7:20am

Tue April 15, 2014
Business

Retailers Want Your Tax Refund

It's the deadline to file your taxes. And if you're getting a money back, retailers want it. They're offering sales and promotions to separate you from your hard-earned refund.

7:03am

Tue April 15, 2014
Book Reviews

Horrors Small And Large Haunt 'Birds'

Originally published on Tue April 15, 2014 11:44 am

Courtesy of Random House

Suspense and the stink of sheep permeate All the Birds, Singing in equal measure. In Evie Wyld's gloriously gruesome second novel, shepherd Jake lives alone on a chilly, windswept British island, in a cottage "squat and white like a chalk pebble at the black foot of the downs." Something or someone is killing off her sheep, one by one. And Jake hears scratching, footsteps, coughs in the night.

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7:03am

Tue April 15, 2014
Code Switch

Sometimes Getting Along Comes Down To How You Say 'Gravy'

Originally published on Wed April 16, 2014 9:40 am

There are a surprising number of stock photos of gravy out there. You know, in the event you need one at some point.
iStockPhoto

In the hectic days before we went live one year ago (hooray!), we somehow missed the news of the passing, at age 91, of John Gumperz — a hugely influential linguist who contributed reams of research on the ways people from different cultures communicate. Had we been paying attention, we could have highlighted a story from Gumperz's studies that serves as a useful demonstration of why code-switching can be both a potent metaphor and a necessary skill.

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7:00am

Tue April 15, 2014
Business

2 Senior Executives Leave General Motors

Originally published on Tue April 15, 2014 7:20 am

Transcript

DAVID GREENE, HOST:

NPR's business news begins with another shakeup at GM.

(SOUNDBITE OF MUSIC)

GREENE: General Motors announced yesterday that two of its senior executives have left the company. The departures of the senior vice president for communications and for human resources follow in the heels of strong criticism of the company's handling of February's recall of nearly 2.6 million cars.

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6:44am

Tue April 15, 2014
The Two-Way

Did You See It? If Not, Here's The 'Blood Moon'

Originally published on Tue April 15, 2014 9:34 am

The "blood moon" as seen from Koreatown, west of Los Angeles, early Tuesday. The next total eclipse of the moon comes on Oct. 8.
Joe Klamar AFP/Getty Images

There were "whistles, cheers and howls" early Tuesday on the grounds of the Griffith Observatory in Los Angeles as the moon turned red during a total lunar eclipse.

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5:17am

Tue April 15, 2014
Around the Nation

Florida's Freshwater Springs Attract Vacationers

Originally published on Tue April 15, 2014 7:20 am

Transcript

DAVID GREENE, HOST:

All right. If I say Florida and Spring Break, you might be conjuring images of beaches, cocktails, theme parks. Well, some of our reporters have been sending suggestions for more off-the-beaten-path destinations and NPR's Greg Allen takes us to Florida and the state's fresh waters springs.

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3:25am

Tue April 15, 2014
Shots - Health News

Voodoo Dolls Prove It: Hunger Makes Couples Turn On Each Other

Originally published on Tue April 15, 2014 5:03 pm

Volunteers with lower levels of blood sugar stuck more pins in voodoo dolls of their spouses than people with higher levels.
Courtesy of Brad Bushman

A lot of us know what can happen when we get hungry. We get grumpy, irritable and sometimes nasty.

There's even a name for this phenomenon: "Hangry, which is a combination of the words hungry and angry," says psychologist Brad Bushman from Ohio State University.

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3:24am

Tue April 15, 2014
Shots - Health News

The 7.5 Million Insured Through Obamacare Are Only Part Of The Story

Originally published on Tue April 15, 2014 3:08 pm

President Obama announced in early April that more than 7 million people had signed up for health insurance through the exchanges.
Win McNamee Getty Images

Want to know how many people have signed up for private insurance under Obamacare? Like the health care law itself, the answer is complicated.

The Obama administration is tracking the number of plans purchased on HealthCare.gov and on the state exchanges, and this month reported that it had exceeded expectations by signing up 7.5 million people. In addition, federal officials have said that 3 million people have enrolled in Medicaid this year.

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3:23am

Tue April 15, 2014
All Tech Considered

A Small Tablet Company Brings High-Tech Hopes To Haiti

Originally published on Tue April 15, 2014 10:25 am

Haitian artist Richard Josue uses a Surtab tablet.
Marie Arago Reuters/Landov

Haiti has struggled to rebuild since a devastating earthquake more than four years ago. Most of the population lives on less than $2 a day, and there are few open jobs for the millions of unemployed.

But there's a bright spot: The Western Hemisphere's poorest country is getting into the high-tech race thanks to Surtab, a Port-au-Prince-based company that makes Android tablets.

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3:22am

Tue April 15, 2014
Asia

After 25 Years Of Amnesia, Remembering A Forgotten Tiananmen

Originally published on Tue April 15, 2014 9:23 pm

After People's Armed Police were deployed to clear the square on June 4, pitched battles broke out between police and angry crowds throwing stones.
Courtesy photo

Twenty-five years ago, on April 15, 1989, Chinese students were mourning the death of a reformist leader. But what began as mourning evolved into mass protests demanding democracy. Demonstrators remained in Beijing's Tiananmen Square, day after day, until their protests were brutally suppressed by the Chinese army — on June 4. Hundreds died; to this day, no one knows how many.

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