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April 23, 2014 | NPR · On the first leg of his Asian tour, the president stopped by the iconic sushi restaurant. David Gelb, who directed a documentary about the restaurant, says eating there is amazing and nerve-wracking.
 

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April 23, 2014 | NPR · For decades, a mysterious quacking “bio-duck” has been heard roaming the waters of the Southern Ocean. Now scientists say the source is a whale.
 

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April 23, 2014 | NPR · Now that it’s more common to see gay characters on TV, is the medium turning to transgender people for fresh stories? NPR’s Neda Ulaby looks at TV’s crop of transgender and “gender fluid” characters.
 

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April 23, 2014 | NPR · Some New Yorkers are upset about the changing skyline that rims Central Park. They say that as the sun goes behind some of the city’s new tall towers, there’s a chilling effect to their shadows.
 

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April 23, 2014 | NPR · Millions of pilgrims are expected Sunday for the joint canonization of Pope John Paul II and Pope John XXIII. Rome is cleaning up and preparing everything from first aid stands to portable toilets.
 

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April 22, 2014 | NPR · Some states have enacted so-called Amazon taxes, forcing the giant online retailer to collect sales taxes the same way traditional stores do. In those states, Amazon’s sales fell about 10 percent.
 

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April 22, 2014 | NPR · A national debate over universal preschool has raised an important question: What does high-quality pre-K look like? Researchers say the preschool program in Tulsa, Okla., is among the nation’s best.
 

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April 22, 2014 | NPR · By a 6-2 vote, the Supreme Court upheld a voter-approved measure in Michigan that banned the use of race or gender in deciding admissions to the state’s public universities.
 

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April 22, 2014 | NPR · NPR TV critic Eric Deggans says Amy Schumer stands out by using her own sex appeal to challenge double standards about women — and, of course, she’s funny.
 

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April 22, 2014 | NPR · The developer of Moxduo says the drug, which combines morphine and oxycodone, would provide faster pain relief. But reviewers say there’s not enough evidence that the combination drug is safer.
 

 

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April 24, 2014 | NPR · The boy hid in the wheel well of a jet that flew Sunday from San Jose, Calif., to Maui. Though temperatures plunged and oxygen was scant, he survived. The father says Allah “saved him.”
 

April 24, 2014 | NPR · A large piece of metal was found this week along the coast of western Australia. But authorities are convinced it is not debris from Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, which disappeared on March 8.
 

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April 24, 2014 | NPR · Authorities say an Afghan security guard opened fire at a hospital run by a U.S.-based Christian group. Two victims were reportedly a father and son. Another U.S. citizen is said to have been hurt.
 

Arts & Life

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April 24, 2014 | NPR · Also: The shortlist for the 2014 Caine Prize was announced; Richard H. Hoggart, key witness in the obscenity trial of Lady Chatterley’s Lover, has died.
 

April 24, 2014 | NPR · Philip Short’s new biography of French president Francois Mitterrand, A Taste for Intrigue, is a compelling, polished portrait of a slippery, contradictory figure who relished reinventing himself.
 

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April 23, 2014 | NPR · The Mexican-born Kenyan actress has been lauded for her looks, her impeccable fashion sense, and her humility. Now People says she’s the most beautiful woman in the world.
 

Music

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April 24, 2014 | WQXR · Conductor Robert Spano leads the orchestra and chorus in Benjamin Britten’s War Requiem, music written for the 1962 rededication of the cathedral in Coventry, England, destroyed in a 1940 air raid.
 

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April 24, 2014 | NPR · New York-based singer Melaena Cadiz’s rustic folk earworm, “Needles River,” was inspired by the realism in The Grapes Of Wrath and East Of Eden. But the video strikes a more surreal and ghostly tone.
 

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April 24, 2014 | NPR · Albarn says the sound he helped create with Blur in the 1990s was not a celebration of England, but a reaction to America’s encroaching influence.
 

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