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Ebola Outbreak
1:09 pm
Sun September 28, 2014

The Experts The Ebola Response May Need: Anthropologists

In Sierra Leone, a burial team from the government carries the coffin of an Ebola doctor who succumbed to the virus. Funerals and other expressions of mourning are key moments for anthropologists to translate between native cultures and foreign aid efforts, anthropologist Ann Kelly says.
Carl De Souza AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Sun September 28, 2014 4:33 pm

As the Ebola outbreak gains steam, experts continue to deploy to the region.

Teams from Doctors Without Borders, the World Health Organization, the U.S. military and others are in Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia assembling treatment centers and fighting the deadly virus.

There's one group of experts missing from the picture, says Ann Kelly, senior lecturer at the University of Exeter: anthropologists.

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Parallels
10:55 am
Sun September 28, 2014

With Savvy And New-Age Speeches, A First Couple Runs Nicaragua

Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega celebrates with first lady Rosario Murillo a day before his re-inauguration in 2012.
Rodrigo Arangua AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Sun September 28, 2014 3:21 pm

Nicaragua's gigantic transoceanic canal, if it gets built, will dwarf the neighboring Panama Canal. Ground-breaking is set to begin before the end of the year.

The $50 billion mega project would bring an economic boom to the poor nation — and a political bonanza for its president, Daniel Ortega.

Ortega is not the bombastic revolutionary of years past. He shies away from public appearances and has left day-to-day operations to his wife, an eccentric former revolutionary poet.

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U.S.
10:16 am
Sun September 28, 2014

With The End In Sight, Holder Reflects On His Legacy

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, shown speaking at the Congressional Black Caucus legislative conference on Friday, will be stepping down from his position as soon as a replacement is appointed.
T.J. Kirkpatrick Getty Images

Originally published on Sun September 28, 2014 3:21 pm

A day after Attorney General Eric Holder announced his resignation, he made a long-planned visit to Scranton, Penn.

That's where he won his first big trial as a young public corruption prosecutor nearly 40 years ago. And he says coming to this federal courthouse now, returning to the site of his earliest legal success, makes sense.

"This, for me, was ... almost like completing a circle," he says. "I came here as a young and inexperienced trial lawyer and I came back as the head of the agency that I had just joined back in 1978."

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Sunday Puzzle
8:03 am
Sun September 28, 2014

A Puzzle Cheer: Give Me An 'A'!

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Originally published on Sun September 28, 2014 3:55 pm

On-air challenge: There are clues for two words. Add a long A sound at the end of the first word to phonetically get the second one. For example, the clues "baby cow" and "sidewalk eatery" would yield "calf" and "cafe."

Last week's challenge: Name a famous actor best known for tough-guy roles. The first five letters of his first name and the first four letters of his last name are the first five and four letters, respectively, in the first and last names of a famous author. Who is the actor, and who is the author?

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Business
7:36 am
Sun September 28, 2014

Detroit Salon Finds New Ways To Use Old Hair

Originally published on Sun September 28, 2014 3:21 pm

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Author Interviews
7:36 am
Sun September 28, 2014

'Guests' Is A Story Of Mystery, Manners And Dramatic Love

Originally published on Sun September 28, 2014 3:21 pm

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NPR Story
7:36 am
Sun September 28, 2014

Obama Gets A Political Boost From ISIS Strikes

Originally published on Sun September 28, 2014 3:21 pm

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Health Care
11:15 am
Sun September 21, 2014

Which Catholics Offer Birth Control? Look To The Insurers

Sisters of the Servants of Mary from Kansas City, Kan., at a rally in 2012. Catholic employers don't want to offer insurance coverage for contraceptives, but Catholic insurance companies have quietly arranged for coverage for years.
John Hanna AP

Originally published on Sun September 21, 2014 11:36 am

The Affordable Care Act requires that most health plans offer birth control to women.

Around the country, Catholic employers have been arguing in court that having anything to do with insurance coverage of contraceptives violates their freedom of religion.

But when the insurance companies themselves are Catholic, contraceptive coverage comes without a hitch.

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Sports
9:52 am
Sun September 21, 2014

MLB Division-Clinchers, NCAA Football Trouble: The Week In Sports

Originally published on Sun September 21, 2014 11:15 am

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Sunday Puzzle
8:06 am
Sun September 21, 2014

Stuck In The Middle With Clues

NPR

Originally published on Sun September 21, 2014 11:15 am

On-air challenge: Given a five-letter word, insert two new letters between the second and third letters of the given word to complete a common seven-letter word. For example: Amble - Am(ia)ble.

Last week's challenge: This three-part challenge comes from listener Lou Gottlieb. If you punch 0-1-4-0 into a calculator, and turn it upside-down, you get the state OHIO. What numbers can you punch in a calculator, and turn upside-down, to get a state capital, a country and a country's capital?

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Music Interviews
7:46 am
Sun September 21, 2014

Womack Returns To The Spotlight With 'The Way I'm Livin' '

Originally published on Sun September 21, 2014 11:15 am

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In the year 2000, singer Lee Ann Womack rode the crest of a country music wave with this song.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "I HOPE YOU DANCE")

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Religion
7:46 am
Sun September 21, 2014

She Found Love, But Still Seeks A Storybook Ending

Originally published on Mon September 22, 2014 12:07 pm

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NPR Story
12:01 pm
Sun September 14, 2014

Cameron Condemns Execution Of British Aid Worker By ISIS

Originally published on Sun September 14, 2014 3:45 pm

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Europe
10:26 am
Sun September 14, 2014

Estonia 'Spy' Dispute Could Be Russia Making Anti-NATO Mischief

Estonian President Toomas Hendrik Ilves (left), with intelligence officer Eston Kohver in 2010. Kohver was arrested by Russian police on spying charges, but Estonian officials called it an illegal kidnapping.
AP

Originally published on Sun September 14, 2014 7:59 pm

Russia and its tiny neighbor, Estonia, are embroiled in a spy controversy worthy of a John le Carré novel.

Estonia says Russian agents kidnapped one of its intelligence officials in a cross-border raid. Russia says the man was caught spying on its territory.

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Iraq
9:57 am
Sun September 14, 2014

U.S. Call To Fight Militants Stirs Bitter Memories For Iraq's Sunnis

Iraqi troops in Anbar province in June. It's unclear whether Sunnis will join the U.S. in the fight against the Islamic State.
AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Sun September 14, 2014 11:56 am

If President Obama's plan to battle Islamic State militants by bringing Iraq's Sunnis on board to fight sounds oddly familiar, that's because it is.

When the U.S. faced a raging insurgency by Sunni militants — then called al-Qaida in Iraq — seven years ago, it recruited local Sunni leaders and paid their tribesmen to fight against those militants.

The effort, dubbed the Awakening, quieted the threat — for a while. But the local leaders who led the tribesmen back then say that this time, the U.S. might have trouble convincing Sunnis to rejoin the fight.

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Strange News
8:29 am
Sun September 14, 2014

Police Peg Preschool Pumpkin Pilferers

Originally published on Sun September 14, 2014 11:56 am

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Africa
8:20 am
Sun September 14, 2014

USAID Steps Up Building Of New Ebola Treatment Units

Originally published on Sun September 14, 2014 11:56 am

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Asia
8:20 am
Sun September 14, 2014

As Floodwaters Recede In Kashmir Valley, Anger Grows

Small boats operated by the National Disaster Response Force ferry flood victims in Kashmir on Saturday.
Julie McCarthy NPR

Originally published on Sun September 14, 2014 2:53 pm

The magnitude of the flooding in Indian-administered Kashmir is still unfolding. As scale of the impact becomes clear, the disaster is igniting an angry mood.

The ordeal is stirring the political cauldron of the disputed Himalayan region that is claimed by both India and Pakistan. Parts of the main city Srinagar, population 1 million, remain submerged in water, and residents are missing. Chaotic relief operations, meanwhile, have stoked public anger.

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Sunday Puzzle
8:20 am
Sun September 14, 2014

The Puzzle And The Pea

NPR

Originally published on Sun September 14, 2014 11:56 am

On-air challenge: Every answer today is a word or name with an accented syllable "pee" — spelled in any way — but always occurring inside the word, never at the start or end. For example, one saying the same thing again and again would be "repeater."

Last week's challenge: Think of a word starting with T. Drop the T, and phonetically you'll get a new word that's a synonym of the first one. What words are these?

Answer: Twirl / whirl

Winner: Brian Gillis of Evanston, Ill.

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Digital Life
7:50 am
Sun September 14, 2014

Gaming Expert: Destiny Is Good, But 'There's Not Much There'

Originally published on Sun September 14, 2014 11:56 am

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This is WEEKEND EDITION from NPR News. I'm Lynn Neary. Imagine a world 700 years into the future. Aliens are taking over the galaxy. You are on a mission to save the last city on earth. But...

(SOUNDBITE OF VIDEOGAME, "DESTINY")

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Race
12:02 pm
Sun September 7, 2014

At 11, Marquis Govan Has Some Things To Say About Ferguson

Marquis Govan of St. Louis got interested in politics by going along with his great-grandmother to vote.
Jason Rosenbaum St. Louis Public Radio

Originally published on Mon September 8, 2014 8:54 pm

The St. Louis County Council convened for a regular meeting on Aug. 19. It was only a day after a particularly turbulent night in Ferguson, one filled with protests, tear gas and many arrests over the fatal shooting of a black teenager by a white police officer.

Only a couple dozen people showed up to the council meeting. Three spoke during the public comment section. One was Marquis Govan.

He lowered the microphone to match his 11-year-old height before speaking.

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New York
11:23 am
Sun September 7, 2014

Cuomo Gets More Of An Opponent Than He Bargained For

Gubernatorial candidate Zephyr Teachout been hammering Gov. Andrew Cuomo for allegedly interfering with the work of his own anti-corruption commission earlier this year.
Mike Groll AP

Gov. Andrew Cuomo was supposed to cruise past next Tuesday's primary election in New York on his way to a second term.

But the powerful Democratic incumbent may have more trouble than many expected. For one thing, his main opponent, a little-known law professor named Zephyr Teachout, is mounting a respectable challenge from the left. For another, Cuomo could potentially wind up with a running mate he doesn't want.

This week, the local cable news channel NY1 tried to host a debate between Cuomo and Teachout. Teachout was the only one to show up.

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Music Interviews
10:20 am
Sun September 7, 2014

Wainwright's New Album: Death, Depression And Parking Spaces

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Author Interviews
10:20 am
Sun September 7, 2014

A Nameless Character Lost And Adrift In 'The Dog'

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Around the Nation
10:09 am
Sun September 7, 2014

Father-Daughter Travelers Return From Alaskan Wilds

Originally published on Sun September 7, 2014 10:20 am

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Sunday Puzzle
8:12 am
Sun September 7, 2014

Rhyming Phrases, With Consistent Consonants

NPR

Originally published on Sun September 7, 2014 10:20 am

On-air challenge: Every answer is a familiar two-word phrase in which the two words start with the same consonant or pair of consonants. Given rhymes for the words, you name the words.

Example: Given "stubble checker," you would say, "double decker."

Last week's challenge from listener Peter Gwinn: Think of a word that means "to come before." Replace its last letter with two new letters to get "someone who comes after you." These two words are unrelated etymologically. What words are they?

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Sports
8:00 am
Sun September 7, 2014

U.S. Open Surprises: Stars Djokovic And Federer Out

Originally published on Sun September 7, 2014 10:20 am

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Animals
8:00 am
Sun September 7, 2014

At 60 Tons, This Dinosaur Feared Nothing

Originally published on Sun September 7, 2014 10:20 am

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Around the Nation
1:33 pm
Sun August 31, 2014

For Their Own Good? New Curfew Sends Baltimore Kids Home Early

This hangout spot in East Baltimore — like the rest of the city's outdoor spaces — now comes with a police-enforced nighttime age limit. Children under 14 must be indoors by 9 p.m. each night, all year long. Kids age 14-16 can stay out a little later, until 10 p.m. on school nights and 11 p.m. on other nights.
Courtesy of Brian O'Doherty

Originally published on Sun August 31, 2014 2:43 pm

Young people in Baltimore are adjusting to life under a tougher curfew law. For 20 years, the city has required kids to be inside at night during the summer — but now, children younger than 14 must be in by 9 p.m. every night of the year.

It's one of the strictest curfews in the country, and you can see its impact at the gym at Fort Worthington Elementary School in East Baltimore. On a recent Tuesday evening, the sun has set — and Ulysses Cofield, or Coach U, is trying to keep an eye on the time.

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Parallels
12:46 pm
Sun August 31, 2014

Gaza's Shattered Airport, Once A Symbol Of Sovereignty

The destroyed and deserted main gate of the Gaza international airport in the southern city of Rafah.
Thomas Coex AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Sun August 31, 2014 7:23 pm

It's hard to imagine a more compelling monument to the rise and fall of the Palestinian dream of statehood than the bombed-out ruins that the 1.8 million people of Gaza call their international airport.

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