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9:55 am
Fri March 29, 2013

Sand From Fracking Could Pose Lung Disease Risk To Workers

A worker stands on top of a storage bin on July 27, 2011, at a drilling operation in Claysville, Pa. The dust is from powder mixed with water for hydraulic fracturing.
Keith Srakocic AP

Originally published on Mon April 1, 2013 11:50 am

When workplace safety expert Eric Esswein got a chance to see fracking in action not too long ago, what he noticed was all the dust.

It was coming off big machines used to haul around huge loads of sand. The sand is a critical part of the hydraulic fracturing method of oil and gas extraction. After workers drill down into rock, they create fractures in that rock by pumping in a mixture of water, chemicals and sand. The sand keeps the cracks propped open so that oil and gas are released.

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The Two-Way
9:28 am
Fri March 29, 2013

Zombies Can Get Away With Murder

So sue me! (A "zombie" who came to protest the government in Ljubljana, Slovenia, in February.)
Jure Makovec AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Fri March 29, 2013 11:52 am

Being one of the living dead would be a big advantage if you're charged with murder.

And you could probably trash your neighbor's property and not be successfully sued.

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Movie Interviews
8:36 am
Fri March 29, 2013

Frank Langella: A Career 'Like A Chekhov Play'

Frank Langella, who earned an Oscar nomination for his portrayal of Richard Nixon in Frost/Nixon, stars in the film Robot & Frank, about an aging ex-burglar. He says he was drawn to the unsentimental role.
Joe Fornabaio

Originally published on Fri March 29, 2013 12:03 pm

This interview was originally broadcast on Aug. 16, 2012.

Frank Langella's career has not been an upward trajectory of success — and he likes it that way. He's had memorable roles on stage and screen, and times when he couldn't find work, or even an agent.

Now 75, Langella tells Fresh Air's Dave Davies, he's never been hungrier to act.

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Ask Me Another
8:07 am
Fri March 29, 2013

Crisp Game Arenas

Originally published on Fri August 9, 2013 8:02 am

Transcript

OPHIRA EISENBERG, HOST:

Let's bring up our next two victims. They are right here. We have Blake Olmstead and Mark Kujawski. Welcome to the ASK ME ANOTHER stage.

(APPLAUSE)

EISENBERG: Blake, I love that your big hobby is astronomy.

BLAKE OLMSTEAD: Yes.

EISENBERG: That is amazing to me. And it's because your grandfather built satellites.

OLMSTEAD: Yeah, he worked for TRW for a long time, and then sort of gave me the introduction into astronomy that I've carried through to, you know, the starless skies of New York.

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Ask Me Another
8:07 am
Fri March 29, 2013

Who's That Girl? II

Originally published on Fri August 9, 2013 8:02 am

Female muses have been glorified in art both old ("O lady myn, that called art Cleo," wrote Chaucer) and new ("Wake up to your girl, for now let's call her Cleopatra," sang Frank Ocean). Guest musician Julian Velard takes popular songs that have a women's name in the title, and substitutes a man's name in its place. Can you name the original lady? After, Velard pays tribute to a famous chanteuse with a cover of "Teenage Dream" by Katy Perry.

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Ask Me Another
8:07 am
Fri March 29, 2013

War [Ugh] What Is It Good For?

Originally published on Fri August 9, 2013 8:02 am

Transcript

OPHIRA EISENBERG, HOST:

On our stage right now, we have Adam Herbst and Andy Cohen, ready for our next game. Andy, I hear that you are an aspiring hypnotist.

ANDY COHEN: Stage hypnotist. Yes, I got training last month in Las Vegas.

EISENBERG: I feel sleepy right now.

(LAUGHTER)

EISENBERG: Adam, I love that your least favorite word is iconic.

ADAM HERBST: This is true.

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Ask Me Another
8:07 am
Fri March 29, 2013

Pop Goes The Answer

Originally published on Fri August 9, 2013 8:02 am

Transcript

OPHIRA EISENBERG, HOST:

Let's welcome our next two contestants, Eden Gauteron and Kiki Turner to the stage.

(APPLAUSE)

EISENBERG: Eden, you play in a band called Dino's House Party. Why did you name the band that?

EDEN GAUTERON: It's the name of a bar that all the bartenders were Russian women wearing bikinis.

EISENBERG: Oh, what a delightful place.

(LAUGHTER)

EISENBERG: Kiki, I hear you're a fan of celebrity gossip.

KIKI TURNER: I am a fan of celebrity gossip.

(LAUGHTER)

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Ask Me Another
8:07 am
Fri March 29, 2013

Character Voices

Originally published on Fri August 9, 2013 8:02 am

Transcript

OPHIRA EISENBERG, HOST:

All right, ready or not, we have our next two contestants. We have Liz Kash Stroppel and Barri Trott settling behind their puzzle podiums. Welcome to both of you. Liz, do you have a favorite cartoon character?

LIZ KASH STROPPEL: Let's see, I think Jessica Rabbit.

EISENBERG: Jessica Rabbit, that's a good one, yes.

STROPPEL: Yes.

EISENBERG: How about you, Barri?

BARRI TROTT: I think Wallace and Gromit, it I can do two.

EISENBERG: Sure, Wallace and Gromit. I know, delightful.

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Ask Me Another
8:07 am
Fri March 29, 2013

Article Adjective Noun

Originally published on Fri August 9, 2013 8:02 am

Transcript

OPHIRA EISENBERG, HOST:

And now to end this for once and all, and I mean for this week anyways. Let's bring back our winners from our previous game. We have Olivia Bumgardner from Who's That Girl.

(APPLAUSE)

EISENBERG: Andy Cohen from War, Oy, What's It Good For. Liz Kash Stroppel from Character Voices, Mark Kujawski from Crisp Game Arenas and Kiki Turner from Pop Goes the Answer.

(APPLAUSE)

EISENBERG: I'm going to turn to our puzzle guru John Chaneski to take us out.

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The Two-Way
8:03 am
Fri March 29, 2013

Christians Trace The Steps Of Jesus As They Mark Good Friday

A worshipper prays during Good Friday Mass in Islamabad, Pakistan.
Muhammed Muheisen AP

Originally published on Fri March 29, 2013 12:34 pm

It's Good Friday, one of the holiest days of the Christian year, when tradition holds that Jesus was crucified and died.

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NPR Story
7:55 am
Fri March 29, 2013

Making Mistakes

We're raised to always strive for the right answer. But can we learn more from the wrong answer?
Thinkstock

Originally published on Mon December 16, 2013 1:01 pm

  • Listen to the Episode

Mistakes happen — and when they do — how do we deal with being wrong? In this episode, TED speakers look at those darker moments in our lives, and consider why sometimes we need to make mistakes and face them head-on.

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

TED Radio Hour
7:55 am
Fri March 29, 2013

Is Conflict Good For Progress?

"Thinking partners who aren't echo chambers. I wonder how many of us have, or dare to have, such collaborators." - Margaret Heffernan
James Duncan Davidson TED

Originally published on Fri August 23, 2013 7:36 am

Part 4 of the TED Radio Hour episode Making Mistakes.

About Margaret Heffernan's TEDTalk

Most people instinctively avoid conflict, but Margaret Heffernan says good disagreement is central to progress. She argues the best partners aren't echo chambers, and how great teams, relationships and businesses allow people to deeply disagree.

About Margaret Heffernan

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TED Radio Hour
7:55 am
Fri March 29, 2013

Are There Mistakes In Jazz?

"It's about being here in the moment, accepting one another and allowing creativity to flow." - Stefon Harris
Alan Klein TED

Originally published on Fri August 23, 2013 7:36 am

Part 3 of the TED Radio Hour episode Making Mistakes.

About Stefon Harris' TEDTalk

What is a mistake? By going through examples with his improvisational jazz quartet, Stefon Harris gets to a profound truth: many actions are perceived as mistakes only because we don't react to them appropriately.

About Stefon Harris

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TED Radio Hour
7:55 am
Fri March 29, 2013

Can We Gain Strength From Shame?

Brene Brown at TED2012.
James Duncan Davidson TED

Originally published on Mon December 16, 2013 1:07 pm

Part 2 of the TED Radio Hour episode Making Mistakes.

About Brené Brown's TEDTalk

Shame is an unspoken epidemic, the secret behind many forms of broken behavior. Brené Brown studies vulnerability, courage, authenticity and shame. She discusses what can happen when people confront their shame head-on.

About Brené Brown

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The Two-Way
7:30 am
Fri March 29, 2013

NPR To Discontinue 'Talk Of The Nation'

Robin Young.
WBUR

Originally published on Fri March 29, 2013 12:26 pm

  • On 'Morning Edition': David Folkenflik and Renee Montagne discuss the cancellation of 'Talk of the Nation'

NPR announced Friday morning that it will no longer produce the Monday-to-Thursday call-in show Talk of the Nation.

It will be replaced by Here and Now, a show produced in partnership with member station WBUR in Boston. Reported stories will be part of the show's format.

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The Two-Way
7:14 am
Fri March 29, 2013

Russia Calls On U.S., North Korea To Step Back From The Brink

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un with top brass in a photo released by the state-run KCNA. The chart in the background reportedly reads "U.S. mainland strike plan".
KCNA Xinhua/Landov

Originally published on Fri March 29, 2013 12:08 pm

Russia is urging the U.S. and North Korea to end an escalating cycle of dangerous provocations after Pyongyang put its missile forces on high alert and American stealth bombers flew practice bomb runs over the Korean Peninsula.

Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, speaking Friday in Moscow, said the tit-for-tat moves were becoming a "vicious cycle" that could "simply get out of control," Reuters reports.

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The Two-Way
6:53 am
Fri March 29, 2013

Consumer Spending Rose 0.7 Percent In February; Higher Gas Prices A Factor

Retailers are doing all they can to attract consumers, who drive the economy. (File photo from 2012 of a store window in Santa Monica, Calif.)
Kevork Djansezian Getty Images

Originally published on Fri March 29, 2013 8:30 am

There was a slightly larger-than-expected increase of 0.7 percent in consumer spending from January to February, the Bureau of Economic Analysis says.

Higher gasoline prices, though, were much of the reason for the rise. According to the bureau, if spending is adjusted for inflation the increase was a more modest 0.3 percent — the same as in January. And higher energy costs were behind most of the inflationary pressures last month.

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'It's All Politics': NPR's Weekly News Roundup
6:47 am
Fri March 29, 2013

It's All Politics, Mar. 28, 2013

Michael Reynolds EPA/Landov
  • Listen to the Roundup

As Democrats belatedly line up behind marriage equality and Republicans see it as a losing cause for them, all that's left is what the Supreme Court decides. And as Mayor Bloomberg unleashes a $12 million campaign to sway senators on guns, public opinion polls show the issue has less urgency than it had right after Sandy Hook. Plus: South Dakota's Tim Johnson retires and Ashley Judd won't run in Kentucky.

The Two-Way
6:23 am
Fri March 29, 2013

Satellite Image Shows 'Incredible' Storm Stretching Across North Atlantic

That's the coast of the U.S. on the left, the tip of Greenland at the top center and the coast of Europe on the top right. Meanwhile, the storm's tail extends down into the Caribbean.
NOAA Satellite and Information Service

Originally published on Fri March 29, 2013 8:27 am

The same weather system that left a few inches of snow on parts of the eastern U.S. earlier this week is now over the North Atlantic, and Jason Samenow of The Washington Post's Capital Weather Gang says he's not sure he's ever "seen a storm this big before."

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The Two-Way
5:53 am
Fri March 29, 2013

Book News: New Book To Feature Unseen Works Of Art By Jean-Michel Basquiat

A Sotheby's employee walks past a work by Jean-Michel Basquiat titled "Untitled (Pecho/Oreja)" at the auction house.
Alastair Grant ASSOCIATED PRESS

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

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Europe
5:51 am
Fri March 29, 2013

Belgian Post Office Sells Chocolate-Flavored Stamps

Originally published on Fri March 29, 2013 9:14 am

Transcript

RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

Good morning. I'm Renee Montagne. The Belgian post office released chocolate-flavored stamps just in time for Easter. The glue in the stamps is infused with cacao oil. A celebratory touch that makes sense, given Belgium is famous for its chocolate. One stamp collector sniffed the chocolate flavor was disappointing, but come on, wouldn't anything taste better than regular stamps? We on this morning show are now hoping for Belgian waffle-flavored envelopes. It's MORNING EDITION. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.

The Two-Way
5:28 am
Fri March 29, 2013

Actor Richard Griffiths, Uncle Vernon In 'Harry Potter' Movies, Dies

Actor Richard Griffiths in 2011.
Ian Gavan Getty Images

Originally published on Fri March 29, 2013 6:58 am

Richard Griffiths, who millions of Harry Potter movie fans loved and likely despised as the cruel Uncle Vernon Dursley, has died.

The BBC, The Guardian and other news outlets in the U.K. report that he passed away Thursday at the age of 65. There were "complications following heart surgery," the BBC says. The Guardian adds:

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Around the Nation
5:26 am
Fri March 29, 2013

Disc Jockey Gets Tattoo After Florida Gulf Coast Win

Originally published on Fri March 29, 2013 9:14 am

Transcript

DAVID GREENE, HOST:

Good morning, I'm David Greene.

March Madness is a fixture in the United States and now on one radio host's upper arm. Florida DJ Big Mama wanted the Florida Gulf Coast Eagles to win so badly, he promised on air to get a tattoo if they beat Georgetown. Big Mama is a man of his word. He posted photos of his Eagles tattoo online.

I'll tell you what: If Florida Gulf Coast wins again tonight, I'll sing their fight song on air Monday. Steve Inskeep will be back - maybe a duet?

Book Reviews
5:03 am
Fri March 29, 2013

Family, Intolerance And Dealing With Disaster In 'Burgess Boys'

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How often does the family car really kill one of its regular passengers? It's a recurring trope in literary fiction — the parent's moment of inattention that changes a household's fate forever — but in Elizabeth's Strout's novel The Burgess Boys, her follow-up to the Pulitzer Prize–winning Olive Kitteridge, that accident is flipped on its head. Here, it's the father who's been killed, at the hand of a child lured by the tempting gearshift, and the lives of the children that are changed forever.

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The Two-Way
4:55 am
Fri March 29, 2013

'Cuse Control And 2 Other Things To Say About Basketball Today

Brandon Triche (No. 20) of the Syracuse Orange goes to the hoop against Cody Zeller of the Indiana Hoosiers during their teams' game Thursday night in Washington, D.C. Syracuse won, 61-50.
Rob Carr Getty Images

Originally published on Fri March 29, 2013 6:54 am

Friday morning's cheat sheet about the NCAA's Division I men's basketball tournament (or March Madness, as it's better known):

-- Hoosiers Zoned Out: It's probably never right to say that a Syracuse win is a huge surprise, given the many years of success enjoyed by coach Jim Boeheim's Orange. But the 'Cuse are a No. 4 seed in the tournament's East region. So Thursday night's 61-50 win over No. 1 seed Indiana is worth noting.

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Business
2:43 am
Fri March 29, 2013

BRICS Nations Reveal World Bank Alternative

Originally published on Fri March 29, 2013 9:14 am

Transcript

DAVID GREENE, HOST:

The leaders of five giant economies gathered in South Africa this week for a summit. The group is known as the BRIC nations - that would be Brazil, Russia, India and China. Now South Africa is sometimes in the group, which puts the S in BRICS. The meeting and the grouping are largely an effort to counterbalance what many in the developing world see as the dominance of America and Europe in the global economy.

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National Security
2:43 am
Fri March 29, 2013

North Korea Hasn't Matched Angry Words With Meaningful Action

Originally published on Fri March 29, 2013 9:14 am

Transcript

RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

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

DAVID GREENE, HOST:

And I'm David Greene. North Korea's apparently hot-headed young leader, Kim Jong Un, has put his rocket forces on standby to target nearby U.S. bases. That was his response this morning to a display of U.S. military power over the Korean Peninsula yesterday.

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Politics
2:43 am
Fri March 29, 2013

Easton, Pa., Balances Sportsmanship With Gun Control

Originally published on Fri March 29, 2013 9:14 am

Transcript

DAVID GREENE, HOST:

There were dozens of rallies across the nation yesterday, to support a cause that might be losing steam. It's the fight for new gun control laws. President Obama joined family members of recent gun victims at the White House to urge Congress to take action.

PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA: Right now, members of Congress are back home in their districts and many of them are holding events where they can hear from their constituents, so I want everybody who's listening to make yourself heard right now.

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Business
2:43 am
Fri March 29, 2013

Business News

Originally published on Fri March 29, 2013 9:14 am

Transcript

RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

NPR's business news starts with a good read.

The social website Goodreads, where readers share reviews and book picks, got picked up yesterday by online retail giant Amazon. The price hasn't been disclosed. The co-founder of Goodreads says after the sale closes next quarter, the site will be integrated with Amazon's Kindle eReader. Goodreads has about 16 million members. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.

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