3:24pm

Fri March 29, 2013
Africa

Western Money, African Boots: A Formula For Africa's Conflicts

Originally published on Fri March 29, 2013 6:55 pm

Ugandan soldiers serving with the African Union Mission in Somalia prepare to advance on the central Somali town of Buur-Hakba.
Stuart Price AFP/Getty Images

For the past six years in Somalia, Western countries have been putting up the cash and African nations have been supplying the soldiers, a formula that has pushed back al-Qaida-linked militants and allowed Somalia to elect it's first democratic government in 20 years.

"We can fix our problems in Africa," says Brig. Michael Ondoga, a contingent commander with the African Union Mission in Somalia or AMISOM. "All we need is your support."

It's not at all hard to see why this plan is so agreeable to the American government.

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2:24pm

Fri March 29, 2013
The Two-Way

New Federal Scrutiny In Wake Of NPR Grain Bin Reports

Will Piper and Annette Pacas visit the grave of Annette's son, Alex, at Oak Hill Cemetery in Mount Carroll, Ill. Piper says he hopes to raise money to replace the makeshift, plastic marker with a permanent gravestone.
John W. Poole NPR

Congress, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration and the Justice Department are beginning to respond to the NPR-Center for Public Integrity Series on hundreds of persistent and preventable deaths in grain storage bins and weak enforcement by federal agencies.

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2:15pm

Fri March 29, 2013
The Two-Way

U.S. Navy Funding Development Of Giant Jellyfish Robot

Originally published on Fri March 29, 2013 3:09 pm

We've already seen drones shaped like various animals, including humming birds and dogs. Next is one made to look (and swim) like a jellyfish.

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1:46pm

Fri March 29, 2013
The Two-Way

Illinois Man Charged With Stealing 42,000 Pounds Of Muenster Cheese

Originally published on Fri March 29, 2013 10:38 pm

Seems cheese crime is booming: Today we get news that an Illinois man is being charged with trying to steal 42,000 pounds of Muenster cheese from a Wisconsin creamery. Last year we had news of the "mozzarella mafia," which was smuggling American cheese into Canada and selling it for a third of the price.

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1:34pm

Fri March 29, 2013
The Two-Way

Christians Trace The Steps Of Jesus As They Mark Good Friday

A worshipper prays during Good Friday Mass in Islamabad, Pakistan.
Muhammed Muheisen AP

It's Good Friday, one of the holiest days of the Christian year, when tradition holds that Jesus was crucified and died.

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1:05pm

Fri March 29, 2013
Movie Reviews

Hunting For Secrets In 'The Shining's' Room 237

Rodney Ascher, director of the experimental documentary Room 237, leads an exploration of differing interpretations of Stanley Kubrick's classic horror film The Shining.
IFC Midnight

Awhile back, I went to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art to see its show on filmmaker Stanley Kubrick. It was jammed with visitors poring over his letters, eyeing the dresses worn by the spooky twins in The Shining, and posing for photos in front of the sexy-futuristic decor of the Korova Milk Bar from A Clockwork Orange.

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12:38pm

Fri March 29, 2013
The Two-Way

New Gas Rules Aim To Clean Up Car Emissions

Originally published on Fri March 29, 2013 1:23 pm

The new rules' would reduce harmful emissions, the EPA says.
David Paul Morris Getty Images
  • NPR's Richard Harris reports

Calling them "sensible standards for cars and gasoline that will significantly reduce harmful pollution, prevent thousands of premature deaths and illnesses [and lead to] efficiency improvements in the cars and trucks we drive," the Environmental Protection Agency on Friday proposed national rules to reduce the amount of sulfur in gasoline.

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12:00pm

Fri March 29, 2013
Apollo's Fire

Apollo's Fire: Bach's St. John's Passion

Apollo's Fire

Airs Friday, March 29 at 12 noon. Apollo's Fire- The Cleveland Baroque Orchestra under founding music director Jeannette Sorrell present Bach's St. John's Passion, with Ian Honeyman as the Evangelist; Jeffrey Strauss as Jesus; Michael McMurray as Pilate; Jolle Greenleaf & Arine Grimm sopranos; Kirsten Sollek mezzo-soprano; Richard Edgar-Wilson & Marc Molomot tenors; Tom Meglioranza baritone and Apollo's Singers & Apollo's Fire Baroque Orchestra. With the St. John Passion, Apollo's Fire has moved audiences in Cleveland, on tour, and across the country by radio. Sorrell and her stellar company of dramatic soloists perform the work as a sweeping saga, "revelatory ... with impassioned singing and playing bringing Bach's score to life with contemporary immediacy" (Opera News).

11:43am

Fri March 29, 2013
It's All Politics

Boehner Blasts Veteran GOP Lawmaker For 'Wetbacks' Comment

House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, left, performs a mock swearing in for Rep. Don Young, R-Alaska, on Jan. 3, as the 113th Congress began. On Friday, Boehner condemned Young, the second most senior Republican in the House, for using the term "wetbacks," which Boehner called "offensive and beneath the dignity of the office he holds."
Charles Dharapak AP

House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, on Friday condemned the use of the term "wetbacks" by Rep. Don Young, R-Alaska, one of the party's most senior members of Congress.

Young's statement, his quick apology, and Boehner's statement that the remark was "beneath the dignity of the office he holds," come at a particularly sensitive time for the Republican Party in its relationship with Hispanic voters.

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11:30am

Fri March 29, 2013
Middle East

Refugees Creating 'Instant Cities' Across Syrian Borders

Originally published on Fri March 29, 2013 11:39 am

Transcript

CELESTE HEADLEE, HOST:

This is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. I'm Celeste Headlee. Michel Martin is away. Coming up, Passover is in full swing and Easter is just days away. And Pati Jinich joins us. She'll tell you how to put a Mexican touch on your holiday feast. But first we turn to Syria. Reports out of the Middle East say rebels have captured a key strategic town near the Jordanian border, but while the fighting continues into its third year, more and more Syrians are trying to flee the country.

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