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11:44 am
Fri May 2, 2014

Saddle Up For The 140th Kentucky Derby

Wicked Strong runs on the track during the morning training for the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs on May 1, 2014 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

The Kentucky Derby is the first jewel in horse racing’s Triple Crown. A field of 19 horses will take to the track at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky, on Saturday evening for the 140th edition of the Run for the Roses.

Joe Drape is there, as he is every year, for The New York Times. He discusses the field with Here & Now’s Sacha Pfeiffer. His picks are Wicked Strong, Intense Holiday and California Chrome.

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11:44 am
Fri May 2, 2014

Taking The Plight Of Refugees To The White House

Sasha Chanoff, founder and executive director of RefugePoint, and Yar Ayuel, one of 89 girls who came to the U.S. with the 3,500 Lost Boys of Sudan, will meet with President Obama and the First Lady tomorrow. (Jesse Costa/Here & Now)

Originally published on Sat May 3, 2014 5:04 am

Families of the more than 200 Nigerian school girls who were abducted by the Islamism militant group Boko Haram are demanding the government do more, after reports that the girls may have been sold as brides for marriage.

It’s a situation that points to the particular vulnerabilities women face in conflict zones and as refugees.

That’s part of the message Yar Ayuel will bring to President Obama when she meets him and the First Lady on Saturday. Ayuel is one of only 89 girls who came to the U.S. with the 3,500 “Lost Boys” of Sudan.

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NPR Story
11:32 am
Fri May 2, 2014

Why Latino History Matters

Historian Felipe Fernandez-Armesto explains why the United States needs to embrace its history as a Latin American nation. Then, back to Laredo for what our country's Latino future might look like.

NPR Story
11:32 am
Fri May 2, 2014

Making Hispanics

Before the 1980's, people of Latin American origin were classified as white. Author Cristina Mora tells Latino USA how the Census Bureau, activists and Univision created the Hispanic category.

NPR Story
11:32 am
Fri May 2, 2014

Chicano Youth Theater

The history of the Chicano civil rights movement comes to life in plays written by students at a high school in East Los Angeles. Valerie Hamilton reports.

Shots - Health News
10:15 am
Fri May 2, 2014

When A Yoga Teacher Ticks You Off, Is It Rude To Walk Out?

Shut up and suffer, or split?
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Originally published on Fri May 2, 2014 2:32 pm

You've made a commitment to yoga to improve your health.

So there you are in class, with a teacher you've never had before. And while you're flipping your down dog, you realize you're not exactly flipping over the teacher.

Maybe the teacher is a yoga bully: "OK, everybody up for wheel! People in the back row, what's your problem?"

Maybe the teacher is making absurd claims about yoga ("Doing an inversion is like having a face-lift!").

Or it's hot yoga and you're thirsty and the teacher says, "Don't drink!" But ... you are really thirsty!

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The Two-Way
10:03 am
Fri May 2, 2014

Rock-Paper-Scissors Strategy Could Be More Than Mere Child's Play

Contestants compete in a rock-paper-scissors tournament in Gainesville, Fla., in 2012. A new study indicates it's not as random as it seems.
Matt Stamey Gainesville Sun/Landov

Originally published on Fri May 2, 2014 1:22 pm

The child's game rock-paper-scissors is designed for a random outcome in which no player has an advantage over any other.

While that might be true based solely on random probability, it ignores the way humans actually play the game, according to a new study published by Cornell University.

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Barbershop
9:29 am
Fri May 2, 2014

Does 'Rich Bigot' Sterling Deserve A Break?

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Faith Matters
9:29 am
Fri May 2, 2014

Yiddish Culture Takes Center Stage

Originally published on Fri May 2, 2014 11:57 am

An effort to preserve the Yiddish language is getting a boost from the theater world. The artistic director of the National Yiddish Theatre-Folksbiene talks about preserving the language through art.

Paying For College
9:29 am
Fri May 2, 2014

Tough Lessons On Debt For College Students

Originally published on Fri May 16, 2014 1:49 pm

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

I'm Michel Martin and this is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. This spring, we joined our colleagues at Morning Edition for a series called Paying for College. It's exactly what it sounds like. We're trying to figure out how people are navigating the college money maze.

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The Two-Way
9:25 am
Fri May 2, 2014

Landslide In Afghanistan Reportedly Leaves Hundreds Missing

Originally published on Fri May 2, 2014 11:24 am

Days of heavy rains have triggered a landslide in Afghanistan's northeastern Badakhshan province, smashing through a mountain village and leaving hundreds of people missing.

"At least 400 to 500 people are still under a huge landslide, and they are all believed to be dead. This number may increase," Col. Abdul Qadeer Sayad, a deputy police chief of Badakhshan province, told Reuters.

Ari Gaitanis, a United Nations spokesman, put the toll at 350 dead following the slide that buried the village of Hobo Barik.

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The Two-Way
9:22 am
Fri May 2, 2014

Sinn Fein Leader's Arrest Ignites Debate Over Academic Freedom

Sinn Fein President Gerry Adams was arrested Wednesday as part of an investigation into one of Northern Ireland's most controversial killings.
Neil Hall Reuters /Landov

Originally published on Fri May 2, 2014 11:02 am

The arrest of Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams this week in Northern Ireland is raising questions about academic freedom across the Atlantic.

As NPR's Scott Neuman reported:

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Author Interviews
9:04 am
Fri May 2, 2014

The Making Of 'Godzilla,' Japan's Favorite 'Mon-Star'

Originally published on Fri May 2, 2014 11:23 am

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DAVID BIANCULLI, HOST:

We're celebrating Godzilla's 60th anniversary today on FRESH AIR. When the film was first shown in America, about 40 minutes were deleted from the original Japanese version to make it shorter and to make way for new footage that was added to make the movie more marketable to American audiences. The new footage featured an American wire service reporter whose reports provided the narration for the story.

The reporter was played by Raymond Burr, who went on to play TV lawyer Perry Mason. Here's how Burr opened the film.

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Movie Reviews
9:04 am
Fri May 2, 2014

'Ida': A Coming-Of-Age Story With An Eerie Luster

Originally published on Fri May 2, 2014 11:23 am

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DAVID BIANCULLI, HOST:

The Polish-born director Polish-born director Pawel Pawlikowski's is best known for the English-language movie "My Summer of Love," a lesbian coming-of-age film that was a breakthrough for actress Emily Blunt. His new film is called "Ida," spelled I-D-A and centers on an orphan who learns the secret of her past when she's on the brink of becoming a nun. Film critic David Edelstein has this review.

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Remembrances
9:04 am
Fri May 2, 2014

'Fresh Air' Remembers British Actor Bob Hoskins

Originally published on Fri May 2, 2014 11:23 am

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DAVID BIANCULLI, HOST:

British actor Bob Hoskins, who played a human detective in a world of cartoon characters in the acclaimed movie "Who Framed Roger Rabbit," died this week after contracting pneumonia. He was 71 years old.

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