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NPR Story
3:00 pm
Wed December 11, 2013

Audio Postcard: Smoggy Streets Of Shanghai

Smog in Shanghai (Frank Langfitt/NPR)

Originally published on Tue December 17, 2013 9:51 am

NPR’s Frank Langfitt brings Here & Now an audio postcard from the streets of Shanghai.

Last week, the smog in Shanghai, China, reached hazardous levels. On Friday, smog set records in Shanghai. The Air Quality Index soared over 600, which is officially “beyond index,” or off-the-charts awful.

And on Saturday morning, there was essentially a smog white-out, according to Langfitt. Visibility was down to about 40 feet.

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NPR Story
3:00 pm
Wed December 11, 2013

Tribal Fishery Opposes Washington Coal Terminal

Tribal treaty fishing rights give Washington tribes the opportunity to weigh in on, and even block, projects that could impact their fishing grounds.(Ashley Ahearn/KUOW Photo)

Originally published on Tue December 17, 2013 9:51 am

About a quarter of all the coal the U.S. exports goes to Asian markets. To meet the demand, there are plans to build what would be the largest coal terminal in North America at a place called Cheery Point in the far northwestern corner of Washington state.

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NPR Story
3:00 pm
Wed December 11, 2013

Big Parts For Actresses In This Season's Movies

The all-star cast of "August: Osage County" is led by Meryl Streep (center) and Julia Roberts (right). (The Weinstein Company)

Originally published on Tue December 17, 2013 9:51 am

Ty Burr, film critic for the Boston Globe, gives Here & Now’s Meghna Chakrabarti a rundown of the latest releases.

He says the recent movies released feature meaty and varied parts for actresses, and some great performances.

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NPR Story
4:15 pm
Tue December 10, 2013

Echoes Of The Madoff Scandal On 5 Year Anniversary

Originally published on Tue December 17, 2013 9:53 am

It’s been five years since the Madoff scandal broke — the largest Ponzi scheme in history that defrauded investors of over $17.5 billion dollars.

Earlier this week, Frank DiPascali, Bernie Madoff’s former finance chief testified against five former coworkers, detailing how they helped carry out the fraud.

In the meantime, Madoff will spend the rest of his life at a federal prison in North Carolina. He recently granted an interview to The Wall Street Journal.

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NPR Story
4:15 pm
Tue December 10, 2013

Is Chipotle The New Model For Fast Food?

A Chipotle restaurant is pictured in Glenview, Illinois, in December 2005. (Tim Boyle/Getty Images)

Originally published on Tue December 17, 2013 9:53 am

With nearly 200 new restaurants slated to open in 2014 and the fastest-rising stock in the fast food industry, is Chipotle the new model for fast food?

Industry analyst David Tarantino says Chipotle is changing fast food the way Starbucks changed coffee shops and Home Depot changed home improvement.

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NPR Story
3:38 pm
Tue December 10, 2013

The Music Of Liberation: Steven Van Zandt And Danny Schechter On 'Sun City'

Steven Van Zandt and Danny Schechter (Jon Kalish)

Originally published on Tue December 17, 2013 9:53 am

In the early 1980s, Nelson Mandela’s name was virtually unknown in the United States. In fact, it was Steve Biko, who died in police custody in South Africa in 1977, who first put the struggles of black South Africans into public consciousness in the U.S.

Peter Gabriel’s song “Biko” was written in 1980, the same year the United Nations established a cultural boycott of the country, and was among the first of the songs that catapulted the plight of apartheid onto the musical airwaves.

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Politics
5:34 pm
Mon December 9, 2013

Conservatives Respond To Supporters Angry Over Pro-Mandela Statements

South African President Nelson Mandela (center) shakes hands with U.S. Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich (left) as U.S. President Bill Clinton (right) looks on during ceremonies September 23, 1998, in which Mandela received the Congressional Gold Medal on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. (William Philpott/AFP/Getty Images)

Originally published on Tue December 17, 2013 9:57 am

Some conservatives have been taking to social media to blast lawmakers who praised the late Nelson Mandela.

Former Speaker of the House, Newt Gingrich, has received some of the toughest criticism since calling Mandela “one of the greatest leaders of our lifetime.”

What is the history of conservative support for Mandela, and why are some conservatives upset now?

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NPR Story
3:40 pm
Mon December 9, 2013

Soprano Dawn Upshaw And Composer Maria Schneider Make Grammy-Nominated Music Together

Originally published on Tue December 17, 2013 9:55 am

Soprano Dawn Upshaw has been a longtime fan of composer Maria Schneider’s work, so Upshaw approached the composer and suggested a collaboration.

The result is the album “Winter Morning Walks,” which has been nominated for three Grammy awards, including Best Contemporary Classical Composition and Best Classical Vocal Solo.

We revisit our March conversation with Schneider and Upshaw.

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NPR Story
3:40 pm
Mon December 9, 2013

The Close Harmony Of Lily And Madeleine

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Originally published on Tue December 17, 2013 9:55 am

Each week NPR Music writer and editor Stephen Thompson brings us a new song. Today, he introduces us to the music of Lily & Madeleine with their song “Devil We Know.”

“Lily and Madeleine capture what is sometimes called ‘blood harmony,’ where siblings can make their voices interlock in ways that sound incredibly natural,” Thompson tells Here & Now’s Robin Young.

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NPR Story
3:40 pm
Mon December 9, 2013

Newtown Decides Against Shooting Anniversary Event

Photos of Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre victims sit at a small memorial near the school on January 14, 2013, in Newtown, Connecticut. (John Moore/Getty Images)

Originally published on Tue December 17, 2013 9:55 am

Residents of Newtown, Conn., have decided against a public commemoration to mark the first anniversary this coming Saturday of the shooting at the Sandy Hook Elementary School, which left 20 first graders and six educators dead.

Instead, the town is endorsing a “year of service” and is asking residents to put a candle in their window on Dec. 14, the day of the shooting, to show their commitment to the idea of service to each other.

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