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7:34 am
Tue September 23, 2014

Why Does The U.S. Like Iraq's Kurds But Not Syria's?

Iraqi Kurdish peshmerga fighters take up positions around the town of Gwer in northern Iraq on Sept. 18. The Kurdish militia is aligned with the U.S. in the battle against the Islamic State.
Mohamed Messara EPA/Landov

Originally published on Tue September 23, 2014 7:36 am

In Iraq, Kurdish militiamen fighting the group that calls itself the Islamic State are key American allies.

In Syria, some Kurdish fighters battling the very same Islamic State are considered part of a terrorist group, according to the U.S. government.

What gives?

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The Two-Way
6:41 am
Tue September 23, 2014

New ISIS Video Released Of British Hostage

In this still image taken from the first video released by Al-Furqan, the media arm of the Islamic State group militants, captive British journalist John Cantlie speaks into the camera.
AP

The self-declared Islamic State has released the second video in a promised "lecture series" delivered by kidnapped British journalist John Cantlie.

"In this program, we will see how Western governments are hastily marching toward all-out war in Iraq and Syria without paying any heed to the lessons of the recent past," says Cantlie, who is seated at a desk and dressed in an orange jumpsuit similar to the one he was seen wearing in the first of the videos last week.

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Code Switch
6:16 am
Tue September 23, 2014

How Not To Handle A New Voice In TV

Shonda Rhimes, left, with Scandal star Kerry Washington at a 2012 press conference.
Frederick M. Brown Getty Images

This is what happens when voices that have normally been pushed to the background take center stage.

That's the reaction I usually offer these days whenever someone asks me about a race-based media firestorm – this time, in reference to the nuclear-sized backlash against New York Times TV critic Alessandra Stanley's bewildering commentary on Shonda Rhimes, one of the most successful showrunners in television history.

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The Two-Way
6:04 am
Tue September 23, 2014

Airstrikes Move To Syria, Target More Than Just ISIS

A handout picture released by the U.S. Navy shows the guided-missile cruiser USS Philippine Sea (CG 58) launching a Tomahawk cruise missile against Islamic State targets in Syria on Tuesday.
Eric Garst/U.S. Navy/Handout EPA/Landov

Originally published on Tue September 23, 2014 7:37 am

Updated at 9:30 a.m. ET

In a major escalation of the air campaign against Islamic extremist groups, for the first time the U.S. and five Arab allies jointly hit targets inside Syria.

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Front Row
6:03 am
Tue September 23, 2014

Front Row: The Jezabels, 'Time To Dance'

The Jezabels performed live at Brighton Music Hall on June 17, 2014.
WGBH

An Australian indie-pop band, The Jezabels performed "Time To Dance" live at Brighton Music Hall in Allston, Mass., on June 17. The band's second full-length studio album, The Brink, was released earlier this year.

Find more from Front Row Boston at its website.

SET LIST

  • "Time To Dance"

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All Tech Considered
5:24 am
Tue September 23, 2014

Seeking Frugal Tech Solutions For Nairobi's Jammed Traffic

A traffic jam in Nairobi, Kenya. The city is the world's fourth-most congested, far worse than any in the U.S.
Din Haitao Xinhua /Landov

Originally published on Tue September 23, 2014 5:42 am

Traffic in Nairobi is so mind-numbing it makes Los Angeles' Interstate 5 look like the Autobahn. Motorcycles squeeze between cars and trucks that practically park on major boulevards and highways. Street peddlers walk to and fro selling newspapers, flowers, air fresheners and children's toys to captive audiences. Roundabouts become cartoonishly clogged.

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Food
5:17 am
Tue September 23, 2014

Starbucks Tests Drink That Tastes Like Stout Beer

Originally published on Tue September 23, 2014 5:53 am

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Food
4:48 am
Tue September 23, 2014

Rearchers Find New Species Of Mushrooms

Originally published on Tue September 23, 2014 5:17 am

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Goats and Soda
3:29 am
Tue September 23, 2014

Ebola's Toll: Farmers Aren't Farming, Traders Aren't Trading

Originally published on Tue September 23, 2014 7:17 am

The Ebola outbreak is having a devastating effect on the economies of Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea, crippling major industries and forcing people out of work.

The three nations hardest hit by the virus are among the poorest on the African continent. Combined, their GDP is less than 3 percent of Nigeria's, the regional economic powerhouse.

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Middle East
3:04 am
Tue September 23, 2014

U.S., Allies Hit islamic State Targets In Syria

Originally published on Tue September 23, 2014 5:53 am

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NPR Story
3:04 am
Tue September 23, 2014

House Lawmakers To Hold Hearing On White House Security Issues

Originally published on Tue September 23, 2014 5:53 am

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Sports
3:04 am
Tue September 23, 2014

Baseball's Regular Season Winds Down, Playoffs Days Away

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Shots - Health News
1:34 am
Tue September 23, 2014

Death Cuts Short The Life Of An Alzheimer's Research Volunteer

Justin McCowan poses for a portrait outside of his house in Santa Monica, Calif., on Aug. 14th.
Benjamin B. Morris for NPR

Originally published on Tue September 23, 2014 5:53 am

If you're a regular Shots reader or Morning Edition listener, you may remember a recent story about Justin McCowan, a man with Down syndrome who wanted to help researchers find a treatment for Alzheimer's disease. McCowan died in his sleep on September 18 at his home in Santa Monica, Calif. He was 40.

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Mental Health
1:33 am
Tue September 23, 2014

As Run-Ins Rise, Police Take Crash Courses On Handling Mentally Ill

In this image taken from video on Jan. 15, police officers Edward Sarama (from left) and Robert McGuire try to talk to officer Matt Dougherty, who is pretending to be mentally ill, during a training simulation at Montgomery County Emergency Service in Norristown, Pa.
Michael Rubinkam AP

Originally published on Tue September 23, 2014 5:53 am

A number of high-profile police shootings, including that of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo., last month, have led to increased scrutiny of police interactions with civilians.

One group that is disproportionately subject to police uses of force is people with mental illness. Many local departments hold special sessions to train officers about mental illness and how to help the people they interact with.

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Parallels
1:29 am
Tue September 23, 2014

Germany's New Economy Minister Takes Aim At Arms Exports

Germany is the world's third-largest exporter of arms, like this bazooka destined for northern Iraq, being packed up at a German military base on Thursday. The country's economy minister has held up hundreds of weapons exports since he took office in December, angering many in the defense industry.
Carsten Koall Getty Images

Originally published on Tue September 23, 2014 7:33 am

Germany is the world's third-largest arms exporter and Sigmar Gabriel, the country's minister for economic affairs, is determined to move his country farther down that list.

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Shots - Health News
1:28 am
Tue September 23, 2014

Avoid The Rush! Some ERs Are Taking Appointments

Michael Granillo and his wife Sonia await treatment at an emergency room in Northridge, Calif.
Anna Gorman, Kaiser Health News

Originally published on Tue September 23, 2014 4:09 am

Three times in one week, 34-year-old Michael Granillo returned to the emergency room of the Northridge Hospital Medical Center in Southern California, seeking relief from intense back pain. Each time, Granillo waited a little while and then left the ER without ever being seen by a doctor.

"I was in so much pain, I wanted to be taken care of 'now,' " says Granillo. "I didn't want to sit and wait."

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The Two-Way
6:28 pm
Mon September 22, 2014

French Citizen Is Kidnapped In Algeria By Islamist Splinter Group

Originally published on Mon September 22, 2014 6:15 pm

A Frenchman was kidnapped by an armed group in Algeria on Sunday, the French government said.

NPR's Eleanor Beardsley reports the man was captured just hours after the Islamic State called on its followers to launch attacks against French citizens.

Eleanor filed this report for our Newscast Unit:

"A video released by a little known Islamist splinter group called the Caliphate Soldiers, shows the Frenchman sitting between two armed men with covered faces. He gives his name and age. He says he's a mountain guide who was taken hostage on Sunday.

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Mountain Stage
5:11 pm
Mon September 22, 2014

Billy Joe Shaver On Mountain Stage

Billy Joe Shaver.
Brian Blauser Mountain Stage

There's little to say about Billy Joe Shaver that hasn't already been said. But it might be worth noting this, from Mountain Stage host Larry Groce: "Billy Joe Shaver has actually lived the life that many in modern country music only sing about."

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Parallels
4:59 pm
Mon September 22, 2014

India's Orbiter To Join NASA's Maven Around Mars – On A Shoestring

Scientists and engineers at the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) monitor the Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM) in Bangalore, India on Sept. 15. MOM is expected to enter into Mars orbit on Wednesday.
Jagadeesh NV Landov

Originally published on Tue September 23, 2014 12:05 am

Anticipation is building in India over its rendezvous with Mars.

NASA erupted into cheers after confirmation Sunday night that its space probe MAVEN injected into the Martian orbit. NASA's success came two days ahead of a critical engine burn designed to place an Indian spacecraft around the Red Planet, in a project dubbed MOM, Mars Orbiter Mission.

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NPR Story
4:55 pm
Mon September 22, 2014

Oregon Cities Consider Taxes On Recreational Marijuana

A number of Oregon cities are considering imposing their own local taxes on legal marijuana sales.

Some Oregon cities are setting themselves up for a possible legal battle if Oregon voters approve a marijuana legalization initiative this fall.

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