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3:07 am
Sat June 29, 2013

Obama Will Not Meet With Critically Ill Mandela

President Barack Obama plans to visit privately Saturday with relatives of former South African President Nelson Mandela, but doesn't intend to see the critically ill anti-apartheid activist he has called a "personal hero."

The White House did not disclose any details for Obama's plans to meet the family in a brief statement issued upon Obama's first morning in South Africa during a weeklong tour of the continent. The statement simply said that Obama and his wife would offer their thoughts and prayers at the family's difficult time.

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Deceptive Cadence
12:36 am
Sat June 29, 2013

Why Tchaikovsky's Bells And Cannons Sound Every July 4

The Boston Pops rehearses for its Fourth of July Fireworks Spectacular on July 3, 2012, at the Charles River Esplanade.
Paul Marotta Getty Images

Originally published on Sat June 29, 2013 1:44 pm

The Fourth of July is just around the corner, and on the big day, Tchaikovsky's 1812 Overture will be heard from coast to coast, complete with fireworks and cannons. But how did a Russian composition, depicting the rout of Napoleon's Army, end up as the unofficial soundtrack for our most quintessentially American holiday?

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Same-Sex Marriage And The Supreme Court
10:08 pm
Fri June 28, 2013

Judge Who Struck Down Proposition 8 Knew Case Would Go Far

Judge Vaughn Walker struck down California's proposition banning gay marriage in 2010. The Supreme Court kept that ruling intact on Wednesday.
Elaine Thompson AP

Originally published on Sat June 29, 2013 7:25 pm

When the Supreme Court issued its decision clearing the way for same-sex marriages to resume in California, former District Judge Vaughn Walker had worked up a sweat.

"I was at the gym on the treadmill, and the television was on. So I was working up a sweat for reasons other than Proposition 8," says Walker, who now has a private practice.

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
8:11 pm
Fri June 28, 2013

Not My Job: Olympian Jackie Joyner-Kersee Gets Cursy

Jackie Joyner-Kersee, performing one of her famous long jumps in 1985.
Tony Duffy Getty Images

If you were a track and field fan in the 1980s and '90s, three names rose above all the others — and they all belonged to one woman. Jackie Joyner-Kersee rose from East St. Louis to medal in four Olympic Games and to be named the greatest female athlete of the 20th century by Sports Illustrated.

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
8:11 pm
Fri June 28, 2013

Prediction

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PETER SAGAL, HOST:

Now, panel, what will President Obama do to make people care about climate change? Brian Babylon.

BRIAN BABYLON: He's going to offer big tax credits on people who buy the foot-powered Fred Flintstone car.

(LAUGHTER)

SAGAL: Yabadabadoo. Kyrie O'Connor.

KYRIE O'CONNOR: He's going to fry an egg on Mitch McConnell's head.

(LAUGHTER)

SAGAL: And Mo Rocca.

MO ROCCA: Every American will receive an all-expense paid trip to Washington, D.C. in August. Attendance is mandatory.

(LAUGHTER)

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
8:11 pm
Fri June 28, 2013

Lightning Fill In The Blank

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PETER SAGAL, HOST:

Now it's time for 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. Bill, can you give us the scores?

BILL KURTIS: Brian as one, Kyrie has two, Mo has five.

MO ROCCA: Oh, my gosh, how did this happen?

BRIAN BABYLON: What?

KYRIE O'CONNOR: What?

(APPLAUSE)

BABYLON: What?

O'CONNOR: What?

ROCCA: Oh, my gosh. I want to thank my manager.

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
8:11 pm
Fri June 28, 2013

Limericks

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Same-Sex Marriage And The Supreme Court
7:22 pm
Fri June 28, 2013

Same-Sex Marriages Resume In California

The U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals lifted its injunction on gay marriages in California on Friday. They'd been on hold while the challenges to Proposition 8 worked their way through the appeals process.

The Two-Way
4:36 pm
Fri June 28, 2013

Retired General Defends Himself Amid Leak Reports

Attorneys for former Joint Chiefs Vice Chairman Marine Gen. James Cartwright say it is "preposterous" to say he betrayed the United States. Here, Cartwright is seen during an announcement by President Obama, along with, from left, Defense Secretary Robert Gates, Vice President Joe Biden, and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
Susan Walsh AP

Retired Marine Gen. James "Hoss" Cartwright, the former vice chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff who has reportedly been named as a target of a federal leak investigation, has issued a statement defending himself, saying that he did not betray the United States.

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NPR Cities: Urban Life In The 21st Century
4:24 pm
Fri June 28, 2013

Police Take Different Approaches To 'The Tyranny Of 911'

Miami Public Service Aide Tatayana Harris enters information into her laptop after clearing an accident in Miami's Little Havana community. Harris has been a Miami Police PSA for five years and hopes to become a police officer.
Marsha Halper for NPR

Originally published on Fri June 28, 2013 7:22 pm

When the 911 phone system was established, it gave citizens a fast, easy way to reach police in an emergency.

But it also created a logistical challenge for law enforcement: Police departments get so many calls, 911 can be as much a burden as a boon. Many calls are non-emergencies, and responding can take police away from situations where they're really needed.

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It's All Politics
4:21 pm
Fri June 28, 2013

Gun Group Aims To Stop Immigration Bill

Some gun-rights advocates see a threat to the Second Amendment in Congress' immigration overhaul plans.
Brennan Linsley AP

Originally published on Fri June 28, 2013 4:49 pm

What does an overhaul of the nation's immigration laws have to do with the Second Amendment right to own guns?

If you're the Gun Owners of America, everything.

The GOA, a smaller cousin of the National Rifle Association that often takes an even more aggressive approach, is branding the just-passed Senate immigration bill, with its path to citizenship for people in the country illegally, as an "anti-gun amnesty."

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The Two-Way
4:13 pm
Fri June 28, 2013

Deadly Violence Hits Egypt In Clashes Over Morsi's Leadership

Opponents of Egypt's President Mohammed Morsi burn the contents of an office of the Freedom and Justice Party, an arm of the Muslim Brotherhood, in Alexandria Friday. Two people were reportedly killed in clashes in the city.
STR AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Fri June 28, 2013 6:02 pm

Two people have died in Alexandria, Egypt, where protests against President Mohammed Morsi and the Muslim Brotherhood have been building all week. Egyptian security officials say one of the dead is an American citizen. Dozens of people were wounded in the violence.

Update at 8 p.m. ET: Death Of U.S. Citizen Confirmed

"We can confirm that a U.S. citizen was killed in Alexandria, Egypt," State Department Press Office Director Patrick Ventrell said in a news release Friday evening.

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The Two-Way
3:36 pm
Fri June 28, 2013

Highs Of 117 Expected In Las Vegas, In Dangerous Heat Wave

Excessive heat warnings will continue for much of the Desert Southwest through Monday. Here, Maria Wieser of Italy drinks water while sightseeing in Death Valley National Park on Friday.
Chris Carlson AP

A heat wave is broiling America's Southwest, where temperatures are expected to soar past 110 degrees in coming days. Before noon on Friday, temperatures in many parts of southeastern California, Nevada and Arizona had already topped 100 degrees.

An "excessive heat warning" was issued Friday by the National Weather Service, which blames the dangerously high temperatures on "a massive area of high pressure across the Western United States through Monday."

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Arts & Life
3:36 pm
Fri June 28, 2013

It's Showtime For Untested 'Ray Donovan' And Proven 'Dexter'

Michael C. Hall has played the serial killer Dexter Morgan for eight seasons on Showtime.
Showtime

Originally published on Mon July 1, 2013 8:55 am

For at least as long as there have been Fall Preview issues of TV Guide, there's been a sense of optimistic excitement about the start of new television series. But more recently, producers of long-running TV shows have injected excitement into the ends of their programs' life spans as well. By announcing, in advance, that a show is going into its final season, no matter what, it ups the emotional ante on what to expect — and, with a finite end in sight, what might happen.

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Business
3:06 pm
Fri June 28, 2013

Puerto Rico Rolling Out The Welcome Mat For Millionaires

Children play on a beach in San Juan, Puerto Rico. The Puerto Rican government hopes that convincing wealthy investors to relocate here will boost the island's economy.
Brennan Linsley AP

Originally published on Fri June 28, 2013 7:22 pm

A few weeks ago, Alberto Baco Bague arrived in New York for a roadshow of sorts. In just 48 hours, Baco, Puerto Rico's secretary of economic development and commerce, met with more than 30 hedge fund managers, investors and others who could be classified as very well-off.

His mission might seem quixotic at best: trying to convince these well-heeled New Yorkers to uproot themselves from Manhattan and relocate to Puerto Rico. But he says they are starting to come.

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The Summer of '63
2:56 pm
Fri June 28, 2013

Bittersweet At No. 1: How A Japanese Song Topped The Charts In 1963

Underlying the sweetness of Kyu Sakamoto's unexpected hit song "Sukiyaki" was a story of sadness and loss.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Fri June 28, 2013 7:22 pm

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Africa
2:17 pm
Fri June 28, 2013

Mandela's Graceful Departure A Hallmark Of His Presidency

Originally published on Fri June 28, 2013 7:22 pm

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ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST:

These days, as Nelson Mandela lies in the hospital, there are many remembrances of his great resolve and his insistence as president on reconciliation, not recrimination. There's one feature, though, of Mandela's leadership that may be overlooked because it's about what he did not do: He did not hold on to power as greedily as his popularity might have permitted. In 1999, he stepped down from the presidency.

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Africa
2:17 pm
Fri June 28, 2013

Mandela Remains Hospitalized As Obama Lands In South Africa

Originally published on Fri June 28, 2013 7:22 pm

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ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST:

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

AUDIE CORNISH, HOST:

And I'm Audie Cornish.

President Obama landed in South Africa today, the second stop on a three-country tour. He arrives as Nelson Mandela, now 94 years old, remains in a hospital in Pretoria. Our East Africa correspondent, Gregory Warner, traveled to Pretoria to gauge what kind of welcome the U.S. president might expect.

UNIDENTIFIED GROUP: (Speaking foreign language)

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Latin America
2:17 pm
Fri June 28, 2013

Brazil Tramples Poor Citizens In Its Rush To Glory

Originally published on Fri June 28, 2013 8:42 pm

Brazil wanted this to be their moment in the sun — hosting the World Cup and the Olympics was meant to show the country at its best. Instead, the spotlight is being shone on glaring inequality and a culture that invests in glossy stadiums while displacing its poor.

Around the Nation
2:17 pm
Fri June 28, 2013

Coming To An Airport Near You: Fluffy Stress Relief

Therapy dogs Barney (rear) and Hazel are on the job comforting weary travelers at LAX.
Gloria Hillard NPR

Originally published on Fri June 28, 2013 7:22 pm

Summer travel is in full swing, and that means crowded airports, flight delays and long security lines. To help calm weary travelers, some airports are turning to man's best friend.

San Jose's and Miami's international airports have therapy dog programs, and Los Angeles International Airport — ranked the second-most-stressful airport in the country last year — launched its own crew of comfort dogs this year.

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Sports
2:17 pm
Fri June 28, 2013

Cleveland Cavaliers Shock NBA With First Draft Pick

Originally published on Fri June 28, 2013 7:22 pm

Transcript

AUDIE CORNISH, HOST:

From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Audie Cornish.

ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST:

And I'm Robert Siegel. The NBA season may have ended, but there is still a lot of pro basketball to talk about. The NBA draft took place last night with a real surprise choice leading things off, and there's a big trade in the news too. NPR's Mike Pesca is with us. Hi, Mike.

MIKE PESCA, BYLINE: Hello.

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Law
2:17 pm
Fri June 28, 2013

Wedding Vendors That Refuse Gay Customers Often Lose In Court

Originally published on Fri June 28, 2013 7:22 pm

Transcript

ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST:

With the Supreme Court's landmark decisions on gay marriage cases earlier this week, the country has shifted further toward acceptance of same-sex matrimony.

Obviously, there are many Americans who are not on board with that. So, what happens when a private businessperson, because of religious convictions, refuses to provide services for a gay wedding?

Here's NPR's John Burnett.

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Law
2:17 pm
Fri June 28, 2013

Election Laws Likely To Change Without Voting Rights Act

Originally published on Fri June 28, 2013 7:22 pm

The Supreme Court struck down a key part of the 1965 Voting Rights Act this week. The court said that the standard by which it is determined that some states need preapproval for making changes to voting laws was unconstitutional. So what does it mean for the Department of Justice and states that were affected by the law? Audie Cornish speaks with Bill Yeomans, law professor at American University.

Around the Nation
2:17 pm
Fri June 28, 2013

City Life Snapshot: Pullman Rail Car

Pullman Rail Journeys is bringing restored, historic luxury Pullman train cars back in service between Chicago and New Orleans.
Courtesy of Louisa Chu/WBEZ

Originally published on Fri June 28, 2013 8:20 pm

This City Life Snapshot brings us sound of an old fashioned technology for connecting our cities that's still operating in some parts of the country. We board a Pullman Rail Car that regularly makes the trip from Chicago to New Orleans thanks to the company, Pullman Rail Journeys. Head Steward Rick Hansen gives us a tour. This comes to us from Jennifer Brandel at member station WBEZ and the Localore project Curious City.

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Law
2:17 pm
Fri June 28, 2013

Lack Of Video Kills Media Buzz At Whitey Bulger Trial

Originally published on Fri June 28, 2013 7:22 pm

It's emotional, high-stakes and dramatic. But the trial of reputed mobster James Whitey Bulger now ongoing in federal court in Boston, is not being recorded or televised, so the drama is harder to come by for anyone not inside the courtroom.

Law
2:17 pm
Fri June 28, 2013

At Trial, Witness Says Zimmerman Acted In Self-Defense

Originally published on Fri June 28, 2013 7:22 pm

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AUDIE CORNISH, HOST:

It's ALL THINGS CONSIDERED from NPR News. I'm Audie Cornish.

ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST:

And I'm Robert Siegel. Today, in the trial of George Zimmerman, a key witness bolstered Zimmerman's claim that he acted in self-defense when he killed teenager Trayvon Martin. The witness was a neighbor in the Sanford, Florida community where Zimmerman encountered Martin and he was the only person to see them fight before Zimmerman fired the gunshot that ended Martin's life.

Here's NPR's Greg Allen.

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National Security
2:17 pm
Fri June 28, 2013

Retired Marine General Target Of Leak Investigation

Originally published on Wed July 3, 2013 7:12 am

Transcript

AUDIE CORNISH, HOST:

From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Audie Cornish.

ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST:

And I'm Robert Siegel.

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All Songs Considered
1:48 pm
Fri June 28, 2013

Hear The Pixies' First Original Song In Nine Years

Courtesy of the artsit

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The Salt
1:46 pm
Fri June 28, 2013

Avocado-Fed Pork? Why Animal Feed Is Going Gourmet

Russ Kremer with some of his hogs on his farm in Frankenstein, Mo., in 2009. Instead of buying conventional feed, Kremer grazes his hogs in a pasture, and grows grains and legumes for them.
Jeff Roberson AP

Peanuts, flax, sprouts and avocados: It's not the menu at a health food deli, but the menu inside some barns. What's more, many farmers experimenting with these gourmet feeds are growing the ingredients themselves.

Take Russ Kremer, the Missouri pig farmer whose operation served as the inspiration for the 2011 Chipotle ad. Kremer hasn't bought commercial animal feed in 30 years. Instead, he grazes his hogs in a pasture, and grows (or buys from neighbors) grains and legumes to supplement their nutrition.

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Shots - Health News
1:20 pm
Fri June 28, 2013

After Midnight, Night Owls Gorge, Piling On The Calories

Late nights lead people to eat more.
Fabio Cardoso Corbis

Originally published on Mon July 1, 2013 11:38 am

Now we know what you're doing when you're staying up late. You're eating 553 calories.

That's the equivalent of a Big Mac, and also about one-quarter of the recommended daily caloric intake for an adult.

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