History
7:35 am
Sat November 23, 2013

JFK Had The Wit To Lampoon Himself

Originally published on Sat November 23, 2013 11:18 am

Host Scott Simon looks back at the witticisms of President John F. Kennedy, with a little help from late night TV host and comedian Conan O'Brien.

Around the Nation
7:35 am
Sat November 23, 2013

Rivals Help Level Playing Field For Tornado-Shattered Team

A Panther Pride sign cheers Washington High School's undefeated football team amid debris from last week's tornado.
Anthony Souffle MCT /Landov

Originally published on Sat November 23, 2013 11:31 am

Competition and compassion meet on the field in Springfield, Ill., Saturday, when two central Illinois high school football teams face off for a spot in the state championship. One team is a perennial powerhouse, but the other is from a town that was all but leveled by a tornado.

Last week, linebacker Kevin Scott and the rest of the Washington Community High School Panthers were celebrating. They'd just made school history with a 12-0 record, capped off with a Saturday win that sent them to the semi-finals.

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Sports
7:35 am
Sat November 23, 2013

Trail Blazers Stretch Winning Streak To Nine

Originally published on Sat November 23, 2013 11:18 am

Portland's NBA team is riding a hot streak. Host Scott Simon talks with NPR's Tom Goldman about the Trail Blazers, a new champion in chess, and how John F. Kennedy's assassination set a precedent for how sports commissioners handle cancelling games after tragedies.

Television
5:25 am
Sat November 23, 2013

Sarah Silverman, Serving Up Sinfully Divine Comedy

Nothing's sacred in We Are Miracles β€” but then as Sarah Silverman told Terry Gross in 2010, "there's a safety in what I do because I'm always the idiot. ... I'm always the ignoramus no matter what I talk about or what tragic event, off-color, dark scenario is evoked in my material."
Janet Van Ham HBO

Originally published on Sat November 23, 2013 11:18 am

Sarah Silverman is funny β€” sweet, bawdy, innocent, outrageous, Emmy-winning, milk-through-your-nose funny. And her new comedy special, We are Miracles, debuts tonight on HBO.

Performing in front of a live audience, the comedian takes on religion, pornography, childhood, politics and stereotypes, and no one's left standing. (No really: One punchline involves Hitler being assigned "Heil Marys" as penance.)

Silverman tells NPR's Scott Simon that she thinks good comedy comes from "some kind of childhood humiliation or darkness."

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The Salt
5:23 am
Sat November 23, 2013

Time To Mix Up The Manischewitz Turkey Brine For Thanksgivukkah

Manischewitz-brined turkey centers the Thanksgivukkah feast, surrounded by challah-apple stuffing, sweet potato bourbon noodle kugel, horseradish-spiked mashed potatoes, brussels sprouts with pastrami and pickled onions, and latkes with cranberry applesauce.
Macey J. Foronda for BuzzFeed

Originally published on Sat November 23, 2013 11:35 am

You may have heard that this Thursday isn't just Thanksgiving β€” it's also the holiday of Hanukkah. It's a once-in-a-lifetime convergence people are calling Thanksgivukkah. Which naturally raises two questions: How did this happen? And, more importantly, what do we cook for Thanksgivukkah dinner?

For more on the math of Thanksgivukkah, listen to my story on Weekend Edition. For more on the food, read on.

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Television
4:21 am
Sat November 23, 2013

Allons-y! Why We've Been Traveling With 'Doctor Who' For 50 Years

Jenna Coleman plays Clara, companion to Eleventh Doctor Matt Smith. The relationship between the Doctor and his companions is at the core of Doctor Who's long-lived appeal.
Adrian Rogers/BBC

Originally published on Sat November 23, 2013 11:18 am

This afternoon, millions of fez-wearing fans around the world will tune in to a very special episode of Doctor Who. The venerable British sci-fi series turns 50 today β€” though the time traveling alien Doctor himself is probably somewhere on the wrong side of 1,000.

From scrappy, low-budget beginnings (bubble-wrap monsters, anyone?), Doctor Who has become a global phenomenon. Only soap operas can match it for longevity and popularity. So what's the secret to the Doctor's appeal?

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
7:18 pm
Fri November 22, 2013

Limericks

Originally published on Sat November 23, 2013 11:54 am

Carl reads three news-related limericks: From Coffee Beans to Lima Beans, Fang by Elizabeth Arden, and You Know What They Say About the Size of a Man's Nose.

Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
7:18 pm
Fri November 22, 2013

Lightning Fill In The Blank

Originally published on Sat November 23, 2013 11:54 am

All the news we couldn't fit anywhere else.

Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
7:18 pm
Fri November 22, 2013

Prediction

Originally published on Sat November 23, 2013 11:54 am

Our panelists predict what the surprise hit game will be now that the new Xbox One and PlayStation 4 are out.

Business
6:12 pm
Fri November 22, 2013

JPMorgan Says It Broke No Law. So Why Pay The $13 Billion?

The U.S. government says JPMorgan Chase & Co. knowingly sold faulty mortgage-backed securities in the years leading up to the financial crisis. The bank says it's broken no laws.
Emmanuel Dunand AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Sat November 23, 2013 1:20 am

State and federal regulators have hailed Tuesday's $13 billion settlement with JPMorgan Chase & Co. over faulty mortgage assets it sold in the years leading up to the financial crisis as a big victory for the judicial system.

But like other big settlements to emerge from the financial crisis, the deal leaves unclear just what the bank did wrong.

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Deceptive Cadence
6:12 pm
Fri November 22, 2013

Making Music To Be Useful, And For The Living

A singer takes the stage during the first performance of "Grimes on the Beach," an outdoor production of Benjamin Britten's opera Peter Grimes, on June 17, 2013 in Aldeburgh, England.
Bethany Clarke Getty Images

Originally published on Sun November 24, 2013 6:20 pm

Composer Benjamin Britten was born 100 years ago today, and the occasion is being marked by performances of his music around the world, from Carnegie Hall in New York to Memorial Hall in Tokyo.

Britten was a central figure of 20th-century classical music: He was a conductor, pianist and festival producer, as well as a composer. His best-known works include the opera Billy Budd, his War Requiem and The Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra.

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Code Switch
6:12 pm
Fri November 22, 2013

Rev. T.J. Jemison Remembered As Civil Rights Movement Pioneer

The Rev. T.J. Jemison escorts Mary Briscoe (left) and Sandra Ann Jones from jail in Baton Rouge, La., on April 4, 1960. The two had been in jail as a result of lunch counter sit-ins.
AP

Originally published on Fri November 22, 2013 7:21 pm

The state of Louisiana is paying tribute Friday to the Rev. T.J. Jemison, a strong and steady voice against unequal treatment for blacks in the Jim Crow South.

Jemison's body lay in repose at the Louisiana State Capitol in Baton Rouge, where Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La., said he will be remembered as one of the greats of the civil rights movement.

"He had such a heart and courage for justice," Landrieu said. "There are very few people in our state that will rise to that level of influence, and it is very appropriate that our Capitol was opened up for him today."

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Planet Money
4:24 pm
Fri November 22, 2013

What's The Best Way To Tax Marijuana? It Depends On What You Want

Marijuana at a Denver dispensary.
Ed Andrieski AP

Originally published on Fri November 22, 2013 7:21 pm

A basic tenet of economics: Tax things you want less of. If you want people to, say, eat less candy, tax candy.

Economists, given that they are economists, have traditionally assumed that it doesn't matter when the tax is added to the price. Whether people see the tax reflected in the price of the candy when they grab it off the shelf, or whether the tax is added at the cash register, like sales tax, shouldn't make a difference.

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NPR Story
4:24 pm
Fri November 22, 2013

Old Political Feud In Philippines Fuels Rage Over Typhoon Response

Originally published on Fri November 22, 2013 7:21 pm

Transcript

ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST:

While international relief efforts in the Philippines are in high gear, efforts by the Philippine government have been hampered. There are bitter rivalries among the country's political clans. And two major political families - including that of the president - are sparring over the response to the disaster. NPR's Anthony Kuhn has that story.

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Book Reviews
4:24 pm
Fri November 22, 2013

How I Learned To Stop Worrying And Love The Senate

Lyndon B. Johnson delivers a speech 28 July 1965 in the White House in Washington, D.C.
AFP/Stringer Getty Images

Originally published on Fri November 22, 2013 6:30 pm

On Thursday, the Senate passed a historic rules change. Invoking the so-called "nuclear option," Senate Democrats used a rare parliamentary procedure to limit the power of the filibuster β€” a key method often used by minority parties to check the majority. Now, a simple majority vote will be required to confirm presidential nominees, rather than the 60-vote super-majority once necessary to bypass the filibuster.

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3:09 pm
Fri November 22, 2013

Some cancelled Michigan health insurance may be reinstated

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Many insurance companies cancelled policies that didn't meet new federal standards well before the January deadline, angering consumers and revving up criticism of the Affordable Care Act.
The head of Michigan's insurance department today said she will allow the state's insurers to reinstate canceled health care policies, essentially pushing forward President Barack Obama's peace offering to angry Americans who had been told they were losing coverage because of the Affordable Care Act. Insurers now must decide whether to take up the offer.
The Kennedy Assassination, 50 Years Later
2:50 pm
Fri November 22, 2013

How Live TV Helped America Mourn The Loss Of JFK

During JFK's funeral, live TV coverage helped make John-John Kennedy's salute an indelible image of American history.
Keystone Getty Images

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2:49 pm
Fri November 22, 2013

Scammers target grandparents over the phone

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A scammer has been calling elderly people claiming to be their grandson. Once the victim has repeated the name of their grandson to the scammer, the scammer then asks the victim to transfer money into an account.
GRAND TRAVERSE COUNTY, MI - The Sheriff's Department said older residents have been targeted in a phone scam in which a caller, pretending to be a grandson, asks cash to be wired because he is in trouble. In a typical complaint, the victim, often elderly, receives a call from someone claiming to be the victim's oldest grandson.
2:40 pm
Fri November 22, 2013

Economists predict unemployment will go down significantly by 2015

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University of Michigan economists predicted Michigan will add 65,000 jobs next year.
By 2015 Michigan should reach job levels last seen before the 2008-2009 recession, economists announced Friday. But the state would still be just less than halfway back to job levels from the mid-2000s. University of Michigan economists offered an overall optimistic forecast for the Michigan and U.S.

Thanksgiving with Cantus

Cantus - one of the premiere men's vocal ensembles sings and talks with host Alison Young about the holiday, music and food. Β This year's presentation will focus on the importance of heritage, including works from the Sacred Harp, "Lakota Wiyanki" by Herrington/Woodside and the "Psalm of the Soil" by Sara Kirkland Snider.

12:58 pm
Fri November 22, 2013

Galilee Baptist Church will Thanksgiving food baskets on Saturday

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Goal has grown in recent years from 50 to 100 baskets
  • Source: Mlive
  • | Via: Kalamazoo Gazette
KALAMAZOO, MI - Members of Galilee Baptist Church will distribute 100 Thanksgiving food baskets this Saturday to help families in need have a happier holiday. Producing and distributing Thanksgiving baskets, with everything a family needs for a full meal, has been a project of the church's Outreach Ministry and its Christian Women's Support Ministry since the early 1990s.
Music Interviews
12:45 pm
Fri November 22, 2013

Esperanza Spalding: Guantanamo Doesn't Represent 'Our America'

Grammy Award-winner Esperanza Spalding in her video 'We Are America."
ESPLLC

Originally published on Fri November 22, 2013 3:24 pm

Grammy Award-winning musician Esperanza Spalding has a problem with using the phrase "protest song" to describe her new recording, "We Are America." The song, along with its accompanying music video, demands congressional action to close the detention center at Guantanamo Bay.

" 'Protest' doesn't seem accurate to me," she tells NPR's Celeste Headlee. "We weren't thinking of a 'protest' song, we're thinking of a 'let's get together and do something pro-active, creative and productive' song."

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NPR Story
12:02 pm
Fri November 22, 2013

Jazz Legend Sandoval: Music 'Keeps You Alive'

Originally published on Fri November 22, 2013 3:24 pm

Transcript

CELESTE HEADLEE, HOST:

Now we take a moment to highlight and salute another artist. Jazz-great Arturo Sandoval received the Presidential Medal of Freedom this week from President Obama. Sandoval was born and raised in Cuba, where he was once jailed just for listening to jazz music. So he packed up his trumpet and moved to the United States. A country he says gave him the freedom to fill the air with his music. Here's what the president said about him at the ceremony.

(SOUNDBITE OF CEREMONY)

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NPR Story
12:02 pm
Fri November 22, 2013

Teens Knock Out Strangers: A New Trend?

Originally published on Fri November 22, 2013 3:24 pm

Transcript

CELESTE HEADLEE, HOST:

I'm Celeste Headlee and this is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. Michel Martin is away. And it's time for our weekly visit to the Barbershop, where the guys are going to talk about what's in the news and what's on their minds. Sitting in the chairs for a shape-up this week, writer Jimi Izrael. He joins us from Cleveland. Fernando Vila is director of program - Vila is director of programming - sorry, Fernando - for Fusion.

FERNANDO VILA: It's OK.

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Interviews
11:47 am
Fri November 22, 2013

Botched Investigation Fuels Kennedy Conspiracy Theories

Originally published on Fri November 22, 2013 2:36 pm

This interview was originally broadcast on Oct. 28, 2013.

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History
11:47 am
Fri November 22, 2013

Shortened Term Limited JFK's Accomplishments, But Not His Contributions

Originally published on Fri November 22, 2013 2:36 pm

Fresh Air's Dave Davies discusses John F. Kennedy's abbreviated term in office with presidential historian Robert Dallek, who finds that while you can make an argument that Kennedy accomplished little, he represents something special in the American experience. Dallek's latest book is Camelot's Court: Inside The Kennedy White House.

7:23 am
Fri November 22, 2013

Food truck regulations debated in Battle Creek

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Commissioners could vote on issue in January
The food truck debate rolls on. Passions ran high on both sides as city officials met with restaurant owners and residents on Thursday night to discuss proposals that would allow food trucks in downtown Battle Creek. The city is working on making changes to ordinances to allow mobile vending in the central business district, the only area of town where the trucks are prohibited.
Around the Nation
7:19 am
Fri November 22, 2013

Jose Canseco 'Goated' Into Pulling Over

After former pro baseball player Jose Canseco and his girlfriend picked up some goats, Canseco live-tweeted the ride home. Writing: "just got pulled over with goats in the car. The cops laughed."

7:14 am
Fri November 22, 2013

State Senator Gretchen Whitmer says she won't run for statewide office next year

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Democrat had passed on run for governor, but was considered potential candidate for Attorney General or Lieutenant Governor
LANSING - Sen. Gretchen Whitmer, D-East Lansing, confirmed Thursday what she said she thought everyone already knew: she will not be on the statewide ballot in 2014. She announced early this year that she wasn't going to run for governor in 2014.
Digital Life
7:09 am
Fri November 22, 2013

Google Chrome Explores Middle Earth

Browsers can tour the Hobbit's homeland thanks to Google Chrome. Think Google Maps with fantasy destinations. Not all the Hobbit's haunts are available. Google still has to unlock three kingdoms before you can "rule them all."

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