12:26pm

Mon April 29, 2013
Asia

Chasing The Chinese Dream — If You Can Define It

Originally published on Mon April 29, 2013 5:16 pm

A woman in downtown Beijing walks past a building adorned with a patriotic mural by Chinese graffiti artists on April 22.
Stephen Shaver UPI/Landov

Forget about the American dream. Nowadays, the next big thing is the Chinese dream. In Beijing, it's the latest official slogan, mentioned on the front page of the official People's Daily 24 times in a single week recently.

With this level of publicity from the official propaganda machine, the Chinese dream even looks set to be enshrined as the new official ideology.

But what exactly is it?

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12:13pm

Mon April 29, 2013
The Two-Way

Chinese Dreams: Freedom, Democracy And Clean Air

Originally published on Mon April 29, 2013 1:22 pm

Pro-democracy supporters in Hong Kong sing and shout slogans during a January protest. Chinese leaders and the state-run media are now speaking often of the Chinese dream, though there's no real consensus on what it means.
Philippe Lopez AFP/Getty Images

"What is your Chinese dream?"

With Chinese leaders and the state-run media now talking about the notion of the Chinese dream, we posed this question on our NPR Weibo account. In China, Weibo is the equivalent of Twitter. Within several hours, we received more than 100 replies.

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12:00pm

Mon April 29, 2013
My Mix Tape

"I Want To Break Free" by Queen

Allison Swaim explores the state of freedom and imprisonment with this Queen song. 

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11:36am

Mon April 29, 2013
The Two-Way

High On Mount Everest, Climbers Clash With Sherpas

On Mount Everest, a fistfight allegedly broke out near Camp Three, between climbers and Sherpas. This file photo shows the view from Camp Three at 24,000 feet on the mountain's Lhotse Face.
Courtesy of Alan Arnette AP

Three climbers have halted their expedition on Mount Everest, after an argument with the Sherpas who were guiding them devolved into an alleged fistfight on the mountain.

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10:56am

Mon April 29, 2013
The Salt

Pork Producers Root Out Market Niche With Berkshire Pigs

Originally published on Mon April 29, 2013 12:08 pm

Berkshire pigs on Happy Hula Farm, a member of the Eden Farms collective.
Amy Mayer Iowa Public Radio

Raising pork can be a tough business for producers, who've lately been watching feed prices rise along with the cost of corn. That's one reason why a small but growing number of former commodity pork producers are trying their luck with specialty breeds instead. These premium pigs, raised on small farms with methods that appeal to consumers, can also fetch a premium price.

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10:54am

Mon April 29, 2013
The Two-Way

Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo Passes First Rocket Test

Originally published on Mon April 29, 2013 1:02 pm

Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo — designed to carry paying passengers beyond Earth's atmosphere — passed a key test Monday, shooting past the speed of sound under its own rocket power.

The spacecraft developed by Sir Richard Branson's space tourism venture dropped from its mother ship over the Mojave Desert and then, for the first time, fired its engine. It hit Mach 1.2 and reached an altitude of 56,000 feet before gliding to a landing.

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10:27am

Mon April 29, 2013
Arts & Culture

Richard Bean & Sapo

Hey! How about getting an early start on your Cinco de Mayo celebration by going to hear Richard Bean & Sapo? You may know Richard as lead singer of the Seventies band Malo. He and the band Sapo (which means “frog”) will probably play some of the old hits, but more importantly, they’ll play high energy Latin Rock. You'll find them at George’s Night Club in San Rafael on Friday, May 3rd starting around 9pm.

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9:50am

Mon April 29, 2013
The Two-Way

NBA's Jason Collins Is First Active Player To Come Out As Gay

Originally published on Mon April 29, 2013 7:39 pm

Jason Collins (left), then of the Washington Wizards, during a game this month against the Chicago Bulls.
Jim Young Reuters /Landov

"I didn't set out to be the first openly gay athlete playing in a major American team sport," National Basketball Association center Jason Collins writes in a Sports Illustrated essay posted Monday, "but since I am, I'm happy to start the conversation."

With that, the 34-year-old veteran of 12 NBA seasons and six pro teams becomes the first active player in the four major American team sports to come out.

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9:47am

Mon April 29, 2013
Author Interviews

Marc Maron: A Life Fueled By 'Panic And Dread'

Originally published on Mon April 29, 2013 11:15 am

Marc Maron, whose latest book is Attempting Normal, is also the author of The Jerusalem Syndrome: My Life As a Reluctant Messiah.
Leigh Righton Spiegel & Grau

When Marc Maron started his podcast "WTF with Marc Maron" out of his garage in September 2009, he was in a dark place: He was going through a divorce, his comedy career had hit a wall and — in his mid-40s — he didn't have a Plan B.

"I was at a place in my life where I had gotten very cynical," he tells Fresh Air's Terry Gross. "I had lost a lot of hope for my comedy and everything else, and I really feel that I was no longer able to really appreciate other people's stories. I had lost my ability to really kind of listen and enjoy the company of other people."

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9:18am

Mon April 29, 2013
The Two-Way

Justices Let Stand Block On Alabama's Tough Immigration Law

Originally published on Mon April 29, 2013 1:57 pm

People lined up to enter the U.S. Supreme Court building last week.
Mark Wilson Getty Images

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday refused to review a lower court ruling that effectively bars Alabama from enforcing an anti-immigration law that was considered one of the toughest in the nation.

In an 8-to-1 vote, the justices let stand the lower court decision that prevents the state from enforcing the 2011 law. Justice Antonin Scalia was the sole dissenter, and did so without comment.

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