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12:51 pm
Tue April 22, 2014

'Forcing The Spring' Tells One Chapter In Story Of Marriage Equality

In her new book, Forcing the Spring, investigative reporter Jo Becker goes behind the scenes in the fight for marriage equality. Above, Eric Breese of Rochester, N.Y., joins hundreds of others to rally outside the Supreme Court during oral arguments in a case challenging the Defense of Marriage Act on March 27, 2013.
Chip Somodevilla Getty Images

Originally published on Tue April 22, 2014 2:34 pm

In her new book, Forcing the Spring, investigative reporter Jo Becker tells the behind-the-scenes story of an important chapter in the fight for marriage equality. She embedded with the team that challenged Proposition 8 — the 2008 anti-gay-marriage California ballot initiative that called for amending the state constitution to say that the state would only recognize marriage between a man and a woman.

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Parallels
12:49 pm
Tue April 22, 2014

Who Are Nepal's Sherpas?

A truck carries the body of Ankaji Sherpa during a funeral rally in Katmandu, Nepal, on Tuesday. Ankaji Sherpa died last week in the avalanche that killed at least 13.
Navesh Chitrakar Reuters/Landov

Originally published on Tue April 22, 2014 2:03 pm

The climbing season on Mount Everest is still in doubt after last week's disaster on the mountain in which 13 Sherpas died and another three are missing and presumed dead. As Mark Memmott notes over at our Two-Way blog, it was the single deadliest day on the mountain.

But just who are Sherpas, and what exactly do they do that makes them so invaluable to mountaineering? Here are some answers.

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It's All Politics
12:31 pm
Tue April 22, 2014

In TV Ad, GOP Senate Candidate Mocks 'War On Women' Rhetoric

A scene from Michigan GOP Senate candidate Terri Lynn Land's first TV ad, titled, "Really?"
Terri Lynn Land campaign

Originally published on Tue April 22, 2014 1:48 pm

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It's All Politics
12:31 pm
Tue April 22, 2014

Out Of Clout: Some States Brace For Washington Power Outage

Rep. John Dingell, D-Mich., the longest-serving member of Congress, is celebrated by colleagues, including Vice President Biden, on Capitol Hill in June 2013. A former chairman of the Energy and Commerce Committee, Dingell, now 87, announced in February that he will retire after this term.
J. Scott Applewhite AP

Originally published on Wed April 23, 2014 7:31 am

When the next Congress is sworn in, Iowa's congressional delegation will be unusually green. Precisely half of its lawmakers on Capitol Hill are retiring at the end of this session, meaning the state will be losing decades of clout and seniority in Washington, D.C.

And Iowa isn't even the biggest loser this year. California is losing two House Democrats with 40 years of experience each — Henry Waxman and George Miller — along with Republican House Armed Services Chairman Buck McKeon, who's been in Congress for more than two decades.

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National Security
12:30 pm
Tue April 22, 2014

Army Vs. National Guard: Who Gets Those Apache Helicopters?

An airborne Apache attack helicopter takes off above a Black Hawk helicopter from the South Carolina Army National Guard base in Eastover, S.C., in 2007. The Army is planning to move all the National Guard's Apache helicopters to the regular Army, a move opposed by many in the Guard.
Mary Ann Chastain AP

Originally published on Tue April 22, 2014 3:38 pm

For decades the National Guard has fought hard against the stereotype that it was the place to avoid the draft during the Vietnam War, or that it's a place to get college money rather than combat duty.

Guard leaders thought that after more than a decade of war in Afghanistan and Iraq they had finally earned some respect. So it was a body blow when the Army's top officer, Gen. Ray Odierno, unveiled his plan on Capitol Hill to take all of the National Guard's Apache helicopters and move them to the regular Army.

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The Two-Way
11:23 am
Tue April 22, 2014

45 People Were Shot In Chicago Over The Weekend

The Chicago skyline. The city's police chief says his officers can't keep up with the number of illegal weapons on the city's streets.
Carolyn Kaster AP

There are more data to add to Chicago's well-documented problem with gun violence.

Headlines such as this from the Chicago Sun-Times — "In violent weekend, at least 8 dead, 37 wounded in shootings across Chicago" — set us off in search of news reports after previous weekends.

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The Salt
11:20 am
Tue April 22, 2014

We Didn't Believe In 'Artisanal' Toast, Until We Made Our Own

Fire-roasted toast will satisfy the smoke fiends at the breakfast table.
Eliza Barclay/NPR

Originally published on Tue April 22, 2014 12:24 pm

Leave it to San Francisco to turn one of the simplest — and cheapest — dishes into the trendy snack du jour.

We're talking about toast.

"Artisanal" toast is made from inch-thick, snow-white or grainy slices, lathered in butter and cinnamon or peanut butter and honey, then wrapped individually in wax paper.

And you think that latte is expensive. Each one of these slices will set you back at least $3.50.

The toast craze started at an unlikely location: a modest coffee shop, called Trouble, about four blocks from San Francisco's sleepy Ocean Beach.

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Deceptive Cadence
11:19 am
Tue April 22, 2014

Pet Sounds: The NPR Music Critter Quiz

Animals are fun to pet. They also make great guest appearances in music.
Roberto A. Sanchez iStock.com

Originally published on Tue April 22, 2014 5:17 am

From as far back as we can tell, music makers have been inspired by the flora and especially the fauna around us. From tooting tunes on actual animal horns and bones, to musical portraits of creatures large and small, performers and composers of all stripes have included critters in their creations. In this puzzler, you must identify the creature depicted in the music.

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Sports
11:15 am
Tue April 22, 2014

Before And After Photos: 8 Runners In The Boston Marathon

Matthew Conlon before and after running the Boston Marathon on Monday. Conlon is one of the eight runners who chronicled their journey to the marathon for NPR.
Courtesy of Matthew Conlon

Originally published on Tue April 22, 2014 10:49 am

For 10 weeks we followed these eight runners as they trained for the 118th Boston Marathon. On the day of the race we asked each of them to send us a picture of themselves before they hit the course and after they finished. Capturing the ups and downs of the day, this is what it looks like to stare 26.2 miles in the face.

NPR Story
11:15 am
Tue April 22, 2014

Is Kentucky Ready For A Muslim Senator?

(@SidMalik2014/Twitter)

Originally published on Tue April 22, 2014 12:17 pm

Siddique Malik is running for a seat in the Kentucky state senate. If he wins, the Pakistani Muslim would be the first practicing Muslim elected to Kentucky’s General Assembly.

Kentucky has a population of about 11,000 Muslims but no elected officials in government. As Jonathan Meador of Here & Now contributing station Kentucky Public Radio reports, Malik believes his political affiliation — he’s a Democrat — may be a bigger challenge than his Muslim background.

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NPR Story
11:15 am
Tue April 22, 2014

Called 'Deporter-In-Chief,' Obama Weighs Deportation Changes

Originally published on Tue April 22, 2014 12:17 pm

The Associated Press is reporting that the Obama administration is considering changes to its deportation policies so long-time residents of the U.S. who have no criminal records could be shielded from deportation.

Even though deportation rates have been dropping, immigration activists have labelled Obama the “Deporter-in-Chief” for expelling close to two million people in the past five years, most of whom have no criminal records.

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NPR Story
11:15 am
Tue April 22, 2014

Powerful Painkiller Moxduo Up For FDA Approval

Originally published on Tue April 22, 2014 12:17 pm

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is considering whether to approve a powerful new painkiller called Moxduo.

While some experts say the narcotic could be used as a valuable alternative for patients in intense pain, others are concerned that the drug could worsen the epidemic of abuse of prescription painkillers and overdoses.

NPR Science Correspondent Rob Stein discusses the drug and today’s hearing with Here & Now’s Robin Young.

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NPR Story
11:15 am
Tue April 22, 2014

America's Largest Reservoir Keeps Shrinking

The Hoover Dam, which impounds Lake Mead is pictured on April 13, 2014. (Joe Klamar/AFP/Getty Images)

Originally published on Tue April 22, 2014 12:17 pm

Lake Mead, the largest reservoir in the United States, is at an alarmingly low level. It provides water to Nevada, Arizona and other desert states, and the West Coast drought is creating even more dependency on the reservoir.

Adam Burke, news director for Nevada Public Radio, has been covering the shrinking lake, and describes a visible bathtub line where water once stood. He discusses efforts to preserve Lake Mead’s water supply with Here & Now’s Jeremy Hobson.

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NPR Story
11:15 am
Tue April 22, 2014

Children's Literature: Apartheid Or Just A General Lack of Color?

African-American children's book authors Walter Dean Myers (right) and his son Christopher Myers are both concerned about the lack of diversity in children's literature. (Malin Fezehal)

Originally published on Tue April 22, 2014 12:17 pm

A survey of children’s literature by the Cooperative Children’s Book Center has found that of 3,200 books surveyed (out of an estimated 5,000 books published) in 2013, only 93 were about African-Americans.

That dismal statistic prompted African-American children’s book author Walter Dean Myers and his son Christopher Myers to write side-by-side op-ed pieces for The New York Times.

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NPR Story
11:14 am
Tue April 22, 2014

Aereo Supreme Court Case Will Shape Future Of TV

Chet Kanojia, founder and CEO of Aereo, Inc., shows a tablet displaying his company's technology, Dec. 20, 2012, in New York. (Bebeto Matthews/AP)

Originally published on Tue April 22, 2014 12:17 pm

Can a company capture TV broadcasts and stream them online to subscribers without making any payment to TV or cable companies who produce the programs?

The two-year-old company Aereo does exactly that for subscribers in 11 cities, and major networks including, NBC, ABC and CBS want the company to pay them for rebroadcasting their shows.

Aereo argues that it has the right to take freely from programs that are broadcast on public airwaves.

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