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Around the Nation
4:20 am
Tue April 15, 2014

'Captain Underpants' 2013's Most Vilified Book

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KELLY MCEVERS, HOST:

Good morning. I'm Kelly McEvers.

The top spot on the American Library Association's annual list of most challenged books goes to "The Adventures of Captain Underpants," for the second year in a row. The series got the most formal complaints in a list compiled by librarians across the country. The graphic children's novels feature a superhero in his skivvies fighting villains like Dr. Diaper, which, believe it or not, earned the books more complaints than the very adult book "Fifty Shades of Grey."

Around the Nation
4:20 am
Tue April 15, 2014

Astronauts Will Soon Be Able To Eat Fresh Veggies In Space

Originally published on Tue April 15, 2014 9:05 am

A plant growth chamber is headed to the International Space Station. It's called Veggie and it sort of looks like a pillow that you can see through, all lit up in pink, with lettuce inside.

NPR Story
2:17 am
Tue April 15, 2014

2 Senior Executives Leave General Motors

Originally published on Tue April 15, 2014 4:20 am

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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

NPR's business news begins with another shakeup at GM.

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GREENE: General Motors announced yesterday that two of its senior executives have left the company. The departures of the senior vice president for communications and for human resources follow in the heels of strong criticism of the company's handling of February's recall of nearly 2.6 million cars.

NPR Story
2:17 am
Tue April 15, 2014

Retailers Want Your Tax Refund

Originally published on Tue April 15, 2014 4:20 am

It's the deadline to file your taxes. And if you're getting a money back, retailers want it. They're offering sales and promotions to separate you from your hard-earned refund.

NPR Story
2:17 am
Tue April 15, 2014

Russia's Move Into Ukraine Turns Allies Into Adversaries

Originally published on Tue April 15, 2014 4:20 am

Russia and Ukraine were the major contributors to the Soviet army. After the collapse of the Soviet Union, Moscow and Kiev continued to cooperate. The recent crisis transformed friend into foe.

Around the Nation
2:17 am
Tue April 15, 2014

Florida's Freshwater Springs Attract Vacationers

Originally published on Tue April 15, 2014 4:20 am

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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

All right. If I say Florida and Spring Break, you might be conjuring images of beaches, cocktails, theme parks. Well, some of our reporters have been sending suggestions for more off-the-beaten-path destinations and NPR's Greg Allen takes us to Florida and the state's fresh waters springs.

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2:17 am
Tue April 15, 2014

Empathy: How Should We Care About One Another?

Originally published on Tue April 15, 2014 4:20 am

Kelly McEvers talks to Leslie Jamison, author of the new essay collection, The Empathy Exams: Essays. The book takes the writer on a quest to figure out how others feel empathy.

Around the Nation
4:33 am
Mon April 14, 2014

Waste Treatment Plant Boasts It's Pefect For Weddings

Originally published on Mon April 14, 2014 4:51 am

The plant in King County, Wash., is billed as offering beautiful landscape, a dance floor, catering, and space for guests. All at a fifth of the price of competing venues. It promises zero odor.

Europe
4:33 am
Mon April 14, 2014

Treadmill Users Can Use App To Run London Marathon

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KELLY MCEVERS, HOST:

Good morning, I'm Kelly McEvers. So the London Marathon happened yesterday, but runners who missed it will soon be able to run it from the gym. Race organizers are releasing an app for treadmill users creating a high definition virtual reality London marathon experience. The app senses your pace and sends you down the route in real time, past some famous landmarks, Buckingham palace and all that and spares you from London's famous rain. It's MORNING EDITION. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.

Monkey See
3:41 am
Mon April 14, 2014

Don Draper, The Truth Is: You Lied

Don Draper (Jon Hamm) has a lot on his mind as the new season of Mad Men gets underway.
Frank Ockenfels AMC

Originally published on Mon April 14, 2014 4:56 am

***For Mad Men fans who missed Sunday night's Season 7 premiere, be warned: There are spoilers below.

Don Draper finally told the truth, and it ruined his life.

Perhaps that shouldn't have been such a surprise. Because Don has mostly been a master of the lie — especially in the form of an ad pitch. And he never lost his touch: He suckered everyone last season with one of his best pitches for Hershey's chocolate bars.

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