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6:53am

Tue April 8, 2014
Europe

Some Americans Find It Hard To Pinpoint Ukraine

Originally published on Tue April 8, 2014 8:09 am

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

Good morning, I'm Steve Inskeep with a geography note.

Ukraine is in Europe next to Russia. We say this because academics asked 2,000 Americans to find Ukraine on a world map and most could not. Most did put it in Europe or Asia but some put Ukraine in Alaska, Brazil or Utah. Researchers told The Washington Post of a connection, too. The less people know about Ukraine's location, the more they favor military intervention there. Makes sense. We'd all intervene if Ukraine was in Tennessee.

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5:00am

Tue April 8, 2014
NPR Story

Was ZunZuneo To Promote Free Speech Or Destabilize Cuba?

Originally published on Tue April 8, 2014 8:09 am

David Greene to Julia Sweig, a senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations, about revelations the USAID created and ran a now-defunct Cuban Twitter communications network from 2010 to 2012.

5:00am

Tue April 8, 2014
NPR Story

In China, Hagel Outlines U.S. Approach To Cybersecurity

Originally published on Tue April 8, 2014 8:09 am

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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

This is MORNING EDITION from NPR News. Good morning. I'm David Greene.

STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

And I'm Steve Inskeep. The United States is trying to learn more about China's military and cyber capabilities. But the United States is trying an unusual approach, following the philosophy that in order to get something, you have to give something. The U.S. is revealing more about what America's cyber forces can do, hoping that China might reveal something too.

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5:00am

Tue April 8, 2014
NPR Story

Napier's 22 Points Helps UConn Beat Kentucky In Men's Final

Originally published on Tue April 8, 2014 8:09 am

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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

This year's NCAA men's basketball tournament was billed as wide open. Anyone could win - and a seventh seed did. Makes you wonder what those seeds actually mean. The University of Connecticut was banned from the tournament last year. In a dramatic turnaround, the Yukon Huskies are this year's champs after beating Kentucky last night. Here's NPR's Tom Goldman.

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6:44am

Mon April 7, 2014
World

Feathers Fly During International Pillow Fight Day

Originally published on Mon April 7, 2014 8:17 am

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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

Good morning. I'm David Greene. People all over the world pummeled each other on Saturday. It was International Pillow Fight Day. In New York City, people dressed as superheroes battled villains - somewhat gently. There was a pillow fight on the National Mall here in Washington, D.C. Feathers were flying in London, Paris, Bucharest and Berlin. In Vienna, one woman described being hit kind of hard in the face.

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6:40am

Mon April 7, 2014
Around the Nation

Bench-Clearing Brawl Involves Police And Firefighters

Originally published on Mon April 7, 2014 8:17 am

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

Good morning, I'm Steve Inskeep.

It wouldn't be a hockey game without a brawl, even true with a charity match. A fight spread across the ice but there was no need to call the police to restore order, because New York City police officers were already on the ice playing against New York City firefighters. Video shows both teams clearing the bench, throwing punches - even heaving hockey sticks. The game did go on eventually and the cops beat the firefighters eight-to-five.

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6:14am

Mon April 7, 2014
Around the Nation

'Morning Edition' Listeners Wax Poetic

Originally published on Mon April 7, 2014 8:17 am

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

Now April is national poetry month and we wanted to hear from the poets among you, our listeners. Here's what we did. We asked people to go to our Facebook page, not to write poems exactly, but to wax poetic.

DAVID GREENE, HOST:

We wanted to hear about your favorite block, whether it's where you live or somewhere you just stopped by once and never forgot. Now we have some of the responses.

KELLY CONROY: My favorite block is the one I lived on land I was 20 years old, studying abroad in Barcelona.

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5:14am

Mon April 7, 2014
Remembrances

The Inimitable Mickey Rooney Dies At 93

Originally published on Mon April 7, 2014 12:48 pm

Mickey Rooney plays Oliver Nugent in the short-lived television series One of the Boys in 1982. Rooney died Sunday at the age of 93.
NBC via Getty Images

Mickey Rooney was a 5-foot-3 dynamo. Whether he was acting, singing or dancing, he poured an uncanny energy into his performances. It's an energy that sustained a lifelong career alongside some of the biggest names in show business, including Judy Garland and Elizabeth Taylor.

He died Sunday at his North Hollywood home, at age 93. He was still working — on a new film version of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.

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5:14am

Mon April 7, 2014
Afghanistan

Afghanistan Is One Step Closer To Karzai's Successor

Originally published on Mon April 7, 2014 8:17 am

On Saturday, voters turned out in large numbers despite threats of Taliban violence. It will take weeks to learn who will become Afghanistan's next president. Hamid Karzai can't run for a third term

5:14am

Mon April 7, 2014
NPR Story

Gay Candidate May Help Mass. GOP End Losing Streak

Originally published on Tue April 8, 2014 9:36 am

Former Republican Massachusetts state Sen. Richard Tisei announces his run for the 6th Congressional District seat held by John Tierney on Jan. 23 in Wakefield, Mass.
Elise Amendola AP

Republicans in Massachusetts have lost the past 92 U.S. House races. That's a staggering number — the worst GOP drought in the country.

But analysts say this year the party might have a man who could snap that losing streak. He is vying for a seat in the Massachusetts 6th Congressional District, just north of Boston.

In many ways, Richard Tisei is a quintessential New England politician. He even sports the classic side-part hairstyle with a bit of that Kennedy swoosh. Old ladies tell him he's handsome. He's a veteran state senator and a local boy.

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7:39am

Fri April 4, 2014
Europe

Shop Owner Refuses To Spring Forward

Originally published on Fri April 4, 2014 8:22 am

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LINDA WERTHEIMER, HOST:

Good morning. I'm Linda Wertheimer. This past weekend most of Europe moved the clocks forward for Daylight Saving Time - what they call European Summertime. But one shopkeeper in Berlin said no way she springs forward. Renate Stahn says she needs her sleep and will no longer take part in this circus. She's organizing a boycott. The sign on the door of her pet shop tells customers they are entering a different time zone. It's MORNING EDITION. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.

6:57am

Fri April 4, 2014
Around the Nation

Stenographer Doesn't Hide His Feelings About His Job

Originally published on Fri April 4, 2014 8:22 am

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

Good morning, I'm Steve Inskeep.

Anybody who's seen a trial knows a stenographer takes down the proceedings. The New York Post reports one stenographer hated his job. And we have a record of this because he wrote it down. Instead of taking down trial testimony, he typed over and over: I hate my job. I hate my job.

(SOUNDBITE OF TYPING)

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6:04am

Fri April 4, 2014
Afghanistan

2 AP Journalists Shot By Afghan Police, 1 Dies

Originally published on Fri April 4, 2014 8:22 am

The AP reports Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer Anja Niedringhaus was killed. Reporter Kathy Gannon was wounded. The two were in Khost province in eastern Afghanistan ahead of Saturday's election.

5:39am

Fri April 4, 2014
Sports

Chicago Celebrates A Century Of Baseball At Wrigley Field

Originally published on Fri April 4, 2014 8:22 am

The view inside Wrigley Field during a 1959 Cubs game. The stadium was built in 1914 and celebrates its centennial this year.
AP

When the first pitch is thrown between the Chicago Cubs and the Philadelphia Phillies on Friday, it will mark the start of the 100th professional baseball season at iconic Wrigley Field.

The ball park on Chicago's North Side, known as the Friendly Confines, opened as the home of the Chicago Federals 100 years ago this month.

The Cubs moved there two years later, and in all that time the Cubs have never won a World Series. There hasn't even been a World Series game played at Wrigley since the end of World War II.

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4:59am

Fri April 4, 2014
NPR Story

David Letterman To Retire From CBS In 2015

Originally published on Fri April 4, 2014 8:22 am

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LINDA WERTHEIMER, HOST:

David Letterman says he will retire next year. He'll leave "The Late Show" as the longest-serving late night host in network television history, even longer than Johnny Carson when you add up Letterman's time at CBS and NBC before that. NPR TV critic Eric Deggans says Letterman reshaped late night TV and succeeded as an edgy outsider more interested in making fun of show business than participating in it.

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