1:11pm

Fri October 19, 2012
Music Reviews

Elina Duni: Love, Lust And Albanian Folk Songs

Originally published on Fri October 19, 2012 5:12 pm

On Matane Malit, the Elina Duni Quartet lays expansive instrumentation over traditional Albanian folk melodies.
Blerta Kambo Courtesy of the artist

The spread of formal jazz education has created a new breed of global musician: one who uses improvisation, and other devices associated with jazz, to transform folk and traditional music. The Albanian singer Elina Duni is part of this rising class. Her latest release, Matane Malit ("Beyond the Mountain"), offers a transfixing balance of old and new.

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12:31pm

Fri October 19, 2012
The Two-Way

U.S. Military Apologizes, Sets Curfew After Alleged Rape In Japan

Originally published on Fri October 19, 2012 2:50 pm

The commander of U.S. Forces Japan apologized and announced that all military personnel in Japan would have to adhere to a night curfew beginning today.

The move comes after two Navy sailors allegedly raped a woman in Okinawa. Like the case in 1995, when three servicemen raped a school girl, opposition to U.S. bases swelled after the arrests.

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11:17am

Fri October 19, 2012
The Two-Way

'A Fire I Can't Put Out': Texas State Fair's 'Big Tex' Destroyed By Blaze

Originally published on Fri October 19, 2012 4:21 pm

Big Tex goes up in flames.
John McKibben via Twitter

If you've ever been to the Dallas area during the State Fair of Texas, you no doubt have encountered Big Tex.

He's impossible to miss. He wears size 70 boots and a 75-gallon hat. His height comes in at a stunning 52 feet. He's an icon, his western shirt dusted off every year since 1952.

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11:11am

Fri October 19, 2012
The Two-Way

Saying Moderator Is Prettier Than CNN's Crowley Gets Candidate In Trouble

Originally published on Fri October 19, 2012 1:11 pm

Democrat Richard Carmona, who is running for the Senate from Arizona.
Ross Franklin ASSOCIATED PRESS

As Republican Rep. Joe Walsh of Illinois was courting controversy last night by saying during a debate that the "health of the mother" isn't a reason for an abortion anymore, out in Arizona a Democratic candidate for Senate was stepping in it by telling a male debate moderator that "you're prettier" than CNN's Candy Crowley.

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11:07am

Fri October 19, 2012
'It's All Politics': NPR's Weekly News Roundup

It's All Politics, Oct. 18, 2012

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Presidential debate No. 2 is in the books, and the consensus is that — unlike debate No. 1 — President Obama came prepared for battle. For all the talk about "binders full of women," and what was said when after the events in Benghazi, Libya, Obama and Mitt Romney both made their cases. Now, they prepare for the third and final debate on Monday. We also bid farewell to former Pennsylvania Sen. Arlen Specter.

Join NPR's Ron Elving and Ken Rudin for the latest political roundup.

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10:55am

Fri October 19, 2012
Music Reviews

Gary Clark Jr.: A Raucous Blues Shout

Originally published on Fri October 19, 2012 8:49 pm

Gary Clark Jr.'s Blak and Blu is an eclectic romp through the blues.
Frank Maddocks

On his major-label debut Blak and Blu, you can hear the roar in Gary Clark Jr.'s blues guitar, and in his vocal throughout "Bright Lights." It's one of the few straight-up blues songs on what is essentially an introduction to one of the most highly praised young blues guitarists in recent times. While Clark comes out of a blues tradition, he's also a twentysomething who's taken in all of contemporary music.

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10:50am

Fri October 19, 2012
Planet Money

Watch Our Fake Presidential Candidate's First Real Ad

Originally published on Fri October 19, 2012 5:12 pm

The fake candidate.
Lam Vo NPR

The story so far: A panel of economists from across the political spectrum came up with a presidential platform they could all support. It was a platform that would doom any real candidate. So we created a fake one.

We tested out one of our key ideas — eliminating the mortgage-interest tax deduction — on a focus group. They hated it.

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10:39am

Fri October 19, 2012
Shots - Health News

Probiotics Need To Eat, Too

Did someone say prebiotics?
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Which comes first, the probiotics or the prebiotics?

Could prebiotics, the food for the good bacteria known as probiotics, have more benefits than a dose of the microbes, particularly for people with serious health problems like preemies?

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10:21am

Fri October 19, 2012
Author Interviews

Baratunde Thurston Explains 'How To Be Black'

Originally published on Fri October 19, 2012 10:55 am

Baratunde Thurston is an American comedian and the digital director of The Onion. He co-founded the black political blog Jack & Jill Politics. He is also a prolific tweeter.
Courtesy of the author

This interview was originally broadcast on Feb. 1, 2012. How to Be Black will be released in paperback on Oct. 30.

It's no coincidence that Baratunde Thurston's new memoir and satirical self-help book How to Be Black was slated for release on the first day of Black History Month.

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10:19am

Fri October 19, 2012
The Two-Way

Turkey Urges International Intervention In Syria

Originally published on Fri October 19, 2012 10:28 am

Syrian protesters shout slogans during an anti-regime demonstration in the northern city of Aleppo on Friday.
Tauseef Mustafa AFP/Getty Images

"How long can this situation continue? I mean in Bosnia, now we have Ban Ki-moon [the UN secretary general] apologizing 20 years after. Who will apologise for Syria in 20 years' time? How can we stay idle?"

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