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Surströmming Revisited: Eating Sweden's Famously Stinky Fish

npr.org — More than a decade ago, NPR's Ari Shapiro attempted to eat a fermented Swedish herring called surströmming, one of the most pungent foods in the world. It did not go well. Twelve years later, on a reporting trip to Sweden, Ari decided it was time to face his fears and try the fish again.

It May Take A British Actor To Make An American Story Sing

npr.org — Martin Luther King Jr. is British. Coretta Scott King, too. So is Lyndon Baines Johnson, Superman, Batman, the last Abraham Lincoln, the ramrod U.S. Marine, and the chisel-chested CIA operative in Homeland, and many of the B'almer cops and hoods on The Wire.
Jan 31, 2015

Martin Luther King Jr. was American. That is who Martin Luther King Jr. is, was. n.pr/1zk1KH9

Jan 31, 2015

RT @nprscottsimon: By request: this week's essay on so many Brit & Aussie actors playing Americans. Blimey! n.pr/1yG135N

Jan 31, 2015

RT @nprscottsimon: By request: this week's essay on so many Brit & Aussie actors playing Americans. Blimey! n.pr/1yG135N

Jan 31, 2015

By request: this week's essay on so many Brit & Aussie actors playing Americans. Blimey! n.pr/1yG135N

Cumberbatch Wants Britain To Pardon Men Convicted Under Anti-Gay Law

npr.org — English actors Benedict Cumberbatch and Stephen Fry have joined in a campaign to secure 49,000 pardons - most that would be posthumous - for men convicted under Britain's now-defunct "gross indecency" law that made it a crime to be gay or bisexual.
Jan 31, 2015

Via @nprnews: Cumberbatch Wants Britain To Pardon Men Convicted Under Anti-Gay Law n.pr/1Dijq4Q

Jan 31, 2015

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Video Purports To Show Beheading Of Japanese Hostage Kenji Goto

npr.org — A new video reportedly released by Islamic State extremists appears to show journalist Kenji Goto, the second of two Japanese hostages held by the group, being beheaded by a black-clad masked individual.
Jan 31, 2015

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Jan 31, 2015

RT @nprnews: A video appears to show the beheading of Japanese hostage Kenji Goto. n.pr/1HzAKJh

Pennsylvania Law Allows NRA To Sue Cities Over Gun Rules

npr.org — The NRA has already filed suit against Philadelphia, Pittsburgh and Lancaster, claiming the cities' gun ordinances are illegal. Copyright © 2015 NPR. For personal, noncommercial use only. See Terms of Use. For other uses, prior permission required. Copyright © 2015 NPR. All rights reserved.

Former Basketball Player Scores As A Filmmaker

npr.org — For most of his life, Deon Taylor was all about basketball. "Ever since I can remember I've just been in love with the game," he says. His basketball career brought him a college scholarship and took him overseas, where he played professionally. Then he pivoted: in 2002, he gave up an athletic career to become a filmmaker.

After Alzheimer's Diagnosis, 'The Stripping Away Of My Identity'

npr.org — This is the second in NPR's series "Inside Alzheimer's," about the experience of living with Alzheimer's. In part one, Greg O'Brien talked about learning that he had the disease. A diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease, says Greg O'Brien, doesn't mean your life is instantly over. "There is this stereotype that ...

The Infite Whiteness Of Public Radio Voices

npr.org — The hashtag #publicradiovoices, about the "whiteness" of public radio, trended on Twitter this week. NPR's Scott Simon speaks with Gene Demby of NPR's Code Switch team about the conversation. Copyright © 2015 NPR. For personal, noncommercial use only. See Terms of Use. For other uses, prior permission required. Copyright © 2015 NPR.

Mitt Romney Says He Won't Run For President In 2016

npr.org — Former Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney says he isn't running for president in 2016. "I've decided it is best to give other leaders in the party the opportunity to become our next nominee," Romney said in a statement to supporters, according to multiple news reports.
Jan 30, 2015

Hey @amol. Didn't we have a bet about this? @nprbusiness Mitt Romney Says He Won't Run For President In 20 npr.org/blogs/thetwo-w…

Jan 30, 2015

#Romney: "I've decided it is best to give other leaders in the Party the opportunity to become our next nominee." wbur.fm/1zmIFCA

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In A Few Fateful Years, One Record Label Blew Open The Blues

npr.org — The story of Paramount Records is a story of contradictions. It was a record label founded by a furniture company, a commercial enterprise that became arguably the most comprehensive chronicler of African American music in the early 20th century. And yet, for Paramount's executives, music was an afterthought.

8 Picture Books You Don't Have To Be A Kid To Love

npr.org — Here at NPR Books, we may be grown-ups, but every now and then we still enjoy channeling our inner 7-year-olds. And this week, we have the perfect excuse: Monday's Randolph Caldecott Medal announcement for picture book artistry.
Jan 31, 2015

I *love* children's picture books >> Everyone Knows What a Dragon Looks Like MT @nprnews 8 kid's books to love n.pr/1yYMxuN

Measles Is A Killer: It Took 100,000 Lives Worldwide Last Year

npr.org — The number of measles cases from the outbreak linked to Disneyland has now risen to at least 98. But measles remains extremely rare in the United States. The rest of the world hasn't been so fortunate. Last year roughly 250,000 people came down with measles; more than half of them died.

Measles Is A Killer: It Took 145,000 Lives Worldwide Last Year

npr.org — The number of measles cases from the outbreak linked to Disneyland has now risen to at least 98. But measles remains extremely rare in the United States. The rest of the world hasn't been so fortunate. Last year roughly 250,000 people came down with measles; more than half of them died.
Jan 31, 2015

RT @NPRHealth: Measles Is A Killer: It Took 145,000 Lives Worldwide Last Year n.pr/1BJsznH

Diana Krall: Liner Notes From A 'Wallflower'

npr.org — Diana Krall's new album is a collection of songs she first heard on vinyl, from The Mamas & the Papas to Elton John to the Eagles - the album's title cut is a lesser-known song by Bob Dylan, "Wallflower."

Four Years After Revolution, Libya Slides Into Chaos

npr.org — There was hope in Libya and around the world for Libya after Moammar Gadhafi was overthrown four years ago. But today, Libya is a country torn apart. There are now two competing governments, in different cities with their own parliaments and their own military.

U.Va. Sorority Women Say Party Ban Is Patronizing

npr.org — Saturday is Boys' Bid Night at the University of Virginia, when fraternities welcome their new members. Women from U.Va.'s sororities are always invited to join the Boys' Bid Night party, but this year, they're under strict orders from national sorority presidents to stay clear of frat houses.

Record-Setting Balloonists Touch Down In Mexico After Pacific Crossing

npr.org — The Eagles have landed. Balloon pilots Troy Bradley and Leonid Tiukhtyaev, dubbed the "Two Eagles," who already set a distance record for a gas-filled balloon on Friday, have completed their nearly 7,000-mile journey across the Pacific from Japan to Mexico. The Associated Press reports that Bradley of Albuquerque, N.M.
Jan 31, 2015

Balloonists? I now have a new dream RT @nprnews:Record-Setting Balloonists Touch Down In Mexico After Pacific Cross n.pr/1HyaJdd

All Is Not So Well In The NFL Ahead Of Super Bowl Sunday

npr.org — Another day, another controversy. It's been that kind of a year for the NFL and Commissioner Roger Goodell talked about it all Friday at his annual State of the League address in downtown Phoenix.
Jan 31, 2015

RT @nprnews: All Is Not So Well In The NFL Ahead Of Super Bowl Sunday n.pr/1BIkCiv

Challenging The Whiteness Of Public Radio

npr.org — Editorial Note: This essay originally appeared on Transom.org, with a shorter version published on BuzzFeed. Author Chenjerai Kumanyika will join Code Switch - along with African-American public radio journalists - in a Twitter chat Thursday moderated by lead blogger, Gene Demby. Join Code Switch at 6:30 p.m. E.S.T.
Jan 30, 2015

RT @nprAudie: .@NPRCodeSwitch VAST difference in tone and attitude between the #PubRadioVoice convo and the comment section n.pr/1yay0IB

Jan 30, 2015

RT @nprAudie: .@NPRCodeSwitch VAST difference in tone and attitude between the #PubRadioVoice convo and the comment section n.pr/1yay0IB

Jan 30, 2015

RT @nprAudie: .@NPRCodeSwitch VAST difference in tone and attitude between the #PubRadioVoice convo and the comment section n.pr/1yay0IB

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