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10:47 am
Fri January 17, 2014

Do You Have What It Takes To Get A Chinese Driver's License?

China's driver's license test

Originally published on Wed January 22, 2014 10:44 am

To get a driver's license in China, everyone must take a written test; 90 percent is considered passing. The test consists of 100 questions drawn from a pool of nearly 1,000.

The test is particularly tough for foreigners, owing to the volume of memorization and sometimes sketchy translations. (I failed three times before I finally passed.)

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Asia
10:42 am
Fri January 17, 2014

How I Flunked China's Driving Test ... Three Times

Drivers step out of their vehicles for a better view while stuck in traffic along Beijing's Second Ring Road on a "Car Free Day" on Sept. 21, 2010. For foreigners trying to drive in car-crazy China, the headaches begin with the written test.
Frederic J. Brown AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Fri January 17, 2014 5:39 pm

Recently, I decided to apply for a driver's license in China. Since I already have one from the U.S., the main thing I had to do was pass a computerized test on the rules of the road here. I figured it would be a breeze.

Driving and car ownership have taken off in China. Last year, the country added nearly 18 million drivers. There is so much demand for licenses that I had to wait a month for the first available testing date.

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The Two-Way
10:38 am
Fri January 17, 2014

Wells Fargo, Fifth Third, U.S. Bank To End Payday Loan Program

Originally published on Sat January 18, 2014 6:09 am

Wells Fargo & Co., Fifth Third Bank and U.S. Bank said Friday that they will stop offering "deposit advances," a kind of payday loan that had come under fire by federal regulators last year.

With about $1.5 trillion in assets, Wells Fargo was the largest bank offering the costly, low-dollar loans. Regions Bank announced an end to deposit advances earlier this week.

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Remembrances
10:09 am
Fri January 17, 2014

Did Author Amiri Baraka 'Remix' Who He Was?

Originally published on Fri January 17, 2014 10:56 am

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Barbershop
10:09 am
Fri January 17, 2014

Is Obama's Jobs 'Crusade' Focused?

Originally published on Fri January 17, 2014 10:56 am

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Africa
10:09 am
Fri January 17, 2014

New Law Targets Gay People In Nigeria

Originally published on Fri January 17, 2014 10:56 am

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

I'm Michel Martin. And this is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. Coming up, during his life he was revered as a towering figure in the world of letters and reviled as an anti-Semite and misogynist. And the division around his legacy continues after his death last week at the age of 79. So we wanted to take a closer look at the work and legacy of the late playwright Amiri Baraka. That's coming up later.

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Health Care
10:09 am
Fri January 17, 2014

Is The Obamacare Website Not Spanish Friendly?

Originally published on Fri January 17, 2014 10:56 am

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The Two-Way
10:05 am
Fri January 17, 2014

India Unveils Handgun For Women After Much-Publicized Rapes

Indians participated in a candlelight vigil last month to mark the anniversary of the death of a young woman who was gang raped and murdered in New Delhi. Indian media dubbed the woman "Nirbhaya," or fearless. Now, after other high-profile rapes in the country, India has unveiled a handgun for women.
Tsering Topgyal AP

Originally published on Fri January 17, 2014 12:43 pm

There's been a steady stream of stories over the past year about the rapes of women in India. Now, Indian officials have unveiled a gun they say women can use to protect themselves.

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The Two-Way
9:29 am
Fri January 17, 2014

Obama Calls For Limits On NSA's Collection Of Phone Data

President Obama speaks about the National Security Agency and intelligence agencies surveillance techniques during a speech Friday at the Department of Justice in Washington, D.C.
Jim Watson AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Fri January 17, 2014 12:20 pm

  • LISTEN: President Obama's national security address

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Saying that "critics are right to point out that without proper safeguards, this type of program could be used to yield more information about our private lives," President Obama said Friday that he wants the National Security Agency to stop holding on to massive amounts of "metadata" about the phone calls and electronic communications of millions of people around the world.

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It's All Politics
9:18 am
Fri January 17, 2014

Behind The NSA Speech, A Political Backdrop

President Obama speaks Thursday in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building's South Court Auditorium on the White House complex.
Carolyn Kaster AP

Originally published on Fri January 17, 2014 10:07 am

The significant changes to National Security Agency practice and oversight that President Obama announced Friday will no doubt renew the debate over national security and civil liberties.

They're also likely to generate discussion of the political dimensions of that speech. Here are a few of the themes that serve as a backdrop.

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A Blog Supreme
9:14 am
Fri January 17, 2014

5 Donny Hathaway Covers By Jazz Musicians

Donny Hathaway remains widely admired in jazz, but much of his repertoire has yet to be tapped by improvisers.
Michael Ochs Archives Getty Images

Donny Hathaway's repertoire occupies a peculiar space in jazz. Though not a jazz artist, he has influenced a variety of jazz musicians through his work as a singer, keyboardist and composer. Still, jazz musicians have only skimmed the surface of his small but remarkable catalog.

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NPR Story
9:13 am
Fri January 17, 2014

Marian McPartland's Hickory House Trio On Piano Jazz

  • Listen: Hickory House Trio On Piano Jazz

With this episode of Piano Jazz, we remember drummer Joe Morello in a special reunion session with the Hickory House Trio recorded in 1990. He died on March 12, 2011, but during the 1950s, Marian McPartland, Morello, and bassist Bill Crow performed together at the Hickory House, one of the last jazz clubs on 52nd Street in Manhattan. In this session, guest host Crow shares music and memories from his days playing bass in the trio.

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Monkey See
8:23 am
Fri January 17, 2014

Pop Culture Happy Hour: Golden Globes And Eagle Eyes

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This week's show (which we taped before the Oscar nominations were announced, so you can bet we'll be getting to those later) catches us post-Golden-Globes for a conversation about awards hosts, speechifying, satisfying victories, and the odd surprises that keep us tuning in to the season's drunkest ceremony of them all.

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The Two-Way
8:12 am
Fri January 17, 2014

Pennsylvania Voter ID Law Struck Down

Before the voter ID law was put on hold, this Penndot Drivers License Center in Butler, Pa., displayed signs promoting the requirement for voters to show an acceptable photo ID at the polls.
Keith Srakocic AP

Originally published on Fri January 17, 2014 3:17 pm

Ruling that "voting laws are designed to assure a free and fair election" and that Pennsylvania's "Voter ID Law does not further this goal," a state judge on Friday struck down that controversial statute.

Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court Judge Bernard McGinley's ruling is posted here.

The Associated Press writes that:

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The Two-Way
8:12 am
Fri January 17, 2014

Fair Or Foul? Baseball Expands Use Of Instant Replay

Upon further review ... Boston Red Sox baserunner Jonny Gomes, right, would still be safe at home during last fall's World Series.
Rhona Wise EPA/Landov

After balking for years, Major League Baseball is dramatically expanding its use of instant replay in the hope that blown calls will be corrected by umpires in a New York City studio who will be able to review them from multiple angles.

MLB.com writes that:

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Wordless News
8:00 am
Fri January 17, 2014

Wordless News: Trademarking The Cronut

Maria Fabrizio

Originally published on Fri January 17, 2014 9:20 am

  • Trademark Officially Registered For The Cronut

Every day, illustrator Maria Fabrizio posts a news-inspired image on her Wordless News blog. This week, all of her pictures will be inspired by stories she hears on Morning Edition.

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TED Radio Hour
7:36 am
Fri January 17, 2014

Can Ordinary People Become Leaders?

Asa Mathat TED

Originally published on Fri January 17, 2014 11:39 am

Part 5 of the TED Radio Hour episode Disruptive Leadership.

About Seth Godin's TEDTalk

Seth Godin says the Internet has revived the idea of tribes based on shared values and gives ordinary people the power to lead.

About Seth Godin

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TED Radio Hour
7:36 am
Fri January 17, 2014

Have You Changed Someone's Life Without Realizing It?

courtesy of TED

Originally published on Fri January 17, 2014 11:39 am

Part 4 of the TED Radio Hour episode Disruptive Leadership.

About Drew Dudley's TEDTalk

Drew Dudley calls on us to celebrate leadership as the everyday act of improving each other's lives.

About Drew Dudley

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TED Radio Hour
7:36 am
Fri January 17, 2014

Can Grandmothers Change The World?

James Duncan Davidson TED

Originally published on Fri January 17, 2014 11:39 am

Part 3 of the TED Radio Hour episode Disruptive Leadership.

About Bunker Roy's TEDTalk

Bunker Roy shares stories from a school in India that equips rural women for leadership by training them to become solar engineers, artisans, dentists and doctors.

About Bunker Roy

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TED Radio Hour
7:36 am
Fri January 17, 2014

How Do We Cultivate Women Leaders?

James Duncan Davidson TED

Originally published on Fri January 17, 2014 11:39 am

Part 2 of the TED Radio Hour episode Disruptive Leadership.

About Sheryl Sandberg's TEDTalk

Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg gets to the bottom line for women who want to lead.

About Sheryl Sandberg

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TED Radio Hour
7:36 am
Fri January 17, 2014

How Do Leaders Deal With Failure?

Leaders can let you fail and yet not let you be a failure. — Stanley McChrystal
James Duncan Davidson TED

Originally published on Fri January 17, 2014 11:39 am

Part 1 of the TED Radio Hour episode Disruptive Leadership.

About Stanley McChrystal's TEDTalk

Four-star general Stanley McChrystal recounts some tough lessons about leadership he gained from the front lines — to listen, to learn, and to address the possibility of failure.

About Stanley McChrystal

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The Two-Way
6:28 am
Fri January 17, 2014

Japanese Soldier Who Fought On For 29 Years After WWII Dies

Hiroo Onoda, who wouldn't surrender for nearly three decades and continued to battle with villagers in the Philippines, in March 1974 after he was convinced to give up.
Kyodo /Landov

Originally published on Fri January 17, 2014 9:14 am

Hiroo Onoda, a Japanese intelligence officer who for 29 years after the end of World War II continued to hide, fight and kill in the jungles of the Philippines because he did not believe the war was over, has died.

Japan's Asahi Shimbun says Onoda died Thursday in a Tokyo hospital where he was being treated for pneumonia. He was 91. The newspaper sums up the story of Onoda's post-war years this way:

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The Salt
6:20 am
Fri January 17, 2014

Congress Blocks Slaughtering Horses For Meat In U.S.

Americans may recoil at the thought of eating horse meat, but other countries feel quite differently, as the sign above this butcher shop in Paris attests.
Jacques Brinon AP

Originally published on Fri January 17, 2014 7:07 am

When a federal ban on slaughtering horses to produce horse meat was lifted several years back, ranchers including Rick De Los Santos, a New Mexico rancher and owner of Valley Meat Co., stepped up to start operations with an aim to export the meat.

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The Two-Way
6:00 am
Fri January 17, 2014

Obama Expected To Say NSA Should Not Hold 'Metadata'

Nicolas Armer DPA/LANDOV

Originally published on Fri January 17, 2014 7:51 am

President Obama is expected to announce Friday morning that he is "ordering a transition that will significantly change the handling of what is known as the telephone 'metadata' " that the National Security Agency collects, officials are telling Reuters and NPR.

The wire service, which broke the story, writes that:

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The Two-Way
5:16 am
Fri January 17, 2014

Book News: Hilary Mantel's New Book Reportedly Will Star Margaret Thatcher

Hilary Mantel accepted the award for Costa Book Of The Year in January 2013 in London.
Stuart Wilson Getty Images

Originally published on Fri January 17, 2014 6:37 am

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

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Book Reviews
5:02 am
Fri January 17, 2014

E.L. Doctorow's New Novel 'Puzzling And Ultimately Disappointing'

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Originally published on Fri January 17, 2014 1:00 pm

E.L. Doctorow's 19th book, Andrew's Brain, is a real head-scratcher. This short, perplexing but occasionally potent novel presents particular challenges to a critic, as it's difficult to discuss its enigmas without giving away its odd twists. What I can say is that what starts out as a tale of lost love ends up taking a baffling political turn into rather biting commentary on post-Sept. 11 America.

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Business
4:41 am
Fri January 17, 2014

Colombia Aims To Improve Its Embattled Mining Industry

Originally published on Fri January 17, 2014 11:39 am

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

Colombia is a country famous for its exports. It's well known that those exports traditionally include flowers and, also, unfortunately, cocaine. You may not realize Columbia is also the world's fourth largest coal exporter thanks in part to the Drummond Coal Company. The Alabama-based mining firm produces about 25 million tons of coal annually in the South American country.

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Middle East
4:30 am
Fri January 17, 2014

U.S. Tries To Limit Iran's Role At Syrian Peace Talks

Originally published on Fri January 17, 2014 11:39 am

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

World powers will be gathering in Switzerland next week to look for ways to end Syria's brutal civil war. At this late date, though, representatives of the Syrian opposition are still deciding if they will come. For months now, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry has been cajoling opponents of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to come to the Geneva conference, but the U.S. would allow Iran only a limited role on the sidelines, although Iran is a major player in the Syrian conflict.

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Politics
4:20 am
Fri January 17, 2014

NSA Oversight: Obama Wants Safeguards Against Potential Abuse

Originally published on Fri January 17, 2014 11:39 am

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

And even before Edward Snowden and his leaks made NSA surveillance the subject of dinner table conversations all over American, President Obama said he wanted a debate about the right balance between security and civil liberties. The Snowden revelations made sure that Mr. Obama got one. NPR's Mara Liasson reports on how the political calculus is working at the White House.

MARA LIASSON, BYLINE: The president's new senior advisor, John Podesta, describes what Mr. Obama wants Americans to understand.

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