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11:27am

Sat September 27, 2014
The Two-Way

More Chicago Flights Canceled; Suspect Was Told Of Hawaii Transfer

Originally published on Sat September 27, 2014 5:06 pm

Travelers lined up Friday to reschedule flights at Chicago's O'Hare International Airport after the region's air traffic control was sabotaged. More flights are resuming Saturday, but hundreds were also canceled.
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The number of canceled flights in and out of Chicago crept toward 800 Saturday afternoon, as workers tried to restore one of the nation's busiest air traffic control systems. The system was crippled Friday, officials say, after a disgruntled employee set a fire in a federal radar center. (We updated the number of cancellations at 5 p.m. ET).

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10:59am

Sat September 27, 2014
Fine Art

Confined In China, Ai Weiwei Directs Alcatraz Exhibit From Afar

Originally published on Sat September 27, 2014 5:03 pm

Ai Weiwei's With Wind greets visitors to his exhibit, "@Large," on Alcatraz Island in San Francisco.
Jan Sturmann Courtesy FOR-SITE Foundation

The old federal prison on Alcatraz Island in San Francisco Bay is one of the city's top tourist attractions. Beginning Saturday, it's also the site of an installation by one of China's most famous dissident artists, Ai Weiwei.

The work, "@Large" explores themes of freedom and confinement. Finding freedom under restriction is a worthy challenge, Ai says. Confined to China himself, the artist had to pull it all off without setting foot in the U.S.

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9:52am

Sat September 27, 2014
Simon Says

Banned Books Remind Us Of The Power Of The Written Word

Originally published on Sat September 27, 2014 11:07 am

The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank regularly makes banned book lists, but not because it details the terror of hiding from Nazi occupiers.
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Here's an idea for weekend fun: Pick up a banned book.

Look for "the good parts" — the sections of Ulysses, The Grapes of Wrath, The Color Purple, Catch-22, To Kill a Mockingbird, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Lolita, the Harry Potter series, Animal Farm, A Farewell to Arms or In the Night Kitchen that have scenes and language that once made people gasp, blush or shudder. The parts that made them say, "We can't let people read this!"

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9:49am

Sat September 27, 2014
The Two-Way

Hiker Catches Volcano's Eruption On Video, And Is Overtaken By Ash

Originally published on Sat September 27, 2014 7:08 pm

A hiker's dramatic video captured the scene as a huge cloud of ash poured down the side of Mt. Ontake in Japan Saturday.
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9:09am

Sat September 27, 2014
Middle East

To Become Oil Barons, ISIS Has Sold To Neighbors And Enemies

Originally published on Sat September 27, 2014 11:07 am

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9:09am

Sat September 27, 2014
Middle East

Progress In Nuclear Talks With Iran Is Still Glacial

Originally published on Sat September 27, 2014 11:07 am

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9:09am

Sat September 27, 2014
Sports

The Week In Sports: Jeter Takes A Bow And The Ryder Cup Tees Off

Originally published on Sat September 27, 2014 11:07 am

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And now it's time for Sports. Derek Jeter takes his final curtain. The Ryder Cup tees off Scotland, still part of the United Kingdom. And FIFA contends with scandalous charges and BJ Lederman writes our theme music.

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8:20am

Sat September 27, 2014
Science

India Zooms To Mars Much More Cheaply, But With Trade-Offs

Originally published on Sun September 28, 2014 9:17 am

A member of the Indian security force keeps watch over a launch vehicle carrying the Mars Orbiter probe at the Indian Space Research Organization facility, in Sriharikota, in 2013.
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Earlier this week, two spacecraft arrived at the planet Mars. One came from India, the other from the U.S. Both are now in orbit and collecting data. But the Indian probe is conducting its mission at a tiny fraction of the cost of its NASA counterpart.

"Some of the publicly available numbers are in the $74 million to $75 million range," says Amaresh Kollipara, a managing partner of Earth 2 Orbit, a company that pairs private satellite providers with the Indian space agency.

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8:20am

Sat September 27, 2014
The Two-Way

Catalonia Defies Spain As Leader Signs Decree For Breakaway Vote

Originally published on Sat September 27, 2014 12:49 pm

President of Catalonia's regional government Artur Mas acknowledges cheers Saturday after signing a law setting a Nov. 9 vote on independence. At left is the president of the Catalan Parliament, Nuria de Gispert.
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One week after the Catalan parliament gave him the power to do so, Catalonia's leader is calling for a vote in the northeast region of Spain on whether it should become independent. The vote is set for November 9, but Spain's central government has said it won't let the vote occur.

Catalonia has already launched a website for the independence vote, referring to it with the shorthand 9N. The website includes a sample ballot that asks two questions: Should Catalonia be a state, and should that state be independent?

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7:58am

Sat September 27, 2014
All Tech Considered

Tech Week That Was: Apple's Gaffes, Shellshock And Hello Ello

Apple CEO Tim Cook walks off stage after speaking during the Apple Worldwide Developers Conference in June.
Justin Sullivan Getty Images

It's time for your weekly look back at the tech headlines from NPR and beyond. Let's get to it ...

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7:03am

Sat September 27, 2014
Goats and Soda

Denying Ebola Turns Out To Be A Very Human Response

A sign in Abidjan, Ivory Coast's capital, warns residents that "the Ebola threat is real."
Issouf Sanogo AFP/Getty Images

It was not a disease. It was a curse.

That's what the family of one Liberian Ebola patient told Dr. Kent Brantly after their relative died in the treatment center where he worked in July.

The logical next step, the family believed, was to seek revenge and kill the person who placed the curse.

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7:03am

Sat September 27, 2014
The Salt

Culinary Diplomacy Takes Texan Chef To The Land Of Grilled Yak

As you may have heard, America's diplomats are struggling these days with a few distracting and unpleasant events in far-off parts of the world. But they're rising to the challenge: They're sending in the chefs.

The U.S. State Department launched a Diplomatic Culinary Partnership two years ago in order to "elevate the role of culinary engagement in America's formal and public diplomacy efforts." Some of the country's most renowned chefs have volunteered to help out, joining the department's "Chef Corps."

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7:30pm

Fri September 26, 2014
All Tech Considered

Shellshock Bug's Impact Could Be Huge, But It's Unclear For Now

Originally published on Sun September 28, 2014 3:21 pm

Mac OS and Linux operating systems are most at risk for the Shellshock bug.
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Hundreds of millions of computers and networks are at risk after a bug called Shellshock was found this week. It turns out it's actually been around for a while — it took 22 years to discover this bug. If exploited by hackers, the impact could be huge.

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7:20pm

Fri September 26, 2014
The Two-Way

Ex-Teacher At Center Of Rape Sentencing Controversy Gets 10 Years In Jail

Stacey Dean Rambold
Montana Department of Corrections

After a long-running controversy over his original punishment, a convicted rapist in Montana was sentenced to 10 years in jail on Friday.

As we've reported, Stacey Dean Rambold was originally sentenced to 30 days in jail for raping one of his 14-year-old students.

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6:58pm

Fri September 26, 2014
Television

In 'Transparent,' A 70-Year-Old Divorced Dad Comes Out As A Woman

Originally published on Sat September 27, 2014 5:00 pm

Jeffrey Tambor plays Maura on the new drama Transparent on Amazon Prime.
Courtesy of Amazon Studios

Thanks to Netflix, many of us are familiar with the concept of new TV series that premiere not on broadcast or cable television, but on a streaming entertainment service. And Netflix isn't the only streaming service getting into the act. Starting Friday, Amazon Prime subscribers have access to the entire first season of a new series called Transparent, starring Jeffrey Tambor.

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6:17pm

Fri September 26, 2014
Cities Project

N.J. Braces For Future Disasters By Fleeing, And Fortifying, The Coast

Originally published on Mon September 29, 2014 9:43 am

Artists' renderings of New Meadowland show how the wetland would be designed for human recreational use as well as flood control. The berm shown would be a path through the park when water was low (left). When storms came in, the wetlands would flood, and the berm would protect local development.
Courtesy of New Meadowlands

It has been nearly two years since Hurricane Sandy crashed ashore in New Jersey, devastating cities throughout the region. As cities and towns along the coast consider how to prepare for future weather patterns, and avert the kind of damage that happened in 2012, a two-pronged response has emerged — a kind of municipal fight-or-flight response.

One option is to retreat — encourage residents to move away from the water. The other is to resist — armor the coast so it can take a battering without flooding city streets.

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6:15pm

Fri September 26, 2014
The Salt

GMO Wheat Investigation Closed, But Another One Opens

Originally published on Fri September 26, 2014 7:38 pm

How did that genetically modified wheat end up in a field in Oregon? Investigators still don't know, but now they've found GMO wheat in Montana, too.
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Investigators from the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) say that they cannot figure out how genetically engineered wheat appeared, as if by magic, in a farmer's field in eastern Oregon in the spring of 2013.

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5:39pm

Fri September 26, 2014
The Two-Way

The 'Bond King' Leaves His $2 Trillion Kingdom

Originally published on Fri September 26, 2014 6:24 pm

Bill Gross
AP

Heavy drama played out this week — and not just on Shonda Rhimes' TV shows.

The bond-investing world was roiled by news that Bill Gross — the man known as "The Bond King" — has abruptly left the huge investment firm he founded in 1971. The departure left a lot of people scratching their heads on Wall Street.

"The natural question is: What's going on at PIMCO?" said David Kotok, chief investment officer at Cumberland Advisors. "There's all kinds of speculation" about why Gross left.

"And the answer is, it's speculation — and so we don't know," Kotok said.

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4:52pm

Fri September 26, 2014
Global Health

New Ebola Coordinator Says U.S. Response Will Be 'Combined' Effort

Originally published on Fri September 26, 2014 5:51 pm

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4:52pm

Fri September 26, 2014
Sports

Baseball Roundup: Jeter's Farewell, Playoffs, Long Games

Originally published on Fri September 26, 2014 5:51 pm

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4:52pm

Fri September 26, 2014
Goats and Soda

The Ebola Survivor Who Works In An Ebola Ward

Originally published on Sun September 28, 2014 9:50 pm

Patients recovering from Ebola at the Kenema treatment center must remain behind white plastic fencing until they are officially discharged.
Peter Breslow NPR

Dauda Fullah works in the tent where he faced his own death.

The skinny 23-year-old was an Ebola patient at the treatment center set up at Kenema Hospital in Sierra Leone.

Fullah's father had contracted the disease a few months ago and died a few days later. He helped bury his dad; that night he came down with a fever.

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4:52pm

Fri September 26, 2014
This Week's Must Read

As The Ebola Outbreak Worsens, A Book About Compassion

Originally published on Fri September 26, 2014 6:59 pm

Many sobering statistics have emerged from the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, but one number in particular has stuck with me: More than 200 health care workers have died so far.

It is hard for me to conceive of the bravery required to take care of people with this awful, contagious disease. And yet, when I recalled Connie Willis' groundbreaking, Hugo Award-winning science-fiction novel Doomsday Book, the resonances came back to me with the sound of tolling bells.

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4:35pm

Fri September 26, 2014
Author Interviews

'Boy On Ice' Explores The Emotional And Physical Toll Of Dropping The Gloves

Originally published on Fri September 26, 2014 5:51 pm

Derek Boogaard of the Minnesota Wild (left) and Wade Brookbank of the Vancouver Canucks exchange punches during a fight in the first period of a November 2005 game in Vancouver, Canada.
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Derek Boogaard didn't make it to the National Hockey League because he was a great hockey player. He wasn't especially fast, and he rarely scored a goal. But in skates, he stood nearly 7 feet tall, and he was close to 300 pounds. Considered by many the toughest guy in the NHL, Boogaard was an enforcer, and his job was to fight.

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4:32pm

Fri September 26, 2014
Movie Reviews

British Coalminers Strike With A Gay Coalition In 'Pride,' A Crowd-Pleaser

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4:32pm

Fri September 26, 2014
Author Interviews

What's Mittens Thinking? Make 'Sense' Of Your Pet's Behavior

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3:37pm

Fri September 26, 2014
Monkey See

Gilligan's Island At 50: A Goofy Show From A Time Of TV Innocence

Originally published on Fri September 26, 2014 6:23 pm

The cast of Gilligan's Island (clockwise from top left): Jim Backus, Natalie Schafer, Tina Louise, Alan Hale Jr., Dawn Wells, Bob Denver, Russell Johnson
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It was 50 years ago today (Friday, Sept. 26) that the world was introduced to what may have been the oddest idea around for a TV comedy until Hogan's Heroes cracked jokes in a German prisoner of war camp a year later.

Yes, Hollywood wanted to make America laugh about seven people who got marooned on a tropical island. And that oddly endearing show celebrating its golden anniversary had an unlikely name: Gilligan's Island.

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3:37pm

Fri September 26, 2014
The Two-Way

Oklahoma Police Ask FBI To Investigate Beheading Incident

Originally published on Fri September 26, 2014 7:19 pm

A day after a woman was beheaded at her workplace in Moore, Okla., police there are asking the FBI to investigate.

Brian Hardzinski, with NPR member station KGOU, tells our newscast unit that police want the FBI to probe any possible connections to terrorism. He filed this report for our Newscast unit:

"Police say Alton Nolen walked into a food distribution warehouse around 4 p.m. Thursday and attacked two co-workers with a knife.

"Moore Police Sgt. Jeremy Lewis told reporters Friday morning Colleen Hufford was beheaded.

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3:18pm

Fri September 26, 2014
It's All Politics

Why We Won't See The Likes Of Eric Holder Again

Originally published on Fri September 26, 2014 7:23 pm

President Obama, accompanied by Attorney General Eric Holder, speaks in the State Dining Room of the White House on Thursday to announce that Holder is resigning. Holder, who served as the public face of the Obama administration's legal fight against terrorism and weighed in on issues of racial fairness, is resigning after six years on the job.
Evan Vucci AP

When President Woodrow Wilson was casting about for an attorney general in 1919, his private secretary Joseph Tumulty wrote that the office "had great power politically ... we should not trust it to anyone who is not heart and soul with us."

Eric Holder's great qualification for the job he has just resigned was that he was with the president he served — heart and soul.

His complicated role in Barack Obama's administration was inextricably bound to race — he was the first African-American U.S. attorney general, appointed by the first African-American president.

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1:57pm

Fri September 26, 2014
The Two-Way

Thai Leader Threatens New Takeover: The TV Soaps

Originally published on Fri September 26, 2014 4:00 pm

Thailand's Prime Minister Gen. Prayuth Chan-ocha, at the government house in Bangkok earlier this month. Prayuth, who seized power in May, has threatened to personally take over the writing of soap operas on Thai television.
Sakchai Lalit AP

Thailand's coup leader turned prime minister is not happy with the daily fare of infidelity and violence that is a staple of the country's television soap operas — and he's prepared to write the scripts himself if that's what it takes.

Gen. Prayuth Chan-ocha, the army chief who staged a coup in May against the elected government, says he wants scripts that encourage harmony in society.

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1:55pm

Fri September 26, 2014
Goats and Soda

A Concert With Jay-Z (And India's Leader) Aims To End Poverty

John Mayer sings to tens of thousands at the 2013 Global Citizen Festival in Central Park. The event is part of an effort to end extreme poverty.
Stephen Lovekin Getty Images

Tomorrow in Central Park, Jay-Z will rap, Sting will sing and India's prime minister, Narendra Modi, will talk about the need to end open defecation — that's what they call it when people don't have access to toilets, and it's a huge global problem.

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