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2:11 pm
Fri April 11, 2014

Total Eclipse Of The Moon Next Week Throughout North America

The moon seen from Manila, Philippines, during a total lunar eclipse in December 2012, as the Earth casts a shadow across the face of our nearest celestial neighbor.
Bullit Marquez AP

Originally published on Sat April 12, 2014 5:34 am

If you're willing to stay up late and the skies are clear early next week, you can catch the first total lunar eclipse in more than three years that's visible throughout North America.

The total eclipse, the first visible throughout the U.S. since December 2012, will peak at about 3 a.m. EDT.

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The Two-Way
2:10 pm
Fri April 11, 2014

William Burns, Diplomat Who Led Negotiations With Iran, Will Retire

U.S. Deputy Secretary of State William Burns in March of 2014.
Win McNamee Getty Images

U.S. Deputy Secretary of State William Burns, whose back-channel talks with Iran are credited for jumpstarting negotiations over the country's nuclear program, announced he is retiring in October of 2014.

Reacting to his retirement, President Obama said Burns' service made this country stronger.

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The Salt
2:07 pm
Fri April 11, 2014

The Latest Wacky Food Adventure: A Year Without Sugar

A new memoir highlights the experience of a family going without sugar for an entire year.
iStockphoto

Originally published on Wed April 16, 2014 1:26 pm

Why would anyone put her family of four through a radical food experiment that would deprive her children of Halloween candy and chocolate-chip cookies?

A cynic who happens upon Eve Schaub's recently published book, Year Of No Sugar, might say that banning sugar from your home for a year to document the effects on your family is no more than a gimmick veiled in a health halo, and a harsh one, at that. "This experiment was pretty much guaranteed to wreak all kinds of unpredictable havoc with our lives," Schaub admits early on in the memoir. "I loved it."

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Fine Art
2:06 pm
Fri April 11, 2014

When Is Bottled Air Worth $860? When It's A Work Of Art — And Protest

Originally published on Fri April 11, 2014 6:13 pm

A jar of fresh air from southern France, bottled by a Beijing artist, was sold at auction in China for $860. AP correspondent Didi Tang says it's one of many works of pollution protest art in China.

Movie Reviews
2:06 pm
Fri April 11, 2014

Big Names, High Production Values ... And These Are Indie Flicks?

Tom Hiddleston and Tilda Swinton play some really hip vampires in Jim Jarmusch's Only Lovers Left Alive.
Sandro Kopp Courtesy of Sony Pictures Classics

Originally published on Fri April 11, 2014 6:13 pm

A small budget doesn't mean a film can't have big-name stars or high production values. Witness the rural Southern drama Joe, which brings Nicolas Cage back to indie films, and Jim Jarmusch's Only Lovers Left Alive, which turns the city of Detroit into an otherworldly landscape. Their low-budget aesthetic also allows these films to turn Hollywood conventions inside out.

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Commentary
2:06 pm
Fri April 11, 2014

This Week In Politics: Sebelius, Civil Rights And Immigration

Originally published on Fri April 11, 2014 6:13 pm

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MELISSA BLOCK, HOST:

And now we turn to our Friday political commentators, E.J. Dionne of The Washington Post and David Brooks of the New York Times. Welcome back to you both.

DAVID BROOKS: Good to be here.

E.J. DIONNE: Good to be with you.

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News
2:06 pm
Fri April 11, 2014

As Sebelius Steps Down, Obama Taps Budget Director To Replace Her

Originally published on Fri April 11, 2014 6:13 pm

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MELISSA BLOCK, HOST:

From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Melissa Block.

AUDIE CORNISH, HOST:

And I'm Audie Cornish. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius got a fond farewell today from President Obama. She's resigning after a rocky tenure marred by the botched rollout of the government's health insurance exchange last fall. The president's tapping his budget director, Sylvia Mathews Burwell, to replace Sebelius. NPR's Scott Horsley has more.

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Business
2:06 pm
Fri April 11, 2014

GM Recall Distrust Trickles Down To Dealers

Originally published on Fri April 11, 2014 6:13 pm

The General Motors recall puts its dealerships in an uncomfortable spot, having to placate customers as both parties wait for replacement parts to arrive. Brian Bull of WCPN reports that many are reconsidering whether they'll ever buy a GM car again.

Economy
2:06 pm
Fri April 11, 2014

Onlookers Show No Worry Over Market's Week In Tumult

Originally published on Fri April 11, 2014 6:13 pm

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MELISSA BLOCK, HOST:

From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Melissa Block.

AUDIE CORNISH, HOST:

And I'm Audie Cornish. Volatile, that's the kind of week the stock market had. Investors sold off high-flying technology and biotech stocks. Weak bank earnings also added to the sour mix. The NASDAQ is down 8 percent from its peak this year. The S&P 500, it's off 4 percent. But as NPR's Chris Arnold reports, the sell-off hasn't triggered alarm and indicators for the broader economy are mostly positive.

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Middle East
2:06 pm
Fri April 11, 2014

Pakistanis Watch Afghan Elections, Wary Of A '90s Replay

Originally published on Fri April 11, 2014 6:13 pm

To Pakistan, the Afghan elections and the withdrawal of most U.S. troops seems reminiscent of the Soviet departure decades ago — leaving Afghanistan in Pakistan's lap, for better or worse.

News
2:06 pm
Fri April 11, 2014

The Ukrainian Prime Minister's Visit, As Seen From Behind Barricades

Originally published on Fri April 11, 2014 6:13 pm

Ukraine's interim prime minister visited Donetsk Friday in an effort to reduce tensions in the east of the country. Pro-Moscow militants among the area's largely Russian-speaking population have seized two government buildings in the region and are demanding referendums on the area's future. NPR's Ari Shapiro has been behind the barricades at one of the occupations.

News
2:06 pm
Fri April 11, 2014

Bus Accident Leaves 10 Dead On Trip To College

Originally published on Fri April 11, 2014 6:13 pm

Federal and state authorities are investigating a deadly bus crash in California. A bus full of prospective students headed to Humbolt State University was hit by a truck that veered across the freeway median.

Around the Nation
2:06 pm
Fri April 11, 2014

On The Road Back To Boston, Two Runners Tell Their Stories

Originally published on Fri April 11, 2014 6:13 pm

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MELISSA BLOCK, HOST:

From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Melissa Block.

AUDIE CORNISH, HOST:

And I'm Audie Cornish. For the last 10 weeks, NPR has been following eight runners who have been preparing for this year's Boston Marathon. We've dubbed our runners the NPR 8 and they've been blogging the highs and lows of their training. Today, we have some excerpts from their audio diaries.

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Deep In The Heart Of (A Transforming) Texas
2:06 pm
Fri April 11, 2014

South Texas Oil Brings Boom — As Well As Pollution's 'Toxic Soup'

Originally published on Fri April 11, 2014 6:13 pm

While the South Texas oil boom has meant a flood of cash and people to formerly impoverished communities, there have also been serious repercussions — namely, rampant air pollution. Jim Morris of the Center for Public Integrity explains the boom's environmental effects.

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Television
1:41 pm
Fri April 11, 2014

Colbert Moves Into Letterman's Coveted Late Night Spot

CBS announced Thursday that the spot held by David Letterman for 21 years will go to Stephen Colbert.

It's All Politics
1:34 pm
Fri April 11, 2014

5 Things To Know About Obama's Nominee For Health Secretary

President Obama, flanked by outgoing Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius (left) and his nominee to be her replacement, Budget Director Sylvia Mathews Burwell, speaks in the Rose Garden of the White House Friday.
Charles Dharapak AP

Originally published on Fri April 11, 2014 5:28 pm

On the same day the White House formally announced the resignation of Kathleen Sebelius as secretary of health and human services, President Obama also nominated her successor: Sylvia Mathews Burwell.

Here are five things to know about Burwell, who will have the task of overseeing the implementation of the Affordable Care Act during a midterm election year:

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The Salt
1:01 pm
Fri April 11, 2014

Pass The Chipotle-Marrow Matzo Balls, It's Mexican Passover

Pozole soup Jalisco-style with chipotle-marrow matzo balls.
Meg Vogel NPR

Originally published on Mon April 14, 2014 11:27 am

The typical American Seder meal served on the first night of Passover tends to be hearty, comforting and pretty bland. But it doesn't have to be.

At Rosa Mexicano, a New York-based chain of upscale Mexican restaurants, tried and true dishes like matzo ball soup and beef brisket are getting a spicy makeover this year for its 12th annual Mexican Passover week.

Wait, you may be saying. Mexican Passover? There are Jews in Mexico? Actually, yes, although the country is 97 percent Catholic.

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Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz
12:58 pm
Fri April 11, 2014

Marie Marcus On Piano Jazz

Marie Marcus.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Fri April 18, 2014 8:59 am

Marie Marcus was a remarkable stride pianist and a protégé of Fats Waller. A native of Boston, Marcus played in all the jazz hot spots before settling down in Cape Cod, where she became known as the Cape's "First Lady of Jazz." On this 1983 program, she talks about Waller, her mentor, and performs a medley of his most famous tunes.

Marcus died in 2003 at age 89.

Originally recorded May 5, 1983. Originally broadcast Oct. 15, 1983.

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All Songs Considered
12:27 pm
Fri April 11, 2014

NPR Music Nominated For Three Webby Awards

OK Go helped us us move our office across town. You can help us win a Webby for the video we shot.
Lizzie Chen NPR

NPR Music has been nominated for many Webby Awards over the years (and even won a few), but we've rarely reached out and asked you to vote for us when we are. This year, the Webbys' eighteenth, we're particularly proud of our nominations.

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Song Travels
12:17 pm
Fri April 11, 2014

Dee Dee Bridgewater On 'Song Travels'

Dee Dee Bridgewater.
Courtesy of the artist

Jazz vocalist Dee Dee Bridgewater has worked with legends such as Dizzy Gillespie, Sonny Rollins and Horace Silver.

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Shots - Health News
11:59 am
Fri April 11, 2014

How A Person Can Recover From Ebola

Testing for Ebola, a scientist in a mobile lab at Gueckedou, Guinea, separates blood cells from plasma cells to isolate the virus's genetic sequence.
Misha Hussain Reuters /Landov

Originally published on Fri April 11, 2014 1:38 pm

At least eight Ebola patients in Guinea have beaten the odds. They have recovered and been sent home. In past outbreaks, the death rate has been as high as 90 percent. In Guinea so far, about 60 percent of the 157 suspected cases have ended in death.

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The Two-Way
11:36 am
Fri April 11, 2014

'God' Files Suit In New York To Resolve Credit Dispute

As the saying goes, "In God We Trust, all others pay cash."

But in the case of Russian immigrant and businessman God Gazarov, cash may be the only option.

That's because, according to The New York Post, credit reporting agency Equifax has refused to acknowledge that he has any financial history whatsoever, despite having high scores with two other major credit agencies.

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The Two-Way
10:52 am
Fri April 11, 2014

Singer-Songwriter Jesse Winchester Dies

Originally published on Fri April 11, 2014 11:53 am

Jesse Winchester, whose "blend of folk, blues and country ... embodies the spirit of American music," has died.

His manager, Keith Case, tells NPR's Jacob Ganz that Winchester died Friday morning in Charlottesville, Va., where he lived. He was 69 and had been battling cancer.

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World
10:32 am
Fri April 11, 2014

Possible To Have Both Fashion And Fairness?

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

This is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. I'm Michel Martin. So we're finally feeling spring in our part of the world. Spring is the season of new beginnings. And for many people, those new beginnings involve new clothes. Spring shopping sprees are big business for the fashion industry and you can see why it's tempting, especially those frothy, inexpensive, seemingly disposable spring and summer togs.

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A Blog Supreme
10:04 am
Fri April 11, 2014

5 Points Where Poetry Meets Jazz

Jayne Cortez in 1996. The poet often recorded her poems to improvised music.
Bob Berg Getty Images

Originally published on Fri April 11, 2014 10:10 am

Poetry and song were once the same: The first poems were recited to music played on the lyre. (It's the source of the word "lyric.") Today, poems are published in books and journals, while songs are heard but seldom read. The poet Robert Pinsky tells of a successful songwriter-singer who said, "A little poetry can really help a song, but too much poetry will sink a song."

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Television
10:00 am
Fri April 11, 2014

Without Giving Too Much Away, Here's What We Can Say About 'Mad Men'

Mad Men — starring Jon Hamm as Don Draper — returns for its seventh and final season Sunday on AMC.
Michael Yarish AMC

Originally published on Fri April 11, 2014 1:38 pm

This review discusses the plotline of Mad Men, up through the end of Season 6.

Matthew Weiner's Mad Men begins its seventh season Sunday on AMC. Every season, as this outstanding period drama has made its way through the 1960s, Weiner has been increasingly insistent about the things he doesn't want critics to reveal in advance. This year, that confidentiality wish list is almost laughably long, and includes not only the year in which the story resumes, but also specifics about certain relationships — both professional and personal.

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Interviews
10:00 am
Fri April 11, 2014

At Last, David O. Russell Is Making The Films He Was Meant To Make

A '70s con artist (Christian Bale, right) is forced to team up with an FBI agent (Bradley Cooper, left) in American Hustle, inspired by a real-life sting targeting corrupt politicians.
Francois Duhamel Columbia Pictures

Originally published on Fri April 11, 2014 1:38 pm

This interview was originally broadcast on Feb. 20, 2014.

Filmmaker David O. Russell first talked with Fresh Air's Terry Gross back in 1994, and two decades later, he tells her: "It's taken me 20 years since I first spoke to you to really make the films that I think I was meant to make, and to be at the level of filmmaking and storytelling and writing that I think I had ever aspired to."

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The Two-Way
9:35 am
Fri April 11, 2014

U.S. Denies Visa To Iran's Controversial U.N. Envoy

Hostages being held at the U.S. Embassy in Tehran in November 1979. Iran's choice for U.N. ambassador, Hamid Aboutalebi, has acknowledged that he was an interpreter for the student group that seized the compound.
AP

Originally published on Fri April 11, 2014 11:44 am

The United States has told Iran that it won't issue a visa to Hamid Aboutalebi, Tehran's controversial choice for the United Nations.

Aboutalebi acknowledges that he served as an interpreter for a group of radical students who seized the U.S. Embassy in Tehran in 1979, taking 52 American diplomats hostage and holding them for 444 days.

The rare move to deny him a visa to take up a diplomatic post comes from the White House after Congress approved legislation authorizing the government to do so.

Here's our earlier post:

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The Protojournalist
9:19 am
Fri April 11, 2014

4 Strange Sports In America's Past

IFP istockphoto.com

Originally published on Wed April 16, 2014 8:39 am

In recent pursuits, we have come upon accounts of once-practiced — and somewhat, shall we say, curious — sports that have long since faded into obscurity.

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The Two-Way
9:17 am
Fri April 11, 2014

'I Knew It Wouldn't Be Easy,' Outgoing Health Secretary Sebelius Says

Vice President Biden (from left), Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, President Obama and Budget Director Sylvia Mathews Burwell at the White House Friday. Sebelius is stepping down. Burwell is being nominated to replace her.
Charles Dharapak AP

Originally published on Fri April 11, 2014 11:53 am

Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, who has borne the brunt of criticism for the troubled rollout of the HealthCare.gov website, said Friday that as she prepares to leave that agency she is thankful to have had the chance to work on "the cause of my life."

Her agency, Sebelius said, has been "in the front lines of a long overdue national change — fixing a broken health system."

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