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5:10am

Mon June 16, 2014
NPR Story

Legendary Radio Host Casey Kasem Dies At 82

Originally published on Mon June 16, 2014 7:56 am

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LINDA WERTHEIMER, HOST:

We'd like to take a moment now to remember legendary radio host Casey Kasem who died yesterday. He was the voice behind the hugely popular music countdown program, the long-running American Top 40, which he launched in 1970.

(SOUNDBITE OF RADIO SHOW, "AMERICAN TOP 40")

CASEY KASEM: There it is - the number one song in the USA on American Top 40 for the fourth week running - "Hey Ya!" by OutKast.

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5:10am

Mon June 16, 2014
NPR Story

Maliki Government Blamed For Militants Advance In Iraq

Originally published on Mon June 16, 2014 7:56 am

Linda Wertheimer talks to Reuters Baghdad Bureau Chief Ned Parker about Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki's time in office, and how his policies have contributed to deteriorating security conditions.

7:02am

Fri June 13, 2014
Around the Nation

FBI To Auction Off Confiscated Cyber Currency

Originally published on Fri June 13, 2014 7:29 am

Authorities seized $17 million worth of bitcoins from the illegal online drug market Silk Road. This virtual liquidation could cause the value of bitcoins to fall but the FBI says everything must go.

6:58am

Fri June 13, 2014
Iraq

Iraq's Army Stumbles Because U.S. Left Too Quickly, Analyst Says

Originally published on Fri June 13, 2014 7:29 am

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6:25am

Fri June 13, 2014
Latin America

World Cup's First Day Marred By Protests

Originally published on Fri June 13, 2014 9:28 am

Riot police in Sao Paulo used tear gas and stun grenades against protesters angry over Brazil's attention to the World Cup over the needs of its people. The violence came before the first game began.

6:19am

Fri June 13, 2014
Around the Nation

George H.W. Bush, 90, Jumps Out Of A Helicopter

Originally published on Fri June 13, 2014 7:29 am

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

Good morning. I'm Renee Montagne. We noted yesterday that it was George H.W. Bush's 90th birthday. And if you're thinking the president celebrated with an early bird dinner at the local diner, try parachuting out of a helicopter from 6,000 feet. The former president marked his 75th, 80th and 85th birthday with skydives. This time the Boston Globe reports, Bush landed with an unpresidential face-plant on a lawn. It's MORNING EDITION. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.

6:08am

Fri June 13, 2014
Middle East

Iraq's Army Is Ineffective Against Islamist Insurgents

Originally published on Fri June 13, 2014 9:30 am

There are reports of Iraqi government troops just fleeing, dropping their weapons and shedding their uniforms. The U.S. spent a lot of time and money training Iraqi forces.

5:17am

Fri June 13, 2014
Business

At E3, Critics Renew Calls For More Diverse Video Game Characters

Originally published on Fri June 13, 2014 9:29 am

Even though women make up a significant proportion of dedicated gamers, there are few female protagonists in big-selling video games. The same goes for ethnic and racial minorities.

5:15am

Fri June 13, 2014
History

40 Years On, Woodward And Bernstein Recall Reporting On Watergate

Originally published on Sun June 15, 2014 11:59 am

Journalists Bob Woodward (left) and Carl Bernstein at the Watergate complex in Washington, D.C. Their reporting about the scandal later known as "Watergate" won a Pulitzer Prize.
Kainaz Amaria NPR

Many people know All the President's Men as a film: a hit movie about the two young reporters who cracked the Watergate conspiracy. It's the only blockbuster that centers on two guys making phone calls, organizing paper notes and meeting a source called Deep Throat in a parking garage.

But before the movie, there was a book, which came out 40 years ago this month. In it, reporters Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein tell the story of how they uncovered the scandal.

It all started in the Watergate hotel and office complex in Washington.

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5:02am

Fri June 13, 2014
Music

Just In Time For Father's Day: Bad Dads In Opera

Originally published on Tue June 17, 2014 8:19 am

Renee Montagne talks to music commentator Miles Hoffman, who says his candidate for opera's most evil father is the character of Alberich from Richard Wagner's The Ring of the Nibelung.

5:02am

Fri June 13, 2014
NPR Story

Sioux Reservation Has Mixed Feelings About Obama Visit

Originally published on Fri June 13, 2014 7:29 am

President Obama will go the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation which straddles the border between North and South Dakota. It's his first visit to an Indian reservation since becoming president.

5:02am

Fri June 13, 2014
Politics

The Challenges Behind Accurate Opinion Polls

Originally published on Fri June 13, 2014 9:27 am

This week's stunning defeat of House Majority Leader Eric Cantor came after his internal polls showed him winning — instead he lost by double digits.

7:41am

Thu June 12, 2014
Sports

Uruguay Soccer Legend Left Off World Cup Guest List

Alcides Ghiggia is normally invited to the opening match of the World Cup but he wasn't this year. He scored the winning goal against Brazil in 1950, the last time Brazil hosted the tournament.

6:19am

Thu June 12, 2014
Around the Nation

University Of Virginia Professor To Be Poet Laureate

Originally published on Thu June 12, 2014 7:41 am

The Library of Congress is expected to announce on Thursday that Charles Wright, 78, of the University of Virginia will be the nation's next poet laureate.

5:58am

Thu June 12, 2014
Sports

One Day, World Cup May Be Out Of This World

Originally published on Thu June 12, 2014 7:41 am

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5:22am

Thu June 12, 2014
Iraq

Islamist Militants Gain Ground In Northern Iraq

Originally published on Thu June 12, 2014 7:41 am

Sunni Islamist militants have seized control of the Iraqi cities of Mosul and Tikrit and appear to be preparing an assault on Baghdad. Americans fought and died trying to prevent that from happening.

5:12am

Thu June 12, 2014
Planet Money

Volatility Index Indicates Wall Street Is Bored

Originally published on Thu June 12, 2014 9:40 am

An economic indicator commonly called the VIX, volatility index, is also known as the fear index. Whatever you call it, the index is hitting lows not seen since before the financial crisis.

5:12am

Thu June 12, 2014
Politics

Senate Version Adds Costs To VA Overhaul Measure

Originally published on Thu June 12, 2014 9:39 am

The Senate passed a bipartisan bill to overhaul the Department of Veterans Affairs. The measure is close enough to a version already passed by the House that it could reach the president's desk soon.

5:00pm

Wed June 11, 2014
The Salt

School Lunch Debate: What's At Stake?

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School lunches have never been known for culinary excellence. But to be fair, the National School Lunch Program — which provides free or reduced lunches to about 31 million kids every day — has never aimed to dazzle as much as to fill little bellies.

In 2010, Congress gave the Federal School Lunch Program a nutrition make-over. New regulations called for:

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7:46am

Wed June 11, 2014
Around the Nation

Traveler Makes The Best Of Empty Airport

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

Good morning. I'm Renee Montagne. When Richard Dunn found himself stuck overnight in the deserted Las Vegas airport, he spent his time making a video-selfie, lip-syncing Celine Dion's "All By Myself."

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "ALL BY MYSELF")

CELINE DION: (Singing) All by myself...

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7:03am

Wed June 11, 2014
Around the Nation

Donald Trump Retweets Fake Quote Attributed To Him

Originally published on Wed June 11, 2014 7:46 am

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6:57am

Wed June 11, 2014
Education

iPads Allow Kids With Challenges To Play In High School's Band

Originally published on Thu June 12, 2014 10:40 am

Jason Haughton sings an original tune composed by the PS 177 Technology Band.
Eric Westervelt NPR

There's a steady stream of hype surrounding the pluses and pitfalls of classroom tablet computers. But for a growing number of special education students tablets and their apps are proving transformative. The tablets aren't merely novel and fun. With guidance from creative teachers, they are helping to deepen engagement, communication, and creativity.

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6:40am

Wed June 11, 2014
Iraq

In Iraq, Mosul Falls To Insurgent Group

Originally published on Wed June 11, 2014 7:46 am

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

There are dramatic developments in Iraq where an extremist group, that's taken over large parts of Syria, has stormed into the major Iraqi city of Mosul. Leaders there are saying that this Al Qaeda offshoot, which is called the Islamic state of Iraq and Syria, may even be pushing south in the direction of Baghdad. NPR's Alice Fordham joins us now from northern Iraq for more. And tell us, what exactly the situation is there, in Mosul.

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5:25am

Wed June 11, 2014
NPR Story

Clevelanders Discuss Replacing Sin Tax With Win Tax

Originally published on Sat June 14, 2014 12:55 am

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5:25am

Wed June 11, 2014
Business

Community Sourced Capital Connects Businesses With Local Funds

Originally published on Wed June 11, 2014 7:46 am

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And small businesses are finding ways to raise money, outside the banking system, alternatives include Kickstarter. From member station WVTF in Virginia, Beverly Amsler reports on another lending site that serves small business, one that capitalizes on community spirit.

PENNIE AHUERO: We've got chocolate peanut butter and samoa.

UNIDENTIFIED MAN: Oh, boy.

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5:25am

Wed June 11, 2014
Sports

Soccer Fans Eager To Get World Cup Action Underway

Originally published on Wed June 11, 2014 9:48 am

Despite strikes and protests, fans are converging on Brazil in advance of the World Cup. The soccer tournament starts on Thursday. People from all over the world are getting into the soccer spirit.

5:25am

Wed June 11, 2014
NPR Story

Rules Force Washington To Cut Emissions More Than Other States

Originally published on Wed June 11, 2014 7:46 am

The Environmental Protection Agency has announced strict new carbon emissions regulations. Washington state has the largest reduction target — about 72 percent overall.

5:25am

Wed June 11, 2014
Politics

Clinton Uses 'Hard Choices' Book Tour To Steer Benghazi Message

Originally published on Wed June 11, 2014 7:46 am

Republicans have been using the 2012 attack in Libya against her. Analysts say while Hillary Clinton is talking about Benghazi, she is defining the issue herself well ahead of any political campaign.

8:23am

Tue June 10, 2014
Europe

Love Locks Weigh Paris Bridge Down

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

Good morning, I'm Renee Montagne. Happy couples have attached one too many love locks to a popular bridge in Paris. The bridge closed last night after part of it crumbled under the weight of thousands of padlocks, hooked there to symbolize endless love. Thousands of Parisians have signed a petition to remove all those locks, but this morning the bridge reopened to pedestrians. So Paris remains locked in battle over a lover's tradition for a little while longer. It's MORNING EDITION. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.

7:50am

Tue June 10, 2014
Around the Nation

We Said 'Tie', Listeners Told Us We Were Wrong

Originally published on Tue June 10, 2014 8:23 am

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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

Good morning. I'm David Greene. Yesterday we reported on the U.S. men's soccer team as it heads to Brazil for the World Cup. Shortly afterwards, a scolding tweet came in over a misuse of some sports language. Soccer matches, we were told, don't tie, they draw. You also don't say two goals to nothing - it's two to nil. Like this...

(SOUNDBITE OF ARCHIVED RECORDING)

UNIDENTIFIED ANNOUNCER: Manchester United now they are stopped by two goals to nil.

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