Between 1962 and 1965, The Beatles were featured on 53 BBC radio programs. For The Beatles: The BBC Archives, executive producerKevin Howlett had to search for many of these recordings, and they weren't easy to find.
Originally broadcast Nov. 27, 2013.
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Originally published on Tue January 27, 2015 1:40 pm
A record 125 people were exonerated last year in the U.S. after being falsely convicted of crimes, according to a new report. The number surpasses the previous record of 91 set in 2013.
Much of the increase was due to one county in Texas. Thirty-three people in Harris County had their drug convictions thrown out after lab tests found they tested negative for the presence of illegal substances.
Originally published on Tue January 27, 2015 12:08 pm
For more than a year, a once-popular drug that makes cattle put on weight faster has been stuck in a kind of veterinary purgatory.
As far as the Food and Drug Administration is concerned, the drug, Zilmax, is legal to use. But large meat packers, which dominate the industry, have ostracized it after the drug was accused of making animals suffer. The drug's manufacturer, Merck, has been working on a plan to rehabilitate it. But that effort has stalled.
Originally published on Tue January 27, 2015 9:16 am
The NPR Ed team is discovering what teachers do when they're not teaching. Cartoonist? Carpenter? Dolphin trainer? Explore our Secret Lives of Teachers series.
Most teachers will watch the Super Bowl at home, cracking open a beer maybe, or yelling at their flat-screen TVs. Lauren Schneider will be right there on the sidelines, cheering on Tom Brady and her team just feet from the action.
Originally published on Tue January 27, 2015 11:07 am
Holocaust survivors gathered along with several world leaders today to mark the 70th anniversary of the liberation by the Soviet Red Army of the Auschwitz-Birkenau camp in Poland where more than 1 million people, mostly Jews, were killed.
Originally published on Wed January 28, 2015 12:12 pm
Insurance and the subsidies available to buy it can be confusing. Here are some answers to recent questions from people who are running into difficulties with premiums and tax credits on their marketplace plans.
Originally published on Tue January 27, 2015 1:54 pm
Could a 12-step program, with its Christian roots, help addicts recover on a conservative Muslim island in the Indian Ocean?
Suleiman Mauly was desperate to find out. He'd been using heroin in his native Zanzibar since age 17. The island nation is a key stop for heroin smuggled from Pakistan and Afghanistan to Europe. An estimated 7 percent of the 1 million inhabitants are heroin addicts.
Mauly had tried to get clean a couple of times. It didn't work. Then he discovered a 12-step program in Mombasa, Kenya.
Originally published on Tue January 27, 2015 12:18 pm
"The line between cheating and gamesmanship is constantly blurred," observes The New York Times in a recent story. The Times, and just about everyone else, is talking about the perhaps-tampering-with-gameballs allegations levied against the New England Patriots — specifically coach Bill Belichick and quarterback Tom Brady.
Both Belichick and Brady have denied any wrongdoing.
Originally published on Tue January 27, 2015 1:32 pm
Updated at 3:28 p.m. ET
The son of the man who reportedly shot and wounded two policeman said his father, 68-year-old Raymond K. Kmetz, had a history of making threats. Nathan Kmetz said he would provide additional information about his father later on Tuesday.
Originally published on Tue January 27, 2015 2:04 pm
First the good news: Forecasts of a historic winter storm for the country's most populous city have failed to materialize.
Forecasters had called for up to 30 inches of snow in New York City, but as a new day dawned, meteorologists had downgraded the system to a winter storm from a blizzard and tempered their forecasts, saying when it was all done, the city would have about 12 inches of snow on the ground.
Originally published on Tue January 27, 2015 2:27 pm
The remains of a World War II soldier who died in a prisoner of war camp in the Philippines — and the subject of a joint NPR/ProPublica investigation last year — have been identified as Pvt. Arthur "Bud" Kelder. His identification came after a long legal battle between his family and the Pentagon.
Originally published on Tue January 27, 2015 9:27 am
Laws intended to protect children from abuse and neglect are not being properly enforced, and the federal government is to blame. That's according to a study by the Children's Advocacy Institute at the University of San Diego School of Law, which says children are suffering as a result.
The numbers are grim. Almost 680,000 children in the United States were the victims of abuse and neglect in 2013. More than 1,500 of them died.
Originally published on Tue January 27, 2015 9:27 am
Over in Park City, Utah, the Sundance Film Festival is in full swing. Critic Kenneth Turan tells NPR's Renee Montagne about some of the festival's must-see films, including documentaries about Scientology, rape on college campuses and Nina Simone, and a romantic drama based on a novel by Colm Tóibín.
Originally published on Tue January 27, 2015 10:14 am
President Obama says he will ask Congress to give wilderness status to protect more than 12 million acres of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. The president announced his intention Sunday in a video, describing the area as a pristine habitat with abundant wildlife.
Originally published on Tue January 27, 2015 9:51 am
The Obama administration said Monday that it wants to speed up changes to Medicare so that within four years half of its traditional spending will go to doctors, hospitals and other providers that coordinate patient care.
The shift is being made to stress quality and frugality over payment by the procedure, test and visit.
Originally published on Mon January 26, 2015 3:46 pm
By the time you read this post, asteroid 2004 BL86 will already have come as close to us as it's going to get as it flies by Earth. At about 11:19 a.m. ET today, it was nearly 745,000 miles away from our planet. That's only about three times the distance from the Earth to the moon.
But don't worry, you may still be able to catch a glimpse of the huge hunk of rock tonight.
Originally published on Tue January 27, 2015 9:02 am
The search for jurors in the case of accused Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is taking longer than expected.
Defense attorneys say it's nearly impossible to find open-minded, unbiased jurors around Boston. They're asking yet again for the judge to move the trial somewhere else.
From the beginning, defense attorneys have argued the entire jury pool has been poisoned by what they call "a narrative of guilt" from a "tidal wave" of media coverage. Now, Tsarnaev's lawyers say jurors' own comments on a court questionnaire prove widespread bias.
Originally published on Mon January 26, 2015 5:52 pm
Three Republican presidential hopefuls declined Sunday night to insult some of the party's biggest donors.
Sens. Rand Paul of Kentucky, Marco Rubio of Florida and Ted Cruz of Texas, asked by debate moderator Jonathan Karl of ABC News if billionaires now have too much influence in both major parties, agreed that it wasn't a problem — if not exactly for the same reasons.