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Media Mischief On April Fools' Day

Tue, 03/31/2015 - 3:01pm

When news organizations make fun of the news, it can be funny — or not.

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Tweeners Trust Peers More Than Adults When Judging Risks

Tue, 03/31/2015 - 2:35pm

We all tend to adjust our opinions based on what other people think. But young teenagers pay far more attention to other teens than they do to adults, a study finds. That explains a lot, doesn't it?

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Dozens Of Countries Join China-Backed Bank Opposed By Washington

Tue, 03/31/2015 - 2:26pm

Some of Washington's closest allies have signed on to a new Asian development bank. The U.S. opposes the bank in part because it presents a challenge to American influence in the Asia region.

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Obama Releases Frozen Military Aid To Egypt

Tue, 03/31/2015 - 2:15pm

Delivery of the F-16s, Harpoon missiles and M1A1 Abrams tank kits was suspended in 2013 after a military-backed coup. The White House cited national security as the reason for its decision today.

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What The 2016 Hopefuls Are Saying About Indiana's 'Religious Freedom' Law

Tue, 03/31/2015 - 2:10pm

"This is simply allowing people of faith space to be able to express their beliefs," said Jeb Bush. Hillary Clinton tweeted: "Sad this new Indiana law can happen in America today."

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The Revival Of Lamb Ham: A Colonial Tradition Renewed

Tue, 03/31/2015 - 1:52pm

British colonialists brought lamb ham to America, where a sugar-cured, smoked variety became popular. Easier-to-cure pork ham eventually took its place, but now two Virginians are bringing it back.

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Hackers Needed To Teach Computers To Spot Sick Brain Cells

Tue, 03/31/2015 - 1:36pm

Scientists are still better than computers at assessing a neuron's health by looking at its shape. But an effort that includes an international series of hackathons could help speed the process.

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Trevor Noah, Jon Stewart's Replacement, Goes From Hero To Villain In 24 Hours

Tue, 03/31/2015 - 1:18pm

Soon after it was announced that Noah will host The Daily Show, it emerged that some of his tweets mocked women and Jews — tweets that critics have called sexist and anti-Semitic.

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Nigerian President Said To Concede Election To Opposition Candidate

Tue, 03/31/2015 - 1:17pm

A sitting president has never lost a presidential bid in Nigeria, Africa's most populous country. Partial results showed Goodluck Jonathan trailing Muhammadu Buhari by close to 3 million votes.

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IBM Bets $3 Billion On 'Internet Of Things'

Tue, 03/31/2015 - 12:55pm

The technology and consulting giant's investment decision comes as it announces a new partnership with The Weather Company.

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Buhari's Campaign: Nigeria's President Concedes Defeat

Tue, 03/31/2015 - 12:52pm

Opposition candidate Muhammadu Buhari's campaign says President Goodluck Jonathan has called to concede defeat.

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15 Years Later, Putin Is Still In Power And Popular At Home

Tue, 03/31/2015 - 12:45pm

Recent polls out of Russia indicate that the president's popularity among Russians has increased through the years.

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U.S. Promises To Cut Greenhouse Gas Emissions By 28 Percent

Tue, 03/31/2015 - 12:40pm

The Obama administration is pledging to cut emissions by up to 28 percent by 2025, but it has not yet explained how it will do that.

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Staff At Britain's Windsor Castle May Strike Over Low Wages

Tue, 03/31/2015 - 12:35pm

It's the first time Queen Elizabeth is facing a possible strike by employees of the royal family. At issue is whether employees should be expected to do extra work for no additional pay.

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Alabama Judge Says Raising Money To Be Elected Is 'Tawdry'

Tue, 03/31/2015 - 12:15pm

Mixing judges with campaign contributions can lead to conflicts of interest. Fresh Air talks to retired Judge Sue Bell Cobb and the Center for American Progress' Billy Corriher.

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No Hits, No Problem: Captain Beefheart's Major Label Run

Tue, 03/31/2015 - 12:15pm

In 1970, Warner Bros. Records had an unusual philosophy: they'd sign artists and, instead of wanting a hit single immediately, they'd develop them over several albums. Hence, Captain Beefheart.

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The Ups And Downs Of 'Younger' Life

Tue, 03/31/2015 - 12:08pm

Sutton Foster stars in a new comedy about a woman who learns that there are a lot of ways to be hassled over your age.

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New Mix: Ryan Adams, Jamie xx, The Civil Wars' Joy Williams, More

Tue, 03/31/2015 - 11:40am

All Songs Considered hosts Robin Hilton and Bob Boilen play this week's essential new songs, including Jamie xx and Joy Williams of the band The Civil Wars, and a classic by Ryan Adams.

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If Drones Make You Nervous, Think Of Them As Flying Donkeys

Tue, 03/31/2015 - 10:44am

In Africa, where there aren't always roads from point A to point B, drones could take critical medicines to remote spots. But the airborne vehicles make people uneasy for lots of reasons.

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Can You Name That Musical Prank?

Tue, 03/31/2015 - 10:43am

Simple schemers — or criminal scammers? Try and identify the makers of musical mischief in our April Fools' puzzler.

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