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4:39am

Fri April 11, 2014
Africa

African Responses Night And Day From Rwanda, U.N. Envoy Says

Originally published on Fri April 11, 2014 1:55 pm

U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Samantha Power addresses top officials from the African peacekeeping mission in Bangui, Central African Republic, on Wednesday.
Jerome Delay AP

This week marks the 20th anniversary of the Rwandan genocide: three months of slaughter in which nearly a million people were killed.

As a scholar, Samantha Power wrote extensively about the U.S. failure to intervene in Rwanda and bring the genocide to an end. Now, as the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, Power led the American delegation to memorial services in Rwanda this past Monday.

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4:00am

Fri April 11, 2014
StoryCorps

One Man Becomes Another's Hands, Feet And Family

Originally published on Fri April 11, 2014 8:24 am

Ernest Greene (left) accompanied Collin Smith to college. When Collin graduated, the school awarded Ernest an honorary degree.
StoryCorps

When he was a high school sophomore, Collin Smith was in a car accident that left him a quadriplegic.

Ernest Greene, 50 years Collin's senior, had never met Collin, but he attended the same church. And when he heard about Collin's accident, he decided he wanted to help. He offered to do whatever Collin needed, from taking him to school to helping him shave. And when Collin began college, Ernest went too.

"What made you want to go to college with me?" Collin, now 23, asked Ernest in a visit to StoryCorps in Asheboro, N.C.

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3:54am

Fri April 11, 2014
Movie Interviews

Kristen Wiig Gets Serious For Alice Munro Adaptation

Originally published on Fri April 11, 2014 8:39 am

Kristen Wiig plays a quiet caretaker named Johanna in Hateship Loveship.
Courtesy of Patti Perret, Hateship Capital LLC IFC Films

The new film Hateship Loveship was adapted from an Alice Munro short story and stars Saturday Night Live alumna Kristen Wiig in a performance that's a far cry from her outrageous characters on the comedy show.

In it, Wiig plays Johanna, a caretaker in Iowa assigned to help a grandfather, played by Nick Nolte, look after his 14-year-old granddaughter, Sabitha. Sabitha's mother died in a car accident when Sabitha's father, Ken, played by Guy Pearce, was driving drunk and high.

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3:53am

Fri April 11, 2014
Paying For College

Paying Off Student Loans Puts A Dent In Wallets, And The Economy

Originally published on Fri April 11, 2014 9:38 am

Student loan debt forces many young adults to make hard choices about how they spend their money — and can prevent them from making investments that will pay off down the road.
David Sacks Getty Images

Weighing in at more than $1 trillion, student loan debt is now larger than total credit card debt. Morning Edition recently asked young adults about their biggest concerns, and more than two-thirds of respondents mentioned college debt. Many say they have put off marriage or buying a home because of the financial burden they took on as students.

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4:08pm

Thu April 10, 2014
Science

A Peek Beneath A Mummy's Wrappers, Powered By CT Scanners

Originally published on Thu April 10, 2014 8:12 pm

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AUDIE CORNISH, HOST:

Did you hear the one about the mummy who went to the hospital? Don't get all wrapped up trying to figure out the punch line, this is no joke. It's part of some groundbreaking research that will be on display at London's British Museum next month. The team there is using CT scans to uncover the ancient secrets of mummies.

John Taylor is curator at the British Museum. And he joined me earlier today to explain.

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4:08pm

Thu April 10, 2014
News

Utah Gay Marriage Gets Hearing In Appeals Court

Originally published on Thu April 10, 2014 8:12 pm

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MELISSA BLOCK, HOST:

From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Melissa Block.

AUDIE CORNISH, HOST:

And I'm Audie Cornish.

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3:31am

Thu April 10, 2014
Movie Interviews

Nicolas Cage Trades Theatrics For Authenticity In 'Joe'

Originally published on Thu April 10, 2014 10:18 am

Nicolas Cage (left) and Tye Sheridan star in the film adaptation of Larry Brown's 1991 novel, Joe.
Ryan Green Courtesy of Roadside Attractions

A new movie makes an unlikely hero out of a violent and reclusive man. Set in small-town Texas, Joe is about a hard-working, hard-living ex-con — played by Nicolas Cage — who's trying to stay out of trouble. He finds that the best way to do that is to not get involved with people — until he meets a teenage boy, played by Tye Sheridan, in need of help.

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1:00pm

Wed April 9, 2014
Intelligence Squared U.S.

Debate: In An Online World, Are Brick And Mortar Colleges Obsolete?

Originally published on Wed April 9, 2014 6:18 pm

Two teams debated the value of online education in an Intelligence Squared U.S. event at Columbia University.
Samuel LaHoz Intelligence Squared U.S.
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Online degree programs are proliferating – and many cost a fraction of the price of a traditional, on-campus degree. Massive Open Online Courses, known as MOOCS, are also catching on in the U.S. and around the world.

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12:21pm

Wed April 9, 2014
All Tech Considered

The New Age: Leaving Behind Everything, Or Nothing At All

Originally published on Wed April 9, 2014 6:48 pm

After Susan Sontag died in 2004, the writer's estate sold her letters, computers and other materials to UCLA for a special collection. Her biographer says the wealth of information can be daunting — and a bit eerie.
Jens-Ulrich Koch AFP/Getty Images

Perhaps in your attic or basement there is a box of papers — letters, photographs, cards, maybe even journals — inherited from a grandparent or other relative who's passed on. Authors, archivists and researchers have long considered these treasures. The right box might contain a wealth of information about a key historical period or place or person.

But what if that box isn't a box at all? What if it's an ancient laptop? And if we are starting to leave behind an increasingly digital inheritance, will it die as soon as the hard drive does?

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5:55pm

Tue April 8, 2014
Author Interviews

In This 'Almanac,' Fiction Makes The Best Time Machine

Originally published on Wed April 9, 2014 5:24 am

Courtesy of Tor

From Back to the Future to The Twilight Zone and Doctor Who, the theme of time travel is timeless on the screen and on the page. What is it about time travel that's so darn appealing?

"We all have this idea in our heads that, if only I had said this, if only I had done that — we all want to go back and do something," says Ann VanderMeer. She and her husband Jeff are the editors of the new Time Traveler's Almanac, a giant compilation of time travel stories ranging from classic to very, very modern.

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