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2:58 am
Mon May 18, 2015

Politics In The News: Republican Presidential Field Gets Crowded

Originally published on Mon May 18, 2015 7:00 am

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We're joined next, as we are most Mondays, by someone who always has a blast on the radio, Cokie Roberts. Hi, Cokie.

COKIE ROBERTS, BYLINE: Hi, Steve. That's true (laughter).

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2:58 am
Mon May 18, 2015

Amtrak Victims Remembered During Memorial Service

Originally published on Mon May 18, 2015 7:00 am

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Amtrak trains are running again between Philadelphia and New York. The line was closed for almost a week after a passenger train derailed. Last night, people paused in Philadelphia to remember the dead as NPR's Jeff Brady reports.

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Iraq
2:58 am
Mon May 18, 2015

ISIS Takes Control Of Ramadi, Key Iraqi City

Originally published on Mon May 18, 2015 7:00 am

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Asia
2:58 am
Mon May 18, 2015

Rohingya Migrants Left Out At Sea, No Country Will Allow Them Ashore

Originally published on Tue May 19, 2015 7:39 am

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Goats and Soda
1:53 am
Mon May 18, 2015

It's Not A Come-On From A Cult. It's A New Kind Of Poll!

Among the topics: Would it be better to put the natural gas money in a rainy day fund or spend it now? If you do spend it, what's the most urgent need? Roads? Schools? Clinics?
Courtesy of the Center for Global Development

Originally published on Tue May 19, 2015 5:42 pm

You get a visit by someone you've never met before. You're invited on an all-expense paid trip to your country's biggest city for a two-day meeting on natural gas policy.

Oh, and if you show up you get a free cellphone!

It might sound sketchy. But it's actually an innovative strategy that is being tested by researchers at a Washington, D.C.-based think-tank, the Center for Global Development, or CGD, to help the African nation of Tanzania decide how to spend its expected windfall from new discoveries of natural gas.

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Shots - Health News
1:52 am
Mon May 18, 2015

Deaf Jam: Experiencing Music Through A Cochlear Implant

Sam Swiller and his dog, Sully, in their home in Washington, D.C.
Meredith Rizzo/NPR

Originally published on Mon May 18, 2015 10:16 am

When Sam Swiller used hearing aids, his musical tastes ran to AC/DC and Nirvana — loud bands with lots of drums and bass. But after Swiller got a cochlear implant in 2005, he found that sort of music less appealing.

"I was getting pushed away from sounds I used to love," he says, "but also being more attracted to sounds that I never appreciated before." So he began listening to folk and alternative music, including the Icelandic singer Bjork.

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The Two-Way
1:47 am
Mon May 18, 2015

In Seoul, Kerry Calls N. Korea Provocations 'Egregious,' 'Reckless'

South Korean Foreign Minister Yun Byung-se and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry hold a joint news conference following meetings at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Seoul.
Saul Loeb AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Mon May 18, 2015 8:52 am

Given the always-present tensions in this region, it's no surprise that U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry's visit to Seoul on Monday was all about security.

"We are not seeking conflict, we are seeking a peaceful resolution of the differences that still exist after so many years on the peninsula," Kerry said.

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The Two-Way
11:15 pm
Sun May 17, 2015

9 Dead After Shootout Between Rival Biker Gangs In Central Texas

Authorities investigate a shooting in the parking lot of the Twin Peaks restaurant Sunday in Waco, Texas. Authorities say the shootout victims were members of rival biker gangs that had gathered for a meeting.
Jerry Larson AP

Originally published on Mon May 18, 2015 8:34 pm

A brawl among as many as five rival motorcycle gangs turned deadly on Sunday in Waco, Texas. Nine bikers were killed and 18 injured at a popular sports bar frequented by the gangs. No bystanders or employees were hurt.

Waco police said trouble had been brewing at the Twin Peaks bar and grill for some time. Bikers had been congregating there in ever-increasing numbers, and there had been more and more arrests for fights and weapons. Authorities had intelligence that there was a high potential for violence on Sunday. And they were right.

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Race
4:52 pm
Sun May 17, 2015

Often Employees, Rarely CEOs: Challenges Asian-Americans Face In Tech

Google was one of five Silicon Valley companies included in a recent study that looked at executive-level representation for Asian-Americans in the tech industry.
Marcio Jose Sanchez AP

Originally published on Mon May 18, 2015 7:47 am

A new report on diversity in Silicon Valley shows that Asians and Asian-Americans are well-represented in lower-level positions — but, in comparison, severely underrepresented at the management and executive levels at five large, established tech companies.

Ascend, an Asian-American professional organization based in New York, found that although 27 percent of professionals working at those companies are Asian or Asian-American, fewer than 19 percent of managers, and just under 14 percent of executives, are.

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My Big Break
4:04 pm
Sun May 17, 2015

A 13-Year-Old, A Burlap Dress And A Career Launch That Took 'Grit'

Hailee Steinfeld played Mattie Ross in the Coen brothers' 2010 version of True Grit.
Wilson Webb Paramount Pictures

Originally published on Mon May 18, 2015 10:38 am

As part of a series called My Big Break, All Things Considered is collecting stories of triumph, big and small. These are the moments when everything seems to click, and people leap forward into their careers.

Hailee Steinfeld is a new face in the Barden Bellas; she's joined the college singing group for Pitch Perfect 2. But the 18-year-old actress is not new to cinema.

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Television
4:01 pm
Sun May 17, 2015

TV Thriller 'Wayward Pines' Offers Suspense — And An Ending

In Chad Hodge's new Fox series, Secret Service agent Ethan Burke (Matt Dillon) travels to Wayward Pines, Idaho, in search of two missing federal agents.
Liane Hentscher FOX

Originally published on Sun May 17, 2015 6:56 pm

The new Fox thriller Wayward Pines opens with a chilling scene. A man wakes up in the middle of the forest with cuts and bruises all over his body. Lost and confused, he stumbles into town. The audience soon learns the man is a Secret Service agent named Ethan Burke, played by Matt Dillon.

"He goes to the town of Wayward Pines, Idaho, looking for two other Secret Service agents who went missing there and pretty soon he finds out he can't leave," Chad Hodge, showrunner and creator, tells NPR's Arun Rath.

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The Two-Way
3:31 pm
Sun May 17, 2015

Amtrak To Restore Service Between Philadelphia And New York

Originally published on Sun May 17, 2015 5:01 pm

Updated at 7 p.m. EDT

Amtrak will be restoring rail service between Philadelphia and New York at 5:30 Monday morning, the rail service announced Sunday.

Service between the two cities had been shut down since Tuesday, when train 188 derailed in Philadelphia, killing eight and wounding more than 200.

The affected section of track is part of the Northeast Corridor — the busiest railroad in America.

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U.S.
3:19 pm
Sun May 17, 2015

Helping Postal Workers Fend Off An Age-Old Problem: Dog Bites

Allen Burnsworth, owner of Sit Means Sit Dog Training in Los Angeles, demonstrates how to fight off a dog attack with Flash, a trained 2-year-old Belgian Malinois.
Allie Ferguson NPR

Originally published on Mon May 18, 2015 7:58 am

This week, the U.S. Postal Service released its rankings for dog attacks on postal workers in 2014, and Los Angeles was No. 1 on the list. Seventy-four letter carriers in the LA area were attacked last year.

"Dog bites mailman" may be a cliche, but if you've ever been attacked by a dog, you know there's nothing funny about it.

Horace Lewis knows about that, too.

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Iraq
3:19 pm
Sun May 17, 2015

Islamic State Claims To Have Seized Iraqi City of Ramadi

Originally published on Sun May 17, 2015 6:56 pm

The self-declared Islamic State claims to have seized Ramadi, the capital of Iraq's Anbar province. NPR's Arun Rath speaks with international correspondent Alice Fordham, who has reported extensively from Iraq and is following the situation from Beirut.

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Economy
3:19 pm
Sun May 17, 2015

Chicago's Credit Rating Is Downgraded

Originally published on Sun May 17, 2015 6:56 pm

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The Two-Way
2:56 pm
Sun May 17, 2015

Indonesian Military Chief Defends 'Virginity Tests' For Female Recruits

Female soldiers perform martial arts at a ceremony in Jakarta. Women in Indonesia must undergo an invasive "virginity test" to join the military.
Agung Kuncahya B. Xinhua/Landov

Originally published on Mon May 18, 2015 8:26 am

Indonesia's top military commander defended a requirement that female recruits undergo an invasive "virginity test" to determine whether they are morally suited for the armed forces. His remarks follow a letter from Human Rights Watch condemning the practice.

"So what's the problem? It's a good thing, so why criticize it?" Gen. Moeldoko was quoted by The Jakarta Globe as telling reporters on Friday.

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The Two-Way
1:23 pm
Sun May 17, 2015

Islamic State Claims Capture Of Iraqi City Of Ramadi

Displaced Iraqis from Ramadi rest before crossing the Bzebiz bridge as they flee toward Baghdad on Saturday.
Hadi Mizban AP

Originally published on Sun May 17, 2015 10:06 pm

Updated at 11:50 p.m. ET

The self-declared Islamic State claims its fighters have seized Ramadi in Iraq's western Anbar province, even as Iraqi officials disagreed on whether the city was lost and Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi ordered Shiite militias not to abandon their positions.

In a statement, the extremist group said it seized tanks and killed "dozens of apostates," referring to Iraqi security forces, according to Reuters. A spokesman for the governor of Anbar province also said the city had fallen to ISIS.

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The Two-Way
1:01 pm
Sun May 17, 2015

20 Years After China Seized Boy Monk, Tibetans Call For His Release

Members of Exile Tibetan Women Association protest to demand the immediate release of Gedhun Choekyi Nyima, the 11th Panchen Lama, during a gathering to mark the 20th anniversary of his disappearance, in New Delhi, India, on Sunday.
Tsering Topgyal AP

Two decades after a 6-year-old boy designated as Tibetan Buddhism's second most important spiritual leader was swept up by Chinese authorities and never heard from again, the Dalai Lama's government-in-exile has renewed a call for his release.

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The Two-Way
11:30 am
Sun May 17, 2015

Asia's Governments Talk As Desperate Rohingyas Wait At Sea

Migrants as their boat is towed away by a Thai navy vessel, in waters near Koh Lipe island, on Saturday. Thousands of Rohingya and Bangladeshis have been turned away by Thailand, Malaysia and Indonesia.
Reuters/Landov

Originally published on Mon May 18, 2015 1:34 pm

At least 1,000 desperate Rohingya migrants from Myanmar remain stranded on boats in the Andaman Sea with little food or water as the nations of Southeast Asia seem no closer to resolving the problem of where — or even whether — they will come ashore.

As Michael Sullivan reports from Thailand, the region's countries have begun leaning on Myanmar to take action to stop the flow.

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The Two-Way
8:52 am
Sun May 17, 2015

Palestinian Nuns Among Latest Saints Declared By Pope Francis

Pope Francis greets Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas following a canonization ceremony for four nuns, including two Palestinians, in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican, on Sunday.
Alessandra Tarantino AP

Originally published on Sun May 17, 2015 12:58 pm

Two nuns from 19th-century Palestine are now saints after being canonized by Pope Francis, in a move seen as aimed at encouraging Christians across the Middle East who are facing persecution by Islamist extremists.

According to The Associated Press:

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The Two-Way
8:25 am
Sun May 17, 2015

Burundi's President Makes First Public Appearance Since Coup Attempt

President Pierre Nkurunziza makes a brief statement at the presidential palace in Bujumbura, Burundi, on Sunday. In his first appearance since a failed coup against his government, Nkurunziza, didn't mention the unrest.
Jerome Delay AP

Originally published on Sun May 17, 2015 12:48 pm

Burundi's President Pierre Nkurunziza, whose government survived a coup attempt last week, has made his first appearance in the capital since the unsuccessful attempt to oust him, warning of the threat from the extremist al-Shabab movement in Somalia.

According to AP:

"Nkurunziza made a brief statement to journalists in the foyer of his heavily guarded presidential offices in Bujumbura Sunday morning. He did not mention the failed coup plot against him or the protests that have rocked Burundi for weeks over his bid for a third term in office."

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It's All Politics
7:39 am
Sun May 17, 2015

GOP Presidential Hopefuls Serve Up Ice Cream, Cheese And Red Meat To Iowans

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker offers cheese and ice cream to guests in his hospitality room at the Iowa Lincoln Day Dinner in Des Moines on Saturday.
Charlie Neibergall AP

Originally published on Tue May 19, 2015 7:51 am

GOP presidential hopefuls spent Saturday night serving up ice cream, cheese and political red meat to potential Iowa caucus voters.

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The Two-Way
7:36 am
Sun May 17, 2015

WATCH: Tornado Skirts Past Cows In Oklahoma

A tornado in Elmer, Okla., on Saturday.
TVNWeather.com YouTube

Originally published on Sun May 17, 2015 12:21 pm

Tornadoes in western Oklahoma damaged homes, brought down power lines and otherwise caused havoc Saturday evening, but no casualties have been reported.

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The Two-Way
6:52 am
Sun May 17, 2015

4 ISIS Leaders Reportedly Among 32 Killed In U.S. Raid, Airstrikes

Originally published on Sun May 17, 2015 12:44 pm

At least four leaders of the self-declared Islamic State, including Abu Sayyaf, were among 32 members of the extremist group killed in airstrikes and a U.S. Special Forces raid inside Syria, according to U.K.-based monitors.

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Business
6:32 am
Sun May 17, 2015

The Outsized Optimism Of The Entrepreneur

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Originally published on Sun May 17, 2015 5:23 pm

It is part of the American dream, the notion that if you have a good idea and a fire in your belly, you can turn an idea into a successful business. It's that entrepreneurial spirit that drives the global economy.

That message is everywhere in our culture. President Obama echoed it last week, at a summit on entrepreneurship at the White House.

"We have a lot of brainpower here," he said. "We've got innovators and investors, business leaders, entrepreneurs. We've even got a few Sharks."

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The Salt
6:32 am
Sun May 17, 2015

Assault On Salt: Uruguay Bans Shakers In Restaurants And Schools

Originally published on Sun May 17, 2015 12:51 pm

A typical Uruguayan asado, or barbecue, is made up of vast racks of prime cuts of beef, pork or chicken roasted on a grill next to — not on top of — a wood burning fire.

At parilla restaurants across the capitol Montevideo, the asados are pretty epic; the fatty cuts sizzle and then get slapped onto your plate, oozing with juice.

But if you want to grab a salt shaker and add a bit of extra salt to your meal these days in the Uruguayan capital, you can't.

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Politics
6:32 am
Sun May 17, 2015

GOP Presidential Race Revs Its Motors At Iowa Dinner

Originally published on Sun May 17, 2015 5:14 pm

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Around the Nation
6:32 am
Sun May 17, 2015

Train Engineer: You Have To Be 'Ready To Act'

Originally published on Sun May 17, 2015 8:44 am

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Health Care
6:32 am
Sun May 17, 2015

Ebola Doctor To Grads: Enter The Suffering Of Others

Originally published on Sun May 17, 2015 8:44 am

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Around the Nation
6:32 am
Sun May 17, 2015

As Amtrak's Train Cars Age, Ridership Skew Young

Originally published on Sun May 17, 2015 1:38 pm

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