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6:07 pm
Sun October 26, 2014

As Downtown LA Grows, So Does Urgency To Fix Skid Row

Los Angeles' Skid Row contains one of the largest concentrations of homeless people in the United States.
Robyn Beck AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Mon October 27, 2014 10:03 am

In Los Angeles, more than a thousand people sleep on the street in cardboard boxes and tents — just a mile away from City Hall.

This is Skid Row, and compared to the affluent downtown areas that practically surround it, the area is like a different planet. Fifty blocks of sidewalk are jammed with people who live on the street, with all of their worldly possessions crammed into shopping carts and crates.

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The Two-Way
5:30 pm
Sun October 26, 2014

LeVar Burton Reads 'Go The [Expletive] To Sleep'

Former Reading Rainbow host LeVar Burton reads from the 2011 best-seller Go the [bleep] to Sleep.
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Originally published on Mon October 27, 2014 8:42 am

In case any over-exhausted parents might wonder if they're hallucinating, we can assure you: Former Reading Rainbow host LeVar Burton did actually give a reading of the 2011 best-seller Go the [bleep] to Sleep this weekend.

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Music Interviews
5:13 pm
Sun October 26, 2014

Maya Beiser Shreds The Cello

Maya Beiser's new rock covers album is called Uncovered.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Sun October 26, 2014 6:31 pm

Through the decades, classical cellists have studied the masters: Pablo Casals, Mstislav Rostropovich, Jacqueline du Pre. AC/DC doesn't quite make that list — but cellist Maya Beiser loves playing their music.

Beiser gives some of her favorite rock and blues numbers — like AC/DC's "Back in Black" and Led Zeppelin's "Kashmir" — a modern cello workover on her new album, Uncovered.

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Digital Life
5:13 pm
Sun October 26, 2014

Mac Sales Continue To Soar For Apple, But Who's Buying?

Originally published on Sun October 26, 2014 6:31 pm

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This Week's Must Read
5:13 pm
Sun October 26, 2014

After The Blackwater Convictions, A Book On Iraq's Nightmarish Reality

The family of Ibrahim Abid, who was killed when guards employed by security company Blackwater opened fire at Baghdad's Nisour Square in 2007, visits his grave on Dec. 9, 2008.
Hadi Mizban AP

Originally published on Mon October 27, 2014 8:58 am

Back in 2007, a shooting in Iraq caught the attention of many in the U.S.

Four security guards working for the company Blackwater shot and killed at least 14 Iraqi civilians in a traffic circle in Baghdad. Last week all four were pronounced guilty by a federal jury.

For our series, This Week's Must Read, author and Air Force veteran Brian Castner reflects on this news by turning to literature.

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The Two-Way
3:59 pm
Sun October 26, 2014

Many Tunisians Vote In Key Test Of Arab Spring's Legacy

A voter raises her ink-stained finger after voting in Tunis Sunday. Tunisians voted in parliamentary elections that bring full democracy finally within their reach, in the cradle of the Arab Spring.
Zoubeir Souissi Reuters /Landov

Nearly four years after staging a revolution that ousted a dictator and promised a future of democracy, Tunisians cast votes in their country's first full parliamentary election Sunday, picking from thousands of candidates. Voter turnout has been reported at around 60 percent of the electorate, according to state media.

"On behalf of all Americans, I congratulate the people of Tunisia on the democratic election of a new parliament," President Obama said in a written statement Sunday, calling the vote "an important milestone in Tunisia's historic political transition."

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All Tech Considered
2:45 pm
Sun October 26, 2014

Pandora Hopes To Lure Musicians Backstage With Analytics

Pandora founder Tim Westergren is a former touring musician himself, but some say the music streaming service he leads is hurting musicians more than helping.
Larry Busacca Getty Images

Originally published on Mon October 27, 2014 1:33 pm

Coming up on the end of a year marred by bitter quarrels over royalties for online music, Pandora is now making a play for artists' goodwill.

On Wednesday, Pandora announced the launch of AMP (Artist Marketing Platform), a free service that pulls back the curtain on the widely popular streaming service and gives musicians access to data on who is listening to their music, when and where.

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The Two-Way
1:31 pm
Sun October 26, 2014

Christie Defends Quarantine And Jabs At CDC Over Ebola

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, (right) announced a new mandatory 21-day quarantine Friday, alongside New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo.
Mark Lennihan AP

Originally published on Sun October 26, 2014 3:02 pm

Gov. Chris Christie says that a new rule requiring a 21-day quarantine for people who've been in contact with Ebola patients is necessary to protect the public in New Jersey and other states — and that the CDC "eventually will come around to our point of view on this."

Dr. Anthony Fauci, leader of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, disagrees, saying the quarantine could hamper efforts to combat the deadly outbreak in West Africa.

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Shots - Health News
12:13 pm
Sun October 26, 2014

Fresh From Appalachia: Chinese Medicinal Herbs

The Appalachian Medicinal Herb Growers Consortium's goal is to raise plants that meet the quality standards demanded by clinical practitioners.
Blue Ridge Center for Chinese Medicine

Originally published on Wed October 29, 2014 1:00 pm

Traditional Chinese medicine is gaining acceptance in the U.S., though still largely as a complementary treatment.

Mainstream doctors are mixed on its effectiveness. Still, as alternative treatments gain traction and the demand for Chinese herbs grows, farmers in Appalachia are responding.

The Blue Ridge Center for Chinese Medicine in Pilot, Va., is surrounded by miles of mountains, forests and farmland.

Outside the building, small plots of Chinese medicinal herbs grow on terraced slopes.

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The Two-Way
11:56 am
Sun October 26, 2014

Nurse Criticizes Quarantine After Negative Ebola Test, Hires Lawyer

Originally published on Sun October 26, 2014 4:05 pm

Kaci Hickox, a nurse whose return to the U.S. after treating Ebola patients in Sierra Leone was sidetracked when she was placed in a mandatory 21-day quarantine Friday, is criticizing the way New Jersey officials have handled her case.

Hickox says she doesn't have a fever; a preliminary blood test came back negative for Ebola. She reportedly hired a civil rights attorney Sunday to work for her release.

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Health
10:22 am
Sun October 26, 2014

Mother-Daughter Procedures, And Other Cosmetic Surgery Trends

Originally published on Mon October 27, 2014 10:27 am

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UNIDENTIFIED WOMAN #1: 52.

UNIDENTIFIED WOMAN #2: 752.

UNIDENTIFIED MAN #1: 25.

UNIDENTIFIED WOMAN #3: 6.1125.

UNIDENTIFIED WOMAN #4: 25,846.

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Commentary
10:22 am
Sun October 26, 2014

Is The U.S. Military Too Reliant On Contractors?

Originally published on Sun October 26, 2014 4:38 pm

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This is WEEKEND EDITION from NPR News. I'm Rachel Martin. And this...

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UNIDENTIFIED MAN #1: I'm going to tell you something, mister, and I want you to remember it.

UNIDENTIFIED MAN #2: Now you listen to me.

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The Two-Way
10:18 am
Sun October 26, 2014

Brazil Picks New President In A Tight Race Of Stark Contrasts

A woman has her fingerprints checked with a new biometric identification machine before voting in Brasilia Sunday. More than 142 million Brazilians went to the polls, ending a dramatic campaign.
Evaristo SA AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Sun October 26, 2014 6:06 pm

Brazilians are voting in a runoff election to select their next leader today, and it's anyone's guess how the divisive campaign season will end: voter polls have shown nearly a dead heat in the race's final days. The election has come down to competing visions for the future of Latin America's largest economy, put forth by leftist incumbent Dilma Rousseff and center-right challenger Aecio Neves.

From Sao Paulo, NPR's Lourdes Garcia-Navarro reports:

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Animals
10:10 am
Sun October 26, 2014

The Merciless Battles Of Tiny, Barbarous Bees

Originally published on Sun October 26, 2014 4:38 pm

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In a land far, far away, species many millions of years old are mired in an epic war. It's a story of stolen lands, child labor, royalty in peril.

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NPR Story
10:10 am
Sun October 26, 2014

Sting's 'Last Ship' Explores His Shipyard Youth

Originally published on Sun October 26, 2014 4:38 pm

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Long before he was Sting, he was Gordon Sumner, a kid from northern England where the shipyard loomed large over his life and everyone else's.

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Sports
10:09 am
Sun October 26, 2014

World Series Game 4: A Small Ball Paradise

Originally published on Sun October 26, 2014 4:38 pm

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The Salt
10:09 am
Sun October 26, 2014

An Unlikely Friday Night Pizza Cafe Has A Big Heart

At Moriah Pie in Norwood, Ohio, Erin and Robert Lockridge serve homemade pizza and diners pay what they can.
Christopher Kuettner

Originally published on Mon October 27, 2014 1:00 pm

Here's what might have sounded like a pretty shaky business plan for a neighborhood pizza cafe: "We'll only be open one day a week. Won't do any advertising. No prices on the menus. We'll serve mostly what we grow in the garden – and no pepperoni. And we'll look on this work as an 'experiment of faith.'"

That's what Erin and Robert Lockridge said two years ago, when they decided to open a pizza place called Moriah Pie in Norwood, a small town part of greater Cincinnati.

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Parallels
10:00 am
Sun October 26, 2014

Nicaragua Follows Its Own Path In Dealing With Drug Traffickers

Bluefields sits along Nicaragua's Caribbean Coast. It's a place where six in 10 people live in extreme poverty.
Juan Carlos for NPR

Originally published on Mon October 27, 2014 5:25 pm

Back in the day, the city of Bluefields inspired poets. In truth, it should be paradise, because it sits in an enviable position along Nicaragua's Caribbean coast.

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The Two-Way
9:20 am
Sun October 26, 2014

EU Stress Test Finds 25 Banks Need To Shore Up Reserves

Originally published on Sun October 26, 2014 2:37 pm

After a comprehensive review of banks in the eurozone, regulators say that 25 banks out of 130 had a capital shortfall that would expose them to severe problems in an economic crisis.

The European Central Bank released the results of its yearlong study Sunday, putting banks on notice to boost their reserves within 9 months. Officials say many banks have begun that process — and some of them have already made up the shortfall that's based on a snapshot of data taken last December.

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The Two-Way
8:22 am
Sun October 26, 2014

U.S. Marines Leave Afghanistan, Along With British Force

U.K. armed forces and U.S. Marines have ended combat operations in Afghanistan. In a formal handover, British troops stood with peers from the U.S. Marine Corps and the Afghan National Security Forces as the Union Flag and Stars and Stripes were lowered for the last time at the Bastion-Leatherneck complex Sunday.
Sergeant Obi Igbo, RLC AP

Originally published on Sun October 26, 2014 2:28 pm

The Americans are leaving Camp Leatherneck today. In a formal handover of the base they share with British troops, the last U.S. Marine battalion in Afghanistan turned the complex over to Afghan forces and began the process of heading home. The coalition base in southern Helmand Province was first established nearly six years ago.

For Britain, the day brought an end to 13 years of military operations in Afghanistan.

NPR's Sean Carberry describes the scene at the base:

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Goats and Soda
7:03 am
Sun October 26, 2014

A Doctor's Diary: Encountering Chaos And Kindness In An Ebola Ward

Dr. Bhadelia spent 12 days caring for the sick in an Ebola ward. Her experience has convinced her that she must return.
Courtesy of Nahid Bhadelia

I am an infectious disease (ID) physician at Boston Medical Center, and I serve as the Director of Infection Control at National Emerging Infectious Diseases Laboratory, helping design medical response programs to potential exposures to viruses that cause viral hemorrhagic fevers. This summer I spent 12 days in Sierra Leone, serving as part of a team treating patients at Kenema Government Hospital's Ebola treatment center. The center was supported by the World Health Organization with guidance, logistics and clinicians.

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Parallels
5:20 am
Sun October 26, 2014

Stranded In France, Migrants Believe Britain Is The Answer

French riot policemen force out migrants who were hidden in a truck that was making its way to the ferry terminal in Calais in western France on Wednesday. The cross-Channel port has become the last barrier for economic and political migrants trying to enter Britain illegally.
Pascal Rossignol Reuters/Landov

Originally published on Sun October 26, 2014 4:38 pm

Once known for lace-making, tourism, and being the closest French port to England, Calais has now come to represent a focal point of illegal immigration.

Hundreds of migrants roam the town by day. At night they sleep in squalid tent cities, their clothing hanging on fences and from the trees. The migrants have fled war, poverty and dictatorship, in places like Eritrea, Afghanistan and Sudan. They've traveled over desert and sea, on journeys that often take years.

Now, they're trying to get the last 30 miles to England.

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NPR Ed
5:17 am
Sun October 26, 2014

A New Orleans Family's Lives Changed In An Instant

Five-year-old Kyle Romain sits on the lap of his grandmother, Barbara Romain, at a football game. Kyle lost his sight when he was hit by a stray bullet two months ago.
Eric Westervelt/NPR

Originally published on Sun October 26, 2014 4:38 pm

NPR Ed is reporting this year on the extraordinary changes in the New Orleans schools.

I was in New Orleans to report on how the city's nearly all-charter school system is handling children with disabilities and special needs.

An old friend, a veteran New Orleans reporter, told me about a family — a mother and her two youngest sons — who'd been badly wounded in a drive-by shooting just days into the new school year.

I met up with Alanna Romain at a recreation league football game at City Park. She has five children. Her oldest boy plays football.

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The Two-Way
12:57 am
Sun October 26, 2014

Giants Pound Royals 11-4 To Tie World Series

San Francisco Giants' Hunter Pence is congratulated in the dugout after scoring during the sixth inning of Game 4 of the World Series against the Kansas City Royals on Saturday.
David J. Phillip AP

Originally published on Mon October 27, 2014 12:32 am

The San Francisco Giants came roaring back Saturday, pounding the Kansas City Royals 11-4 before a thundering crowd at AT&T Park in Game 4 of the World Series.

The Giants Hunter Pence and Pablo Sandoval led the team and charged up the crowd to tie the series at two apiece. Pence got three hits, drove in three runs, scored twice and made a nimble sliding catch in right field in the ninth.

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Music Interviews
6:54 pm
Sat October 25, 2014

Messing With Perfection: Why The Flaming Lips Took On 'Sgt. Pepper'

Wayne Coyne of The Flaming Lips speaks to NPR's Arun Rath about his band's new album, With A Little Help From My Fwends.
Courtesy of the artist

Rolling Stone called it the greatest album of all time — and for some, that's an understatement. The Beatles released Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band in 1967, raising the standard of rock 'n' roll and challenging their peers to catch up. For just about anyone who cares about rock music, this album is unassailable. And yet, one band — with a reputation for being contrarian — is testing the waters.

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