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9:28 am
Fri June 29, 2012

Africa: The Next Chapter

In this episode, TED speakers explore the present and future of Africa.
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"We had to unveil an Africa that wasn't that well known to ... a number of audiences." -- Emeka Okafor

There are many stereotypes about Africa: that it's a place of conflict, of disease, war and famine. Or that it's a single place rather than a continent of 54 distinct countries. We'll engage with thinkers and doers who are constructing new realities for their respective countries — and for the African continent a whole.

TED Radio Hour
8:08 am
Fri June 29, 2012

Can We Build A Better Understanding Of Africa?

"We talk about African governments like they've been dropped from Mars, you know? They come from us." — Ory Okolloh
Andrew Heavens TED

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TED Radio Hour
8:08 am
Fri June 29, 2012

Is Foreign Aid Harming Africa?

"Most of the rich countries are attracted to Africa's poverty rather than its wealth. And in the process they end up subsidizing our failures, rather than rewarding our accomplishments." — Andrew Mwenda
Andrew Heavens TED

Part 3 of TED Radio Hour episode Africa: The Next Chapter. You can watch Andrew Mwenda's full Ted Talk, A New Look At Africa, at TED.com.

About Andrew Mwenda's Talk

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The Long View
11:15 am
Wed May 23, 2012

Carl Kasell: After 30 Years, A Chance To Sleep In

Carl Kasell, a cornerstone for NPR's morning listeners for 30 years, is leaving his newscaster chair.
David Gilkey NPR

Carl Kasell has been delivering the news on Morning Edition since its very first broadcast. After 30 years, he's stepping away from the newscast to focus on other duties at NPR.

Talking with NPR's Renee Montagne, Kasell looked back on a career that has included stints as a local DJ; the announcer of game show Wait, Wait... Don't Tell Me! and as the magician who dared to saw Nina Totenberg in half.

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Krulwich Wonders...
9:52 am
Wed February 8, 2012

'Rasputin Was My Neighbor' And Other True Tales Of Time Travel

Grigory Yefimovich Rasputin (1871 - 1916).
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Deceptive Cadence
7:42 pm
Thu November 24, 2011

Montserrat Figueras, A Striking Voice For Early Music, Dies At 69

With her ethereal voice, Montserrat Figueras sang many styles of ancient music.
Albert Aymami

Originally published on Thu November 24, 2011 5:37 am

Sad news arrived this morning from Barcelona: Monserrat Figueras, a marvelous Catalan soprano with a luminous voice that helped generations of listeners discover hidden early music treasures, passed away yesterday at age 69 after a year-long battle against an unnamed illness.

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Movie Interviews
7:17 pm
Tue September 13, 2011

Ebert: A 'Life' Still Being Lived, And Fully

Ebert, with Chaz Ebert, accepts a career-achievement award at the theater-owners' convention ShoWest in 2009.
Ethan Miller Getty Images

"I was born inside the movie of my life."

Those words open the new memoir Life Itself from the film critic Roger Ebert, who has made movies his life for more than four decades now. He and his sparring partner, the late Gene Siskel, had the most famous thumbs on television. Now, at age 69, Ebert depends on the same thumbs-up that he and Siskel made famous to help him communicate in daily life. Five years ago, after multiple cancer surgeries, he lost the ability to speak.

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Arts & Culture
10:23 pm
Thu July 14, 2011

'Grapes Of Wrath' And The Politics of Book Burning

Rick Wartzman's Obscene In The Extreme examines the banning of The Grapes Of Wrath in Kern County, Calif.

Sept. 29 marks the beginning of the American Library Association's annual "Banned Books Week," a commemoration of all the books that have ever been removed from library shelves and classrooms. Politics, religion, sex, witchcraft — people give a lot of reasons for wanting to ban books, says Judith Krug of the ALA, but most often the bannings are about fear.

"They're not afraid of the book; they're afraid of the ideas," says Krug. "The materials that are challenged and banned say something about the human condition."

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Hidden World Of Girls
7:57 pm
Fri May 27, 2011

Family History: The General, His Sisters And Me

Military officials salute the casket of Gen. Vang Pao in Fresno, Calif.
Lianne Milton for NPR

Originally published on Wed May 23, 2012 9:24 am

As an American teenager, whenever I asked grown-ups about the Vietnam War, few wanted to discuss it. As an adult, it was just as hard to talk about the war. That's why I never told friends and neighbors about my family's history.

You see, the Vietnam War took place in my family's backyard. My family lived in northeastern Laos, in Nong Het, right on the border with Vietnam. When the CIA needed an ally, they found a charismatic, passionate young man not afraid to die.

That man was my great-uncle, the late Gen. Vang Pao.

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Digital Life
9:13 am
Thu March 2, 2006

Using Teamwork to Crack the Enigma Code

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NOAH ADAMS, host:

From NPR News, this DAY TO DAY. A message from World War II encoded by the infamous Nazi Enigma machine has finally been cracked. It's one of three such messages left over from the war that has never been read until now. The code-breaking was pulled off by a vast team of computers working together by way of the Internet. And here to tell us how this was done is Ira Flatow, host of Science Friday, a regular Thursday contributor to DAY TO DAY.

First of all, what, Ira, does the message say?

IRA FLATOW reporting:

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