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The Fresh Air Interview
11:34 am
Tue May 6, 2014

Sam Baker: Finding Grace In The Wake Of Destruction

Sam Baker's new album is titled Say Grace.
C. Lawrence Courtesy of the artist

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The Two-Way
11:02 am
Tue May 6, 2014

Portland, Ore., Police Criticized Over 2013 Arrest Of Girl, 9

Originally published on Tue May 6, 2014 1:45 pm

The 9-year-old girl was wearing a bathing suit, a towel and handcuffs when she was taken away by police, with her mother looking on in shock. Now the arrest last year, over a fight at a Portland, Ore., youth club, is sparking criticism of the police after the girl's mother decided to go public.

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All Songs Considered
10:14 am
Tue May 6, 2014

New Mix: Tori Amos Song Premiere, A Wes Anderson Tribute, More

Clockwise from upper left: Tori Amos, Zee Avi, Alice Boman, Fenster
Courtesy of the artists

Tori Amos has spent the past several years exploring other worlds of music. She released two albums of classical-inspired work, including a collection of her earlier pop songs retooled as orchestral tracks. Most recently she helped write a musical for the London National Theater. But this month Amos is back with Unrepentant Geraldines, a new album filled with her signature piano-driven baroque pop songs.

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Parallels
9:59 am
Tue May 6, 2014

Boko Haram's Local Fight Suddenly Gets International Scrutiny

A "wanted" poster for Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau in Baga village in northeastern Nigeria, the region where the radical Islamist group is based.
Tim Cocks Reuters/Landov

Originally published on Tue May 6, 2014 3:58 pm

The radical Islamist group Boko Haram isn't new. The group has been around for more than a decade and has waged a bloody insurgency in northeastern Nigeria for the past five years. But it has suddenly achieved international notoriety by kidnapping more than 200 schoolgirls who have now been missing for more than three weeks.

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The Protojournalist
9:54 am
Tue May 6, 2014

The Lost Village In New York City

Central Park swept over Seneca Village.
istockphoto.com

Originally published on Wed May 7, 2014 7:49 am

Smack in the center of New York City — in the confines of Central Park — there are ghostly vestiges of a 19th century neighborhood that once was vibrant and thriving but now is largely forgotten: Seneca Village.

It is considered by historians to be one of Manhattan's earliest communities of African-American property owners.

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Television
9:51 am
Tue May 6, 2014

Viewers Not Laughing About SNL Slavery Skit

Originally published on Tue May 6, 2014 11:38 am

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

Finally today, we're switching gears now. You know that terrible feeling you get when you tell a joke that bombs? You think you're saying something hilarious or edgy or clever and crickets or gasps or worse, thousands of people lighting up Twitter to say just how unfunny or messed up you are.

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Law
9:51 am
Tue May 6, 2014

Controversy Over Title IX Protecting Transgender Students

Originally published on Tue May 6, 2014 11:38 am

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

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Your Money
9:51 am
Tue May 6, 2014

Is Bitcoin Where The Smart Money Is Now?

Originally published on Tue May 6, 2014 11:38 am

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

I'm Michel Martin, and this is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. Now we'd like to turn to matters of personal finance. It turns out that money is more than what you have in your pocket. Today we want to take a look at the digital currency known as bitcoin.

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The Two-Way
9:04 am
Tue May 6, 2014

Bayer Will Buy Merck Consumer Unit For $14.2 Billion

Originally published on Tue May 6, 2014 3:44 pm

German drug company Bayer has agreed to acquire the consumer care business of U.S.-based Merck & Co., in a deal that would bolster Bayer in the over-the-counter drug sector. The $14.2 billion purchase includes brands such as Claritin, Coppertone and Dr. Scholl's.

From Reuters:

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Deceptive Cadence
8:59 am
Tue May 6, 2014

Midspring Surprise: Lost Mendelssohn Song Found

An engraving of composer Felix Mendelssohn, c. 1840.
Hulton Archive Getty Images

Originally published on Tue May 6, 2014 7:04 pm

Twenty-nine gentle measures by Felix Mendelssohn are creating quite a stir — after being lost for more than a century.

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Monkey See
8:34 am
Tue May 6, 2014

C'mon, Mindy: Enough Already. Own Your Awesomeness.

Mindy Kaling as Dr. Mindy Lahiri in The Mindy Project. See how great she is? She needs to stop changing for all her boyfriends.
Jordin Althaus Fox

I like The Mindy Project a lot. It was my favorite new comedy last year, and it continues to be one I always look forward to in its sophomore season.

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Shots - Health News
8:24 am
Tue May 6, 2014

Medicare Pays For Alzheimer's Screening, But Do You Want To Know?

The screening tests for dementia are simple, but the questions surrounding them are complex.
iStockphoto

Originally published on Wed May 7, 2014 7:37 am

Medicare will pay for screening for cognitive impairment, but that doesn't mean it's necessarily a good idea.

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force said in March that there isn't enough scientific evidence to make the call.

That's the same conclusion that the task force, an independent panel of medical experts, came to more than a decade ago, when it last evaluated dementia screening. Patient advocates say the evidence is crystal clear in one respect: More research needs to be done.

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The Two-Way
7:44 am
Tue May 6, 2014

Kidnappers In Nigeria Wore Uniforms, Escaped Girl Says

Muslim women march as part of a call for Nigeria's government to increase efforts to rescue more than 200 girls who were kidnapped from their school last month.
Sunday Alamba AP

Originally published on Tue May 6, 2014 9:38 am

The gunmen who abducted 276 girls from a school in Nigeria last month wore uniforms and said they were soldiers who had come to help, according to a girl who escaped her captors. The girls were led outside — and it wasn't until the gunmen stole food and set fire to the school that the girls became certain they were in trouble.

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It's All Politics
6:39 am
Tue May 6, 2014

This Could Be The Year Iowa Sends Its First Woman To Congress

Iowa state Sen. Joni Ernst, shown during a recent debate with her GOP primary opponents, is attempting to become the first female Republican to win her party's nomination to run for U.S. Senate in the Hawkeye State.
Charlie Neibergall AP

Originally published on Tue May 6, 2014 11:55 am

In its 168 years, Iowa has never elected a woman to Congress or picked one as its governor.

For many residents who pride themselves on a progressive civil rights history that predates statehood, that political reality has become an exasperating distinction shared with only one other state — Mississippi.

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The Two-Way
6:34 am
Tue May 6, 2014

New Report Finds Climate Change Already Having Broad Impact

People survey the damage on Scenic Highway in Pensacola, Fla., after part of it collapsed following heavy rains and flash flooding on April 30.
Marianna Massey Getty Images

Originally published on Tue May 6, 2014 9:22 am

A new U.S. government report released Tuesday finds that climate change is already having a broad impact on both weather and the economy.

NPR's Elizabeth Shogren tells our Newscast unit the third National Climate Assessment is the most comprehensive look at climate change that the government has ever produced. It was put together by more than 300 experts "guided by a 60-member Federal Advisory Committee."

She filed this report for our Newscast unit:

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Business
6:28 am
Tue May 6, 2014

Office Depot To Close 400 Stores

Originally published on Tue May 6, 2014 8:34 am

The company announced on Tuesday that it is shutting more than a third of its domestic locations. The company posted a loss for the first quarter and hopes to turn a profit by next year.

It's All Politics
6:04 am
Tue May 6, 2014

5 Things To Watch In Tuesday's Primaries

North Carolina Republican Senate hopeful Greg Brannon (left) greets Adam Love and his daughter Gwendolyn Love during a campaign event in Charlotte, N.C., on Monday.
Chuck Burton AP

Originally published on Tue May 6, 2014 9:00 am

Get ready for election season.

Tuesday's primaries in Indiana, North Carolina and Ohio serve as the kickoff for an intense two-month stretch that will go a long way toward outlining the shape of the midterm election landscape.

By the end of June, more than half the states will have conducted their primary elections. And the answers to some of the most important questions about the November elections will be clearer.

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The Two-Way
5:52 am
Tue May 6, 2014

Book News: Gay Bookstore Said To Be The Nation's Oldest Is Closing

A historical marker stands outside Giovanni's Room in Philadelphia. Owner Ed Hermance says he plans to close the doors for good later this month.
AP

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

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The Two-Way
5:49 am
Tue May 6, 2014

U-2 Spy Plane Disrupted Hundreds Of Flights, FAA Acknowledges

The Air Force's U-2 spy plane first took flight in August 1955. One of the planes confused air traffic control computers in California last week, creating havoc.
USAF Getty Images

Originally published on Tue May 6, 2014 2:25 pm

A snarl of air traffic over California last week is being blamed on a Cold War-era spy plane whose flight plan did not compute for air traffic control computers. After the altitude of the U-2 plane was misinterpreted, efforts to route airliners around it created havoc.

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Around the Nation
5:40 am
Tue May 6, 2014

Judge Rules Mo. Man Won't Have To Serve 13-Year Prison Term

Originally published on Tue May 6, 2014 8:34 am

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

Good morning. I'm Steve Inskeep. Mike Anderson of Missouri was ready to do time. He was convicted for his role in a robbery. Due to a clerical error, he was never told to report to prison. Anderson waited year after year and even reminded the state - hello? prison term. He went on with life, started a business, got married and had kids. After 13 years, the state found its mistake. But now a judge has freed Anderson, citing his exemplary behavior. It's MORNING EDITION. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.

Around the Nation
5:40 am
Tue May 6, 2014

Survey Assesses How Well College Graduates Are Doing In Life

Originally published on Tue May 6, 2014 8:34 am

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

OK, a nationwide tried to measure just how college changed the lives of nearly 30,000 graduates for better or worse.

STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

And the results of the Gallup-Purdue Index are out this morning. This poll tries to measure college graduates' personal and professional well-being. The idea here is that the college experience plays a big part in determining those outcomes.

MONTAGNE: Here are a few trends that emerged. There was very little difference in outcomes between graduates of public and private colleges.

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The Two-Way
5:09 am
Tue May 6, 2014

Ukraine Reports Dozens Killed In Slovyansk Fighting

Pro-Russian gunmen carry their weapons in the center of Slovyansk, Ukraine, Tuesday. Gun battles were fought around the city Monday in what has proven the most ambitious government effort to regain control of areas taken by separatists.
Alexander Zemlianichenko AP

Originally published on Tue May 6, 2014 4:46 pm

Ukraine says its military has killed 30 pro-Russian separatists as government forces try to retake Slovyansk and other cities near the border with Russia. At least four Ukrainian soldiers have died, and separatists shot down a helicopter in eastern Ukraine.

The helicopter's "crew escaped because they apparently crashed into a riverbed once it was shot down," NPR's Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson reports.

Ukraine's Interior Minister Arsen Avakov announced the death toll in Slovyansk on Tuesday.

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Book Reviews
5:03 am
Tue May 6, 2014

From Flower To Factory, These Bees Are No Bumblers

Fortunate happenstance has led to me reviewing Laline Paull's The Bees alongside Dave Goulson's A Sting in the Tale. I am more than a little obsessed with bees, honey, watching wildlife and reading dystopias, and am therefore predisposed to find both books interesting. Together they make a splendid double-header of fiction and non-fiction: there is a precision and economy to the former and an almost lazy charm to the latter that makes them remarkably complementary.

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Around the Nation
4:25 am
Tue May 6, 2014

Lost Dog Reunited With New Jersey Family

Originally published on Tue May 6, 2014 8:34 am

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

Good morning, I'm Renee Montagne.

There comes a moment after the loss of a beloved pet when a family just has to move on. The James family, of Keansburg, New Jersey, reached that point after searching for months for their dog, Reckless, lost during Superstorm Sandy. Last week, they went to a shelter to adopt a new dog only to find in the very first cage, Reckless. Now reunited, mom, dad, kids and dog went on a camping trip to celebrate.

It's MORNING EDITION. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.

The Two-Way
4:03 am
Tue May 6, 2014

Poll: Prestigious Colleges Won't Make You Happier In Life Or Work

Harvard's Hasty Pudding Theatricals. According to a recent Gallup poll, only 2 percent of college graduates with $20,000 to $40,000 in undergraduate loans said they were "thriving."
TPapi Flickr

Originally published on Tue May 6, 2014 7:38 am

There's plenty of anxiety in the U.S. over getting into a top college. But a new Gallup poll suggests that, later in life, it doesn't matter nearly as much as we think. In fact, when you ask college graduates whether they're "engaged" with their work or "thriving" in all aspects of their lives, their responses don't vary one bit whether they went to a prestigious college or not.

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Europe
3:04 am
Tue May 6, 2014

Ukrainian Troops Battle Pro-Russian Insurgents

Originally published on Tue May 6, 2014 8:34 am

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

It's MORNING EDITION, from NPR News. Good morning. I'm Steve Inskeep.

RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

And I'm Renee Montagne.

Let's get an update now on a struggle starting to look more like a war in Ukraine. At least four Ukrainian soldiers and 30 pro-Russian fighters have been killed in this latest round of fighting as the government tries to retake cities near the border with Russia. Several Ukrainian helicopters have been shot down by well-armed separatists.

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Business
2:42 am
Tue May 6, 2014

Target CEO Out After Data Breach, Canadian Expansion Misstep

Originally published on Tue May 6, 2014 8:34 am

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

Target has been through a lot of turmoil these last few months. Of course, there was that cyberattack on customer credit card data - one of the largest in retail history. But that's not Target's biggest problem or the only reason its chief executive announced he was stepping down yesterday.

From Minnesota Public Radio, Annie Baxter explains.

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NPR Story
2:33 am
Tue May 6, 2014

Nigerian Militant Group Threatens To Sell Kidnapped School Girls

Originally published on Tue May 6, 2014 8:34 am

On Monday, the militant Islamist group Boko Haram claimed responsibility for the mass kidnapping. Steve Inskeep talks to Mannir Dan Ali, editor-in-chief of the Daily Trust in Abuja, Nigeria.

NPR Story
2:33 am
Tue May 6, 2014

Amazon Makes Online Shopping Even Easier

Originally published on Tue May 6, 2014 8:34 am

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

Next, we'll report on the latest effort to make impulse purchases easier. Our last word in business today is: Hashtag, Amazon Cart.

STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

Let's say you see a tweet about reduced sugar Gummy Bears or a banana slicer and you think, if I don't put those in my shopping cart right now I will forget that I want to buy them, and that would be a disaster.

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