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Fri January 23, 2015
Author Interviews

In The World's 'Sixth Extinction,' Are Humans The Asteroid?

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1:25pm

Fri January 23, 2015
Music

Producer Cosimo Matassa Always Believed In New Orleans

New Orleans music didn't do as well in the 1960s, a few hits notwithstanding, as it had done. Musicians left town, major labels lost interest, and Motown and Memphis took over the black music charts. Nonetheless, the late Cosimo Matassa, who owned the only recording studio in town, kept busy. Fresh Air rock historian Ed Ward has the story today.

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1:24pm

Fri January 23, 2015
The Two-Way

Who Is The New Saudi King?

Originally published on Fri January 23, 2015 3:03 pm

Saudi King Salman bin Abdul-Aziz Al Saud makes his first speech as king following the death of his half-brother Abdullah on Friday in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.
AP

King Salman, who has assumed the Saudi monarchy after the death of his half-brother King Abdullah, has promised it will be business as usual in the oil-rich Arab kingdom.

Salman, 79, has pledged to "continue adhering to the correct policies which Saudi Arabia has followed since its establishment."

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11:56am

Fri January 23, 2015
The Two-Way

Goodbye, Garden Yeti: In-Flight Catalog SkyMall Files For Bankruptcy

Originally published on Fri January 23, 2015 6:28 pm

A signature SkyMall item: The hot dog bun toaster.
SkyMall

SkyMall, the ubiquitous in-flight catalog that always reliably greets you in the seatback pocket, is falling victim to technological innovation.

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11:55am

Fri January 23, 2015
Shots - Health News

Young Women And Men Seek More Equal Roles At Work And Home

Originally published on Fri January 23, 2015 4:02 pm

Tooga Getty Images

Young women these days are encouraged to lean in, to want and have it all. And national polls show the idea that a woman's place is in the home has been losing traction among young people since the 1960s.

Given the option, the majority of young men and women say they would prefer to share both work and domestic duties equally with their spouses, according to a study published in the February issue of the American Sociological Review.

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11:21am

Fri January 23, 2015
The Two-Way

Argentine President Now Says Prosecutor's Death 'Not A Suicide'

Originally published on Fri January 23, 2015 4:41 pm

Alberto Nisman, the prosecutor investigating the 1994 bombing of the Argentine-Israeli Mutual Association community center, talks to journalists in Buenos Aires, Argentina, in 2013. Nisman was found shot dead in his apartment on Sunday.
Natacha Pisarenko AP

Argentina's President Cristina Fernandez has done an about-face on her initial statements that prosecutor Alberto Nisman's death earlier this week was suicide.

Nisman, 51, had been investigating an alleged government cover-up of Iran's suspected role in the 1994 bombing of the Argentine-Israeli Mutual Association community center in Buenos Aires that killed 85 people.

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10:25am

Fri January 23, 2015
Goats and Soda

Dear World: Bill And Melinda Gates Have 'Big Bets' For 2030

Originally published on Fri January 23, 2015 1:19 pm

Cellphones are everywhere in the developing world, as this Nairobi street scene shows. Bill and Melinda Gates believe the phones can be used for everything from farmer education to instant banking.
Simon Maina AFP/Getty Images

Each year for the past six years, Bill and Melinda Gates have written a letter about how their foundation is trying to make the world a better place, how they're trying to improve health and education and end poverty. Their 2015 letter was published Wednesday on the foundation's blog. (Note: The Gates Foundation is a supporter of NPR.)

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10:07am

Fri January 23, 2015
The Two-Way

TSA Agents Discovered 2,212 Guns At Airport Checkpoints In 2014

Originally published on Fri January 23, 2015 4:08 pm

TSA agents, like this one at Chicago's Midway International Airport, discovered more than 2,000 firearms at the nation's airports last year — the overwhelming majority of them loaded, according to new data.
Nam Y. Huh AP

The Transportation Security Administration found more than 2,000 firearms at the nation's airports last year — the overwhelming majority of them loaded, the Department of Homeland Security said today.

TSA agents discovered 2,212 firearms — or a little more than six a day — in carry-on bags; 83 percent of them were loaded, the department said.

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10:06am

Fri January 23, 2015
It's All Politics

Senate Says Climate Change Real, But Not Really Our Fault

Originally published on Fri January 23, 2015 2:20 pm

Sen. Roger Wicker, R-Miss., was the only senator to vote against an amendment calling climate change "real and not a hoax."
J. Scott Applewhite AP

Breathtakingly broad as its jurisdiction may be, the U.S. Senate does not usually vote on the validity of scientific theories.

This week, it did. And science won. The Senate voted that climate change is real, and not a hoax. The vote was 98-1.

The vote was about an amendment to the bill approving the Keystone XL pipeline. The near-unanimity of the climate change judgment was notable, because so many senators have cast doubt on ideas of "global warming."

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9:53am

Fri January 23, 2015
The Two-Way

Yemeni Rebels Call For Mass Rallies After President Steps Down

Originally published on Fri January 23, 2015 4:44 pm

Houthi Shiite Yemeni carry coffins of fellow men killed during recent clashes with presidential guard forces, during their funeral procession in Sanaa, Yemen, on Friday.
Hani Mohammed AP

Updated at 4:40 p.m. ET

Yemen's Houthi rebels, who have controlled the capital, Sanaa, for months, are staging mass rallies there today in the wake of the resignation of President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi and his Cabinet.

Hadi on Thursday "succumbed to an apparent coup attempt" by the rebels, The Washington Post says.

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8:43am

Fri January 23, 2015
The Two-Way

Thai Lawmakers Vote To Impeach Ousted Premier

Originally published on Sat January 24, 2015 1:23 pm

Thailand's former Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra, arrives at parliament in Bangkok, Thailand on Thursday, to face an impeachment vote.
Sakchai Lalit AP

Thai legislators installed by the country's military junta have voted to impeach ousted Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra on charges of criminal negligence related to her government's failed effort to prop up the price of rice.

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8:13am

Fri January 23, 2015
The Two-Way

Fate Of Japanese Hostages Unclear After Islamic State's Deadline Lapses

Originally published on Fri January 23, 2015 1:23 pm

Japan's Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga says the government is working to secure the release of Haruna Yukawa and Kenji Goto. A deadline imposed by the so-called Islamic State for the men's release has lapsed.
Koji Sasahara AP

The fate of two Japanese hostages threatened with death by the self-styled Islamic State is unclear after the expiration of a 72-hour deadline imposed by the militants for Japan to pay $200 million to secure its citizens' release.

The Associated Press and Japanese news organizations are reporting that the militants posted a video today with a warning that "the countdown has begun." The AP adds: "The posting which appeared Friday shows a clock counting down to zero along with gruesome images of other hostages who have been beheaded by the Islamic State group."

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7:19am

Fri January 23, 2015
Television

What Is ... 'Morning Edition'?

Originally published on Fri January 23, 2015 11:41 am

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7:19am

Fri January 23, 2015
Europe

Soccer Player Suspended For Making Calls During Match

Originally published on Fri January 23, 2015 8:14 am

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7:05am

Fri January 23, 2015
The Two-Way

Saudi King Abdullah Leaves Behind A Complex Legacy

Originally published on Fri January 23, 2015 1:14 pm

Saudi King Abdullah, seen here last November, died early Friday. NPR's Kelly McEvers says he was a man who laid the foundation for reform in the conservative Arab country.
AP

Saudis are mourning the passing of King Abdullah, who died early Friday at the age of 90 after a long illness.

As NPR's Kelly McEvers reported, he is being remembered as a man who laid the foundation for reform in the conservative Arab country. Dignitaries from around the world, including Vice President Joe Biden, will gather today in Saudi Arabia for Abdullah's funeral. Several Arab countries have declared a day of mourning.

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