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2:07 am
Thu April 17, 2014

The Origins Of The Domesticated Chili Pepper

Originally published on Thu April 17, 2014 2:20 am

The domesticated chili pepper is the most widely grown spice crop in the world. A team of researchers at the University of California Davis has discovered the origin of that pepper.

NPR Story
2:07 am
Thu April 17, 2014

Spring Breakers Who Want Snow And Thrills Ski Tuckerman's Ravine

Tuckerman's Ravine is one of the most storied backcountry ski slopes in America. Since the 1930s, the bowl of the ravine has been mobbed by skiers. On a clear weekend day, as many as 3,000 people will make the three mile trek up the side of New Hampshire's Mount Washington to the snowfields, defying steep terrain and the threat of avalanches.

NPR Story
2:07 am
Thu April 17, 2014

Does Business Innovation Depend On A CEO's Age?

Does having younger managers really mean a company is more innovative? An analysis of innovation at private companies in the United States and across the world finds an inverse relationship correlation between disruptive innovation and the age of managers at those companies.

Animals
3:55 am
Wed April 16, 2014

Police Trace Heavy-Breathing Emergency Caller

Originally published on Wed April 16, 2014 5:00 am

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Asia
3:36 am
Wed April 16, 2014

Sad Panda In China Gets Her Own Play Area

Originally published on Wed April 16, 2014 5:00 am

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KELLY MCEVERS, HOST:

Good morning. I'm Kelly McEvers, with news of a sad panda in China. Si Jia got depressed after her only companion moved to another zoo. She's now a happy panda. The zoo where she lives built her a mini-amusement park. And now the staff at the Yunnan Safari Park in Southwest China has given her a plasma TV, where she can watch other pandas at play. Si Jia was one of three giant pandas rescued after the 2008 Sichuan earthquake.

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Europe
3:14 am
Wed April 16, 2014

Tank Movement Increases Tensions In Eastern Ukraine

Originally published on Wed April 16, 2014 5:00 am

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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

Tensions remain very high this morning in Eastern Ukraine, where pro-Russia demonstrators stormed the city hall in the city of Donetsk. And there are now reports this morning of several Ukrainian armored personnel carriers on the move in some cities flying Russian flags. To try and sort out what's going on, we have NPR's Ari Shapiro on the line. He is in the Eastern Ukrainian city of Kramatorsk. Ari, good morning.

ARI SHAPIRO, BYLINE: Hi, David.

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NPR Story
2:08 am
Wed April 16, 2014

Minority Tartars Consider Pragmatic Approach To Crimea Annexation

People in the newly annexed territory of Crimea are trying to figure out how to deal with their new status as part of Russia, rather than Ukraine. Tatars were vocal in their opposition to the Russian takeover of Crimea. That's because they remember their history of maltreatment under the Russian Empire and the Soviet Union.

NPR Story
2:08 am
Wed April 16, 2014

Ex-Defense Secretary Rumsfeld Criticizes Tax System

Originally published on Wed April 16, 2014 5:00 am

Donald Rumsfeld has made complaining to the IRS a bit of a tradition. In this year's letter to the IRS he writes: I have absolutely no idea whether our tax returns and our tax payments are accurate.

NPR Story
2:08 am
Wed April 16, 2014

Tremendously Gratifying To Win 2 Pulitzers, 'Post' Editor Says

Originally published on Wed April 16, 2014 5:00 am

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The Washington Post is celebrating a pair of Pulitzer Prizes this week. One is for a series on Americans who rely on food stamps. The other, a Public Service medal for stories based on the documents from former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden.

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2:08 am
Wed April 16, 2014

Pension Deal Would Help Detroit Climb Out Of Bankruptcy

Originally published on Wed April 16, 2014 5:00 am

The city has reached a tentative agreement with retired police officers and firefighters to preserve their pensions. Pensions of other city retirees would take a 4.5 percent hit.

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