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8:50 pm
Tue November 12, 2013

As Some Families Leave Detroit, Others Move In

Jen Janke and her husband just moved their family to North Rosedale Park — a lovely Detroit neighborhood of tree-lined streets and historic homes. (Sarah Cwiek/Michigan Radio)

Originally published on Wed October 23, 2013 2:33 pm

At around 700,000 people, it’s no secret that Detroit is much smaller than it used to be. People are still leaving the city overall. But that rate is slowing, as some people discover new reasons to move in.

From the Here & Now Contributors Network, Sarah Cwiek of Michigan Radio has the story of two Detroit households moving in opposite directions, and the different forces tugging on the city’s population.

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NPR Story
8:49 pm
Tue November 12, 2013

Have Pumpkin Products Jumped The Shark?

Pumpkin madness can be found at Trader Joe's grocery stores. (Ed Bierman/Flickr)

Originally published on Wed October 23, 2013 2:33 pm

There seems to be a new sign of autumn.

Gone are the days when changing leaves, Halloween and actual pumpkins announced the arrival of fall. Now pumpkin spice seems to be leading the charge.

Ten years ago, Starbucks introduced the Pumpkin Spice Latte. This year, McDonald’s introduced its own version, along with many other vendors who have rolled out pumpkin spice-flavored goodies.

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Music Reviews
8:49 pm
Tue November 12, 2013

Latyrx: Still Deft And Defiant After Two Decades

Latyrx's new record, The Second Album, is out now.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue November 12, 2013 6:49 pm

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NPR Story
8:49 pm
Tue November 12, 2013

Italian, Austrian Police Increase Checks On Migrants

Brenner is the last stop in Italy before you get to Austria. It's changing as more and more migrants are coming here, trying to get north. (BBC)

Originally published on Wed October 23, 2013 2:33 pm

We’ve heard a lot about the arduous and dangerous sea journeys many migrants make to Europe — often landing on the island of Lampedusa off the south of Italy.

But at the north of the country, many are struggling to carry on their journey. Most want to make their way to a new life in the U.K. or Germany or Scandinavia, but a pinch point has built up at the Brenner Pass, the Alpine border between Austria and Italy.

The BBC’s Bethany Bell reports.

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Parallels
8:48 pm
Tue November 12, 2013

Ukraine, A Chocolate Factory And The Fate Of A Woman

Individually wrapped chocolate-covered hazelnut sweets move along a conveyor belt on the production line at the Roshen Confectionary Corp. factory in Kiev, Ukraine. A Russian ban on Ukraine's chocolate comes at a time when the nation is considering aligning itself with the European Union.
Joseph Sywenkyj Bloomberg via Getty Images

Originally published on Tue November 12, 2013 5:41 pm

It's been more than two decades since the former Soviet Union broke apart, and to the dismay of Russia, many of the 15 former Soviet republics have spun away from Moscow's orbit.

Now Ukraine — with 46 million people — has a chance to say goodbye to its Soviet past and align itself both economically and culturally with the European Union.

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Deceptive Cadence
8:47 pm
Tue November 12, 2013

Get To Know Ned Rorem, Now That He's 90

Composer Ned Rorem in 1953 in Paris, where he lived for nearly a decade and wrote his infamous Paris Diary.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed October 23, 2013 10:52 am

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This Is NPR
8:45 pm
Tue November 12, 2013

More Than Fangirling: NPR Interns Find A Warm Welcome

If the NPR interns had a band, this would be the cover of our first EP.
@nprintern NPR

Originally published on Tue November 12, 2013 2:47 pm

Walking around the NPR headquarters in Washington, D.C., can be a little overwhelming, especially for us fresh-faced and starry eyed interns trying to fit into our real-world pants and make a career in public radio.

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Code Switch
8:45 pm
Tue November 12, 2013

A Roundup Of Stories On Race and Ethnicity

Biggie's likeness can be seen all over Brooklyn, but a push to name a corner after the slain rap icon has met with stiff resistance from a local community board.
Wally Gobetz Flickr

Originally published on Wed October 23, 2013 2:23 pm

We're reading and writing about race all the time here at Code Switch, but we don't get to blog about everything we see. Here are some stories that are worth your time.

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Deceptive Cadence
8:45 pm
Tue November 12, 2013

Remembering 'Holy Minimalist' Composer John Tavener

John Tavener's ethereal music was influenced by the Russian Orthodox traditions.
Simone Canetty-Clarke Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue November 12, 2013 6:47 pm

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The Protojournalist
8:44 pm
Tue November 12, 2013

Haiku In The News: Chinese Cockroach Farms

Originally published on Wed October 23, 2013 11:53 am

"Now I'm teaching four

Other families. They want

To get rich like me."

-- Chinese cockroach rancher Zou Hui tells the Los Angeles Times. She gave up her job at a knitting factory in 2008 to launch her creepy-crawly enterprise. In China, the insects are used in variegated ways, including pharmaceutical and cosmetic production.

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