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Parallels
8:12 am
Sun July 27, 2014

News Anchor On Losing Side Of China's Anti-Corruption Campaign

China Central Television anchor Rui Chenggang is the latest high-profile person to be arrested in China's massive anti-corruption drive.
Michel Euler AP

Originally published on Sun July 27, 2014 12:16 pm

Chinese often complain that corruption is endemic in every sector of their society. So it may come as no surprise that a government anti-corruption drive has swept up 25,000 officials in the first half of this year.

The drive's victims include everyone from lowly local functionaries to, this month, a young celebrity news anchor named Rui Chenggang.

Authorities showed up at China Central Television headquarters earlier this month, and took away Rui, the 36-year-old news anchor on CCTV's finance channel, watched by millions of viewers.

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It's All Politics
8:12 am
Sun July 27, 2014

Time Running Short For Congress To Agree On Border Bill

Immigrants run to jump on a train in Ixtepec, Mexico, during their journey toward the U.S.-Mexico border. President Obama wants nearly $4 billion in emergency funds to deal with the tens of thousands of children from Central America who've been crossing the border.
Eduardo Verdugo AP

Originally published on Sun July 27, 2014 11:26 am

Congress is set to disband later this week for a summer break stretching past Labor Day. That leaves lawmakers only a few more days to act on an urgent request from President Obama.

The president wants nearly $4 billion in emergency funds to deal with the tens of thousands of children from Central America who've been illegally crossing the U.S.-Mexico border in recent months. The GOP-led House may act on just a fraction of that request, setting up a clash with the Democratic-led Senate.

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Music Interviews
8:12 am
Sun July 27, 2014

Ceci Bastida: Punk Roots, Pop Sounds And A Political Mind

Ceci Bastida's second full-length album, La Edad De La Violencia, was released this June.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Sun July 27, 2014 11:26 am

La Edad de la Violencia — "the age of violence" — is a pretty dire name for an album of upbeat synth-pop. Tijuana-born singer Ceci Bastida says that's the point: She was pregnant when she began writing her latest set of songs, and found her joy tempered with concern about raising a child in a violent world. Bastida spoke about the origins of the album with NPR's Arun Rath; hear their conversation at the audio link.

Movie Interviews
8:12 am
Sun July 27, 2014

Latin-Funk Band Goes Metal, Covers Black Sabbath

Originally published on Sun July 27, 2014 11:26 am

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Author Interviews
8:12 am
Sun July 27, 2014

What Made Double Agent Kim Philby A Great Spy? His Friends.

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Performing Arts
8:12 am
Sun July 27, 2014

At Some Venues, iPads Take The Place Of Opera Glasses

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The Two-Way
8:11 am
Sun July 27, 2014

Fighting Near MH17 Crash Site In Ukraine Thwarts Investigators

A smoldering rebel APC near the city of Lisichansk, Luhansk region, eastern Ukraine, on Saturday. Fighting farther south, near the city of Donetsk, has prevented investigators from reaching the wreckage of MH17.
Dmitry Lovetsky AP

Originally published on Sun July 27, 2014 2:38 pm

Updated at 1:00 p.m. ET.

Dutch experts charged with investigating the downing of a jetliner over eastern Ukraine have cancelled plans to reach the wreckage site amid fighting in the area between government forces and rebels.

NPR's Corey Flintoff reports from Donetsk, that as the fighting continues, "Ukrainian government troops appear to be gaining ground against the pro-Russian paramilitaries who control the wreckage site."

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Sunday Puzzle
8:01 am
Sun July 27, 2014

A Flowery Puzzle For Budding Quizmasters

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Originally published on Sun July 27, 2014 8:24 am

On-air challenge: Today's puzzle is a game of categories based on the word peony. For each category, name something in the category beginning with each of the letters P-E-O-N-Y.

Last week's challenge: Name something in five letters that's nice to have a lot of in the summer. Change the last letter to the following letter of the alphabet. Rearrange the result, and you'll name something else that you probably have a lot of in the summer, but that you probably don't want. What is it? (HINT: the second thing is a form of the first thing.)

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Monkey See
7:26 am
Sun July 27, 2014

At 75, Batman Still Seeks Justice, Not Revenge

"What Batman provides, what all superheroes provide is this notion that good will triumph over evil," says author Glen Weldon. "That evil will have its day, but there will be somebody up there who will keep trying, who will keep looking out for us. ... He's catharsis in a cape." Above, Adam West, as Batman, makes a road safety film with child actors in Kensington, London in the late 1960s.
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Originally published on Sun July 27, 2014 7:24 pm

It's been 75 years since Batman first swooped onto the scene in 1939. Glen Weldon, author of The Caped Crusade, says it's important to note that for the last three quarters of a century, Batman has been seeking justice, not revenge.

"Once his parents are killed he doesn't seek revenge," Weldon tells NPR's Arun Rath. "That's what distinguishes a superhero from an action movie hero. He doesn't go out for revenge. It's not a vendetta, it's a crusade. He represents the idea of: 'This thing that happened to me? Never again.' "

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Goats and Soda
7:03 am
Sun July 27, 2014

You'll Be Maaaaaaaad About Goat If You Follow This Chef's Recipe

You can't rush goat, says chef Kevin Onyona. To make the meat tender, you need to cook it a long time — but not too long.
Ryan Kellman NPR

As the host of the Goats and Soda blog, I wanted to learn a little bit more about goats.

At the top of my list: How do you cook goat meat?

That's the question I put to Kevin Onyona, who cooks goat at the Swahili Village restaurant in Beltsville, Md. The Kenyan-born chef was also in charge of preparing the goat stew served up at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival earlier this summer, as part of the Kenya exhibits.

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