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Parallels
5:55 am
Mon March 24, 2014

On The Mend, But Wounds Of Violence Still Scar Juarez

Workers arrive at an assembly plant located along the border.
Kainaz Amaria NPR

Originally published on Mon March 24, 2014 9:25 am

We had just finished our time in Juarez, Mexico, when we had dinner with some distant relations on the U.S. side of the border. "You," one of my relatives said, "are the first Juarez survivors we've seen in some time."

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The Two-Way
5:55 am
Mon March 24, 2014

Book News: Hitler As A Comedian? Comic Novel Tests Limits Of Humor

Adolf Hitler, pictured delivering a speech circa 1936.
Keystone/Getty Images

Originally published on Mon March 24, 2014 4:34 am

The daily lowdown on books, publishing, and the occasional author behaving badly.

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Music Interviews
5:54 am
Mon March 24, 2014

For Boy George, Music And Style Is Just 'What I Do'

Boy George's first solo album in 19 years is This Is What I Do.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Mon March 24, 2014 9:25 am

Boy George's style and sound are unmistakable. In 1982, the Irish Catholic singer joined a Jewish drummer, a Protestant guitar-and-keyboard player and a Jamaican bassist to form Culture Club.

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Around the Nation
5:54 am
Mon March 24, 2014

25 Years After Spill, Alaska Town Struggles Back From 'Dead Zone'

Orca Inlet, Cordova's fishing harbor, on a blustery day this month. Commercial fishing is the small Alaskan town's primary industry.
Marisa Peñaloza NPR

Originally published on Mon March 24, 2014 9:25 am

On March 24, 1989, the tanker Exxon Valdez struck a reef in Prince William Sound, Alaska, spilling 11 million gallons of crude oil into the pristine water. At the time, it was the single biggest spill in U.S. history. In a series of stories, NPR is examining the lasting social and economic impacts of the disaster, as well as the policy, regulation and scientific research that came out of it.

It's a blustery, snowy March day when Michelle Hahn O'Leary offers a tour of Cordova, Alaska, situated on the eastern shore of Prince William Sound.

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The Two-Way
5:53 am
Mon March 24, 2014

Train Derails At O'Hare, Injuring Dozens And Delaying Chicago Travelers

A derailed Chicago Transit Authority train car rests on an escalator at the O'Hare Airport station early Monday, in Chicago.
Andrew Nelles AP

Originally published on Mon March 24, 2014 2:46 pm

This post was updated at 5:30 p.m. ET.

More than 30 people were reportedly injured after a train on the Blue Line in Chicago derailed at O'Hare International Airport early Monday morning, jumping its track and careening into a platform.

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Code Switch
10:32 pm
Sun March 23, 2014

When Vanilla Was Brown And How We Came To See It As White

Fun fact: The vines that vanilla beans grow on also produce orchids.
Malcolm Manners via Flickr

Originally published on Mon March 24, 2014 6:31 am

Say you know someone, maybe a friend of a friend, who's perfectly pleasant but just sort of lacks any sort of oomph. You don't want to be mean (because, you, unkind? Never), but if you had to describe that person in a really, really honest way, how would you do it?

Call the FOF boring? Bland? Dull?

Vanilla?

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Business
10:32 pm
Sun March 23, 2014

After Winter's Chill, Economists Predict A Warming Trend

A cold, snowy winter in most of the country hurt economic growth, but forecasters see conditions improving for the rest of the year.
iStockphoto.com

Originally published on Sun March 23, 2014 9:09 pm

Somewhere under all of that melting snow, there's a warming economy.

"Adverse weather conditions" have hurt economic growth so far this year, but things are headed in the right direction now, according to a forecast released Monday by the National Association for Business Economics.

"Conditions in a variety of areas — including labor, consumer and housing markets — are expected to improve over the next two years, while inflation remains tame," Jack Kleinhenz, NABE president and chief economist for the National Retail Federation, said in a statement.

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The Two-Way
7:36 pm
Sun March 23, 2014

Satellite Spots More Potential Debris, But Still No Sure Sign Of Plane

Chinese relatives of the passengers onboard Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 wait for the latest information at Lido Hotel Sunday in Beijing, China.
Lintao Zhang Getty Images

Originally published on Sun March 23, 2014 10:49 am

It's déjà vu all over again in the more-than-two-week search for Malaysia Airlines flight 370: Today, like yesterday, Malaysian authorities announced that another satellite detected suspected debris near the spot they believe the 777 went missing.

This time it was a French satellite that spotted an object of interest in the southern Indian Ocean.

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Music Interviews
7:36 pm
Sun March 23, 2014

Skrillex, The Darling Of Dubstep, Speaks

"I feel like people don't take you as seriously unless you've done a 'studio record' — which is OK, but I think it's also important to not limit yourself to that," Skrillex says. His new LP Recess is a debut in name only, part of a consistent stream of mini-releases over the past several years.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Mon March 24, 2014 11:18 am

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Technology
7:33 pm
Sun March 23, 2014

Preserving Audio For The Future Is A Race Against Time

Before 1925, musicians like the Victor Orchestra, conducted by Rosario Bourdon, performed in front of a flared metal horn. An attached stylus would vibrate with the energy of the sound waves and etch them onto a wax rotating cylinder or disc — recording formats that are now very fragile.
Courtesy of the Library of Congress Recorded Sound Section

Originally published on Sun March 23, 2014 8:36 am

On the very first archaeological dig of her career, Andrea Berlin discovered the room of a house that somebody had lived in around 800 B.C. Talk about beginner's luck.

"I felt like a time traveler," she says.

Berlin is now a professor of archaeology at Boston University, where she teaches and studies ancient civilizations in the Mediterranean. She finds their sculptures and tools and lots of pottery — anything tangible and substantial enough to last two or three thousand years.

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You Must Read This
7:32 pm
Sun March 23, 2014

'Little, Big' Delights With A Little Magic And A Big, Strange Story

Paul Hakimata iStockphoto

Originally published on Mon March 24, 2014 6:45 am

John Crowley's Little, Big, an extraordinary, sweeping and strange novel, can perhaps be best described through the metaphor of its central setting: Edgewood, the house in which many generations (and permutations) of the Drinkwater family live. Edgewood is designed by the patriarch, a renowned architect, to be many houses within a single structure. It unfolds, as the viewer circles around it, to reveal many different facades — Victorian, modern, gothic — like a complex piece of origami.

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The Two-Way
7:31 pm
Sun March 23, 2014

Nation's Last Known Perfect Bracket Busted By Syracuse Loss

Syracuse's Trevor Cooney (No. 10) shoots between Dayton's Devon Scott (second from left) and Dyshawn Pierre (right) as Khari Price (left) watches during the first half of a third-round game in the NCAA men's college basketball tournament in Buffalo, N.Y., on Saturday.
Bill Wippert AP

Originally published on Sun March 23, 2014 8:45 am

Then there were none.

We told you about how some stunning upsets in the men's NCAA basketball tournament ended the billion-dollar dreams of those who entered Warren Buffet and Quicken Loans' "Billion $ Bracket Challenge."

We also told you about Brad Binder, 23, of Buffalo Grove, Ill., who up until Saturday afternoon had the last known perfect bracket in the country.

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Shots - Health News
7:30 pm
Sun March 23, 2014

Doctors Say Don't Give Birth To Baby In A Tub, But Midwives Disagree

Proponents of water birth say it's easier on the mother and more peaceful for the baby.
iStockphoto

Originally published on Tue March 25, 2014 11:49 am

Hospitals are increasingly giving women the option of going through labor or giving birth in a pool of warm water. Laboring in the tub is fine, the nation's obstetricians and pediatricians say, but there's not enough proof that it's safe to actually give birth in one.

The doctors' statement has raised eyebrows among nurse-midwives, who have been helping women deliver in water for decades in order to ease pain and speed delivery.

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The Two-Way
7:30 pm
Sun March 23, 2014

NATO, Ukraine Warn Russia May Be Planning Further Aggression

Originally published on Sun March 23, 2014 8:37 am

While Russia continued to push Ukrainian forces out of Crimea, NATO and Ukraine issued warnings on Sunday about the buildup of Russian troops along Ukraine's eastern border.

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