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9:13am

Tue April 15, 2014
The Two-Way

An 'Idiot With A Gun' Leaves Families In Kansas Reeling

Originally published on Tue April 15, 2014 11:52 am

Mindy Corporon speaks during a news conference, flanked by Will Corporon (left) and Tony Corporon, at their church in Leawood, Kan., on Monday. Their father, Dr. William Corporon, and Mindy Corporon's 14-year-old son were killed during Sunday's shooting at the Jewish Community Center in Overland Park, Kan.
Orlin Wagner AP

7:33am

Tue April 15, 2014
Sports

Runner Returns To Boston With A New Outlook On Life

Originally published on Tue April 15, 2014 5:14 pm

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

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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7:28am

Tue April 15, 2014
The Two-Way

Ukrainian Military Says It Is Moving Against Pro-Russia Protesters

Originally published on Tue April 15, 2014 2:26 pm

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
  • 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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7:03am

Tue April 15, 2014
Code Switch

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

Originally published on Wed April 16, 2014 9:40 am

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

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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6:58am

Tue April 15, 2014
Around the Nation

Astronauts Will Soon Be Able To Eat Fresh Veggies In Space

Originally published on Tue April 15, 2014 12:05 pm

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.

6:51am

Tue April 15, 2014
Around the Nation

'Captain Underpants' 2013's Most Vilified Book

Originally published on Tue April 15, 2014 7:20 am

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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."

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6:44am

Tue April 15, 2014
The Two-Way

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

Originally published on Tue April 15, 2014 9:34 am

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

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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5:17am

Tue April 15, 2014
NPR Story

Retailers Want Your Tax Refund

Originally published on Tue April 15, 2014 7:20 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.

5:17am

Tue April 15, 2014
Around the Nation

Boston To Pay Tribute To Victims Of Last Year's Bombing

Originally published on Tue April 15, 2014 7:20 am

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KELLY MCEVERS, HOST:

This is MORNING EDITION from NPR News. I'm Kelly McEvers.

DAVID GREENE, HOST:

And I'm David Greene, good morning.

One year ago today, the Boston Marathon became more than just one of the world's major sporting events. It became a target. As runners crossed the finish line just before 3:00 in the afternoon, two bombs exploded. Three people were killed and dozens more were wounded. This year the marathon is scheduled for next week. But today there will be a tribute for those whose lives were affected by the attack.

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5:17am

Tue April 15, 2014
NPR Story

'Washington Post' And 'Guardian' Win Pulitzer For NSA Stories

Originally published on Tue April 15, 2014 7:20 am

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KELLY MCEVERS, HOST:

The Pulitzer Prizes for Journalism were announced yesterday. The prestigious award was given out for coverage of the Boston Marathon bombing, also stories on coal miners and photos of a terrorist attack in Kenya.

And as NPR's Mandalit del Barco reports, also singled out was coverage of the leaking of top secret government documents.

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5:17am

Tue April 15, 2014
NPR Story

Russia's Move Into Ukraine Turns Allies Into Adversaries

Originally published on Tue April 15, 2014 7:20 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.

5:17am

Tue April 15, 2014
Around the Nation

Florida's Freshwater Springs Attract Vacationers

Originally published on Tue April 15, 2014 7:20 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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5:17am

Tue April 15, 2014
NPR Story

Empathy: How Should We Care About One Another?

Originally published on Tue April 15, 2014 7:20 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.

3:25am

Tue April 15, 2014
Shots - Health News

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

Originally published on Tue April 15, 2014 5:03 pm

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

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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3:24am

Tue April 15, 2014
Shots - Health News

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

Originally published on Tue April 15, 2014 3:08 pm

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

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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3:23am

Tue April 15, 2014
All Tech Considered

A Small Tablet Company Brings High-Tech Hopes To Haiti

Originally published on Tue April 15, 2014 10:25 am

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

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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3:22am

Tue April 15, 2014
Asia

After 25 Years Of Amnesia, Remembering A Forgotten Tiananmen

Originally published on Tue April 15, 2014 9:23 pm

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

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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3:22am

Tue April 15, 2014
The Salt

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

Originally published on Tue April 15, 2014 12:06 pm

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

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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3:21am

Tue April 15, 2014
The Changing Lives Of Women

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

Originally published on Tue April 15, 2014 10:17 am

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

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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6:42pm

Mon April 14, 2014
The Record

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

6:22pm

Mon April 14, 2014
The Two-Way

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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6:03pm

Mon April 14, 2014
Parallels

Ukrainian Jews Celebrate Passover In Uncertain Times

Originally published on Mon April 14, 2014 8:02 pm

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

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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5:48pm

Mon April 14, 2014
News

NSA Coverage Garners Pulitzers For Post And Guardian

Originally published on Mon April 14, 2014 6:42 pm

Winners of the 2014 Pulitzer Prizes were announced Monday. The Washington Post and The Guardian were among the notable winners, commended for together breaking the news of NSA surveillance programs.

5:48pm

Mon April 14, 2014
Shots - Health News

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

Originally published on Mon April 14, 2014 7:35 pm

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

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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5:37pm

Mon April 14, 2014
Around the Nation

A 'Roller Coaster' Year For Texas Town Rocked By Blast

Originally published on Mon April 14, 2014 6:42 pm

Firefighters search for survivors at a West, Texas, apartment building in April 2013. The breadth of destruction in West has raised questions about what, if any, new state laws should be passed to help prevent similar accidents in the future.
LM Otero AP

When firetrucks blew through the small town of West, Texas, on the evening of April 17, 2013, sirens screaming, naturally everybody was curious. People got in their cars and went to see the fire at the West fertilizer plant. For 10 minutes, they watched from cars and backyards as the fire grew ever bigger. A few moved as close as they could because they were filming on their smartphones. At no time did it occur to anybody that they might be in danger.

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5:26pm

Mon April 14, 2014
The Two-Way

Swimming Superstar Michael Phelps Emerges From Retirement

Michael Phelps swims in the men's 200-meter individual medley heat at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London.
Ryan Remiorz AP

Swimmer Michael Phelps, the most decorated Olympic athlete in history, is coming out of retirement.

Patrick Sandusky, the U.S. Olympic Committee public affairs officer, tweeted this morning: "It is official, Michael Phelps is back.... competing next week in Arizona."

Phelps, who will be 29 in June, has already competed in four Olympic Games, winning 22 medals, including 18 gold. There is no word yet on whether he's looking to compete in the 2016 Summer Games in Rio.

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5:19pm

Mon April 14, 2014
It's All Politics

John Boehner Foe Targets 'Electile' Dysfunction

An erectile dysfunction ad isn't the kind of thing most politicians would typically gravitate toward.

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4:49pm

Mon April 14, 2014
The Salt

Sandwich Monday: The Passover Sandwich

Originally published on Tue April 15, 2014 8:06 am

In the time of Exodus, the Hebrews had to travel the desert without reading material.
NPR

Why is this Sandwich Monday different from all other Sandwich Mondays? In honor of Passover, I introduced my non-Jewish colleagues to the wonders of the Passover lunch.

It's not the Seder meal, but what I might have brought to school for lunch back in the 1970s, when the affluent Jews of suburban New Jersey ate tasteless food to remind themselves that thousands of years ago, they didn't have nice professional jobs like being a lawyer, or maybe a CPA. That's a steady living. I know David Birnbaum does nicely as an accountant; maybe you could look into that?

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4:46pm

Mon April 14, 2014
Around the Nation

After Deaths, Renewed Focus On Leaky Gas Pipelines

Originally published on Mon April 14, 2014 6:42 pm

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

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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4:01pm

Mon April 14, 2014
Space

For All You Need To Know About The Blood Moon, Ask Mr. Eclipse

Originally published on Mon April 14, 2014 6:42 pm

Transcript

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "MOONDANCE")

VAN MORRISON: (Singing) Well, it's a marvelous night for a moon dance with the stars up above in your eyes.

AUDIE CORNISH, HOST:

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