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4:03 pm
Thu April 11, 2013

Earnest '42' Buffs Up A Golden Baseball Moment

Brooklyn Dodgers first baseman Jackie Robinson (Chadwick Boseman) acknowledges the crowd in 42.
Warner Bros

Originally published on Fri April 12, 2013 4:20 pm

This Monday, every player in Major League Baseball will wear the same number on his jersey: 42, which was Jackie Robinson's number when, in 1947, he became the first black player in the majors, playing first base for the Brooklyn Dodgers.

Today, baseball celebrates April 15 as Jackie Robinson Day. But 66 years ago, not everyone saw his hiring as cause for celebration — and the earnestly grandiose biopic 42 means to illuminate that history-making moment, in which racial vitriol met its match in a ballplayer who let his talent do the talking.

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Environment
4:01 pm
Thu April 11, 2013

Climate Change Could Bump Up Instances Of Turbulence

Originally published on Thu April 11, 2013 4:49 pm

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MELISSA BLOCK, HOST:

Bring on the air sickness bags and light up the fasten seatbelt sign. A new study finds that flights are going to become more turbulent due to climate change. Paul Williams led the study. It's been published in the journal Nature Climate Change and he joins me now from Vienna. Welcome to the program.

PAUL WILLIAMS: Hi, Melissa, it's a pleasure to be here.

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U.S.
4:01 pm
Thu April 11, 2013

Immigration Reform Gains Momentum In Congress

Originally published on Thu April 11, 2013 4:49 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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Politics
4:01 pm
Thu April 11, 2013

Gun Control Legislation Headed For Debate On Senate Floor

Originally published on Thu April 11, 2013 4:49 pm

Congress took a major step toward its first gun bill in nearly two decades on Thursday morning, as Democratic leaders broke a Republican filibuster to stop a proposal expanding criminal background checks for gun buyers. Sixteen Republican joined all but two Democrats to move forward with the bill. Ailsa Chang joins Audie Cornish from the Capitol to explain what it means, and what happens next.

Business
4:01 pm
Thu April 11, 2013

Joint Airbag Recall Affects More Than 3 Million Cars

Originally published on Fri April 12, 2013 1:56 pm

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AUDIE CORNISH, HOST:

From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Audie Cornish.

MELISSA BLOCK, HOST:

And I'm Melissa Block.

More than three million cars and trucks worldwide are being recalled. Honda, Toyota, BMW, Mazda, Nissan, and Pontiac all say some of their vehicles made between 2001 and 2003 could potentially have faulty airbags.

NPR's Sonari Glinton reports.

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Space
3:21 pm
Thu April 11, 2013

Origin Of 'Mercury' Meteorite Still Puzzles Scientists

Several fragments of this unusual rock were discovered last year in Morocco. It's been hailed as the first meteorite from the planet Mercury, but where it came from in the solar system isn't certain.
Stefan Ralew

Originally published on Fri April 12, 2013 7:18 am

A strange green rock discovered in Morocco last year was hailed by the press as the first meteorite from Mercury. But scientists who've been puzzling over the stone ever since say the accumulating evidence may point in a different direction. Maybe, just maybe, they say, the 4.56-billion-year-old rock fell to Earth from the asteroid belt located between Mars and Jupiter.

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Arts & Life
3:18 pm
Thu April 11, 2013

A Mile-High Hack: An App That Could Remotely Hijack Planes

A German IT consultant's proof-of-concept software raises questions about efforts to secure global flight systems.
iStockphoto.com

Originally published on Fri April 12, 2013 10:28 am

The Federal Aviation Administration continues work on its multibillion-dollar upgrade to the nation's air traffic control system, but it may not be enough to stop hackers from taking control of airplanes with a smartphone.

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The Salt
3:17 pm
Thu April 11, 2013

A Legal Twist In The Effort To Ban Cameras From Livestock Plants

Cows wait to be milked at a California dairy farm.
Justin Sullivan Getty Images

Originally published on Mon April 15, 2013 3:38 pm

For years, undercover videos documenting animal cruelty at farms and slaughterhouses have cast the nation's meat and dairy farmers in a grim light.

In response, the livestock industry supported legislative efforts in multiple states designed to keep cameras from recording without permission in livestock plants. The Salt reported on these efforts, which activists call "ag gag" bills, last year.

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The Two-Way
3:11 pm
Thu April 11, 2013

Price Tag On Cyprus Bailout Goes Up

Originally published on Thu April 11, 2013 5:08 pm

It's going to cost more to bail out Cyprus than originally projected, with officials now saying the cost will be $30 billion instead of the original estimate of $23 billion.

"It's a fact the memorandum of November talked about 17.5 billion [euros] in financing needs. And it has emerged this figure has become 23 billion [euros]," government spokesman Christos Stylianides was quoted by the BBC as saying on Thursday.

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Ask Me Another
3:11 pm
Thu April 11, 2013

Taylor Swifties

Originally published on Fri April 12, 2013 9:18 am

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OPHIRA EISENBERG, HOST:

Ready or not, here are our next two contestants: Sean Patterson and Jonathan Turer, settling in behind the puzzle podiums.

(APPLAUSE)

EISENBERG: Welcome to you both.

SEAN PATTERSON: Hi.

JONATHAN TURER: Thank you.

EISENBERG: Jonathan Turer, interesting last name, because you also do tours.

TURER: This is like destiny.

EISENBERG: You're a tour - oh my god.

TURER: It's strange.

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Ask Me Another
3:11 pm
Thu April 11, 2013

Everyone's A Critic

Originally published on Fri April 12, 2013 9:18 am

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OPHIRA EISENBERG, HOST:

On stage right now, we have Rob Jacklosky and Lisa Gargiulo ready for our next game.

(APPLAUSE)

EISENBERG: Now this is very special because we know you're both English teachers. Rob, you teach 19th century literature to college students. Lisa teaches mythology to seventh and eighth graders. It's a perfect match.

(LAUGHTER)

ROB JACKLOSKY: There is practically no difference between those two.

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Ask Me Another
3:11 pm
Thu April 11, 2013

Radio Pictionary

Originally published on Fri April 12, 2013 9:18 am

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OPHIRA EISENBERG, HOST:

Let's welcome our next two contestants to our stage: Ben Smith and Nicole Holliday.

(APPLAUSE)

EISENBERG: Welcome to the ASK ME ANOTHER stage. Ben, are you a visual thinker?

BEN SMITH: A little bit.

EISENBERG: A little bit. Have you ever played Pictionary?

SMITH: Yeah.

EISENBERG: Yeah, you like it?

SMITH: Uh.

EISENBERG: Okay.

SMITH: Kind of.

EISENBERG: Sure, that's okay. That's honest. Nicole, how about you, a Pictionary player?

NICOLE HOLLIDAY: Terrible.

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Ask Me Another
3:11 pm
Thu April 11, 2013

The Hokey Pokey

Originally published on Fri April 12, 2013 9:18 am

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OPHIRA EISENBERG, HOST:

We have our first two fabulous contestants: Caroline Blanchard and Jason Salisbury, standing at the puzzle podiums. Welcome.

CAROLINE BLANCHARD: Hello.

JASON SALISBURY: Thank you.

(APPLAUSE)

EISENBERG: Now, it turns out the two of you are married, even though you changed your last names, clearly for the point of this show.

(LAUGHTER)

EISENBERG: So, and you have a longstanding trivia partnership as well as nuptial partnership.

BLANCHARD: Probably longer trivia than nuptial, but, yes.

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Ask Me Another
3:11 pm
Thu April 11, 2013

What's Next?

Originally published on Fri April 12, 2013 9:18 am

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OPHIRA EISENBERG, HOST:

Let's welcome our next two contestants: Brian Little and Michelle Williams.

(APPLAUSE)

EISENBERG: Hello. Michelle, clearly you've got some high intelligence. You studied journalism, economics and Arabic. Do you consider yourself an organized person?

MICHELLE WILLIAMS: Oh, god no.

EISENBERG: No?

WILLIAMS: No, it's just a mess.

(LAUGHTER)

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Ask Me Another
3:11 pm
Thu April 11, 2013

AC/DC

Originally published on Fri April 12, 2013 9:18 am

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OPHIRA EISENBERG, HOST:

Now it's time to crown this week's grand champion. Let's bring back our winners. From the Hokey Pokey: Jason Salisbury.

(APPLAUSE)

EISENBERG: From Everyone's a Critic: Rob Jacklosky. From Taylor Swifties: Jonathan Turer. From What's Next: Brian Little. And from Radio Pictionary: Nicole Holliday.

(APPLAUSE)

EISENBERG: I'm going to ask our puzzle guru Greg Pliska to take us out.

GREG PLISKA: I've been wanting to take you out all night.

EISENBERG: Greg.

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