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2:38 pm
Sat November 2, 2013

A Comedian's Voyage To 'The Membrane Between Life And Death'

As of the afternoon of Nov. 2, Rob Delaney had 946,960 Twitter followers. That number surely will have grown by the time you read this.
Robyn Von Swank Courtesy of Spiegel & Grau

Originally published on Sat November 2, 2013 4:15 pm

Stand-up comedian Rob Delaney has been called the funniest person on Twitter. He's known for his zany observations and for condensing pithy, often vulgar commentary on politics and pop culture into 140 characters or less.

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Shots - Health News
2:38 pm
Sat November 2, 2013

Adding To Insurance Confusion, Outside Groups Try To Cash In

"Obamacare Enrollment Teams" give presentations on health insurance options and the Affordable Care Act, but are not actually affiliated with the government.
Lynn Hatter WFSU

Originally published on Sun November 3, 2013 4:51 am

Thirty or so attendees at St. Mary Primitive Baptist Church in Tallahassee, Fla., gathered on a recent evening to hear a presentation by the Obamacare Enrollment Team on their options to get insurance under the Affordable Care Act.

"If anybody is interested in getting enrolled, we can get you enrolled tonight," they were told.

Signs outside the church looked official: A familiar, large "O" with a blue outline, white center and three red stripes.

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Music Lists
2:38 pm
Sat November 2, 2013

Betto Arcos Brings The Heat From Brazil

Among Betto Arcos' new music picks from Brazil is percussionist Wilson Das Neves, who has been an active and integral part of Rio De Janeiro's music scene since he began playing professionally in the 1950s.
Daryan Dornelles Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Sat November 2, 2013 3:49 pm

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The Two-Way
1:09 pm
Sat November 2, 2013

Pakistan Slams U.S. Over Drone Strike Against Taliban Chief

Pakistani Taliban chief Hakimullah Mehsud (left) with his commander Wali-ur Rehman in South Waziristan, in October 2009.
AFP/Getty Images

Pakistan is blasting the United States for a drone strike that has allegedly killed Pakistani Taliban chief Hakimullah Mehsud.

Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan said Pakistan's ties with the United States would be reviewed, after what he called "an attack on regional peace by America."

Pakistan's Dawn reports:

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The Two-Way
11:22 am
Sat November 2, 2013

The One Moment You Should Watch From The Red Sox Parade

Boston Red Sox's Jonny Gomes places the championship trophy and a Red Sox baseball jersey at the Boston Marathon Finish Line during a pause in their World Series victory rolling rally in Boston on Saturday.
Elise Amendola AP

Originally published on Sat November 2, 2013 11:56 am

The World Series Championship parade in Boston on Saturday was full of everything you might expect: Crowds, cheering and confetti.

But as the world champion Boston Red Sox made their way on Boylston Street toward the finish line of the Boston Marathon, the celebration gave way to a moment of reflection.

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Code Switch
9:16 am
Sat November 2, 2013

Here's The Funny Thing About Black Women On 'SNL'

Scandal star Kerry Washington, right, does a promotional shoot with Saturday Night Live cast member Taran Killam. Washington is hosting the late night comedy sketch series Saturday night.
Dana Edelson NBC Handout via AP

Originally published on Sat November 2, 2013 10:25 am

Why should Saturday Night Live care that there are no black women in its cast of comedians?

That question has percolated through my Twitter feeds and Facebook pages over the past few days, thanks to some questions I asked on social media before talking over the issue Friday with Robert Siegel on All Things Considered. And it's an understandable reaction.

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The Two-Way
8:54 am
Sat November 2, 2013

Murder Charges Filed In Los Angeles Airport Shooting

People exit Los Angeles International Airport in Los Angeles on Friday.
Gregory Bull AP

Originally published on Sat November 2, 2013 7:17 pm

Update at 7:45 p.m. ET. Murder Charges Filed:

The suspect in the shooting of a TSA agent at Los Angeles International Airport has been charged with murder, U.S. Attorney Andre Birotte Jr. told reporters Saturday.

Paul Ciancia, 23, is charged with killing Gerardo Hernandez, who was shot to death Friday at the airport.

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The Two-Way
7:38 am
Sat November 2, 2013

Barge Mystery Solved: Floating Structures Tied To Google

Two men fish in the water in front of a barge on Treasure Island in San Francisco on Tuesday. An unnamed source tells CBS the barge carries a building "constructed of interchangeable 40-foot shipping containers that can be assembled and disassembled at will, allowing it to be placed on barges, trucks or rail cars and taken anywhere in the world."
Jeff Chiu AP

Originally published on Sat November 2, 2013 11:29 am

Over the past week, two floating structures on opposite sides of the country have provoked a lot of speculation. Early on, the Internet settled on Google as a likely culprit. Could the barges off of San Francisco and Maine, the masses divined, be giant data structures built to circumvent NSA spying? Could they be huge, floating stores?

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Fresh Air Weekend
7:03 am
Sat November 2, 2013

Fresh Air Weekend: Chris Hadfield, Brandy Clark, Kennedy Conspiracies

Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield has spent a total of six months in space. In his new book, he writes that getting to space took only "8 minutes and 42 seconds. Give or take a few thousand days of training."
NASA Courtesy of Little, Brown and Company

Originally published on Sat November 2, 2013 9:34 am

Fresh Air Weekend highlights some of the best interviews and reviews from past weeks, and new program elements specially paced for weekends. Our weekend show emphasizes interviews with writers, filmmakers, actors, and musicians, and often includes excerpts from live in-studio concerts. This week:

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The Two-Way
6:04 am
Sat November 2, 2013

Edward Snowden: 'Speaking The Truth Is Not A Crime'

Edward Snowden, seen during a video interview with The Guardian.
Glenn Greenwald/Laura Poitras EPA/LANDOV

Originally published on Sat November 2, 2013 11:13 am

Just shortly after Germany showed interest in talking to Edward Snowden, the former NSA contractor met with a veteran member of the German parliament.

Hans-Christian Ströbele said Snowden was willing to talk to testify before the parliament about U.S. surveillance, but he first wanted to testify before the American Congress.

The New York Times reports Ströbele brought back a letter from Snowden, which he showed to the press.

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It's All Politics
6:03 am
Sat November 2, 2013

Obama Ratings Sink As Trustworthiness Comes Into Question

President Obama walks off stage after speaking at the "SelectUSA Investment Summit" on Thursday. A poll released the same day found that the president's job approval rating had reached an all time low.
Evan Vucci AP

Originally published on Sat November 2, 2013 1:15 pm

Barack Obama has been subjected to as many personal attacks as any modern president.

Terrorist. Traitor. Hater of America. Secret Muslim.

Unusually for a politician, however, the one thing he hasn't been called much is a liar, except by his most adamant critics.

That's all changed now. Obama is being widely called out for having claimed, repeatedly, that under the Affordable Care Act, people who liked their health insurance plans could keep them.

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Author Interviews
5:03 am
Sat November 2, 2013

'I Feel A Bit Like A Spy': A Q&A With Poet David Lehman

Cover of New and Selected Poems by David Lehman.
Courtesy of Scribner

Seventeen years ago, the poet, writer and editor David Lehman resolved to write a poem every day. It sounds a little similar to National Novel Writing Month, which kicked off yesterday — except that Lehman kept it up for five years, publishing many of the daily poems in literary journals and in two well-received collections

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Europe
4:46 am
Sat November 2, 2013

Turkey's 'Rockin' Imam' Inspires Youth, Tests Boundaries

Tuzer says there's nothing in his lyrics that could offend, but religious conservatives have opened an investigation into his musical activities.
Courtesy Ahmet Muhsin Tuzer

Originally published on Sat November 2, 2013 1:10 pm

At 42, Ahmet Muhsin Tuzer has a modest post as imam in a small mosque in the village of Pinarbasi, near Turkey's Mediterranean coast, where he serves about 15 Sunni Muslim families. It's not the kind of place where you'd expect to find an imam attracting attention across Turkey and beyond.

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Middle East
4:46 am
Sat November 2, 2013

A Conquered Foe Returns To War-Torn Syria: Polio

A health worker administers polio vaccine as part of a UNICEF-supported campaign in Damascus. Aid agencies sometimes have to negotiate with rebel groups and work in dangerous situations to immunize vulnerable children.
Omar Sanadiki AP

Originally published on Sat November 2, 2013 6:11 pm

In a refugee camp in eastern Lebanon, aid workers put sandbags around plastic tents to keep winter rains from flooding dirt floors. For weeks now, the threat for Syrian refugees was the coming cold. Now refugees have a bigger fear: polio.

A childhood disease that causes paralysis and sometimes death, polio can spread rapidly, especially with the huge movement of people fleeing the war.

Some 4,000 Syrians still cross into neighboring countries every day, at least half of them children.

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Music News
4:46 am
Sat November 2, 2013

Digital Music, In The Truest Sense

Originally published on Mon November 4, 2013 2:33 pm

Transcript

SCOTT SIMON, HOST:

And now, another take on jazz hands...

(SOUNDBITE OF FINGER SNAPS, SLAPS)

SIMON: It may sound like Savion Glover tapping, or some kind of tin pan Buddy Rich, but this is digital music in the true sense. You're hearing the fingers and hands of Darren Drouin snapping and slapping out a percussive freestyle in a YouTube video that he uploaded this week.

(SOUNDBITE OF FINGER SNAPS, SLAPS)

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Sports
4:46 am
Sat November 2, 2013

Red Sox Rise From Civic Embarrassment To World Champs

Originally published on Sat November 2, 2013 9:36 am

Transcript

SCOTT SIMON, HOST:

This is WEEKEND EDITION from NPR News. I'm Scott Simon. I wait all week to say time for sports.

(SOUNDBITE OF MUSIC)

SIMON: This week, the World Series was won, basketball began again and Serena Williams sure finished strong. Joining us now, Howard Bryant of ESPN.com and ESPN The Magazine, from the studios of New England Public Radio. Howard, thanks so much for being with us.

HOWARD BRYANT: Good morning, Scott.

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Middle East
4:46 am
Sat November 2, 2013

Brooklyn Hipster Finds The 'Big Sulk' In Iran

Originally published on Sat November 2, 2013 9:36 am

Transcript

SCOTT SIMON, HOST:

Hey honey, why don't we spend the year in Tehran? Well, that's kind of what Hooman Majd asked his wife, Karri, a yoga instructor who was born in the Midwest, not the Middle East. Mr. Majd was born into a politically prominent family in Iran. He came to the U.S. when he was eight months old. He became a music executive and a writer for GQ, The New Yorker and other publications.

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NPR Story
4:46 am
Sat November 2, 2013

A Controversial Week For The NSA

Originally published on Sat November 2, 2013 9:36 am

Transcript

SCOTT SIMON, HOST:

This week, the National Security Agency fought back against criticism of it's operations following leaks from former contractor Edward Snowden that have revealed some of the scale of the agency's surveillance of Americans and people overseas, including heads of state of U.S. allies. NPR's Larry Abramson has been covering the story and joins us. Larry, thanks so much for being with us.

LARRY ABRAMSON, BYLINE: Hi Scott.

SIMON: Bring us up to date. What happened this week that's pushed the scandal into the news again?

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Education
3:42 am
Sat November 2, 2013

How To Turn Adult Education Into Careers, Quickly

C.J. Forza, a student in the I-BEST program in Washington state, repairs a car for class at Shoreline Community College.
Kavitha Cardoza WAMU

Originally published on Wed November 6, 2013 1:34 pm

This is the third report in a four-part series on adult education.

Adults wanting to go back to school have the odds stacked against them. They juggle many responsibilities, there are long waitlists for classes and often there isn't a connection between what they learn in class and the skills they need to get a job.

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The Salt
3:35 am
Sat November 2, 2013

Mash Donalds? Iranians Copy American Fast-Food Brands

Is that Subway? Middle East analyst Holly Dagres is on a hunt for fast-food lookalikes in Tehran.
Holly Dagres

Originally published on Sat November 2, 2013 12:37 pm

Iran may not love America politically, but Iranians love American food — especially fast food.

With no formal diplomatic relations between the two countries, though, it's rather hard to find a McDonald's or a Pizza Hut. But if you wander through the streets of Tehran, you might find a Pizza Hat or a Mash Donald's.

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Fine Art
3:34 am
Sat November 2, 2013

Dead Bees, Nail Clippings And Priceless Art In Warhol's 'Time Capsules'

Andy Warhol kept much of the ephemera of his daily life in boxes called Time Capsules, now at the Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh. This correspondence addressed to Warhol at his studio, The Factory, comes from Time Capsule 10.
Lauren Ober NPR

Originally published on Sat November 2, 2013 9:36 am

Marie Elia likes to describe her job this way: She is the secretary to a dead man. As one of two catalogers for Andy Warhol's Time Capsules, it's her job to go through the 610 boxes he left after his death in 1987.

In one box she found a mysterious, small tin. "I opened it and it was full of fingernail clippings, dead bees and those little holes that come from a hole punch," she says. The fingernail clippings weren't Warhol's. They were sent to him by a fan. "I don't know why. Somebody mailed that to him. Somebody thought that he would like it."

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Shots - Health News
3:34 am
Sat November 2, 2013

So You Found An Exchange Plan. But Can You Find A Provider?

New York University's Langone Medical Center in New York City is considered in-network for relatively few of the health plans offered in the state marketplace.
Glen Argov Landov

Originally published on Sun November 3, 2013 4:51 am

Consumers shopping for coverage on the new health insurance exchanges have been focused on the lowest-cost options. But some shoppers are trying to determine which plans offer the widest array of doctors and hospitals — and are finding that can be trickier than it sounds.

John Batteiger applied for insurance coverage on the New York state exchange. But after he'd selected a plan, he had second thoughts: He'd forgotten to check if the plan he picked included a hospital near him.

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The Record
3:33 am
Sat November 2, 2013

Paramount Records: The Label Inadvertently Crucial To The Blues

King Oliver's Creole Jazz Band in Chicago in 1923: Louis Armstrong is kneeling, from left to right behind him are Honore Dutrey, Baby Dodds, King Oliver, Lil Hardin, Bill Johnson and Johnny Dodds.
Frank Driggs Collection Getty Images

Originally published on Mon November 4, 2013 2:31 pm

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It's All Politics
5:24 pm
Fri November 1, 2013

3 Lessons For Future Presidents From Obamacare's Ills

President Obama speaks about the Affordable Care Act on Wednesday in Boston.
Jewel Samad AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Fri November 1, 2013 6:04 pm

The Affordable Care Act's early travails are yielding some lessons for future presidents and lawmakers. Here are three:

1) Presidents can't be too careful about making high-profile promises.
President Obama dented his credibility significantly by repeatedly promising that the Affordable Care Act would allow Americans with insurance they liked to keep those policies.

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Poetry
5:17 pm
Fri November 1, 2013

Not My Job: Poet Billy Collins Takes A Quiz About Phil Collins

Suzannah Gilman

Originally published on Sat November 2, 2013 9:13 am

We've invited Billy Collins — who served as U.S. poet laureate from 2001 to 2003 — to play a game called, "I can feel it coming in the air tonight." Three questions about musician Phil Collins.

Copyright 2013 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.

Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
5:17 pm
Fri November 1, 2013

Prediction

Originally published on Sat November 2, 2013 9:13 am

Transcript

PETER SAGAL, HOST:

Now panel, who is the NSA not bothering to spy on? Faith Salie.

FAITH SALIE: No need to monitor something that's always visible, so they NSA won't be spying on Mylie Cyrus's tongue.

(LAUGHTER)

SAGAL: Paula Poundstone.

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
5:17 pm
Fri November 1, 2013

Lightning Fill In The Blank

Originally published on Sat November 2, 2013 9:13 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: Faith Salie has the lead, Peter. She has four points. Tom Bodett and Paula Poundstone are tied for second. They both have two points.

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
5:17 pm
Fri November 1, 2013

Limericks

Originally published on Sat November 2, 2013 9:13 am

Transcript

PETER SAGAL, HOST:

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Sports
4:49 pm
Fri November 1, 2013

Rather Than Bet On Your Favorite NFL Player, Invest

Sports marketing and management firm Fantex has reached a deal with San Francisco 49ers tight end Vernon Davis for an initial public stock offering. Fantex is paying Davis $4 million for the rights to 10 percent of his earnings, and the company is also creating a tracking stock linked specifically to the football player's economic performance. Davis is the second player to try this arrangement with Fantex. Sportswriter Fatsis joins Robert Siegel to explain how this is all supposed to work — and why he's dubious.

U.S.
4:20 pm
Fri November 1, 2013

Pentagon Pushes States On Benefits For Same-Sex Couples

The Pentagon extended military benefits to same-sex spouses this summer, but some states have been resisting. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel called that resistance "wrong" on Thursday.
Brendan Smialowski AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Fri November 1, 2013 4:49 pm

Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel has directed the National Guard Bureau to resolve a dispute that is making it difficult for same-sex couples to receive military benefits.

The Pentagon started to recognize same-sex marriages soon after the Supreme Court struck down the Defense of Marriage Act this summer. But some states are resisting.

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