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All Songs Considered
6:03 am
Thu September 19, 2013

The Dodos: Showing 'Confidence' In A Video's Surprising Sequel

Chloe Aftel Courtesy of the artist

Lots of bands play bright, winsome folk-pop, but only one has the bold, sure drumming of The Dodos' Logan Kroeber; he infuses the duo's prettily propulsive songs with momentum and force. Four albums into The Dodos' career, the group is still making terrific records like the new Carrier — a tremendous sleeper for those who've been seeking a Blind Pilot-style left-field gem in 2013.

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The Two-Way
5:38 am
Thu September 19, 2013

Navy Yard Shootings: Thursday's Headlines

Flowers, flags and a child's drawing at a makeshift memorial outside the Washington Navy Yard, where a gunman killed 12 people on Monday.
Jonathan Ernst Reuters/Landov

Originally published on Thu September 19, 2013 6:56 am

Picking up the story from where we last left it, here are some of Thursday's headlines about Monday's mass shooting at the Washington Navy Yard, in which 12 victims and gunman Aaron Alexis died:

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The Two-Way
5:37 am
Thu September 19, 2013

Book News: National Book Award Fiction Longlist Includes Lahiri, Pynchon

The winners of the National Book Awards will be announced Nov. 20.
NationalBook.org

Originally published on Thu September 19, 2013 8:13 am

(This post was updated at 10 a.m.)

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

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The Two-Way
5:09 am
Thu September 19, 2013

Death Toll At 80 And Likely To Rise As Storms Slam Mexico

Near the town of Petaquillas, Mexico, a man held on to a line Wednesday as he crossed a stream swollen by rain dumped by the storm Manuel.
Alejandrino Gonzalez AP

Originally published on Thu September 19, 2013 6:54 am

  • On 'Morning Edition': Host Renee Montagne talks with the AP's Michael Weissenstein

Mud slides, flash floods and rising waters are proving to be a deadly combination in the mountains near Acapulco, Mexico, where dozens of people have died in recent days as a tropical storm-turned hurricane pummels the area.

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First Reads
5:03 am
Thu September 19, 2013

Exclusive First Read: 'From Scratch: Inside The Food Network'

Emeril Lagasse promo image
Jim Cooper AP

Originally published on Thu September 19, 2013 1:06 pm

Back in 1993, the Food Network was the Little Network that Nobody Really Thought Could. Cable TV was still, if not in its infancy, then enduring a difficult toddlerhood — no one knew what cable audiences were interested in, and no one thought a scrappy startup dedicated to food would go anywhere. Twenty years later, the doubters have been proved wrong; the Food Network is a global powerhouse that's made the names and fortunes of stars like Emeril Lagasse, Paula Deen, Guy Fieri and Rachael Ray.

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Book Reviews
5:03 am
Thu September 19, 2013

From Kolbasa To Borscht, 'Soviet Cooking' Tells A Personal History

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Originally published on Sat September 28, 2013 4:52 pm

For years I have wondered, albeit vaguely, about gefilte fish, a dish that appears in various guises in novels about Jewish families, almost always at points of celebration or domestic tension. Here's how to make it: Skin a whole pike, mince the flesh, mix with vegetables and bread. Sew the minced fish back into the skin and poach for three hours. Garnish with horseradish.

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Book Reviews
5:03 am
Thu September 19, 2013

'Nightmare Range': Crime And (Not Much) Punishment In The DMZ

Originally published on Thu September 19, 2013 11:51 am

At the end of the Korean War — a long, bloody, and under-memorialized conflict that claimed millions of lives — no real treaty was ever signed. Although there was an armistice in 1953, the nations of North and South Korea remain, technically, still at war. The Demilitarized Zone along the 38th parallel is one of the tensest borders on earth, with thousands of men, tanks and artillery pieces pointed at each other over minefields and barbed wire fences, fingers on triggers 24 hours a day.

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It's All Politics
4:33 am
Thu September 19, 2013

Lobster Boy Looms Large In Food Stamp Debate

Jason Greenslate was shown using food stamps to purchase lobster in a Fox News report.
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Before Fox News turned its cameras on him, Jason Greenslate was an anonymous Southern California beach bum, hanging with his surfer pals, playing in a demonstrably awful band and, in his words, "livin' the ratt life."

He doesn't work and gets $200 a month in food stamp assistance that he sometimes uses to buy lobster.

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Europe
4:13 am
Thu September 19, 2013

Exhibit In Scotland Showcases Miniature Books

Originally published on Thu September 19, 2013 7:44 am

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

Good morning. I'm Renee Montagne. There's a teensy tiny exhibit at the National Library of Scotland showcasing miniature books. One of the world's smallest is a version of the nursery rhyme "Old King Cole" no bigger than a grain of rice. Back in the 1800s, one Scottish publisher discovered that a poorly selling copy of poems by Robert Burns became a bestseller when he miniaturized it, starting a tradition there of wee little tomes, not so much read as collected. It's MORNING EDITION. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.

Around the Nation
4:13 am
Thu September 19, 2013

Jail In Yonkers, N.Y., Is Put On The Real Estate Market

Originally published on Thu September 19, 2013 7:44 am

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Good morning, I'm Steve Inskeep.

The key to the real estate is location, location, location. In this case, the location is a jail. Authorities in Yonkers, New York put a lockup on the market. They're asking two-a-half-million dollars for a building that may need renovation, but does have a Hudson River view. Rent laws can make it hard for the buyers of a building to evict the old tenants, but not in this case. We're told the inmates will be moved out on Sunday.

It's All Politics
4:03 am
Thu September 19, 2013

Conservative Lobbyist Derails Bipartisan 'Science Laureate' Bill

The U.S. Capitol at sunrise.
Jason Reed Reuters/Landov

Originally published on Thu September 19, 2013 9:24 am

No one who's been paying attention for, say, the past few decades, needs to be reminded of how extremely polarized Washington is.

So it's usually good news when Democrats and Republicans can come together on an issue, as they did recently to support the idea of creating the new honorary position of "Science Laureate of the United States."

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Business
2:13 am
Thu September 19, 2013

Starbucks Asks Customers To Leave Their Guns Behind

Originally published on Thu September 19, 2013 7:44 am

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Starbucks has a new message for its customers: Leave Your Guns Behind.

Under this new policy, Starbucks is not banning guns in its stores, but has made clear they are no longer welcome.

More from NPR's Wendy Kaufman.

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Business
2:12 am
Thu September 19, 2013

Employees Rally In Support Of American, U.S. Airways Merger

Originally published on Thu September 19, 2013 7:44 am

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

And while markets rallied on news of the Fed's decision, airline employees rally to support a planned merger of American Airlines and U.S. Airways. Here's their message to the Department of Justice.

AMERICAN AIRLINE AND U.S. AIRWAYS EMPLOYEES: (Chanting) DOJ, say OK. DOJ, say OK. DOJ, say OK.

MONTAGNE: The pilots, flight attendants and other employees from the two carriers converged on Capitol Hill. They asked members of Congress to push the Justice Department to drop its anti-trust suit against the merger.

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Politics
2:11 am
Thu September 19, 2013

Senators, Economists Lobby For Yellen To Be Fed Chairman

Originally published on Thu September 19, 2013 7:44 am

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When the Federal Reserve explained its decision to keep pumping money into the financial system, it pointed to stubbornly high unemployment.

STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

That has long been a concern for the number two official at the Fed, Janet Yellen. She is now considered the leading candidate to replace Ben Bernanke, when he steps down as Fed chairman. His term expires in January.

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Around the Nation
1:59 am
Thu September 19, 2013

Mother Of Mass Shooting Victim Becomes Gun-Control Advocate

Originally published on Thu September 19, 2013 7:44 am

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Sandy Phillips will travel this week from her home in Texas to Washington, D.C. She was on her way to lobby for gun legislation. She expected to testify at a congressional hearing but it was canceled due to the shooting at the Washington Navy Yard. Phillips stayed in Washington anyway.

So how many senators or representatives have you met?

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Politics
1:59 am
Thu September 19, 2013

Sen. McConnell In No-Win Situation On Obamacare

Originally published on Thu September 19, 2013 7:44 am

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It's MORNING EDITION, from NPR News. Good morning. I'm Renee Montagne.

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Economy
1:59 am
Thu September 19, 2013

Federal Reserve Stays The Course On Stimulus

Originally published on Thu September 19, 2013 7:44 am

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

It's MORNING EDITION, from NPR News. Good morning. I'm Renee Montagne.

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A big question for watchers of the Federal Reserve is: Why? Analysts are asking why the Fed decided to continue stimulating the economy, buying $85 billion of bonds each month.

MONTAGNE: It was widely expected the Fed would start scaling back that stimulus as the economy improved. But in a statement, the Fed said conditions are not that great.

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Business
1:59 am
Thu September 19, 2013

South Korea To Build 'Invisible' Skyscraper

Originally published on Thu September 19, 2013 7:44 am

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South Korea is hoping to draw crowds to see a planned new skyscraper in Seoul. In truth though, they might not be able to see the Tower Infinity. Today's last word in business is: Invisible Tower.

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Economy
1:59 am
Thu September 19, 2013

Fed Decision Gives Indian Market Temporary Reprieve

Originally published on Thu September 19, 2013 7:44 am

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A market rally in India is at the top of NPR's business news.

(SOUNDBITE OF MUSIC)

INSKEEP: We are all connected, of course. And like Wall Street, Indian markets soared, after the Federal Reserve's surprising decision to continue its stimulus program in the United States.

From New Delhi, NPR's Julie McCarthy reports.

JULIE MCCARTHY, BYLINE: The U.S. Fed's decision to keep unchanged its massive bond-buying program to spur the U.S. economy cheered Asian markets.

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Europe
1:59 am
Thu September 19, 2013

France Moves To Ban Kids Under 16 From Beauty Pageants

Originally published on Thu September 19, 2013 7:44 am

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The French Senate voted to ban beauty pageants for children under 16. The measure is part of a larger bill on women's rights.

NPR's Eleanor Beardsley reports that lawmakers see this move as a way to protect the young from being sexualized.

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UNIDENTIFIED MAN: (French spoken)

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Analysis
1:59 am
Thu September 19, 2013

Feds Say NYC Building Is A Front For Iran

Originally published on Thu September 19, 2013 7:44 am

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In the last few days we've learned that Iran has released political prisoners and that its new president and President Obama have written each other. Also suggesting a thaw in the relationship, both leaders expressed a desire to resolve their countries' dispute over Iran's nuclear program. These seeming overtures come as President Hassan Rouhani prepares to fly to New York to address the U.N.

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Sports
1:59 am
Thu September 19, 2013

Afghan Soccer Team's Win Fuels National Pride

Originally published on Thu September 19, 2013 7:44 am

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Soccer was banned in Afghanistan under the Taliban. Today it's fueling a week-long party. Afghans are over the moon since their national team won the South Asian Football Federation championship last week. It was a stunning victory over India, two to nothing, especially for a team of unpaid players who slept in airports on the way to tournaments because they could not afford hotel rooms.

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Latin America
1:59 am
Thu September 19, 2013

More Rain On The Way For Stranded Acapulco Tourists

Originally published on Thu September 19, 2013 7:44 am

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An unusual double whammy hit Mexico this week, with hurricanes slamming into both coasts, Ingrid in the east and Manuel in the west. More than 80 people have died amid mudslides and flooding. Some of the worst damage has been along the Pacific coast around the famous resort town of Acapulco, where tens of thousands of tourists have been stranded. And it looks like more rain is on the way.

Associated Press reporter Michael Weissenstein is on the line from Acapulco. Thank you for joining us.

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National Security
1:59 am
Thu September 19, 2013

ACLU Posts Fed-Collected 'Suspicious' Activity Reports Online

In the last few years, the feds have expanded efforts to collect tips about people's behavior in the real world. At a fusion center in Las Vegas, workers like Daniel Burns, a program coordinator, analyze suspicious activity reports. The ACLU on Thursday posted more than 1,800 of these reports that were gathered in central California.
Monica Lam Center for Investigative Reporting

Originally published on Mon September 30, 2013 12:29 pm

With all the talk of spying by the National Security Agency, it's easy to forget the government engages in off-line surveillance, too. In the last few years, the feds have expanded efforts to collect tips about people's behavior in the real world; they're called suspicious activity reports.

Hal Bergman, a freelance photographer in Los Angeles, has a fondness for industrial scenes, bridges, ports and refineries.

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Analysis
1:59 am
Thu September 19, 2013

Census Bureau Survey Indicates How Americans Live

Originally published on Thu September 19, 2013 7:44 am

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This is MORNING EDITION from NPR News. I'm Renee Montagne.

STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

And I'm Steve Inskeep with some new information about us. The Census Bureau conducts the American Community Survey every year. It's an annual snapshot of who Americans are and how we live, and it's kind of like Christmas morning for demographers such as William Frey of the Brookings Institution. We asked him what trends he sees this year.

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Shots - Health News
1:20 am
Thu September 19, 2013

Employers Trim Health Costs By Cutting Coverage For Spouses

Workers prepare orders to be loaded for shipment at a UPS Healthcare Supply Chain and Distribution Center in Atlanta on March 12. The company recently announced that it would no longer offer coverage for spouses who had their own job-based insurance.
Robin Nelson Bloomberg via Getty Images

Originally published on Thu September 19, 2013 8:05 am

When UPS told workers that it would no longer offer health coverage for spouses who had their own job-based insurance, it caused a big stir. But the shipping giant has plenty of company.

So many employers are trying to cut back on health coverage for spouses that it has become a trend. The practice began well before the Affordable Care Act passed, and the connection to the law, in some cases, isn't that direct.

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Television
1:19 am
Thu September 19, 2013

Dean Norris, Breaking Out Of That Good-Guy Mold

Breaking Bad, on which Dean Norris played DEA agent Hank Schrader, has two more episodes to go before its series finale.
Ursula Coyote AMC

Originally published on Thu September 19, 2013 7:44 am

Actor Dean Norris took to Twitter the other day. "Missed last night's Breaking Bad," he wrote. "Heard it was intense. Filmed several alternate versions. Can't wait to see what they used."

Please note: There's a spoiler farther down this page.

Norris plays — played? — a drug enforcement agent on the acclaimed AMC series, which wraps for good after just two more episodes. His character's brother-in-law is a chemistry teacher with cancer who, at the series' outset, gets into cooking methamphetamine to pay for his treatment.

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Art & Design
1:18 am
Thu September 19, 2013

Exhibit Explores How Dior's Designs Echo Impressionist Paintings

Laziz Hamani

Originally published on Thu September 19, 2013 7:44 am

When it was time to create a new collection, Christian Dior had a ritual: He went to his garden and sat down among the flowers.

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The Two-Way
5:29 pm
Wed September 18, 2013

Assad: Syria Is Committed To 'Full Requirements' Of Agreement

Originally published on Wed September 18, 2013 5:56 pm

"We are committed to the full requirements of this agreement."

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It's All Politics
4:21 pm
Wed September 18, 2013

Poll: Half Of Americans See Russia As 'Unfriendly' Or Worse

President Obama meets with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Northern Ireland on June 17. A new Gallup poll says Americans are increasingly viewing both Putin and Russia less favorably.
Jewel Samad AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Wed September 18, 2013 5:08 pm

During the 2012 presidential race, Republican Mitt Romney was mocked by President Obama during a debate for calling Russia — and not al-Qaida — the "No. 1 geopolitical foe" of the United States.

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