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All Tech Considered
4:45 pm
Mon April 7, 2014

Silicon Valley Buying Spree: A Tech Bubble, Or Strategy At Play?

Are we in a tech bubble about to burst? Facebook bought WhatsApp for $19 billion earlier this year. WhatsApp CEO Jan Koum speaks during a conference at the Mobile World Congress 2014 in Spain.
David Ramos Getty Images

Originally published on Tue April 8, 2014 9:22 am

Over the past few months, the country's biggest technology firms have spent billions buying startups. Are we watching another tech bubble about to burst?

In this year's first quarter, Google and Facebook, alone, announced deals worth more than $24 billion on little companies that have almost no revenue. Those deals seem to have spooked Wall Street; last week, technology stocks plunged and the tech-heavy Nasdaq index fell nearly 1.2 percent Monday.

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Music News
4:44 pm
Mon April 7, 2014

Musicians, Take Note: Your Instrument May Be Contraband

Antique bows were often made with a small piece of ivory that clamps the bow hairs onto the wood.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Mon April 7, 2014 7:29 pm

New Obama administration rules aimed at protecting African elephants are causing widespread anxiety in the music world. From country to classical, working musicians say the policy will make them think twice about touring abroad.

The proposed regulations would place a near-total ban on anything made with ivory moving in and out of the U.S.

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The Two-Way
4:08 pm
Mon April 7, 2014

USAID Says Building Of 'Cuban Twitter' Was Part Of Public Record

A book street vendor passes the time on her smart phone as she waits for customers in Havana, Cuba, on Tuesday. The Obama administration secretly financed a social network in Cuba to stir political unrest.
Ramon Espinosa AP

The United States Agency for International Development came out swinging today against an Associated Press report that said the agency used public funds to build a social media platform designed to undermine the Cuban government.

In a blog post, USAID says the wire agency "falsely characterized" the program.

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News
4:08 pm
Mon April 7, 2014

Deep-Sea Ping May Lead To Malaysian Jet — But Time's Running Out

Originally published on Mon April 7, 2014 7:29 pm

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MELISSA BLOCK, HOST:

It's ALL THINGS CONSIDERED from NPR News. I'm Melissa Block.

AUDIE CORNISH, HOST:

And I'm Audie Cornish.

Earlier today, Australian authorities said they may have a signal from the missing Malaysian airliner that disappeared a month ago on its way to Beijing. A ship far out in the Indian Ocean has picked up a signal that could be from the missing airliner's black boxes. Investigators need those boxes to determine what happened to Malaysian Air Flight 370.

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News
4:08 pm
Mon April 7, 2014

Oscar Pistorius Takes The Stand, Opening With Apology

Originally published on Mon April 7, 2014 7:29 pm

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AUDIE CORNISH, HOST:

From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Audie Cornish.

MELISSA BLOCK, HOST:

And I'm Melissa Block.

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Sports
4:08 pm
Mon April 7, 2014

In NCAA Finals, Two Recent Champions On Unlikely Rides

Originally published on Mon April 7, 2014 7:29 pm

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AUDIE CORNISH, HOST:

From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Audie Cornish.

MELISSA BLOCK, HOST:

And I'm Melissa Block.

It's Huskies versus Wildcats as the Men's Division I college basketball season comes to an end tonight. Facing off are two recent champions: the University of Connecticut, who won in 2011, and the University of Kentucky who won in 2012. They've both had improbable rides to tonight's title game.

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U.S.
4:08 pm
Mon April 7, 2014

In New Exhibit, Running Shoes Are Potent Symbol Of Boston Bombing

A pair of running shoes left at the Boston Marathon memorial last year.
Jesse Costa WBUR

Originally published on Mon April 7, 2014 7:29 pm

In the wake of most tragedies, makeshift memorials fill up with flowers and teddy bears. After the Boston Marathon bombings last April, running shoes became potent symbols in the vast memorial there.

Now, after months in storage at the cavernous City Archives, a group of objects left at the site are in a new exhibition at the Boston Public Library.

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From Our Listeners
4:08 pm
Mon April 7, 2014

Letters: Athletic And Academic Demands In College

Originally published on Mon April 7, 2014 7:29 pm

Melissa Block and Audie Cornish read letters from listeners about the demands made on students and student-athletes in college.

Remembrances
4:08 pm
Mon April 7, 2014

Mickey Rooney, All-American Boy For More Than 90 Years, Dies

Originally published on Mon April 7, 2014 7:29 pm

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MELISSA BLOCK, HOST:

Mickey Rooney, who lived a long life on stage and screen, died last night at his home in Los Angeles. He was 93. For a while, the star seem to have it all, but he ended up playing the comeback kid as our film critic Bob Mondello remembers.

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The Salt
2:50 pm
Mon April 7, 2014

Disease Detectives Are Solving Fewer Foodborne Illness Cases

The CDC is using DNA sequencing technology to get to the bottom of a listeria outbreak linked to cheese produced at a Delaware factory.
iStockphoto.com

Originally published on Mon April 7, 2014 4:44 pm

Recall, if you will, some of the biggest foodborne illness outbreaks of the past decade. There was the nasty outbreak of listeria from cantaloupe in 2011 that killed 33 people.

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Remembrances
2:06 pm
Mon April 7, 2014

Peter Matthiessen On Writing And Zen Buddhism

Originally published on Mon April 7, 2014 2:57 pm

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TERRY GROSS, HOST:

This is FRESH AIR. The publication of Peter Matthiessen's final novel "In Paradise" is coinciding with his obituary. He died Saturday at the age of 86. We're going to listen back to an excerpt of my interview with him. Matthiessen was a naturalist, as well as writer, and his fiction and nonfiction books were often inspired by his travels to remote regions, including mountains and rainforests. His books include "The Snow Leopard," "Men's Lives," "At Play in the Field of the Lords" and "Far Tortuga."

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Religion
1:57 pm
Mon April 7, 2014

If Jesus Never Called Himself God, How Did He Become One?

"If Jesus had not been declared God by his followers, his followers would'™ve remained a sect within Judaism, a small Jewish sect," says historian Bart Ehrman.
iStockphoto

Originally published on Tue April 8, 2014 6:26 am

When Bart Ehrman was a young Evangelical Christian, he wanted to know how God became a man, but now, as an agnostic and historian of early Christianity, he wants to know how a man became God.

When and why did Jesus' followers start saying "Jesus as God" and what did they mean by that? His new book is called How Jesus Became God: The Exaltation of a Jewish Preacher from Galilee.

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Parallels
1:31 pm
Mon April 7, 2014

Ukraine's Winter Of Discontent Gives Way To Spring Of Austerity

Two men play chess in Kiev's Independence Square on Feb. 11. Ukraine's economy is ailing, and the country is facing austerity measures in exchange for an IMF loan. Meanwhile, Russia says it will sharply increase gas prices.
Martin Bureau AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Mon April 7, 2014 7:29 pm

After a long winter of protests, Ukrainian activists overthrew their president in February. Now, Ukrainians are staring at the bill they have to pay.

The International Monetary Fund is demanding that Ukraine's new government implement austerity measures in exchange for loans. Russia is threatening to raise Ukraine's heating gas prices by 80 percent. Taken together, this could further squeeze ordinary Ukrainians, some of whom are already getting by with almost nothing.

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The Two-Way
1:28 pm
Mon April 7, 2014

Mob In Ukraine Seizes Provincial Building, Declares Independence

Pro-Russian protesters gather next to a barricade as they occupy the regional administration building in Donetsk, Ukraine, on Monday.
Roman Pilipey EPA/Landov

Originally published on Mon April 7, 2014 1:53 pm

Pro-Russian separatists who seized a provincial building in the eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk have reportedly declared an independent "people's republic" in a move that echoes events leading to last month's secession of Crimea.

You can see video of the scuffle between police and protesters that led up to the storming of the building here.

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The Two-Way
12:52 pm
Mon April 7, 2014

Supreme Court Rejects Gay Wedding Photography Case

Originally published on Tue April 8, 2014 8:48 am

An appeal brought by a photographer who refused to take pictures of gay weddings was turned down by the Supreme Court on Monday morning. The court also refused to hear a challenge to a ban on campaign contributions by corporations, and allowed a district court case over U.S. surveillance to continue.

The photography case was brought by Elane Photography, a New Mexico business run by a husband-and-wife team who said their First Amendment rights allowed them to refuse service to a woman who had sought to hire the company to photograph her commitment ceremony with her partner.

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The Two-Way
12:04 pm
Mon April 7, 2014

Death Toll At 33 In Washington State Mudslide

Residents bow their heads during a prayer service Friday at Haller Middle School in Arlington, Wash., that was dedicated to the communities affected by the Highway 530 mudslide.
Marcus Yam AP

Originally published on Mon April 7, 2014 2:46 pm

The number of dead from last month's mudslide near Oso, Wash., has been officially raised to 33 by the Snohomish County medical examiner's office. All but three of the victims have been identified, and 10 people are still missing in the mud and debris.

Billy L. Spillers, 30, of Arlington, Wash., is among the newly identified victims. Like all of the victims recovered so far, Spillers died of blunt force trauma, the medical examiner said.

According to The Associated Press:

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The Two-Way
11:33 am
Mon April 7, 2014

On Stand, A Weeping Pistorius Apologizes To Girlfriend's Family

South African track star Oscar Pistorius wipes his face during his trial in Pretoria on Monday. The 27-year-old grew emotional as he apologized to the family of girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp. Pistorius is charged with murdering her.
Themba Hadebe AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Mon April 7, 2014 1:21 pm

An emotional Oscar Pistorius broke down soon after taking the witness stand Monday at his murder trial in South Africa, saying he has nightmares about the death of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, in which he wakes up to the smell of blood. He's charged with killing her after an argument on Valentine's Day in 2013.

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The Two-Way
11:21 am
Mon April 7, 2014

New Airline Survey Gives Virgin America Top Rating

A man looks at a flight departure board filled with weather-related cancellations and delays at Boston's Logan Airport in January.
Charles Krupa AP

Originally published on Mon April 7, 2014 4:44 pm

U.S. airlines got their highest ratings in more than 20 years in 2013, according to an annual survey, but customers were still not satisfied with the frequency of flight delays and lost or damaged bags.

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All Tech Considered
10:41 am
Mon April 7, 2014

How One App Might Be A Step Toward Internet Everywhere

If mesh networks take off, they could challenge reliance on cellular data or existing wireless for Internet.
iStockphoto

Originally published on Mon April 7, 2014 4:29 pm

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The Two-Way
9:29 am
Mon April 7, 2014

Signal 'Just Like' Emergency Beacon Detected In Search For Flight 370

Angus Houston displays a map of the search area for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 Monday. Houston says an Australian navy ship has detected underwater signals consistent with aircraft black boxes, calling it the "most promising lead" so far in the month-old search.
AFP AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Mon April 7, 2014 1:13 pm

Calling it the "most promising lead" so far, the leader of the search for a missing Malaysia Airlines jetliner says ships have again detected a signal on the same frequency used by "black box" emergency beacons. But Angus Houston also reiterated that it's too early to draw conclusions.

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The Two-Way
8:44 am
Mon April 7, 2014

Book News: CIA Tried To Use 'Doctor Zhivago' To Weaken The USSR

A scene from the 1965 film Doctor Zhivago, based on Boris Pasternak's epic novel.
AP

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

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The Two-Way
7:41 am
Mon April 7, 2014

Mickey Rooney, Actor Who Charmed Audiences For More Than 80 Years, Dies

Judy Garland and Mickey Rooney put their heads together over a TV script for their first onstage reunion in 18 years in this 1963 photo.
AP

Originally published on Mon April 7, 2014 10:08 am

Mickey Rooney, the legendary actor who got his first Hollywood role at the age of 6 and starred in more than 200 films over the course of a turbulent career, has died. He was 93.

Charlene Rooney tells the Los Angeles Times that her father-in-law died of natural causes Sunday at the Los Angeles home he shared with her and her husband, Mark Rooney.

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World
6:44 am
Mon April 7, 2014

Feathers Fly During International Pillow Fight Day

Originally published on Mon April 7, 2014 8:17 am

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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

Good morning. I'm David Greene. People all over the world pummeled each other on Saturday. It was International Pillow Fight Day. In New York City, people dressed as superheroes battled villains - somewhat gently. There was a pillow fight on the National Mall here in Washington, D.C. Feathers were flying in London, Paris, Bucharest and Berlin. In Vienna, one woman described being hit kind of hard in the face.

Around the Nation
6:40 am
Mon April 7, 2014

Bench-Clearing Brawl Involves Police And Firefighters

Originally published on Mon April 7, 2014 8:17 am

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

Good morning, I'm Steve Inskeep.

It wouldn't be a hockey game without a brawl, even true with a charity match. A fight spread across the ice but there was no need to call the police to restore order, because New York City police officers were already on the ice playing against New York City firefighters. Video shows both teams clearing the bench, throwing punches - even heaving hockey sticks. The game did go on eventually and the cops beat the firefighters eight-to-five.

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