NPR's Backseat Book Club
4:25 pm
Mon April 15, 2013

Following The Yellow Brick Road Back To The Origins Of 'Oz'

W.W. Norton

Originally published on Thu May 23, 2013 3:24 pm

It's safe to say that most Americans are familiar with the classic film featuring a stumbling Scarecrow, a rusted Tin Man, the Cowardly Lion and Dorothy, played by actress Judy Garland, clad in gingham and braids.

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Remembrances
4:17 pm
Mon April 15, 2013

Remembering Bob Perry, Who Funded Political Attack Ads

Originally published on Mon April 15, 2013 8:02 pm

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MELISSA BLOCK, HOST:

The Texas multimillionaire Bob Perry died this past Saturday. Perry made his money building suburban homes. He then spent much of it in ways that changed American politics.

NPR's Peter Overby tells us more.

PETER OVERBY, BYLINE: Bob Perry died at age 80. He never said much in public about his politics. The money spoke for him. In 2004, he plowed four and a half million dollars into the group that produced this ad.

(SOUNDBITE OF AN AD)

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The Two-Way
4:13 pm
Mon April 15, 2013

Granta's 'Best Of Young British Novelists' Shows A 'Disunited Kingdom'

Originally published on Mon April 15, 2013 5:36 pm

Once every decade, the literary magazine Granta publishes an issue called "Best of Young British Novelists," with short excerpts from the novels of 20 emerging authors. In the past, the list of names has proved unusually prescient, with authors such as Salman Rushdie, Martin Amis and Zadie Smith featured before they were widely read.

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U.S.
4:06 pm
Mon April 15, 2013

Latest On Boston Marathon Explosions

Originally published on Mon April 15, 2013 8:02 pm

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MELISSA BLOCK, HOST:

Anne Mostue is a reporter from member station WGBH, in Boston. She was there, covering the race, at the time of the explosions, and she joins us now. And Anne, where were you, exactly, when these bombs went off?

ANNE MOSTUE, BYLINE: I'm - I was a block away, just on Newbury Street, which is parallel to Boylston - where those bombs went off.

BLOCK: And what did you hear? What did you see?

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U.S.
4:06 pm
Mon April 15, 2013

A Runner Describes The Scene

Originally published on Mon April 15, 2013 8:02 pm

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Peter Sagal, the host of the NPR News quiz program, WAIT WAIT...DON'T TELL ME, ran in the Boston Marathon today and he joins us now. Peter, how close were you to the explosions?

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Law
4:06 pm
Mon April 15, 2013

Supreme Court Weighs Patenting Of Human Genes

Medical geneticist Dr. Harry Ostrer (center) talks to the press outside the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday. The court heard oral arguments on the highly charged question of whether human genes can be patented.
Mladen Antonov AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Tue April 16, 2013 6:44 am

In a case considered pivotal to the future of science and medicine, the justices of the U.S. Supreme Court seemed skeptical Monday about a claim that human genes can be patented.

Contending that genes can be patented are the biotech and pharmaceutical industries, which see patents as the keys to new scientific exploration. On the other side are doctors, patients and many scientists, who see gene patents as an attempt to monopolize and block future exploration in the new universe of genetics.

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U.S.
4:06 pm
Mon April 15, 2013

An Update On The Boston Marathon Explosions

Originally published on Mon April 15, 2013 8:02 pm

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ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST:

From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Robert Siegel.

MELISSA BLOCK, HOST:

And I'm Melissa Block. We begin this hour with the horrific story unfolding today out of Boston. Just over four hours into the Boston Marathon, two explosions ripped into a crowd of onlookers and runners not far from the finish line. Boston Police have confirmed at least two people dead, and 23 injured. Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick spoke just moments ago, along with the city's police commissioner, Ed Davis.

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Business
4:06 pm
Mon April 15, 2013

Dish Satellite Network Tries To Upend Sprint Deal

Originally published on Mon April 15, 2013 8:02 pm

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The satellite TV provider Dish Network made an aggressive bid today to move into wireless telecom. The company offered $25.5 billion to buy Sprint Nextel, the nation's third largest wireless carrier.

As NPR's Yuki Noguchi reports, the problem for Dish is that Sprint has already agreed to sell most of itself to a Japanese telecom company called SoftBank.

YUKI NOGUCHI, BYLINE: Charles Ergen sold satellites from his car in 1980. Now, Dish Network is the third largest video provider in the U.S.

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Media
4:06 pm
Mon April 15, 2013

Coveted Pulitzer Prizes Announced

Originally published on Mon April 15, 2013 8:02 pm

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ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST:

The 2013 Pulitzer Prizes were awarded today in journalism, fiction, poetry, drama and music. Among the winners: many of the most prominent news organizations and some less prominent. NPR media correspondent David Folkenflik joins us now from our bureau in New York. And, David, tell us about some of today's winners.

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Politics
4:06 pm
Mon April 15, 2013

The Next Debt Ceiling Deadline

Originally published on Mon April 15, 2013 8:02 pm

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MELISSA BLOCK, HOST:

And now, to Capitol Hill where lawmakers are debating several big ideas these days. There's the gun control bill in the Senate and a possible compromise on immigration reform. But that's not all. In just a few months, another fiscal fight could steal the spotlight.

NPR's Tamara Keith has this look forward to a potential battle over the debt ceiling again.

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