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4:34pm

Fri April 17, 2015
NPR Ed

In New Orleans, A Second-Chance School Tries Again

Originally published on Fri April 17, 2015 10:05 pm

Students arrive at CLA. More than half end up here after being expelled from other schools, usually for fighting, weapons or drugs.
LA Johnson NPR

Principal Nicholas Dean looks at his scarred, broken office door with resignation.

"Time to get a new lock," he says.

Over the weekend, a person or persons smashed into his office, found the keys to the school van and drove off in it.

It's another day at Crescent Leadership Academy, one of New Orleans' three second-chance schools for students who have not been successful elsewhere.

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3:29pm

Fri April 17, 2015
It's All Politics

5 Things You Should Know About Mike Huckabee

Originally published on Fri April 17, 2015 7:09 pm

Huckabee ran the Marine Corps Marathon in 2005.
Kevin Wolf AP

When former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee ran for president in 2008, he surprised many political watchers with a big a victory in the Iowa caucus. "What we have seen is a new day in American politics," he said after he was declared the winner. "This election will start a prairie fire of hope and zeal."

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3:25pm

Fri April 17, 2015
The Two-Way

WATCH: Chimps In Uganda Look Both Ways Before Crossing

Originally published on Fri April 17, 2015 6:32 pm

A troop of chimpanzees in Uganda has learned to look both ways before crossing a busy highway.
New Scientist

Call it Darwinian evolution in action: A troop of wild chimpanzees in Uganda has learned a valuable survival skill — to look before crossing.

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3:19pm

Fri April 17, 2015
The Two-Way

Why A Blockbuster Of A Trade Deal With Asia Matters

Originally published on Fri April 17, 2015 5:51 pm

Freighters wait to unload cargo at the Tanjung Pagar container port in Singapore.
Roslan Rahman AFP/Getty Images

It has been a decade in the making, but when completed, it will be a free trade agreement to beat all others — representing 40 percent of the world's economy.

The Trans-Pacific Partnership, or TPP, agreement would bring together the economies of the U.S., Japan, Australia and nine other Pacific Rim nations, allowing the free trade of everything from agriculture to automobiles and textiles to pharmaceuticals.

President Obama said Friday that the deal is critical for the U.S. market.

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3:04pm

Fri April 17, 2015
The Two-Way

U.N., Oxfam Report At Least 120,000 Displaced In Yemen Fighting

Originally published on Fri April 17, 2015 3:41 pm

Militants loyal to Yemen's President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi take their positions in Taiz, Yemen, late last month after at least 45 people were killed in north Yemen after an airstrike hit a camp for internally displaced people.
Anees Mahyoub UPI/Landov

Tens of thousands of people have been displaced in the fighting in Yemen, the United Nations says today in a new report, which warns that the figure could rise dramatically unless the conflict is ended.

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) says the number of displaced persons in Yemen is estimated at between 120,000 and 150,000. (Separately, Oxfam puts the figure at 121,000).

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2:11pm

Fri April 17, 2015
The Two-Way

Can Top Slugger Joining Cubs End 106 Years Of Sadness?

Originally published on Fri April 17, 2015 3:14 pm

Top prospect Kris Bryant of the Chicago Cubs will bat fourth in his debut Friday against the San Diego Padres. Bryant hit 43 home runs in the minors last season.
Chris Carlson AP

The wait is over for Cubs fans.

Well, not the more than 106-year wait for a World Series Championship, but the wait for arguably the most exciting young slugger in baseball to join their club.

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1:46pm

Fri April 17, 2015
Goats and Soda

Yes, You Can Help The World And Make Money At The Same Time

Originally published on Fri April 17, 2015 7:05 pm

A woman cultivates seaweed off the coast of Madagascar to counter overfishing. She's working with Blue Ventures, a business that supports its conservation projects by giving ecotours.
Courtesy of Skoll Foundation

What do you call someone who runs a successful business that aims to make the world a better place? A CEO with a conscience? A do-good bottom-liner?

At the Skoll World Forum this week in Oxford, England, the preferred term is social entrepreneur. In fact, the conference is completely devoted to the idea — and promoting its rising stars.

Young entrepreneurs are invited to join veterans for workshops, talks and confabs. Awards are given for "social entrepreneurship."

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1:17pm

Fri April 17, 2015
Pop Culture

Comedian Joel McHale Talks Dyslexia, Bad TV And Filming A Thriller

Copyright 2015 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.

Transcript

DAVID BIANCULLI, HOST:

This is FRESH AIR. I'm David Bianculli sitting in for Terry Gross.

(SOUNDBITE OF TV SHOW, "COMMUNITY")

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1:17pm

Fri April 17, 2015
Movie Reviews

In 'True Story,' A Shamed Journalist Interviews A Fugitive Who Stole His Identity

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Transcript

DAVID BIANCULLI, HOST:

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12:34pm

Fri April 17, 2015
The Two-Way

TV's 'Sabado Gigante' Will Cease Production This Fall, Ending Record Run

Originally published on Fri April 17, 2015 4:26 pm

Chilean TV host Mario Kreutzberger, seen here in 2012, will stop making his Sabado Gigante show this September.
Mario Ruiz EPA /Landov

After 53 years, Don Francisco will finally put down the mic. Univision says it will stop making the legendarily unpredictable variety show Sábado Gigante in September, ending a run that began in 1962 when Chile's Mario Kreutzberger started entertaining viewers as Don Francisco.

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12:09pm

Fri April 17, 2015
The Two-Way

Violence Against Immigrants In South Africa Turns Deadly

Originally published on Fri April 17, 2015 1:07 pm

South African hostel dwellers demonstrate against foreigners in Johannesburg on Friday after overnight violence between locals and immigrants in the city.
Shiraaz Mohamed AP

Violence against immigrants in South Africa has killed at least five people, resulted in attacks on businesses owned by foreigners and sent thousands to take refuge at temporary shelters.

A massive rally against xenophobia was held Thursday in Durban, the coastal city that has been the scene of much of the unrest. Migrants from Africa and South Asia have been the target of the violence, which was condemned by President Jacob Zuma.

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11:31am

Fri April 17, 2015
Shots - Health News

The State Of The Cancer Nation

Originally published on Fri April 17, 2015 8:40 pm

Matt Stiles and Christopher Groskopf/NPR

While a cure for cancer remains elusive, we already know how to keep many cases of the disease from developing in the first place.

People can reduce cancer risks by keeping a healthful weight and avoiding cigarettes.

But smoking, obesity and other major cancer risk factors remain common, and they still vary widely across the country.

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11:20am

Fri April 17, 2015
The Two-Way

Key Figure In Saddam's Regime Reportedly Killed By Iraqi Forces

Originally published on Fri April 17, 2015 2:06 pm

Izzat Ibrahim al-Douri, a former member of Saddam Hussein's inner circle (shown here in 2002), leads one of the Sunni armed factions helping ISIS in its fight against the Iraqi government.
Jassim Mohammed AP

Iraqi forces claim to have killed Izzat Ibrahim al-Douri, who served in Saddam Hussein's leadership circle and is believed to have been instrumental in the sudden rise of the self-declared Islamic State.

But an official from Saddam's Baath Party has denied the report.

Douri, 72, is the "king of clubs" in the deck of playing cards U.S. troops used to identify key figures in Saddam's regime following the 2003 invasion that toppled the Baathist regime.

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10:33am

Fri April 17, 2015
NPR History Dept.

Addiction In American History: 14 Vivid Graphs

Originally published on Fri April 17, 2015 10:44 am

Addiction.
Recovery.org

The language of addiction is always evolving. Maybe we need an addictionary.

For example, when the word "alcohol" was written or spoken in early 19th-century America. it was often used in the chemical and medical sense. This is from an article about drawing out the essence of stramonium, or jimson weed: "The virtues of stramonium," the New England Journal of Medicine reported in January of 1818, "appear to be seated in an extractive principle, which dissolves in water and alcohol."

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10:27am

Fri April 17, 2015
Shots - Health News

Top Hospital Ratings Prove Scarce In Medicare's Latest Tally

Vacuum cleaners get them. Movies get them. Now hospitals are being given star ratings to help patients decide which ones to use.

On Thursday the federal government awarded its first star ratings to hospitals based on the opinions of patients. Some of the nation's most lofty hospitals—the ones featured in best hospital lists—received mediocre ratings, while the maximum number of stars often went to small, regional hospitals and others that specialize in lucrative surgeries.

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