Parallels
3:20 am
Fri June 14, 2013

Friction Among Afghans A Threat To Post-U.S. Mission

A soldier from the 4th Battalion, 9th Infantry Regiment, Manchus, looks toward the tree line through his rifle scope while on a foot patrol to visit Afghan Local Police in the Panjwai District of Kandahar province in southern Afghanistan. Panjwai is one of the most dangerous districts in Afghanistan.
David Gilkey NPR

Originally published on Tue June 25, 2013 3:48 pm

The Afghan farmer in Panjwai District, outside the southern city of Kandahar, is finally fed up with the Taliban.

His name is Abdullah Razik. He's slight, with a trim beard and a dark green shirt that falls below his knees.

The Taliban plant roadside bombs in his fields, he says, and shoot near his house. The area is one of the most dangerous in Afghanistan — the birthplace of the Taliban.

Not long ago, something worse happened, Razik says.

"My friend ... lost his hand," he says. "The Taliban were putting IEDs in my village" four months ago.

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Planet Money
3:19 am
Fri June 14, 2013

Why More People Are Renting Tires

Originally published on Fri June 21, 2013 1:44 pm

"Oh, I checked every place in town, and they were outrageous," says Shannon Kelly. "It would be anywhere from $4[00] to $500, and I just don't have that right now."

Kelly had just walked into Rent N Roll, a rent-to-own tire store in Ocala, Fla. She was looking to rent a set of tires for her truck. Tire rental stores like this one have been around for a while, but until recently, most of their customers rented fancy rims. These days, it's becoming more common for the stores to rent simple tires to people who don't have the cash to buy tires outright.

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9:57 pm
Thu June 13, 2013

Portage School Board still considering Paw Paw and Three Rivers Superintendents

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Mark Bielang and Roger Rathburn invited back for second interviews next week for Portage Superintendent
  • Source: Mlive
  • | Via: Kalamazoo Gazette
PORTAGE, MI -- Paw Paw Superintendent Mark Bielang and Three Rivers Superintendent Roger Rathburn are being invited to second interviews next week for the job of Portage Public Schools superintendent. The Portage school board made their decision Thursday after interviewing Bielang. Rathburn and the third finalist, Catherine Cost, assistant superintendent of Farmington Public Schools, were interviewed Wednesday.
Middle East
7:37 pm
Thu June 13, 2013

Chemical Weapons Use In Syria Crosses U.S. 'Red Line'

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AUDIE CORNISH, HOST:

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

MELISSA BLOCK, HOST:

And I'm Melissa Block. The Obama administration has now joined France and Britain in concluding that the Syrian government has used chemical weapons against its own people. That crosses a red line that President Obama has repeatedly warned would change the U.S. calculation in Syria.

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Business
6:22 pm
Thu June 13, 2013

Unpaid No More: Interns Win Major Court Battle

Eric Glatt, a Georgetown Law student, poses on Wednesday, in Washington, D.C. Unpaid internships have long been a path of opportunity for students and recent grads. But a federal judge ruled this week that Fox Searchlight Pictures violated minimum wage and overtime laws by not paying interns who worked on production of the 2010 movie Black Swan. Glatt was one of the interns.
Alex Brandon AP

Originally published on Thu June 13, 2013 7:36 pm

A federal court in New York has ruled that a group of interns at Fox Searchlight Pictures should have been paid for their work on the movie Black Swan. The decision may have broad implications for students looking for their first job.

Eric Glatt filed the federal lawsuit against Fox. He says everyone always told him taking an unpaid internship was the way to get his foot in the door in the film industry.

At Fox, he worked as an unpaid accounting clerk, he says — filing, getting signatures, running checks and handling petty cash — but he was working for nothing.

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Fine Art
5:56 pm
Thu June 13, 2013

Dutch artist finds inspiration in Michigan's great outdoors

Doet Boersma's print of an Eastern Massasauga Rattlesnake
Credit Lorraine Caron

The Pierce Cedar Creek Institute in Hastings has a mission to “promote environmental education, research, preservation and appreciation.” It sits in Barry County on 661 acres of wetlands, prairies and woodlands.

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NPR's Backseat Book Club
5:54 pm
Thu June 13, 2013

Meet 'Ivan': The Gorilla Who Lived In A Shopping Mall

Originally published on Thu June 13, 2013 7:00 pm

The school year is drawing to a close, but NPR's Backseat Book Club has plenty of reading lined up for the summer. Our June pick is The One and Only Ivan, a Newbery Medal-winning book by Katherine Applegate. It tells the story of a gorilla who spent 27 years in a shopping mall in Tacoma, Wash. — and it's based on a true story.

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All Tech Considered
5:52 pm
Thu June 13, 2013

Under The Radar: Some Pilots Of Small Drones Skirt FAA Rules

Pablo Lema shows off his quadcopter.
Steve Henn NPR

Originally published on Fri October 25, 2013 11:12 am

Unmanned drones aren't just a tool for governments anymore. By as early as this year, the Federal Aviation Administration expects to propose regulations opening up the use of small, unmanned airborne vehicles — or drones — for commercial use.

Tens of thousands of these little, civilian drones are sold and piloted by hobbyists in the United States every year. Right now these drones are flown almost exclusively for non-commercial uses by enthusiast like Pablo Lema. Lema spends weekends flying his quardracopter around the San Francisco Bay.

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Middle East
5:46 pm
Thu June 13, 2013

Death Toll In Syria Jumps To Nearly 93,000

Originally published on Thu June 13, 2013 6:35 pm

Transcript

MELISSA BLOCK, HOST:

The United Nations announced today that the death toll in Syria has jumped to nearly 93,000. Since last July, more than 5,000 people have been killed every month. And the numbers in reality are likely even higher.

They're compiled for the U.N. by a nonprofit group in San Francisco called the Human Rights Data Analysis Group. Researchers go through a complicated process, scouring eight different sources that document deaths. Megan Price led that study, and she joins us now to talk about it. Welcome to the program.

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Music
5:08 pm
Thu June 13, 2013

Just Some Of NPR Music's Favorite Albums Of The Year (So Far)

Originally published on Thu June 13, 2013 6:35 pm

It is only June, but NPR Music staff already has 25 albums that they consider their favorite of the year. NPR's Audie Cornish talks with Frannie Kelley, Tom Huizenga, and Stephen Thompson about their favorite music of 2013.

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The Salt
5:03 pm
Thu June 13, 2013

Saving Grandma's Strawberry Cake From The Clutches Of Jell-O

Jeremy Jackson wanted to rethink his grandma Mildred's famous Strawberry Cake recipe, which uses boxed cake mix and Jell-O. His updated cupcake version is shown on the right.
Jeremy Jackson for NPR

Originally published on Thu June 13, 2013 6:35 pm

Jeremy Jackson's grandma Mildred was famous for her strawberry cake. Legend has it that one of the families in her small Missouri town loved the dessert so much, they "commissioned" her to make it for them once a week.

Jackson is the author of Good Day for A Picnic: Simple Food that Travels Well. He shared two versions of his Strawberry Cake for All Things Considered's Found Recipes series.

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Asia
4:19 pm
Thu June 13, 2013

A Superpower And An Emerging Rival: A Look Ahead At China

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NEAL CONAN, HOST:

This is TALK OF THE NATION. I'm Neal Conan in Washington. In an extraordinary step, President Obama and China's new leader, Xi Jinping, met at a California ranch last weekend to reset relations between the two largest economies in the world and between an established superpower and an emerging rival.

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The Salt
4:00 pm
Thu June 13, 2013

Why Bill Gates Is Investing In Chicken-Less Eggs

At left: Beyond Eggs' egg-substitute product, a powder made of pulverized plant-based compounds. Right: Mother Nature's version.
Cody Pickens Beyond Eggs

Originally published on Fri June 14, 2013 1:34 pm

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Author Interviews
2:25 pm
Thu June 13, 2013

Florida-Grown Fiction: Hiaasen Satirizes The Sunshine State

As with many of his novels, Hiaasen sets his latest — Bad Monkey — in his home state of Florida.
Knopf

Originally published on Thu June 13, 2013 4:45 pm

As a columnist for the Miami Herald and a prolific novelist of books such as Strip Tease, Lucky You and Star Island, Carl Hiaasen has a subject: Florida. Hiaasen grew up in the state during the 1950s and has lived and worked there his entire life, watching it morph from a rural backwater with abundant natural beauty and resources to one struggling with the effects of development and tourism.

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Remembrances
2:25 pm
Thu June 13, 2013

Israeli Writer Yoram Kaniuk, 83, On Pain And Peace

Yoram Kaniuk speaks in 2008 at the AFI Fest premiere of Adam Resurrected, based on a novel he wrote.
Michael Buckner Getty Images

Originally published on Thu June 13, 2013 3:34 pm

Born in Israel in 1930, Yoram Kaniuk wrote novels and articles that explored war, the Holocaust, Israel, and the prospect of peace for Israelis and Palestinians. He was an outspoken proponent of the need for Israelis and Palestinians to understand that both groups of people deserve sovereignty.

"Both sides are right, and both sides are so strong about the rightness," he told Fresh Air's Terry Gross in August 1988. He believed that arguing over "who suffered more" wasn't productive.

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2:14 pm
Thu June 13, 2013

Waterfront Film Fest goes on, with or without power

Lead in text: 
Much of South Haven lost electricity after severe storms late Wednesday. But Film Festival organizers say they'll use generators to power the opening night activities, if necessary.
SOUTH HAVEN, MI -- The Waterfront Film Festival will still hold its opening night concert and movie screening Thursday, despite a widespread power outage in South Haven, according to festival organizers. "We're going to have the party," said festival publicist Patrick Revere. "We can do acoustic music sets if we have to.
Politics
1:57 pm
Thu June 13, 2013

Is Immigration Reform Really Going Anywhere?

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

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Latin America
1:49 pm
Thu June 13, 2013

Mass Kidnapping Puts Mexican Legal System On Trial

Images from posters made by relatives show 10 of the 12 young people kidnapped in broad daylight from a bar in Mexico City on May 26. No one has claimed responsibility for the brazen abduction.
Marco Ugarte AP

Originally published on Tue July 2, 2013 5:00 pm

Josephina Garcia Rodriguez and Leticia Ponce Ramos sip coffee and console each other at a restaurant in front of Mexico City's prosecutor's office. They're about to head into a meeting with the lead investigator in the case of their kidnapped sons.

"We're going on three weeks since they were kidnapped," Garcia says. "It's been some difficult days, really hard for us mothers. We just want our sons back home with us."

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Movies
1:46 pm
Thu June 13, 2013

From 'Casablanca' To 'Toy Story': Famous Farewells In Film

Originally published on Mon June 17, 2013 3:17 pm

Transcript

NEAL CONAN, HOST:

And today, film farewells. We consider the great goodbye scenes in movie - boy loses girl for good; hero sets off to certain doom; or a Mother's Day remembrance from Jimmy Cagney.

(SOUNDBITE OF MOVIE, "WHITE HEAT")

JAMES CAGNEY: (as Cody Jarrett) Made it, Ma! Top of the world!

(EXPLOSION)

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Science
1:46 pm
Thu June 13, 2013

What Bird Flocks And Fish Schools Can Teach Us About The Future

Originally published on Thu June 13, 2013 4:19 pm

Transcript

NEAL CONAN, HOST:

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

We've all seen a flock of birds shift direction instantaneously mid-flight, or a school of fish swirl in what looked like tightly choreographed maneuvers. That's called collective behavior and it fascinated and baffled scientists. Why do they do it? How? Telepathy? Now technology is revolutionizing the way researchers can track, visualize and even create swarms, and what they're finding will make you go wow.

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NPR Story
1:46 pm
Thu June 13, 2013

India.Arie Returns To Start A New 'SongVersation'

India.Arie reinvents herself on her new album, SongVersation.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Thu June 13, 2013 5:25 pm

When singer-songwriter India.Arie broke through in 2001, her debut album Acoustic Soul went double platinum, and her music and influence continued to gain momentum in the years that followed. Since her debut, she's been nominated for 21 Grammys — and won four — while selling 10 million albums worldwide.

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SW Michigan
1:42 pm
Thu June 13, 2013

Kalamazoo gets good economic start in 2013

Credit WMUK

A new report says the economy in the Kalamazoo area got off to a good start in 2013. The Upjohn Employment Research Institute says 1,300 jobs were added in Kalamazoo County during the first three months of the year. That’s an increase of one percent.

The Institute’s latest issue of its Business Outlook for West Michigan says most of the increase was in service jobs, not manufacturing.

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Music Interviews
1:27 pm
Thu June 13, 2013

Flamenco Sensation Buika Embraces Her 'Animal' Voice

Buika blends flamenco with African rhythms, jazz, blues and soul.
Javi Rojo

Originally published on Thu June 13, 2013 4:20 pm

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Music Reviews
12:03 pm
Thu June 13, 2013

Slaid Cleaves: 'Still Fighting' With Smart Lyrics And Stories

Slaid Cleaves' music is influenced by singer-songwriters such as Woody Guthrie, Bruce Springsteen, Hank Williams and Johnny Cash.
Karen Cleaves Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Thu June 13, 2013 3:34 pm

Raised in South Berwick, Maine, and residing in Austin, Texas, Slaid Cleaves is no one's idea of a music-industry insider. He writes and sings songs primarily about working-class people and romantics both hopeful and hopeless. That said, it's also not difficult to hear another element of the fortysomething Cleaves' past: He was an English and philosophy major at Tufts, and his lyrics are underpinned by both a fine sense of meter and moral perspicacity.

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NPR Story
11:54 am
Thu June 13, 2013

Tell Me More Wants Your Dream

Originally published on Thu June 13, 2013 1:57 pm

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

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NPR Story
11:54 am
Thu June 13, 2013

Hacktivists: Heroes Or, Well, Hacks?

Originally published on Thu June 13, 2013 1:57 pm

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

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NPR Story
11:54 am
Thu June 13, 2013

Mau Mau Settlement: How Much Cash Fixes The Past?

Originally published on Thu June 13, 2013 1:57 pm

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

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WMUK News
11:31 am
Thu June 13, 2013

Kalamazoo Pride 2013 to be serious and entertaining

Music at Kalamazoo Pride (file photo)
Credit Kalamazoo Gay Lesbian Resource Center

The sixth annual Kalamazoo Pride festival kicks off Friday in downtown Kalamazoo at the Arcadia Creek Festival Site. The Kalamazoo Gay Lesbian Resource Center organizes the event that Executive Director Zach Bauer says is designed to be both serious and entertaining.

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7:38 am
Thu June 13, 2013

Error in tank construction may be responsible for leaks at Palisades Nuclear Power Plant

Lead in text: 
Plant owner Entergy has said it will replace the bottom of the tank
COVERT - Repairs to a leaky water tank at the Palisades nuclear power plant have revealed the tank had not been built as designed, authorities reported.
7:34 am
Thu June 13, 2013

Portage School Board to decide Thursday which candidates for Superintendent will get second interviews

Lead in text: 
Two candidates interviewed Wednesday, one more scheduled for Thursday
  • Source: Mlive
  • | Via: Kalamazoo Gazette
PORTAGE, MI -- Roger Rathburn and Catherine Cost come from very different school districts, but they offered very similar perspectives on effective leadership and instruction during their public interviews Wednesday for the job of Portage Public Schools superintendent.

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