3:36pm

Fri April 19, 2013
The Two-Way

Boston On Lockdown: 'Today Is So Much Scarier'

Originally published on Fri April 19, 2013 7:20 pm

A sign calling for citizens of Boston to "Shelter in Place" hung across I-93 Friday in Boston.
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Update at 7:10 p.m. ET. Back Inside:

Following reports of sudden, heavy police presence in Watertown, Boston police have asked residents to once again stay indoors. Just about an hour earlier, the governor had lifted the shelter-in-place advisory. The police tweeted: "Police operations in the Franklin Street Watertown area. Residents shelter in place."

Update at 6:25 p.m. ET. "Shelter-In-Place" Advisory Lifted:

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3:21pm

Fri April 19, 2013
The Two-Way

FAA OKs Boeing's 787 Battery Fix

A part of a charred battery from a Japan Airlines 787 on display at the NTSB headquarters in January.
Mark Wilson Getty Images

The Federal Aviation Administration has approved changes to the design of the Boeing 787's battery system — the first step toward returning the grounded aircraft to service.

The approximately 50 787 "Dreamliners" delivered to airlines worldwide were grounded in January after incidents involving overheating problems in lithium-ion batteries.

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2:57pm

Fri April 19, 2013
The Two-Way

CDC: U.S. Hospitals Should Be Vigilant For Bird Flu

An H7N9 bird flu patient is escorted after his recovery and approval for discharge at a central China hospital on Friday.
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U.S. hospitals have been urged to be on the lookout for symptoms of bird flu among patients who have recently traveled to China, where a new strain of the virus has killed 17 people and infected more than 70.

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2:45pm

Fri April 19, 2013
Monkey See

Pop Culture Happy Hour: A Sense Of Place And A Nostalgic Quiz

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So let's speak candidly for a moment.

This is not an ordinary day. It has not been an ordinary week. We taped this week's podcast on Monday at 6:00 p.m., in the first hours of coverage of the bombings in Boston. We are posting it on Friday, in the first hours of coverage of a series of events that currently have many of our good pals — and many of our listeners — "sheltering in place" at home.

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2:05pm

Fri April 19, 2013
Song Travels

Bette Midler On 'Song Travels'

Originally published on Sat April 20, 2013 10:09 am

"In a way, I use music like we use the Internet," Bette Midler says. "One link brings you to another link, and from that link you move onto another.
Courtesy of the artist

The Divine Miss M — singer, actress and comedian Bette Midler — is Song Travels host Michael Feinstein's guest for an hour of pure radio fun. Midler opens a crate of favorite tunes from her record collection, from Louis Jordan to vintage Hawaiian music to Destiny's Child, along with stories from her multifaceted career.

Here, Feinstein presents her with a solo arrangement of "And I'll Be There," a song written for her by the legendary songwriting team of Alan and Marilyn Bergman.

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2:03pm

Fri April 19, 2013
NPR Story

Esperanza Spalding On Piano Jazz

Esperanza Spalding.
Johann Sauty Courtesy of the artist

On this Piano Jazz from 2008, bassist and singer Esperanza Spalding brings her neo-soul style to a set of standards with the aid of pianist Leo Genovese. Spalding is one of the most talked about artists in jazz today.

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1:55pm

Fri April 19, 2013
Technology

Breaking Into The 'Department Of Mad Scientists'

Originally published on Tue May 21, 2013 3:09 pm

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1:55pm

Fri April 19, 2013
Science

Robert Ballard: 50 Years Exploring Deep Waters

Originally published on Tue May 21, 2013 3:10 pm

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IRA FLATOW, HOST:

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1:55pm

Fri April 19, 2013
Environment

Climate Change Takes Flight in New Novel

Originally published on Tue May 21, 2013 3:11 pm

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FLORA LICHTMAN, HOST:

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1:55pm

Fri April 19, 2013
Mental Health

Oliver Sacks: Hallucinations

Originally published on Tue May 21, 2013 3:11 pm

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FLORA LICHTMAN, HOST:

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