The Two-Way
5:28 am
Fri May 16, 2014

Landslide Win Puts Opposition Party In Charge In India

India's next prime minister, Narendra Modi, receives a blessing from his mother at her home in the western state of Gujarat on Friday, as election results showed a resounding win for Modi's opposition party.
Ajit Solanki AP

Originally published on Fri May 16, 2014 2:06 pm

In a historic result, opposition leader Narendra Modi and his Hindu nationalist party are celebrating a resounding win in India's elections Friday, after ousting the Congress party that has long dominated politics in the world's largest democracy.

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The Two-Way
5:28 am
Fri May 16, 2014

Book News: If Jesus Dictates A Book To You, Who Holds The Copyright?

A seagull flies over a statue of Jesus on the top of St. Peter"s Basilica in Rome.
Andreas Solaro AFP/Getty Images

The daily lowdown on books, publishing, and the occasional author behaving badly.

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Around the Nation
5:24 am
Fri May 16, 2014

Couch Produces More Than Loose Change

Originally published on Fri May 16, 2014 10:07 am

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

Good morning, I'm Steve Inskeep.

Three roommates bought an old couch from the Salvation Army. They found envelopes filled with cash in it. One finder was a New Paltz, New York geology student who said she'd never found more than 50 cents. This time it was $40,000. They tracked down the original owner, a woman who had kept her savings in the couch where she slept. Her relatives had not known this, and when she was in the hospital they helpfully gave away her couch and replaced it with a bed.

Around the Nation
5:24 am
Fri May 16, 2014

S.C. Lawmakers Reconsider Old-School Cursive Writing

Originally published on Fri May 16, 2014 10:07 am

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

Social Entrepreneurs: Taking On World Problems
4:42 am
Fri May 16, 2014

Big Sunday Encourages Baby Steps To Volunteerism

Originally published on Fri May 16, 2014 10:07 am

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

This weekend is an annual nationwide event known as Big Sunday. It's such Big Sunday it now lasts the whole weekend. It's aimed at boosting the numbers of Americans who volunteer in their communities. It began 16 years ago, started by a film writer who decided to channel his frustration over endless script edits into something more productive.

Reporter Alex Schmidt has the story.

(SOUNDBITE OF CHILDREN)

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NPR Story
4:07 am
Fri May 16, 2014

Shinseki Pressed By Senate Panel On VA Hospital Delays

Originally published on Fri May 16, 2014 10:07 am

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

Yesterday, the secretary of Veterans Affairs had to answer some questions on Capitol Hill. Eric Shinseki told lawmakers he's trying to get to the bottom of a problem. Veterans say they are waiting months for medical appointments. But VA hospitals say everyone is being seen within just 14 days. Both can't be right.

NPR's Quil Lawrence has our report.

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NPR Story
4:07 am
Fri May 16, 2014

Chipotle Shareholders Reject Executives' Compensation Plan

Originally published on Fri May 16, 2014 10:07 am

Chipotle is one of the fastest-growing restaurant chains but shareholders gave a thumbs down to the company's executive compensation plan. The board can still override the shareholders' vote.

NPR Story
4:07 am
Fri May 16, 2014

Chipotle Dishes Up Food For Thought

Originally published on Fri May 16, 2014 10:07 am

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

We stay with Chipotle our last word in business today, which is: Burritos with a side of literature.

Chipotle restaurants are dishing out some food for thought with their meals. Starting this week, two minute essays can be found printed on the sides of Chipotle cups and takeout bags, essays written by contributors like Toni Morrison, Judd Apatow, Michael Lewis, Malcolm Gladwell, author Jonathan Safran Foer is also featured. He pitched the idea to Chipotle after eating alone their one day with nothing to read.

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Business
3:22 am
Fri May 16, 2014

Contractors Have A Tough Time Finding Experienced Workers

Originally published on Fri May 16, 2014 10:07 am

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

NPR's business news starts with an oil boom and a labor shortage.

As we reported on this program, new methods of drilling have created a huge boost to domestic oil and gas production. In energy producing states like Texas, that has led to a big rise in commercial construction. So builders are finding it hard to get skilled workers they need to keep up demand.

From Houston Public Media, Andrew Schneider reports.

(SOUNDBITE OF CONSTRUCTION)

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Latin America
3:15 am
Fri May 16, 2014

Brazilians Use Lead Up To World Cup To Protest Grievances

Originally published on Fri May 16, 2014 10:07 am

Protests against June's World Cup — soccer's biggest tournament — swept across host country Brazil on Thursday. Twelve Brazilian cities saw demonstrations as well as many labor strikes.

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