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1:07pm

Fri September 13, 2013
World Cafe

Preservation Hall Jazz Band On World Cafe

Originally published on Thu September 26, 2013 12:28 pm

Preservation Hall Jazz Band.
Courtesy of brittanicadotcom

New Orleans' Preservation Hall, the dirt-floor space off Bourbon Street, was founded in 1961 as a place for the elders of Crescent City jazz to play nightly. Today, World Cafe talks with Ben Jaffe; like his father Alan, who ran the space initially, Jaffe is a tuba player who guides the world-renowned band today.

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12:59pm

Fri September 13, 2013
All Tech Considered

Tech Week That Was: Brogrammers, New iPhones, Twitter IPO

Originally published on Fri September 13, 2013 8:11 pm

Twitter announced by tweet Thursday that it plans to go public.
Lionel Bonaventure AFP/Getty Images

Not a slow news week in the world of technology and culture. But as we do each Friday, we've collected the stories you might have missed from NPR and our friends in the tech reporting universe.

We usually separate the week's big conversations from what you might have missed on NPR, but since we covered the major topics of conversation, here's one big roundup:

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12:45pm

Fri September 13, 2013
Africa

What A Chatty Monkey May Tell Us About Learning To Talk

Originally published on Sat September 14, 2013 12:04 am

The gelada monkey, found only in the highlands of Ethiopia, is known as the bleeding heart baboon for the splash of red on its chest. Males of the species have a remarkable vocal agility greater than that of any nonhuman primate.
Gregory Warner NPR

The gelada monkey, also known as the bleeding heart baboon, makes a gurgling noise or wobble sound that scientists say is close to human speech — at least in how much facial coordination it requires.

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11:26am

Fri September 13, 2013
The Two-Way

NPR To Offer Voluntary Buyouts In Bid To Balance Budget

Originally published on Fri September 13, 2013 11:46 am

NPR headquarters in Washington, D.C.
Charles Dharapak AP

Saying that the goal is to balance its budget in fiscal year 2015, NPR announced late Friday morning that it will soon offer "a voluntary buyout plan across the organization that reduces staffing levels by approximately 10 percent."

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11:00am

Fri September 13, 2013
The Two-Way

37 Killed In Fire At Russian Psychiatric Hospital

Originally published on Fri September 13, 2013 3:23 pm

In a photo released by Russian officials in Novgorod, firefighters work at the site of a fire at a psychiatric hospital in the village of Luka on Friday.
AP

A fire at a dilapidated Russian psychiatric facility that broke out early Friday morning has killed at least 37 people, including a nurse who tried to guide patients to safety, officials say.

The fire in the town of Luka, about 120 miles southeast of St. Petersburg, was the second such blaze in recent months. In April, a similar blaze at a psychiatric hospital near Moscow killed 38 people.

In the latest incident, authorities had long warned that the mostly wooden building dating to the 19th century was unsafe, according to The Associated Press.

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