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Fri April 11, 2014
The Salt

The Latest Wacky Food Adventure: A Year Without Sugar

Originally published on Wed April 16, 2014 3:26 pm

A new memoir highlights the experience of a family going without sugar for an entire year.
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Why would anyone put her family of four through a radical food experiment that would deprive her children of Halloween candy and chocolate-chip cookies?

A cynic who happens upon Eve Schaub's recently published book, Year Of No Sugar, might say that banning sugar from your home for a year to document the effects on your family is no more than a gimmick veiled in a health halo, and a harsh one, at that. "This experiment was pretty much guaranteed to wreak all kinds of unpredictable havoc with our lives," Schaub admits early on in the memoir. "I loved it."

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4:00pm

Fri April 11, 2014
Sports

NBA Commish Wades Into Debate Over Paying College Players

Originally published on Fri April 11, 2014 8:13 pm

New NBA commissioner Adam Silver made news by suggesting the league's willingness to pay college basketball players. Sportswriter Stefan Fatsis explains what might mean for professionals and students.

4:00pm

Fri April 11, 2014
Business

GM Recall Distrust Trickles Down To Dealers

Originally published on Fri April 11, 2014 8:13 pm

The General Motors recall puts its dealerships in an uncomfortable spot, having to placate customers as both parties wait for replacement parts to arrive. Brian Bull of WCPN reports that many are reconsidering whether they'll ever buy a GM car again.

4:00pm

Fri April 11, 2014
Remembrances

Jesse Winchester, Musician And Muse To Icons, Dies At 69

Originally published on Fri April 11, 2014 8:47 pm

Jesse Winchester performs live in The Netherlands in 2011.
Jordi Vidal/Redferns Getty Images

4:00pm

Fri April 11, 2014
Shots - Health News

Ebola Drug Could Be Ready For Human Testing Next Year

Originally published on Fri April 11, 2014 8:13 pm

In this colored transmission electron micrograph, an infected cell (reddish brown) releases a single Ebola virus (the blue hook). As it exits, the virus takes along part of the host cell's membrane (pink, center), too. That deters the host's immune defenses from recognizing the virus as foreign.
London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine Science Source

The Ebola outbreak in West Africa is terrifying because there's no drug to treat this often fatal disease. But the disease is so rare, there's no incentive for big pharmaceutical companies to develop a treatment.

Even so, some small companies, given government incentives, are stepping into that breach. The result: More than half a dozen ideas are being pursued actively.

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4:00pm

Fri April 11, 2014
News

As Sebelius Steps Down, Obama Taps Budget Director To Replace Her

Originally published on Fri April 11, 2014 8:13 pm

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MELISSA BLOCK, HOST:

From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Melissa Block.

AUDIE CORNISH, HOST:

And I'm Audie Cornish. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius got a fond farewell today from President Obama. She's resigning after a rocky tenure marred by the botched rollout of the government's health insurance exchange last fall. The president's tapping his budget director, Sylvia Mathews Burwell, to replace Sebelius. NPR's Scott Horsley has more.

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4:00pm

Fri April 11, 2014
Economy

Onlookers Show No Worry Over Market's Week In Tumult

Originally published on Fri April 11, 2014 8:13 pm

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MELISSA BLOCK, HOST:

From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Melissa Block.

AUDIE CORNISH, HOST:

And I'm Audie Cornish. Volatile, that's the kind of week the stock market had. Investors sold off high-flying technology and biotech stocks. Weak bank earnings also added to the sour mix. The NASDAQ is down 8 percent from its peak this year. The S&P 500, it's off 4 percent. But as NPR's Chris Arnold reports, the sell-off hasn't triggered alarm and indicators for the broader economy are mostly positive.

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4:00pm

Fri April 11, 2014
News

The Ukrainian Prime Minister's Visit, As Seen From Behind Barricades

Originally published on Fri April 11, 2014 8:13 pm

Ukraine's interim prime minister visited Donetsk Friday in an effort to reduce tensions in the east of the country. Pro-Moscow militants among the area's largely Russian-speaking population have seized two government buildings in the region and are demanding referendums on the area's future. NPR's Ari Shapiro has been behind the barricades at one of the occupations.

4:00pm

Fri April 11, 2014
News

Bus Accident Leaves 10 Dead On Trip To College

Originally published on Fri April 11, 2014 8:13 pm

Federal and state authorities are investigating a deadly bus crash in California. A bus full of prospective students headed to Humbolt State University was hit by a truck that veered across the freeway median.

3:41pm

Fri April 11, 2014
Television

Colbert Moves Into Letterman's Coveted Late Night Spot

CBS announced Thursday that the spot held by David Letterman for 21 years will go to Stephen Colbert.

3:01pm

Fri April 11, 2014
The Salt

Pass The Chipotle-Marrow Matzo Balls, It's Mexican Passover

Originally published on Mon April 14, 2014 1:27 pm

Pozole soup Jalisco-style with chipotle-marrow matzo balls.
Meg Vogel NPR

The typical American Seder meal served on the first night of Passover tends to be hearty, comforting and pretty bland. But it doesn't have to be.

At Rosa Mexicano, a New York-based chain of upscale Mexican restaurants, tried and true dishes like matzo ball soup and beef brisket are getting a spicy makeover this year for its 12th annual Mexican Passover week.

Wait, you may be saying. Mexican Passover? There are Jews in Mexico? Actually, yes, although the country is 97 percent Catholic.

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1:59pm

Fri April 11, 2014
Shots - Health News

How A Person Can Recover From Ebola

Originally published on Fri April 11, 2014 3:38 pm

Testing for Ebola, a scientist in a mobile lab at Gueckedou, Guinea, separates blood cells from plasma cells to isolate the virus's genetic sequence.
Misha Hussain Reuters /Landov

At least eight Ebola patients in Guinea have beaten the odds. They have recovered and been sent home. In past outbreaks, the death rate has been as high as 90 percent. In Guinea so far, about 60 percent of the 157 suspected cases have ended in death.

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1:20pm

Fri April 11, 2014
The Two-Way

'God' Files Suit In New York To Resolve Credit Dispute

Originally published on Fri April 11, 2014 1:36 pm

As the saying goes, "In God We Trust, all others pay cash."

But in the case of Russian immigrant and businessman God Gazarov, cash may be the only option.

That's because, according to The New York Post, credit reporting agency Equifax has refused to acknowledge that he has any financial history whatsoever, despite having high scores with two other major credit agencies.

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12:52pm

Fri April 11, 2014
The Two-Way

Singer-Songwriter Jesse Winchester Dies

Originally published on Fri April 11, 2014 1:53 pm

Jesse Winchester, whose "blend of folk, blues and country ... embodies the spirit of American music," has died.

His manager, Keith Case, tells NPR's Jacob Ganz that Winchester died Friday morning in Charlottesville, Va., where he lived. He was 69 and had been battling cancer.

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12:32pm

Fri April 11, 2014
Food

Bringing Back Freshness And Flair To The Easter Table

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

I'm Michel Martin, and this is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. If you are an observant Christian, then you know that Holy Week begins this weekend with Palm Sunday and concludes next week with Easter Sunday. Those days commemorate the defining moments of the faith.

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12:32pm

Fri April 11, 2014
#TMMPoetry: Muses and Metaphor

Twitter Poetry: A Little Bit Of Real Estate Says A Lot

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

And now it's time for Muses and Metaphor. That's our ode to National Poetry Month. This April, we are featuring your original tweet poems of 140 characters or less. NPR listeners and, new this year, some of our regular contributors are joining the fun sending them in via Twitter.

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12:32pm

Fri April 11, 2014
Barbershop

Al Sharpton: Rat Or Cat?

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

I'm Michel Martin and this is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. Now it's time for our weekly visit to the Barbershop where the guys talk about what's in the news and what's on their minds.

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12:28pm

Fri April 11, 2014
Interviews

At Last, David O. Russell Is Making The Films He Was Meant To Make

Originally published on Fri April 11, 2014 3:38 pm

A '70s con artist (Christian Bale, right) is forced to team up with an FBI agent (Bradley Cooper, left) in American Hustle, inspired by a real-life sting targeting corrupt politicians.
Francois Duhamel Columbia Pictures

This interview was originally broadcast on Feb. 20, 2014.

Filmmaker David O. Russell first talked with Fresh Air's Terry Gross back in 1994, and two decades later, he tells her: "It's taken me 20 years since I first spoke to you to really make the films that I think I was meant to make, and to be at the level of filmmaking and storytelling and writing that I think I had ever aspired to."

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12:28pm

Fri April 11, 2014
Television

Without Giving Too Much Away, Here's What We Can Say About 'Mad Men'

Originally published on Fri April 11, 2014 3:38 pm

Mad Men — starring Jon Hamm as Don Draper — returns for its seventh and final season Sunday on AMC.
Michael Yarish AMC

This review discusses the plotline of Mad Men, up through the end of Season 6.

Matthew Weiner's Mad Men begins its seventh season Sunday on AMC. Every season, as this outstanding period drama has made its way through the 1960s, Weiner has been increasingly insistent about the things he doesn't want critics to reveal in advance. This year, that confidentiality wish list is almost laughably long, and includes not only the year in which the story resumes, but also specifics about certain relationships — both professional and personal.

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11:35am

Fri April 11, 2014
The Two-Way

U.S. Denies Visa To Iran's Controversial U.N. Envoy

Originally published on Fri April 11, 2014 1:44 pm

Hostages being held at the U.S. Embassy in Tehran in November 1979. Iran's choice for U.N. ambassador, Hamid Aboutalebi, has acknowledged that he was an interpreter for the student group that seized the compound.
AP

The United States has told Iran that it won't issue a visa to Hamid Aboutalebi, Tehran's controversial choice for the United Nations.

Aboutalebi acknowledges that he served as an interpreter for a group of radical students who seized the U.S. Embassy in Tehran in 1979, taking 52 American diplomats hostage and holding them for 444 days.

The rare move to deny him a visa to take up a diplomatic post comes from the White House after Congress approved legislation authorizing the government to do so.

Here's our earlier post:

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11:19am

Fri April 11, 2014
The Protojournalist

4 Strange Sports In America's Past

Originally published on Wed April 16, 2014 10:39 am

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In recent pursuits, we have come upon accounts of once-practiced — and somewhat, shall we say, curious — sports that have long since faded into obscurity.

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11:00am

Fri April 11, 2014
Shots - Health News

This Jet Lag App Does The Math So You'll Feel Better Faster

Originally published on Fri April 11, 2014 3:45 pm

You've been there, and you know it doesn't feel good. But an app based on the science of circadian rhythms could help reduce the suffering of jet lag.
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10:59am

Fri April 11, 2014
The Two-Way

'I Knew It Wouldn't Be Easy,' Outgoing Health Secretary Sebelius Says

Originally published on Fri April 11, 2014 1:53 pm

Vice President Biden (from left), Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, President Obama and Budget Director Sylvia Mathews Burwell at the White House Friday. Sebelius is stepping down. Burwell is being nominated to replace her.
Charles Dharapak AP

Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, who has borne the brunt of criticism for the troubled rollout of the HealthCare.gov website, said Friday that as she prepares to leave that agency she is thankful to have had the chance to work on "the cause of my life."

Her agency, Sebelius said, has been "in the front lines of a long overdue national change — fixing a broken health system."

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10:54am

Fri April 11, 2014
The Salt

Think You Know How To Cook Eggs? Chances Are You're Doing It Wrong

Originally published on Mon April 14, 2014 1:28 pm

"The egg is a lens through which to view the entire craft of cooking," says food writer Michael Ruhlman.
Donna Turner Ruhlman

Just in time for Easter, food writer Michael Ruhlman has a new cookbook that will likely change the way you think about the egg. At the very least, you may learn how to spruce up your scrambled egg technique.

Egg: A Culinary Exploration of the World's Most Versatile Ingredient is a guide to perfecting the most familiar of egg dishes — from poached to hard boiled — but also mastering béarnaise sauce and meringues.

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10:12am

Fri April 11, 2014
The Two-Way

Pope Francis Asks Abuse Victims' Forgiveness

Originally published on Fri April 11, 2014 10:45 am

Pope Francis on Wednesday in St. Peter's Square, Vatican City.
Claudio Peri EPA/Landov

Pope Francis asked Friday for forgiveness from the victims of pedophile priests in some of his strongest words to date about the Catholic Church's sex abuse crisis.

NPR's Sylvia Poggioli reports from Rome that:

"The pope has come under fire from advocacy groups for a perceived lack of attention to the issue.

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9:27am

Fri April 11, 2014
The Two-Way

Optimism, But No Breakthrough In Search For Malaysian Jet

Originally published on Fri April 11, 2014 10:06 am

Sgt. Trent Wyatt looks out an observation window on Friday from aboard a Royal New Zealand air force P-3 Orion maritime search aircraft as it flies over the southern Indian Ocean. So far there's been no sign of Malaysian Airlines Flight 370. But officials are hoping that sounds detected below the surface are coming from one or both of the plane's black boxes.
Richard Wainwright Reuters/Landov

Hopes were both raised and lowered Friday by officials involved in the search for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370. The jet and the 239 people on board have now been missing for five weeks.

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8:11am

Fri April 11, 2014
The Two-Way

VIDEO: Woman Throws Shoe At Hillary Clinton; No Harm Done

Originally published on Fri April 11, 2014 5:10 pm

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton ducks after a woman threw a shoe at her while she was delivering remarks at the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries conference on Thursday in Las Vegas.
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7:37am

Fri April 11, 2014
Around the Nation

When It Comes To Presidential Libraries, Size Matters

George W. Bush explained to a crowd gathered at the LBJ presidential library in Austin, Texas, why the libraries are a competitive thing for former presidents.

7:37am

Fri April 11, 2014
Around the Nation

Breakup Text Is Evidence In Engagement Ring Lawsuit

A judge in Buffalo, N.Y., ruled a woman can keep her engagement ring after her fiance broke things off with a text. Jokingly or not, the man wrote she could keep the "$50,000 parting ring."

7:18am

Fri April 11, 2014
The Two-Way

Molotov Cocktails And Razor Wire: Inside An Occupied Building In Ukraine

Originally published on Sat April 12, 2014 1:36 am

Pro-Russian protesters surround a barricade made by used tires and barbed wire Friday in Donetsk, Ukraine. Pro-Russian protesters took control of the government building and have held it since Sunday.
The Asahi Shimbun via Getty Images

In Ukraine's eastern city of Donetsk, activists who want to align the country more with Russia seized a regional administration building in the center of town last weekend. NPR correspondent Ari Shapiro went inside the building Friday and reports on what it was like:

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