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4:55am

Thu September 11, 2014
NPR Story

Congress Will Eventually Vote On Force Against Islamist Militants

Originally published on Thu September 11, 2014 8:24 am

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4:55am

Thu September 11, 2014
NPR Story

Ship Found From Doomed 1845 Arctic Expedition, Canada Says

Originally published on Thu September 11, 2014 8:24 am

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3:24am

Thu September 11, 2014
Goats and Soda

Fast-Moving Ebola Slows Down Liberia's Economy

Originally published on Thu September 11, 2014 10:30 am

Not every business has been hurt by the Ebola epidemic: Stephen Kollie says his newspaper stand is thriving because people are hungry for the latest Ebola information. But many of his usual expatriate customers have left the country, he says.
Tommy Trenchard for NPR

Postwar Liberia had struggled back onto its feet in the past decade, after the civil war, and was just catching its collective breath when Ebola landed. One of the lasting effects of Ebola on the country is likely to be its impact on the economy.

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3:24am

Thu September 11, 2014
All Tech Considered

Is Amazon's Failed Phone A Cautionary Tale?

Originally published on Thu September 11, 2014 11:05 am

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos introduces the new Amazon Fire phone June 18 in Seattle.
Ted S. Warren AP

It's been a big week in the world of gadgets. Apple announced its newest iPhones, the 6 and 6 Plus, and they're bigger than any other before. And on the smaller side, there's an Apple Watch β€” that does a lot of the same things. Meanwhile, Amazon took a nosedive with its foray into the smartphone marketplace. Here are some questions we had:

Amazon slashed the price of the Fire phone from $199 To 99 cents. Why?

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3:23am

Thu September 11, 2014
U.S.

Child Migrants Settle Uneasily In The Big Easy

Originally published on Thu September 11, 2014 9:05 am

LA Johnson/NPR

Last June, 13-year-old Yashua Cantillano and his 11-year-old brother, Alinhoel, left their uncle's home in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, with a change of clothes in plastic bags, some snacks, water and their mother's phone number scribbled on a piece of paper.

Their guide and protector? Seventeen-year-old Sulmi Cantillano, their step-sister.

With the help of a smuggler, or coyote, Sulmi says, they got to the Mexican border city of Reynosa about 11 miles south of McAllen, Texas. They crossed the Rio Grande and turned themselves in to the U.S. Border Patrol.

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3:21am

Thu September 11, 2014
Goats and Soda

The Alibaba Effect: How China's eBay Transformed Village Economics

Originally published on Thu September 11, 2014 10:58 am

Handsome Zhang β€” that's his real name in Mandarin --€“ runs a shipping company, one of many supporting businesses spawned by East Wind village's furniture industry. The shipping business helped Zhang, 25, buy this Kia sports car.
Frank Langfitt NPR

The Chinese e-commerce behemoth Alibaba is poised this week for what could be one of the biggest IPOs in Wall Street history. One reason Alibaba has been so dominant in China is its business-to-consumer platform, Taobao, a sort of Chinese eBay.

Last year, Taobao and Alibaba's brand-name retail site, Tmall, drove nearly a quarter of a billion dollars in transactions.

Along the way, Taobao has even transformed village economies.

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6:51pm

Wed September 10, 2014
Music News

Nonesuch At 50: A Record Label Without Borders

Originally published on Thu September 11, 2014 12:08 pm

BjΓΆrk's interdisciplinary project Biophilia was released on the Nonesuch label in 2011.
Nonesuch

Sometimes good things come in small packages. Nonesuch Records, which started as a tiny independent budget classical label in 1964, is celebrating its 50th anniversary with three weeks of concerts at the Brooklyn Academy of Music. The label became a force in the recording industry by pioneering electronic music and world music, launching the ragtime revival and becoming a place where contemporary classical composers had a home. Now an industry powerhouse, Nonesuch still operates like an independent record company.

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6:47pm

Wed September 10, 2014
The Two-Way

NFL: Ex-FBI Chief Will Investigate How League Handled Rice Evidence

Originally published on Wed September 10, 2014 11:33 pm

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell
Ted S. Warren AP

Update, 11 p.m.:

The NFL is bringing in former FBI Director Robert Mueller to investigate how the league handled evidence in the Ray Rice case, a reporter for the league's website said Wednesday night.

The original story continues below:

The National Football League is denying a report that it received a video from police that shows former Baltimore Ravens star Ray Rice punching his then-fiancee, Janay Palmer.

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6:32pm

Wed September 10, 2014
The Two-Way

Obama Says U.S. Will 'Take Out' Islamic State 'Wherever They Exist'

Originally published on Wed September 10, 2014 10:51 pm

In this image made through a window of the Oval Office, President Obama speaks on the phone to Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah on Wednesday.
Charles Dharapak AP

In a prime-time speech on Wednesday, President Obama said the United States plans to "take out" the Islamic State "wherever they exist."

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6:29pm

Wed September 10, 2014
History

Ken Burns' 'The Roosevelts' Explores An American Family's Demons

Theodore Roosevelt, seen here in 1885, was haunted by the fact that his father didn't fight in the Civil War.
Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division/PBS

Theodore, Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt did as much to create 20th-century America as any three people linked by blood and marriage.

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6:29pm

Wed September 10, 2014
Around the Nation

Preserving Black History, Americans Care For National Treasures At Home

Originally published on Thu September 11, 2014 12:55 am

Neonta Williams (left) shares family letters dating back to 1901 with preservationist Kimberly Peach during the Smithsonian's Save our African American Treasures program at the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute. Peach advises her to use archive-quality polyester sleeves to protect the fragile papers, rather than store them in a zip-lock bag.
Debbie Elliott NPR

In a hall inside the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute in Alabama on Saturday, long tables are draped with black linen. Experts are bent over tables, examining aging quilts, letters filled with tight, hand-penned script, and yellowing black-and-white photos tacked into crackling albums β€” all family keepsakes brought in by local residents.

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5:55pm

Wed September 10, 2014
Goats and Soda

Nepal Struggles To Help Villages Washed Away In Floods

Originally published on Mon September 15, 2014 8:26 am

Families carry their belongings while moving to higher ground in the Bardia region of Nepal during the flooding on Aug. 15.
Bhabuk Yogi AP

In August, monsoon rains brought flooding and landslides to Nepal on a massive scale.

Three days of constant rains inundated valleys and huge swaths of land came tumbling down mountainsides in the western part of the country.

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5:44pm

Wed September 10, 2014
Krulwich Wonders...

Souls Tumbling In The Light

Originally published on Thu September 11, 2014 12:58 pm

BirdCast YouTube

Every year on Sept. 11, this happens ...

When it gets dark, New York City turns on 88 7,000-watt xenon light bulbs to produce two powerful beams that shoot up, side by side, to remind us that once upon a time, two towers stood here, and then didn't, and this is how we remember the day they came down β€” by looking up.

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5:26pm

Wed September 10, 2014
The Two-Way

Underneath Stonehenge, 'A Map Of What Was There In The Past'

Originally published on Wed September 10, 2014 7:31 pm

Researchers in the U.K. have uncovered a hidden complex of archaeological monuments under Stonehenge using high-tech methods of scanning below the Earth's surface.
Geert Verhoeven/University of Birmingham AP

There's much more to Stonehenge, it turns out, than meets the eye (or, for that matter, Spinal Tap).

Researchers from Birmingham University used high-tech equipment to map 17 ritual monuments in the area. That's in addition to the iconic circle of stones that has stood there for thousands of years.

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4:50pm

Wed September 10, 2014
NPR Ed

This Is Your Brain. This Is Your Brain On Music

Originally published on Thu September 11, 2014 11:55 am

Amir Pinkney-Jengkens, 8, is learning trombone through Harmony Project, a nonprofit that provides musical instruments and instruction to children in low-income communities. Recent research suggests that such musical education may help improve kids' ability to process speech.
Annie Tritt for NPR

Musical training doesn't just improve your ear for music β€” it also helps your ear for speech. That's the takeaway from an unusual new study published in The Journal of Neuroscience. Researchers found that kids who took music lessons for two years didn't just get better at playing the trombone or violin; they found that playing music also helped kids' brains process language.

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4:50pm

Wed September 10, 2014
Shots - Health News

Suicides Rise In Middle-Aged Men, And Older Men Remain At Risk

Originally published on Thu September 11, 2014 5:37 pm

Men have historically been more likely to commit suicide than women, but a new, vulnerable group is emerging from their ranks: middle-aged men. That age group includes comedian Robin Williams, who committed suicide last month at age 63. The rate for middle-aged men now eclipses older men, who historically have had the highest rate of suicide.

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4:33pm

Wed September 10, 2014
Politics

President Obama To Outline Strategy For Confronting ISIS

Originally published on Wed September 10, 2014 6:29 pm

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4:33pm

Wed September 10, 2014
Environment

Illegal Loggers Suspected In Death Of Peruvian Activist

Originally published on Wed September 10, 2014 6:29 pm

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4:33pm

Wed September 10, 2014
Parallels

In Strange Twist, Kenyans March For Police Officer Accused Of Murder

Originally published on Wed September 10, 2014 8:38 pm

Kenyan police confront university students protesting higher fees on May 20. The police have a reputation for corruption and violence and are not well-liked. But when a popular officer was arrested and charged with a vigilante-style killing, residents took to the streets to support him.
Tom Maruko Barcroft Media/Landov

Kenyans rate their police force among the most corrupt institutions in the country. Even worse, police are often accused of inflicting violence on citizens. So when a Nairobi officer was arrested for murder this week, you would think most people would applaud.

But in a strange twist, residents in the officer's district rose defiantly in defense of his vigilante approach to justice.

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4:33pm

Wed September 10, 2014
Politics

A New Brand Of Paul Gains Support In Iowa

Originally published on Thu September 11, 2014 1:43 pm

Sen. Rand Paul meets with local Republicans in Hiawatha, Iowa. He's made three trips to the state this year.
Charlie Neibergall AP

It's still more than 15 months until the Iowa caucuses, and no one in the crowded field of Republicans with presidential ambitions has announced. But things are already happening in Iowa, especially for Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky.

Paul has reached out to Iowans who never considered voting for his father, Ron Paul, who made a respectable third-place showing there in 2012.

He's still popular with his father's old supporters. Many of them are in the so-called liberty faction of the Iowa GOP.

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3:59pm

Wed September 10, 2014
Shots - Health News

Women Who Eat Fish Twice Weekly Cut Their Risk Of Hearing Loss

Researchers speculate that the Omega-3 fatty acids in fish may help maintain good blood flow to the inner ear.
iStockphoto

Are you finding it tougher to follow conversations in a noisy restaurant? Or does it seem like people are mumbling when you speak with them?

These are two questions commonly used to screen for hearing loss, which affects more than one-third of people over age 65, according to the National Institutes of Health.

So, what to do to cut the risk?

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2:50pm

Wed September 10, 2014
Code Switch

'Ask The White Guy' About The Hawks

Originally published on Thu September 11, 2014 8:58 am

Bruce Levenson's racially charged comments about the Atlanta Hawks' diversity β€” including their cheerleaders β€” got him in trouble.
Jason Getz AP

The Atlanta Hawks are in the headlines again after General Manager Danny Ferry apologized and received an undisclosed punishment for disparaging comments he made about prospective player Luol Deng β€” who was born in Sudan β€” were made public. Ferry reportedly said that Deng "has a little African in him. Not in a bad way, but he's like a guy who would have a nice store out front and sell you counterfeit stuff out of the back."

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2:00pm

Wed September 10, 2014
The Salt

The Comeback Of The Endangered Colorado Orange, An Apple

Originally published on Wed September 10, 2014 4:03 pm

The Maiden Blush, Chenango Strawberry and Duchess of Oldenburg are heirloom apples found in old orchards across Colorado, which was once a major apple-producing state.
Adalyn Schuenemeyer Montezuma Orchard Restoration Project

The Colorado Orange is not an orange, in color or essence.

"It is an apple, with a unique texture and taste. It has a little bit of a citrus bite," says Paul Telck, one of the few people today to have tasted the apple – a yellow fruit with an occasional red blush, once thought to be extinct.

A few years ago, Telck, who owns an orchard in Fremont County, southwest of Colorado Springs, knew little about the Colorado Orange. Now, he's involved in an effort to bring it and other endangered Colorado apples back from the brink of extinction.

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1:52pm

Wed September 10, 2014
The Two-Way

Putin: Russia To Upgrade Nuclear Forces In Response To West

Russian President Vladimir Putin leaves the Life-giving Trinity church in Moscow, on Wednesday. Putin accused NATO of using the Ukraine crisis to "resuscitate itself."
RIA NOVOSTI Reuters/Landov

Vladmir Putin, whose annexation of Crimea and involvement in the conflict in eastern Ukraine have drawn plenty of comparisons in the West to his Cold War predecessors, is not going to calm any nerves with his latest pronouncement: Russia has begun development of new nuclear weapons.

Speaking at a Kremlin meeting on weapons modernization plans, Russia's president said the West had been "warned many times that we would have to take corresponding countermeasures to ensure our security" in light of U.S. missile defense plans.

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1:38pm

Wed September 10, 2014
Television

3 Roosevelts Come Alive In PBS Documentary, Ken Burns' Best Yet

Originally published on Wed September 10, 2014 3:28 pm

In this undated photo, Theodore Roosevelt waves to a crowd.
Library of Congress

Franklin Delano Roosevelt delivered his most resonant and famous line during his presidential inauguration speech of 1933: "So, first of all, let me assert my firm belief, that the only thing we have to fear is fear itself." It was resonant because he was being defiant, and optimistic, in the face of the Great Depression β€” and it was famous because it was broadcast live, to the entire nation, on the relatively new medium of radio.

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1:38pm

Wed September 10, 2014
Iraq

Islamic State Was Fueled By 'Epic American Failure In Iraq,' Reporter Says

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1:07pm

Wed September 10, 2014
Goats and Soda

Covering Ebola: Fear And Love In Liberia

Originally published on Wed September 10, 2014 6:29 pm

Sami Yenigun flies into Lofa province in a U.N. helicopter.
Tommy Trenchard for NPR

Sami Yenigun, an education producer at NPR, has dreamed of reporting overseas.

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12:00pm

Wed September 10, 2014
Shots - Health News

Heavier Teen Pot Smoking Linked To Problems In Young Adults

Originally published on Wed September 10, 2014 3:59 pm

Does smoking pot make it less likely that you'll go to college?
iStockphoto

There's a lot of argument over how teenage marijuana use might affect people through life, but distressingly little data to help figure it out. That leaves parents, policymakers and young people pretty much in the dark when it comes to making decisions about use and legalization.

Three long-running studies of teenagers and young adults in Australia and New Zealand might help. An analysis of the studies found a dose-response relationship: The more someone smoked pot as a teenager, the more likely that person would struggle as a young adult.

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11:59am

Wed September 10, 2014
Parallels

A Sad End For A Beloved Kitten

Originally published on Thu September 11, 2014 9:24 am

Peat the kitten kept Scotland's Glenturret Distillery free of mice that are attracted to the grain used in production. The 6-month-old kitten was also an ambassador who was featured in public relations photos. But Peat died Monday, apparently after being hit by a car.
Fraser Band Volpa

Peat the kitten quickly made a name for himself at the Glenturret Distillery in Scotland.

Officially, his job was to kill the mice attracted to the grain used in the making of whisky. And he had big paws to fill. One of his predecessors at the distillery, Towser the Mouser, is in the Guinness Book of World Records, credited with killing 28,899 mice.

There aren't many mice around the distillery anymore, but the photogenic Peat has been warming hearts with his appearances in public relations photos for Scotland's oldest distillery.

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11:39am

Wed September 10, 2014
The Two-Way

Britain's Cameron Pleads With Scots To Stay In U.K.

Originally published on Wed September 10, 2014 3:49 pm

British Prime Minister David Cameron speaks during a visit to Scottish Widows offices in Edinburgh, where he made an impassioned plea to keep Scotland part of the union.
Andrew Milligan PA Photos/Landov

British Prime Minister David Cameron says he'd be "heartbroken" if Scotland voted to separate from the United Kingdom in an upcoming referendum, calling on independence-minded Scots to look at the future consequences of separation.

"I would be heartbroken ... if this family of nations is torn apart," Cameron told an invited audience at the Edinburgh headquarters of the Scottish Widows insurance firm.

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