World
4:51 pm
Fri February 22, 2013

After Long Isolation, Myanmar Now Has Suitors

Engineers from China and Myanmar work to bury an oil pipeline outside the Myanmar city of Mandalay. Chinese media reports say the 700-mile-long oil and gas pipelines will be completed in May.
Anthony Kuhn NPR

Originally published on Fri February 22, 2013 5:47 pm

For decades, Myanmar was isolated diplomatically, an economic backwater that seemed almost frozen in time amid a Southeast Asian region that was modernizing at a rapid pace.

But the political reforms under way in Myanmar, also known as Burma, are redefining its place in the world. President Obama's visit in November was a sign of the dramatic turnaround in relations with the United States.

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U.S.
4:46 pm
Fri February 22, 2013

As Police Drones Take Off, Washington State Pushes Back

Originally published on Fri February 22, 2013 6:28 pm

Last year, Seattle became one of the nation's first cities to buy unmanned drones for use by the police department. Public reaction was less "Gee-whiz" than "What the heck?"

The phrase "unmanned drones" typically conjures images of places like Afghanistan. But the Federal Aviation Administration says it wants to start testing the civilian use of aerial drones here in the U.S. and has already issued special permits to a few police departments interested in trying them out.

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It's All Politics
4:18 pm
Fri February 22, 2013

Sequester In South Carolina: A Tale Of Fighter Jets And Preschools

Four F-16s from the 77th Fighter Squadron of Shaw Air Force Base fly over Darlington Raceway before a NASCAR race in Darlington, S.C., in May 2012.
Geoff Burke Getty Images for NASCAR

Originally published on Fri February 22, 2013 5:47 pm

In Sumter, S.C., home of Shaw Air Force Base and the 20th Fighter Wing, cars sport bumper stickers that say, "Jet noise is the sound of freedom."

Throughout the day, F-16s on training runs blast from a runway on base, disappearing into the foggy sky. But if automatic, across-the-board federal spending cuts slated for March 1 go into effect, there will be a lot less of that sound.

"To cut to that level, we just could not pay for the amount of flying hours that we currently have," says Capt. Ann Blodzinski, the base's chief of public affairs.

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Heavy Rotation
4:13 pm
Fri February 22, 2013

Heavy Rotation: 5 Songs Public Radio Can't Stop Playing

Brooklyn songwriter Katie Mullins has a fan in WNYC's John Schaefer.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed December 4, 2013 7:36 pm

Every so often, we ask a panel of public radio's music experts to share their favorite new songs.

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Movies
3:47 pm
Fri February 22, 2013

'Mondays At Racine' Highlights Women's Emotional Lives During Cancer

Originally published on Fri February 22, 2013 5:47 pm

Audie Cornish talks with Cynthia Wade. She is the director of Mondays At Racine, a documentary about how some women deal with the physical and emotional scars from cancer. The short film has been nominated for an Oscar.

Movies
3:47 pm
Fri February 22, 2013

Directors of 'Argo,' 'Zero Dark Thirty' Take Different Approaches Turning History Into Film

Originally published on Fri February 22, 2013 5:47 pm

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MELISSA BLOCK, BYLINE: This is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED from NPR News. I'm Melissa Block. The Academy Awards are coming up on Sunday and over the past year we've featured many of the nominated films on NPR. So as the Oscars approach, we're listening to excerpts from our archives. Today, two directors with films about recent history. First, "Zero Dark Thirty."

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Book Reviews
3:47 pm
Fri February 22, 2013

Book Review: 'The Secrets Of Happy Families'

Originally published on Mon February 25, 2013 10:44 am

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MELISSA BLOCK, HOST:

Tolstoy put it this way: All happy families are alike. Each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way. So if Tolstoy was right, what do happy families have in common? That's what Bruce Feiler attempts to find out in his new book "The Secrets of Happy Families." Laura Kaiser has a review.

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NPR Story
3:26 pm
Fri February 22, 2013

This Year's Flu Vaccine Falters In Protecting Elderly

Originally published on Fri February 22, 2013 5:47 pm

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MELISSA BLOCK, HOST:

This year's flu vaccine looks like it's not doing much to protect older people. New numbers in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention indicate that the vaccine has only been effective about a quarter of the time for people 65 and older. NPR's Rob Stein joins me to explain what that means. And Rob, tell us more about these numbers coming from the CDC.

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NPR Story
3:26 pm
Fri February 22, 2013

Damascus Dragged Into Syrian War With Latest Wave Of Bombings

Originally published on Fri February 22, 2013 5:47 pm

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This is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED from NPR News. I'm Melissa Block.

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NPR Story
3:26 pm
Fri February 22, 2013

Obama's Meeting With New Japanese Leader Focuses On China

Originally published on Fri February 22, 2013 5:47 pm

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MELISSA BLOCK, HOST:

This is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED from NPR News. I'm Melissa Block. The Japanese flag flew over Blair House in Washington today. That's where foreign leaders stay when they visit the White House. Japan's new prime minister is here for his first meeting with President Obama, and they've been discussing economic and security issues as NPR's Ari Shapiro reports.

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