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Health Care
11:03 am
Sat April 5, 2014

With Enrollee Goal Met, Obamacare Still Faces Political Trial

President Obama arrives in the Rose Garden on Tuesday to trumpet 7.1 million signups under the Affordable Care Act.
Carolyn Kaster AP

President Obama and his supporters had a rare opportunity to celebrate this week.

A last-minute surge in people signing up for health insurance sent the total government enrollment figures over the seven-million mark.

That number seemed out of reach just a few months ago, when a crash-prone website threatened to undermine the president's signature health care law.

Republicans are still bent on repealing the law, but now millions more Americans have a stake in Obamacare's survival.

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The Two-Way
10:29 am
Sat April 5, 2014

Ban On Stores' Late Hours Is Lawful, French Court Says

The Paris Sephora store, seen here on a night last fall night on the Champs-Elysees, must close at 9 p.m., a high court has ruled. The cosmetics chain had required workers to keep the store open until midnight.
Kenzo Tribouillard AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Sun April 6, 2014 7:53 am

France's ban keeping stores from being open late at night does not run afoul of the country's constitution, a top court has ruled. Cosmetics retailer Sephora had hoped to keep its flagship Paris store open until midnight. Instead, the shop must observe the traditional closing time of 9 p.m., according to the ruling.

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Africa
9:46 am
Sat April 5, 2014

'Hotel Rwanda' Manager: We've Failed To Learn From History

Paul Rusesabagina, who sheltered more than 1,000 people in his hotel during the Rwandan genocide, says the brutal violence in Syria, the Central African Republic and the Congo shows history repeats itself while people fail to learn from it.
Courtesy Hotel Rwanda Rusesabagina Foundation

Originally published on Sat April 5, 2014 11:38 am

Paul Rusesabagina is a figure from history — a terrible history.

He was the manager of the Diplomat Hotel in Kigali, Rwanda, 20 years ago, when the genocide of Rwanda's Tutsi people began. More than 800,000 Tutsis and moderate Hutus would be killed in just three months.

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All Tech Considered
9:28 am
Sat April 5, 2014

Tech Week: Amazon Fire, The Mozilla Debate, Nest's Recall

Amazon's vice president of Kindle, Peter Larsen, displays the Amazon Fire TV.
Andrew Burton Getty Images

It's the weekend, which means it's time to look back on the tech week that was. It wasn't a slow week, so here we go:

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The Two-Way
6:40 am
Sat April 5, 2014

Chinese Ship Reportedly Detects 'Pulse Signal' In Search For Airliner

A map shows the location of a pulse signal that was reportedly detected by a Chinese patrol ship searching for Malaysia Airlines flight MH370. China's state-run media says the signal is being investigated as a possible clue to the missing airliner's final location.
Google Maps

Originally published on Sat April 5, 2014 9:59 am

A Chinese Coast Guard ship has detected an ultrasonic pulse on a frequency used by black box recorders, according to China's state news agency, fueling new hope that searchers might be closing in on a beacon from the Malaysia Airlines jetliner that vanished weeks ago. The ship found the pulse signal in the south Indian Ocean, Xinhua says.

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The Salt
6:18 am
Sat April 5, 2014

Newbie Urban Gardeners Don't Realize How Much Soil Is Contaminated

Graze the Roof is a community-produced garden that grows vegetables on the rooftop of a church in San Francisco.
Sergio Ruiz/Flickr

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The majority of Americans now live in cities, which means we have very little to do anymore with the production of our food.

But there's a reversal of that trend afoot, as more city people decide that they want to cultivate crops and raise some livestock. After all, there are few things more satisfying that biting than a bunch of tender, red radishes you grew yourself, or a fresh egg from the backyard.

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Performing Arts
5:52 am
Sat April 5, 2014

History And Faith Collide On Stage In 'Camp David'

Ron Rifkin as Menachem Begin, Richard Thomas as Jimmy Carter and Khaled Nabawy as Anwar Sadat in the new play Camp David.
Teresa Wood

Originally published on Sat April 5, 2014 9:18 am

In the new play, Camp David, President Jimmy Carter muses, "Put an Arab and a Jew on a mountaintop in Maryland and ask them to make peace. What was I thinking?"

36 years ago, Carter did get Egyptian president Anwar Sadat and Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin together for two weeks at the presidential retreat at Camp David, where they signed the Camp David accords; the two countries have not been to war since.

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Music Interviews
5:52 am
Sat April 5, 2014

Puerto Rico's Most-Loved And Most-Hated Band

Originally published on Sat April 5, 2014 9:11 am

The bad boys of Puerto Rico have grown up. Step brothers Rene Perez Joglar and Eduardo Cabra of Calle 13 have a new album that takes a more thoughtful route to deliver their message.

Book Reviews
5:52 am
Sat April 5, 2014

'In Paradise,' Matthiessen Considers Our Capacity For Cruelty

In his six-decade career, Peter Matthiessen has written 33 books, including The Snow Leopard and Shadow Country.
Linda Girvin Courtesy of Riverhead Books

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At age 86, Peter Matthiessen has written what he says "may be his last word" — a novel due out Tuesday about a visit to a Nazi extermination camp. It's called In Paradise, and it caps a career spanning six decades and 33 books.

Matthiessen is the only writer to ever win a National Book Award in both fiction — for his last book, Shadow Country, and adult nonfiction for his 1978 travel journal, The Snow Leopard.

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Around the Nation
5:52 am
Sat April 5, 2014

'Muse Of Painting' Came To Churchill's Rescue — And Bush's

Originally published on Sat April 5, 2014 9:18 am

Portraits of world leaders painted by former President George W. Bush go on exhibit in Dallas on Saturday. He took up the hobby after he read Winston Churchill's essay, "Painting as Pastime."

Author Interviews
5:52 am
Sat April 5, 2014

A Century Of History In The Life Of An Ordinary Indian

Originally published on Sat April 5, 2014 9:18 am

Transcript

SCOTT SIMON, HOST:

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Your Money
5:52 am
Sat April 5, 2014

Money Might Change Your Wallet — And Your Very Nature

Originally published on Sat April 5, 2014 9:18 am

Having money can make you callous and uncaring. For the TED Radio Hour, University of California Berkeley psychologist Paul Piff explains the research to back up this conclusion.

Middle East
5:52 am
Sat April 5, 2014

For Syrian Refugees, 'Life Has Stopped'

Originally published on Sat April 5, 2014 9:18 am

Syrian refugees have flooded into Lebanon since the war began. The UN said this week that 1 million refugees are now in the country. NPR's Scott Simon and Alice Fordham discuss the impact.

Afghanistan
5:52 am
Sat April 5, 2014

With Modern Election, Voters Make A Break From Old Afghanistan

Originally published on Sat April 5, 2014 9:18 am

Afghans voted for a new president Saturday, with only scattered violence. NPR'S Renee Montagne tells NPR's Scott Simon that the vote reflects the country's tug between tradition and modernity.

Afghanistan
5:52 am
Sat April 5, 2014

Afghans Vote In Large Numbers Despite Risks

Originally published on Sat April 5, 2014 9:18 am

After a campaign marred by violence, Afghans voted Saturday in presidential elections for what's to be the first ever democratic transfer of power. Results are not expected for some time.

Around the Nation
5:52 am
Sat April 5, 2014

Argument May Have Led To Fort Hood Shooting

Originally published on Sat April 5, 2014 9:18 am

Officials at Fort Hood, Texas, are investigating an argument that may have led to a shooting spree there this week. They are moving away from a focus on the suspect's mental health issues.

Around the Nation
5:52 am
Sat April 5, 2014

Bringing Death To The Shopping Mall: Selling Caskets At The Kiosk

Originally published on Sat April 5, 2014 9:18 am

Malls have long been the place to "shop till you drop." In Southern California, Forest Lawn, a funeral industry leader, has made them places to shop before you drop.

Music News
5:52 am
Sat April 5, 2014

ABBA's Cheesy Start Was More Than Its 'Waterloo'

Originally published on Mon April 7, 2014 6:46 am

Transcript

SCOTT SIMON, HOST:

Eurovision attracts more viewers than the Super Bowl. And yet, a lot of Americans have scarcely heard of it. Probably more people know that BJ Leiderman does our theme music. Winners of this pan-European song contest generally become one-hit wonders, if even that, and even more rarely do they make a name for themselves over here. But Sidsel Overgaard reports there have been a few exceptions. The most notable, the band that won 40 years ago this weekend.

SIDSEL OVERGAARD, BYLINE: First it helps to understand what came before ABBA.

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Sports
5:52 am
Sat April 5, 2014

Final Four Fans Bedeck Themselves In Team Colors

Originally published on Sat April 5, 2014 9:18 am

The men's Final Four in college basketball is Saturday in North Texas. With the teams come fans, some rabid in their love for for all things Huskies, Gators, Badgers and Wildcats.

Book Reviews
5:03 am
Sat April 5, 2014

Percussive Poems In 'Shorty Bon Bon' Pin The Stage To The Page

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Willie Perdomo's third collection of poems is sonically charged: he celebrates his Puerto Rican heritage and the music that came out of the Puerto Rican community in New York by narrating the imagined life of Shorty Bon Bon, the percussionist of a descarga (jamming) salsa band in the 1960s and '70s. The character is partly inspired by Perdomo's real-life uncle, who played percussion on two of Charlie Palmieri's '70s recordings.

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World
3:45 am
Sat April 5, 2014

Taunt Or Miscalculation? Iran's Provocative Pick For U.N. Envoy

Iranian students climb over the wall of the U.S. Embassy in Tehran during the Iranian Revolution, Nov. 4, 1979. The students went on to seize the embassy staff, and hold 52 of them as hostages for 444 days.
AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Sat April 5, 2014 9:18 am

Iran's reported decision to name Hamid Aboutalebi as its ambassador to the United Nations has ignited anger in the U.S. That's because the diplomat was part of the student group that held Americans hostage in 1979. Now, dozens of lawmakers are urging the Obama administration to deny him a visa.

It's the latest sign of just how difficult it will be for Washington and Tehran to overcome decades of mistrust.

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Author Interviews
3:40 am
Sat April 5, 2014

Biographer Explains How John Updike 'Captured America'

Originally published on Mon April 7, 2014 10:59 am

Writing a biography of John Updike is a tricky thing: The acclaimed American writer of elegant essays and elegiac novels and short stories may have been a genius, but he was also disconcertingly normal. He liked to drink, but wasn't a drunk; he had two marriages, but wasn't a womanizer; he could be wistful, but rarely depressed. He was a straight, white, Christian man who liked golf.

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Environment
3:40 am
Sat April 5, 2014

Feds Hope $5 Billion Settlement A Lesson For Polluters

A sign at the old Kerr-McGee uranium mill site in Grants, N.M., warns of radioactive material. This week, the Justice Department announced a $5 billion settlement against the mining company to pay for the cleanup of toxic sites the company left across the U.S. over a period of more than eight decades.
Susan Montoya Bryan AP

Originally published on Sat April 5, 2014 9:26 am

This week, the federal government announced a record-breaking $5 billion settlement in a remarkable environmental case. The toxic legacy of the company involved, Kerr-McGee, stretches back 85 years and includes scores of sites across the country.

Kerr-McGee ran uranium mines in the Navajo Nation, wood-treating businesses across the Midwest and East Coast, and a perchlorate plant on a tributary of Lake Mead, the nation's largest reservoir — and it was messy.

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Krulwich Wonders...
3:39 am
Sat April 5, 2014

The Power Of Poop: A Whale Story

Robert Krulwich NPR

Originally published on Mon April 7, 2014 11:46 am

This, I would think, should be self-evident: Generally speaking, big creatures eat smaller creatures that, in turn, eat even smaller creatures, like this ...

And just as obviously, one would expect the food chain to be pyramid-shaped: a few big creatures at the top eating more middle-sized creatures in the middle, that eat many, many, many little creatures at the bottom, like so:

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The Record
3:03 am
Sat April 5, 2014

We've Never Stopped Thinking About Kurt Cobain

Originally published on Sat April 5, 2014 7:15 am

Kurt Cobain died 20 years ago today. It's hardly news. You've probably already seen plenty of tributes to his career and what might have been, along with, perhaps, a criticism of the impulse to memorialize his death simply because it's been a round number of years since the event.

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The Two-Way
12:33 am
Sat April 5, 2014

Defying Taliban Threats, Afghans Vote For Next Leader

Long lines were seen at almost every polling station around Kabul Saturday, despite heavy rain and security threats.
David P Gilkey NPR

Originally published on Mon April 7, 2014 10:31 am

  • Afghan Election: NPR's Sean Carberry Reports From Kabul

Millions of Afghans lined up to vote for a new president Saturday, despite warnings of violence from the Taliban.

Saturday's historic vote begins what would be the first democratic transfer of power for Afghanistan; President Hamid Karzai has served for two terms and is not allowed to run for a third under the country's constitution.

The Taliban launched a number of attacks that killed dozens in the weeks before the election, but no major violence was reported after polls opened Saturday.

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
5:24 pm
Fri April 4, 2014

Play Ball! Comedian Amy Schumer Plays Not My Job

Peter Yang Comedy Central

Originally published on Fri April 4, 2014 6:19 pm

We've invited comedian Amy Schumer to play a game called "Play ball!" It's the first week of baseball season, so we'll ask three questions about the House of David baseball team — one of the weirdest and most religious teams in the history of the game.

Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.

Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
5:24 pm
Fri April 4, 2014

Prediction

Originally published on Sat April 5, 2014 11:02 am

Our panelists predict what will be the next major product recall.

Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
5:24 pm
Fri April 4, 2014

Lightning Fill In The Blank

Originally published on Sat April 5, 2014 11:02 am

Transcript

PETER SAGAL, HOST:

Now on to our final game - Lightning fill in the blank. Each of our players will have 60 seconds in which to answer as many fill in the blank questions as he or she can. Each correct answer now worth two points. Carl can you give us the scores?

CARL KASELL, BYLINE: Roxanne Roberts has the lead, Peter, she has four points. Paula Poundstone has three, P.J. O'Rourke has two.

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
5:24 pm
Fri April 4, 2014

Limericks

Originally published on Sat April 5, 2014 11:02 am

Transcript

PETER SAGAL, HOST:

Coming up, its Lightning Fill in the Blank. But first, it's the game where you have to listen for the rhyme. If you'd like to play on-air, call or leave a message at one 1-888-WAIT-WAIT. That is 1-888-924-8924 or click the Contact Us link on our website, WaitWait.NPR.org. You can find out there about attending our weekly live shows right here at the Chase Bank Auditorium in Chicago.

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