1:44pm

Wed April 23, 2014
Music Reviews

For Jessica Lea Mayfield, Sometimes Sanity Is The Better Option

Jessica Lea Mayfield.
LeAnn Mueller Courtesy of the artist.

1:44pm

Wed April 23, 2014
NPR Story

Seth Meyers' 'Late Night' Challenge: What To Do With His Hands

Originally published on Wed April 23, 2014 3:32 pm

Seth Meyers hosts the premiere of his talk show, Late Night with Seth Meyers, in February. "The trickiest part of this job the first week was just figuring out what to do with my hands," says Meyers, who was used to holding a microphone during standup. Remembering that he had pockets was key.
Peter Kramer AP

Seth Meyers already had his dream job. As the host of Saturday Night Live's Weekend Update, "I sort of had already accomplished the job I never thought I would accomplish," he tells Fresh Air's Terry Gross. He joined the cast in 2001 and was there for 12 years.

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1:35pm

Wed April 23, 2014
The Two-Way

In Lawsuit, American Muslims Claim FBI Used No-Fly List To Bully Them

Originally published on Wed April 23, 2014 2:29 pm

Four American Muslims are suing the FBI alleging that the law enforcement agency bullied them using the no-fly list.

According to a lawsuit filed in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York, the men claim they were put on the list after refusing to become agents for the FBI.

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1:17pm

Wed April 23, 2014
The Two-Way

Judge OKs WikiLeaker Manning's Name Change To 'Chelsea'

The soldier formerly known as Bradley Manning was dressed as a woman in this 2010 photograph.
U.S. Army handout Reuters/Landov

The ex-Army intelligence analyst responsible for the biggest leak of classified material in U.S. history is now officially known as Chelsea Elizabeth Manning.

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12:34pm

Wed April 23, 2014
Parallels

China And Beyond: NPR's Frank Langfitt Answers Redditors' Questions

Originally published on Wed April 23, 2014 4:49 pm

Frank Langfitt is NPR's international correspondent based in Shanghai.
Wright Bryan NPR

From his home base in Shanghai, Frank Langfitt keeps track of a wide swath of North and East Asia. He's recently back from Myanmar, where he went for (mostly) fun.

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12:14pm

Wed April 23, 2014
The Two-Way

After Bitter Split, Palestinian Factions Pledge To Reconcile

Originally published on Wed April 23, 2014 4:16 pm

Palestinians march Wednesday in Gaza City in support of an attempt to reconcile the two main factions. Those factions, Hamas and the Palestine Liberation Organization, have been bitterly divided since 2007. They hope to form a unity government within five weeks.
Said Khatib AFP/Getty Images

Seven years after a violent split, the two main Palestinian factions said Wednesday that they are attempting to reconcile and form a national unity government within five weeks.

The Palestine Liberation Organization and Hamas have tried several times to resolve their feud, but those efforts quickly unraveled.

So will this attempt fare any better?

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11:53am

Wed April 23, 2014
All Tech Considered

Weekly Innovation: An Inflatable Car Seat That Comes In A Backpack

Originally published on Wed April 23, 2014 4:32 pm

Volvo's inflatable car seat is a concept and not a marketable product right now.
Courtesy of Volvo

Forget wearables, let's talk about inflatables.

Volvo's new child safety seat concept is a fully inflatable device designed to make what's normally a clunky and heavy seat both lighter and more portable.

So compact is this prototype that it goes from a stylish-looking backpack into a rear-facing car seat in less than a minute. You can pump it in the car — the seat comes with its own pump — and it's Bluetooth-connected so you could pump it remotely.

When inflated, the seat weighs just under 11 pounds.

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11:33am

Wed April 23, 2014
Krulwich Wonders...

Music That Burns, Literally

Originally published on Wed April 23, 2014 3:28 pm

Veritasium/YouTube

11:30am

Wed April 23, 2014
It's All Politics

A Path Out Of Prison For Low-Level, Nonviolent Drug Offenders

Originally published on Wed April 23, 2014 2:44 pm

The new guidelines are part of the Obama administration's effort to address long mandatory minimum sentences. Antwain Black (left) was released early after sentencing laws were first eased in 2010.
Seth Perlman AP

Thousands of nonviolent drug offenders serving time in federal prison could be eligible to apply for early release under new clemency guidelines announced Wednesday by the Justice Department.

Details of the initiative, which would give President Obama more options under which he could grant clemency to drug offenders serving long prison sentences, were announced by Deputy Attorney General James Cole.

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11:25am

Wed April 23, 2014
The Two-Way

Obama Assures Japan Of U.S. Security Commitment

President Obama and Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe depart Sukiyabashi Jiro sushi restaurant in Tokyo, on Wednesday. Obama met with Abe on the first stop of a four-nation visit to Asia.
Carolyn Kaster AP

President Obama, at the start of a four-stop trip to Asia, sought to reassure Japan that the U.S. is on its side in a dispute with China over the tiny Senkaku islands chain, which has led to bluster and naval jockeying between the two countries in recent years.

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