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Perennial Co-Writer Returns With An Album Of His Own

npr.org — Dan Wilson is your favorite songwriter's favorite co-writer, lending a pen to artists from Nas to Adele. But he also writes music for himself - and he joins the program to talk more about it.
Did you know Semisonics' 'Closing Time' is actually about birthing a baby? Via @nprnews: n.pr/1jIv5ln #hearditonKUOW
RT @nprAudie: reading the news was a pretty sad job today. this. made it better. the real story behind #ClosingTime Via @nprnews: http://t.…
RT @nprAudie: reading the news was a pretty sad job today. this. made it better. the real story behind #ClosingTime Via @nprnews: http://t.…
reading the news was a pretty sad job today. this. made it better. the real story behind #ClosingTime Via @nprnews: n.pr/1jIv5ln

Ukraine's Army Launches Campaign Against Eastern Militants

npr.org — Ukraine's army began a "special operation" in the east of the country Tuesday, moving against pro-Russian militants who are occupying government offices across the region.
Agreed. Powerful. MT @arishapiro: The woman at the end of this @npratc piece stopped me cold: n.pr/QbWCkV
The woman at the end of this @npratc piece stopped me cold. If she'd been speaking Russian, it would've been trouble. n.pr/QbWCkV

New York Police End Muslim Surveillance Program

npr.org — NEW YORK (AP) - A special New York Police Department unit that sparked controversy by tracking the daily lives of Muslims in an effort to detect terror threats has been disbanded, police officials said Tuesday. NYPD spokesman Stephen Davis confirmed that detectives assigned to the unit had been transferred to other duties within the department's Intelligence Division.
RT @rj_gallagher: NYPD ends controversial Muslim surveillance program - confirms detectives now "transferred to other duties": http://t.co/…
NYPD ends controversial Muslim surveillance program - confirms detectives now "transferred to other duties": npr.org/templates/stor…

NYPD Shuts Down Controversial Unit That Spied On Muslims

npr.org — The New York Police Department said Tuesday it would disband a special unit charged with detecting possible terrorist threats by carrying out secret surveillance of Muslim groups. The squad that conducted the surveillance, known as the Demographics Unit, was formed in 2003.

Why We Fight About Pop Music

npr.org — 13thWitness/Getty Images for Samsung In 2007, the Canadian music critic Carl Wilson published a book-length experiment in extreme aesthetic sport: a sincere and shockingly comprehensive study of music he had already decided he hated.
RT @totalvibration: "Let's not be sore winners." @annkpowers & @carlzoilus on poptimism and, well, lots of things. Dig deep. http://t.co/gt…
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Saturn Might Have A New Baby Moon Named Peggy

npr.org — NASA/JPL-Caltech/Space Science Institute It's not like Saturn needs another moon to look after - it's already got 53 officially, with another nine labeled as "provisional" (and those are just the ones we know about). But the tiny, icy object nicknamed "Peggy" could prove hard to resist.
Via @nprnews: Saturn Might Have A New Baby Moon Named Peggy n.pr/1jIt1tq
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Social Security Chief: Women Live Longer, So They Should Save Early

npr.org — The Social Security Administration distributes retirement benefits to nearly 60 million Americans. And of those beneficiaries, nearly 60 percent are women. The SSA is led by a woman, too. Carolyn Colvin was once retired herself, collecting benefits from the agency she now serves.

Berlusconi Ordered To Do Community Service At Senior Center

npr.org — Former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi was ordered Tuesday to spend at least four hours a week for the next year doing community service at a center for the elderly, NPR's Sylvia Poggioli tells our Newscast Desk. As she says, the ruling comes more than eight months after Berlusconi was convicted "for masterminding a complex tax fraud at his TV network."
Can this be a @TLC reality show? RT: @nprnews Berlusconi Ordered To Do Community Service At Senior Center n.pr/1jHPNBO
One minute you're doing the bunga bunga party the next minute you're doing community service at a senior center npr.org/blogs/thetwo-w…
Via @nprnews: Berlusconi Ordered To Do Community Service At Senior Center n.pr/1jHJDli

Gingrich 2012 Campaign Still Owes $4.7 Million

npr.org — Newt 2012, the presidential campaign vehicle for Newt Gingrich last time around, couldn't bag the Republican nomination for him. And now, the former House speaker's committee still owes $4.7 million from the attempt.
Newt's white whale: the $1 million he still owes Moby Dick Airways from the 2012 campaign npr.org/blogs/itsallpo…

Did You See It? If Not, Here's The 'Blood Moon'

npr.org — There were "whistles, cheers and howls" early Tuesday on the grounds of the Griffith Observatory in Los Angeles as the moon turned red during a total lunar eclipse. As the Los Angeles Times adds, "telescopes dotting the lawn pointed upward and southward, as the moon hovered above the observatory" and visitors who had packed the grassy lawn "scrambled toward the front of Griffith Observatory, pointing up at the reddening moon."

Teen Sexting Not So Bad?

npr.org — Rodolfo Arguedas (sadeugra)/iStockphoto Most parents who have seen their teenagers glued to a phone have wondered what, exactly, they're doing. Maybe they're texting about the next party or dance. And most parents hope they're not sending sexually explicit photos or messages. But some researchers see sexting as a normal part of a teenager's sexual awakening.

Sending Money On An Overseas Round Trip To Avoid Taxes

npr.org — Some investors avoid paying taxes in a move called round-tripping - sending money offshore, then investing it in U.S. stocks or bonds. A study estimates it costs the U.S. billions in lost revenues. Recently, MIT professor Michelle Hanlon and two colleagues set out to find out all they could about round-tripping.
I propose a campaign finance compromise: spend as much as you'd like, but people who offshore are capped at zero. npr.org/2014/04/15/303…

Can It Be? Parrots Name Their Children, And Those Names, Like Ours, Stick For Life

npr.org — I'm walking down a street. I see a friend. The friend doesn't see me, so I yell, "Hi, Ralph!" Ralph turns. This is what we humans do - we all have names. We learn each other's. If the guy I spotted is indeed Ralph (not always a safe assumption in my case, but that's another story), I quickly connect.
Robert Krulwich's sketches make this even better! Via @nprnews: Parrots Name Their Children n.pr/1qdpyUy

Book News: A Q&A With Pulitzer Prize Winner Vijay Seshadri

npr.org — Of all the winners of the Pulitzer Prizes announced Monday, perhaps the most unexpected was the poetry collection 3 Sectionsby Vijay Seshadri, which largely passed under the critical radar. (Donna Tartt's brick of a novel, The Goldfinch, also was honored, as wereDan Fagin's nonfiction work Toms River: A Story of Science and Salvation and Alan Taylor's widely praised history The Internal Enemy Slavery and War in Virginia, 1772-1832.

Interview: Carlotta Gall, Author Of 'The Wrong Enemy' : NPR

npr.org — Carlotta Gall's new book opens in 2006, when undercover Pakistani intelligence agents punched her in the face, after breaking into her hotel room and confiscating her phone and computer. It's just one example of how risky her job - covering Afghanistan for The New York Times - has been.
RT @dskok: The inimitable @carlottagall has a new book that spans her 12 years in Afghanistan for the @nytimes. A must read: http://t.co/qu…
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