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Tiny Desk Concerts
2:31 pm
Tue August 13, 2013

Jim Guthrie: Tiny Desk Concert

Musician Jim Guthrie performs a Tiny Desk Concert at the NPR headquarters in Washington, D.C. on Friday, May 31, 2013.
NPR

Originally published on Mon December 23, 2013 5:17 pm

We've had bands from all over the world visit the Tiny Desk. Most recently, we published a set by Keaton Henson, who was in from London. Back in May, we had singer M.R. Shajarian from Iran.

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Parallels
2:31 pm
Tue August 13, 2013

Russian Vodka (Made In Latvia) And Other 'National' Products

If you look carefully, you'll see that the labels on bottles of Stolichnaya vodka sold outside Russia (like these in New York City) read "Premium Vodka," not "Russian Vodka."
Craig Barritt Getty Images for Tribeca Film Festival

Originally published on Wed October 9, 2013 3:01 pm

Activists around the world are trumpeting a call to "Dump Russian Vodka" — Stolichnaya, in particular — a protest against the implementation of several anti-gay laws in Russia, the latest in a marked surge in anti-gay sentiment and violence in the country.

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Krulwich Wonders...
2:20 pm
Tue August 13, 2013

'Stopp!' 'Schnell!' Cried The Nazis Before The Dinosaur Ate Them

Boulet

Originally published on Sat August 10, 2013 3:35 am

His name is "Boulet." Just Boulet. He's French. He's had a blog for years and what we have here, as you will no doubt notice, is a rough French-to-English translation, but the words don't matter that much. This is a fantastic voyage, one of the coolest I've seen on the Web.

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Planet Money
2:20 pm
Tue August 13, 2013

Episode 478: Rocky Pipkin, Private Eye Vs. The Raisin Outlaw

Raisin outlaw, Marvin Horne stands in a field of grapevines next to his home.
GARY KAZANJIAN ASSOCIATED PRESS

Originally published on Mon August 12, 2013 9:35 am

In most industries, competitors getting together to restrict the supply of a good would be illegal. But in the raisin world, it's the opposite. Competitors have to work together. They all decide as a group how many raisins to release to the public. What can get you in trouble in raisins, is going against that group.

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NPR Ombudsman
2:20 pm
Tue August 13, 2013

S. Dakota Indian Foster Care 6: Where It All Went Wrong — The Framing

A highway that runs from Scenic, S.D. towards the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation.
Marilyn Angel Wynn Getty Images

Originally published on Mon August 19, 2013 10:20 am

How could the NPR series have gone so wrong? After all, many talented people with a rigorous dedication to truth worked on it.

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NPR Ombudsman
2:19 pm
Tue August 13, 2013

S. Dakota Indian Foster Care 5: Who Is To Blame For Native Children In White Homes?

Sioux children as they arrived at the Indian School at Carlisle Barracks, Oct. 5 1879.
Library of Congress

Originally published on Mon August 19, 2013 10:20 am

Allegation: Indian foster children are put in white homes at extraordinarily high rates, reflecting systematic cultural bias and violating the federal Indian Child Welfare Act.

"Kill the Indian in him and save the man," said Capt. Richard Henry Pratt, the 19th century founder of the Carlisle Indian Industrial School. It was a prescription that became a model for Indian boarding schools that often coerced attendance and forced Indian children to change their language, dress and manners.

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NPR Ombudsman
2:19 pm
Tue August 13, 2013

S. Dakota Indian Foster Care 4: The Mystery Of A Missing $100 Million

A herd of pronhorn antelope stretches across the snowy landscape of the Cheyenne River Indian Reservation.
Steve McEnroe AP

Originally published on Mon August 19, 2013 10:20 am

Allegation: South Dakota receives almost $100 million a year in federal reimbursements for foster care of Native Americans.

A cartoon poster summoned Lakota Indians to the May summit on foster care. "South Dakota receives $100 million each year from Washington D.C. for foster care," declared the poster, and highlighted the amount in red.

"Shouldn't this funding go to the tribes so that they can handle their own foster care needs?" It is a good question. A big red "Yes" followed.

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NPR Ombudsman
2:19 pm
Tue August 13, 2013

S. Dakota Indian Foster Care 3: Filthy Lucre

This Sept. 8, 2012, photo shows a playground on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota. The reservation for years has attracted the eyes and ears of journalists and activists eager to tell the stories of the Oglala Sioux Tribe.
Kristi Eaton AP

Originally published on Mon August 19, 2013 10:19 am

Allegation: A financial interest to reap federal aid drives the taking of Native American children from their families and placing them in foster care.

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NPR Ombudsman
2:18 pm
Tue August 13, 2013

S. Dakota Indian Foster Care 2: Abuse In Taking Children From Families?

Big Foot's camp three weeks after the Wounded Knee Massacre (Dec. 29, 1890), with bodies of several Lakota Sioux people wrapped in blankets in the foreground and U.S. soldiers in the background.
Library of Congress

Originally published on Mon August 19, 2013 10:19 am

The Allegation: Indian children are being forcibly removed from their families and put into foster care at high rates that reflect widespread or systematic abuse by the state Department of Social Services.

The best case in defense of the NPR series on Indian foster care in South Dakota is in the first hearing of the story. You have a hard heart if you don't get goose bumps.

The weaknesses emerge when you start taking apart the transcript.

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NPR Ombudsman
2:18 pm
Tue August 13, 2013

S. Dakota Indian Foster Care 1: Investigative Storytelling Gone Awry

Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, South Dakota.
Aaron Huey Getty Images

Originally published on Thu September 12, 2013 11:18 am

In October 2011, NPR aired a three-part investigative series by reporter Laura Sullivan and producer Amy Walters alleging abuses in the foster care system for Native American children in South Dakota. With a mix of statements by the reporter and much innuendo, the series unmistakably alleges that the state's Department of Social Services was systematically removing Indian children from their families in order to collect federal reimbursements.

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