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Tue March 31, 2015
Book News & Features

'Wolf Hall' On Stage And TV Means More Makeovers For Henry VIII's 'Pit Bull'

Actor Mark Rylance, seen here as Thomas Cromwell in Masterpiece's Wolf Hall, views Cromwell as a survivor who knows how to manipulate power to his advantage. "He has the mind of a chess player," Rylance says.
Giles Keyte Playground & Company Pictures for Masterpiece/BBC

Before Hilary Mantel decided to write about him, Thomas Cromwell, the man at the center of her popular award-winning novels, wasn't a heroic figure. History and popular culture mostly depicted him as a bad guy, able and willing to do the king's bidding, whether right or wrong.

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5:00am

Tue March 31, 2015
Afghanistan

The Ascent Of Afghan Women

Sandra Calligaro for NPR

Zahra Karimi Nooristani, 18, cautiously works her way down a rock face high above Kabul as her coach, Farhad Jamshid, guides her.

It is hazardous for his top female student to be rappelling here, not only because of the steep drop, but because she is using a frayed, nine-year-old rope handed down from the men's mountaineering team.

Another danger she faces is the prospect of her neighbors finding out she's climbing at all.

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4:59am

Tue March 31, 2015
National Security

After Snowden, The NSA Faces Recruitment Challenge

Daniel Swann is exactly the type of person the National Security Agency (NSA) would love to have working for it. A fourth-year concurrent bachelors-masters student at Johns Hopkins University, the 22-year-old has a bright future in cybersecurity.

And growing up in Annapolis, Maryland, not far from the NSA's headquarters, Swann thought he might work at the agency, which intercepts phone calls, emails and other so-called "signals intelligence" from U.S. adversaries.

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4:58am

Tue March 31, 2015
Author Interviews

'Publicly Shamed:' Who Needs The Pillory When We've Got Twitter?

Originally published on Tue March 31, 2015 5:02 am

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Writer Jon Ronson has spent a lot of time tracking people who have been shamed, raked over the coals on social media for mostly minor β€” but sometimes major β€” transgressions. And he writes about some of them in his new book, So You've Been Publicly Shamed.

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4:58am

Tue March 31, 2015
Shots - Health News

No Easy, Reliable Way To Screen For Suicide, Specialists Say

About twice a year, statistics suggest, a pilot somewhere in the world β€” usually flying alone β€” deliberately crashes a plane. The Germanwing flight downed last week may be one such case. But most people who fit the psychological profile of the pilots in these very rare events never have problems while flying.
Patrik Stollarz AFP/Getty Images

Even a careful psychiatric examination of the co-pilot involved in last week's Germanwings jetliner crash probably would not have revealed whether he intended to kill himself, researchers say.

"As a field, we're not very good at accurately predicting who is at risk for suicidal behavior," says Matthew Nock, a psychology professor at Harvard. He says studies show that mental health professionals "perform no better than chance," when it comes to predicting which patients will attempt suicide.

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4:58am

Tue March 31, 2015
Business

With 'Single-Stream' Recycling, Convenience Comes At A Cost

Originally published on Tue March 31, 2015 5:03 am

At Resource Management's Materials Recovery Facility, workers pull plastic bags, other trash and large pieces of cardboard off the conveyor belts before the mixed, single-stream recyclables enter the sorting machines.
VΓ©ronique LaCapra St. Louis Public Radio

7:25pm

Mon March 30, 2015
The Two-Way

Pharmacists Group Votes To Discourage Members From Providing Execution Drugs

Originally published on Mon March 30, 2015 8:16 pm

The largest pharmacist association in the country has voted to discourage its members from participating in executions.

The move could make executions harder for states that have been ordering their drugs from compounding pharmacies. As we've reported, some states like Texas turned to the pharmacies after big pharmaceutical companies β€” under pressure from death penalty opponents β€” decided to stop selling their drugs to U.S. prisons.

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6:23pm

Mon March 30, 2015
U.S.

Mass Tax Foreclosure Threatens Detroit Homeowners

Originally published on Mon March 30, 2015 8:15 pm

Homeowners sit in a conference room in Detroit's Cobo Center while waiting for their cases to be heard to avoid foreclosure from tax debts in Detroit on Jan. 29. This year, Wayne County officials sent out 62,000 foreclosure notices to city homeowners behind on property taxes.
Paul Sancya AP

In Detroit, tens of thousands of people are facing a deadline Tuesday that could cost some of them their homes. That's when homeowners have to make arrangements to either pay delinquent property taxes β€” or risk losing their home at a county auction.

When Detroit emerged from bankruptcy last year, it did so with a razor-thin financial cushion. It desperately needs every bit of tax revenue it can muster.

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5:38pm

Mon March 30, 2015
Goats and Soda

Why Are Chinese Artists Representing Kenya At The Venice Biennale?

Originally published on Mon March 30, 2015 11:23 pm

In The Shame In Venice 2, Kenyan artist Michael Soi protests the makeup of his country's pavilion at the Biennale.
Courtesy of Michael Soi

There's something sketchy at this year's Venice Biennale β€” the international art exhibition sometimes dubbed the Olympics of the contemporary art world.

When you come to the Kenyan pavilion, almost all of the artists will be ... Chinese.

The Biennale, one of the oldest and most important exhibitions of contemporary art in the world, takes place in Venice every two years. Thirty countries, including the U.S., have a permanent slot.

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5:38pm

Mon March 30, 2015
Politics

Controversy Continues Over Indiana's Religious Freedom Restoration Act

Originally published on Tue March 31, 2015 5:57 am

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