Fri July 8, 2011
World Cafe

My Morning Jacket On World Cafe

My Morning Jacket perform live on today's World Cafe.
Courtesy of the artist

In the past decade, the members of My Morning Jacket have gradually transformed from devotees of country-tinged classic rock to fearless sonic explorers, incorporating elements of psychedelia, funk, prog, reggae and metal into their eclectic repertoire.

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Fri July 8, 2011

T-Minus One Last Time For America's Spaceship

Originally published on Wed May 23, 2012 9:40 am

The space shuttle Atlantis lifts off from the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Fla. on Friday — the 135th and final space shuttle launch for NASA.
Chip Somodevilla Getty Images

Friday morning was absolutely your last chance to watch a 20-story-tall space shuttle rise, pivot and speed away over the Atlantic Ocean with a crew of NASA astronauts aboard.

Hundreds of thousands of onlookers claimed their spots on the Florida coast to watch the liftoff of Atlantis. And of the shuttle program's 135 launches, Friday's was a suspenseful one.

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Michele Norris is one of the most respected voices in American journalism. As NPR host and special correspondent, Norris produces in-depth profiles, interviews and series, and guest hosts NPR News programs.

Norris also leads the "The Race Card Project," an initiative to foster a wider conversation about race in America that she created after the publication of her 2010 family memoir, The Grace of Silence. In the book she turns her formidable interviewing and investigative skills on her own background to unearth long hidden family secrets that raise questions about her racial legacy and shed new light on America's complicated racial history.


Fri July 8, 2011
The Two-Way

Iceland: Land Of Stark Beauty And, Lately, A Run Of Bad Luck

A bird's eye view on the flight from Iceland to Greenland.
Philip Reeves NPR

NPR correspondents are gathering material for a summer series about the Arctic. The race has begun to exploit the far north's potentially vast deposits of oil and gas. They're reporting on the impact of the work being done there.

Philip Reeves this week set off for Greenland and filed these notes about his journey, which included a stop-over in Iceland.

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Fri July 8, 2011
The Record

Manuel Galban, Cuban Guitarist, Has Died

Manuel Galban.
Alejandro Perez Courtesy of Big Hassle

Manuel Galban, a man who helped shape the sound of modern Cuban music, died Thursday of a heart attack in Havana. He was 80 years old.

Galban played guitar on the 1997 album Buena Vista Social Club, a collaboration between traditional Cuban musicians and American guitarist and composer Ry Cooder. But Galban's popularity in his home country long preceded that album and resulting documentary.

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Fri July 8, 2011
The Two-Way

After Fan Falls To His Death: Time To Stop Tossing Things Into Stands?

The sad story of a baseball fan's death Thursday after he fell from the stands during a Texas Rangers game raises a question that many of us who go to games have likely asked in recent years:

Is it time for teams to scale back the t-shirt tosses and other things they do that get crowds excited, but also sometimes get people to reach out over railings when they shouldn't?

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Fri July 8, 2011
Shots - Health Blog

Cancer Patient Gets First Totally Artificial Windpipe

Dr. Paolo Macchiarini, of Karolinska University Hospital, implants a synthetic windpipe.
Karolinska Institute

In a milestone for the fast-evolving field of tissue engineering, a 36-year-old geology student from Africa is breathing through a synthetic windpipe created in a laboratory from plastic and his own bone marrow cells.

Andemarian Teklesenbet Beyene was discharged today from the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, one day short of a month since he had his cancerous windpipe replaced with the custom-made spare part.

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Fri July 8, 2011

Fla. Space Coast Looks Ahead; Ex-Astronaut Reflects

Shannon Walker, who was selected as an astronaut in 2004, checks in with NPR's Nell Greenfieldboyce at Kennedy Space Center, where cheers went up as Atlantis departed for its 33rd and final voyage. Nearby, among throngs of spectators, NPR's Greg Allen talks about the mood along Florida's Space Coast as the shuttle program ends after 30 years. Atlantis will drop supplies at the International Space Station and return to Earth on July 20.


Fri July 8, 2011
Latin America

Brutal Cartels Make Crossing U.S. Border Even Riskier

Originally published on Wed July 20, 2011 1:52 pm

Undocumented Mexican immigrants walk through the Sonoran Desert after crossing the U.S.-Mexico border. Migrants attempting to cross are at risk of being kidnapped, extorted or even killed by drug gangs.
John Moore Getty Images

Last in a three-part series.

For many migrants trying to reach the U.S. from Mexico, the border region is a terrifying, lawless place, and their fear is often justified. Things are so bad in Matamoros, a border city just across the Rio Grande from Brownsville, Texas, that last month the city's police were stripped of their weapons, ordered off the streets and replaced by soldiers.

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Fri July 8, 2011

Atlantis Reaches Orbit; Houston Takes Over

Steve Inskeep and Renee Montagne report that Atlantis lifted off from its Florida launchpad on schedule, reached orbit and is on its way to the International Space Station. From Johnson Space Center in Houston, NPR's Wade Goodwyn relays what's happening at Mission Control; and NPR science correspondent Joe Palca talks about what's next for Americans in space.