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1:17 pm
Tue March 4, 2014

Russian TV Host Who Slammed Moscow Says She Won't Go To Crimea

Host Abby Martin of RT America's Breaking the Set.
RT America

Originally published on Tue March 4, 2014 1:08 pm

The Kremlin-backed Russia Today television channel says a program host who delivered a show-closing commentary denouncing Moscow's intervention in Ukraine will be sent to Crimea to "make up her own mind." But the anchor herself begs to differ.

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The Two-Way
1:16 pm
Tue March 4, 2014

WATCH: Drone Catches Video Of Stampeding Dolphins, Whale Calf

Video screen-grab of drone footage of a dolphin stampede off California coast.
Dave Anderson Capt Dave's Dolphin and Whale Safari

Originally published on Tue March 4, 2014 11:35 am

Dave Anderson, who runs whale-watching charters out of Dana Point, Calif., used a small camera-equipped drone to capture video of a "mega-pod" of hundreds of common dolphins as well as three gray whale migrating off the coast of San Clemente. In a separate sortie, the drone returned footage of a family of humpback whales off of Maui.

Anderson, who runs Capt Dave's Dolphin and Whale Safari produced the footage into this stunning five-minute video.

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NPR Story
1:09 pm
Tue March 4, 2014

Energy Sec. Predicts 30-40 Pct. Renewable Energy By 2030

A man rids his bike against the win as giant wind turbines are powered by strong winds at sunset on March 27, 2013 in Palm Springs, California. (Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

Originally published on Wed March 5, 2014 11:05 am

Four new nuclear reactors are under construction in the U.S., the first plants to be built in 30 years. Yet U.S. Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz says when it comes to nuclear power in the U.S., “the long term trajectory remains quite uncertain.”

Moniz speaks to Here & Now’s Jeremy Hobson on a wide range of energy issues and says he expects wind, solar and other renewables to make up 30 to 40 percent of the country’s energy mix by 2030.

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1:09 pm
Tue March 4, 2014

Kerry Arrives In Ukraine With Aid Money

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry speaks wtih people as he stands not far from a barricade at the Shrine of the Fallen in Kiev on March 4, 2014. (Sergei Supinsky/AFP/Getty Images)

Originally published on Tue March 4, 2014 1:49 pm

Russian President Vladimir Putin today accused the U.S. and Europe of encouraging “an unconstitutional coup” in Ukraine and insisted he had a right to use military force in response. But Putin also ordered troops on the Ukrainian border to return to their bases after finishing military exercises.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry arrived in Kiev this morning with a $1 billion energy subsidy package for Ukraine’s transitional government, and the U.S. may slap Russia with unspecified economic sanctions as soon as this week.

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1:09 pm
Tue March 4, 2014

Where The Fight Over Crimea Began

Originally published on Tue March 4, 2014 1:49 pm

Russian President Vladimir Putin said today that he is not trying to make Crimea a part of Russia and that only people living in Crimea can determine their future.

But how did this piece of land become so contested? In 2008, former NPR correspondent Anne Garrels took a look at the Ukrainian city and it’s relationship with Russia.

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1:09 pm
Tue March 4, 2014

Tensions Remain High In Crimea

Unarmed Ukrainian troops gather outside their garrison before marching to confront soldiers under Russian command occupying the nearby Belbek airbase in Crimea on March 4, 2014 in Lubimovka, Ukraine. (Sean Gallup/Getty Images)

Originally published on Tue March 4, 2014 1:49 pm

There have been standoffs between Russian and Ukranian troops outside the bases that the Russians have been occupying since the weekend.

Secretary of State John Kerry arrived in Kiev today promising financial aid to the new Ukranian government and Russian President Vladimir Putin spoke for the first time since he sent the troops into Crimea.

NPR’s Peter Kenyon joins Here & Now’s Robin Young from Simferopol, Crimea, with the latest.

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1:09 pm
Tue March 4, 2014

Obama Releases 2015 Budget Proposal

Originally published on Wed March 5, 2014 7:24 am

President Obama releases his 2015 budget today, which will include proposals to raise taxes on wealthy individuals, expand the earned income tax credit for low-income Americans without children, upgrade roads, enhance job training and finance pre-K programs.

NPR White House Correspondent Scott Horsley joins Here & Now’s Robin Young with details on the budget plan.

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1:09 pm
Tue March 4, 2014

IBM Slashes Jobs

Originally published on Tue March 4, 2014 1:49 pm

IBM was once one of the country’s largest employers. Considered a major innovator in the high tech world, IBM was also a place where workers could count on having a job throughout their entire career.

But IBM is now going through a major restructuring after sustaining years of losses. These changes could result in some 13,000 layoffs, both in the U.S. and abroad. Some of these layoffs have already started, but the company will not confirm any numbers.

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The Two-Way
1:08 pm
Tue March 4, 2014

Edward Snowden To Speak Via Video Link At SXSW Conference

Edward Snowden.
AFP AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Tue March 4, 2014 12:27 pm

Edward Snowden, who is exiled in Russia, will appear via video conference at this year's South by Southwest Interactive Conference.

While Snowden has given plenty of interviews since he leaked a cache of highly-sensitive documents about the United States' surveillance programs, he has not done so live and on video.

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1:08 pm
Tue March 4, 2014

Some Farmers Still Exporting Crops, Despite Drought

Some of Yuma County's alfalfa will go to feedlots and dairies in the region. Others will be shipped overseas to China, where the demand for hay has grown. (Laurel Morales)

Originally published on Tue March 4, 2014 1:49 pm

Federal officials are cutting off water to some California farms stuck in the worst drought on record. At the same time Arizona farmers are irrigating their fields with the diminishing Colorado River.

They’re using the water to grow most of the country’s winter vegetables, and even shipping some crops to China. From the Here & Now Contributors Network, Laurel Morales of Fronteras Desk looks at the controversy of indirectly exporting water overseas.

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1:08 pm
Tue March 4, 2014

Radio Shack To Close 1,100 Stores

Originally published on Tue March 4, 2014 1:49 pm

Radio Shack, the electronics retail store, has announced it will be closing 1,100 stores across the country. The move comes after a reported loss of $400 million last year.

Just last month, Radio Shack launched a comedic ad campaign that premiered during the Super Bowl, announcing a redesign of the store.

The Wall Street Journal’s Jason Bellini joins Here & Now’s Jeremy Hobson to discuss the future of Radio Shack.

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The Two-Way
12:30 pm
Tue March 4, 2014

'The Fact Is These Are Russian Forces,' Says Ukraine's Ambassador To U.S.

Troops under Russian command scream orders to turn back before firing warning shots at the Belbek airbase in Crimea. The troops were reacting to a large group of unarmed Ukrainian troops who approached them.
Sean Gallup Getty Images

Originally published on Tue March 4, 2014 5:17 pm

Despite what Russia's President Vladimir Putin might say, the country's approach to Ukraine is a "gross violation of international law," says Ukraine's ambassador to the U.S., Olexander Motsyk.

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Parallels
11:47 am
Tue March 4, 2014

Ukraine: From Breadbasket To Basket Case

Ukrainians line up to get money from a bank machine in the western city of Lviv on Feb. 20. The country's political crisis has also created economic turmoil. The international community is expected to pump billions of dollars into Ukraine's struggling economy.
Yuriy Dyachyshyn AFP/Getty Images

Ukraine was known as the breadbasket of the Soviet Union for its fertile fields of wheat. Now it's just a basket case. The outgoing finance minister said the country needed $35 billion to stave off bankruptcy over the next couple years.

Some analysts say that figure may be on the high side. Still, such admissions usually send potential donors dashing for the exits. Yet one thing Ukraine has in abundance these days, in addition to political turmoil, is a long line of financial suitors.

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Author Interviews
11:44 am
Tue March 4, 2014

Fresh Air Remembers Literary Biographer Justin Kaplan

Originally published on Tue March 4, 2014 11:46 am

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TERRY GROSS, HOST:

This is FRESH AIR. We're going to remember Justin Kaplan, the Pulitzer Prize-winning biographer who also edited the 16th edition of "Bartlett's Familiar Quotations," published in 1992 and the 17th edition, published in 2002. Justin Kaplan died Sunday at the age 88. His first book, a 1966 biography of Mark Twain, won a National Book Award, as well as a Pulitzer Prize. He also wrote biographies of Walt Whitman and Lincoln Steffens.

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Author Interviews
11:44 am
Tue March 4, 2014

Kevin Young On Blues, Poetry And 'Laughing To Keep From Crying'

Kevin Young's 2012 essay collection The Grey Album: On The Blackness Of Blackness was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award.
Melanie Dunea CPi

Originally published on Tue March 4, 2014 11:46 am

In Kevin Young's new collection, Book Of Hours, poems about the death of his father appear alongside poems about the birth of his son.

He tells Fresh Air's Terry Gross that, in a way, those events were the anchors of his life.

"It was a way of just writing about what had happened and also the way that the cycle of life informed my life, from death to birth to ... a kind of rebirth that I felt afterward."

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