2:00am

Thu February 21, 2013
Latin America

Mexico's 'Crisis Of Disappearance': Families Seek Answers

Originally published on Thu February 21, 2013 7:47 pm

A woman holds a sign that reads, "We demand justice after two years," during a Jan. 11 protest outside the government palace in Monterrey denouncing the disappearance of family members in the state of Nuevo Leon.
Reuters/Landov

Maximina Hernandez says she begged her 23-year old son, Dionicio, to give up his job as a police officer in a suburb of Monterrey. Rival drug cartels have been battling in the northern Mexican city for years.

But he told her being a police officer was in his blood, a family tradition. He was detailed to guard the town's mayor.

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1:59am

Thu February 21, 2013
Tina Brown's Must-Reads

Tina Brown's Must Reads: The Post-Sept. 11 World

Originally published on Thu February 21, 2013 9:27 am

Gen. Stanley McChrystal during a retirement ceremony in 2010. His comments in a Rolling Stone interview helped lead to his resignation.
Brendan Smialowski Getty Images

Tina Brown, editor of the Daily Beast and Newsweek, joins NPR's Steve Inskeep again for an occasional feature Morning Edition likes to call Word of Mouth. She tells us what she's been reading and gives us recommendations.

This month, Brown sent three recommendations that all deal with the post-Sept. 11 world — stories of Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan, and the military and political issues that shape the Middle East and the world at large.

A General Talks Back

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11:05pm

Wed February 20, 2013
Hollywood Jobs

For Film Set Decorators, Tiny Details Count

Originally published on Thu February 21, 2013 2:07 pm

The third floor of the Warner Brothers Prop House holds a host of antiques available for rent by set decorators working on television and films. Each of the building's four floors is as big as a football field.
David Gilkey NPR

Picture Rick's smoky cafe in Casablanca, Lincoln's office at the White House of the 1860s, or the Mos Eisley cantina on the desert planet of Tatooine: A production designer came up with the overall look of those movie sets. But the booze on Rick's bar or the pens on Lincoln's desk — it took a set decorator and a crew to make them look authentic and believable.

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9:00pm

Wed February 20, 2013
Black History Month

Live Time on The Quilts Of Gee's Bend

Mary Lee Bendolph, one of the quilters

Airs Wednesday, February 20 at 9 p.m.  Jason Moran, the new Artistic Advisor for Jazz, ushers in his era at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, DC, with his suite “Live:Time On the Quilts of Gee’s Bend,” offered by JazzSet for Black History Month.  “Live:Time” was commissioned by the Philadelphia Museum of Art for an exhibition of quilts made by a remarkable group of African-American women in a small rural community in Alabama.

The quilting tradition in Gee’s Bend dates back to pre-Civil War days, when slaves in the remote Alabama town began sewing strips of cloth together with whatever fabric they could find including burlap sacks and old work clothes, to make bedcovers to keep their families warm. It’s a unique style with bold geometric designs and colors, handed down from one generation to the next, from the hard years of tenant farming after the Civil War to the Civil Rights era. In the 1960s the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., made a memorable visit in support of the isolated community, which sits on a peninsula in a deep bend of the Alabama River. It was that very isolation that made the quilt designs unique.

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5:23pm

Wed February 20, 2013
Shots - Health News

Print Me An Ear: 3-D Printing Tackles Human Cartilage

Originally published on Fri February 22, 2013 6:34 am

Larry Bonassar shows off an ear that he and his colleagues at Cornell University built out of living cartilage cells with the help of a 3-D printer.
Lindsay France Cornell University Photography

An ear, unsurprisingly, is difficult to make from scratch. Ear cartilage is uniquely flexible and strong and has been impossible for scientists to reproduce with synthetic prostheses.

If a child is born without one, doctors typically carve a replacement ear out of rib cartilage, but it lacks the wonderfully firm yet springy qualities of the original ear. And it often doesn't look so good.

So why not print one?

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5:16pm

Wed February 20, 2013
Shots - Health News

In Reversal, Florida Gov. Scott Agrees To Medicaid Expansion

Originally published on Fri February 22, 2013 6:25 am

Florida Gov. Rick Scott, long a foe of the administration's health overhaul, reversed course and agree to accept federal funds to expand Medicaid in the state.
J Pat Carter AP

Perhaps Florida Gov. Rick Scott's motto should be "never say never."

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4:46pm

Wed February 20, 2013
The Two-Way

Cool Photo: A Black Spot, The Size Of Six Earths, Appears On The Sun

Originally published on Wed February 20, 2013 8:42 pm

The bottom two black spots on the sun, known as sunspots, appeared quickly over the course of Feb. 19-20, 2013.
NASA/SDO/AIA/HMI/Goddard Space Flight Center

Over the course of two days in February, scientists watched something amazing happening on the surface of our sun: A giant black spot grew to over six Earths in diameter.

NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center released a picture of the sun, which shows the spots in deep black.

NASA explains that it's hard to know the full extent of the spots, because it's on a sphere "not a flat disk." NASA adds:

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4:33pm

Wed February 20, 2013
Middle East

A West Bank Story, Told Through Palestinian Eyes

Originally published on Sun February 24, 2013 7:49 am

Emad Burnat, a Palestinian who co-directed the Oscar-nominated documentary 5 Broken Cameras, displays the cameras destroyed by Israeli settlers and security forces. The film focuses on a Palestinian village protesting Israel's separation barrier in the West Bank.
Kino Lorbor Inc. AP

The Academy Award-nominated documentary 5 Broken Cameras tells the story of Bil'in, a modest Palestinian village perilously close to an Israeli settlement in the West Bank.

After the Israeli government began putting up its West Bank separation barrier, Bil'in resident Emad Burnat picked up a video camera, and in 2005 began a multiyear documentary project.

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4:15pm

Wed February 20, 2013
The Salt

Smaller But Better? Organic Tomatoes May Pack More Nutritional Punch

Originally published on Thu February 21, 2013 1:05 pm

A new study published in the journal PLOS ONE finds that tomatoes grown on organic farms were about 40 percent smaller than conventionally grown tomatoes. The upside? They pack more of a nutritional punch. The researchers found the organic tomatoes had significantly higher levels of vitamin C, sugar and lycopene.

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4:12pm

Wed February 20, 2013
Media

New York Times Plans To Sell 'Boston Globe'

Originally published on Wed February 20, 2013 5:11 pm

Transcript

MELISSA BLOCK, HOST:

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

The Grey Lady is shedding more of its assets. This afternoon, The New York Times Company announced that it intends to sell The Boston Globe and other properties it owns in New England.

For more on this, NPR's media correspondent David Folkenflik joins me from our bureau in New York. And, David, what can you tell us? Why this sale, and why now?

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