All Things Considered for Saturday, December 28, 2013

'Smell Of Death' Lingers In South Sudanese City

Heavy fighting in recent days between rebels and government-backed forces has created a wasteland in the South Sudan city of Malakal. Dead bodies line the streets and thousands of refugees are without food as U.N. peacekeepers struggle to assess the needs here. Host Arun Rath talks to NPR's Gregory Warner, who is traveling with U.N. officials in Malakal.

Who Will Lead The Middle East Out Of Turmoil?

2013 was a dismal year in the Middle East. More than two years after the uprisings of the Arab Spring, the region has largely descended into chaos and violence. NPR's Arun Rath talks to Marc Lynch, a Middle East analyst at George Washington University.
In May, a massive mile-wide EF5 tornado devastated the city of Moore, Okla., killing 24 people. Now, seven months later, residents are rebuilding neighborhoods with improved storm shelters. NPR's Arun Rath checks in with the city's Mayor Glenn Lewis.
This year saw a major development in a story that NPR's Ina Jaffe has been following since 2011. NPR's Arun Ruth checks in her about a group of homeless, disabled veterans who filed a lawsuit seeking housing on the sprawling campus of the VA health care facility in West Los Angeles.

Injured Veteran Keeps Up His Fight, Deciding To Live

In April, we heard from combat veteran Tomas Young, who had suffered a gunshot to the spine in Iraq in 2004. His condition had degraded to the point that he chose to end his care and wait to die. But since then, Young had a change of heart. "I just came to the conclusion that I wanted some more time with my wife," he says.

The Internet Hoaxes That Had Us All Clicking For More

Fake stories on the Internet are not new, but their nature is changing. They seem to be more calculated, more elaborate and have a deeper intent to elicit a swell of emotion. Grantland writer Tess Lynch explains why she thinks 2013 was the year of the hoax — and which story even fooled her.
Carlos Watson, co-founder of the online magazine Ozy, tells host Arun Rath about a teacher using jazz to educate young students about democracy and a site that could spruce up the playlist for New Year's Eve parties this year.

As The Year Closes, A Concert Hall Remains Empty

By the time 2013 ends, the Minnesota Orchestra will not have played a single note in its own concert hall due to a labor dispute between musicians and management. It's an emblem of the problems facing non-profit arts institutions around the country.

The Trouble With Assessing 'Black Films'

This year was lauded by many news outlets as an incredible year for black films. CNN heralded "Hollywood's African-American Renaissance;" The New York Times called 2013 a "a breakout year for black films." Shani Hilton, deputy editor-in-chief of BuzzFeed, talks to NPR's Arun Rath about why she think those assertions are overstated.

'Together Again' With Wynton Marsalis, 20 Years Later

Celebrated jazz pianist Marcus Roberts is releasing three albums simultaneously. One is a 12-movement suite titled From Rags to Rhythm. The other two are collaborations with the now-famous trumpeter who helped launch his career.
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