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3:15am

Tue October 21, 2014
Asia

How To Pick An English Name (Tip: Stay Away From Food)

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3:15am

Tue October 21, 2014
Around the Nation

Is That A Spoonful Of Spooky Cereal In Your Beer?

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3:15am

Tue October 21, 2014
Business

Chinese Telecom Company Offers To Make Pockets iPhone-Sized

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3:15am

Tue October 21, 2014
Monkey See

Winners And Losers of The Fall TV Season Begin to Emerge

Debra Messing, right, stars with Robert Klein in NBC's The Mysteries of Laura.
NBC Will Hart/NBC

What's most amazing about this point in the TV season, is what hasn't happened yet.

One month into the new season, no new fall TV show has yet been canceled.

(By this point last year, several shows had already been put out of our misery, including ABC's Lucky 7 and NBC's Ironside remake.)

Still, despite programmers' patience this year, there's still lots of clues about what's working this TV season and what isn't. Here's a peek at what we know so far about the current TV season.

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2:50am

Tue October 21, 2014
The Two-Way

Oscar Pistorius Gets 5 Years In Prison For Killing Girlfriend

Tuesday in Pretoria, South Africa, Oscar Pistorius was sentenced to five years in prison for the fatal shooting of his girlfriend.
Herman Verwey AP

Track star Oscar Pistorius has been sentenced to five years in prison for the fatal shooting of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp.

Pistorius, an Olympic and Paralympic athlete, was given a verdict of culpable homicide by a judge in South Africa in September — a conviction that could have put him in prison for 15 years. As we reported at the time, Pistorius was found not guilty of the more serious charge of premeditated murder.

The Two-Way reported:

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2:35am

Tue October 21, 2014
NPR Story

U.S. And Japan Hit Snag In Major Trade Pact Negotiations

Originally published on Tue October 21, 2014 3:15 am

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2:35am

Tue October 21, 2014
NPR Story

After Quarantine, Ebola-Free Dallas Residents Face New Challenges

Originally published on Tue October 21, 2014 3:15 am

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2:35am

Tue October 21, 2014
NPR Story

Who Are The Kurds And What's Their Role In Mideast Politics?

Originally published on Tue October 21, 2014 3:15 am

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2:35am

Tue October 21, 2014
The Race Card Project: Six-Word Essays

Six Words: 'Must We Forget Our Confederate Ancestors?'

Originally published on Tue October 21, 2014 3:15 am

Waverly Adcock, a sergeant and founder of the West Augusta Guard, prepares his company for inspection and battle at a Civil War reenactment in Virginia. Sara Smith, whose great-great grandfather was wounded at the Battle of Gettysburg, holds the Confederate battle flag.
Courtesy of Jesse Dukes

NPR continues a series of conversations from The Race Card Project, where thousands of people have submitted their thoughts on race and cultural identity in six words.

Jesse Dukes does not have Confederate ancestors. But in the time he's spent writing about Civil War re-enactors, he's met many who say they do.

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2:35am

Tue October 21, 2014
Parallels

Kurds Leave Life In Europe To Fight ISIS In Their Iraqi Homeland

Originally published on Tue October 21, 2014 3:15 am

Aza Betwata (left) and his brother Mirwan (center) left Holland to join the Kurdish peshmerga fighting against ISIS militants in northern Iraq. Though the brothers come from a family of fighters, Aza had just two days of training — his brother must show him how to strip and clean his rifle.
Alice Fordham NPR

The men of the Betwata tribe gather to drink tea every morning in Irbil, Iraq, in an outdoor courtyard with curving pillars and climbing plants.

In northern Iraq, almost everyone is ethnically Kurdish, and most of them wear a traditional Kurdish baggy blue suit, with a colored sash, and black and white headdress. And they all talk about the war.

One of the men — Sarhad Betwata — is a general. The grizzled officer says he commands about 1,000 men and later this morning will head off from Irbil to the front lines with the Islamic State, close to the Syrian border.

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2:35am

Tue October 21, 2014
NPR Ed

The Short Shelf Life Of Urban School Superintendents

Originally published on Tue October 21, 2014 4:08 am

Los Angeles Unified School District Superintendent John Deasy, seen in a photo taken last year, says his resignation Thursday was "by mutual agreement.
Damian Dovarganes AP

If you're a 12th grader right now in the Los Angeles schools, that means you probably started kindergarten back in 2001. It also means that, as of this week, you've seen four superintendents come and go.

As we discussed today on Morning Edition, the ouster of John Deasy last week as the head of the nation's second-largest district has renewed a long-running debate about leadership of big-city schools, and particularly the challenges of raising achievement in such a politically charged environment.

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5:48pm

Mon October 20, 2014
Business

Unrest In Ferguson May Speed Up Decline Of Real Estate

Originally published on Mon October 20, 2014 5:51 pm

Children watch from their home as people march about a mile to the police station to protest the shooting of Michael Brown on Aug. 20, in Ferguson, Mo. Brown's shooting in the middle of a street by a Ferguson policeman on Aug. 9, sparked protests, riots and looting in the St. Louis suburb. Some people are ready to leave the troubled city. Others say they will remain no matter what.
Charlie Riedel AP

A grand jury has yet to decide if it will indict Darren Wilson, the police officer who fatally shot 18-year-old Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo., this summer.

Protests over Brown's death are ongoing in Ferguson, though they are calmer than the sometimes violent clashes that happened immediately after the shooting.

Still, many residents there are worried about public reaction once the grand jury announces its decision, and some say they've had enough. They're planning to move. That could accelerate an already existing trend in the region.

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4:03pm

Mon October 20, 2014
The Two-Way

This Past September Ranks As Hottest On Record, NOAA Says

Originally published on Mon October 20, 2014 4:34 pm

Four months in 2014 have already been the warmest on record.
NOAA

This past September was, on average, the hottest on record, meteorologists from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said Monday.

The combined average temperature over global land and ocean surfaces was 60.3 degrees Fahrenheit, or 1.30 F hotter than the century average.

The AP reports:

"It was the fourth monthly record set this year, along with May, June and August.

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3:48pm

Mon October 20, 2014
Shots - Health News

When Reassuring Isn't: The Rush To Test Cruise Passenger For Ebola

Originally published on Mon October 20, 2014 6:08 pm

The cruise ship Carnival Magic floats behind a catamaran off Cozumel, Mexico on Oct. 17. The ship skipped a planned stop there Friday, the cruise line says, after Mexican authorities delayed granting permission to dock.
Reuters/Landov

Here's a question about the fine line between a prudent response and worrisome overkill: Is the sight of a U.S. Coast Guard helicopter hovering over a cruise ship to pick up a blood sample (which is to be tested for Ebola) a sight that should inspire feelings of reassurance, or a nagging sense that something is not quite right?

The question is still in the air after the weekend's effort to airlift a few milliliters of blood from a passenger who was on board what is now being called the Ebola Cruise.

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2:54pm

Mon October 20, 2014
Author Interviews

From Sizzling Fajitas To The Super Bowl, How Sounds Help Sell

Originally published on Mon October 20, 2014 4:11 pm

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Joel Beckerman believes we are living in a golden age of sound: "We have these amazing opportunities to both set the tone and experiences for people, give them information in an instant," he tells NPR's Audie Cornish.

Beckerman is a composer who specializes in sonic branding — and we're not just talking about jingles. These are the sonic cues in commercials, the ambient music in coffee shops, in the beeps, dings and whoosh that occasionally flies from your cellphone. And companies are embracing it.

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2:52pm

Mon October 20, 2014
The Two-Way

Toyota Becomes Latest Automaker To Issue Recalls Over Faulty Airbags

Originally published on Mon October 20, 2014 3:33 pm

Parts of pyro-electric airbag initiators lie in a production line at the international automotive supplier Takata Ignition Systems GmbH in Schoenebeck, Germany, Thursday, April 17.
Jens Meyer AP

A massive auto recall on defective airbags was given fresh urgency on Monday, when the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration encouraged the owners of nearly 5 million cars to get them fixed "immediately." Michigan Radio's Tracy Samilton told our Newscast unit some deaths have been tied to the defect:

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2:44pm

Mon October 20, 2014
All Tech Considered

Tunisia's Emerging Tech Sector Hampered By Old Policies

Originally published on Mon October 20, 2014 5:24 pm

Ramzi El-Fekih, CEO of Creova, stands in his server room in Tunis. He has built a mobile payments company, but because of banking restrictions, Tunisians can use his product only for domestic purchases.
Aarti Shahani NPR

This Sunday, Tunisia — the country that gave birth to Arab Spring — will elect a Parliament. Millions of citizens will vote at the polls, and thousands will run for office.

It's a sea change since the days of ousted dictator Zine El Abidine Ben Ali. But behind the political gains, there is a sad fact: The new democracy is at an economic standstill. The technology sector — which many say could deliver jobs to unemployed young people — is victim to political inertia.

Startups In A Closed Economy

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2:16pm

Mon October 20, 2014
Shots - Health News

Parkinson's Drugs Can Be A Gateway To Sin

Drugs that are commonly prescribed to help people cope with Parkinson's disease have been linked to bizarre changes in behavior that patients and doctors should be on guard against, researchers say.

The disturbing side effects include compulsive gambling, uncontrollable shopping and a sudden obsession with sex.

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2:02pm

Mon October 20, 2014
Environment

Why Are The Great Lakes On The Rise?

Originally published on Mon October 20, 2014 4:03 pm

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2:02pm

Mon October 20, 2014
Middle East

Turkey Opens Border For Iraqis Seeking To Fight ISIS

Originally published on Mon October 20, 2014 4:03 pm

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