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Iranian Entrepreneurs Make Pitches That Are Just Practice, For Now

npr.org — Imagine this: You have a great idea for an Internet startup. You're sure it will work. You are ready to be part of the global market. There's one big problem: You live in Iran, a country facing some of the most extensive financial sanctions imposed on any country in the world.
Oct 25, 2014

RT @JohnWreford: From the cool @deborahamos @nprnews: Iranian Entrepreneurs Make Pitches That Are Just Practice, For Now n.pr/ZwdVRR

Oct 25, 2014

RT @rezamarashi: "Instead of boycotting countries maybe we should invest in their entrepreneurs." Great piece by @deborahamos: npr.org/blogs/parallel… #Iran

Oct 25, 2014

RT @rezamarashi: "Instead of boycotting countries maybe we should invest in their entrepreneurs." Great piece by @deborahamos: npr.org/blogs/parallel… #Iran

Oct 25, 2014

Hell yes RT @ArianeTabatabai "Instead of boycotting countries maybe we should be investing in their entrepreneurs" n.pr/ZwdVRR

Limericks : NPR

npr.org — Bill reads three news-related limericks: Thumb Therapy; Crying Lies; At Least They Won't Have To Stop For Directions.

No Small Feat: The NBA's Shortest Player Never Gave Up

npr.org — As part of a series called "My Big Break," All Things Considered is collecting stories of triumph, big and small. These are the moments when everything seems to click, and people leap forward into their careers . At 5 feet 3 inches, Tyrone Bogues, better known as Muggsy Bogues, holds the record as the shortest player in NBA history.

Producer's Notebook: Coming Home From Monrovia To Confusion And Fear

npr.org — Salome Karwah, 26, lost both her parents to Ebola. On August 28, she walked out of the same Monrovia treatment center where they had died, a survivor of the virus. And then one month later, she returned. Ebola treatment centers are full of divisions: between sick and healthy, confirmed and suspected, dirty and clean.
Oct 25, 2014

RT @rhersher: "Of course I lost my two parents here... but if I can help someone survive, I will be very happy." @arunrath npr.org/blogs/goatsand… @nprwatc

Oct 25, 2014

RT @nprGlobalHealth: Producer's Notebook: Coming Home From Monrovia To Confusion And Fear n.pr/12Bc1la

Jack Bruce, Bassist And Singer For Cream, Dies At 71

npr.org — Scottish musician Jack Bruce, who co-founded the rock band Cream and created seminal music in the 1960s, has died, his family has confirmed. Bruce played bass in the trio that included Eric Clapton on guitar and Ginger Baker on drums. He sang such hits as "Sunshine of Your Love," "White Room," and "I Feel Free."

Iran Executes Woman Who Said She Stabbed Man Who Attacked Her

npr.org — Reyhaneh Jabbari, 26, was executed by hanging in Tehran today, despite her appeals and calls from international activists for a new trial. Jabbari had said she acted in self-defense when she stabbed a man who was trying to sexually abuse her. Her execution had been postponed several times since her sentence was first announced in 2009.
Oct 25, 2014

RT @nprnews: Iran Executes Woman Who Said She Stabbed Man Who Attacked Her n.pr/12Bj1OQ

Danish String Quartet

npr.org — An abundance of facial hair is not restricted to the sensitive male indie-rocker set. Three of the four players in the Danish String Quartet could easily pass for hipster Brooklyn beard farmers. "We are simply your friendly neighborhood string quartet with above average amounts of beard," the group's website says.

'I'd Rather Eat Pants' Part I

npr.org — Morning Edition premieres its first original radio play, 'I'd Rather Eat Pants,' written by Peter Ackerman and produced by L.A. Theatre Works. The five-act play, starring Edward Asner and Anne Meara, is a comic tale of an elderly couple's cross-country trek on a young slacker's motorcycle.

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Oct 25, 2014

Brilliant idea to rival fast food in low income areas Trader Joe's Ex-President To Turn Expired Food Into Cheap Meals one.npr.org/i/222082247:22…

New Incan Find One-Ups Peru's Famous 12 Angle Stone

npr.org — Hundreds of years after it was precisely carved and placed into a wall, a stone has been found in Peru that could undermine the country's famous 12 Angle Stone. Researchers say the stone is part of "a hydraulic system built at the archaeological site Inkawasi in Huancavelica," hundreds of miles from the other stone that has long been revered as a paragon of the Incas' intricate masonry.

Pat Benatar And Neil Giraldo: Tales From A Rock 'N' Roll Marriage

npr.org — Every relationship has an origin story. For Pat Benatar and Neil Giraldo, it all goes back to the moment in the late 1970s when Benatar signed a recording deal with Chrysalis Records - who immediately fired everyone in her band but the bass player.
Oct 25, 2014

Great audio interview with Pat Benatar and her husband Neil Giraldo (@BenatarGiraldo) with @NPRWeekend: npr.org/2014/10/25/358…

Oct 25, 2014

What a great @NPRWeekend piece on Pat Benatar. Love that her husband calls her Patricia. n.pr/1w41jhW

Two Lions Of Journalism, Roaring To The Last

npr.org — I think Ben Bradlee and Frank Mankiewicz knew the news business enough to realize that if two old lions die within a couple days of each other, they'll wind up sharing space in the same recollection on a weekly show. I knew Frank when he was president of NPR, and became a friend after he left.
Oct 25, 2014

This week's essay: Two Lions Of Journalism, Roaring To The Last n.pr/1D8oesK Ben & Frank

Shawn Levy, Author Of 'De Niro: A Life' : NPR

npr.org — Robert De Niro is one of the greatest actors of all time - period, no parenthesis or qualification, the kind of actor who creates icons like Travis Bickle, Jake LaMotta and James "Jimmy the Gent" Conway. But for younger filmgoers today, this screen acting legend may be most familiar as a daft, cranky father in the Meet the Parents movies.
Oct 25, 2014

LISTEN: My chat with @nprscottsimon about "De Niro: A Life": ow.ly/DkuGA (Bonus: The comments devolve into a fight about pimps.)

New Shakespeare Movie Puts Hamlet In Kashmir

npr.org — Shakespeare's Hamlet has been turned into a Bollywood film, but this time, the story is set in Indian-controlled Kashmir. NPR's Scott Simon talks to screenwriter Basharat Peer.
Oct 25, 2014

Pleasure meeting @basharat_peer this week Via @nprnews: New Shakespeare Movie Puts Hamlet In Kashmir n.pr/1ryvYyv

Tracing A Gin-Soaked Trail In London

npr.org — In Scotland, some long-time whisky makers are switching over to gin. In Germany, people who distill traditional brandies are doing the same. The world is in the middle of a gin distillery boom, and it is coming to America. One place to find the roots of this boom is London, where 250 distilleries once existed in the city limits alone.