8:38am

Mon April 29, 2013
The Two-Way

I Would Have Stopped Him, 'Misha' Says Of Bombing Suspect

Originally published on Mon April 29, 2013 6:32 pm

Tamerlan Tsarnaev, as seen in a video taken on April 15 near the finish line of the Boston Marathon.
FBI.gov

The man known as Misha who relatives of the Boston Marathon bombing suspects have alleged may have turned the elder Tsarnaev brother toward a radical form of Islam says he did no such thing and would have tried to stop the attack if he had known about it.

"I wasn't his teacher," Mikhail Allakhverdov (Misha) said Sunday of Tamerlan Tsarnaev. "If I had been his teacher, I would have made sure he never did anything like this."

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8:31am

Mon April 29, 2013
Monkey See

Everywhere But Here, 'Iron Man 3' Is Already Huge

Iron Man 3 doesn't open in North America until this Friday (May 3), but this weekend, it's already up and whomping The Avengers at the international box office. The new adventures of Tony Stark, directed and co-written by Lethal Weapon screenwriter Shane Black, brought in $195.3 million. That beat a mere $185.1 million when The Avengers opened internationally to make it the biggest opening weekend ever in a bunch of countries, including Argentina and Indonesia.

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7:27am

Mon April 29, 2013
The Two-Way

Book News: Feminist Icon Mary Thom Dies In Motorcycle Crash

The daily lowdown on books, publishing, and the occasional author behaving badly.

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7:12am

Mon April 29, 2013
The Two-Way

Gas Leak Suspected After Dozens Injured By Blast In Prague

Originally published on Mon April 29, 2013 8:34 am

Glass and other debris were scattered across the street Monday after an explosion in Prague. Authorities initially suspected a gas leak. Dozens of people were injured in the Czech capital.
Martin Mraz EPA /LANDOV

An explosion at an office building in the the Czech capital on Monday injured at least several dozen people and may have left some victims trapped in rubble.

The early thinking was that a natural gas leak led to the disaster in the center of Prague, police spokesman Tomas Hulan said, according to The Associated Press.

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7:03am

Mon April 29, 2013
Poetry

From Dissections To Depositions, Poets' Second Jobs

Originally published on Mon April 29, 2013 2:00 pm

last year, works as a lawyer. She says that poetry appears in law more often than you might think — but nobody calls it poetry." href="/post/dissections-depositions-poets-second-jobs" class="noexit lightbox">
Monica Youn, who joined NPR as a NewsPoet last year, works as a lawyer. She says that poetry appears in law more often than you might think — but nobody calls it poetry.
Doriane Raiman NPR

"No man but a blockhead," Samuel Johnson famously observed, "ever wrote, except for money." This is tough news for poets, since the writing they do is often less immediately profitable than a second-grader's math homework (the kid gets a cookie or a hug; the poet gets a rejection letter from The Kenyon Review). Poetry itself is tremendously valuable, of course, but that value is often realized many years after a poem's composition, and sometimes long after the end of its author's life.

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7:03am

Mon April 29, 2013
New In Paperback

April 22-May 5: Julia Child, Jonathan Franzen And Herta Muller

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6:46am

Mon April 29, 2013
The Two-Way

Sen. Manchin Says Background Checks Bill Will Pass Next Time

Originally published on Mon April 29, 2013 9:09 am

Firearms for sale at a gun show in Annapolis, Md., on April 14.
Andrew Harnik The Washington Times /Landov

Sen. Joe Manchin says he's going to reintroduce his bill that expands background checks for gun purchases to sales made at gun shows and online, and he predicts that the second time around, it will get enough votes to move out of the Senate.

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4:34am

Mon April 29, 2013
Politics

Obama To Fill Transportation Chief Slot

Originally published on Mon April 29, 2013 8:00 am

Transcript

RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

And today, President Obama plans to nominate a new secretary of transportation. Anthony Fox is the mayor of Charlotte, North Carolina.

STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

He's 41 years old and, if confirmed by the Senate, Fox would replace Ray LaHood, the Illinois Republican who's done the job up to now.

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4:34am

Mon April 29, 2013
Movies

Hollywood Pushes To Beak Into Chinese Film Market

Originally published on Mon April 29, 2013 8:00 am

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

One place American moviemakers are pushing to get into is China, which is why it's a big deal that the first summer blockbuster, "Iron Man 3" will hit theaters in China this Friday, the very same day it opens here at home. Hollywood studios covet a same-day release in China. The Chinese government allows just 34 foreign films into their country each year, at a time when Hollywood is under increasing pressure to break into China's fast-growing movie market, which is now the world's second-largest.

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4:34am

Mon April 29, 2013
Business

Shoppers Should Avoid Sandy Damaged Vehicles

Originally published on Mon April 29, 2013 8:00 am

Transcript

RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

The Atlantic Coast of the U.S. took an economic hit six months ago from Hurricane Sandy. It left behind damaged businesses, homes and hundreds of thousands of waterlogged vehicles.

NPR's Sonari Glinton reports that it's still affecting the auto industry.

SONARI GLINTON, BYLINE: Much of the physical damage of Sandy has been cleaned up, but if you didn't live in the storm's path, it's hard to contemplate the scope of destruction - especially when it comes to cars.

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