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Politics
1:59 pm
Sun January 18, 2015

Expect Taxes, Economy To Top Obama's State Of The Union

Originally published on Sun January 18, 2015 2:22 pm

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Middle East
3:27 pm
Sat January 17, 2015

Syrian Opposition Groups Wary Of Russia's Invitation To Moscow

A rebel fighter takes aim during a training session in Eastern al-Ghouta, a rebel-held region outside the capital Damascus, earlier this month. Russia is inviting Syrian opposition groups to peace talks in Moscow, but few of them want to go to a country that supports Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.
Abd Doumany AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Sat January 17, 2015 3:59 pm

The war in Syria has been raging for nearly four years and it's been challenging for diplomats to get warring sides to agree on even temporary truces.

The U.N. envoy is pressing ahead on that front, while Russia tries to play peacemaker. Russia is inviting the parties to Moscow this month, but some opposition groups won't go to a country that has been backing Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

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Law
3:27 pm
Sat January 17, 2015

Justice Department To Halt Seizure Of Assets

Originally published on Sat January 17, 2015 3:59 pm

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Around the Nation
2:22 pm
Sat January 17, 2015

Why Is The FBI Investigating A California Police Department?

Originally published on Sat January 17, 2015 7:03 pm

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In the border town of Calexico, California, the FBI has launched a federal investigation into the police department. Jill Replogle has been reporting on the investigation for member station KPBS.

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Sports
2:22 pm
Sat January 17, 2015

World Darts Championship Ends In Dramatic Fashion

Originally published on Sat January 17, 2015 3:59 pm

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Movies
2:22 pm
Sat January 17, 2015

London Project Aims To Increase Diversity Of Filmmakers

Originally published on Sat January 17, 2015 3:59 pm

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Almost as soon as the Oscar nominations were announced this week, many people were pointing out an uncomfortable fact. Every director nominated is a white male. All the nominees for lead and supporting actor are white.

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Author Interviews
2:31 pm
Fri January 16, 2015

'Thieves Of State' Reveals Tremendous Power Of Global Corruption

Originally published on Fri January 16, 2015 3:32 pm

Audie Cornish talks to former NPR reporter Sarah Chayes about how corruption can create the fertile ground for religious extremism. Chayes is a senior associate in the Democracy and Rule of Law Program and the South Asia Program at the Carnegie Endowment. Her new book is Thieves of State: Why Corruption Threatens Global Security.

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Parallels
2:21 pm
Fri January 16, 2015

French Immigrants To Israel Bring Part Of Home With Them

An estimated 400 new French Jewish immigrants attended a welcoming ceremony after arriving on a flight from France to Tel Aviv, Israel in July 2014.
Lior Mizrahi Getty Images

Originally published on Fri January 16, 2015 8:39 pm

French Jews, often with roots in North Africa, have been immigrating to Israel since that country's founding. The community has changed with the times, and after last week's attacks in Paris, is expected to grow — and change — again.

Samuela Mass left Paris in October last year. The 28-year-old French Jew came to Israel for a better life for him and his future family — and to escape violence.

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Sports
2:21 pm
Fri January 16, 2015

'Championship Sunday,' When Four NFL Teams Become Two

Originally published on Fri January 16, 2015 3:32 pm

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Packers and Seahawks, Patriots and Colts. It's Championship Sunday this weekend in the NFL. The winners will head to the Super Bowl on February 1. Jane McManus, of ESPN, joins us now for a preview. Hey, Jane.

JANE MCMANUS: Hi, how are you?

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Education
1:32 pm
Fri January 16, 2015

Duke Backpedals On Allowing Muslim Call To Prayer In Bell Tower

Originally published on Fri January 16, 2015 4:57 pm

At Duke University on Friday, students gathered on the lawn outside the campus chapel to listen to the Muslim call to prayer. But it did not come from the chapel bell tower. Earlier this week, the university said Muslim students could use the bell tower — but then backtracked after getting threats.

Politics
1:32 pm
Fri January 16, 2015

Republican Lawmakers Retreat Great For Face Time, But Divisions Remain

"We've all had an opportunity to get to know each other a little better," House Speaker John Boehner said of this week's Republican retreat in Hershey, Pa.
Juana Summers NPR

Originally published on Fri January 16, 2015 5:31 pm

Republican lawmakers of the House and Senate emerged from a rare joint retreat in Hershey, Pa., a town known best for its chocolate, with little to show for it.

Unlike last year's House retreat where lawmakers unveiled their principles for an overhaul of the nation's immigration overhauls, there was little grand takeaway.

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NPR Story
1:32 pm
Fri January 16, 2015

'Spare Parts' Finds Increased Relevance Amid Immigration Debate

Originally published on Fri January 16, 2015 3:32 pm

Spare Parts is a new movie about a team of undocumented high school students who beat the Ivy League in a prestigious engineering contest. It's based on a true story, and comes at a time when Congress is debating the repeal of several protections for undocumented U.S. residents.

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NPR Ed
2:42 pm
Thu January 15, 2015

Do Fictional Geniuses Hold Back Real Women?

Geniuses in movies aren't always played by Benedict Cumberbatch, but they are almost always men.
Weinstein Co./Studiocanal/Kobal Collection

Originally published on Fri January 16, 2015 5:39 am

The "Lone Genius" character is hot right now in television and movies. Sometimes the genius is real (think Benedict Cumberbatch in The Imitation Game), and sometimes he's fictional (think Benedict Cumberbatch in Sherlock). But one thing is almost always certain: He's a guy.

Now one researcher says that gender stereotype in art may have a real impact on women in academia.

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Shots - Health News
2:20 pm
Thu January 15, 2015

Limited Insurance Choices Frustrate Patients In California

Dennie and Kathy Wright sift through a stack of medical bills at their home in Indian Valley, Calif.
Pauline Bartolone for NPR

Originally published on Thu January 15, 2015 5:39 pm

Dennie Wright lives in Indian Valley, a tiny alpine community at the northern end of the Sierra, close to the border with Nevada.

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Middle East
2:14 pm
Thu January 15, 2015

Is U.S. Gaining Or Losing Ground Against ISIS?

Originally published on Thu January 15, 2015 3:33 pm

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Business
1:46 pm
Thu January 15, 2015

Largest Unit Of Gambling Giant Caesars Files For Bankruptcy

Originally published on Thu January 15, 2015 3:33 pm

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Africa
1:46 pm
Thu January 15, 2015

Rapping The News In West Africa

Originally published on Thu January 15, 2015 3:33 pm

In Dakar, Senegal, two rappers going by the names Keyti and Xuman offer a summary of the week's news in hip-hop format. Journal Rappé is a short TV show distributed on YouTube with a huge following, especially in West Africa where a majority of the population is under 25.

Latin America
1:46 pm
Thu January 15, 2015

White House Starts Chipping Away At U.S. Embargo On Cuba

Originally published on Thu January 15, 2015 3:33 pm

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Business
3:48 pm
Wed January 14, 2015

Dollar's Rise Is Good News For The U.S., For Now

A pedestrian passes a currency exchange in London Jan. 5. The value of the U.S. dollar has risen about 15 percent against the euro since last summer.
Andy Rain EPA/Landov

Originally published on Wed January 14, 2015 5:17 pm

If you've traveled outside the U.S. recently, or sent your U.S.-made products abroad, you've probably noticed that the dollar is getting stronger. The stronger dollar is the sign of a healthier U.S. economy, but its strength has the potential to erode growth.

There are a number of factors behind the dollar's rise, says economist Jens Nordvig, a currency expert at Nomura Securities. The main one is the health of the U.S. economy.

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Television
3:33 pm
Wed January 14, 2015

Nancy Grace Says 'Gone Girl' Satire Was Flattering, Made Her Laugh Out Loud

The movie Gone Girl fictionalizes and satirizes cable news star Nancy Grace (above). Grace, host of a true crimes and current affairs show on HLN, says she was flattered.
Mark Hill AP

Originally published on Thu January 15, 2015 7:26 am

Among those hoping for an Academy Award nomination on Thursday are the producers of the Fox Studios thriller Gone Girl. The film centers on marital strife, a mysterious disappearance and the murder investigation that ensues.

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