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9:16 pm
Fri January 30, 2015

In Qatar, Released Taliban Member Raises U.S. Concerns

One of the Taliban officials who were released last year in exchange for the release of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl has raised U.S. officials' suspicions that he might attempt to reconnect with the group.

The exchange of five men who had been detained at the U.S. prison in Guantanamo Bay for the release of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who had been captured in 2009, occurred on May 31, 2014. It set off a range of reactions, from happiness at the soldier's safe return to anger that the Obama administration had released five senior members of the Taliban.

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The Two-Way
8:08 pm
Fri January 30, 2015

An Archer Goes Old-School, And Wows The Internet

Danish archer Lars Andersen calls himself "the fastest archer alive" — and he seeks to prove it, in a new video.
Lars Andersen

Originally published on Fri January 30, 2015 8:15 pm

It would be perfectly normal to think of archery as a sport defined by accuracy. But a Danish man who says he researched archery's historic methods is arguing for speed and agility, as well: Lars Andersen has released a video in which he fires three arrows in 0.6 seconds.

In fact, Andersen makes a claim to the title of "the fastest archer alive."

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Goats and Soda
6:35 pm
Fri January 30, 2015

Measles Is A Killer: It Took 100,000 Lives Worldwide Last Year

A Vietnamese boy is treated for measles in a state-run hospital in April 2014.
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The number of measles cases from the outbreak linked to Disneyland has now risen to at least 98. But measles remains extremely rare in the United States.

The rest of the world hasn't been so fortunate. Last year roughly 250,000 people came down with measles; more than half of them died.

Currently the Philippines is experiencing a major measles outbreak that sickened 57,000 people in 2014. China had twice that many cases, although they were more geographically spread out. Major outbreaks were also recorded in Angola, Brazil, Ethiopia, Indonesia and Vietnam.

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Parallels
6:19 pm
Fri January 30, 2015

Argentine Official Says He Sought Cooperation With Iran, Not Cover-Up

Argentina's Foreign Minister Hector Timerman on Jan. 15 shows a letter he said was sent in 2013 to Interpol informing it of an agreement reached with Iran's government to investigate the 1994 bombing of the Argentine-Israeli Mutual Association that killed 85 people. Timerman says he met with Iran in an attempt to solve the case and denies accusations he was part of a cover-up.
Rodrigo Abd AP

Originally published on Fri January 30, 2015 7:49 pm

Shortly before Argentine prosecutor Alberto Nisman was found dead with a bullet in his head, he accused Argentina's president, Cristina Fernandez, and others in her government of covering up what he said was Iran's involvement in the 1994 bombing of a Jewish community center.

Nisman claimed that those involved in the cover-up included Foreign Minister Hector Timerman — a particularly sensitive accusation not only because of his position but because of his background.

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The Salt
5:31 pm
Fri January 30, 2015

Shake Shack Sizzles With IPO As McDonald's Fizzles

The founder and chairman of Shake Shack, Danny Meyer, visits the floor of the New York Stock Exchange.
Spencer Platt Getty Images

Originally published on Fri January 30, 2015 8:40 pm

Shake Shack, the Manhattan-based burger chain, has a cult following, and investors gobbled up shares Friday when it became a publicly traded company.

In its initial public offering, shares were priced at $21, but they jumped to nearly $50 as trading began, and closed the day just under $46.

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The Salt
5:22 pm
Fri January 30, 2015

The Real Super Sunday Battle Is In The Snack Bowl

The defending champion and favorite remains the chicken wing. But underdog snacks like the carrot are trying to elbow their way into the competition.
Leif Parsons for NPR; Source: whologwhy/Flickr

Originally published on Fri January 30, 2015 6:11 pm

Here at The Salt, we have been overwhelmed with emails brimming with factoids and completely unsubstantiated assertions about the food that Americans will consume on Sunday as they watch gigantic athletes burn through calories at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Ariz.

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Author Interviews
5:14 pm
Fri January 30, 2015

The 'Man Who Touched His Own Heart' Changed Medicine

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Around the Nation
5:14 pm
Fri January 30, 2015

Ohio Man's IRS Drama The Plight Of The Living Dead

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Shots - Health News
5:14 pm
Fri January 30, 2015

By Impersonating Her Mom, A Comedian Grows Closer To Her

Think of human relationships as entanglements. How do they bind you; how do they reveal who you really are?
Daniel Horowitz for NPR

Originally published on Fri January 30, 2015 7:21 pm

In this episode of Invisibilia, NPR's new show about human behavior, we wanted to explore entanglements: the invisible ways we're entangled with each other. So we called a comedian.

I'm a fan of Maria Bamford, who has done impressions of her mother throughout her career:

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Politics
5:14 pm
Fri January 30, 2015

Republican Gov. Rick Snyder Turns To Voters To Approve Tax Increase

Originally published on Fri January 30, 2015 5:55 pm

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The Two-Way
5:04 pm
Fri January 30, 2015

Close Friend Of Putin Awarded Contract For Crimea Bridge

In a photo taken in Aug. 2013, Russian President Vladimir Putin, left, is shown with businessman and billionaire Arkady Rotenberg, right, mourn during a farewell ceremony for Putin's first judo coach, Anatoly Rakhlin in St. Petersburg, Russia.
Mikhail Klimentyev AP

Moscow has awarded a $3 billion contract to build a bridge linking Russia with the newly annexed Crimean peninsula to a close friend of President Vladimir Putin.

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The Two-Way
4:01 pm
Fri January 30, 2015

NBA Player Flouts A Critic's Guarantee That He Would Be Arrested

Friday, DeMarcus Cousins of the Sacramento Kings reminded sports journalist Clay Travis that his five-year guarantee — that Cousins would be arrested — had expired.
Thearon W. Henderson Getty Images

Originally published on Fri January 30, 2015 5:00 pm

Today is a great day to be DeMarcus Cousins. Not only did he get to serve a chilly dish of revenge to a sportswriter who dismissed him in 2010; he was also chosen for the NBA's All-Star Game.

This morning, Cousins posted a photo of a 2010 tweet by writer Clay Travis, who wrote, "There is a 100% chance that DeMarcus Cousins is arrested for something in the next five years."

Five years later, Cousins, who now plays for the Sacramento Kings, wrote, "Today's the day!! Let's all show him some love!!"

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NPR Story
2:44 pm
Fri January 30, 2015

Recipes: Boston Vs. Seattle Super Bowl Snacks

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Originally published on Fri January 30, 2015 6:53 pm

Here & Now resident chef Kathy Gunst has caught Super Bowl fever! With the New England Patriots taking on the Seattle Seahawks, Kathy has a recipe throw down with Seattle-based chef Jess Thomson: East and West Coast versions of chowder, seafood and the classic Super Bowl snack: wings. All six recipes are below.

Boston Versus Seattle: CHOWDER

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NPR Story
2:44 pm
Fri January 30, 2015

Amid National Racial Turmoil, New York Times Drops Its Race Beat

Tanzina Vega, who was covering The New York Times' race and ethnicity beat, has been reassigned to cover the Bronx courts. (Twitter)

This week The New York Times said it would end its race and ethnicity coverage, moving the newspaper’s sole reporter on that beat, Tanzina Vega, to cover the Bronx courts instead.

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NPR Story
2:44 pm
Fri January 30, 2015

Miami Beach Marks 100th Anniversary With New Music

New World Symphony rehearses for the world premiere of El Sol Caliente, in honor of the 100th anniversary of Miami Beach. Morrison's film stretches across eight screens. (Alicia Zuckerman/WLRN)

The City of Miami Beach turns 100 this year. To mark the anniversary, Michael Tilson Thomas will conduct the New World Symphony in a world premiere of a piece for orchestra and film by composer Michael Gordon and filmmaker Bill Morrison.

Alicia Zuckerman from Here & Now contributor WLRN in Miami attended a rehearsal and spoke with the two longtime collaborators.

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NPR Story
2:44 pm
Fri January 30, 2015

Mitt Romney's Not Running, So Who's Got Ground Game In Iowa?

Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker and Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush (Darren Hauck, Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney announced today that he wouldn’t run for the White House for a third time.

Kay Henderson, news director of Radio Iowa, tells Here & Now’s Jeremy Hobson that former Florida Governor Jeb Bush has been moving quickly to firm up support in Iowa.

So have other Republicans such as Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker. And Democrat Hillary Clinton so far hasn’t really been heard from yet.

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NPR Story
2:44 pm
Fri January 30, 2015

Beijing Mayor Calls Smog 'Unlivable'

A heavy smog hits the city on November 25, 2014 in Beijing, China. (ChinaFotoPress via Getty Images)

With tourism down and dangerous levels of smog clouding the horizon, Beijing Mayor Wang Anshun has declared it “not a livable city,” according to the China Youth Daily newspaper.

Here & Now’s Lisa Mullins speaks with Will Philipps, a U.K. expat and marathoner who has lived in the Chinese capital for three years and monitors the pollution daily to avoid exercising on “unhealthy air” days.

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NPR Story
2:44 pm
Fri January 30, 2015

Is Hosting The Super Bowl Worth It?

The Seattle Seahawks will play the New England Patriots this weekend in Glendale, Arizona. (Timothy A. Clary/Getty Images)

The mayor of the city hosting Sunday’s Super Bowl between the Seattle Seahawks and New England Patriots says the city needs help shouldering the cost of hosting the football game.

Glendale, Arizona, Mayor Jerry Weiers butted heads with the NFL in the lead-up to the biggest and most extravagant sporting event of the year.

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NPR Story
2:44 pm
Fri January 30, 2015

Fans Without Tickets Share Super Bowl Camaraderie

People walk past the logo for the upcoming Super Bowl XLIX between the Seattle Seahawks and New England Patriots in an NFL fan on January 28, 2015 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Justin Heiman/Getty Images)

In Phoenix, the NFL is not just putting on a game and a halftime show for the masses, it’s also putting on a community experience.

The city transformed 12 blocks of downtown Phoenix into an outdoor party with concerts, a rock-climbing wall and a football exhibition.

Traveling Seahawks and Patriots supporters are taking it in, but so are a tons of fans of teams not playing in the Super Bowl.

From the Here & Now Contributors Network, Curt Nickisch reports.

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NPR Story
2:44 pm
Fri January 30, 2015

U.S. Economic Growth Falls Short In Fourth Quarter

The economy has slowly been bouncing back since the recession ended in 2009, but predictions for 2014 fell short of expectations in the final quarter.

The economy grew at a 2.6 percent annual rate in the October to December period. The growth for the year was a moderate 2.4 percent.

Early 2015 predictions by economists say things are looking up. Mike Regan, editor for Bloomberg News speaks with Here & Now’s Lisa Mullins about last year’s GDP and the year ahead.

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NPR Story
2:44 pm
Fri January 30, 2015

Cowboy Poets Gather At Annual Celebration

The 31st National Cowboy Poetry Gathering is underway in Elko, Nevada. Last year, Here & Now’s Jeremy Hobson spoke with an attendee named Gaul Steiger, a cattle rancher who comes from a long line of cowboy poets. We revisit that conversation.

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NPR Story
2:44 pm
Fri January 30, 2015

Rod McKuen, Mega-Selling Poet And Performer, Dies At 81

Rod McKuen performs on November 12, 2005, in Los Angeles, California. (David Livingston/Getty Images)

Rod McKuen, the husky-voiced “King of Kitsch” whose avalanche of music, verse and spoken-word recordings in the 1960s and ’70s overwhelmed critical mockery and made him an Oscar-nominated songwriter and one of the best-selling poets in history, has died. He was 81.

McKuen died Thursday morning at a rehabilitation center in Beverly Hills, California, where he had been treated for pneumonia and had been ill for several weeks and was unable to digest food, his half-brother Edward McKuen Habib said.

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The Two-Way
2:44 pm
Fri January 30, 2015

WATCH: Forget Crop Circles, This Farmer Is Making Art With His Cows

A farmer makes art by herding his cows.
YouTube

Originally published on Fri January 30, 2015 3:28 pm

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Author Interviews
2:29 pm
Fri January 30, 2015

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

Kids can be magical and maddening. The title of Jennifer Senior's book — All Joy and No Fun — contrasts the strains of day-to-day parenting with the transcendent experience of raising a child.

Originally broadcast Feb. 4, 2014.

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Remembrances
2:29 pm
Fri January 30, 2015

Fresh Air Remembers Long-Time New York TV And Radio Personality Joe Franklin

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Transcript

DAVID BIANCULLI, HOST:

This is FRESH AIR.

(SOUNDBITE OF TV SHOW, "THE JOE FRANKLIN SHOW")

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Movie Reviews
2:29 pm
Fri January 30, 2015

When Islamists Impose Their Will In 'Timbuktu,' One Family Resists

Mehdi A.G. Mohamed (left) plays Issan, the orphaned boy who lives with a family outside Timbuktu. The family decides not to leave when radical Islamists come to impose Sharia, or Islamic law.
Courtesy of Cohen Media Group

Originally published on Fri January 30, 2015 3:09 pm

The word "Timbuktu" is slang in the West for East of Nowhere, but in the film Timbuktu, this city in Mali on the edge of the Sahara is an epicenter, a volatile crossroads for several distinct cultures. There are African women in radiant colors, white-garbed Muslim men in mosques, fishermen who live along the river and nomadic herders who pitch their tents on dunes. And then there are the most recent arrivals: an al-Qaida-affiliated group called Ansar Dine that in 2012 took over Timbuktu and announced the enforcement of Sharia, or Islamic law.

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The Two-Way
1:32 pm
Fri January 30, 2015

Kerry Fined $50 For Not Shoveling Sidewalk Outside Boston Home

Secretary of State John Kerry greets new Saudi King Salman in Riyadh on Tuesday. the city of Boston fined Kerry $50 on Thursday for failing to clear his sidewalk after this week's massive snowstorm.
Carolyn Kaster AP

Originally published on Fri January 30, 2015 5:37 pm

Secretary of State John Kerry was in Saudi Arabia this week with President Obama meeting that country's new king. So, when the massive snowstorm hit the Northeast this week, the sidewalk outside his Boston home wasn't cleared. The city, as The Boston Globe puts it, took notice.

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Shots - Health News
1:23 pm
Fri January 30, 2015

Obama Wants Funding For Research On More Precise Health Care

Harvard University student Elana Simon introduces President Obama before he spoke at the White House Friday about an initiative to encourage research into more precise medicine.
Mandel Ngan AFP/Getty Images

You may soon be able to donate your personal data to science. There are plans afoot to find 1 million Americans to volunteer for a new Precision Medicine Initiative that would anonymously link medical records, genetic readouts, details about an individual's gut bacteria, lifestyle information and maybe even data from your Fitbit.

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The Two-Way
12:36 pm
Fri January 30, 2015

Jeremy The Koala, Rescued From Australian Brush Fire, Goes Home

Jeremy the Koala.
BBC Weather

Originally published on Fri January 30, 2015 4:31 pm

Jeremy the koala — who became a social-media sensation after a photo went viral showing him recuperating from injuries sustained in an Australian wildfire — is being released back into the wild.

The three-year-old male koala, nicknamed after his rescuer, was removed from the Adelaide Hills in South Australia after a massive brush fire swept through the area. His paws had been burned and he was badly in need of treatment.

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The Two-Way
12:05 pm
Fri January 30, 2015

Bomb Attack On Shiite Mosque In Pakistan Leaves At Least 55 Dead

Pakistani protesters in Karachi condemn a bombing at a Shiite mosque in Shikarpur on Friday.
Fareed Khan AP

Originally published on Fri January 30, 2015 3:33 pm

At least 55 people are dead and dozens injured after a blast ripped through a mosque in southern Pakistan where worshipers had gathered for Friday prayers.

Jundullah, a Sunni militant group with links to the Pakistani Taliban, claimed responsibility for the attack on the mosque in Shikarpur, Sindh province.

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