1:43am

Sat May 4, 2013
The Two-Way

Israel Reportedly Attacked Syrian Target In Airstrike

Originally published on Wed May 8, 2013 8:19 am

Israel has conducted an airstrike against a target in Syria, in an apparent attempt to keep a shipment of missiles from reaching Hezbollah, according to multiple news agencies citing Israeli and U.S. officials.

Israel has not officially confirmed reports that it carried out the attack on a target in Syria, as The Associated Press reports. But the news agency says anonymous Israeli officials have said the attack took place in the early hours of Friday.

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1:03am

Sat May 4, 2013
Author Interviews

Burt Bacharach: 'Never Be Afraid Of Something That You Can Whistle'

Originally published on Wed May 8, 2013 9:25 am

Burt Bacharach has just released a memoir, Anyone Who Had a Heart.
Olaf Heine HarperCollins

Burt Bacharach has written huge hit songs, each recognizable after just a couple of notes: "Alfie," "What the World Needs Now," "That's What Friends Are For" — the list goes on. He's written 73 Top 40 hits, along with musical comedies and other collaborations. He's won Oscars and the Gershwin Prize. His songs are often poised on the edge between poignancy and joy, or sometimes the reverse.

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11:13pm

Fri May 3, 2013
Three-Minute Fiction

Three-Minute Fiction Round 11: Finders Keepers

Originally published on Sat May 18, 2013 5:30 am

Karen Russell's debut novel, Swamplandia! was a Pulitzer Prize finalist in 2012. Her most recent work is a collection of short stories, Vampires in the Lemon Grove.
Michael Lionstar

Round 11 of our Three-Minute Fiction contest begins now!

Here's how it works: We ask you to write an original short story that can be read in about three minutes, so no more than 600 words. Each round, we invite an author to throw out a challenge and help us judge the contest.

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9:00pm

Fri May 3, 2013
Caravan

Caravan

Airs Friday, May 3 at 9 p.m.  This week on the Caravan we feature new music by My Morning Jacket, Joy Kills Sorrow and We Are Augustine and new Blues from Dr. John and Gregg Allman. We'll also have some good ol' fun with Ticklepenny Corner, Joel Rafael and Blues Traveler and in our second hour, Verlon Thompson takes the stage. Then on Be Quiet and Play The Music, ... we take it By Theft and Illusion. That's the Caravan, Friday at 9 on Red River Radio.

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6:44pm

Fri May 3, 2013
The Two-Way

Marist Poll Explores How Old Is Old

Originally published on Fri May 3, 2013 6:52 pm

Lee Miringoff, head of Marist College's Institute for Public Opinion, during his younger days in Sept. 26, 2005.
Jim McKnight AP

Every year around the time of pollster Lee Miringoff's birthday, The Marist Institute tries to pin down what "old" means by conducting a poll.

This year, Miringoff turned 62 years old.

NPR's Ina Jaffe filed this report for our Newscast unit:

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4:49pm

Fri May 3, 2013
The Two-Way

Huge Solar Plane Begins Slow Flight Across The U.S.

Originally published on Sat May 4, 2013 5:43 am

Pilot Bertrand Piccard takes off in the Solar Impulse solar electric airplane at Moffett Field in Mountain View, California, on Friday.
Beck Diefenbach Getty Images

The Solar Impulse, a solar-powered airplane with the 208-foot wing-span, has begun a slow journey across the United States.

We've told you about the Swiss plane before. A year ago, the plane took 20 hours to fly from Switzerland to Spain and then flew to Morocco completing its first transcontinental flight.

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4:18pm

Fri May 3, 2013
Code Switch

Bollywood's Early Roots In A Silent Film

Originally published on Sat May 4, 2013 9:35 am

Dhundiraj Govind Phalke (left), known as the father of Indian cinema, examines a filmstrip.
The Kobal Collection

Film festivals around the world are celebrating the 100th anniversary of Indian films this year.

Bollywood today is well known for its over-the-top song-and-dance numbers. (Case in point: In the 1998 Hindi film Dil Se, a troupe of dancers gyrate in unison to a love song on top of a moving train.)

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4:18pm

Fri May 3, 2013
Shots - Health News

From Battlefield To Boston: Marine Comforts Bombing Survivors

Originally published on Mon May 6, 2013 12:17 pm

Marine Sgt. Maj. Damion Jacobs (left) and Marine Capt. Cam West visit with Boston emergency workers who responded to the bombings at the Boston Marathon.
Oren Dorell for USA Today

4:07pm

Fri May 3, 2013
Author Interviews

Advice For New Dads From A Veteran Father Of Four

Originally published on Fri May 3, 2013 7:28 pm

Little, Brown & Company

Clyde Edgerton is the author of 10 novels, but his latest book is nonfiction — a guide for dads. Papadaddy's Book for New Fathers: Advice to Dads of All Ages opens with a summary of Edgerton's own family situation:

I have a daughter, Catherine, aged 30. I have a 9-year-old son, Nathaniel, a 7-year-old son, Ridley, and a 6-year-old daughter, Truma. I'm 68. The age gap between the younger kids and me is not something I think about much, because I feel physically about like I did when I was 40 — or at least, I think I do. I think I ...

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4:02pm

Fri May 3, 2013
The Salt

Unraveling The Mystery Of A Rice Revolution

Rice farmers in Indonesia plant rice seedlings using the "system of rice intensification."
Courtesy of SRI International Network and Resources Center

It's a captivating story: A global rice-growing revolution that started with a Jesuit priest in Madagascar, far from any recognized center of agricultural innovation. Every so often, it surfaces in the popular media — most recently in The Guardian, which earlier this year described farmers in one corner of India hauling in gigantic rice harvests without resorting to pesticides or genetic modification.

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