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2:16 am
Fri May 2, 2014

Agribusiness Funds 'Farmland' To Counter Hollywood Message

David Loberg's family farm in Carroll, Neb., is featured in the film Farmland.
Don Holtz Ketchum

Originally published on Tue May 6, 2014 8:38 am

The movie Farmland opened in theaters Thursday. It's the latest in a string of documentaries about agriculture, like Food Inc. and King Corn.

But while the latter two films made damning accusations about the environmental and human costs of modern agribusiness, this documentary was funded by agribusiness. It tells a very different story.

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2:16 am
Fri May 2, 2014

Crisis In Eastern Ukraine Takes A Deadly Turn

Originally published on Tue May 6, 2014 8:38 am

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And I'm Renee Montagne. The crisis in eastern Ukraine took a deadly turn this morning. Pro-Russian gunmen in the town of Slovyansk have shot down at least two Ukrainian helicopters. Two Ukrainian troops are believed to have been killed when those helicopters crashed. The Ukrainian government also says that it has captured 10 pro-Russian checkpoints on the outskirts of Slovyansk and that it's surrounded the city.

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2:16 am
Fri May 2, 2014

General Motors Returns To Federal Bankruptcy Court

Originally published on Tue May 6, 2014 8:38 am

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

NPR's business news starts with General Motors back in court.

(SOUNDBITE OF MUSIC)

INSKEEP: GM returns to federal bankruptcy court this morning. You will recall that company filed for bankruptcy back in 2009 and they are now asking a judge to enforce one of the provisions of that bankruptcy deal. The provision protects GM from lawsuits over automobile accidents that occurred before that time.

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2:16 am
Fri May 2, 2014

Quiet Zone Shuns Cell Service, Wi-Fi

Originally published on Tue May 6, 2014 8:38 am

The National Radio Quiet Zone is a 13,000-square-miles area in West Virginia where cell phones and WI-FI are banned. (This piece originally aired Oct. 8, 2013 on Morning Edition.)

Shots - Health News
2:10 am
Fri May 2, 2014

Obamacare Sign-Ups Show Wide Variation By State, Ethnicity

Lauren Farnsworth (left) and April Buell hand out literature in late March encouraging people to get health coverage under the Affordable Care Act.
Brennan Linsley AP

Originally published on Fri May 2, 2014 8:08 am

New numbers and demographic information released by the White House Thursday reveal some telling details about the 8 million people who selected new health insurance through HealthCare.gov and state marketplaces.

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StoryCorps
12:52 am
Fri May 2, 2014

Leaving A Dark Time Behind To 'Get Through It As A Family'

Frank Tempone with his son Jack at StoryCorps in Chicago.
StoryCorps

Originally published on Tue May 6, 2014 8:38 am

In 2009, Frank Tempone was severely depressed. He had what he calls a midlife crisis, and left his wife and three kids in Massachusetts to live on his own in Chicago.

But after two years apart, Frank came back. The entire family moved to Chicago, and Frank brought his oldest son, Jack, to StoryCorps because he wanted to apologize.

"Do you remember that time?" Frank asks Jack.

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Law
12:51 am
Fri May 2, 2014

Texas Family's Nuisance Complaint Seen As Win Against Fracking

Originally published on Wed May 7, 2014 2:22 pm

A Dallas jury recently awarded nearly $3 million to a family who said they were poisoned by a natural gas drilling operation near their North Texas ranch. The verdict, reached on April 22, is being called a landmark by opponents of the drilling technique, called hydraulic fracturing or "fracking."

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U.S.
12:45 am
Fri May 2, 2014

Cinco De Mayo: Whose Holiday Is It, Anyway?

Members of Dance Academy of Mexico perform during last year's Cinco de Mayo celebrations in Milwaukee.
Rick Wood Milwaukee Journal Sentinel/MCT/Landov

Originally published on Tue May 6, 2014 8:38 am

Across the country this weekend, Cinco de Mayo will be celebrated with festivals, music, Mexican food and plenty of bar specials.

But south of the border, the holiday merits little more than a parade in the city of Puebla, east of Mexico City. There, in 1862, outgunned Mexican troops defeated an invading French army.

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Parallels
12:42 am
Fri May 2, 2014

Afghan Female Cyclists: Breaking Away, And Breaking Taboos

The women of the Afghan National Cycling Federation team train outside Kabul, the capital. They face poor road conditions, terrible traffic, lots of gawking and even threats of violence in pursuit of their sport.
Peter Breslow NPR

Originally published on Tue May 6, 2014 8:38 am

On a recent day, just west of Kabul — where the city's sooty sky gives way to fresher air — Abdul Sadiq coaches four young members of the Afghan National Cycling Federation. They're working on their riding technique while dodging the free-form traffic.

"The road is very narrow. Make sure you don't get into an accident, as you can see the cars are coming," the former competitive cyclist tells them, amid zooming vehicles and honking horns.

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All Tech Considered
12:41 am
Fri May 2, 2014

Amid The Device Hype, This Startup Is Taking Wearables To Heart

Steve Jungmann, vice president at the tech startup Quanttus, holds up an early prototype of the biometric sensors the company will use on its wearable products. The current version is much smaller.
Chris Arnold NPR

Originally published on Tue May 6, 2014 8:38 am

There's been a lot of talk about wearable devices being the next big thing in the technology world. It's easy for the hype to get ahead of the products, but there's actually some serious innovation going on.

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Politics
5:32 pm
Thu May 1, 2014

When College Sexual Assault Panels Fall Short, And When They Help

Dartmouth College is one of 55 colleges and universities on the Education Department's list of institutions being investigated for how they've handled sexual assault cases.
Jim Cole AP

Originally published on Fri May 2, 2014 7:45 am

Thursday, the federal government sent a message that it's taking sexual harassment on college campuses seriously. Education officials released the names of 55 schools facing investigation for their handling of sexual abuse allegations.

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The Salt
3:15 pm
Thu May 1, 2014

Mamma Mia! Italian Chains Make Fast-Food Fare Look Light

At 820 calories, Maggiano's tiramisu packs in more than the tiramisu served at Olive Garden (510 calories) or Macaroni Grill (690 calories). But it pales in comparison with the version served at Carrabba's, which has 1,060 calories.
Maggiano's

Originally published on Tue May 6, 2014 7:13 am

A Mediterranean diet is all the rage, but don't confuse this healthful pattern of eating for what you're likely to be served in popular Italian-style chains.

A new report from the Center for Science in the Public Interest finds some astronomical calorie counts at these restaurants. Not to mention sodium.

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3:11 pm
Thu May 1, 2014

Huge New Syrian Refugee Camp Opening In Jordan

A picture taken on April 30, 2014 in Azraq, in the Jordanian eastern desert, shows houses, some under construction, at a refugee camp for Syrians fleeing the war in their country. The 5.7-square-mile camp can accommodate up to 50,000 people but the U.N. says it can be expanded to take in 130,000, making it one of the biggest in the world. (Khalil Mazraawi/AFP/Getty Images)

Originally published on Mon May 12, 2014 12:19 pm

The United Nations says nearly 3 million people have fled the fighting in Syria; 600,000 of them are in neighboring Jordan, where a new refugee camp is opening. The BBC’s Yolande Knell visited and has this report.

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3:11 pm
Thu May 1, 2014

Navy SEALs Team Up With Young Cancer Patients

Through the One Summit program, Navy SEALs spend the day indoor rock climbing with children with cancer. Pictured here, former SEAL Pat Dossett works with 12-year-old Loukas Tatasciore at a recent event in Watertown. (Fred Thys/WBUR)

Originally published on Mon May 12, 2014 12:19 pm

Children who are patients at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston are offered all kinds of outings meant to boost their morale.

Now, the elite research hospital is teaming up with the military elite — Navy SEALs — to provide children with motivation to endure their often difficult treatments.

From the Here & Now Contributors Network, Fred Thys of WBUR reports.

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3:11 pm
Thu May 1, 2014

Should Sterling Be Forced To Sell The Clippers?

Originally published on Mon May 12, 2014 12:19 pm

After those racists comments made by Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling were confirmed, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver banned him from the league for life, fined him $2.5 million and said the other owners would force him to sell the team.

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