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1:53 am
Tue April 16, 2013

Is The United States A 'Dispensable Nation'?

Michael Krinke iStockphoto.com

Originally published on Tue April 16, 2013 12:04 pm

In The Dispensable Nation: American Foreign Policy In Retreat, former State Department adviser Vali Nasr describes veteran diplomat Richard Holbrooke being all but frozen out by President Obama's inner circle, for whom Nasr believes diplomacy was a "lost art."

Instead of engaging civilians to find political solutions in Afghanistan and beyond, they would look first to the military and intelligence agencies for solutions that were politically popular — that includes getting U.S. troops out of Afghanistan.

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Law
1:52 am
Tue April 16, 2013

Adoption Case Brings Rare Family Law Dispute To High Court

This October 2011 photo provided by Melanie Capobianco shows her adoptive daughter, Veronica, trick-or-treating in Charleston, S.C. The child has been the focus of a custody battle between her adoptive parents and her birth father.
Courtesy of Melanie Capobianco AP

Originally published on Tue April 16, 2013 12:04 pm

Take the usual agony of an adoption dispute. Add in the disgraceful U.S. history of ripping Indian children from their Native American families. Mix in a dose of initial fatherly abandonment. And there you have it — a poisonous and painful legal cocktail that goes before the U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday.

At issue is the reach of the Indian Child Welfare Act, known as ICWA. The law was enacted in 1978 to protect Native American tribes from having their children almost literally stolen away and given to non-Indian adoptive or foster parents.

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Books
1:51 am
Tue April 16, 2013

Diverse List Of Future British Literary Stars In Latest 'Granta'

Originally published on Wed April 17, 2013 8:31 am

Literary magazine Granta has just released its latest Best of Young British Novelists issue. It's a hefty volume that comes out only once a decade, so making the cut is a major feat, putting its chosen in the company of modern literary legends like Salman Rushdie and David Mitchell.

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Europe
1:50 am
Tue April 16, 2013

Letters Of Heartbreak Find Some Love In Verona, Italy

The Juliet Club (Club di Giulietta) mailbox in Verona, Italy. Volunteers answer by hand every single letter that the club receives.
Courtesy of the Juliet Club

Originally published on Tue April 16, 2013 6:55 pm

Each year, the town of Verona, Italy — home of Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet — receives thousands of letters of heartache and unrequited love addressed to the play's star-crossed heroine.

The tradition of sending letters to Juliet very likely goes back centuries. People started by leaving notes on a local landmark said to be Juliet's tomb. Later, many started sending mail directly to the city. By the 1990s, Verona was receiving so many letters, it created an office to deal with it. And each letter — the Juliet Club office gets more than 6,000 a year — is answered by hand.

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Explosions At Boston Marathon
7:33 pm
Mon April 15, 2013

15-Block Area Secured As Crime Scene After Boston Attack

Originally published on Mon April 15, 2013 8:02 pm

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MELISSA BLOCK, HOST:

And NPR's Tovia Smith joins us now from Boston. And, Tovia, let's recap the chronology just a little bit. Two explosions about 10 seconds apart, very close by at the finish line, correct?

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Explosions At Boston Marathon
7:33 pm
Mon April 15, 2013

At Least Three People Killed In Boston Attack

Originally published on Mon April 15, 2013 8:02 pm

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MELISSA BLOCK, HOST:

This is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED from NPR News. I'm Melissa Block.

ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST:

And I'm Robert Siegel.

More than 100 people injured, and police now say at least three people killed by the explosions today at the Boston Marathon. Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick says the FBI is now leading multiply agencies in an investigation, and security has been tightened across Boston.

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Explosions At Boston Marathon
7:33 pm
Mon April 15, 2013

Investigators Cautious About Providing Details In Boston Attack

Originally published on Mon April 15, 2013 8:02 pm

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ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST:

Investigators are gathering evidence related to the blasts. Law-enforcement officials have been cautious about providing any details. NPR's counterterrorism correspondent Dina Temple-Raston is here with the latest. And Dina, do investigators have any leads?

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NPR Story
6:58 pm
Mon April 15, 2013

Obama: 'Make No Mistake, We Will Get To The Bottom Of This'

President Obama addressed the nation after explosions at the Boston Marathon left multiple people injured on Monday.

NPR Story
6:58 pm
Mon April 15, 2013

No Suspects In Custody In Boston Terror Attack

Originally published on Mon April 15, 2013 8:02 pm

Robert Siegel and Melissa Block have the latest on the explosions at the Boston Marathon near the race's fourth hour.

NPR Story
6:58 pm
Mon April 15, 2013

Boston ER Doctor Reports Battlefield-Style Injuries

Originally published on Mon April 15, 2013 8:02 pm

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MELISSA BLOCK, HOST:

And now, a firsthand account of the emergency response to the attacks. We're going to hear from a Boston doctor who spoke with our co-host Audie Cornish.

AUDIE CORNISH, HOST:

Joining us now is Dr. Michael Gibson. He's a professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School. He's been seeing the victims of today's explosions in Boston in the emergency room at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. Dr. Gibson, to begin, what kind of injuries are you seeing? What's coming into the emergency room there?

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The Two-Way
5:17 pm
Mon April 15, 2013

Online Tools Help People Connect After Boston Marathon Bombing

Originally published on Tue April 16, 2013 3:21 am

Even as the shock and horror of the deadly explosions at the Boston Marathon had yet to subside Monday, people were turning to online tools to check on the safety of their friends and family who were at the event. The latest estimates of the casualties include more than 3 dozen people injured, with two dead.

As has been the case in previous calamities, Google and the Red Cross helped to connect people with runners, spectators, and volunteers who were at the race.

Here are several tools that came into use today:

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The Two-Way
4:30 pm
Mon April 15, 2013

Obama: 'All Americans Stand With The People Of Boston'

President Obama speaks on the Boston Marathon explosions on Monday at the White House in Washington, D.C.
Mandel Ngan AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Tue April 16, 2013 3:21 am

During a short statement to the country, President Obama promised to find out who perpetrated a bombing attack at the Boston Marathon this afternoon.

"We still do not know who did this or why," Obama said. "And people shouldn't jump to conclusions before we have all the facts. But make no mistake — we will get to the bottom of this. And we will find out who did this; we'll find out why they did this. Any responsible individuals, any responsible groups will feel the full weight of justice."

Obama also offered Boston the full support of the American government.

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The Two-Way
4:28 pm
Mon April 15, 2013

Boston Blasts Lead To Heightened Security Elsewhere

U.S. Secret Service and U.S. Park Police officers stand guard on Pennsylvania Avenue in front of the White House Monday. Security there was tightened after at least two explosions went off near the finish line of the Boston Marathon.
Alex Wong Getty Images

Originally published on Tue April 16, 2013 3:23 am

Monday's explosions in Boston have led to heightened security elsewhere, with New York, Washington and Los Angeles among the cities taking action within hours of the blasts.

"We're stepping up security at hotels and other prominent locations in the city through deployment of the NYPD's critical response vehicles until more about the explosion is learned," Paul J. Browne, the deputy commissioner of the New York Police Department, .

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NPR's Backseat Book Club
4:25 pm
Mon April 15, 2013

Following The Yellow Brick Road Back To The Origins Of 'Oz'

W.W. Norton

Originally published on Thu May 23, 2013 3:24 pm

It's safe to say that most Americans are familiar with the classic film featuring a stumbling Scarecrow, a rusted Tin Man, the Cowardly Lion and Dorothy, played by actress Judy Garland, clad in gingham and braids.

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Remembrances
4:17 pm
Mon April 15, 2013

Remembering Bob Perry, Who Funded Political Attack Ads

Originally published on Mon April 15, 2013 8:02 pm

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MELISSA BLOCK, HOST:

The Texas multimillionaire Bob Perry died this past Saturday. Perry made his money building suburban homes. He then spent much of it in ways that changed American politics.

NPR's Peter Overby tells us more.

PETER OVERBY, BYLINE: Bob Perry died at age 80. He never said much in public about his politics. The money spoke for him. In 2004, he plowed four and a half million dollars into the group that produced this ad.

(SOUNDBITE OF AN AD)

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The Two-Way
4:13 pm
Mon April 15, 2013

Granta's 'Best Of Young British Novelists' Shows A 'Disunited Kingdom'

Originally published on Mon April 15, 2013 5:36 pm

Once every decade, the literary magazine Granta publishes an issue called "Best of Young British Novelists," with short excerpts from the novels of 20 emerging authors. In the past, the list of names has proved unusually prescient, with authors such as Salman Rushdie, Martin Amis and Zadie Smith featured before they were widely read.

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Politics
4:06 pm
Mon April 15, 2013

The Next Debt Ceiling Deadline

Originally published on Mon April 15, 2013 8:02 pm

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MELISSA BLOCK, HOST:

And now, to Capitol Hill where lawmakers are debating several big ideas these days. There's the gun control bill in the Senate and a possible compromise on immigration reform. But that's not all. In just a few months, another fiscal fight could steal the spotlight.

NPR's Tamara Keith has this look forward to a potential battle over the debt ceiling again.

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Media
4:06 pm
Mon April 15, 2013

Coveted Pulitzer Prizes Announced

Originally published on Mon April 15, 2013 8:02 pm

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ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST:

The 2013 Pulitzer Prizes were awarded today in journalism, fiction, poetry, drama and music. Among the winners: many of the most prominent news organizations and some less prominent. NPR media correspondent David Folkenflik joins us now from our bureau in New York. And, David, tell us about some of today's winners.

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Business
4:06 pm
Mon April 15, 2013

Dish Satellite Network Tries To Upend Sprint Deal

Originally published on Mon April 15, 2013 8:02 pm

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ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST:

The satellite TV provider Dish Network made an aggressive bid today to move into wireless telecom. The company offered $25.5 billion to buy Sprint Nextel, the nation's third largest wireless carrier.

As NPR's Yuki Noguchi reports, the problem for Dish is that Sprint has already agreed to sell most of itself to a Japanese telecom company called SoftBank.

YUKI NOGUCHI, BYLINE: Charles Ergen sold satellites from his car in 1980. Now, Dish Network is the third largest video provider in the U.S.

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U.S.
4:06 pm
Mon April 15, 2013

An Update On The Boston Marathon Explosions

Originally published on Mon April 15, 2013 8:02 pm

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ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST:

From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Robert Siegel.

MELISSA BLOCK, HOST:

And I'm Melissa Block. We begin this hour with the horrific story unfolding today out of Boston. Just over four hours into the Boston Marathon, two explosions ripped into a crowd of onlookers and runners not far from the finish line. Boston Police have confirmed at least two people dead, and 23 injured. Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick spoke just moments ago, along with the city's police commissioner, Ed Davis.

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Law
4:06 pm
Mon April 15, 2013

Supreme Court Weighs Patenting Of Human Genes

Medical geneticist Dr. Harry Ostrer (center) talks to the press outside the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday. The court heard oral arguments on the highly charged question of whether human genes can be patented.
Mladen Antonov AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Tue April 16, 2013 6:44 am

In a case considered pivotal to the future of science and medicine, the justices of the U.S. Supreme Court seemed skeptical Monday about a claim that human genes can be patented.

Contending that genes can be patented are the biotech and pharmaceutical industries, which see patents as the keys to new scientific exploration. On the other side are doctors, patients and many scientists, who see gene patents as an attempt to monopolize and block future exploration in the new universe of genetics.

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U.S.
4:06 pm
Mon April 15, 2013

A Runner Describes The Scene

Originally published on Mon April 15, 2013 8:02 pm

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ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST:

Peter Sagal, the host of the NPR News quiz program, WAIT WAIT...DON'T TELL ME, ran in the Boston Marathon today and he joins us now. Peter, how close were you to the explosions?

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U.S.
4:06 pm
Mon April 15, 2013

Latest On Boston Marathon Explosions

Originally published on Mon April 15, 2013 8:02 pm

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MELISSA BLOCK, HOST:

Anne Mostue is a reporter from member station WGBH, in Boston. She was there, covering the race, at the time of the explosions, and she joins us now. And Anne, where were you, exactly, when these bombs went off?

ANNE MOSTUE, BYLINE: I'm - I was a block away, just on Newbury Street, which is parallel to Boylston - where those bombs went off.

BLOCK: And what did you hear? What did you see?

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The Two-Way
3:51 pm
Mon April 15, 2013

Witnesses To Marathon Explosions Describe Panic And Horror

An injured man is loaded into an ambulance after two explosions during the 117th Boston Marathon near Copley Square on Monday.
Jim Rogash Getty Images

Originally published on Tue April 16, 2013 7:33 am

People near the finish line of the Boston Marathon described horrific scenes of the chaos that followed two loud explosions in quick succession this afternoon, sending spectators rushing away from the scene in panic as others lay bloodied and wounded on the ground.

One witness, Aaron Michael told member station WGBH that he heard first one explosion and then another.

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Deceptive Cadence
3:48 pm
Mon April 15, 2013

Caroline Shaw, 30, Wins Pulitzer For Music

Caroline Shaw, winner of this year's music Pulitzer, performing with the ACME ensemble in New York in September 2012.
AJ Wilhelm for NPR

Originally published on Mon April 15, 2013 4:16 pm

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It's All Politics
3:44 pm
Mon April 15, 2013

Background Checks Bill Gains Backers On And Off Capitol Hill

Newly made AR-15 rifles at Stag Arms in New Britain, Conn., last Wednesday.
Charles Krupa AP

Originally published on Mon April 15, 2013 4:38 pm

The Senate was due on Tuesday to take up legislation embodying the bipartisan compromise reached by two senators, West Virginia Democrat Joe Manchin and Pennsylvania Republican Pat Toomey.

The effort to extend background checks to weapons purchases at gun shows and online received a boost over the weekend when an important gun rights group, the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms, announced its support for the measure.

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It's All Politics
3:41 pm
Mon April 15, 2013

Bob Perry Was Money-In-Politics Pioneer, Swift Boat Backer

Houston homebuilder Bob Perry, a major player in funding state and national politics, has died at age 80. He's shown here in 2002 at the sales center of one of his developments.
Melissa Phillip AP

Originally published on Mon April 15, 2013 4:16 pm

Texas homebuilder Bob Perry was a behind-the-scenes political player who helped bankroll the Mitt Romney campaign last year, and who even before the era of superPACs spent tens of millions of dollars to influence the nation's politics.

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Deceptive Cadence
2:57 pm
Mon April 15, 2013

Remembering Colin Davis, A Conductor Beloved Late In Life

The late Colin Davis conducting the last night of Proms at London's Royal Albert Hall in September 1968.
George Freston Getty Images

Originally published on Tue April 16, 2013 12:59 am

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All Tech Considered
2:50 pm
Mon April 15, 2013

Speak Up! Advertisers Want You To Talk With New Apps

Drinks columnist David Wondrich is seen on Esquire's new Talk to Esquire app, which allows users to interact with several of the magazine's columnists through voice recognition.
Screengrab via YouTube

Originally published on Mon April 15, 2013 8:02 pm

Imagine for a second what it would be like if you could talk to your radio, and your radio would actually listen. To get an idea of what this might be like, I downloaded an app called Talk to Esquire, from the magazine of the same name.

When I opened it, the app asked me a question: What's your favorite type of liquor? That's a little forward, but it's Esquire so I played along and told the app that I'm more of a beer drinker.

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Around the Nation
2:46 pm
Mon April 15, 2013

Exoneree Detectives Fight For Those Still Behind Bars

Dallas exonerees Christopher Scott (center) and Richard Miles, accompanied by Scott's girlfriend, Kelly Gindratt, prepare to be honored in the state Capitol in Austin, Texas, in March.
Courtesy of Jamie Meltzer Freedom Fighters Documentary

Originally published on Tue April 16, 2013 7:35 am

Christopher Scott, Johnnie Lindsey and Billy Smith drive down a desolate highway toward a prison in East Texas. They've all been there before, serving hard time — 63 years among the three of them.

But this time it's different. They're driving a Hummer. They're dressed to the nines. And they're on a mission. They aim to get an inmate out — a friend of Scott's named Jimmy O'Steen, aka Big O. But this will be a slow-motion prison break. Scott, Lindsey and Smith are all exonerated prisoners.

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