The Two-Way
11:03 am
Wed February 26, 2014

Killers Sentenced In Hacking Death Of British Soldier

The victim: Fusilier Lee Rigby.
U.K. Ministry of Defense

One of the two men who hacked to death a British soldier on a London street in May 2013 was sentenced Wednesday to spend the rest of his life in prison. The other was given a minimum term of 45 years.

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Book Reviews
10:50 am
Wed February 26, 2014

These Stories Consider Solitude, With Echoes Of Emily Dickinson

Courtesy of Knopf

Originally published on Wed February 26, 2014 11:20 am

Lorrie Moore isn't quite a household name. This was news to me, because I thought that, given that she's the kind of writer who's published in The New Yorker and profiled in The New York Times, most culture vultures would know who she is. But, over the past couple of weeks when I mentioned her new book, Bark, in conversations, both in the halls of academe and over meals with friends, I mostly got blank stares. (One smarty confused her with that other great literary "Lorrie" — the late Laurie Colwin — whose short stories and novels are also essential reading.)

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Middle East
10:50 am
Wed February 26, 2014

In Benghazi, U.S. Intelligence Wasn't Focused On 'Homegrown Militants'

A vehicle inside the U.S. Consulate compound in Benghazi is engulfed in flames after an attack on Sept. 11, 2012. "There is no evidence whatsoever that al-Qaida or any group linked to al-Qaida played a role in organizing or leading the attack," says New York Times correspondent David Kirkpatrick.
STR AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Wed February 26, 2014 2:14 pm

On Sept. 11, 2012, an attack on the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya, killed U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans. Who led this attack and why have been the subject of much controversy in Washington. Republicans have charged that the Obama administration and Hillary Clinton's State Department were at fault for not stopping what the Republicans claim was a carefully planned attack by international terrorists, including al-Qaida.

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Parallels
10:32 am
Wed February 26, 2014

Crimea: 3 Things To Know About Ukraine's Latest Hot Spot

Crimea. It's no longer a day at the beach.
Oleg Nikishin Getty Images

Originally published on Thu February 27, 2014 5:47 am

The unrest in Ukraine has now shifted eastward to Crimea. The region is an autonomous part of Ukraine, but with strong emotional ties to Russia and a majority of people who identify themselves as Russian.

Here is why Crimea is important to both Russia and Ukraine.

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Jefferson Exchange | February 26, 2014 | 8:00
10:10 am
Wed February 26, 2014

Shasta County's Chaparral Incident: Burning Down The House

Credit New York Daily News

Sgt. John Greene explains the handling of the discovery of a mobile home filled with explosive chemicals.

News organizations far and wide took notice when the Shasta County Sheriff's Office recently burned down a mobile home filled with explosives. 

And the fire came after deputies evacuated nearby residents.  It's not an everyday occurrence, to be sure. 

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Jefferson Exchange | February 26, 2014 | 8:30
10:10 am
Wed February 26, 2014

VENTSday: Internet Voting + Timing Campaign Contributions

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Listeners vent on Internet voting and campaign contribution limits.

Should making it easy to vote include voting via the Internet? 

And while we're on the subject of voting, should there be new limits on WHEN political figures can take donations?  Those are this week's VENTSday topics.

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Jefferson Exchange | February 26, 2014 | 9:00
10:10 am
Wed February 26, 2014

The Passion Of Pussy Riot

Credit Riverhead Books

Masha Gessen gives us the backstory on the creation of Pussy Riot.

The limits of free speech in Vladimir Putin's Russia get a frequent test from members of the group Pussy Riot.

Putin allowed the young women to be freed from prison, just in time for the Winter Olympics to start in the Russian city of Sochi.  And that's exactly where they went, to demonstrate against the regime.

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Parallels
10:10 am
Wed February 26, 2014

Searching For The Remains Of Egypt's Revolution

Clashes break out between rival Egyptian groups near Cairo's Tahrir square, on Jan. 25, 2014. The day marked the third anniversary of the uprising that toppled former ruler Hosni Mubarak, but the military is back in control in Egypt.
Khaled Kamel AFP/Getty Images

Just three years after protesters and the Egyptian military drove Hosni Mubarak from power, the revolution hasn't delivered what many Egyptians expected, and hopes are fading that it ever will.

Military commander Abdel Fattah al-Sisi is widely expected to announce his candidacy for president any day now. The charismatic strongman would be the frontrunner and his candidacy would be a landmark in the ongoing military crackdown now restricting many of the freedoms Egyptians hoped for when toppling Mubarak.

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Africa
9:59 am
Wed February 26, 2014

Ugandan Gay Activist: President Will Have No Problem Putting Me In Jail

Originally published on Thu February 27, 2014 5:56 am

Transcript

MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

I'm Michel Martin and this is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. This week, we've been taking a look at proposed new laws, both here and overseas, that affect LGBT people. Yesterday, we talked about a bill under consideration in Arizona that would allow business owners with religious objections to refuse to serve LGBT people.

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All Tech Considered
9:50 am
Wed February 26, 2014

If You've Ignored Bitcoin Up Until Now, This One's For You

No, these aren't real bitcoins (just Bitcoin buttons). Fans of the virtual currency see several real benefits, including the elimination of fees for transferring money.
Frank Jordans AP

Originally published on Wed March 5, 2014 1:05 pm

One of Bitcoin's largest trading exchanges shut down Tuesday, and you probably couldn't care less.

So what if rumors are circulating that millions of dollars' worth of Bitcoin are stolen? If you don't understand Bitcoin in the first place, it's hard to figure out why this matters. So we're using this as an opportunity to go back to the basics: what this b-word means, where it came from and why it just might matter.

The Birth Of Bitcoin

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