8:33am

Wed May 22, 2013
The Two-Way

'I Have Not Done Anything Wrong,' Key IRS Official Says

Originally published on Wed May 22, 2013 9:11 am

Internal Revenue Service Director of Exempt Organizations Lois Lerner as she was sworn in at a hearing held Wednesday by the House Committee On Oversight & Government Reform.
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"I have not done anything wrong. I have not broken any laws. I have not violated any IRS rules or regulations."

That was the word Wednesday morning from Lois Lerner, the Internal Revenue Service official at the center of the political storm over the agency's targeting of some conservative groups that were given extra scrutiny from 2010 into 2012.

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8:14am

Wed May 22, 2013
Music Reviews

Daft Punk: Accessing Electronic Music's Humanity

Originally published on Wed May 22, 2013 10:08 am

Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo and Thomas Bangalter are the two men behind Daft Punk.
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I freely admit that, until the new Random Access Memories, I wasn't much of a Daft Punk fan. I could appreciate the craft and imagination that went into creating the French duo's mixture of electronic genres — techno, house, disco — but the mechanical repetitions and heavily filtered vocals didn't turn me on in any other way.

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7:28am

Wed May 22, 2013
The Salt

How Genomics Solved The Mystery Of Ireland's Great Famine

Originally published on Wed May 22, 2013 7:52 am

This illustration from 1846 shows a starving boy and girl raking the ground for potatoes during the Irish Potato Famine, which began in the 1840s.
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An international group of plant pathologists has solved a historical mystery behind Ireland's Great Famine.

Sure, scientists have known for a while that a funguslike organism called Phytophthora infestans was responsible for the potato blight that plagued Ireland starting in the 1840s. But there are many different strains of the pathogen that cause the disease, and scientists have finally discovered the one that triggered the Great Famine.

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6:45am

Wed May 22, 2013
Dispatches from Kolkata for 5/22

The Pressure Is On

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After the Boston bombings we confront the newest marker of the dangerous other – Beware the pressure cooker.

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6:29am

Wed May 22, 2013
Around the Nation

Drummer Waits For Gas, Uses Time Along Highway To Practice

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LINDA WERTHEIMER, HOST:

Good morning. I'm Linda Wertheimer. A drummer in Baltimore pulled off the interstate yesterday, out of gas. So he pulled his drum kit out of the trunk and sat up on the shoulder and played along with traffic. When a state trooper pulled up, drummer boy explained he was just biding his time until help arrived, practicing his chops. He got away without a ticket and with the gift of gas from the highway department. Rock on. It's MORNING EDITION. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.

6:29am

Wed May 22, 2013
Politics

House, Senate Consider Cuts In Food Stamp Program

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LINDA WERTHEIMER, HOST:

This is MORNING EDITION from NPR News. I'm Linda Wertheimer.

DAVID GREENE, HOST:

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6:29am

Wed May 22, 2013
Politics

Battle Lines Harden In Debate Over Blame For IRS Controversy

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LINDA WERTHEIMER, HOST:

Lawmakers are demanding to know what went wrong and who is to blame at the IRS. Two Senate committees held hearings yesterday on the agency's aggressive handling of applications from conservative groups who were seeking tax-exemption. A top IRS official facing a House committee, today, intends to invoke her Fifth Amendment right not to testify. NPR's Peter Overby reports.

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6:27am

Wed May 22, 2013
U.S.

Oklahoma's Gov. Fallin On Life-Saving, Recovery Efforts

Originally published on Wed May 22, 2013 10:05 am

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LINDA WERTHEIMER, HOST:

This is MORNING EDITION, from NPR News. I'm Linda Wertheimer.

DAVID GREENE, HOST:

And I'm David Greene. We now know the tornado that struck the city of Moore, Okla., on Monday was an EF5, with winds over 200 miles an hour. That designation is the strongest possible rating for a tornado. Federal, state and local teams are on the ground this morning, cleaning up debris and tending to survivors. But there is little - if any - chance of finding any more survivors; that, according to the fire chief in Moore.

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6:25am

Wed May 22, 2013
The Two-Way

Man Killed By FBI In Florida Was Linked To Boston Suspect

Originally published on Wed May 22, 2013 8:50 am

In Orlando, Fla., early Wednesday "an FBI agent was involved in a deadly shooting connected to the Boston Marathon bombing case," NBC News is reporting. A man who was being questioned by the agent is dead. NPR's Dina Temple-Raston and Carrie Johnson have also confirmed the news.

Just how firm the man's alleged connection to the marathon case is, though, remains unclear.

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6:23am

Wed May 22, 2013
Animals

'Morning Edition' Listeners Get Their Feathers In A Bunch

Originally published on Wed May 22, 2013 6:29 am

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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

Good morning, I'm David Greene.

Well, our wings have been clipped by some listeners. Yesterday, we told you about how some scientists in Canada saw their research crops destroyed by geese. We used the term Canadian geese. Listeners like Frank Kohn said we got that wrong.

FRANK KOHN: They're not Canadian geese. They're Canada geese because they don't hold passports, as far as I know, and it's not a nationality. It's a species name.

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