5:22am

Mon May 13, 2013
Author Interviews

Why You Should Give A $*%! About Words That Offend

Originally published on Mon May 13, 2013 8:41 am

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If you said the "s" word in the ninth century, you probably wouldn't have shocked or offended anyone. Back then, the "s" word was just the everyday word that was used to refer to excrement. That's one of many surprising, foul-mouthed facts Melissa Mohr reveals in her new book, Holy S- - -: A Brief History of Swearing.

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4:40am

Mon May 13, 2013
Author Interviews

'Impossible Odds' Details Aid Workers Rescue From Somalia

Originally published on Mon May 13, 2013 12:59 pm

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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

Now a story of "Impossible Odds," that's the title of a new book by Jessica Buchanan. She's an American aid worker who was kidnapped in Somalia back in 2011. Her new book recounts the terrifying experience. It's co-written with her husband and fellow aid worker, Erik Landemalm. The couple was based in northern Somalia, considered the safer part of a country that to this day they feel an affection for.

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4:21am

Mon May 13, 2013
Analysis

Republicans Focus On Democrats' Political Misdeeds

Originally published on Mon May 13, 2013 8:41 am

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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

It's MORNING EDITION from NPR News. Good morning, I'm David Greene.

STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

And I'm Steve Inskeep.

Again and again, President Obama's administration tries to pivot attention toward East Asia. Administration officials believe China and its neighbors are where the economic future lies.

GREENE: And yet it's the Middle East that keeps demanding the president's attention. It brings to mind that line from F. Scott Fitzgerald: So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past.

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4:21am

Mon May 13, 2013
Asia

Nawaz Sharif Expected To Win Pakistan's Elections

Originally published on Mon May 13, 2013 8:41 am

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

On a Monday, it's MORNING EDITION, from NPR News. I'm Steve Inskeep.

DAVID GREENE, HOST:

And I'm David Greene. Good morning.

The last time Nawaz Sharif was prime minister of Pakistan, it did not work out so well for him. Sharif won a big election, moved to consolidate his power, and named a new army chief - only to see that same general overthrow him in a coupe in 1999.

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Rebecca Plevin is a reporter for Valley Public Radio. Before joining the station, she was the community health reporter for Vida en el Valle, the McClatchy Company's bilingual newspaper in California's San Joaquin Valley. She earned the George F. Gruner Award for Meritorious Public Service in Journalism and the McClatchy President's Award for her work at Vida, as well as honors from the National Association of Hispanic Publications and the California Newspaper Publishers Association. Plevin grew up in the Washington, D.C. area and is a graduate of Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism. She is also a fluent Spanish speaker, a certified yoga teacher, and an avid rock-climber.

3:06am

Mon May 13, 2013
All Tech Considered

Google Fights Glass Backlash Before It Even Hits The Street

Originally published on Mon May 13, 2013 11:57 am

A visitor at the "NEXT Berlin" conference tries out Google Glass on April 24 in Berlin.
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Google Glass isn't even for sale yet, but it's already facing backlash.

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3:02am

Mon May 13, 2013
Shots - Health News

Cases Of Mysterious Valley Fever Rise In American Southwest

Originally published on Tue September 24, 2013 10:11 am

Emily Gorospe, 8, loves to dance and usually can't sit still, so her parents started to worry when she became very tired two years ago. Emily was eventually diagnosed with valley fever, a fungal disease that 150,000 people contract each year.
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When she was just 6, Emily Gorospe became very tired and sick. The spunky girl, now 8, developed a fever that wouldn't go away, and red blotches appeared across her body.

"She's got so much energy usually," says Emily's mother, Valerie Gorospe. "Just walking from one part of the house ... she was drained." The little girl was also very pale. "She just didn't look like herself," Valerie recalls.

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3:00am

Mon May 13, 2013
Author Interviews

After Leaving Senate, Snowe Is Still 'Fighting For Common Ground'

Originally published on Mon May 13, 2013 9:18 am

A Republican from Maine, Olympia Snowe served as a U.S. Senator from 1995 to 2013. Above, she speaks at a news conference in South Portland, Maine, in March 2012.
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As a Republican senator from Maine, Olympia Snowe was known for her willingness to stand alone. A moderate with independent views, she had substantial influence in the health care debate as both sides vied for her vote. Earlier this year she left the Senate, out of frustration, she says, with the inability to get anything done.

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6:11pm

Sun May 12, 2013
Code Switch

Checking More Than One Box: A Growing Multiracial Nation

Originally published on Sun May 12, 2013 8:35 pm

Thien-Kim Lam (left) and Larry Bright (right) with their 3-year-old son and 7-year-old daughter, are a multiracial family. They represent a growing segment of American families that are inter-racial and whose children identify as both races.
Courtesy of Thien-Kim Lam

Larry Bright holds his 3-year-old son's hand while the boy steps through a leafy playground in Silver Spring, Md., and practices counting his numbers in English.

At the top of the slide, the boy begins counting in his other language: Vietnamese.

Bright, the boy's father, is African-American; his mother, Thien Kim Lam, is Vietnamese. The couple has two children.

"They are a perfect mix between the two of us," Lam tells Arun Rath, host of weekends on All Things Considered.

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5:12pm

Sun May 12, 2013
The Two-Way

Seth Myers Named Host Of NBC's 'Late Night'

Originally published on Sun May 12, 2013 5:57 pm

Comedian Seth Meyers will replace Jimmy Fallon on NBC's Late Night, the network announced Sunday.

Meyers, the longtime SNL cast member who anchors the show's "Weekend Update" segment, will take the 12:35 a.m. segment from Fallon, who's replacing Jay Leno as host of the Tonight show.

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