2:04 pm
Mon May 13, 2013

Welcome to 'Parallels,' NPR's International News Blog


Originally published on Tue May 14, 2013 9:39 am

Here's the paradox with international news.

In our wired and rapidly shrinking world, there is no distant war, no isolated economic crisis and no social trend that observes national borders.

When a building collapses in Bangladesh, photos of the dead and grieving appear instantly. When a battle takes place in Syria, YouTube videos surface in real time. You can even get tweets from North Korea.

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World Cafe
1:58 pm
Mon May 13, 2013

Next: Laura Stevenson

Laura Stevenson.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Mon May 13, 2013 8:18 pm

  • Hear Two New Songs By Laura Stevenson

Laura Stevenson describes herself as an "unfunny Woody Allen," which is another way of saying that her work channels her obsessions with death and doubt. On her third album, Wheel, she finds a way to make it all sound downright jaunty.

Stevenson came to her more folk leanings from roots in punk, as well as a musical family; her grandfather, choral director Harry Simeone, was responsible for "Little Drummer Boy." Listen to two songs from Wheel on this page.

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Mountain Stage
1:56 pm
Mon May 13, 2013

Robben Ford On Mountain Stage

Robben Ford.
Brian Blauser Mountain Stage

Originally published on Mon June 24, 2013 12:16 pm

Robben Ford makes his third appearance on Mountain Stage, recorded live on the campus of West Virginia University in Morgantown. Host Larry Groce is effusive in his praise: "If you see a list of the greatest guitar players of the last 50 years that doesn't include Robben Ford on it," he says, "be suspicious."

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Faith Matters
1:55 pm
Mon May 13, 2013

Faith Matters: Maestro David Cho

Ryon and David visit with Maestro of the Lubbock Symphony Orchestra, David Cho. The three discuss Les Miserables, Baseball and Forgiveness. You don't want to miss this fascinating conversation. You can hear Faith Matters every Sunday at 5:00pm only on 89.1, Lubbock's Voice of the Arts.

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1:25 pm
Mon May 13, 2013

Why We Can't Look Away From True-Life Courtroom Dramas

The trial of Jodi Arias, convicted of murdering her boyfriend, has become a national media sensation. Former Law and Order producer Robert Nathan and authors Laura Lippman and Walter Mosley explore why Americans are so drawn to real-life courtroom dramas.

1:21 pm
Mon May 13, 2013

Bangladesh Reveals Uphill Battle For Fair Trade Clothes

Originally published on Mon May 13, 2013 2:24 pm



This is TALK OF THE NATION. I'm Neal Conan, in Washington. More than two weeks after a building collapse in Bangladesh, the number of bodies recovered stands at over 1,100. The building housed four factories that manufactured clothing. Bangladesh is the world's second-largest clothing exporter, in part because of a minimum wage of $37 a month, and in part because already lax fire and safety regulations were rarely enforced.

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1:14 pm
Mon May 13, 2013

Understanding Tax-Exempt Status

Originally published on Mon May 13, 2013 2:26 pm



This is TALK OF THE NATION. I'm Neal Conan.

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1:07 pm
Mon May 13, 2013

Drawing Security Lessons From Benghazi Mission Attack

Originally published on Mon May 13, 2013 1:33 pm



The disclosure White House emails is the latest twist in the controversy of how the Obama administration handled the attack on the U.S. mission in Benghazi last September. Much of the debate here in Washington is over what happened afterwards and the roles of U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice, then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and President Obama.

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Shots - Health News
1:06 pm
Mon May 13, 2013

Middle East Virus Spreads Between Hospitalized Patients

The new coronavirus has a crown of tentacles on its surface when viewed under the microscope.

It's been eight months since a Saudi Arabian doctor described a previously unknown virus related to SARS. And for most of that time only germ geeks paid much attention.

But in the past few days the new virus — which some would like to call MERS-CoV, for Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus — has been making up for lost time.

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Tiny Desk Concerts
1:03 pm
Mon May 13, 2013

Buddy Miller & Jim Lauderdale: Tiny Desk Concert

Buddy Miller and Jimmy Lauderdale perform a Tiny Desk Concert at NPR in Washington, D.C., on Feb. 19, 2013.
Gabriella Demczuk NPR

Originally published on Mon December 23, 2013 5:32 pm

There's something endearing, old-timey and almost vaudevillian about Buddy Miller and Jim Lauderdale — even the way they bill themselves as "Buddy and Jim." Both veteran musicians are in love with country music in all its many forms and influences; their music incorporates the blues and bluegrass, rock 'n' roll and a good deal of craft.

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