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10:43 am
Fri April 25, 2014

New Manchester United Skipper Vows To Make Fans Smile Again

Ryan Giggs, who is filling in as manager of Manchester United, one of the world's most valuable and most popular soccer clubs. He's vowing to make fans proud of the team again.
Alex Livesey Getty Images

Originally published on Fri April 25, 2014 11:22 am

The biggest sports story of the week for millions of football (soccer) fans around the world was the sacking of David Moyes as manager of England's Manchester United, one of the two most valuable sports franchises on the planet.

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Krulwich Wonders...
10:32 am
Fri April 25, 2014

'Don't Touch Me,' Said Canada. 'I Won't!' Said The U.S.A. So They Moved 20 Feet Apart

National Film Board of Canada. Photothèque / Library and Archives Canada

Originally published on Fri April 25, 2014 4:55 pm

The U.S. and Canada may be as lovey-dovey as two neighbors can get, but according to this charming video history by CGP Grey, both countries agreed to tuck themselves a little bit in, 10 feet back for America, 10 feet back for Canada, creating a corridor of open, surveillable, clear space between them.

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Barbershop
10:24 am
Fri April 25, 2014

Cliven Bundy, #myNYPD: Public Relations Fails?

Originally published on Fri April 25, 2014 10:59 am

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CELESTE HEADLEE, HOST:

I'm Celeste Headlee and this is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. Michel Martin is away. It's time yet again for our weekly visit to the Barbershop. That's where the guys talk about what's in the news and what's on their minds.

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Sports
10:24 am
Fri April 25, 2014

Cleveland Fans Confront Racist Traditions

Originally published on Fri April 25, 2014 10:59 am

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CELESTE HEADLEE, HOST:

Now, we turn to a growing national debate about sports franchises and Native American themed mascots and team names. The Cleveland Indians is the latest team to enter that debate, especially now that it's baseball season. Its mascot, named Chief Wahoo, is under attack.

Joining us now to talk about it is Peter Pattakos. He's an attorney and founder of clevelandfrowns.com. It's a sports blog about Cleveland athletics. Peter, welcome to the program.

PETER PATTAKOS: Thanks for having me.

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Research News
10:24 am
Fri April 25, 2014

'Blood Victory' In Medical Research Dispute

Originally published on Fri April 25, 2014 10:59 am

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CELESTE HEADLEE, HOST:

This week is an anniversary for a Native-American community in Arizona. The Havasupai Tribe celebrated Blood Victory Day earlier this week in remembrance of their legal victory over Arizona State University's Board of Regents. The Havasupai have lived deep within the Grand Canyon for centuries, but the story of this case begins in the 1990s.

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Race
10:24 am
Fri April 25, 2014

Is Anti-Semitism In Ukraine A Real Threat?

Originally published on Fri April 25, 2014 10:59 am

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CELESTE HEADLEE, HOST:

This is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. I'm Celeste Headlee. Michel Martin is away. Now to Ukraine where tensions remain high. Today, the Ukrainian prime minister reportedly accused Russia of trying to start World War III.

In the midst of all this political chaos, there are also concerns that anti-Semitism is taking root in Ukraine. It's a serious enough matter that Vice President Joe Biden addressed it when he visited Ukraine this week. Take a listen.

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Law
10:24 am
Fri April 25, 2014

What's Next For Divided Supreme Court?

Originally published on Fri April 25, 2014 10:59 am

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CELESTE HEADLEE, HOST:

This is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. I'm Celeste Headlee. Michel Martin is away. The Supreme Court has been in the news quite a lot this week. That happens when they start handing out decisions, and there are some controversial cases - both regarding decisions on and coming up.

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The Two-Way
9:44 am
Fri April 25, 2014

Recovery Of Bodies From Sunken Ferry Growing More Difficult

Crews aboard ships involved in the recovery effort at the site where a South Korean ferry sank continued to work as night fell Thursday.
Nicolas Asfouri AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Fri April 25, 2014 10:59 am

The news Friday from the site of South Korea's ferry disaster includes word that:

-- "At least 185 passengers had been confirmed dead, with 117 others still missing." (Yonhap News)

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Movies
9:37 am
Fri April 25, 2014

But You Can Never Leave: 'The Girl And Death' In A Creepy Hotel

Sylvia Hoeks in The Girl and Death.
Jos Stelling Films

Originally published on Fri April 25, 2014 10:38 am

At the German hotel where Jos Stelling's The Girl and Death takes place, the guests include everyone from incapacitated men and women patiently awaiting death (the hotel seems to function in part as a makeshift sanatorium) to lively if somewhat unhinged residents given to impromptu performances of Romeo and Juliet monologues in the dining hall.

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The Two-Way
8:22 am
Fri April 25, 2014

Russia's Credit Rating Cut To Just Above 'Junk'

Originally published on Fri April 25, 2014 10:18 am

Saying that "the tense geopolitical situation between Russia and Ukraine" could accelerate the already heavy flow of money coming out of Russia, Standard & Poor's on Friday cut that nation's credit rating to just above "junk" level.

What's more, S&P says it doesn't expect things to improve anytime soon:

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TED Radio Hour
7:23 am
Fri April 25, 2014

A Father-Daughter Dance — In Prison?

Angela Patton tells the story of a father daughter dance in prison.
Ryan Lash Courtesy of TED

Originally published on Thu May 1, 2014 3:07 pm

Part 5 of the TED Radio Hour episode How We Love.

About Angela Patton's TEDTalk

Angela Patton works to help girls and fathers stay connected and in each others' lives — but that becomes harder when the father is in jail. Patton tells the story of a unique father-daughter dance.

About Angela Patton

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TED Radio Hour
7:23 am
Fri April 25, 2014

What Makes Siblings Bond?

Writer Jeff Kluger speaking at TEDxAsheville.
Courtesy of TED

Originally published on Thu May 1, 2014 3:07 pm

Part 4 of the TED Radio Hour episode How We Love.

About Jeff Kluger's TEDTalk

Writer Jeff Kluger explores the profound lifelong bond between brothers and sisters, and the influence of birth order, favoritism and sibling rivalry.

About Jeff Kluger

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TED Radio Hour
7:23 am
Fri April 25, 2014

What Happens To Our Brain When We're In Love?

Anthropologist Helen Fischer explains how our brains behave when we're in love.
Andrew Heavens Courtesy of TED

Originally published on Thu May 1, 2014 3:07 pm

Part 2 of the TED Radio Hour episode How We Love.

About Helen Fisher's TEDTalk

Why do we crave love so much, even to the point that we would die for it? To learn more about our physical need for romantic love, Helen Fisher took MRIs of people in love — and people who had just been dumped.

About Helen Fisher

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TED Radio Hour
7:23 am
Fri April 25, 2014

Can You Use Algorithms To Find Love?

Amy Webb explains how she found love with some help from algorithms.
Ryan Lash Courtesy of TED

Originally published on Thu May 1, 2014 3:07 pm

Part 1 of the TED Radio Hour episode How We Love.

About Amy Webb's TEDTalk

Amy Webb was having no luck with online dating, so she started treating the world of online dating as data — effectively hacking her way to finding a spouse.

About Amy Webb

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The Two-Way
7:14 am
Fri April 25, 2014

VIDEO: At White House, Girl Hands Father's Resume To First Lady

First lady Michelle Obama hugs Charlotte Bell, 10, after the girl handed the first lady her dad's resume on Thursday.
Evan Vucci AP

Originally published on Fri April 25, 2014 9:17 am

In case you missed it, much is being made of what happened Thursday at the White House when a 10-year-old girl stepped forward at a take-your-children-to-work event with first lady Michelle Obama to say:

"My dad's been out of a job for three years and I wanted to give you his résumé."

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A Blog Supreme
7:03 am
Fri April 25, 2014

The Art Of Cool: 5 Bands At The Borders Of Jazz

The vocal trio KING features production from Paris Strother, a jazz-trained pianist.
Alyssa Tumino Courtesy of the artist

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Deceptive Cadence
7:02 am
Fri April 25, 2014

A Trove Of Celluloid, Primed For The Public

Maria Callas at home in her Milan Apartment, in 1958. One of 85,000 archive films British Pathé has uploaded to YouTube.
British Pathé

Originally published on Fri April 25, 2014 7:42 am

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The Two-Way
6:18 am
Fri April 25, 2014

Fresh Avalanches On Everest Appear To End Climbs In Nepal

A Nepalese government delegation met with Sherpa mountain guides near Mount Everest's base camp on the south side of the mountain Thursday. The government was hoping to persuade the guides to continue working even though 16 Sherpas had died a week earlier. But fresh ice avalanches on Friday appear to have doomed Nepal's climbing season.
Adrian Ballinger/Alpenglow Expeditions AP

Originally published on Fri April 25, 2014 9:24 am

High up on the Nepalese side of Mount Everest, fresh ice avalanches on Friday made it "almost certain that no one will summit the world's highest mountain from Nepal during this year's climbing season," Reuters writes.

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Monkey See
6:07 am
Fri April 25, 2014

Pop Culture Happy Hour: Comedy, The News And A Bat Quiz

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All Things Considered host Audie Cornish joins us this week for an episode full of tough questions, comedy theory, and some really surprising information about all the ways that Batman has gotten weird over the last 75 years.

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The Two-Way
5:39 am
Fri April 25, 2014

Book News: Polish Poet With Mission To 'Create Poetry After Auschwitz' Dies

Polish writer Tadeusz Różewicz is pictured in 2010 in Lodz, Poland.
Grzegorz Michalowski EPA /LANDOV

Originally published on Fri April 25, 2014 8:11 am

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

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The Two-Way
5:30 am
Fri April 25, 2014

Russia Wants To Start World War III, Ukrainian Leader Charges

On guard: a Ukrainian soldier at a roadblock near Slovyansk, in eastern Ukraine.
Scott Olson Getty Images

Originally published on Fri April 25, 2014 5:52 pm

The crisis in Ukraine showed no signs of cooling Friday. Harsh rhetoric was flying:

-- "Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseny Yatseniuk accused Russia on Friday of wanting to start World War III by occupying Ukraine 'militarily and politically,' " Reuters reports.

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All Songs Considered
5:03 am
Fri April 25, 2014

Drum Fill Friday, From The Antlers' Michael Lerner

Michael Lerner of The Antlers, performing live.
Andy Sheppard Redferns

This week's puzzler comes courtesy Michael Lerner, drummer for the band The Antlers. Lerner is on the short list of current favorite drummers. His work is always melodic, never too busy or indulgent. But he also never settles for the straight up four on the floor. I found the fills he selected for this week's puzzler to be... challenging. But see what you think.

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Code Switch
5:03 am
Fri April 25, 2014

What Exactly Qualifies As 'Racist,' Anyway?

Cliven Bundy, who has been locked in a dispute with the federal government for decades over grazing rights on public lands, has strong opinions on things. Things like black people.
David Becker Getty Images

Originally published on Sat April 26, 2014 8:05 am

Meet Cliven Bundy, a 67-year-old Nevada rancher and the latest person in public life recorded making pretty racist comments, only to later insist that they lack racist bones.

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Europe
4:57 am
Fri April 25, 2014

Poll: Commonly Misheard Song Lyrics

Originally published on Fri April 25, 2014 6:09 am

A poll in Britain says the No. 1 misheard lyric is Abba's "Dancing Queen." Instead of diggin' the dancing queen, many people hear it as kicking the dancing queen.

Around the Nation
4:50 am
Fri April 25, 2014

Calif. Politician Disputes Misdemeanor Charges

Originally published on Fri April 25, 2014 6:09 am

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

Good morning, I'm Steve Inskeep.

A California politician is defending himself against misdemeanor charges. But his defense is nearly as awkward as the charge. Santa Rosa Supervisor Efren Carrillo is accused of being a peeping Tom. Mr. Carrillo admits that, yes, he made a late night visit to a neighbor. And yes, it's true he was wearing only socks and underwear at the time. But he says he was not looking in windows. The supervisor says he was merely drunk.

Middle East
3:33 am
Fri April 25, 2014

Israel Suspends Peace Talks After Palestinians Reach Unity Deal

Originally published on Fri April 25, 2014 6:09 am

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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

Let's talk about a busy week of news in the Middle East. Israel has now broken off peace talks with the Palestinians. These talks were already in a stalemate. This latest decision comes in response to internal Palestinian politics. This week two major Palestinian factions, Fatah and Hamas, agreed to end a seven-year split and form a coalition government. Hamas is considered a terrorist organization by Israel, as well as the United States and the European Union.

For more we turn to NPR's Emily Harris in Jerusalem. Emily, good morning.

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Middle East
3:30 am
Fri April 25, 2014

Syria Is On Track To Meet Chemical Weapons Deadline

Originally published on Fri April 25, 2014 6:09 am

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

This is about as close as we're going to get to good news out of Syria. The country is on track, we're told, to meet a deadline to give up its chemical weapons arsenal. The most dangerous chemicals in Syria's declared stockpile are supposed to be removed by Sunday, yet Syria now faces suspicion that it's using less toxic chemicals, possibly chlorine. NPR's Michele Kelemen reports.

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Around the Nation
3:23 am
Fri April 25, 2014

Chicago Doctor Among Those Killed In Afghan Hospital Attack

Originally published on Fri April 25, 2014 6:09 am

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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

It's MORNING EDITION from NPR News. Good morning, I'm David Greene.

STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

And I'm Steve Inskeep.

In Afghanistan yesterday, a security guard open fire at a hospital. He killed three American doctors including a pediatrician from Chicago. Dr. Jerry Umanos was a religious man who traveled often to Afghanistan to train younger doctors. He wanted to make sure people everywhere had good access to medical care.

NPR's Cheryl Corley reports.

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Around the Nation
3:21 am
Fri April 25, 2014

Why Are Thousands Of Bees Dying In California?

Originally published on Fri April 25, 2014 6:09 am

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

Bees have been dying off in big numbers for years, creating problems for the agriculture industry, also not so good for the bees. This year, tens of thousands of bees have mysteriously died after pollinating almond farms in California. The Environmental Protection Agency is looking into whether pesticides are to blame.

NPR's Sam Sanders reports.

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