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Code Switch
9:46 am
Tue April 9, 2013

Mom Says: "Learn Chinese"

Hu, with her mom, Jeannie.
Channing Johnson Elise Hu

Originally published on Tue April 9, 2013 11:50 am

My earliest memory of code switching is at Pizza Hut, back when Pizza Huts were sit-down restaurants with salad bars and garlic bread. (Like any daughter of immigrants, most of my memories involve food.) My mom and dad would speak with the waiters in English, ordering our pan-crust pizzas and Pepsi products, but we used Mandarin at the table. Our Mandarin was our secret code.

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Favorite Sessions
9:45 am
Tue April 9, 2013

Chelsea Light Moving: A New Song, Inspired By Chocolate

Thurston Moore performs with his band Chelsea Light Moving, live on KEXP.
Brittany Brassell KEXP

Originally published on Tue April 9, 2013 12:39 pm

After nearly 40 years in music, Thurston Moore can still find inspiration in the unexpected — like a candy-bar wrapper.

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First Reads
9:44 am
Tue April 9, 2013

Exclusive First Read: 'Snapper,' By Brian Kimberling

Originally published on Tue April 9, 2013 10:11 am

Brian Kimberling's debut novel, Snapper, is a lovely, loose-limbed collection of stories about an aimless ornithologist named Nate, who as the book opens is possessed of a glitter-covered pickup truck and a massive (somewhat requited) crush on redheaded dream girl Lola. Nate and his friends wander toward marriage and maturity over the course of 13 linked stories — encountering angry snapping turtles, bald eagles and mystic mechanics along the way.

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Author Interviews
9:44 am
Tue April 9, 2013

'Way Of The Knife' Explains CIA Shift From Spying To Killing

ABL Imaging iStockphoto.com

Originally published on Tue April 9, 2013 2:07 pm

When the CIA came into being in 1947, its mandate was to keep tabs on events around the world. Gather intelligence about foreign governments. Spy. But the agency has evolved away from this original mission, as Mark Mazzetti reports in a new book, The Way of the Knife: The CIA, a Secret Army, and a War at the Ends of the Earth.

Mazzetti, a national security correspondent for The New York Times, begins with a quote from John le Carre's Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy:

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The Two-Way
9:41 am
Tue April 9, 2013

Mine Safety Reform Stalled Three Years After Deadly Blast

In this 2010 photo, coal miner Terry Cooper, left, embraces his wife Michelle, daughter Tera and son Justin, during a vigil to honor the coal miners that were killed in Montcoal, W. Va.
Mark Wilson Getty Images

Originally published on Tue April 9, 2013 10:04 am

Another anniversary has come and gone. Another memorial was unveiled. Bells tolled again 29 times at precisely 3:01 p.m. in West Virginia Friday in memory of the coal miners killed three years ago at Massey Energy's Upper Big Branch (UBB) mine.

And once again, another year passes without the mine safety reform promised by members of Congress and President Obama in the wake of the worst mine disaster in this country in 40 years.

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The Two-Way
9:40 am
Tue April 9, 2013

Study: Any Description Of A Woman's Appearance Hurts With Voters

President Obama's comments about California Attorney General Kamala Harris' looks made headlines last week.
Justin Sullivan Getty Images

Originally published on Thu April 11, 2013 8:03 pm

Any mention — positive or negative — of a woman's looks, hurts her chances with voters. That's according to two new surveys commissioned by Name It. Change It, a joint project of the Women's Media Center and She Should Run.

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This Is NPR
9:39 am
Tue April 9, 2013

Brian McKnight Hearts NPR

Melissa Kuypers NPR

Originally published on Mon April 8, 2013 5:52 pm

R&B musician Brian McKnight says even though he's been around awhile, he's not yet old enough to be a legend, despite his 16 Grammy Awards and multi-platinum album sales. And though it's been 21 years since his first album came out, his latest work, More Than Words, is precisely what brought McKnight into our studios to talk with Tell Me More host Michel Martin about his career and songwriting.

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Deceptive Cadence
9:39 am
Tue April 9, 2013

Chopin's 'Mad Men' Cameo

Dr. Arnold Rosen (Brian Markinson) and Sylvia Rosen (Linda Cardellini) celebrate New Year's Eve with Megan Draper (Jessica Pare) and Don Draper (Jon Hamm) as the sixth season of Mad Men opens.
Michael Yarish/AMC

Originally published on Mon April 8, 2013 5:02 pm

Mad Men's music is as important as its plot and costumes. While attention has been lavished on its pop songs, the show's occasional use of classical music has gone largely unrecognized.

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The Salt
9:38 am
Tue April 9, 2013

Sandwich Monday: The Crazy Cheesy Crust Pizza

This photograph gets even more disturbing if you imagine those two hands belong to two different people.
Pizza Hut

Originally published on Tue April 9, 2013 7:13 am

Pizza Hut has always been a leader in stuffing more cheese into your pizza. First there was the famous Stuffed Crust, then the P'Sauna, which elevated your body temperature so you could achieve full cheese supersaturation. Now it's the Crazy Cheesy Crust Pizza, which replaces the crust with tiny little bowls of cheese.

Ian: Thanks, Pizza Hut! Before when I wanted to eat a bowl of cheese, I had to go through a bad breakup first!

Eva: It looks like a beautiful sunflower with a bad case of acne.

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Code Switch
9:37 am
Tue April 9, 2013

La Gran Diva: Remembering Sara Montiel

The Spanish actress Sara Montiel during the filming of the movie "La mujer perdida", 1966, Madrid, Castilla La Mancha, Spain. (Photo by Gianni Ferrari/Cover/Getty Images).
Gianni Ferrari Getty Images

Originally published on Mon April 8, 2013 3:56 pm

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