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Around the Nation
6:51 am
Tue April 15, 2014

'Captain Underpants' 2013's Most Vilified Book

Originally published on Tue April 15, 2014 7:20 am

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KELLY MCEVERS, HOST:

Good morning. I'm Kelly McEvers.

The top spot on the American Library Association's annual list of most challenged books goes to "The Adventures of Captain Underpants," for the second year in a row. The series got the most formal complaints in a list compiled by librarians across the country. The graphic children's novels feature a superhero in his skivvies fighting villains like Dr. Diaper, which, believe it or not, earned the books more complaints than the very adult book "Fifty Shades of Grey."

NPR Story
5:17 am
Tue April 15, 2014

Empathy: How Should We Care About One Another?

Originally published on Tue April 15, 2014 7:20 am

Kelly McEvers talks to Leslie Jamison, author of the new essay collection, The Empathy Exams: Essays. The book takes the writer on a quest to figure out how others feel empathy.

Around the Nation
5:17 am
Tue April 15, 2014

Florida's Freshwater Springs Attract Vacationers

Originally published on Tue April 15, 2014 7:20 am

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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

All right. If I say Florida and Spring Break, you might be conjuring images of beaches, cocktails, theme parks. Well, some of our reporters have been sending suggestions for more off-the-beaten-path destinations and NPR's Greg Allen takes us to Florida and the state's fresh waters springs.

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NPR Story
5:17 am
Tue April 15, 2014

Russia's Move Into Ukraine Turns Allies Into Adversaries

Originally published on Tue April 15, 2014 7:20 am

Russia and Ukraine were the major contributors to the Soviet army. After the collapse of the Soviet Union, Moscow and Kiev continued to cooperate. The recent crisis transformed friend into foe.

NPR Story
5:17 am
Tue April 15, 2014

'Washington Post' And 'Guardian' Win Pulitzer For NSA Stories

Originally published on Tue April 15, 2014 7:20 am

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KELLY MCEVERS, HOST:

The Pulitzer Prizes for Journalism were announced yesterday. The prestigious award was given out for coverage of the Boston Marathon bombing, also stories on coal miners and photos of a terrorist attack in Kenya.

And as NPR's Mandalit del Barco reports, also singled out was coverage of the leaking of top secret government documents.

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NPR Story
5:17 am
Tue April 15, 2014

Retailers Want Your Tax Refund

Originally published on Tue April 15, 2014 7:20 am

It's the deadline to file your taxes. And if you're getting a money back, retailers want it. They're offering sales and promotions to separate you from your hard-earned refund.

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5:17 am
Tue April 15, 2014

2 Senior Executives Leave General Motors

Originally published on Tue April 15, 2014 7:20 am

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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

NPR's business news begins with another shakeup at GM.

(SOUNDBITE OF MUSIC)

GREENE: General Motors announced yesterday that two of its senior executives have left the company. The departures of the senior vice president for communications and for human resources follow in the heels of strong criticism of the company's handling of February's recall of nearly 2.6 million cars.

Around the Nation
7:51 am
Mon April 14, 2014

Waste Treatment Plant Boasts It's Pefect For Weddings

The plant in King County, Wash., is billed as offering beautiful landscape, a dance floor, catering, and space for guests. All at a fifth of the price of competing venues. It promises zero odor.

Europe
7:33 am
Mon April 14, 2014

Treadmill Users Can Use App To Run London Marathon

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KELLY MCEVERS, HOST:

Good morning, I'm Kelly McEvers. So the London Marathon happened yesterday, but runners who missed it will soon be able to run it from the gym. Race organizers are releasing an app for treadmill users creating a high definition virtual reality London marathon experience. The app senses your pace and sends you down the route in real time, past some famous landmarks, Buckingham palace and all that and spares you from London's famous rain. It's MORNING EDITION. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.

Monkey See
6:41 am
Mon April 14, 2014

Don Draper, The Truth Is: You Lied

Don Draper (Jon Hamm) has a lot on his mind as the new season of Mad Men gets underway.
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Originally published on Mon April 14, 2014 7:56 am

***For Mad Men fans who missed Sunday night's Season 7 premiere, be warned: There are spoilers below.

Don Draper finally told the truth, and it ruined his life.

Perhaps that shouldn't have been such a surprise. Because Don has mostly been a master of the lie — especially in the form of an ad pitch. And he never lost his touch: He suckered everyone last season with one of his best pitches for Hershey's chocolate bars.

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NPR Story
4:59 am
Mon April 14, 2014

Despite Havoc, Syrian War Sparks Hope Among Kurdish Minority

Originally published on Mon April 14, 2014 7:33 am

With Syria in chaos, minority Kurds there hope they can realize long-standing ambitions for autonomy. Kurds who fled to northern Iraq from Syria will press those demands when they finally go home.

NPR Story
4:59 am
Mon April 14, 2014

Ahead Of Midterm Elections, Obama Focuses On Voting Rights

Originally published on Mon April 14, 2014 7:33 am

President Obama's weekly address dealt with the question of women and equal pay. On Friday, he went to a forum organized by civil rights activist Al Sharpton where he talked about voting rights.

NPR Story
4:59 am
Mon April 14, 2014

Ukraine Vows To Reclaim Occupied Towns By Force

Originally published on Mon April 14, 2014 7:33 am

Tensions are growing between pro-Russian militants and Ukrainian forces in eastern Ukraine. The new Ukrainian government has pledged a "very tough" response to those occupying government buildings.

Around the Nation
7:23 am
Fri April 11, 2014

Breakup Text Is Evidence In Engagement Ring Lawsuit

Originally published on Fri April 11, 2014 7:37 am

A judge in Buffalo, N.Y., ruled a woman can keep her engagement ring after her fiance broke things off with a text. Jokingly or not, the man wrote she could keep the "$50,000 parting ring."

Around the Nation
7:04 am
Fri April 11, 2014

When It Comes To Presidential Libraries, Size Matters

Originally published on Fri April 11, 2014 7:37 am

George W. Bush explained to a crowd gathered at the LBJ presidential library in Austin, Texas, why the libraries are a competitive thing for former presidents.

Technology
6:51 am
Fri April 11, 2014

Tech Alternatives To Passwords Could Help Thwart Hackers

Originally published on Fri April 11, 2014 7:37 am

A bug called Heartbleed has revealed a hole in one of the most popular encryption programs online. Tech professionals are working on other ways to protect your data beside needing a password.

Race
6:44 am
Fri April 11, 2014

Obama, Bush Mark Passage Of 1964 Civil Rights Act

Originally published on Fri April 11, 2014 7:37 am

Barack Obama and George W. Bush, two U.S. presidents with little in common in terms of policy, personal style and politics, each paid tribute to the legacy of President Lyndon Johnson.

Europe
6:11 am
Fri April 11, 2014

A Trip Into Odessa's Rich, Dark History

Originally published on Fri April 11, 2014 7:37 am

As Ukraine seeks international help to bring Crimea back from Russian control, residents of Odessa watching warily. The historic Black Sea port has been conquered repeatedly throughout history.

Politics
5:20 am
Fri April 11, 2014

Health Secretary Kathleen Sebelius To Step Down

Originally published on Fri April 11, 2014 7:37 am

The move comes about 6 months after the disastrous roll out of the health insurance website. It was eventually fixed, but not before delivering a severe blow to the president's approval ratings.

NPR Story
5:20 am
Fri April 11, 2014

Groups Disagree Over How To Aid Syrians Caught In Civil War

Originally published on Fri April 11, 2014 7:37 am

Aid has only trickled into Syria since the U.N. Security Council passed a resolution calling for more access to the country. Aid workers say bureaucratic obstacles continue to be a major problem.

NPR Story
5:20 am
Fri April 11, 2014

Amazon Buys Digital Comics Company ComiXology

Originally published on Fri April 11, 2014 7:37 am

The company makes a mobile app for buying and reading digital comics, including titles from Marvel and DC Comics. The terms of the deal have not been disclosed.

World
7:26 am
Thu April 10, 2014

Century-Old Message Pulled From Bottle In Baltic Sea

Originally published on Thu April 10, 2014 7:54 am

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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

Good morning. I'm David Greene. Last month a fisherman on the Baltic Sea near Germany pulled a beer bottle from the water. Inside - a postcard written on May 17, 1913, nearly 101 years ago. If Guinness verifies it, it would be the oldest message in a bottle on record. Sadly, the postcard is mostly illegible, but a German museum was able to make out who wrote it - the son of a baker who was 20 at the time.

Around the Nation
7:26 am
Thu April 10, 2014

Rat Shakes Up New York Subway Commuters

Originally published on Thu April 10, 2014 7:54 am

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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

Good morning, I'm David Greene.

Maybe you remember that 2006 film Snakes on a Plane. Well, today we bring you rats on a train. New Yorkers pride themselves on being pretty tough. But one morning this week, commuters could not keep their cool when a rat joined them in their subway car. A YouTube video of the incident shows the riders screaming, sobbing, and jumping up onto their seats, just as the train conductor comes over the loudspeaker and tells them to have a safe day.

Music News
7:26 am
Thu April 10, 2014

Yusuf Islam To Perform At Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Ceremony

Originally published on Thu April 10, 2014 11:33 am

Cat Stevens, now known as Yusuf Islam, churned out hits in the 1970s before leaving pop music after a conversion to Islam. He's among this year's inductees to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

NPR Story
5:19 am
Thu April 10, 2014

Ex-Interns Want Credit For Taco Bell Idea

Originally published on Thu April 10, 2014 7:54 am

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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

And our last word in business today is: Getting Credit for a Crunch.

Crunch, as in the sound of biting into a Doritos Locos Tacos. A variety Taco Bell has been serving since 2012. But four former Taco Bell interns say they came up with the idea all the way back in 1995. Andrea Watt and three fellow interns were told that their idea wasn't really all that marketable. But Taco Bell has netted $1 billion from the Doritos Locos Tacos. The former interns say they don't want money, just a little bit of recognition.

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