8:13 am
Sat July 26, 2014

Close Encounters Of The Radio Kind? Mystery Bursts Baffle Astronomers

Scientists say a brief burst of radio activity has been detected at the Arecibo radio telescope in Puerto Rico. This new report resembles previous activity detected in Australia, which has scientist debating possible causes, including solar flares, blitzars, or something even more mysterious.
Brian Negin iStockphoto

Originally published on Mon July 28, 2014 8:50 am

Astronomers have a mystery on their hands. Two large radio telescopes, on opposite sides of the planet, have detected very brief, very powerful bursts of radio waves.

Right now, astronomers have no idea what's causing these bursts or where they're coming from. And nothing has been ruled out at the moment — not even the kind of outrageous claims you'd expect to see in tabloid headlines.

Australian Recordings Inspire Curiosity And Doubt

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The Salt
8:12 am
Sat July 26, 2014

Forget The Fishing Boat: Alaskans Scoop Up Salmon With Dipnets

Using dipnets --€” which have nets up to 5 feet in diameter at the end --€” isn't easy, and the river can get pretty crowded. Robert Carter, a novice dipnetter, holds up the first fish he caught after a day on the Kenai River.
Annie Feidt Alaska Public Media

Originally published on Sat July 26, 2014 1:32 pm

Fishing purists, be warned. This story is not for you.

Yes, it's about salmon fishing on a scenic river in Alaska. But no one here is hooking a prize fish in the remote wilderness. This kind of fishing is all about crowds and slop buckets and big contraptions called dipnets — and the lengths Alaskans will go to in order to fill their freezers with sockeye salmon.

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The Two-Way
8:11 am
Sat July 26, 2014

Israel Cabinet Agrees To Extend Cease-Fire Until Sunday

A Palestinian man leans on his car after salvaging usable items from his destroyed house in Shuja'iyya neighborhood in east Gaza City, on Saturday. Gazans are taking advantage of a brief cease-fire with Israel.
Oliver Weiken EPA /Landov

Originally published on Sat July 26, 2014 5:57 pm

Update at 5:35 p.m. ET.

Israel's Security Cabinet says it is willing to extend an earlier cease-fire in Gaza, NPR's Emily Harris has confirmed, until Sunday at midnight local time.

Work on neutralizing the tunnels, however, will continue, according to an Israeli official. The Israeli Defense Forces also said they will act against any violation of the extension.

A Hamas spokesman said any cease-fire that does not include the withdrawal of Israel troops from Gaza is unacceptable.

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Code Switch
8:03 am
Sat July 26, 2014

At Washington's Training Camp, Fans Are Split On Name Change

A Washington Redskins helmet lies on the turf at the football team's training facility in Richmond, Va.

Originally published on Sat July 26, 2014 3:52 pm

Washington, D.C.'s football team has opened its training camp in Richmond, Va., just weeks after trademark registrations for its name were revoked.

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The Two-Way
7:51 pm
Fri July 25, 2014

12-Hour Cease-Fire Begins In Gaza

Palestinian residents look at the wreckage of a vehicle, destroyed by an Israeli strike, after Palestinian fire fighters put out the fire, in Gaza City, early Saturday.
Lefteris Pitarakis AP

Originally published on Sat July 26, 2014 3:07 am

Updated 3:03 a.m.

A humanitarian cease-fire went into effect on Saturday, a plan agreed to hours earlier by Hamas and Israeli leaders. The truce would allow Palestinian civilians to get food and aid where it's needed, and would last for 12 hours, officials say.

The Associated Press reported that the Israeli military warned that it "shall respond if terrorists choose to exploit" the lull to attack Israeli troops or civilians.

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Air Studio
6:49 pm
Fri July 25, 2014

Live Thursday the 31st at 4pm: GRITS & SOUL

Anna Kline and John Looney are Asheville-based Grits & Soul, with a "Soulgrass" sound blending Americana and classic country with Mississippi soul and blues.  Their latest release Flood Waters (which received a favorable review from Bluegrass Unlimited) includes Nicky Sanders, Amanda Platt, and Robert Greer among other local favorites.

Air Studio
6:48 pm
Fri July 25, 2014

Friday the 1st at 11am: CARLENE CARTER

When your mom is June Carter Cash, your dad is Carl Smith, your stepdad is Johnny Cash, etc., you are bound to have both the the genetic predisposition and the pressure to follow in your family's footsteps as a musician.  Carlene Carter has been doing so since the late '70's, and made a wonderful return to the scene with this year's release of Carter Girl.  It's been a Top 10 record on folk and Americana charts, and we'll hear more about it when she joins us live Friday morning.  She performs Friday night in Asheville and Saturday in Bristol, both shows with Jim Lauderdale!  Histor

New Tunes at Two
6:47 pm
Fri July 25, 2014

New Releases Featured This Week, July 28th-31st, 2-3pm

Monday: JOHN COWAN - Sixty

Tuesday: TIM STAFFORD - Just to Hear the Whistle Blow

Wednesday: FLOATING ACTION - Body Questions

Thursday: MICHAEL BARNETT - One Song Romance

Spindale Cycle
6:45 pm
Fri July 25, 2014

Monday Night July 28th at 8pm: JOHN GORKA - I Know

This 1987 debut helped establish John Gorka as a leader in the "contemporary folk" singer/songwriter scene that burst out of NYC and Boston in the late '80's and remained dominant through the '90's.  Fellow singers Shawn Colvin and Lucy Kaplansky join him here, blending well with his rich, warm baritone.  Gorka's diverse songwriting styles, humorous wit juxtaposed with impressively deep songs about complex relationships, are fully developed here.  Celebrate John Gorka's Sunday birthday with us Monday night.

The Two-Way
6:32 pm
Fri July 25, 2014

'I Love Your Country,' New House Member Tells U.S. Officials

Speaking about India, Rep. Curt Clawson told U.S. officials from the State and Commerce departments, "I am familiar with your country. I love your country."
Library of Congress

Originally published on Fri July 25, 2014 7:37 pm

Rep. Curt Clawson hasn't been in Congress long — he was sworn into office exactly one month ago. We mention that as a caveat, because in a congressional hearing Thursday, Clawson seems to have mistaken Americans who work in the U.S. departments of State and Commerce for representatives of India's government.

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