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Tremendously Gratifying To Win 2 Pulitzers, 'Post' Editor Says

npr.org — "The Washington Post" is celebrating two Pulitzer prizes - including the prestigious Public Service medal. After years of circulation declines and painful staffing cuts, this year's prizes are especially sweet. David Greene talks to Marty Baron, the paper's executive editor.
RT @bartongellman: WP editor @PostBaron explains his approach to reporting on the NSA and hunger in America (by @elisaslow) http://t.co/Epo…
RT @PostBaron: My interview with @npr @morningedition re #pulitzer prizes, #NSA coverage, future of @washingtonpost : ow.ly/vQRRJ
RT @bartongellman: WP editor @PostBaron explains his approach to reporting on the NSA and hunger in America (by @elisaslow) http://t.co/Epo…
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Gov. Scott Avoids Question About House, Senate Private School Scholarship Dispute

stateimpact.npr.org — House and Senate leaders are divided over whether students who receive a tax credit scholarship to attend a private school should have to take the state's standardized test.
RT @wusf: Gov. Scott Avoids Question About House, Senate Private School Scholarship Dispute n.pr/1j2byJk via @StateImpactFl
Gov. Scott avoids stepping into tax credit scholarship testing dispute during Tampa visit. n.pr/1h4IMGG
RT @wusf: Gov. Scott Avoids Question About House, Senate Private School Scholarship Dispute n.pr/1j2byJk via @StateImpactFl
RT @johnroconnor: In 2012 Gov. Rick Scott said tax credit scholarship students should take FL's next standardized exam. Now...maybe? http:/…
RT @johnroconnor: In 2012 Gov. Rick Scott said tax credit scholarship students should take FL's next standardized exam. Now...maybe? http:/…
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Is Obamacare A Success? We Might Not Know For A While

npr.org — After months of focusing on how many people have or haven't signed up for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act, we now have a rough total (7.5 million) and everyone's keen to get to the bigger questions: How well is the law working?
RT @RWJF_Coverage: .@jrovner asks “big” questions about #ACA enrollment: how many have paid premiums? how well is law working? etc http://t…
RT @jrovner: My farewell as an NPR staffer: Is Obamacare A Success? We Might Not Know For A While n.pr/1jHLoim
Excited for you/us! RT @jrovner: My farewell as an NPR staffer: Is Obamacare A Success? We Might Not Know For A While n.pr/1jHLoim
RT @jrovner: My farewell as an NPR staffer: Is Obamacare A Success? We Might Not Know For A While n.pr/1jHLoim
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Record Store Day Premieres From Springsteen, Devo, Joe Strummer And The Pogues, More

npr.org — Music nerds: gather round! This week, our show is dedicated to celebrating one of the most joyous days of the year. No, not Flag Day. Record Store Day! This Saturday, Apr. 19, is the day when masses of music lovers wait in long lines at local independent records stores, hoping to score exclusive releases on vinyl.
On 2nd thought, the Devo riff on this week's show is a faster version of 'misty mountain hop.' n.pr/1mdtbKg
RSD premieres on this week's show from Springsteen, Devo, The Pogues, Dana Falconberry, more! n.pr/1mdtbKg
RT @allsongs: Hear our special Record Store Day show featuring premieres from @Springsteen, @DEVO, more! n.pr/1h45Zc6 http://t.co…

Light And Dark: The Racial Biases That Remain In Photography

npr.org — Syreeta McFadden/Courtesy of the artist When Syreeta McFadden was a child, she dreaded taking pictures after a family photo made her skin appear dulled and darkened. "In some pictures, I am a mud brown, in others I'm a blue black.
Light And Dark: The Racial Biases That Remain In Photography #JOUNKU440 n.pr/1jKCPDv
The great @reetamac on how the assumption of white subjects affected development of photography. n.pr/1hVNWFi

On Your Mark, Get Set, Grow: A Guide To Speedy Vegetables

npr.org — Yes, it is true that gardening requires patience. But face it, we live in an impatient world. And gardeners everywhere were depressed by the brutal and endless winter. (True story: The polar vortex killed my fall kale crop!) So we are understandably eager to get sowing. And to see results by ...

Medicare Kept Paying Indicted, Sanctioned Doctors

npr.org — In August 2011, federal agents swept across the Detroit area, arresting doctors, pharmacists and other health professionals accused of running a massive scheme to defraud Medicare. The following month, several of those arrested - including psychiatrist Mark Greenbain and podiatrist Anmy Tran - were suspended from billing the state's Medicaid program for the poor.

Holy Bible Could Become Louisiana's Official Book

npr.org — The "Good Book" could become the official book of Louisiana if a bill sent to the state's legislature passes in a vote that could come as early as this week. The Municipal, Parochial and Cultural Affairs Committee of the Louisiana House of Representatives voted 8-5 last week to forward a measure that would make the Holy Bible the state's official book.
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Lawmakers hard at work in Louisiana. RT @nprpolitics: Holy Bible Could Become Louisiana's Official Book n.pr/1gHuKiE

Judge Overturns North Dakota's Strict Abortion Law

npr.org — A federal judge has struck down a North Dakota law banning abortions if a fetal heartbeat can be detected, calling the law "invalid and unconstitutional." The ban, passed by lawmakers in the state just over a year ago, bans abortions as early as six weeks into pregnancy and is considered the most restrictive in the country.

A T. Rex Treks To Washington For A Shot At Fame

npr.org — This week, scientists at the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History will start unpacking some rare and precious cargo. It's something the Smithsonian has never had before - a nearly complete skeleton of a Tyrannosaurus rex. Most people don't know it, but the T.
Great story I heard this AM on @NPR: First T. Rex to get chased out of town--& it's en route to @smithsonian n.pr/1jHFRYW.
"Wow. Wow. Wow. ... look at this. It's like my arm — my arm is the size of the T. rex arm." n.pr/1qZTK68 pic.twitter.com/b129hyHsUv

43-Year-Old Cold Case Closed: South Dakota Girls Died In Accident

npr.org — Families and friends who have wondered since 1971 about what happened to two South Dakota girls now have some closure. Authorities said Tuesday that they believe Pamela Jackson and Cheryl Miller died when their 1960 Studebaker Lark accidentally went off a gravel road and into a local creek.

Book News: J.K. Rowling Gives Glimpse Of Ginny Weasley As An Adult

npr.org — The daily lowdown on books, publishing, and the occasional author behaving badly. Ginny Weasley, the freckly, flame-haired girl who later marries Harry Potter, grows up to be a sports journalist, according to new writing from J.K. Rowling on the website Pottermore. (Login required.)
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Tasting With Our Eyes: Why Bright Blue Chicken Looks So Strange

npr.org — There's something unsettling - freakish, even - about Lawrie Brown's photos of everyday meals. In one photo, the California-based photographer has placed a shockingly blue raw chicken atop a bed of rice and peas. In another, pink cereal puffs float in a sea of yellow milk.
RT @Laur_Katz: Does this blue chicken make you queasy? There might be an evolutionary reason for that. n.pr/1eIZAcc http://t.co/C…
RT @Laur_Katz: Does this blue chicken make you queasy? There might be an evolutionary reason for that. n.pr/1eIZAcc http://t.co/C…

New Fossil Takes A Bite Out Of Theory That Sharks Barely Evolved

npr.org — Sharks have looked more or less the same for hundreds of millions of years. But a newly discovered fossil suggests that under the hood, a modern shark is very different from its ancient ancestors. The finding, published in the journal Nature , strongly implies that sharks are not the "living fossils" many paleontologists once thought they were.
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Revisiting Pulitzer Nominees That Touch On Issues Of Race

npr.org — This week, Columbia University handed out the Pulitzer Prizes, which are widely considered among the highest honors in journalism. The occasion gives us a good excuse to shout-out some of the finalists and winning entries that touch on issues of race and culture.