3:24pm

Wed April 16, 2014
National Security

Edward Snowden: From 'Geeky' Dropout To NSA Leaker

Originally published on Wed April 16, 2014 3:44 pm

What motivated Edward Snowden to leak NSA secrets? Bryan Burrough, Suzanna Andrews and Sarah Ellison explore Snowden's background in an article for Vanity Fair.
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Former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden has revealed some of the group's most carefully guarded secrets.

The reporting on the documents he leaked won a Pulitzer Prize for the Washington Post and The Guardian, announced on Monday.

But there's still a lot we don't know about Snowden himself — and his motivation.

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3:24pm

Wed April 16, 2014
Book Reviews

Exploring Life's Incurable Soiledness With The Father Of Italian Noir

Originally published on Wed April 16, 2014 3:33 pm

Crime writer Giorgio Scerbanenco was born in Kiev in 1911, grew up in Rome and worked for decades as a journalist in Milan.
Olycom Melville House

Although there's no rigid dividing line, fans of the crime genre generally fall into two camps. There are those who prefer stories which, after titillating us with dark transgressions, end by restoring order — the show Law & Order is an aptly named example. And then there are those who prefer stories which, even after the mystery is solved, leave you swimming in the murk — think Chinatown. This is the male-dominated realm of noir.

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3:15pm

Wed April 16, 2014
Intelligence Squared U.S.

Debate: Millennials Don't Stand A Chance

Jessica Grose, who writes for Slate, Bloomberg Businessweek and Fast Company, says that millennials have been mischaracterized in the media.
Samuel LaHoz Intelligence Squared U.S.
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The "millennial generation" has been getting a bad rap in popular culture in recent years. Millennials, roughly defined as people born in the 1980s and '90s, frequently see themselves depicted as entitled, coddled and narcissistic.

But many — including millennials themselves — dispute those characterizations. Young adults today are tolerant, civic-minded and entrepreneurial, they note, and are thriving despite entering into a tight job market, often with significant amounts of student loan debt.

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2:27pm

Wed April 16, 2014
The Two-Way

Holy Bible Could Become Louisiana's Official Book

Originally published on Fri April 18, 2014 1:58 pm

Hurricane Katrina holdout Hazzert Gillett reads his Bible in his New Orleans home in September 2005. The state's Legislature is considering a bill to make the Holy Bible the official state book.
Brian Snyder Reuters/Landov

The "Good Book" could become the official book of Louisiana if a bill sent to the state's Legislature passes in a vote that could come as early as this week.

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2:23pm

Wed April 16, 2014
The Two-Way

Judge Overturns North Dakota's Strict Abortion Law

A federal judge has struck down a North Dakota law banning abortions if a fetal heartbeat can be detected, calling the law "invalid and unconstitutional."

The law, passed by lawmakers in the state just over a year ago, bans abortions as early as six weeks into pregnancy and is considered the most restrictive in the country.

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2:05pm

Wed April 16, 2014
The Two-Way

Boston Bombing Defendant Can See Victims' Autopsy Photos, Judge Says

Originally published on Wed April 16, 2014 3:24 pm

Blue and yellow are the colors for tributes to victims of the Boston Marathon. Street lights on the route of this year's race are among the places they're showing up.
Andrew Burton Getty Images

A federal judge said Wednesday that Boston Marathon bombings suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev may see autopsy photos of the three people who died after the explosions near the finish line of last year's race.

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1:36pm

Wed April 16, 2014
WVAS Local

Auburn Classes Cancelled

Auburn University is canceling classes for today following what school officials are calling an unsubstantiated threat on campus.  A message posted on the university's website says authorities don't believe the threat is credible.  But the school says it is suspending classes and other normal operations for a day because of anxiety among students and parents.  Authorities also are increasing the police presence around campus.  The university says information is being circulated on social websites about a threatening message that threatens a campus rampage.  Today is the seventh anniversary

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12:57pm

Wed April 16, 2014
NPR Story

Extremist Attacks Show Boko Haram Can Strike Anywhere

Originally published on Wed April 16, 2014 4:02 pm

Transcript

CELESTE HEADLEE, HOST:

This is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. I'm Celeste Headlee. Michel Martin is away. We start today in Nigeria. Africa's most populous country is continuing its fight against Boko Haram. That's an extremist group whose name means Western education is forbidden.

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12:57pm

Wed April 16, 2014
NPR Story

Rwanda Genocide's Tough Lessons On 'Othering'

Originally published on Wed April 16, 2014 4:02 pm

Transcript

CELESTE HEADLEE, HOST:

This is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. I'm Celeste Headlee. Michel Martin is away. The nation of Rwanda is marking 20 years since the genocide that claimed more than 800,000 lives. And decades after the killing, survivors on both sides are learning how to forgive and how to be forgiven. But it's a complicated, painful process for everyone involved.

(SOUNDBITE OF DOCUMENTARY, "COEXIST")

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12:57pm

Wed April 16, 2014
NPR Story

Teen Twitter Threats: A New Forum For Stupid?

Originally published on Wed April 16, 2014 4:02 pm

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CELESTE HEADLEE, HOST:

I'm Celeste Headlee and this is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. And it's time yet again for a visit to the Beauty Shop, where our panel of women journalists and commentators take a fresh cut on the week's news.

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