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Code Switch
1:54 pm
Mon February 24, 2014

Blood And Water: Illustrating Langston Hughes' 'Rivers'

Afua Richardson

Originally published on Thu February 27, 2014 11:22 am

NPR Books and Code Switch are winding down Black History Month in style: We've asked three of our favorite comic artists to illustrate something — a person, a poem, a play, a book, a song — that inspires them. Afua Richardson is an award-winning illustrator who's worked for Image, Marvel and DC Comics. She's chosen Langston Hughes' great poem "The Negro Speaks of Rivers." And you can see Richardson's video, created from these panels, here.

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Planet Money
1:54 pm
Mon February 24, 2014

Four Decades Of Taxes And Spending, In 2 Graphs

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Originally published on Tue March 4, 2014 7:45 am

In 1974, federal taxes were equal to about a sixth of the U.S. economy. In 2013, after decades of heated debate, federal taxes were equal to ... about a sixth of the economy.

In the early '70s, federal spending was about a fifth of the economy. The same was true in 2013.

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Politics
1:53 pm
Mon February 24, 2014

Top Justice Dept. Official Quietly Stepped Down In December

J. David Ake AP

Originally published on Mon February 24, 2014 12:37 pm

The leader of an influential Justice Department office that offers legal advice on surveillance, drones and other issues at the center of security and executive power quietly left government before Christmas.

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The Two-Way
1:53 pm
Mon February 24, 2014

Major League Baseball Changes Home-Plate Rules

Originally published on Tue February 25, 2014 2:44 pm

Runners trying to reach home plate — and the catchers who often try to block them — will have to follow new rules that are meant to cut the risk of injuries from collisions, after Major League Baseball and the Major League Baseball Players Association agreed on changing the rules Monday.

The change would take effect in the upcoming 2014 season. In announcing the new rule today, MLB called it "experimental." Here's the summary it provided:

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The Two-Way
1:52 pm
Mon February 24, 2014

Mango Alert: Australians Puzzle Over Huge Stolen Fruit

The Big Mango in Bowen, Australia, seen here in 2011, disappeared overnight, surprising people who live near the 33-foot-tall sculpture.
Jack Zalium/NPR

Originally published on Tue February 25, 2014 4:51 am

Update at 7:45 a.m. ET, Feb. 25: Missing Mango Mystery Solved, Here Are The Juicy Details

Our original post fleshes out the story:

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All Tech Considered
1:52 pm
Mon February 24, 2014

Cool Or Creepy? A Clip-On Camera Can Capture Every Moment

The Narrative clip is a lightweight wearable camera, capable of shooting 5-megapixel images. You clip it to your lapel and it shoots two photos a minute.
Jim Tuttle NPR

Originally published on Tue February 25, 2014 8:45 am

With digital cameras and camera phones everywhere, there are few moments we don't document. But some designers still think we're missing the opportunity to capture some important, simple moments. The solution: the Narrative Clip, a wearable camera that automatically and silently snaps an image every 30 seconds.

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Planet Money
1:51 pm
Mon February 24, 2014

Let Us Pay Your College Tuition

New graduates of Booker T. Washington High School adjust their tassels at their May 16, 2011, graduation ceremony in Memphis, Tenn.
Mandel Ngan AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Tue February 25, 2014 7:48 am

Oregon and Tennessee want more college graduates. In that vein, each is considering very different ways to fund tuition. What are the odds of success and who ultimately benefits? We went to some economists and asked them.

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All Tech Considered
1:50 pm
Mon February 24, 2014

4 Takes On Netflix's Streaming Deal With Comcast

Netflix cut a deal with Comcast on Sunday to help boost streaming performance.
Elise Amendola AP

Originally published on Mon February 24, 2014 5:25 pm

If you are in the middle of a House of Cards binge, the news from Netflix over the weekend is good — video streaming quality will improve. After reports of declining performance in recent months, Netflix — which accounts for 30 percent of broadband traffic — cut a deal with Comcast to pay the cable provider for direct access to its systems.

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The Salt
1:46 pm
Mon February 24, 2014

Sandwich Monday: The Wrecking Ball

The Wrecking Ball
NPR

Originally published on Mon February 24, 2014 1:13 pm

A fast-food secret menu is like Up Up Down Down Left Right Left Right B A Start for eating: Once you know that it exists, it changes your life for the better, forever.

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The Two-Way
1:45 pm
Mon February 24, 2014

Pope Announces Overhaul Of Vatican Bureaucracy

Pope Francis arrives to meet Haiti's President Michel Joseph Martelly at the Vatican on Monday.
Claudio Peri AP

Originally published on Mon February 24, 2014 12:31 pm

Pope Francis on Monday announced a sweeping overhaul – the first in 25 years — of the Vatican's bureaucracy, creating a new economic secretariat,

NPR's Sylvia Poggioli reported on the story for our Newscast unit:

"The department will have broad powers to oversee all the Vatican's economic and administrative affairs. It will be headed by Australian Cardinal George Pell, archbishop of Sydney. Pell will report to a new 15-member economy council made up of eight cardinals from various parts of the world and seven lay experts.

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It's All Politics
1:44 pm
Mon February 24, 2014

Study: Conservatives And Liberals Rarely Debate On Twitter

Originally published on Mon February 24, 2014 12:32 pm

When it comes to political discourse, Twitter chatter splits along liberal and conservative lines that rarely cross, according to a new report.

The Pew Research Center and the Social Media Research Foundation together used software to map and analyze words, hashtags and urls that define Twitter conversation. The results show that when the nature of a conversation on Twitter is political, two distinct and polarized groups tend to form.

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Music News
1:43 pm
Mon February 24, 2014

'Let It Go': A Global Hit In Any Language

Queen Elsa embraces her power to freeze things with the anthem "Let It Go" in Frozen.
Disney

Originally published on Mon February 24, 2014 5:02 pm

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The Two-Way
1:42 pm
Mon February 24, 2014

Ugandan President Signs Anti-Gay Measure Into Law

Ugandan students take part in an event Monday to celebrate the signing of a new anti-gay bill outside Kampala, Uganda. Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni signed the bill into law on Monday.
Stephen Wandera AP

Originally published on Mon February 24, 2014 12:08 pm

Ugandan President Yoweri Musaveni signed a controversial bill Monday that makes gay sex punishable by terms of up to life in prison, and accused Western groups of "coming into our schools and recruiting young children into homosexuality and lesbianism."

NPR's Gregory Warner reported on the story for our Newscast unit. Here's what he said:

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Deceptive Cadence
1:42 pm
Mon February 24, 2014

Gil Shaham And When The World 'Got Much Smaller, Much Faster'

Star violinist Gil Shaham, whose newest recording project surveys the wildly different violin concertos of the 1930s.
Luke Ratray Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Mon February 24, 2014 5:02 pm

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Shots - Health News
1:42 pm
Mon February 24, 2014

Mammogram Uncertainty Gives Patients, Doctors More Reason To Talk

Katherine Streeter for NPR

Originally published on Tue February 25, 2014 4:46 am

I am 51 years old and have had a yearly mammogram, more or less, since the age of 40.

I got them despite the fact that there is no history of breast cancer in my family. I did it because that was what my doctor and others, including the American Cancer Society, recommended.

Three years ago, I was diagnosed with invasive ductal carcinoma in situ breast cancer after a screening mammogram. I underwent a mastectomy and chemotherapy. The doctors say my prognosis is good.

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