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2:59 am
Mon April 14, 2014

Ukraine Vows To Reclaim Occupied Towns By Force

Originally published on Mon April 14, 2014 5:33 am

Tensions are growing between pro-Russian militants and Ukrainian forces in eastern Ukraine. The new Ukrainian government has pledged a "very tough" response to those occupying government buildings.

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2:59 am
Mon April 14, 2014

Ahead Of Midterm Elections, Obama Focuses On Voting Rights

Originally published on Mon April 14, 2014 5:33 am

President Obama's weekly address dealt with the question of women and equal pay. On Friday, he went to a forum organized by civil rights activist Al Sharpton where he talked about voting rights.

NPR Story
2:59 am
Mon April 14, 2014

Despite Havoc, Syrian War Sparks Hope Among Kurdish Minority

Originally published on Mon April 14, 2014 5:33 am

With Syria in chaos, minority Kurds there hope they can realize long-standing ambitions for autonomy. Kurds who fled to northern Iraq from Syria will press those demands when they finally go home.

Parallels
1:40 am
Mon April 14, 2014

A Gold Obsession Pays Dividends For Indian Women

The R.C. Jewelry Store in New Delhi. Indian women have always treasured gold for its beauty and for providing a measure of social security. Today it is also being used to give them a larger say in the family's finances.
Julie McCarthy NPR

Originally published on Mon April 14, 2014 5:24 pm

It's indestructible. It's fungible. It's beautiful. And for Indians, gold – whether it's 18-, 22- or 24-carat — is semi-sacred.

The late distinguished Indian economist I.G. Patel observed, "In prosperity as in the hour of need, the thoughts of most Indians turn to gold."

No marriage takes place without gold ornaments presented to the bride. Even the poorest Indian outfits girls in the family with a simple nose ring of gold.

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Book News & Features
1:23 am
Mon April 14, 2014

'Grapes Of Wrath' Is 75, But Its Depictions Of Poverty Are Timeless

Dust Bowl farmer drives a tractor with his son near Cland, N.M. (1938). Steinbeck writes: "The tractors came over the roads and into the fields, great crawlers moving like insects, having the incredible strength of insects ... monsters raising the dust and sticking their snouts into it, straight down the country ... through fences, through dooryards, in and out of gullies in straight lines."
Dorothea Lange Library of Congress

Originally published on Mon April 14, 2014 2:42 pm

Much has been said and written about the Dust Bowl, but if you want to get a visceral feel for how it all began and the way it affected the people who experienced it, you need go no further than the opening pages of John Steinbeck's The Grapes of Wrath:

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Shots - Health News
1:22 am
Mon April 14, 2014

Mind Over Milkshake: How Your Thoughts Fool Your Stomach

Bianca Giaever for NPR

Originally published on Mon April 14, 2014 12:58 pm

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The Two-Way
5:04 pm
Sun April 13, 2014

Bubba Watson Dons Green Jacket For Second Time At Masters

Bubba Watson poses with the green jacket after winning the 2014 Masters Tournament by a three-stroke margin at Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, Ga., on Sunday.
Andrew Redington Getty Images

Originally published on Sun April 13, 2014 6:24 pm

After a blustery final round at Augusta National, Bubba Watson won the 78th Masters golf championship on Sunday.

The win earned Watson another green jacket — the famed prize of the Masters outside of the prize money — his second in three years. He shot shot a final round of 3-under-par 69 and finished the tournament at 8-under-par 280.

In an emotional finish full tears and high-fives to the crowd, Watson's 2-year-old son joined him on the 18th green to celebrate the moment.

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Africa
4:07 pm
Sun April 13, 2014

Drought Could Complicate Already Difficult Food Crisis In Syria

Originally published on Sun April 13, 2014 5:03 pm

The war in Syria, now in its fourth year, has created a massive humanitarian crisis. More than 2 million Syrians have left the country in an attempt to escape the conflict. Millions more have been displaced inside Syria, forced to leave their homes to survive.

In March, the United Nations World Food Programme reported that a potential drought in the area could significantly hurt food production in Syria:

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The Two-Way
3:39 pm
Sun April 13, 2014

3 Dead After Shootings At Jewish Facilities Near Kansas City

An Overland Park police officer and Kansas State Trooper guard the entrance of the Jewish Community Center after reports of a shooting in Overland Park, Kan., on Sunday.
Orlin Wagner AP

Originally published on Sun April 13, 2014 8:51 pm

Police confirmed that three people were killed after shootings that took place at a Jewish community center and another location near the Kansas City area on Sunday.

At a press conference a few hours after the shooting, Overland Park Police Chief John Douglass said two males were killed at the Jewish Community Center of Greater Kansas City and one female was killed at Village Shalom, an assisted living center about a mile from the community center.

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Monkey See
3:35 pm
Sun April 13, 2014

'Say Anything' At 25: Nothing Bought, Sold Or Processed

John Cusack and Ione Skye in Say Anything.
The Kobal Collection

Originally published on Mon April 14, 2014 4:42 pm

"I don't feel anything."

Those are, surprisingly enough, the first words of the deeply felt Say Anything, which turns 25 years old on Monday. It opened April 14, 1989, and that weekend, it made $5.2 million. It wasn't enough to come anywhere close to what Major League pulled down in its second week ($9.1 million), but it was enough to come in one slot ahead of the opening weekend of the Tony Danza comedy She's Out of Control ($4.6 million).

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The Two-Way
3:03 pm
Sun April 13, 2014

Huge Fire Kills At Least 11 And Destroys Hundreds Of Homes In Chile

Smoke fills the sky behind a hill in Valparaiso, Chile, Saturday. The large fire burned through the night and is blamed for at least 11 deaths.
Reuters /Landov

In Chile, a large fire that burned forest land and consumed houses has reportedly killed at least 11 people and destroyed 500 homes. Thousands of residents have been forced to evacuate areas near the port city of Valparaiso.

The BBC says the death toll had been 16, but it was dropped to 11 after authorities realized a family had been counted twice.

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Music News
2:59 pm
Sun April 13, 2014

The Cross-Cultural Travels Of A Singing Doctor

Rupa and the April Fishes' latest release, Live at the Independent, was recorded in concert at a San Francisco Walk Against Rape fundraiser.
Denis Beaumont Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Mon April 14, 2014 12:55 pm

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Around the Nation
2:59 pm
Sun April 13, 2014

Keep It Brief, Commencement Speakers! No One Will Remember Anyway

Do any of these students remember what Vice President Joe Biden said in June 2012?
Wilfredo Lee AP

Originally published on Sun April 13, 2014 5:03 pm

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Around the Nation
2:59 pm
Sun April 13, 2014

Preventing 'The Next Bell': The Impact Of A Calif. City Investigation

Originally published on Sun April 13, 2014 5:03 pm

The cash-strapped city of Bell, Calif., is seeing justice after an almost four-year investigation of top city officials. Guest host Tess Vigeland speaks with Los Angeles Times reporter Ruben Vives.

World
2:59 pm
Sun April 13, 2014

Clashes In Eastern Ukraine Reportedly Turn Deadly

Originally published on Sun April 13, 2014 5:03 pm

Transcript

TESS VIGELAND, HOST:

It's ALL THINGS CONSIDERED from NPR West. Arun Rath is away. I'm Tess Vigeland. The crisis in Eastern Ukraine seems to be worsening. The government in Kiev says it is prepared for a large-scale assault on separatists who have taken over government buildings in cities near the Russian border. Clashes between pro-Russian forces and the Ukrainian government turned deadly in the City of Slavyansk. NPR's Ari Shapiro is in Donetsk and he joins us now with the latest. Ari, tell us what happened overnight.

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Your Money
2:59 pm
Sun April 13, 2014

Outdated Tax Code Gives Some Working Spouses A Bad Deal

The U.S. tax code, which dates back to the days of Ozzie and Harriet, works against dual-income spouses. In some cases, it's cheaper for one spouse to stay home.
Sherry Yates iStockphoto.com

Originally published on Mon April 14, 2014 8:07 am

Women today are nearly half the workforce, and two-income couples are the norm. But the U.S. tax code? It's straight out of Ozzie and Harriet.

When it comes to paying taxes, economists say, a lot of secondary wage-earners are getting a raw deal. It's called the marriage penalty.

"The system was never designed to penalize working spouses," says Melissa Kearney, director of the Hamilton Project at The Brookings Institution. "It was just designed in a different era."

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My Big Break
2:59 pm
Sun April 13, 2014

Longtime Puzzler To Certified Wordsmith, In One Fortunate Spin

After correctly guessing a word puzzle on May 30, 2013, Autumn Erhard becomes the second contestant on Wheel of Fortune to win $1 million.
Carol Kaelson Sony Pictures Television

Originally published on Mon April 14, 2014 12:02 pm

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Author Interviews
2:59 pm
Sun April 13, 2014

What 'Life In The New Cuba' Is Really Like

Daily life has slowly been changing in Cuba, since Fidel Castro ceded power in 2006 to his brother Raul, who became president in 2008.
Franklin Reyes AP

Originally published on Sun April 13, 2014 5:03 pm

Since Fidel Castro ceded authority to his brother Raul in 2006, life in Cuba has slowly been changing. Young Cubans are more comfortable talking about their government and cellphones have begun to open up the island more, connecting it in a small way to the outside world.

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The Two-Way
2:32 pm
Sun April 13, 2014

'Bully' Serves His Punishment: Holding Sign In Public

Edmond Aviv, 62, sits with a sign at a street corner in the Cleveland suburb of South Euclid Sunday. Aviv, who called his neighbor "monkey momma" as she held her adopted, disabled African-American children, was ordered by a judge to display the sign.
Aaron Josefczyk Reuters /Landov

The sign tells the story.

"I am a bully," it reads. "I pick on children that are disabled, and I am intolerant of those that are different from myself. My actions do not reflect an appreciation for the diverse South Euclid community that I live in."

That sign was displayed next to a busy roadside in a Cleveland suburb Sunday by Edmond Aviv, after a court found that he had abused his neighbors with racial slurs and vandalism that sometimes included dog feces.

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Law
1:35 pm
Sun April 13, 2014

'Pay Secrecy' Policies At Work: Often Illegal, And Misunderstood

President Obama signs two executive actions aimed at closing the gender pay gap, including an order to combat "pay secrecy," on April 8.
Susan Walsh AP

Originally published on Sun April 13, 2014 5:03 pm

President Obama says his administration is fighting to close the gender wage gap, the gulf between what working men and women earn for the same job.

Last week, Obama moved to circumvent a divided Congress on the issue. He announced two executive actions promoting the idea of "equal pay for equal work," both directed at creating more transparency in the workplace.

For one, the president directed the Department of Labor to collect more information on what federal contractors pay their employees, "so pay discrimination can be spotted more easily."

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The Two-Way
1:07 pm
Sun April 13, 2014

A Girl Ages From 0 To 14 Years Old, In 4 Minutes

A Dutch filmmaker has updated his time-lapse video project, showing his daughter growing from a a chubby-cheeked baby into a braces-wearing teenager.
YouTube

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The Two-Way
10:51 am
Sun April 13, 2014

Early Afghan Election Results Set Candidates Posturing

Initial results released by Afghan officials show former foreign minister Abdullah Abdullah with a narrow lead over former finance minister Ashraf Ghani, in a tight presidential election.
Rahmat Gul AP

Originally published on Sun April 13, 2014 11:49 am

Initial results from Afghanistan's April 5 presidential election show two candidates — Abdullah Abdullah and Ashraf Ghani — far ahead of their rivals. Election officials released the figures Sunday, based on less than 7 percent of the total vote.

Though the sample released Sunday represented a small fraction of the estimated 7 million votes cast, that hasn't stopped the leading candidates from posturing about the final outcome, as NPR's Sean Carberry reports from Kabul:

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The Two-Way
9:51 am
Sun April 13, 2014

In Jordan Spieth, Golf World Looks For Its Next Tiger — Again

Jordan Spieth lines up a putt during the third round of the 2014 Masters on Saturday.
Andrew Redington Getty Images

Originally published on Mon April 14, 2014 12:14 pm

The golf world loves discovering a player who might be the Next Big Thing, someone who could take Tiger Woods' place someday as world's best golfer.

This weekend's Masters at Augusta National could be on the verge of serving up the newest candidate.

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The Two-Way
9:44 am
Sun April 13, 2014

Marijuana Vending Machine Unveiled In Colorado

A customer eyes marijuana samples at a Denver dispensary. The makers of a newly unveiled vending machine are hoping to change how pot is sold in stores.
Theo Stroomer Getty Images

Originally published on Sun April 13, 2014 9:52 am

An automated pot-selling machine was unveiled at an event held at an Avon, Colo., restaurant Saturday, promising a potential new era of selling marijuana and pot-infused snacks from vending machines directly to customers.

Its creators say the machine, called the ZaZZZ, uses biometrics to verify a customer's age. The machine is climate-controlled to keep its product fresh.

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Education
9:32 am
Sun April 13, 2014

Boston Finds That Quality Preschool Is Worth The Effort

Using a projector, Jodi Doyle points out shadows on the ceiling to students in her preschool class at the Eliot School in Boston. Boston has become a beacon for the universal preschool movement, but so far it can only provide seats for about half the interested families.
Jesse Costa WBUR

Originally published on Sun April 13, 2014 10:32 am

It's a Wednesday morning at the Eliot K-8 Innovation School. Teacher Jodi Doyle is working with a small group of preschool students interested in domes.

"What do you think the difference is between a dome and an arch?" she asks.

The lesson doesn't go exactly as planned. Doyle wants the kids to build their domes with wire, but she wants the children to come up with that idea themselves. The kids used wire several months ago for a related project, and she hopes they'll remember.

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Economy
8:20 am
Sun April 13, 2014

Frustrated With Congress, IMF Heads Leave D.C. With Budding Idea

The U.S., the IMF's most powerful member, has refused to sign off on reforms. On Saturday, global leaders suggested the IMF would turn to other options if Congress doesn't act by year's end.
Mandel Ngan AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Sun April 13, 2014 8:41 am

As far as looks go, Washington turned in a dazzling performance as host city for this past week's meetings at the International Monetary Fund and World Bank.

Cherry blossoms peaked, tulips popped, and the air carried the sweet scent of hyacinths.

But politics-wise, Washington let down its global guests. They came begging Congress to approve a package of IMF reforms, but are leaving Sunday with nothing.

"We are all very disappointed by the ongoing failure to bring these reforms to conclusion," Australia's Treasurer Joe Hockey told reporters.

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The Two-Way
7:40 am
Sun April 13, 2014

Climate Change Adjustments Must Be Fast And Major, U.N. Panel Says

The world must cut its greenhouse gas emissions to meet its goals, climate experts said Sunday. Members of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (left to right) Youba Sakona, Ramon Pichs Madruga, Ottmar Edenhofer and Rajendra Pachauri hold copies of their new report in Berlin.
John MacDougall AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Mon April 14, 2014 5:33 am

A new report from the United Nations' panel on climate change says major action is needed, and fast, if policymakers want to limit global warming to acceptable levels.

There's an international target to control climate change: keeping the global temperature rise to just 2 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels — that's 3.6 degrees Fahrenheit. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change now says it's technically possible to meet that goal. But doing so will require rapid, large-scale shifts in energy production and use.

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Monkey See
7:34 am
Sun April 13, 2014

'Mad Men' Returns, Full Of Footnotes

As Mad Men returns for its seventh season, its entire sprawling cast has plenty to do.
Frank Ockenfels AMC

Imagine a scene in which a man is sitting on a park bench reading a book. A woman comes up and sits beside him. He looks up at her. She hands him a letter. "It's over," she says.

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The Two-Way
6:43 am
Sun April 13, 2014

Pope Francis Poses For Selfies With Crowd At St. Peter's

Originally published on Sun April 13, 2014 10:03 am

After speaking to a crowd that was estimated at 100,000 people Sunday, Pope Francis moved through the audience in his popemobile — and then delighted some of those in attendance by getting out of the vehicle and posing for photos with them.

Francis posed for photos several times during his circuit through St. Peter's Square, where throngs of the faithful had gathered to hear him speak on Palm Sunday.

"After the ceremony, the pope hopped onto his popemobile and moved through the crowd, often getting off to pose for selfies with young people," NPR's Sylvia Poggioli reports.

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The Two-Way
6:05 am
Sun April 13, 2014

Ukraine Says An Officer Died In Battle With Pro-Russian Forces

A Pro-Russian force guards a barricade outside a regional police building seized by armed men in Slovyansk Sunday. Ukraine, which launched an "anti-terrorist operation" in the eastern town, says one of its officers has been killed in a clash near the town.
Genya Savilov AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Sun April 13, 2014 10:13 am

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A Ukrainian Security Service officer has been killed and five others wounded in the eastern city of Slovyansk, officials from Ukraine's interim government said Sunday. The casualty comes after Ukraine pledged a "very tough" response to those occupying government buildings.

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