Tue December 23, 2014
Arts & Life

Serial Host Sarah Koenig Says She Set Out To Report, Not Exonerate

Originally published on Tue December 23, 2014 3:32 pm

The Serial podcast is Sarah Koenig's reinvestigation of the murder of Hae Min Lee, a Maryland high school student who was strangled in 1999. Lee was found in Baltimore's Leakin Park. Her schoolmate and ex-boyfriend Adnan Syed was convicted of the murder and is serving a life sentence.
Courtesy of Serial

Sarah Koenig didn't expect her new podcast, Serial, to get so much press, but she says the attention helped keep her on her toes: "It was just a constant reminder of how careful we needed to be," Koenig tells Fresh Air's Terry Gross.

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Tue December 23, 2014
The Two-Way

'The Interview' To Play In More Than 200 Theaters On Christmas Day

Originally published on Wed December 24, 2014 5:32 am

A poster for The Interview. Some theaters now say they will show the comedy, which Sony Pictures had pulled following threats.
Jim Ruymen UPI /Landov

Updated at 8:20 p.m. ET

More than 200 theaters will now show The Interview on Christmas Day, a spokesperson for Sony Pictures tells NPR.

Sony had pulled the controversial comedy that centers on a plot to assassinate North Korean leader Kim Jong Un after ominous threats were made, allegedly by a group that hacked the studio's emails. The nation's largest theater chains had also said they won't show the movie starring Seth Rogen and James Franco.

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Tue December 23, 2014
The Two-Way

WATCH: Monkey Revives Dying Friend At Indian Train Station

Originally published on Tue December 23, 2014 12:50 pm

A screengrab of a monkey reviving his friend in Kanpur, India.

Monkey see. Monkey do.

A monkey in Kanpur, India, fell unconscious alongside train tracks after walking on a power line. A friend jumped in and used resuscitation techniques not unfamiliar to EMTs [not the biting].

A passenger on the platform captured the whole thing. You can watch what happened here:

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Tue December 23, 2014
The Salt

For Australian Christmas, Everything's Overturned But The Pudding

Australian Christmas today is characterized by gastronomic eclecticism. Many of us have abandoned the old British customs β€” except for the rich and alcoholic Christmas pudding.
Edward Shaw iStockphoto

Americans know Australia as the land Down Under, and one consequence of this geographical flip is that Christmas here falls at the height of summer.

Our 100-degree temperatures aren't exactly conducive to cooking with a hot oven β€” although early colonists gave it their best shot.

But it wasn't long before Australians began to rebel, ditching the formal dining room for the pleasures of a picnic spread at the beach or a shady glade. Over the years, many of us have abandoned the old British customs altogether.

Except for Christmas pudding.

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Tue December 23, 2014
The Two-Way

New York's Rep. Michael Grimm Pleads Guilty To Tax Charge

Originally published on Tue December 23, 2014 11:49 am

Rep. Michael Grimm, seen here after voting in the Staten Island borough of New York City, was indicted on 20 criminal counts earlier this year.
Andrew Burton Getty Images

Rep. Michael Grimm, the New York Republican who won re-election despite being indicted on 20 criminal counts related to a restaurant he owns, pleaded guilty to one charge of felony tax evasion Tuesday. He'll be sentenced in June; calls for him to leave Congress began Tuesday morning.

Grimm, a former FBI agent who represents Staten Island and south Brooklyn, had previously pleaded not guilty to charges that included mail fraud and perjury.

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Tue December 23, 2014
The Two-Way

Irish Court Weighs Ending Life Support For Brain-Dead Pregnant Woman

Originally published on Tue December 23, 2014 1:05 pm

Ireland's High Court is hearing a case about a brain-dead woman who has been kept on life support β€” over the objections of her parents and her partner β€” so her fetus may have a chance at survival.

"My daughter is dead; the chances of the fetus surviving are minimal, we have been told," the father of the unnamed 20-something-year-old woman told the court today. "I want her to have dignity and be put to rest."

Her father said he was told she had died on Nov. 29.

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Tue December 23, 2014
The Salt

Farm Fresh? Natural? Eggs Not Always What They're Cracked Up To Be

Originally published on Tue December 23, 2014 12:49 pm

Cage-free eggs for sale in 2008 in Knoxville, Tenn.
Joel Kramer/Flickr

You're in the supermarket gathering ingredients for eggnog and a Christmas Bundt cake, and you're staring at a wall of egg cartons. They're plastered with terms that all sound pretty wonderful: All-Natural, Cage-Free, Free-Range, Farm Fresh, Organic, No Hormones, Omega-3. And so on.

And yet the longer you stare at them, the more confused you become. You are tired and hungry, so you just grab the cheapest one β€” or the one with the most adorable chicken illustration β€” and head for the checkout line.

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Tue December 23, 2014
Shots - Health News

Being Thin Doesn't Spare Asian-Americans From Diabetes Risk


We know that you can be fat while still fit, but how about skinny and unhealthy? This may be the case for many Asian-Americans who look slim, but actually face a higher risk of diabetes than people belonging to other ethnic groups.

As a result, Asian-Americans should consider getting tested for diabetes at a lower body mass index than previously recommended, according to new guidelines published Tuesday by the American Diabetes Association.

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Tue December 23, 2014

Kurds Put Their Independence Dreams On Hold

Originally published on Tue December 23, 2014 3:42 pm

Iraqi Kurdish peshmerga fighters arrive Saturday in Sinjar in northern Iraq, where they have made gains against the Islamic State. The Kurds were talking about independence this summer, but now appear focused on fighting the Islamic State.
Safin Hamed AFP/Getty Images

Soon after Kurdish peshmerga fighters broke a siege by Islamic State extremists around Mount Sinjar in northern Iraq, Kurdish television reporters arrived to broadcast the riotous celebrations.

This was the largest gain by the Kurds against Islamist militants since August, when Islamic State fighters, also known as ISIS, threatened Irbil, the capital of the Kurdistan Regional Government.

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Tue December 23, 2014
Goats and Soda

In The Village: Wilbur Goes Home

Originally published on Tue December 23, 2014 9:48 am

Wilbur Sargunaraj visits a small house with a thatched roof, a medium-sized house and a "gigantic mansion" in his father's village.
Produced by Wilbur Sargunaraj for NPR, John W. Poole and Ben de la Cruz/NPR.

If a guy wearing pajama pants and a necktie and sunglasses rang your doorbell and asked to make a video of your home, you'd probably slam the door so fast you'd shatter his lenses.

That's not what happened when Wilbur Sargunaraj went calling on various homeowners in his father's home village in the Tirunelveli district in southern India.

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