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5:41am

Sat April 18, 2015
It's All Politics

The Cat-And-Mouse Game Of The Great Clinton Chase, Iowa Edition

Originally published on Sat April 18, 2015 10:59 am

Reporters and campaign staffers rush to their cars to get to Hillary Clinton's first Iowa campaign stop.
Tamara Keith NPR

Editor's Note: This is a reporter's notebook from NPR's Tamara Keith, who is covering the Hillary Clinton campaign.

The e-mail from the Clinton campaign came late on Monday. Meet at the Panera Bread in Davenport, Iowa, at 9:45 in the morning. I was to be one of about a dozen reporters in a press pool given access to an unpublicized stop. What we quickly learned was that the restaurant was a decoy. The unannounced meet-and-greet was happening at a small coffee shop 20 minutes away in Le Claire.

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5:16am

Sat April 18, 2015
Parallels

From Losers To Possible Kingmakers, A Scottish Party Comes Back Strong

Originally published on Sat April 18, 2015 10:59 am

Nicola Sturgeon, Scotland's first minister and leader of the Scottish National Party (SNP), delivers a speech in Glasgow, Scotland, on March 28. After its loss at the polls last year on the issue of Scottish independence, the party has quadrupled its membership and is on the ascendant.
Russell Cheyne Reuters/Landov

Political life is full of comeback stories, but few are quite as dramatic as the boomerang that Scottish nationalists have experienced over the last six months.

Last September, the Scottish National Party lost a vote on whether to break away from the United Kingdom.

Now, membership in the SNP has quadrupled, and that unexpected turn of events means that this party, dismissed as a loser last fall, could determine who becomes the next prime minister after British elections in a few weeks.

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4:59am

Sat April 18, 2015
Goats and Soda

In 'Song Of Lahore,' A Race To Revive Pakistani Classical Music

Originally published on Sat April 18, 2015 1:29 pm

Asad Ali, 63, was unemployed for four years when Pakistan banned live music in 1977. He now plays the guitar for Sachal Studios Orchestra around the globe and in his hometown, Lahore.
Courtesy of Mobeen Ansari

In his home in Lahore, Pakistan, Saleem Khan holds up his late father's violin. There are no strings, the wood is scratched and the bridge is missing.

"There was a time when people used to come to Lahore from all over the world to hear its musicians," the 65-year-old violinist says in the new documentary, Song of Lahore. "Now we can't even find someone to repair our violins."

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10:33pm

Fri April 17, 2015
It's All Politics

On Links As In Life, D.C. Bipartisan Relations Are Deep In The Rough

Originally published on Sat April 18, 2015 12:19 am

Hill staffers and PGA professionals mingle Wednesday at this year's National Golf Day event on Capitol Hill, which included an annual Democrats versus Republicans putting challenge.
Emily Jan NPR

Earlier this week, members of Congress and their staffs were greeted by a makeshift golf expo set up in the Rayburn House Office Building.

The event included golf shot simulators, certified golf instructors and a putting challenge between Democrats and Republicans. It was all part of National Golf Day, an annual event organized by the industry that promotes the economic and health benefits of the sport.

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6:38pm

Fri April 17, 2015
The Salt

How The Food Industry Relies On Scientists With Big Tobacco Ties

Originally published on Fri April 17, 2015 8:30 pm

This story is excerpted from an investigation by the Center for Public Integrity, a nonpartisan, nonprofit investigative news organization.

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5:57pm

Fri April 17, 2015
The Two-Way

Oklahoma Approves Nitrogen Asphyxiation For Executions

Originally published on Sat April 18, 2015 1:02 pm

Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin signed a law today allowing nitrogen to be used in executions in the state in case lethal injection is ruled unconstitutional or the drugs are not available.

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5:57pm

Fri April 17, 2015
Politics

Hillary Clinton Supports Amendment To Get Hidden Money Out Of Politics

Originally published on Sat April 18, 2015 12:27 am

"We need to fix our dysfunctional political system and get unaccounted money out of it, once and for all, even if that takes a constitutional amendment," Hillary Clinton said at Kirkwood Community College in Iowa Tuesday.
Michael B. Thomas AFP/Getty Images

Hillary Clinton made a surprising move this week. It wasn't running for president — she'd already set the stage for that — but embracing the idea of a constitutional amendment to restrict or eliminate big money in politics.

The notion of amending the Constitution this way has been discussed, literally for decades. But Clinton is joining a new, if small, chorus of prominent politicians who are talking it up.

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5:44pm

Fri April 17, 2015
World

Syrian Government Believed To Be Behind Chlorine Gas Attack

Originally published on Fri April 17, 2015 10:05 pm

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5:44pm

Fri April 17, 2015
Sports

NBA Players Union Head Michele Roberts Says No Lockout Expected

Originally published on Fri April 17, 2015 10:05 pm

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5:44pm

Fri April 17, 2015
Remembrances

Remembering Don Quayle, NPR's First President

Originally published on Fri April 17, 2015 10:05 pm

Don Quayle, the first president of NPR, has died at the age of 84.
Sam Kittner WAMU 88.5

The first president of National Public Radio has died. Don Quayle was 84 years old. He had a long career in public broadcasting — both television and radio. NPR's Susan Stamberg reflects on his impact.

Don Quayle gave me my first radio job. It was the early '60s and he was head of the Educational Radio Network — the precursor of NPR — a skinny little network of 12 East Coast stations that developed a daily drive-time news show. He hired me to help produce it. When this national network arose, he was an obvious choice to run it.

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5:20pm

Fri April 17, 2015
Goats and Soda

As Ebola Cases Dwindle, West Africa Turns To Economic Recovery

Originally published on Fri April 17, 2015 6:28 pm

Liberian workers dismantle shelters in an Ebola treatment center in the Paynes Ville neighborhood of Monrovia. Doctors Without Borders closed the center last month because it was no longer needed.
Zoom Dosso AFP/Getty Images

West Africa is about to receive a hefty infusion of cash. This Friday the World Bank unveiled a major aid package for the three West African countries at the center of this past year's Ebola epidemic.

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5:20pm

Fri April 17, 2015
The Two-Way

First-Place Fake-Out: Woman Who Didn't Run Marathon Stripped Of Title

Last Sunday, runner Kendall Schler was the first to cross the finish line at the GO! St. Louis Marathon. She received a $1,500 check and a photograph with Jackie Joyner-Kersee at the finish line. Trouble is Schler of Columbia, Mo., had not run the entire 26.2-mile course.

That's not all. Schler, race organizers say, also faked her third-place finish at last year's race – with a time that allowed her to qualify for the prestigious Boston Marathon this year.

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4:58pm

Fri April 17, 2015
The Salt

Running A Marathon? How To Eat and Drink So You Don't Hit The Wall

Performance nutrition experts recommend stopping at all the hydration stations for a quick fill-up of a sports drink to replenish the glycogen that's being burned during a marathon.
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Elite runners know the drill. When you run a marathon, you've got to consume extra amounts of carbohydrate — either from food or energy gels or energy drinks — in order to go the distance.

And if you don't fuel up enough? You may hit the wall during the big event, which, believe me, is pretty miserable.

The wall comes on abruptly. Suddenly your legs feel like lead. And then you're woozy.

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4:29pm

Fri April 17, 2015
Health

Physicians Urge Columbia To Fire Dr. Oz For Promoting 'Quack Treatments'

Originally published on Fri April 17, 2015 10:05 pm

NPR's Robert Siegel speaks with Michael Specter, staff writer at The New Yorker about some physicians' calls for Columbia University to sever ties with TV's Dr. Oz over what they call his "disdain for science" and promotion of questionable treatments.

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4:29pm

Fri April 17, 2015
Book Reviews

Book Review: Rachel Kushner, 'The Strange Case Of Rachel K'

Originally published on Fri April 17, 2015 10:05 pm

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4:29pm

Fri April 17, 2015
Remembrances

Bill Arhos, 'Austin City Limits' Founder, Dies At 80

Originally published on Fri April 17, 2015 10:05 pm

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Back in 1974, an up-and-coming musician stepped onto the stage of a brand-new show on PBS called "Austin City Limits."

(SOUNDBITE OF TV SHOW, "AUSTIN CITY LIMITS")

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4:29pm

Fri April 17, 2015
It's All Politics

Oklahoma City Bombing A 'Wake-Up Call' For Government Security

Originally published on Sat April 18, 2015 1:22 pm

The Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building was "literally right up against the road so it was extremely vulnerable," said architect Barbara Nadel. One of the government's first responses was to close a two-block stretch of Pennsylvania Avenue in front of the White House.
AFP AFP/Getty Images

Twenty years ago this Sunday, a truck bomb exploded next to the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City. One hundred sixty-eight people were killed in the blast, hundreds were injured.

The bombing prompted heightened security at federal buildings — around the nation, and especially here in Washington.

One of the government's first responses to the bombing was closing a two-block stretch of Pennsylvania Avenue in front of the White House.

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4:29pm

Fri April 17, 2015
NPR Ed

In New Orleans, A Second-Chance School Tries Again

Originally published on Sat April 18, 2015 8:28 pm

Students arrive at CLA. More than half end up here after being expelled from other schools, usually for fighting, weapons or drugs.
LA Johnson NPR

Principal Nicholas Dean looks at his scarred, broken office door with resignation.

"Time to get a new lock," he says.

Over the weekend, a person or persons smashed into his office, found the keys to the school van and drove off in it.

It's another day at Crescent Leadership Academy, one of New Orleans' three second-chance schools for students who have not been successful elsewhere.

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4:29pm

Fri April 17, 2015
Around the Nation

As Lake Mead Levels Drop, The West Braces For Bigger Drought Impact

Originally published on Fri April 17, 2015 10:05 pm

Lake Mead is at its lowest levels since it was built in the late 1930s.
Kirk Siegler NPR

The historic four-year drought in California has been grabbing the headlines lately, but there's a much bigger problem facing the West: the now 14-year drought gripping the Colorado River basin.

One of the most stunning places to see its impact is at the nation's largest reservoir, Lake Mead, near Las Vegas. At about 40 percent of capacity, it's the lowest it's been since it was built in the 1930s.

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3:29pm

Fri April 17, 2015
It's All Politics

5 Things You Should Know About Mike Huckabee

Originally published on Fri April 17, 2015 7:09 pm

Huckabee ran the Marine Corps Marathon in 2005.
Kevin Wolf AP

When former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee ran for president in 2008, he surprised many political watchers with a big a victory in the Iowa caucus. "What we have seen is a new day in American politics," he said after he was declared the winner. "This election will start a prairie fire of hope and zeal."

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3:25pm

Fri April 17, 2015
The Two-Way

WATCH: Chimps In Uganda Look Both Ways Before Crossing

Originally published on Fri April 17, 2015 6:32 pm

A troop of chimpanzees in Uganda has learned to look both ways before crossing a busy highway.
New Scientist

Call it Darwinian evolution in action: A troop of wild chimpanzees in Uganda has learned a valuable survival skill — to look before crossing.

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3:19pm

Fri April 17, 2015
The Two-Way

Why A Blockbuster Of A Trade Deal With Asia Matters

Originally published on Fri April 17, 2015 5:51 pm

Freighters wait to unload cargo at the Tanjung Pagar container port in Singapore.
Roslan Rahman AFP/Getty Images

It has been a decade in the making, but when completed, it will be a free trade agreement to beat all others — representing 40 percent of the world's economy.

The Trans-Pacific Partnership, or TPP, agreement would bring together the economies of the U.S., Japan, Australia and nine other Pacific Rim nations, allowing the free trade of everything from agriculture to automobiles and textiles to pharmaceuticals.

President Obama said Friday that the deal is critical for the U.S. market.

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3:04pm

Fri April 17, 2015
The Two-Way

U.N., Oxfam Report At Least 120,000 Displaced In Yemen Fighting

Originally published on Fri April 17, 2015 3:41 pm

Militants loyal to Yemen's President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi take their positions in Taiz, Yemen, late last month after at least 45 people were killed in north Yemen after an airstrike hit a camp for internally displaced people.
Anees Mahyoub UPI/Landov

Tens of thousands of people have been displaced in the fighting in Yemen, the United Nations says today in a new report, which warns that the figure could rise dramatically unless the conflict is ended.

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) says the number of displaced persons in Yemen is estimated at between 120,000 and 150,000. (Separately, Oxfam puts the figure at 121,000).

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2:11pm

Fri April 17, 2015
The Two-Way

Can Top Slugger Joining Cubs End 106 Years Of Sadness?

Originally published on Fri April 17, 2015 3:14 pm

Top prospect Kris Bryant of the Chicago Cubs will bat fourth in his debut Friday against the San Diego Padres. Bryant hit 43 home runs in the minors last season.
Chris Carlson AP

The wait is over for Cubs fans.

Well, not the more than 106-year wait for a World Series Championship, but the wait for arguably the most exciting young slugger in baseball to join their club.

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1:46pm

Fri April 17, 2015
Goats and Soda

Yes, You Can Help The World And Make Money At The Same Time

Originally published on Fri April 17, 2015 7:05 pm

A woman cultivates seaweed off the coast of Madagascar to counter overfishing. She's working with Blue Ventures, a business that supports its conservation projects by giving ecotours.
Courtesy of Skoll Foundation

What do you call someone who runs a successful business that aims to make the world a better place? A CEO with a conscience? A do-good bottom-liner?

At the Skoll World Forum this week in Oxford, England, the preferred term is social entrepreneur. In fact, the conference is completely devoted to the idea — and promoting its rising stars.

Young entrepreneurs are invited to join veterans for workshops, talks and confabs. Awards are given for "social entrepreneurship."

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1:17pm

Fri April 17, 2015
Pop Culture

Comedian Joel McHale Talks Dyslexia, Bad TV And Filming A Thriller

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This is FRESH AIR. I'm David Bianculli sitting in for Terry Gross.

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1:17pm

Fri April 17, 2015
Movie Reviews

In 'True Story,' A Shamed Journalist Interviews A Fugitive Who Stole His Identity

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12:34pm

Fri April 17, 2015
The Two-Way

TV's 'Sabado Gigante' Will Cease Production This Fall, Ending Record Run

Originally published on Fri April 17, 2015 4:26 pm

Chilean TV host Mario Kreutzberger, seen here in 2012, will stop making his Sabado Gigante show this September.
Mario Ruiz EPA /Landov

After 53 years, Don Francisco will finally put down the mic. Univision says it will stop making the legendarily unpredictable variety show Sábado Gigante in September, ending a run that began in 1962 when Chile's Mario Kreutzberger started entertaining viewers as Don Francisco.

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12:09pm

Fri April 17, 2015
The Two-Way

Violence Against Immigrants In South Africa Turns Deadly

Originally published on Fri April 17, 2015 1:07 pm

South African hostel dwellers demonstrate against foreigners in Johannesburg on Friday after overnight violence between locals and immigrants in the city.
Shiraaz Mohamed AP

Violence against immigrants in South Africa has killed at least five people, resulted in attacks on businesses owned by foreigners and sent thousands to take refuge at temporary shelters.

A massive rally against xenophobia was held Thursday in Durban, the coastal city that has been the scene of much of the unrest. Migrants from Africa and South Asia have been the target of the violence, which was condemned by President Jacob Zuma.

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11:31am

Fri April 17, 2015
Shots - Health News

The State Of The Cancer Nation

Originally published on Fri April 17, 2015 8:40 pm

Matt Stiles and Christopher Groskopf/NPR

While a cure for cancer remains elusive, we already know how to keep many cases of the disease from developing in the first place.

People can reduce cancer risks by keeping a healthful weight and avoiding cigarettes.

But smoking, obesity and other major cancer risk factors remain common, and they still vary widely across the country.

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