NPR Story
2:14 pm
Thu June 20, 2013

'Blood & Beauty' Breathes New Life Into The Borgias

Sarah Dunant is also author of the novels The Birth of Venus and Sacred Hearts.
Charlie Hopkinson

Originally published on Fri June 21, 2013 12:48 pm

In the 1500s, Italy is bursting with some of the most influential and vivid figures in history. Many — like Leonardo da Vinci, who balanced art and the sciences; Galileo Galilei, who turned his telescope to the heavens; and Niccolo Machiavelli, who calculated the ruthless politics of the day — are still remembered even now for their major contributions.

Author Sarah Dunant has drilled down into the Italian Renaissance for over a decade — reconstructing a time of artistic innovation, political corruption and war into captivating, and highly accurate, fiction.

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Iraq
2:10 pm
Thu June 20, 2013

After A Surge Of Violence, The Threat Of A New Civil War In Iraq

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NEAL CONAN, HOST:

This is TALK OF THE NATION. I'm Neal Conan.

Yesterday, seven people were killed and 24 wounded in bomb attacks in Iraq as a surge of violence there continues, 2,000 dead since April; numbers that haven't been seen since the worst days of 2006 and 2007. Then as now, the fighting is largely between Sunnis and Shiites, but this time, inflamed by the civil war raging next door in Syria.

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Local Music
12:57 pm
Thu June 20, 2013

PUNKSUHATE: A mosaic of hip-hop and folk

Credit J.R. Reynolds

PUNKSUHATE combines two unlikely genres: hip hop and folk. The result is a homegrown West Michigan sound that punctuates their desire to keep the region’s music fresh.

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12:47 pm
Thu June 20, 2013

Author sues now-defunct Calhoun county publisher

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Albion author says he is working with others on possible class action lawsuit
MARSHALL - At least one author who published books through the now-defunct 2 Moon Press has taken legal action against the company. Albion resident Bernard Zeitler filed a complaint last week in Calhoun County's 10th District Court, listing both former CEO Don Semora and the self-publishing company's most recent owner, Melinda Lundy, as defendants.
12:13 pm
Thu June 20, 2013

Boys and Girls Club of Benton Harbor sees more members with new buildings

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Officials say quality programming and room at new facilities bringing in more members
BENTON HARBOR - The Boys and Girls Club of Benton Harbor has seen its numbers explode since the doors opened on its two new facilities in 2012.
National Security
12:13 pm
Thu June 20, 2013

At A Texas Base, Battling Army's Top Threat: Suicide

Soldiers approach armored vehicles after a training exercise at Fort Bliss, Texas, in January.
Juan Carlos Llorca AP

Originally published on Thu June 20, 2013 6:42 pm

Suicide killed more American troops last year than combat in Afghanistan, and that is likely to be the case again this year.

According to the Pentagon, there were at least 349 confirmed suicides in 2012, compared with 310 U.S. combat deaths in Afghanistan in the same period.

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Music
11:45 am
Thu June 20, 2013

Free Music? Yes Please!

Originally published on Thu June 20, 2013 2:42 pm

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CELESTE HEADLEE, HOST:

Now we want to talk about the way people are getting new music across the globe. Earlier this week, hip-hop mogul Jay-Z announced he's teaming up with Samsung to release his next album "Magna Carta Holy Grail." Here he is advertising that release.

(SOUNDBITE OF JAY-Z COMMERCIAL)

JAY-Z: The idea is to really finish the album and drop it, giving it to the world at one time and then letting them share it when it goes out.

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Music
11:45 am
Thu June 20, 2013

Music, An Underlying Force Behind Protests

Originally published on Thu June 20, 2013 11:48 am

Music has influenced - and been influenced by - many social movements. As protesters flood the streets in Brazil, NPR's Alt Latino co-host Jasmine Garsd discusses popular Brazilian protest songs with guest host Celeste Headlee.

World
11:45 am
Thu June 20, 2013

Will Brazil's About-Face Drive Back Protests?

Originally published on Thu June 20, 2013 2:42 pm

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CELESTE HEADLEE, HOST:

This is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. I'm Celeste Headlee. Michel Martin is away. Coming up, music may often get Brazil into the move for a carnival, but it's also inspiring and being inspired by protests going on in that country. We'll hear some of it in just a few minutes.

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WMU Fine Arts
11:38 am
Thu June 20, 2013

WMU names new Fine Arts Dean

Daniel Guyette
Credit Western Michigan University

Western Michigan University has named a new Dean to lead its College of Fine Arts. 

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Shots - Health News
9:03 am
Thu June 20, 2013

WHO Finds Violence Against Women Is 'Shockingly' Common

Young women listen to a talk on domestic violence and HIV prevention near Lome, Togo, in April. Abused women in sub-Saharan Africa and India are at higher risk for HIV than women who haven't experienced violence.
Darrin Zammit Lupi Reuters/Landov

Originally published on Mon June 24, 2013 9:15 am

Thirty-five percent of women around the world have been raped or physically abused, according to statistics the World Health Organization released Thursday. About 80 percent of the time this violence occurs in the home, at the hands of a partner or spouse.

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Medicaid expansion
8:47 am
Thu June 20, 2013

Medicaid expansion stalled in state Senate

State Capitol - File photo
Credit Melissa Benmark, WKAR

Interview with John Lindstrom

Update: The Senate has adjourned without a vote on Medicaid expansion (MLive story)

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Europe
6:35 am
Thu June 20, 2013

Parisians Encouraged To Be Kinder To Tourists

Originally published on Thu June 20, 2013 7:07 am

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

Good morning. I'm Renee Montagne. Parisians are known for turning up their noses, especially at tourists. Now the city is looking to show a little love. A new campaign is distributing 30,000 pamphlets called "Do You Speak Touriste?" The pamphlet lets Parisians know that Italians like handshakes, Chinese respond to a smile and a hello in Chinese. And Americans, the pamphlet says, well, we like to feel the prices are fair. It's MORNING EDITION. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.

6:25 am
Thu June 20, 2013

Candidates for Portage Superintendent lay out visions for district

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Board will meet Friday afternoon to pick new Superintendent
  • Source: Mlive
  • | Via: Kalamazoo Gazette
PORTAGE, MI -- Paw Paw Superintendent Mark Bielang and Three Rivers Superintendent Roger Rathburn, the two finalists for superintendent of Portage Public Schools, both had a chance to flesh out how they would lead the district during a series of events Wednesday.
Around the Nation
6:25 am
Thu June 20, 2013

Baby Saved By Daughter Of Baseball Great Joe Torre

Originally published on Thu June 20, 2013 10:07 am

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

Good morning, I'm Steve Inskeep with news of a miracle save. A one-year-old boy climbed out the window of an upper floor apartment. Suddenly that baby was dangling from an awning of a yogurt shop on Manhattan's East side. The parents were asleep. The baby fell safely into the arms of Cristina Torre. The daughter of baseball manager and former catcher Joe Torre made the catch herself. Joe Torre tells the New York Post his daughter always did have quick hands.

It's MORNING EDITION. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.

6:17 am
Thu June 20, 2013

"Project Clarity" aims to lean up Lake Macatawa

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Funding being sought for $12-million dollar effort
It's been dubbed "Project Clarity" and within five years, those involved hope to make Lake Macatawa at least 70 percent clearer. It may seem a lofty goal, but experts say it is possible.
6:10 am
Thu June 20, 2013

Legislation to dissolve insolvent Michigan school districts close to final approval

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Changes in the Senate must be approved in House before going to Governor Snyder
The bills, which narrowly passed on a 20-18 vote, would give the authority to dissolve a financially insolvent school district that has between 300 and 2,400 students.
Middle East
5:00 am
Thu June 20, 2013

What Does It Mean That Iran's President-Elect Is A Moderate?

Originally published on Thu June 20, 2013 7:07 am

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

Let's look overseas now, where the election of Iran's new president shocked many analysts - even one who used to work for him.

HOSSEIN MOUSAVIAN: I was surprised. I really could not imagine Rowhani would be able to win the election in the first run(ph).

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Economy
4:34 am
Thu June 20, 2013

Fed Warns Stimulus Package Will Be Ratcheted Down

Originally published on Thu June 20, 2013 7:07 am

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

Those Chinese figures helped Asian markets to take a big tumble today, as did yesterday's comments by Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke. He said the Fed will likely begin slowing down its economic stimulus later this year. The Fed's massive bond buying program - which is a major part of that stimulus - is seen as a big reason behind recent rallies in the financial market.

NPR's John Ydstie has more.

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Remembrances
4:34 am
Thu June 20, 2013

Actor James Gandolfini Dies Suddenly While On Vacation

Originally published on Thu June 20, 2013 7:25 am

The 51-year-old actor died on Wednesday in Rome. Reports attribute his death to a heart attack. Gandolfini had been a character actor for years before he was given a chance to read for Tony Soprano in a new series about a New Jersey mob boss HBO was producing in the late 90s.

Business
4:34 am
Thu June 20, 2013

Founder Of Men's Wearhouse Fired By Company's Board

Originally published on Thu June 20, 2013 7:07 am

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

And let's report on some changes in the American clothing world. George Zimmer, of Men's Wearhouse, might still like the way he looks, but we can guarantee he doesn't like this. The famous face - and gravelly voice - and founder of the company, is out. The company gave no reason for the abrupt firing. But Zimmer is speaking out, as NPR's David Schaper reports.

DAVID SCHAPER, BYLINE: His graying beard is instantly familiar. And he speaks with that signature deep, gravelly voice when delivering this famous tagline:

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NPR Story
4:28 am
Thu June 20, 2013

Business News

Originally published on Thu June 20, 2013 7:07 am

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

NPR's business news starts with mixed signals.

(SOUNDBITE OF MUSIC)

MONTAGNE: Output in the eurozone's service and manufacturing sectors is still falling. But this quarter, that output fell at its slowest rate in more than a year, according to a recent survey. Analysts say that could mean a return to growth could be on the horizon.

NPR Story
4:28 am
Thu June 20, 2013

Judge To Decide If O'Bannon Vs. NCAA Gets Class Action Status

Originally published on Thu June 20, 2013 7:07 am

A federal judge on Thursday hears arguments over whether a lawsuit against the NCAA should be expanded. The case was brought by former UCLA basketball player Ed O'Bannon. He contends the NCAA unfairly benefits from student athletes by forcing them to sign away their licensing rights.

NPR Story
4:28 am
Thu June 20, 2013

Protesters In Brazil Claim Victory, Fare Hikes Rescinded

Originally published on Fri June 21, 2013 1:03 pm

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

It's MORNING EDITION from NPR News. I'm Steve Inskeep.

RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

And I'm Renee Montagne. In Turkey, nationwide protests started with a park.

INSKEEP: In Brazil, protests started with the price of a bus ride. As the demonstration spread, a long list of other grievances was added.

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Planet Money
3:03 am
Thu June 20, 2013

A Surprising Barrier To Clean Water: Human Nature

Rodan Gatia gets water from a spring. A chlorine dispenser is behind her.
Jacob Goldstein NPR

Originally published on Mon June 24, 2013 10:38 am

In many parts of the developing world, drinking a glass of water can be deadly — especially for young children, who can die of diarrheal diseases contracted from dirty water.

So getting clean water to people in the developing world has been a top priority for aid groups for a long time. But it's been a surprisingly hard problem to solve.

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Business
3:02 am
Thu June 20, 2013

If Supplies Of Oil Are Up, Why Is Gas Still Pricey?

Jim White of Pennsylvania pumps gas at a BP station in Ocala, Fla., in April. The price of gasoline remains stubbornly high, which may put a crimp on summer travel plans.
Doug Engle Ocala Star-Banner / Landov

Originally published on Thu June 20, 2013 8:00 pm

Supplies of oil have been surging this year, and U.S. drivers, who have been switching to more fuel-efficient cars, are using less gasoline.

That would seem to be the right economic combination to push down prices at the pump, but gasoline prices have remained stubbornly high this summer.

Even some people in the industry are wondering whether the law of supply and demand somehow has been repealed.

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It's All Politics
3:01 am
Thu June 20, 2013

How Ted Cruz's Father Shaped His Views On Immigration

Ted Cruz celebrates his victory in the Texas Senate race with his father, Rafael, and daughter Caroline on Nov. 6, 2012, in Houston.
David J. Phillip AP

As the Senate debates a massive overhaul of the nation's immigration laws, one of its newest members has emerged as a leading opponent of the bill's most controversial feature: a path to citizenship for millions living in the country unlawfully.

The views of that freshman senator — Texas Republican Ted Cruz — have been significantly colored by the saga of his own father, an immigrant from Cuba.

"In my opinion, if we allow those who are here illegally to be put on a path to citizenship, that is incredibly unfair to those who follow the rules," Cruz has said.

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NPR Story
10:18 pm
Wed June 19, 2013

'Sopranos' Actor James Gandolfini Dies At Age 51

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ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST:

The actor James Gandolfini has died. He played dozens of parts over decades of his career. But there is one role that he'll be remembered for, a troubled mobster with an anxiety problem: Tony Soprano.

(SOUNDBITE OF TV SHOW, "THE SOPRANOS")

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9:44 pm
Wed June 19, 2013

Former Portage Superintendent Ric Perry loses arbitration case

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Perry resigned under protest in January, claimed district owed him more money
  • Source: Mlive
  • | Via: Kalamazoo Gazette
PORTAGE, MI -- An arbitrator has ruled in favor of the Portage Public Schools Board of Education in a claim filed by former superintendent Ric Perry, who says he was unfairly forced out of his position. The decision was announced Wednesday evening in a press release from the district.
9:40 pm
Wed June 19, 2013

Snyder cuts short Israel trip to push for Medicaid expansion in Michigan

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Governor hopes to persuade Senate Republicans to support plan to expand health care coverage for poor
LANSING - A proposal to expand and reform Medicaid in Michigan remains stalled in the state Senate. Republican Gov. Rick Snyder - who supports Medicaid expansion - is cutting short his trade trip to Israel and is expected to be back in Michigan by mid-morning Thursday, according to Lt. Gov.

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