Around the Nation
3:06 am
Sun April 15, 2012

The 2080 Census: The World As We (Don't) Know It

Vallarie Enriquez

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3:05 am
Sun April 15, 2012

'Lazhar': In A Crisis, An Outsider Finds His Place

Algerian actor Fellag stars as Monsieur Lazhar, a man pursuing political asylum in Canada. After a school-related tragedy, Lazhar tackles the challenge of comforting mourning students with his graceful humor.
Music Box Films

Monsieur Lazhar is a French Canadian film, a bittersweet comedy about an Algerian immigrant who gently moves into the role of teacher and comforter for a grief-stricken class of middle-school children in Montreal.

The film was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film of 2011. (It lost to Iran's A Separation.) But last month it swept the Genies, Canada's national film prizes, winning best picture, director, actor and three other awards.

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Music Interviews
3:04 am
Sun April 15, 2012

The Toure-Raichel Collective: 'Two Chefs In The Kitchen'

Idan Raichel (left) and Vieux Farka Toure's new collaborative album is The Tel-Aviv Session.
Nitzan Treystman Courtesy of the artist

Idan Raichel first met Malian guitar luminary Vieux Farka Toure in a chance encounter at an airport in Germany. Raichel, an Israeli pop star and keyboard player, had admired Toure's work— as well as that of his father, the late Ali Farka Toure — for many years before they crossed paths.

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Deceptive Cadence
3:04 am
Sun April 15, 2012

For Orthodox Easter, Music That Faces East

The vocal ensemble Cappella Romana, founded and led by Alexander Lingas (front).
courtesy of Cappella Romana

Do you think Easter has already passed this year? Not quite. For about 300 million Eastern Orthodox Christians around the globe, Easter is actually today, April 15th. From Jerusalem to Athens, Ethiopia to Moscow and Portland, Maine to Portland, Ore., believers ushered in their holiest day of the year at services held just at the cusp of midnight.

As a new exhibition and a recent concert at New York's Metropolitan Museum make clear, much of the history and arts of these Christian communities is very firmly rooted in Eastern soil.

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Latin America
3:03 am
Sun April 15, 2012

At Americas Summit, Allies Nudge U.S. To Change

President Obama participates in a forum with the presidents of Brazil and Colombia at the Summit of the Americas on Saturday.
Carolyn Kaster AP

President Obama emphasized at a summit of leaders from across the Americas that the U.S. would not shift strategies in the war on drugs. His administration had, in recent weeks, faced criticism from some presidents who said the U.S. approach to the drugs trade had simply generated more violence in Latin America.

That wasn't the only thorny issue Obama faced in his trip to Colombia.

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3:02 am
Sun April 15, 2012

Norway 'Still Shattered' As Extremist Goes On Trial

Anders Behring Breivik, a right-wing extremist who confessed to killing 77 people on July 22, 2011, will go to trial in Oslo, Norway, on Monday.
Lise Aserud AP

Norwegians will be confronted again this week with the terrible details and trauma of the worst peacetime attack in the country's history.

Police say last July 22, Anders Behring Breivik set off a car bomb in the center of Oslo near government offices. The blast killed eight people and spun residents and police into a state of chaotic alarm and confusion.

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The Two-Way
10:58 pm
Sat April 14, 2012

Tornadoes, Storms Swirl Through Midwest And Plains

A tornado forms and touches down north of Soloman, Kan., Saturday.
Orlin Wagner AP

Originally published on Sun April 15, 2012 6:29 am

The midsection of the U.S. was wracked by storms and tornadoes overnight, with the National Weather Service's Storm Prediction Center forecasting more severe weather to come. Five deaths have been confirmed in northwest Oklahoma, the state's Department of Emergency Management tells NPR.

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Sunday Puzzle
9:01 pm
Sat April 14, 2012

A Challenge That Is Initially Famous

NPR Graphic

Originally published on Sat April 28, 2012 1:23 pm

On-Air Challenge: You'll be given a two- or three-word description of a famous person. The initial letters of the description are also the initials of the person.

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Election 2012
2:24 pm
Sat April 14, 2012

How Can Romney Win? GOP Women Have Some Ideas

To get to the White House, Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney will need to win over women voters.
Steven Senne AP

GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney will spend the next seven months convincing us to send him to the White House. To get there, he'll have to make a strong case to one very important voting bloc: women.

A poll out this week by ABC and the Washington Post shows President Obama with a 19-point lead over Romney with women voters. For Romney to win, he's got to make a significant dent in that margin.

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2:11 pm
Sat April 14, 2012

New York Teacher Ratings Renew Evaluation Debate

Katherine Moloney, principal of P.S. 100 in Brooklyn, says that evaluating teachers on test scores alone is not enough.
Beth Fertig

Originally published on Sat April 14, 2012 3:49 pm

How do you measure who is an effective teacher?

More states are wrestling with that question, now that the Obama administration is encouraging schools to evaluate teachers with a combination of student test scores and classroom observations.

The question of whether teacher evaluations are reliable indicators for teacher effectiveness has long been controversial. But New York City reignited the debate when it rated thousands of teachers with test scores alone — and then released those ratings to the public.

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