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9:48 am
Tue February 4, 2014

'Borgen' Is Denmark's 'West Wing' (But Even Better)

Borgen's heroine is Birgitte Nyborg, superbly played by Sidse Babett Knudsen. Pilou Asbaek plays Don Draper-ish spin doctor Kasper Juul.
MHz Networks

Originally published on Wed February 5, 2014 8:10 am

The Danish television series Borgen about a female party leader who unexpectedly becomes Denmark's prime minister was a hit in its home country and in the U.K. It won numerous international prizes, and a cult following in the U.S. after its sporadic TV broadcasts β€” Stephen King named it his favorite piece of pop culture of 2012. The third and final season has just been released on DVD by MHz Networks, which also brought out seasons one and two.

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Author Interviews
9:48 am
Tue February 4, 2014

Are We Having Fun Yet? New Book Explores The Paradox Of Parenting

The title of Jennifer Senior's book β€” All Joy and No Fun β€” contrasts the strains of day-to-day parenting with the transcendent experience of having a child.
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Originally published on Tue February 4, 2014 1:09 pm

When you're a parent β€” even when you're a miserably sleep-deprived parent β€” sometimes magical things happen in the dead of night. Jennifer Senior's son was 1 month old when, during a late-night feeding, he looked directly at her and cooed. "It was this recognition, like 'Oh, you're my mom,' " she tells Fresh Air's Terry Gross. "I'd like to think that when I'm dying I'll remember that. ... Even in my depressive, sleep-deprived, hysterical, Looney Tunes state, I remember thinking that was just the bomb β€” that was magic."

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Code Switch
9:18 am
Tue February 4, 2014

How I Learned To Feel Undesirable

We asked writer Noah Cho to take self-portraits for this story. Here's one of them.
Courtesy of Noah Cho

Originally published on Tue February 4, 2014 2:14 pm

For the past few weeks, we've convened a conversation about romance across racial and cultural lines. Some of the most eloquent accounts we encountered came from a Bay Area junior high school teacher named Noah Cho. We asked him to expand on some of his experiences in this essay.

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All Tech Considered
9:12 am
Tue February 4, 2014

The Novelist: A Story-Driven Game Of Impossible Choices

In The Novelist, the Kaplans are struggling to keep their little family together. You play a ghost that tries to help keep the peace.
The Novelist/Orthogonal Games

First things first: Yes, this is a game review β€” but I'm no gamer. I'm surrounded by them at work and at home, mind you, but I personally haven't played a video game since a brief Tetris obsession in junior high.

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The Two-Way
9:07 am
Tue February 4, 2014

U.S. Borrowing Is Less Of An Economic Worry, At Least For Now

Originally published on Tue February 4, 2014 9:14 am

Stock investors looking for a reason to feel optimistic about the economy may have found one this morning.

A new report shows the federal budget deficit has done some mad shrinking in recent years. Thanks to spending cuts, tax hikes and a stronger economy, the deficit in this fiscal year will be only $514 billion, the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office said Tuesday.

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Shots - Health News
9:06 am
Tue February 4, 2014

Marketplace Rules Could Hurt Assistance Programs For Costly Drugs

There's confusion about whether drugmakers can provide financial assistance to patients who buy health insurance on the exchanges.
Roel Smart iStockphoto

People who need expensive drugs to treat serious medical conditions often rely on drugmakers' assistance programs for help.

But it's uncertain whether the help will be allowed for people who buy health insurance on the marketplaces established by the federal health law.

With open enrollment ending in less than two months, federal rules remain unclear, leaving patients, advocates and drug programs in limbo.

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Two-Way Radio
8:43 am
Tue February 4, 2014

Dead Air, Garbled Transmissions Trouble Washington Troopers

One of the new Washington State Patrol portable radios by Motorola. It’s a digital radio to replace the previous analog system.
Austin Jenkins Northwest News Network

Originally published on Mon February 3, 2014 4:12 pm

For most of us, our smartphones have become our figurative lifelines. For state troopers their literal lifeline is still the two-way radio.

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Government
8:40 am
Tue February 4, 2014

Mental Healthcare Professionals Decisions May Be Overruled By Patients' Family

File photo of the Washington State Capitol Building
Wikimedia

Originally published on Mon February 3, 2014 5:36 pm

More than 10,000 mental health patients were involuntarily hospitalized last year in Washington. But not every patient qualifies for forced hospitalization under the law.

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The Two-Way
8:39 am
Tue February 4, 2014

Accuser's Video Leads To Sexual Assault Charges For Teacher

Jamie Carrillo, in the video she made as she was calling the former teacher whom she accuses of sexual abuse. The video went viral and led to another accuser coming forward and the arrest of the former educator.
YouTube

Originally published on Wed February 5, 2014 5:34 am

A powerful video of a young woman's phone call to a former teacher and coach she accuses of sexual abuse has led to another alleged victim coming forward and to the arrest of that educator in Riverside County, Calif.

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Book Ban
8:32 am
Tue February 4, 2014

Oregon School District Considers Ban On Sherman Alexie Novel

File photo of "The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian." An Oregon school district is considering whether to pull the book.
Kraemer Family Library Flickr

Originally published on Mon February 3, 2014 4:05 pm

A school district in Sweet Home, Ore., is considering whether to pull a book by Northwest author Sherman Alexie from junior high classrooms.

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Parallels
8:13 am
Tue February 4, 2014

Chinese Red Guards Apologize, Reopening A Dark Chapter

Red Guards β€” high school and university students β€” wave copies of Chairman Mao Zedong's Little Red Book during a parade in June 1966 in Beijing's streets at the beginning of China's Cultural Revolution. More than 1 million people are believed to have died during the decade-long upheaval.
Jean Vincent AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Tue February 4, 2014 5:00 pm

For most of the past half century, China has avoided a full accounting for one of the darkest chapters of its recent history: the Cultural Revolution of 1966-1976.

During that time, Chairman Mao Zedong's shock troops β€” Communist youth known as Red Guards β€” persecuted, tortured or even killed millions of Chinese, supposed "class enemies."

Now, some Red Guards have issued public apologies to their victims, a rare example of the ruling party allowing public discussion of its historic mistakes.

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The Two-Way
8:12 am
Tue February 4, 2014

U.K. Admits 'Limited' Role In India's 1984 Raid On Sikh Shrine

A Sikh devotee takes a holy dip in the sacred pond at the Golden Temple in Amritsar, India, on Jan. 1. The British government acknowledged Tuesday it advised India before the deadly 1984 raid on Sikhism's holiest shrine.
Sanjeev Syal AP

Originally published on Tue February 4, 2014 8:33 am

We told you last month about revelations that Britain had aided India three decades ago in a deadly raid on the Golden Temple to remove separatist militants holed up in Sikhisim's holiest shrine. On Tuesday, British Foreign Secretary William Hague acknowledged that British military advice had "limited impact" on the operation.

Here's what Hague told Parliament about the June 1984 raid in Amritsar, India:

And here's his statement in full:

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The Two-Way
8:08 am
Tue February 4, 2014

U.S. Ambassador To Russia Will Resign After Olympics

Michael A. McFaul.
U.S. Embassy in Moscow

The United States ambassador to Russia says he will leave his post after the conclusion of the Winter Olympics in Sochi.

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Politics
8:03 am
Tue February 4, 2014

Oregon Considers Measure To Limit E-Cigarette Access

Justin Newman exhales vapor from an e-cigarette.
Chris Lehman Northwest News Network

Originally published on Fri January 31, 2014 5:53 pm

Sometimes technology outpaces the government's ability to regulate it. That's what's happening with electronic cigarettes.

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Competitive Edge
7:56 am
Tue February 4, 2014

Coach From Tacoma Helps U.S. Olympians Play Mental Game

File photo of Team USA goaltender Molly Schaus
Sara Melikian Flickr

Originally published on Mon February 3, 2014 4:47 pm

The Super Bowl-winning Seattle Seahawks had one. Professional baseball teams have them. And the U.S. Olympic women's ice hockey team found one in Tacoma: a "mental skills" coach.

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