State and National News


Puerto Rico: A Disenchanted Island
2:27 am
Thu February 7, 2013

'Don't Give Up On Us': Puerto Ricans Wrestle With High Crime

Luis Romero looks out over the ocean to a view that includes the Coast Guard station where his son, Julian, was in the auxiliary. Romero started the anti-violence organization Basta Ya after Julian was murdered.
Coburn Dukehart NPR

Originally published on Thu February 7, 2013 7:31 pm

Puerto Rico's population is declining. Faced with a deteriorating economy, increased poverty and a swelling crime rate, many Puerto Ricans are fleeing the island for the U.S. mainland. In a four-part series, Morning Edition explores this phenomenon, and how Puerto Rico's troubles are affecting its people and other Americans in unexpected ways.

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National Security
9:40 pm
Wed February 6, 2013

Obama's Pick For CIA Chief To Face Senate Scrutiny

John Brennan, the deputy national security adviser for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism, speaks at the White House in January. Brennan is President Obama's choice for CIA director.
Carolyn Kaster AP

Originally published on Thu February 7, 2013 2:07 pm

John Brennan, President Obama's choice to lead the CIA, can look forward to a grilling Thursday on Capitol Hill. As Obama's chief counterterrorism adviser, he has been associated with some controversial policies, including the use of armed drones. Brennan's nomination comes before the Senate Intelligence Committee, and members from both parties have their questions ready.

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Deceptive Cadence
6:31 pm
Wed February 6, 2013

Lean But Seen: The Joy Of Smaller Opera

Composer Mohammed Fairouz, whose hour-long chamber opera Sumeida's Song recently appeared on recording and on stage.
Samantha West courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed February 6, 2013 8:50 am

When a new festival for opera and musical theater called "Prototype" opened in New York last month, it wasn't inaugurated with a huge new piece. Instead, the festival was kicked off with the first staging of Mohammed Fairouz' opera Sumeida's Song — a work for four singers and a handful of musicians that lasts just 60 minutes long, presented at Here, a theater in Manhattan's Tribeca that seats just 100 people.

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Krulwich Wonders...
6:31 pm
Wed February 6, 2013

Dinosaurs With Attitude

Courtesy of Julius T. Csotonyi

Originally published on Tue February 5, 2013 1:13 pm

Come on, this isn't serious, is it? There was an animal that looked like this?

It's a dinosaur — scaly, fuzzy, with an oversized zebra-striped head, leopard-spotted legs, tiger stripes on the tail and two unfoldable wings permanently erect and attached to its feet. Really?

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Planet Money
6:30 pm
Wed February 6, 2013

When Companies Agree To Huge Penalties But Don't Admit Doing Anything Wrong

Francis Twitty/

Originally published on Tue February 5, 2013 4:07 pm

It happens all the time: The government announces some giant settlement with a company that's been accused of doing something wrong. The company agrees to pay some massive fine. Then, in the fine print, there's something along the lines of: "The company neither admits nor denies any wrongdoing."

Recently, though, some powerful people have been pushing back, rejecting deals that include this kind of fine print.

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This Is NPR
6:30 pm
Wed February 6, 2013

'Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me!' On The Silver Screen, Coming May 2013


Originally published on Wed April 3, 2013 3:37 pm

Watch the week's news get the treatment it deserves when the NPR news quiz show Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me! brings its star power to big screens near you. It's Carl Kasell reading limericks, celebrity guests answering oddball questions, faces made for radio, and an unapologetic focus on heckling the headlines and fawning over the week's infamous foibles.

Need we say more?

13.7: Cosmos And Culture
6:29 pm
Wed February 6, 2013

Super Bowl Power Loss: A PSA From The Cosmos

Things go dark in the Louisiana Superdome during Super Bowl XLVII.
Mike Ehrmann Getty Images

Originally published on Tue February 5, 2013 11:14 am

It was a Super Bowl moment like no other. Thousands of fans packing a modern gladiatorial arena, millions more watching on TV screens across the nation and Beyoncé had just reminded us of why she is, well, Beyoncé. The second half play was just getting going.

And then the power failed.

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The Picture Show
6:28 pm
Wed February 6, 2013

Pictures Of A Place Where No One Should Live

Kyrgyz girls slide plastic jugs back to their family's camp after chopping a hole in a frozen spring to fetch water. Men handle herding and trading; much of the hard labor of daily life falls to the females.
Matthieu Paley National Geographic

Originally published on Wed February 6, 2013 8:56 am

When photographer Matthieu Paley hiked up into the Pamir plateau of Afghanistan in the winter of 2008, the place had not been visited by foreigners since 1972, he says. That's how remote and inhospitable the region is — at least to outsiders. This rugged stretch of land, way up in the Wakhan Corridor, wedged between Pakistan and Tajikistan in Afghanistan's panhandle, is home to a population of about 1,100 nomadic Afghan Kyrgyz.

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All Songs Considered
6:28 pm
Wed February 6, 2013

New Music From The Knife, Four Tet And (Oh Yeah) My Bloody Valentine

Clockwise from upper left: Early photo of My Bloody Valentine, Grouper, The Knife, Ballake Sissoko.
Courtesy of the artists

Originally published on Fri February 22, 2013 10:19 am

We had this show all wrapped up last Friday. It was totally in the can! Then My Bloody Valentine dropped its highly anticipated new album over the weekend and threw our previously recorded show into total chaos! But hey, it was worth it. We (and all the other My Bloody Valentine fans out there) have been waiting more than 20 years for this! Hear a new cut from the album and tell us what you think in the comments section.

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Political Junkie
6:28 pm
Wed February 6, 2013

It's ScuttleButton Time!

Ken Rudin collection

Originally published on Tue February 5, 2013 3:22 pm

So what did you do during the blackout on Super Bowl Sunday? Other than, say, apply some deer antler spray?

For most Americans, it was trying to figure out the ScuttleButton puzzle on Super Bowl Sunday. Actually, it's always difficult trying to solve ScuttleButton while watching the game on Super Bowl Sunday. But now it's time to focus on the new puzzle.

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