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3:06am

Wed July 9, 2014
NPR Story

Kickstarter Tater Salad Fund Is No Small Potatoes

Originally published on Wed July 9, 2014 6:01 am

Within days of asking for a total of $10 to crowdsource his first potato salad, Ohioan Zack Brown raised tens of thousands of dollars. Apparently he'll be making a lot of potato salad.

7:51am

Tue July 8, 2014
Business

Self-Described Optimist Taylor Swift On The Future Of Music

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We're going to profile the musician Sia in a moment. But first we have a little music economics courtesy of Taylor Swift. The pop superstar wrote an op-ed for The Wall Street Journal yesterday about the future of the music industry.

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She's optimistic, despite the industry's tumultuous business landscape. According to Swift, however, the value of an album is based on the amount of heart and soul an artist has bled into a body of work.

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4:53am

Tue July 8, 2014
Business

London Netflix Office Searches For Qualified Couch Potato

Originally published on Tue July 8, 2014 7:51 am

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

Good morning. I'm Renee Montagne. A new study of traffic congestion finds, in the U.S., Honolulu has the worst, followed by Los Angeles. In Europe, Londoners spend more than 83 hours a year in traffic.

But one lucky person could cut that down dramatically. The London Netflix office is hiring a tagger - someone to watch Netflix titles and categorize them as drama or cult sports movies - a job involving a commute to the couch. It's MORNING EDITION. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.

4:35am

Tue July 8, 2014
Around the Nation

Buddhist Monks Face Jail Time For July 4 Fireworks Display

Originally published on Tue July 8, 2014 7:51 am

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3:01am

Tue July 8, 2014
Around the Nation

Goods Sold In Cuban Shops Often Come From Florida Stores

Originally published on Tue July 8, 2014 7:51 am

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In recent weeks we've been reporting on changes in Cuba. One is Cuba's small but growing private sector. The government is letting entrepreneurs open their own businesses, which leaves many trying to find the goods their customers want. The U.S. trade embargo means you can't just order from a distributor in Florida. But Cubans can still get U.S. goods. NPR's Greg Allen visited stores in the Miami suburb of Hialeah.

GREG ALLEN, BYLINE: On the map, it's right next to Miami. But culturally speaking, Hialeah is just as close to Havana.

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3:01am

Tue July 8, 2014
Research News

Some Parole Requirements Could Be Increasing The Crime Rate

Originally published on Tue July 8, 2014 7:51 am

Prisoners who are released invariably make it back to the areas where they came from. Does this have a positive or negative effect on crime? Research triggered by Hurricane Katrina offers insight.

3:01am

Tue July 8, 2014
Sports

For Brazilians, Game-Day Rituals Lead To Sense Of Community

Originally published on Tue July 8, 2014 7:51 am

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Brazil faces Germany today in the semi-finals of the World Cup.

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Deep into the tournament, Brazilian fans have developed a game day routine.

INSKEEP: So we present to you now, with NPR's Lourdes Garcia-Navarro in Sao Paulo, Brazil's World Cup ritual in four acts.

MONTAGNE: Act one - getting to the game.

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10:17am

Mon July 7, 2014
Afghanistan

Preliminary Results Show Ghani Winning Afghan Presidency

Originally published on Mon July 7, 2014 11:14 am

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

Preliminary results are out for the run-off in Afghanistan's presidential elections. And the winner seems to be former World Bank economist Ashraf Ghani. His opponent, Abdullah Abdullah, was considered the front-runner after winning 45 percent of the vote in the first round back in April. Now Ashraf Ghani appears to be winning with almost a million more votes than Abdullah. NPR's Sean Carberry joins us from Kabul. Good morning.

SEAN CARBERRY, BYLINE: Hi, Renee.

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5:55am

Mon July 7, 2014
Around the Nation

Funnel Cloud Photo Bombs Wedding Pix

Originally published on Mon July 7, 2014 11:14 am

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

Good morning. I'm Renee Montagne. Weddings are always a whirlwind - from the engagement to the wedding photos, which for a couple in Saskatchewan, Canada involved a real tornado. As the bride and groom posed for a close-up, down the road from their ceremony a funnel cloud swirled behind them. The tornado touched down far enough behind them that the wedding photographer was able to capture the moment - perhaps the best wedding photo-bomb ever. It's MORNING EDITION. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.

5:55am

Mon July 7, 2014
Around the Nation

Firecracker Man Calls Himself A Little Nuts

Originally published on Mon July 7, 2014 11:14 am

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

Good morning. I'm Steve Inskeep. Remember that old safety advice - if your fireworks don't go off, lean over the top and shake them. That's a joke but this is not. John Fletcher of Michigan celebrated Independence Day by setting off 10,500 firecrackers attached to his body. He's done this for years. In the past, he's fractured ribs and been knocked unconscious. This year, he only got a bloody nose. Though he admits, he says, he is a little nuts. It's MORNING EDITION. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.

4:49am

Mon July 7, 2014
Remembrances

Ex-Georgia President Eduard Shavardnadze Dies. He was 86

Originally published on Mon July 7, 2014 11:14 am

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Let's take a moment to remember Edward Shevardnazde. He was the foreign minister for the Soviet Union in the 1980s. That means he was one of the faces of the Soviet Union during its final period of reform under Mikhail Gorbachev. When that union broke apart, Shervardnazde became the president of his home republic, Georgia. And he has died at the age of 86. We're going to talk about Shevardnazde with Pavel Palazhchenko. He was an interpreter for both Gorbachev and this Shervardnazde. He's on the line. Welcome to the program.

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4:46am

Mon July 7, 2014
NPR Story

'A Hard Day's Night' Premiered In London 50 Years Ago

Originally published on Tue July 8, 2014 2:06 am

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And here's our last word in Business today.

(SOUNDBITE OF FILM, "A HARD DAY'S NIGHT")

THE BEATLES: (Singing) It's been a hard day's night, and I've been working like a dog. It's been a hard day's night, I should be sleeping like a log.

INSKEEP: You hear the screaming in the background. "A Hard Day's Night" premiered at London's Pavilion Theater on July 6, 1964.

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3:21am

Mon July 7, 2014
NPR Story

Video Of Extremist Sunni Group's Leader Needs To Be Confirmed

Originally published on Mon July 7, 2014 11:14 am

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This is MORNING EDITION from NPR News. I'm Steve Inskeep.

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3:21am

Mon July 7, 2014
NPR Story

CBS Lost Appetite For Government Watchdog Stories, Attkisson Says

Originally published on Mon July 7, 2014 11:14 am

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When investigative reporter Sharyl Attkisson left CBS this year, she did not go quietly. She contends, the network refused to run stories that might damage President Obama. And her claims have become a flashpoint in arguments over ideological bias in the media. NPR's David Folkenflik has more.

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3:21am

Mon July 7, 2014
NPR Story

Michelle Obama Lobbies Congress Over School Lunch Program

Originally published on Mon July 7, 2014 11:14 am

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5:52am

Fri July 4, 2014

5:14am

Fri July 4, 2014
Art & Design

Banksy Buyer Turns $60 Art Purchase Into $215,000

Originally published on Fri July 4, 2014 5:52 am

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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

Good morning. I'm David Greene. Last year, British graffiti artist Banksy took New York by storm with a month-long guerrilla art campaign. Part of that included putting dozens of his signed, spray-painted works up for sale for just $60 each at an anonymous sidewalk stall. It was not a huge success. Over seven hours, just three people bought eight pieces of art. Now two of those have been sold at auction in London for $215,000, roughly 1,800 times the original price. It's MORNING EDITION. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.

5:03am

Fri July 4, 2014
Around the Nation

2014 Marks U.S. National Anthem's Bicentennial

Originally published on Fri July 4, 2014 5:52 am

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3:05am

Fri July 4, 2014
NPR Story

China's President Visits South Korea, Snubs North Korea

Originally published on Fri July 4, 2014 5:52 am

China's president is in Seoul to meet his South Korean counterpart. In a not-so-veiled gibe at North Korea, the two leaders repeated their opposition to nuclear weapons on the Korean Peninsula.

3:05am

Fri July 4, 2014
NPR Story

20th Essence Music Festival Opens In New Orleans

Originally published on Fri July 4, 2014 5:52 am

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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

OK. I'm fine with that theme you just heard. It begins this segment every morning. But this morning, how about this?

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "ALL NIGHT LONG")

LIONEL RICHIE: (Singing) All night long, all night, all night long.

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