gas well requires millions of gallons of water to be fracked.
Matt Richmond WSKG

A new study on managing wastewater produced by hydraulic fracturing finds the biggest risk of contamination to drinking water supplies occurs during the disposal process.

The report is by Stony Brook University and was published this month in the journal "Risk Analysis."

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11:30am

Thu August 16, 2012
Race

Tracking Death Helps Chronicle Lives In Deep South

Transcript

JACKI LYDEN, HOST:

This is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. I'm Jacki Lyden. Michel Martin is away. It's time for a new Wisdom Watch conversation. That's the part of the program where we speak with those who've made a difference through their work.

In many communities, there are elders whose service goes far beyond their job description, be they ministers, teachers or doctors. Traditionally, these are respected members of the community who pass along traditions and insights.

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11:30am

Thu August 16, 2012
Music

Underground Iranian Band Steps Out Of The Shadows

Originally published on Thu August 16, 2012 6:45 pm

Transcript

JACKI LYDEN, HOST:

Recently, a friend handed me an Iranian music CD and said you have to hear this. My friend is an Iranian filmmaker and once, long ago, he took me to an underground jazz concert in Tehran. It was dramatic traveling through back alleys to get to the gig and I did a story on it for NPR then in 1997.

One of the musicians I met that night was a bass player named Marob(ph). Speaking through a translator, he mentioned the freedom music creates, even in an authoritarian society.

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