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11:21 am
Fri April 11, 2014

How A Person Can Recover From Ebola

Testing for Ebola, a scientist in a mobile lab at Gueckedou, Guinea, separates blood cells from plasma cells to isolate the virus's genetic sequence.
Misha Hussain Reuters /Landov

Originally published on Fri April 11, 2014 12:38 pm

At least eight Ebola patients in Guinea have beaten the odds. They have recovered and been sent home. In past outbreaks, the death rate has been as high as 90 percent. In Guinea so far, about 60 percent of the 157 suspected cases have ended in death.

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11:20 am
Fri April 11, 2014

Obama Nominates Budget Director To Replace Sebelius

Sylvia Mathews Burwell is pictured March 4, 2013, as President Obama nominates her to be budget director. At the time, she was president of the Walmart Foundation. (Win McNamee/Getty Images)

Originally published on Fri April 11, 2014 11:57 am

President Barack Obama says he’s nominating his budget director, Sylvia Mathews Burwell, to succeed Kathleen Sebelius as Health and Human Services secretary.

The Cabinet shuffle lets Obama put a new face on his new health care law.

The move comes more than a week after the close of sign-ups for insurance coverage on the law.

After a rocky start that Sebelius was blamed for, the administration rebounded strongly to exceed expectations by enrolling 7.1 million people by the March 31 deadline.

Burwell’s nomination requires Senate confirmation.

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11:20 am
Fri April 11, 2014

Inside The World Of Fast Fashion

Buildings are reflected in a Forever 21 storefront in Washington, D.C. Forever 21 is the largest fast fashion retailer based in the U.S. (vpickering/Flickr)

Originally published on Fri April 11, 2014 11:57 am

If you pay any attention to fashion, you know that new styles often make it from the runway to retail clothing racks in what seems like warp speed.

There’s even a term for this phenomenon. It’s called “fast fashion,” and it’s radically changed the cost, quality and risk of producing the clothes we wear.

Christina Moon, assistant professor in the School of Art and Design History and Theory at Parsons The New School’s center for Design, has been studying and documenting the families involved in fast fashion.

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11:20 am
Fri April 11, 2014

Children's Author To Explore How S.S. United States Worked

The S.S. United States, which held speed records for Atlantic crossings, is docked in the Delaware River in South Philadelphia. (Emma Lee/NewsWorks)

Originally published on Fri April 11, 2014 11:57 am

The fastest cruise liner ever built has not moved in 17 years.

The S.S. United States was built in 1952, when ships were still the main way to get across the Atlantic Ocean. To this day, no passenger ship has crossed the Atlantic at a faster clip: 3 days 10 hours and 42 minutes.

Today the S.S. United States — the S.S. stands for steamship by the way — is a gutted, rusting shell floating off a pier in Philadelphia.

But, is has attracted the attention of best-selling author and illustrator, David Macauley, who is making the S.S.U.S. the subject of his next book.

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11:20 am
Fri April 11, 2014

Sriracha Hot Sauce Factory Declared Public Nuisance

Bottles of Sriracha hot chili sauce. (Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Originally published on Fri April 11, 2014 11:57 am

Irwindale, California, has declared that the smell that comes from the factory that makes Sriracha hot sauce is a public nuisance. Huy Fong Foods, the company that makes the spicy sauce has 90 days to make changes to the factory.

Residents of the Southern California city have complained that the odor from the facility burns their eyes and throats. Frank Shyong has been following the story for the L.A. Times and joins Here & Now’s Jeremy Hobson with details.

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The Two-Way
10:36 am
Fri April 11, 2014

'God' Files Suit In New York To Resolve Credit Dispute

As the saying goes, "In God We Trust, all others pay cash."

But in the case of Russian immigrant and businessman God Gazarov, cash may be the only option.

That's because, according to The New York Post, credit reporting agency Equifax has refused to acknowledge that he has any financial history whatsoever, despite having high scores with two other major credit agencies.

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The Two-Way
9:52 am
Fri April 11, 2014

Singer-Songwriter Jesse Winchester Dies

Originally published on Fri April 11, 2014 10:53 am

Jesse Winchester, whose "blend of folk, blues and country ... embodies the spirit of American music," has died.

His manager, Keith Case, tells NPR's Jacob Ganz that Winchester died Friday morning in Charlottesville, Va., where he lived. He was 69 and had been battling cancer.

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Barbershop
9:32 am
Fri April 11, 2014

Al Sharpton: Rat Or Cat?

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

I'm Michel Martin and this is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. Now it's time for our weekly visit to the Barbershop where the guys talk about what's in the news and what's on their minds.

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#TMMPoetry: Muses and Metaphor
9:32 am
Fri April 11, 2014

Twitter Poetry: A Little Bit Of Real Estate Says A Lot

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

And now it's time for Muses and Metaphor. That's our ode to National Poetry Month. This April, we are featuring your original tweet poems of 140 characters or less. NPR listeners and, new this year, some of our regular contributors are joining the fun sending them in via Twitter.

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Food
9:32 am
Fri April 11, 2014

Bringing Back Freshness And Flair To The Easter Table

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

I'm Michel Martin, and this is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. If you are an observant Christian, then you know that Holy Week begins this weekend with Palm Sunday and concludes next week with Easter Sunday. Those days commemorate the defining moments of the faith.

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Television
9:00 am
Fri April 11, 2014

Without Giving Too Much Away, Here's What We Can Say About 'Mad Men'

Mad Men — starring Jon Hamm as Don Draper — returns for its seventh and final season Sunday on AMC.
Michael Yarish AMC

Originally published on Fri April 11, 2014 12:38 pm

This review discusses the plotline of Mad Men, up through the end of Season 6.

Matthew Weiner's Mad Men begins its seventh season Sunday on AMC. Every season, as this outstanding period drama has made its way through the 1960s, Weiner has been increasingly insistent about the things he doesn't want critics to reveal in advance. This year, that confidentiality wish list is almost laughably long, and includes not only the year in which the story resumes, but also specifics about certain relationships — both professional and personal.

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Interviews
9:00 am
Fri April 11, 2014

At Last, David O. Russell Is Making The Films He Was Meant To Make

A '70s con artist (Christian Bale, right) is forced to team up with an FBI agent (Bradley Cooper, left) in American Hustle, inspired by a real-life sting targeting corrupt politicians.
Francois Duhamel Columbia Pictures

Originally published on Fri April 11, 2014 12:38 pm

This interview was originally broadcast on Feb. 20, 2014.

Filmmaker David O. Russell first talked with Fresh Air's Terry Gross back in 1994, and two decades later, he tells her: "It's taken me 20 years since I first spoke to you to really make the films that I think I was meant to make, and to be at the level of filmmaking and storytelling and writing that I think I had ever aspired to."

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Interview
8:40 am
Fri April 11, 2014

Kristen Wiig Gets Serious For Alice Munro Adaptation

Kristen Wiig plays a quiet caretaker named Johanna in Hateship Loveship.
Courtesy of Patti Perret, Hateship Capital LLC IFC Films

Originally published on Fri April 11, 2014 5:39 am

The new film Hateship Loveship was adapted from an Alice Munro short story and stars Saturday Night Live alumna Kristen Wiig in a performance that's a far cry from her outrageous characters on the comedy show.

In it, Wiig plays Johanna, a caretaker in Iowa assigned to help a grandfather, played by Nick Nolte, look after his 14-year-old granddaughter, Sabitha. Sabitha's mother died in a car accident when Sabitha's father, Ken, played by Guy Pearce, was driving drunk and high.

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The Two-Way
8:35 am
Fri April 11, 2014

U.S. Denies Visa To Iran's Controversial U.N. Envoy

Hostages being held at the U.S. Embassy in Tehran in November 1979. Iran's choice for U.N. ambassador, Hamid Aboutalebi, has acknowledged that he was an interpreter for the student group that seized the compound.
AP

Originally published on Fri April 11, 2014 10:44 am

The United States has told Iran that it won't issue a visa to Hamid Aboutalebi, Tehran's controversial choice for the United Nations.

Aboutalebi acknowledges that he served as an interpreter for a group of radical students who seized the U.S. Embassy in Tehran in 1979, taking 52 American diplomats hostage and holding them for 444 days.

The rare move to deny him a visa to take up a diplomatic post comes from the White House after Congress approved legislation authorizing the government to do so.

Here's our earlier post:

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The Two-Way
8:23 am
Fri April 11, 2014

'I Knew It Wouldn't Be Easy,' Outgoing Health Secretary Sebelius Says

Vice President Biden (from left), Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, President Obama and Budget Director Sylvia Mathews Burwell at the White House Friday. Sebelius is stepping down. Burwell is being nominated to replace her.
Charles Dharapak AP

Originally published on Fri April 11, 2014 10:53 am

Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, who has borne the brunt of criticism for the troubled rollout of the HealthCare.gov website, said Friday that as she prepares to leave that agency she is thankful to have had the chance to work on "the cause of my life."

Her agency, Sebelius said, has been "in the front lines of a long overdue national change — fixing a broken health system."

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