11:02am

Wed April 17, 2013
The Two-Way

U.S. Calls On Venezuela 'To Respect ... Free Speech' Of Its Citizens

Originally published on Thu April 18, 2013 5:29 pm

A woman walks past a message painted on a wall in the streets of Caracas reading "Fraud. Maduro Illegitimate."
Raul Arboleda AFP/Getty Images

The United States called on the Venezuelan government to be transparent in its effort to "audit the ballots" of the presidential election held this weekend.

If you missed it, the news that Hugo Chavez's hand-picked successor Nicolás Maduro had won by a razor-thin margin unleashed protests in the streets of Caracas.

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10:21am

Wed April 17, 2013
Health, Science, Environment

Breathmobile rolls relief into Bay Area schools

The breathmobile
Sam Harnett

Industrial pollution in West Oakland and all throughout Alameda County can cause major problems for kids who live there. Aimed at addressing this issue, a mobile asthma clinic called the Breathmobile travels around to schools in the area.

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10:15am

Wed April 17, 2013
Health, Science, Environment

Federal investigators slam Chevron for refinery fire

Last summer, the people of Richmond were in shock from the explosion and following fire that broke out at the Chevron oil refinery in their city. Black plumes of smoke hovered over the Bay, and people filled local emergency rooms with respiratory complaints. Chevron blamed the explosion on a ruptured pipeline.

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10:13am

Wed April 17, 2013
The Two-Way

Updated: Glitch Delays Antares Rocket Launch

Originally published on Wed April 17, 2013 6:06 pm

Antares ready for liftoff.
NASA Wallops Flight Facility NASA

Update at 6:21 p.m. ET. Launch Delayed:

Space.com reports that the Antares rocket launch has been delayed for two days, "after an unexpected glitch."

Space.com reports:

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10:10am

Wed April 17, 2013
The Two-Way

Why Use A Pressure Cooker To Build A Bomb?

Originally published on Wed April 17, 2013 11:19 am

This photo, produced by the Joint Terrorism Task Force of Boston, shows the remains of an explosive device at the Boston Marathon bomb scene.
Reuters/Landov

They are cheap, easy to build and inconspicuous. And as the explosions this week at the Boston Marathon show, pressure cooker bombs can be devastatingly effective weapons.

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9:56am

Wed April 17, 2013
U.S.

What Boston Means To America

Originally published on Wed April 17, 2013 11:20 am

Faneuil Hall, in downtown Boston, was built in the 1740s.
Elise Amendola AP

As a city, Boston is at the crux of this country's past, present and future.

This was brought home on April 15 — Tax Day, Patriots Day, Marathon Day — when two deadly bombs exploded on historic Boylston Street near the finish line of the 117th running of the Boston Marathon.

The tragic blasts occurred so close to the Boston Public Library that the building — home to the personal book collection of Founding Father John Adams — is included in the crime scene.

The bombs struck at the very heart of the heart of America.

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9:07am

Wed April 17, 2013
National Security

Guantanamo Bay, One Piece Of Torturous Puzzle?

Originally published on Wed April 17, 2013 1:03 pm

Transcript

MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

This is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. I'm Michel Martin. Coming up, leading Republicans have been making news lately talking about outreach to African-Americans, Latinos, and LGBT voters, but what about women? They've also been trending Democrat for decades. We're going to speak with a diverse group of women writers and commentators about this. That's later in the program.

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8:55am

Wed April 17, 2013
The Two-Way

Second Suspicious Letter Found; Was Sent To Obama

Originally published on Wed April 17, 2013 6:04 pm

A Hazardous Materials Response Team (HAZMAT) truck outside the Russell Senate Office Building in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday.
Jim Lo Scalzo EPA/Landov

Update at 8:44 p.m. ET. Authorities Make An Arrest:

Authorities have made an arrest in connection to the suspicious envelopes sent to a senator and President Obama.

The FBI identified the suspect as Paul Kevin Curtis.

The The Clarion Ledger reports:

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8:55am

Wed April 17, 2013
Krulwich Wonders...

A 'Whom Do You Hang With?' Map Of America

Originally published on Fri April 26, 2013 10:31 am

MIT Senseable City - "The Connected States of America"
MIT Senseable City Lab

Look at the center of this map, at the little red dot that marks Kansas City. Technically, Kansas City is at the edge of Missouri, but here on this map it's in the upper middle section of a bigger space with strong blue borders. We don't have a name for this bigger space yet, but soon we will.

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8:52am

Wed April 17, 2013
Music Reviews

Brad Paisley's 'Wheelhouse' Of Good Songs — And Intentions

Originally published on Wed April 17, 2013 11:15 am

Brad Paisley's new album is titled Wheelhouse.
Courtesy of the artist

Brad Paisley's Wheelhouse is yet another very good album from a singer, songwriter and guitarist who's made a bunch of them in a row. It features a slew of shrewd songs about finding pleasure and comfort in a frequently unpleasant, uncomfortable world. The music includes a bone-cracking song about domestic violence written from a woman's point of view, one that praises Christian values from the perspective of a jealous skeptic, and one that samples the great Roger Miller as deftly as any hip-hop production.

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