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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.
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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

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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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.

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

Serena Williams Wins Australian Open For 19th Grand Slam Title

npr.org — Serena Williams has beaten Russia's Maria Sharapova for her sixth Australian Open, clinching her 19th Grand Slam title. Williams, 33, won the final 6-3 7-6 (7-5). It was the tennis superstar's first Australian Open in five years and she managed to win despite fighting a severe cold that The New York Times says "left her occasionally coughing between returns and serves in the final."
Jan 31, 2015

Hey, 19! @nprnews: Serena Williams Wins Australian Open For 19th Grand Slam Title n.pr/1yRxhv1

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

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

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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.

An Arctic Institution, Sweden's Ice Hotel Turns 25

npr.org — This year marks 25 years of the original Ice Hotel, carved from snow and ice bricks in far northern Sweden. It's also an annual art contest, where visiting artists sculpt and created their own rooms. Copyright © 2015 NPR. For personal, noncommercial use only. See Terms of Use.

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.
Jan 31, 2015

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Former Sen. Jim Webb, D-Va, Explores Presidential Bid

npr.org — In considering whether to launch a presidential campaign, former Senator Jim Webb of Virginia says his big challenge would be raising money to promote his ideas. Steve Inskeep talks to Webb, who is currently working on a cable TV series on Vietnam. Copyright © 2015 NPR. For personal, noncommercial use only.
Jan 30, 2015

RT @NPRinskeep: Give a listen for yourself - Jim Webb is on again at 833 ET / 533 PT. n.pr/1uIrYgP @MorningEdition 7/7

Jan 30, 2015

RT @NPRinskeep: Powerful reax to Sen. Jim Webb invoking Andrew Jackson as D role model. n.pr/1uIrYgP Some responses follow. @MorningEdition 1/7

Jan 30, 2015

.@JimWebbUSA to @NPR: Dems should "can do a better job with white working people," says he won't run as Clinton foil npr.org/2015/01/30/382…

Jan 30, 2015

RT @NPRinskeep: Powerful reax to Sen. Jim Webb invoking Andrew Jackson as D role model. n.pr/1uIrYgP Some responses follow. @MorningEdition 1/7

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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."
Jan 31, 2015

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Why Do We Love Football So Much? Theater Tackles Tough Questions

npr.org — Football injuries have long been seen by some as a badge of honor. A broken sternum, a busted knee, a pierced kidney: all evidence of tenacity on the field.
Jan 31, 2015

RT @nprnews: A new play about football asks, What's so fun about a sport that devastates bodies and brains? n.pr/1zHXO4W

What Research Says About The Consequences of P.C. Culture

npr.org — By now, you've surely seen Jonathan Chait's sprawling takedown of what he describes as a dangerous resurgence of political correctness in the 21st century. In his telling, a PC culture that flourished on college campuses in the 90's is back, stronger than ever thanks to Twitter and social media, and it's been crippling political discourse-and maybe even democracy itself.
Jan 30, 2015

RT @NPRCodeSwitch: What Research Says About The Consequences Of PC Culture (via @geedee215) n.pr/1EUtqmn

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what research actually says about the consequences of "p.c. culture" npr.org/blogs/codeswit…

Jan 30, 2015

RT @Shbabby: Let's deepen the notion of PC: inclusivity and living in solidarity, not just right v. wrong. Thanks @geedee215 for npr.org/blogs/codeswit…

Jan 30, 2015

RT @tasneemraja: Since Chait's essay on political correctness offered little hard evidence, @NPRCodeSwitch went looking for some. npr.org/blogs/codeswit…

Jan 30, 2015

Since Chait's essay on political correctness offered little hard evidence, @NPRCodeSwitch went looking for some. npr.org/blogs/codeswit…

You Can Be Persuaded To Confess To An Invented Crime, Study Finds

npr.org — A 28-year-old investment banker was brutally raped and beaten while jogging in New York's Central Park in April 1989. The city went berserk. Five boys of color, ages 14 to 16, soon confessed and were convicted - but not before being called "animals," "crazed misfits" and "park marauders" by anyone with a mouth or pen.
Jan 30, 2015

RT @DavidGrann: In startling new study, 70% of participants were convinced they'd committed an invented crime on.digg.com/1tBOVXQ via @Digg

Jan 30, 2015

In startling new study, 70% of participants were convinced they'd committed an invented crime on.digg.com/1tBOVXQ via @Digg

Jan 30, 2015

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An Archer Goes Old-School, And Wows The Internet

npr.org — It would be perfectly normal to think of archery as a sport defined by accuracy. But a Danish man who says he researched archery's historic methods is arguing for speed and agility, as well: Lars Andersen has released a video in which he fires three arrows in 0.6 seconds.

WATCH: Forget Crop Circles, This Farmer Is Making Art With His Cows

npr.org — We'll get back to the news in no time, but first, a bit of mischief from a farmer in Kansas. Derek Klingenberg put a drone over a field in his farm. He then used his tractor to drop some feed in strategic places. He uploaded the result to YouTube, this week.
Jan 30, 2015

Forget Crop Circles, This Farmer Is Making Art With His Cows n.pr/1JVpqoo

Jan 30, 2015

Think you could do easier with ants! RT @nprnews: WATCH: Forget Crop Circles, This Farmer Is Making Art With His Cows n.pr/1BExDcU

Argentine Official Says He Sought Cooperation With Iran, Not Coverup

npr.org — Shortly before Argentine prosecutor Alberto Nisman was found dead with a bullet in his head, he accused Argentina's President, Cristina Fernandez, and others in her government of covering up what he said was Iran's involvement in the 1994 bombing of a Jewish community center.
Jan 31, 2015

"I cannot say the Iranians are guilty." FM Timmerman says other angles need to be investigated in #Argentina bombing. npr.org/blogs/parallel…

Jan 30, 2015

"Trying to get access to the Iranian subjects." Timerman explains Argentina–Iran talks in @lourdesgnavarro interview. npr.org/blogs/parallel…

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Timmerman says there were local connections to 1994 bombing and he trusted original Nisman investigation into Iran npr.org/blogs/parallel…

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