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2:38 pm
Mon July 22, 2013

How An Ethiopian Bean Became The Cinderella Of Coffee

Haleuya Habagaro says she always knew her coffee was exquisite. "When I roast the coffee, people come to ask where that strong fruity smell is coming from."
Gregory Warner NPR

Originally published on Wed July 24, 2013 1:17 pm

As we reported during Coffee Week in April, coffee aficionados pay top dollar for single-origin roasts.

The professional prospectors working for specialty coffee companies will travel far and wide, Marco Polo-style, to discover that next champion bean.

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NPR Story
2:30 pm
Mon July 22, 2013

What Is It About 'The Big Lebowski'?

Participants dressed a John Goodman's character Walter Sobchak chat at the 12th annual Lebowski Fest in Louisville, Kentucky. (Joseph Lord/WFPL)

Originally published on Mon July 22, 2013 6:40 pm

This year marks the 15th anniversary of “The Big Lebowski,” a film that baffled critics and audiences but has spawned perhaps the most loyal cult following of any movie released in recent years.

The epicenter of Lebowksi re-evaluation is Louisville, Kentucky, home of the inaugural Lebowski Fest, a celebration that has brought fans of “The Dude,” as he’s known, together for the last dozen years, and has been replicated across the country.

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NPR Story
2:30 pm
Mon July 22, 2013

A Quiet Turn From A Former Punk Rocker

Eef Barzelay of Clem Snide. (Courtesy of the artist)

Originally published on Mon July 22, 2013 6:40 pm

 

Clem Snide is the musical pen name of Israeli-born singer named Eef Barzelay. He just posted a compilation of songs called “We Leave Only Ashes” on the music website Bandcamp.

Our song of the week is one of those tracks, “We Are Flowers.”

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NPR Story
2:30 pm
Mon July 22, 2013

Royal Baby Could Inherit $1 Billion

A British police officer, backdropped by members of the media, stands outside St. Mary's Hospital exclusive Lindo Wing in London, Monday, July 22, 2013. (Lefteris Pitarakis/AP)

Originally published on Mon July 22, 2013 6:40 pm

Prince William and his wife Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge, are at St. Mary’s Hospital in London. Officials at Buckingham Palace say Kate is in labor.

The new arrival — the couple’s first child — will be third in line for the British throne, after Prince Charles and William.

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The Two-Way
2:19 pm
Mon July 22, 2013

'Law And Order' Actor Dennis Farina Dies

Actor Dennis Farina.
Robyn Beck AFP/Getty Images

Dennis Farina, the real-life Chicago Police Department cop turned actor, has died, his publicist says.

Farina was best known for portraying Det. Joe Fontana on the TV show Law and Order. His publicist Lori De Waal says Farina died Monday morning after suffering a blod clot in his lung.

He was 69.

TMZ adds:

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Middle East
2:17 pm
Mon July 22, 2013

Morsi's Ouster In Egypt: A 'Bookend' For The Arab Spring

In Cairo on July 17, supporters of the ousted president demonstrate for his reinstatement.
Gianluigi Guercia AFP/Getty Images

After covering the Egyptian revolution that overthrew President Hosni Mubarak in 2011, David Kirkpatrick has now been reporting on the military's ouster of Egypt's first democratically elected president, Mohammed Morsi of the Muslim Brotherhood.

Kirkpatrick, The New York Times' Cairo bureau chief, arrived in Egypt in January 2011, and days later flew to Tunisia to cover the revolution that launched the Arab Spring.

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The Two-Way
2:09 pm
Mon July 22, 2013

Missing Lynx? Cat Is On 'Brink Of Extinction,' Study Says

Two Iberian lynxes at a nature reserve in northern Spain. (February 2006 file photo.)
Victor Fraile Reuters /Landov

Already known as "the world's most endangered feline species," the Iberian lynx is headed to extinction in the wild within the next five decades, an international team of researchers warn in the journal Nature Climate Change.

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Around the Nation
1:58 pm
Mon July 22, 2013

Tell Me More Wants To Hear Your Dream

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

Now we're going to return to the series we're bringing you all summer long. This August will mark the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.'s famous "I Have a Dream" speech. In recognition, we've been asking you for some of your dreams, big hopes, small wishes, visions you have for the future of the country or yourself.

(SOUNDBITE OF ARCHIVAL RECORDING)

MARTIN LUTHER KING JR.: I have a dream...

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Remembrances
1:58 pm
Mon July 22, 2013

Remembering Helen Thomas: White House Trailblazer

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

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Politics
1:58 pm
Mon July 22, 2013

Some Lawmakers Want To Put Politics Aside

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

I'm Michel Martin and this is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. Later this hour, we will take a moment to remember a pioneering journalist and mentor, the irreplaceable Helen Thomas, who died over the weekend at the age of 92. Helen had a lifelong passion for politics and policy and for asking the political leaders the tough questions. But these days, many people have tough questions for our leaders in Washington, or one in particular, and that is, why can't the two political parties in Washington work together? Why can't they get anything done?

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Shots - Health News
1:34 pm
Mon July 22, 2013

Note To Teen Boy With Blowgun: It's Exhale, Not Inhale

The X-ray reveals a blowdart lodged in a teenager's windpipe.
Reproduced with permission from Pediatrics @AAP

Originally published on Mon July 22, 2013 4:57 pm

Parents would like to think their teenage sons are spending the summer reviewing calculus. Unfortunately, at least a few of them may be manufacturing homemade blowguns, with unexpectedly painful results.

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Shots - Health News
12:16 pm
Mon July 22, 2013

TVs Pose A Danger To Kids, But Not The Way You Might Think

That flat screen can still be dangerous if it falls off the wall.
iStockphoto.com

Originally published on Mon July 22, 2013 4:57 pm

Television poses a threat to children, and we're not talking the programs. We're talking a large household appliance that can hurt kids.

About every 30 minutes a child ends up in the emergency room with injuries caused by a television, a study finds, most often because the TV falls on a young child.

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13.7: Cosmos And Culture
11:26 am
Mon July 22, 2013

What Makes Something A 'New' Language?

iStockphoto.com

Originally published on Mon July 22, 2013 11:27 am

If you listened to All Things Considered last week, or happened to glance at The New York Times science section, you might have learned about a new language — Warlpiri rampaku or "Light Warlpiri" — created in a remote village in Northern Australia and documented by University of Michigan linguist Carmel O'Shannessy.

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The Two-Way
11:07 am
Mon July 22, 2013

Will 'Harry Potter' And Newest Royal Share A Birthday?

Actor Daniel Radcliffe.
Heather Wines CBS/Landov

Since there's no news just yet from the London hospital where the Duchess of Cambridge is said to be in labor, we've gone looking for other famous folks who were born on July 22.

According to Biography.com, they include:

-- Actor Albert Brooks (born in 1947).

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Shots - Health News
10:29 am
Mon July 22, 2013

State Laws Limiting Abortion May Face Challenges On 20-Week Limit

Becca Besaw of Austin, Texas, and Christopher Robertson of Fort Worth, Texas, protest the state's new law restricting access to abortion at a rally in Dallas on July 15.
Tony Gutierrez AP

Originally published on Mon July 22, 2013 4:57 pm

Banning abortions after a specific point in pregnancy has been a popular trend in the states this year. Last week, GOP Gov. Rick Perry made Texas the 12th state to ban most abortions after 20 weeks.

But how states define the starting point for that 20 weeks may cause headaches for women and their doctors — and ultimately affect whether these laws pass constitutional muster.

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