12:30pm

Thu February 21, 2013
The Two-Way

Sen. Graham Says 4,700 Killed In U.S. Drone Strikes

Originally published on Thu February 21, 2013 2:09 pm

U.S. "Predator" drone over Afghanistan in Jan. 2009.
Joel Saget AFP/Getty Images

We've all heard that drone strikes directed against al-Qaida and other militants have been on the rise, but now Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., has put a number on deaths by U.S. unmanned aerial vehicle: 4,700.

Graham, a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, rattled off the death toll during a talk he gave to the Easley Rotary Club in Easley, S.C., Tuesday afternoon.

"We've killed 4,700," Graham said.

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12:20pm

Thu February 21, 2013
The Salt

This Music Is Bananas (Really)

Originally published on Mon February 25, 2013 12:26 pm

Making a banana piano is easy with the MaKey MaKey.
Jay Silver/Flickr

Fresh produce has never been hipper.

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12:07pm

Thu February 21, 2013
The Two-Way

Pew: U.S. Catholics Divided On Future Of The Church

A silhouette of St. Peter's statue in front of St. Peter's Basilica is seen from the Vatican Gardens.
Franco Origlia Getty Images

Catholics in the United States are divided over what they want from their next pontiff, a new poll from the Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life finds.

While a majority (58 percent) say it would be "good" if the next pope allows priests to marry and 60 percent said it would be good if the new pope is from the "developing world," that majority narrows when they asked a broader question.

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11:54am

Thu February 21, 2013
The Two-Way

Want To Be In The Dark? Death Valley Is Among 20 Recommended Places

Originally published on Thu February 21, 2013 12:29 pm

The Racetrack area in Death Valley National Park, which boasts one of the darkest night skies in the U.S.
Dan Duriscoe National Park Service

Hearing that the International Dark Sky Association has declared that Death Valley National Park is now the world's largest "international dark sky park" sent us in search of other places that the organization recommends if you really like "star-filled nights."

The association, which tries to "call attention to the hazards of light pollution," has recognized:

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11:53am

Thu February 21, 2013
13.7: Cosmos And Culture

Convergent Evolution: Hyenas Offer Clues To The Human Past

Spotted hyena cubs socialize at their communal den in the Maasai Mara National Reserve, Kenya
Courtesy of Deanna Russell

When anthropologists work to reconstruct the lives of our own ancestors we bring together multiple sources of information. We look at fossils and material culture, such as ancient tool technologies. We even look at animals alive today whose behavioral patterns might provide clues to our past.

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11:28am

Thu February 21, 2013
Music

More Than Pretty Views Behind Puerto Rico's Music

Originally published on Thu February 21, 2013 2:55 pm

Transcript

MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

I'm Michel Martin and this is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. Now we are going to turn our attention to Puerto Rico. That's where our colleagues at MORNING EDITION went recently for an in-depth reporting trip. They talked about the island's difficult economy, the many people leaving the island looking for opportunities elsewhere, and how all of that is affecting day-to-day life in the U.S. commonwealth.

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11:26am

Thu February 21, 2013
Shots - Health News

Hospitals Clamp Down On Early Elective Births

Waiting may be hard, but it's worth it.
iStockphoto.com

For decades, doctors have been warned about the dangers of delivering babies early without a medical reason. But the practice remained stubbornly persistent.

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11:22am

Thu February 21, 2013
It's All Politics

Failure To Ratify: During Amendment Battles, Some States Opt To Watch

Originally published on Thu February 21, 2013 11:37 am

George Washington is depicted addressing the Constitutional Convention of 1787 in this painting by Junius Brutus Stearns. Presumably, no representative from Rhode Island is in the picture; Rhode Island boycotted the gathering and originally rejected the Constitution.
AP

Mississippi has received lots of attention this week for finally having ratified the 13th Amendment, which abolished slavery. But the state is hardly alone in being slow about blessing some long-established national principle.

After a sufficient number of states have ratified an amendment, it can feel like a moot point for legislatures to give belated approval to laws that are already in effect.

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10:57am

Thu February 21, 2013
NPR Story

Singer Lea Gimore On The Musicals That Move Her

Originally published on Thu February 21, 2013 2:55 pm

Transcript

(SOUNDBITE OF MUSIC)

MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

We're going to turn now to a regular feature we call In Your Ear. That's where some of our guests tell us about the songs that inspire them. Singer Lea Gilmore's mastery of gospel, blues and jazz has made her a name as far away as Siberia. But she freely admits her musical tastes are equally wide-ranging, including a popular tune from a musical that's for an Oscar this Sunday.

LEA GILMORE: Hi, my name is Lea Gilmore and this is what I'm listening to.

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10:57am

Thu February 21, 2013
NPR Story

Former Social Security Boss On The Real Problem

Originally published on Thu February 21, 2013 2:55 pm

Transcript

MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

This is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. I'm Michel Martin. Coming up, another family is grieving in Chicago after another young person was killed by gun violence this past weekend. Today we're going to bring you some very blunt, powerful perspectives from young people affected by the violence that you might not have heard. This from our colleagues with the public radio program "This American Life." And that's coming up later in the program.

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