11:08pm

Sun April 20, 2014
First Listen

First Listen: Brian Blade & The Fellowship Band, 'Landmarks'

Brian Blade & The Fellowship Band's new album, Landmarks, comes out April 29.
Courtesy of the artist

He's widely acknowledged as one of the best jazz drummers in the world. But he's also a singer-songwriter; a session man for Bob Dylan and Joni Mitchell; the son of a singing preacher man from Louisiana. And though a man of such experiences is, as you might expect, quite busy, he's also keeps his own signature band: the Brian Blade Fellowship.

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5:07pm

Sun April 20, 2014
National Security

Hey, Kids, Remember You're On Our Side: The FBI Makes A Movie

Originally published on Sun April 20, 2014 6:43 pm

5:00pm

Sun April 20, 2014
Around the Nation

California's Drought Ripples Through Businesses, Then To Schools

Originally published on Sun April 20, 2014 5:45 pm

Cannon Michael's farm grows tomatoes, melons and onions, among other crops. This year, however, Michael will have to fallow one-fifth of the land due to the drought
Thomas Dreisbach NPR

Cannon Michael runs an 11,000-acre farm in California's Central Valley. His family has been farming in the state for six generations.

Michael's multi-million-dollar operation usually provides a wealth of crops including tomatoes, onions and melons. But recently, he's pretty pessimistic about work.

"It is going to be a year that's probably, at best, maybe break even. Or maybe lose some money," Michael tells NPR's Arun Rath.

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5:00pm

Sun April 20, 2014
News

In South Korea, Ferry Rescue Efforts Yield Only Grisly Results

Originally published on Sun April 20, 2014 6:43 pm

It's been a grim Easter Sunday in South Korea as the death toll continues to rise from the ferry disaster that left nearly 300 passengers, many of them high school students, dead or missing.

5:00pm

Sun April 20, 2014
Around the Nation

A Scientific Experiment: Field Trips Just For Teachers

Science teachers huddle over bacteria colonies at Chicago's Museum of Science and Industry. The museum plans to train 1,000 area educators to be better science teachers in the next five years.
Linda Lutton WBEZ

In a classroom across from the coal mine exhibit at the Chicago's Museum of Science and Industry, students are huddled around tables, studying petri dishes of bacteria.

But these aren't school-age kids — these students are all teachers, responsible for imparting science to upper-elementary or middle-school students.

That's a job that many here — and many teachers in grammar schools around the country — feel unprepared for.

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5:00pm

Sun April 20, 2014
Author Interviews

Far From 'Infinitesimal': A Mathematical Paradox's Role In History

Originally published on Sun April 20, 2014 5:47 pm

The 17th-century rivalry between English philosopher Thomas Hobbes, left, and English mathematician John Wallis lasted decades.
Hulton Archive Getty Images

Here's a stumper: How many parts can you divide a line into?

It seems like a simple question. You can cut it in half. Then you can cut those lines in half, then cut those lines in half again. Just how many parts can you make? A hundred? A billion? Why not more?

You can keep on dividing forever, so every line has an infinite amount of parts. But how long are those parts? If they're anything greater than zero, then the line would seem to be infinitely long. And if they're zero, well, then no matter how many parts there are, the length of the line would still be zero.

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4:59pm

Sun April 20, 2014
The Two-Way

Ferry Transcript Shows Confusion And Panic: 'Please Come Quickly'

Originally published on Sun April 20, 2014 10:19 pm

A relative waits for word of missing passengers of a sunken ferry in Jindo, South Korea. A newly released transcript depicts a scene of confusion on the stricken ferry as it sank.
Chung Sung-Jun Getty Images

For more than 40 minutes as their ship foundered last Wednesday, crew members of the South Korean ferry Sewol spoke with local maritime traffic services about a possible rescue. The conversation centered on getting help to the ship and on getting its passengers off the ferry, according to a transcript released Sunday.

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4:23pm

Sun April 20, 2014
The Two-Way

It's 4:20 On 4/20: Denver Hosts The Cannabis Cup Today

Originally published on Sun April 20, 2014 4:29 pm

With the Colorado state capitol in the background, Cannabis Cup attendees dance and smoke pot at the annual 4/20 marijuana festival in Denver.
Brennan Linsley AP

Tens of thousands of people are attending the Cannabis Cup in Denver this weekend, the first time the marijuana festival and trade show is held in Colorado since the state legalized recreational pot in January.

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4:16pm

Sun April 20, 2014
Around the Nation

Service Dog Guides Marathon Bombing Victims Through A Grim Year

Originally published on Sun April 20, 2014 5:00 pm

Jessica Kensky lost a leg in the Boston Marathon bombing. When she says, "Brr, I'm cold," Rescue the assistance dog knows to bring her the blanket.
Courtesy of Jessica Kensky and Patrick Downes

At Monday's Boston Marathon, many runners will be on the course to honor the 16 people who lost limbs in last year's bombing. One married couple was among them: Jessica Kensky and Patrick Downes.

Among many dark stories of that day, theirs is among the darkest. They were newlyweds of just seven months when each had their left leg blown off. Their injuries were so severe that they were some of the last victims to leave the hospital.

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3:23pm

Sun April 20, 2014
Parallels

'A Wound That Doesn't Close': Armenians Suffer Uncertainty Together

Ahead of Easter Mass, a worshiper lights candles at St. Elie Armenian Catholic Church in downtown Beirut.
Susannah George

At St. Elie Armenian Catholic Church in downtown Beirut, Zarmig Hovsepian lit three candles and slowly mouthed silent prayers before Easter Mass. After reciting "Our Father," she added a prayer of her own: "For peace, for Lebanon and the region," she said, underscoring the deep sense of apprehension beneath the surface of otherwise festive Easter celebrations.

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