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2:21 pm
Wed March 12, 2014

In Oscar Pistorius Trial, All Eyes Turn To A Battered Door

Originally published on Wed March 12, 2014 6:14 pm

Robyn Dixon has been covering the trial of former Olympian Oscar Pistorius for the Los Angeles Times. She explains the latest details, as well as what's different about South African trials.

Asia
2:21 pm
Wed March 12, 2014

Vanished Malaysian Airliner Carried Artist Whose Name Vanished, Too

Originally published on Wed March 12, 2014 6:14 pm

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MELISSA BLOCK, HOST:

It's been five days now since a Malaysia Airlines flight bound for Beijing vanished without a trace. The speculation about what caused the plane to go off course includes terrorism. And in China, that led many to focus on that country's Uyghur minority. In fact, there was a Uyghur passenger on the flight.

But as NPR's Anthony Kuhn reports from Beijing, the focus on him quickly shifted from suspicion to sadness.

UNIDENTIFIED WOMAN: (Foreign language spoken)

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Shots - Health News
2:21 pm
Wed March 12, 2014

How A Series Of Mistakes Hobbled Minnesota's Health Exchange

Becky Fink, a MNsure navigator, helps Mic-Ryan Freeman, 22, fill out a paper application for health insurance in February at Nucleus Clinic in Coon Rapids, Minn.
Jennifer Simonson/MPR News Photo courtesy of Minnesota Public Radio News and NPR-Kaiser Health News-Member Station Reporting Project. © 2014 Minnesota Public Radio

Originally published on Wed March 12, 2014 6:14 pm

Minnesota is expected to pick a new lead technology contractor for its health insurance marketplace in the coming weeks. The state has been working hard to improve its website, but in its first few months serious technical problems made it difficult if not impossible to use.

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Law
2:21 pm
Wed March 12, 2014

Ruling On Gay Juror May Cause Ripples In Same-Sex Marriage Cases

A legal dispute between pharmaceutical companies Abbott Laboratories and SmithKline Beecham ended up before a federal appeals court. The court's ruling may have implications for laws that concern gays and lesbians.
Tim Boyle Bloomberg via Getty Images

Originally published on Wed March 12, 2014 6:14 pm

There was a small development in a case before the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals this month that could have a major impact on the legal battle over same-sex marriage. The case involves a dispute between two pharmaceutical companies, a gay juror and the level of legal scrutiny directed by the appellate court.

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News
2:21 pm
Wed March 12, 2014

Would-Be Shoebomber Testifies Against Bin Laden's Son-In-Law

Originally published on Wed March 12, 2014 6:14 pm

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ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST:

A would-be shoe-bomber for al-Qaida told his story to a jury in New York City yesterday. Saajid Badat testified in the trial of Sulaiman Abu Ghaith. That's the son-in-law of Osama bin Laden who the government says was aware of the shoe-bombing plot. The witness has told some of his story before. He's in Britain. He's cooperated with authorities there and in the U.S.

But some of what he said was new to Benjamin Weiser, of The New York Times, who's covering this trial and who joins us from New York. Welcome to the program.

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Technology
2:21 pm
Wed March 12, 2014

A Very Special Proposal Anniversary For The World Wide Web

Originally published on Wed March 12, 2014 6:14 pm

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MELISSA BLOCK, HOST:

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

ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST:

And I'm Robert Siegel. 25 years ago today, a man who was working on computers at a physics lab got a little more ambitious. He offered up a proposal to connect just about every computer on Earth. That was the seed of the World Wide Web back in 1989. When he shared his idea, a lot of people didn't bother to read the memo. It took many more months for the first website to be born and years for the Web to become public.

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From Our Listeners
2:21 pm
Wed March 12, 2014

Letters: 'The Big Broadcast' And Laughing Down The Hall

Originally published on Wed March 12, 2014 6:14 pm

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ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST:

Time now for your letters. First, two corrections. On Monday, we took you to the South by Southwest Festival in Austin to tell you about something called Oculus Rift. It is a virtual reality headset. And in our story, we mistakenly said that it would be available to consumers in 18 to 20 months. In fact, there is no release date yet for a consumer model. Only the development kit is currently available.

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The Two-Way
1:46 pm
Wed March 12, 2014

FTC Launches Civil Probe Into Herbalife Ltd.

Susan Goldman AP

Herbalife revealed on Wednesday that the Federal Trade Commission has opened a civil investigation into the practices of the nutrition company, which sells weight-loss shakes, vitamins and other products.

Moments after Herbalife made the announcement, its stock price plunged. At 1:51 p.m., it had lost 12 percent of its value.

Bloomberg explains that hedge fund manager Bill Ackman accused the company of running a pyramid scheme. Bloomberg adds:

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The Two-Way
1:39 pm
Wed March 12, 2014

Confusion Reigns In Search For Missing Airliner

There are lots of questions about Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 — and lots of seemingly contradictory answers.
Wong Maye-E AP

Originally published on Thu March 13, 2014 6:09 am

Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 disappeared Saturday. Five days later, there's no word about what happened to it or the 239 people on board.

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Around the Nation
1:25 pm
Wed March 12, 2014

Juggling Work And Motherhood On A Shoestring Budget

Katrina Gilbert, a single mother raising Brooklynn, Trent and Lydia, says she got involved with an HBO documentary to inspire others.
Barbara Kinney/Courtesy of HBO

Originally published on Wed March 12, 2014 8:06 pm

There are more than 4 million American families living under the poverty line today that are led by a single mother. Katrina Gilbert is one of those moms.

Gilbert is a certified nursing assistant in Tennessee. To support her three children, she sometimes works seven days a week at a nursing home. But at $10 an hour, her paycheck doesn't go very far.

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The Two-Way
1:04 pm
Wed March 12, 2014

Man Exonerated, Freed After 3 Decades On Louisiana's Death Row

A video frame grab provided by WAFB TV shows former Louisiana State Penitentiary death row inmate Glenn Ford as he walks out of the prison in Angola, Louisiana, on Tuesday.
WAFB TV/ HANDOUT EPA/Landov

Originally published on Tue March 18, 2014 8:31 am

After 30 years on death row, 64-year-old Glenn Ford has walked out of Louisiana State Penitentiary at Angola a free man after a judge voided his 1983 murder conviction based on new exculpatory evidence.

Ford was convicted of killing Isadore Rozeman, a Shreveport man he'd done occasional yard work for. Rozeman, a jeweler and watchmaker, was found dead in 1983.

The Los Angeles Times says:

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The Two-Way
12:47 pm
Wed March 12, 2014

Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer Will Not Seek Another Term

Republican Jan Brewer, after being sworn in as the twenty-second governor of Arizona, addresses those gathered during inauguration ceremonies on Jan. 21, 2009, in Phoenix.
Ross D. Franklin AP

Originally published on Wed March 12, 2014 3:45 pm

Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer, whose tenure has been marked by controversial decisions on immigration policy and a contentious relationship with the White House, says she will not seek another term in office.

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The Salt
12:39 pm
Wed March 12, 2014

Water-To-Wine Machine Sound Too Good To Be True? It Is

Philip James, Chairman of CustomVine, and Kevin Boyer, President and CEO of CustomVine, film a video to promote The Miracle Machine, which turns water into wine with the use of an app.
Courtesy of The Miracle Machine

Originally published on Thu March 13, 2014 2:01 pm

Think a machine that can turn water into wine is too good to be true? Well, it turns out, it is.

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Shots - Health News
12:24 pm
Wed March 12, 2014

Healthier Patients May Have To Wait For Costly Hepatitis C Drugs

Sovaldi, a daily oral treatment for hepatitis C, costs $1,000 a pill.
Courtesy of Gilead Sciences

Originally published on Wed March 12, 2014 3:43 pm

Expensive new drugs for hepatitis C may work better than older treatments, but their high cost undermines their value, a panel of experts said Monday during a daylong forum in San Francisco.

"The price makes it very hard for the health care system," said Steve Pearson, who oversaw the meeting for the California Technology Assessment Forum, a group affiliated with health insurers that holds public meetings to weigh evidence on new treatments.

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It's All Politics
12:11 pm
Wed March 12, 2014

Obama's Overtime Move Designed To Excite Base, Swing Voters

President Obama speaks about raising the minimum wage to $10.10 per hour during an event last week in New Britain, Conn. The effort to raise wages is seen as part of his State of the Union promise of a "year of action."
Stephan Savoia AP

Originally published on Thu March 13, 2014 8:42 am

President Obama's planned move to expand the pool of the nation's employees covered by overtime pay laws was hailed Wednesday by Democrats as key to their midterm election strategy.

And it was just as predictably criticized by conservatives as an overreach by a president who recently characterized income inequality as the "defining challenge of our time."

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#NPRWIT: Women In Tech
12:10 pm
Wed March 12, 2014

Nigeria's First Female Finance Minister: Still Big Problems In Soaring Economy

Originally published on Wed March 12, 2014 1:19 pm

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

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World
11:54 am
Wed March 12, 2014

Paralympics In Full Swing In Sochi

Originally published on Wed March 12, 2014 1:19 pm

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

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Code Switch
11:52 am
Wed March 12, 2014

For Player At Center Of NFL Bullying Story, A New Opportunity

Jonathan Martin watched USC take on Stanford, his alma mater, after he abruptly walked away from the Miami Dolphins. Martin said that he left after he was relentlessly bullied by another Dolphins offensive lineman, Richie Incognito.
Mark J. Terrill AP

Originally published on Wed March 12, 2014 1:52 pm

When Jonathan Martin abruptly left the Miami Dolphins in the middle of last season after alleging harassment by his teammate, Richie Incognito, it sparked media discussions about everything from the use of the word "nigger" in N.F.L. locker rooms to the construction of masculinity.

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Children's Health
11:51 am
Wed March 12, 2014

In Syria, Not Just Bullets And Bombs Harming Children

Originally published on Wed March 12, 2014 1:19 pm

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

This is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. I'm Michel Martin. The standoff in Ukraine may be a central concern of world leaders right now, but it is not the only one. This weekend will mark three years since the protests against the Syrian regime began. That conflict has now ballooned into a full-blown civil war and a devastating humanitarian crisis along with it. And as the fourth year of the crisis begins, the global nonprofit group Save the Children is trying to call attention to the plight of Syria's children.

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The Two-Way
11:50 am
Wed March 12, 2014

Why Did The Possibly Pregnant Shark Cross The Atlantic?

"Lydia" shortly before a tracking device was attached to her last year near Jacksonville, Fla.
OCEARCH.org

Originally published on Wed March 12, 2014 2:55 pm

You kind of have to admire headlines such as this:

"UK-bound great white shark Lydia could be PREGNANT"

That's the Mirror doing its best to scare folks into reading its report.

The story behind the scary headline, though, is interesting.

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Music Reviews
11:45 am
Wed March 12, 2014

Box Set Illustrates Clifford Jordan's Impeccable Taste In Musicians

Originally published on Wed March 12, 2014 12:05 pm

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TERRY GROSS, HOST:

This is FRESH AIR. Starting in the late 1960s, jazz saxophonist Clifford Jordan produced a series of recordings mostly by other leaders that came out on the musician's own Strata-East label. Those seven albums are now collected in a box set. Jazz critic Kevin Whitehead says Jordan the producer had impeccable taste in musicians.

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Books
11:44 am
Wed March 12, 2014

A Poetry Reading: 'To My Oldest Friend, Whose Silence Is Like A Death'

Originally published on Wed March 12, 2014 12:59 pm

Fresh Air's classical music critic Lloyd Schwartz is also a poet. He recently published a poem about friendship and loss on Poets.org. It's titled "To My Oldest Friend, Whose Silence Is Like A Death:"

In today's paper, a story about our high school drama
teacher evicted from his Carnegie Hall rooftop apartment

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All Tech Considered
11:41 am
Wed March 12, 2014

SXSW: Tech Industry Inspires New Shows From HBO, AMC

Scoot McNairy (left) and Lee Pace star in AMC's upcoming show Halt and Catch Fire.
Tina Rowden AMC

Originally published on Fri March 14, 2014 8:41 am

Television show creators are peering into the geeky and moneyed world of computer programmers with a new comedy from HBO and a drama from AMC, both debuting this spring.

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The Two-Way
11:20 am
Wed March 12, 2014

Israel OKs Controversial Law To Conscript Ultra-Orthodox Jews

Ultra Orthodox Jewish men attend the funeral of Rabbi Moshe Yehoshua Hagar in Bnei Brak, outside Tel Aviv, in 2012.
Oliver Weiken EPA/Landov

Israeli lawmakers have voted to end the practice of exempting ultra-Orthodox Jews, or Haredi, from national service, a move that opens them up to military conscription for the first time in the country's 65-year history.

The Knesset passed the measure 67-1 with the opposition boycotting it in the 120-member legislature.

Haredi Judaism is a branch of the religion that shuns modern secular culture. Adherents, including Hasidic Jews, are distinguished partly by their conservative and uniform attire.

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Movie Interviews
10:56 am
Wed March 12, 2014

Wes Anderson: 'We Made A Pastiche' Of Eastern Europe's Greatest Hits

Wes Anderson shot the Grand Budapest Hotel's lobby scenes in a department store on the German-Polish border.
Courtesy of Fox Searchlight Pictures

Originally published on Wed March 12, 2014 3:58 pm

Wes Anderson's new film The Grand Budapest Hotel begins with an author looking back on his work, explaining how he came to write a book about a hotel. The film has a story within a story within a story — but most of it is set in the late 1930s in the fictional central European country of Zubrowka on the eve of war.

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All Songs Considered
10:44 am
Wed March 12, 2014

Hear Neil Young Explain His Pono Music Player At SXSW

Neil Young speaks about Pono, his new high-quality digital audio system, at SXSW.
Bob Boilen NPR

Originally published on Thu March 13, 2014 6:46 am

Neil Young wants to start a revolution against the MP3, against the CD, poorly made vinyl and poor audio quality in general. He wants people to hear the music the way it was made.

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The Salt
10:39 am
Wed March 12, 2014

Who Says Food Porn Has To Be Dominated By Junk Food?

Relax with Food Porn Index's "melon meditation." Om ...
Courtesy of Bolthouse Farms

Originally published on Wed March 12, 2014 3:51 pm

It's one of our guiltiest pleasures on the Internet, and though some of us may not like to admit it, chances are, we've done it. Some are even addicted. That's right, we're talking about the endless consumption and distribution of food porn.

Photos of fatty foods like grease-laced bacon and glistening donuts abound to satisfy our virtual cravings, yet their healthier counterparts — fruits and veggies – just haven't been getting as much love online.

But why should the junk food guys have all the fun?

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Parallels
10:26 am
Wed March 12, 2014

Britain's 'Tea Party' Pushes For Cutting Ties With European Union

At the UK Independence Party's recent national convention Torquay, England, vendors sell tote bags printed with leader Nigel Farage's face in bright purple ink.
Ari Shapiro NPR

Originally published on Thu March 13, 2014 4:35 pm

Torquay is a beach resort in the part of southwest Britain known as the English Riviera for its abundant sun (relative to the rest of the country, anyway). Agatha Christie was born here in 1890. By the mid-1970s, the TV show Fawlty Towers was emphasizing Toquay's shabby aspects over its glamour. And now, well, the town has seen better days.

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Shots - Health News
10:08 am
Wed March 12, 2014

Mix Of Gut Microbes May Play Role In Crohn's Disease

In some human diseases, the wrong mix of bacteria seems to be the trouble.
Getty Images

Originally published on Wed March 12, 2014 7:31 pm

The particular assortment of microbes in the digestive system may be an important factor in the inflammatory bowel condition known as Crohn's disease.

Research involving more than 1,500 patients found that people with Crohn's disease had less diverse populations of gut microbes.

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National Security
9:41 am
Wed March 12, 2014

Ex-Missile Crew Members Say Cheating Is Part Of The Culture

Former missile officer Edward Warren says he and others felt enormous pressure to cheat.
Courtesy of Edward Warren

Originally published on Sat March 29, 2014 9:10 pm

Edward Warren was shocked when he learned that the airmen in charge of the nation's nuclear-tipped missiles regularly cheated on tests.

In 2009, Warren was fresh out of the Air Force's Reserve Officers' Training Corps. He had just finished training to become a missile launch officer when he was pulled aside.

"One of my instructors said, 'Hey, just so you know, there is cheating that goes on at the missile bases,' " Warren recalls. "I was repulsed. I thought, 'This can't be, this is terrible.' "

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