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9:03am

Tue May 26, 2015
It's All Politics

Just How Big Is The Asia Trade Deal Obama Wants? It's A Beast

Originally published on Tue May 26, 2015 1:11 pm

Protesters demonstrate against the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal in front of the prime minister's official residence in Tokyo last year.
Yoshikazu Tsuno AFP/Getty Images

One of the most basic facts about the Trans-Pacific Partnership is also the most important: It's huge.

The trade deal got over a big hurdle Friday when the Senate voted in favor of giving the Obama administration "fast-track" authority to negotiate the deal with Canada and 10 Asian nations.

That leaves the U.S. House, and it's unclear it has the votes yet. If it passes, though, TPP, which has angered many in the president's party, would be by far the largest free trade agreement the U.S. has in effect.

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9:02am

Tue May 26, 2015
Media

Charter To Pay $78B For Time Warner Cable

Originally published on Tue May 26, 2015 3:47 pm

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8:25am

Tue May 26, 2015
Europe

Italy's Berlusconi Discovers Social Media As A Campaign Tool

Originally published on Tue May 26, 2015 6:33 pm

Former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi finished serving a tax fraud conviction in March.
Luca Bruno AP

Italy holds regional elections Sunday, and one politician trying to make a comeback is the scandal-plagued former prime minister, Silvio Berlusconi.

Taking his cue from Italy's digitally savvy young Prime Minister Matteo Renzi, Berlusconi has opened an Instagram account, posting more than 60 photos on the first day alone.

We see the 78-year-old media tycoon holding trophies of his soccer team, A.C. Milan; addressing rallies; and posing with his 29-year-old girlfriend, Francesca Pascale — as well as hugging his white poodle Dudu.

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7:24am

Tue May 26, 2015
The Two-Way

At Least 10 Dead As Storms, Flooding Ravage Texas, Oklahoma

Originally published on Tue May 26, 2015 4:38 pm

Forrest Huggleston and Alex Huff watch flooding at Shoal Creek after days of heavy rain in Austin, Texas, on Monday.
Drew Anthony Smith Getty Images

Updated at 4:38 p.m. ET

Storms continued to move through Texas and Oklahoma, bringing tornadoes and dumping torrential rains that led to deadly flooding.

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7:03am

Tue May 26, 2015
The Salt

Game For Ancient Grain: Palestinians Find Freekeh Again

In a village outside of Jenin, in the West Bank, Palestinian farmers harvest wheat early and burn the husks to yield the smoky, nutty grain known as freekeh.
Daniella Cheslow for NPR

In early May, Nasser Abufarha drove through the rural farmlands around Jenin in the northern West Bank and noticed the timeless features of village life. Young boys harvested cauliflower bigger than their heads, a sun-beaten old man passed on foot with a hoe propped against his shoulder and middle-aged women strolled to their modest homes on a path between waving wheat fields.

But there was one new element, says Abufarha, a Palestinian-American businessman and the founder of the largest fair trade exporter for Palestinian produce.

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6:45am

Tue May 26, 2015
Animals

British Cities Act To Protect Ducks With Their Own Lanes

Originally published on Tue May 26, 2015 3:47 pm

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6:34am

Tue May 26, 2015
The Two-Way

Charter Communications, Time Warner Cable Reach Merger Deal

Originally published on Tue May 26, 2015 9:51 am

Time Warner Cable and Charter Communications announced Tuesday that they had reached a merger deal.

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5:18am

Tue May 26, 2015
Music News

Heavy Rotation: 10 Songs Public Radio Can't Stop Playing

Originally published on Wed May 27, 2015 8:52 am

Swedish singer Seinabo Sey.
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5:18am

Tue May 26, 2015
Around the Nation

As Wells Dry Up, Calif. County Aims To Streamline Solutions For Water

Originally published on Tue May 26, 2015 3:47 pm

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5:18am

Tue May 26, 2015
Around the Nation

Artist Makes Money Off Of Other People's Instagram Photos

Originally published on Tue May 26, 2015 3:47 pm

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5:03am

Tue May 26, 2015
It's All Politics

With New Look And More Energy, Rick Perry Tries To Move Past 'Oops'

Originally published on Tue May 26, 2015 7:59 am

Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry, sporting black-rim glasses, speaks at a Pizza Ranch in Sioux Center, Iowa, last week.
Nati Harnik AP

The Rick Perry that Iowans were promised in 2012 may have finally shown up — four years too late.

The former Texas governor's much-heralded first presidential run quickly cratered four years ago, beset by stumbles from a candidate who was still recovering from back surgery and never seemed to find his footing on a national stage.

But last week in campaign stops in Northwest Iowa, the likely GOP presidential hopeful was back to his gregarious, confident self on the first of three days he spent barnstorming a state that could make or break his 2016 comeback hopes.

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3:26am

Tue May 26, 2015
Back At Base

A Special Focus On Caring For Vets At The End Of Their Lives

Originally published on Tue May 26, 2015 3:47 pm

A wall of tributes, prayer cards and notes of appreciation from families whose loved ones have been cared for at Madigan Army Medical Center.
Patricia Murphy KUOW

NPR — along with seven public radio stations around the country — is chronicling the lives of America's troops where they live. We're calling the project "Back at Base."

Caring for the nation's veterans at the end of their lives can be a complex task. Service members — especially combat veterans — can struggle with guilt, abandonment and regret.

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3:25am

Tue May 26, 2015
Parallels

Do Touch The Artwork At Prado's Exhibit For The Blind

Originally published on Wed May 27, 2015 9:38 am

A blind visitor to Spain's Prado Museum runs his fingers across a 3-D copy of the Mona Lisa, painted by an apprentice to Leonardo da Vinci.
Ignacio Hernando Rodriguez Courtesy of Prado Museum

It's a warning sign at art museums around the world: "Don't touch the artwork."

But Spain's famous Prado Museum is changing that, with an exhibit where visitors are not only allowed to touch the paintings — they're encouraged to do so.

The Prado has made 3-D copies of some of the most renowned works in its collection — including those by Francisco Goya, Diego Velazquez and El Greco — to allow blind people to feel them.

It's a special exhibit for those who normally can't enjoy paintings.

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3:24am

Tue May 26, 2015
U.S.

Property Owners Throw Cold Water On N.J. Shore Protective Dunes Plan

Originally published on Tue May 26, 2015 3:47 pm

Thacher Brown stands at the edge of the dune behind his Bay Head, N.J., home in November. Brown, who rebuilt a dune in front of his house after Superstorm Sandy, says he opposes Gov. Chris Christie's plan to widen beaches and build dunes along the state's 127-mile coastline.
Wayne Parry AP

In 2013, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie ordered state agencies to do whatever it took to build an engineered dune system along the entire Jersey Shore to protect from storms like Sandy.

Most oceanfront property owners have signed the necessary easements and dune-building is finally starting this spring on Long Beach Island.

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3:23am

Tue May 26, 2015
All Tech Considered

Live Video Apps Like Periscope Make Life Even Less Private

Originally published on Tue May 26, 2015 3:47 pm

With the Periscope app, owned by Twitter, it's easy for smartphone users to stream their own video live.
Chris Jackson Getty Images

Cameras are ubiquitous — from the ones in our cellphones to the security cams in parking lots and shops. And just when you thought it couldn't get harder to hide, live-streaming video is raising new questions about privacy.

Streaming video cameras aren't new, but new apps have made it super easy to stream from a smartphone. Periscope is popular because it can be streamed on Twitter, which recently purchased the app.

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3:21am

Tue May 26, 2015
Business

Don't Write Off Paper Just Yet

Originally published on Wed May 27, 2015 9:38 am

The paper industry struggled in the past decade, but some sectors have fared better than others.
Christopher Groskopf NPR

There's a scene in the television series The Office that says all you need to know about the paper industry's image these days. That sad sack of a company Dunder Mifflin is launching an advertising campaign — and just in time, says one of the sad sack employees. Whenever he tells people he works for Dunder Mifflin, they assume the company make mufflers or muffins or mittens, but "frankly all of those sound better than paper, so I let it slide."

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6:01pm

Mon May 25, 2015
Law

Officer's Acquittal Highlights Tense Police, Community Relations In Cleveland

Originally published on Mon May 25, 2015 6:45 pm

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6:01pm

Mon May 25, 2015
Law

Brelo Verdict Shows The Difficulty In Applying Use Of Force Standards

Originally published on Mon May 25, 2015 6:45 pm

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6:01pm

Mon May 25, 2015
Movies

Hollywood Promises Summer Of Blockbusters, And Could Deliver

Originally published on Mon May 25, 2015 6:52 pm

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4:58pm

Mon May 25, 2015
The Two-Way

Chicago Bears Release Ray McDonald After Arrest For Domestic Violence

Originally published on Tue May 26, 2015 11:06 am

The Chicago Bears released defensive end Ray McDonald Monday after he was arrested on charges of domestic violence in California — his second arrest in the past nine months.

The Chicago Tribune adds:

"McDonald was arrested for misdemeanor domestic violence and child endangerment, the Santa Clara, Calif., police department said. It's the second time since Aug. 31 that he's been arrested as a result of women claiming he assaulted them.

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4:30pm

Mon May 25, 2015
All Tech Considered

Computers Judge What Makes The Perfect Radio Voice

Originally published on Mon May 25, 2015 6:45 pm

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I'm Audie Cornish, and...

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WILBUR FITZGERALD: ...I'm Wilbur Fitzgerald, and this week on All Tech Considered, "The Voice," public radio style, judged by computers.

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4:30pm

Mon May 25, 2015
Business

Oil Boom Brings Diversity To States Out West

Originally published on Mon May 25, 2015 6:45 pm

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4:30pm

Mon May 25, 2015
Asia

In Drought-Ridden Taiwan, Residents Adapt To Life With Less Water

Originally published on Mon May 25, 2015 6:45 pm

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4:30pm

Mon May 25, 2015
Sports

For Women's World Cup, U.S. Soccer Fans Kick It Up A Notch

Originally published on Mon May 25, 2015 6:45 pm

American Outlaws, seen on the big screen, cheer for the U.S. women's national team more than half an hour before kickoff during a match with Mexico on May 17.
Shereen Marisol Meraji NPR

Soccer fans are replacing their favorite club jerseys for national colors as the best female players in the world prepare to face off in Canada for World Cup 2015, which starts on June 6.

The American Outlaws, considered the biggest U.S. national soccer fan association, has already been rocking red, white and blue to cheer on the women's national team.

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4:30pm

Mon May 25, 2015
NPR Ed

Through Performance, Mississippi Students Honor Long-Forgotten Locals

Originally published on Mon May 25, 2015 6:45 pm

Yarborough with his Tales From The Crypt students in Friendship Cemetery in Columbus, Miss.
Elissa Nadworny NPR

It's early evening in Friendship Cemetery, the local graveyard in Columbus, Miss. The white tombstones are coated with that yellow glow you only see right before dusk.

Students from the Mississippi School for Mathematics and Science are spread out among the gravestones. They're dressed up in costumes: A tall brunette is wearing a dark maroon dress her grandmother made. A young man wears a top hat and leans on a walking cane.

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4:30pm

Mon May 25, 2015
Back At Base

'Remember The Maine' — In Indiana!

Originally published on Mon May 25, 2015 6:45 pm

The remains of the battleship USS Maine, which was blown up in Havana Harbour, triggering the Spanish-American War.
Henry Guttmann Hulton Archive/Getty Images

NPR — along with seven public radio stations around the country — is chronicling the lives of America's troops where they live. We're calling the project "Back at Base."

It was the spark that led to America's first overseas war. After an explosion sank the battleship USS Maine in Havana Harbor in 1898, the cry rose up in the U.S. to "Remember the Maine."

The event was commemorated across the country — sometimes in unexpected places — like the city of East Chicago, Ind.

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4:30pm

Mon May 25, 2015
Around the Nation

In California, Technology Makes Droughtshaming Easier Than Ever

Originally published on Tue May 26, 2015 7:22 am

A sign encouraging people to save water is displayed at a news conference in Los Angeles. Water use restrictions in California amidst the state's ongoing drought have led to the phenomenon of "droughtshaming," or publicly calling out water wasters.
Nick Ut AP

California's drought is turning neighbor against neighbor, as everyone seems to be on the lookout for water wasters.

Take Los Angeles resident Jane Demian, for example. She recently got a letter from the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power's Water Conservation Response Unit, about an unverified report of prohibited water use activity at her home in the Eagle Rock neighborhood of L.A. Demian says she was called out for water runoff onto the sidewalk, driveway and gutter, and the unauthorized "washdown of hardscapes" like the walkway to her house.

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3:05pm

Mon May 25, 2015
The Two-Way

Reports: Charter Communications To Buy Time Warner Cable For $55B

Charter Communications, the No. 4 U.S. cable company, is reportedly close to buying Time Warner Cable, the nation's second-largest, for $55 billion, Bloomberg, The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times are reporting.

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2:09pm

Mon May 25, 2015
The Two-Way

On Memorial Day, Obama Honors Sacrifices Of Service Members

Originally published on Tue May 26, 2015 11:08 am

Army veteran Bernie Klemanek, of Mineral, Va., stops to salute his fallen comrades on Memorial Day during an early morning visit Monday to "The Wall" at the Vietnam War Memorial in Washington.
J. David Ake AP

Americans are paying tribute today, Memorial Day, to the sacrifices of service members in the nation's earliest conflicts and the newest.

President Obama laid a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknowns at Arlington National Cemetery, just outside Washington.

Some 5,000 people were at the grounds of the cemetery, which Obama called "more than a final resting place for fallen heroes." It is, he said, "a reflection of America itself. A reflection of our history, the wars we've waged for democracy, the peace we've laid to preserve it.

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1:25pm

Mon May 25, 2015
Interviews

Philip Glass On Legacy: 'The Future ... It's All Around Us'

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This is FRESH AIR. I'm Terry Gross. I hope you’ve been having a good Memorial Day weekend. Today, we’re going to hear my recently-recorded interview with composer Philip Glass.

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