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NPR Story
8:07 am
Sun November 16, 2014

Words Fail When It Comes To Aromas

Originally published on Sun November 16, 2014 12:25 pm

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Iraq
12:24 pm
Sun November 9, 2014

Ill-Equipped And Underpaid, Kurdish Fighters Hold ISIS At Bay

An Iraqi Kurdish Peshmerga fighter hold his position in the mountains east of Mosul.
Jim Lopez AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Mon November 10, 2014 8:44 am

Brig. Gen. Mohammad Ali Mughdeed sits in a pickup truck equipped with an anti-aircraft weapon as he and his men wind through steep roads to their base in the rocky Zartik Mountains.

Mughdeed's Iraqi Kurdish forces are members of the Peshmerga, a key U.S. ally in the fight against the so-called Islamic State. Also known as ISIS, the Sunni extremists have taken control of about a third of Iraq. In October, Mughdeed's men retook this area east of Mosul from ISIS occupation.

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The Salt
11:36 am
Sun November 9, 2014

Inhalable Chocolate? Ingestible Ideas From A Lab For The Senses

Le Laboratoire Cambridge features a restaurant, the Cafe ArtScience. The restaurant's bar features a glass-globed drink vaporizer called Le Whaf.
Andrea Shea WBUR

Originally published on Mon November 10, 2014 1:31 pm

David Edwards has been called a real-life Willy Wonka. The biomedical engineer has developed, among other things, inhalable chocolate, ice cream spheres in edible wrappers, and a device called the "oPhone," which can transmit and receive odors.

Edwards is based at Harvard, but much of his work has been done in Paris, at a facility he calls Le Laboratoire. Now he's opened a similar "culture lab" closer to home: Le Laboratoire Cambridge in Cambridge, Mass.

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History
10:17 am
Sun November 9, 2014

How Mr. Hasselhoff Tore Down This Wall

Actor David Hasselhoff returned to Berlin in 2013, this time to save the Wall — what's left of it.
Odd Andersen AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Sun November 9, 2014 12:13 pm

Sunday marks the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall — the event that symbolically brought a dramatic end to communism in Eastern Europe.

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Sunday Puzzle
8:03 am
Sun November 9, 2014

Making Ends Meet

Sunday Puzzle
NPR

Originally published on Sun November 9, 2014 12:26 pm

On-air challenge: Given a category, name something whose first two letters are the first and last letters of the category. For example, given "Animal," you would say "Alligator" or "Alpaca."

Last week's challenge, from listener Sandy Weisz of Chicago: Write down the following four times: 3:00, 6:00, 12:55 and 4:07. These are the only times on a clock that share a certain property (without repeating oneself). What property is this?

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Europe
7:49 am
Sun November 9, 2014

Defiant Catalans Push Forward With Independence Vote

Originally published on Sun November 9, 2014 12:13 pm

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Iraq
7:49 am
Sun November 9, 2014

What The Military Learned From The Battle For Fallujah

Originally published on Sun November 9, 2014 12:13 pm

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Middle East
12:58 pm
Sun November 2, 2014

After Acid Attacks And Execution, Iran Defends Human Rights Record

Iranians protest in Isfahan, Iran, last month in solidarity with women injured in a series of acid attacks. Several women have been attacked by assailants on motorcycles who threw acid on their faces, purportedly because they were "badly veiled."
Arya Jafari AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Sun November 2, 2014 3:04 pm

Iranian officials attacked the latest United Nations report on its human rights record Friday, blasting what they called efforts to impose a Western lifestyle on the Islamic republic.

But for Iranians and others who hoped President Hassan Rouhani would begin to turn around his county's human rights record, the U.N. report provided a depressing but not surprising answer. It said executions in Rouhani's first year in office had increased to what U.N. Special Rapporteur Ahmed Shaheed called "alarming" levels.

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Humans
10:27 am
Sun November 2, 2014

Standard Time Starts, And The Summer-Haters Celebrate

Daylight Saving Time is so last month. Some people can't wait for this kind of weather.
T.J. Kirkpatrick Getty Images

You know what today is, right?

That whole Daylight Saving thing is over, which means it gets darker earlier.

For a lot of people that might be a downer. You get home from work and it's pitch black outside. Maybe you skip that run because it just feels too cold and dark. Then you feel bad because you skipped your run, and you open a bottle of whiskey instead.

Ok, we're getting carried away, but you get the point. Some people are SAD in the winter months — literally SAD — they have seasonal affective disorder. They'd much rather frolic in the summer sun.

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Sports
10:04 am
Sun November 2, 2014

Some NBA Teams Are Bad, And Some Are Just Awful

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Sunday Puzzle
8:55 am
Sun November 2, 2014

What's In A Name? A Country, Apparently

Sunday Puzzle
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Originally published on Sun November 2, 2014 10:04 am

On-air challenge: A series of names of famous people will be given. For each name, change either the first or last letter of the last name to a new letter, and rearrange the result to name a country.

Last week's challenge: Last week's challenge came from listener Mike Reiss, who's a writer for The Simpsons. Name a well-known TV actress of the past. Put an R between her first and last names. Then read the result backward. The result will be an order Dr. Frankenstein might give to Igor. Who is the actress, and what is the order?

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Music
7:46 am
Sun November 2, 2014

Latin Music Celebrates Lives For Day Of The Dead

Originally published on Sun November 2, 2014 5:14 pm

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Strange News
7:46 am
Sun November 2, 2014

Human Impersonates A Help Desk Robot

Originally published on Sun November 2, 2014 10:04 am

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Movie Interviews
7:46 am
Sun November 2, 2014

'Our Secret Life': Watching The Quirky Criterion Classics

Originally published on Sun November 2, 2014 10:04 am

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This is WEEKEND EDITION from NPR News. I'm Rachel Martin.

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Around the Nation
12:29 pm
Sun October 26, 2014

Lifted On Giant Inner Tubes, An Old Tree Moves In Michigan

Construction workers lift an oak tree to move it to the other side of the University of Michigan's Ross School of Business.
Austin Thomason Michigan Photography

Originally published on Mon October 27, 2014 8:42 am

For as many as 250 years, a bur oak has been growing on what is now the University of Michigan campus in Ann Arbor. The big tree stands in the way of an expansion of the Ross Business School.

But instead of cutting it down, the university is moving the tree. It's not easy, it's not cheap, and it's definitely not fast.

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Shots - Health News
12:13 pm
Sun October 26, 2014

Fresh From Appalachia: Chinese Medicinal Herbs

The Appalachian Medicinal Herb Growers Consortium's goal is to raise plants that meet the quality standards demanded by clinical practitioners.
Blue Ridge Center for Chinese Medicine

Originally published on Wed October 29, 2014 1:00 pm

Traditional Chinese medicine is gaining acceptance in the U.S., though still largely as a complementary treatment.

Mainstream doctors are mixed on its effectiveness. Still, as alternative treatments gain traction and the demand for Chinese herbs grows, farmers in Appalachia are responding.

The Blue Ridge Center for Chinese Medicine in Pilot, Va., is surrounded by miles of mountains, forests and farmland.

Outside the building, small plots of Chinese medicinal herbs grow on terraced slopes.

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NPR Story
10:22 am
Sun October 26, 2014

Sting's 'Last Ship' Explores His Shipyard Youth

Originally published on Sun October 26, 2014 4:38 pm

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Long before he was Sting, he was Gordon Sumner, a kid from northern England where the shipyard loomed large over his life and everyone else's.

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Sports
10:22 am
Sun October 26, 2014

World Series Game 4: A Small Ball Paradise

Originally published on Sun October 26, 2014 4:38 pm

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Commentary
10:22 am
Sun October 26, 2014

Is The U.S. Military Too Reliant On Contractors?

Originally published on Sun October 26, 2014 4:38 pm

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This is WEEKEND EDITION from NPR News. I'm Rachel Martin. And this...

(SOUNDBITE OF VARIOUS FILMS)

UNIDENTIFIED MAN #1: I'm going to tell you something, mister, and I want you to remember it.

UNIDENTIFIED MAN #2: Now you listen to me.

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Health
10:22 am
Sun October 26, 2014

Mother-Daughter Procedures, And Other Cosmetic Surgery Trends

Originally published on Mon October 27, 2014 10:27 am

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UNIDENTIFIED WOMAN #1: 52.

UNIDENTIFIED WOMAN #2: 752.

UNIDENTIFIED MAN #1: 25.

UNIDENTIFIED WOMAN #3: 6.1125.

UNIDENTIFIED WOMAN #4: 25,846.

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Around the Nation
11:50 am
Sun October 19, 2014

As Their Wells Run Dry, California Residents Blame Thirsty Farms

Many rural California residents rely on private wells for tap water — wells that are starting to dry up.
Jeremy Raff KQED

Originally published on Mon October 20, 2014 11:43 am

Imagine flushing the toilet and watching sand come up. That's what happened to Pam Vieira, who lives south of Modesto, Calif. Her water well has slowed to a trickle, and you can see the sand in the tank of her toilet.

"Sometimes we have brown water," Vieira says. "Sometimes we have no water."

Vieira is one of as many as 2 million rural California residents who rely on private domestic wells for drinking water.

Some of those people are among the hardest hit by the state's severe drought, as wells across the state's Central Valley farm belt start to go dry.

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Parallels
11:19 am
Sun October 19, 2014

An Urban Village Pops Up To Comfort Hong Kong Protesters

Student demonstrators don't want to fall behind on their studies, so volunteers built them an outdoor study hall. Some of the desks are built into the concrete highway divider.
Frank Langfitt NPR

Originally published on Mon October 20, 2014 11:43 am

Hong Kong's main pro-democracy protest camp turned three-weeks-old over the weekend. What began as a road block has grown into urban village with several hundred tents that attracts more than a thousand people at night.

The camp is a combo street fair, outdoor art gallery with political sculptures, propaganda posters as well as speeches, movie screenings and even a free library.

The vibe here is like an American college campus in the 1960s, except it's on an island on the edge of the South China Sea and surrounded by skyscrapers.

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Religion
9:44 am
Sun October 19, 2014

Mormon Teens Re-Enact Handcart Disaster To Bring History To Life

Originally published on Mon October 20, 2014 11:43 am

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Religion
9:44 am
Sun October 19, 2014

Bishops Fail To Agree On Same-Sex Unions

Originally published on Mon October 20, 2014 11:43 am

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Author Interviews
7:47 am
Sun October 19, 2014

Understanding Society Through 3 American Classics

Originally published on Mon October 20, 2014 11:43 am

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Sports
7:47 am
Sun October 19, 2014

Are The Royals Just Lucky? The Week In Sports

Originally published on Mon October 20, 2014 11:43 am

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Pop Culture
7:47 am
Sun October 19, 2014

Here's What Happens When Gandalf Talks To Schoolchildren

Originally published on Mon October 20, 2014 11:43 am

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Not all kids are so disciplined. Most parents are battling their children just to get them to sit down and study - threatening, cajoling, flat out bribing at times. What does it take to get them to buckle down and hit the books? It takes a wizard.

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Middle East
1:34 pm
Sun October 12, 2014

Tourists Discover The Modern Attraction Of Ancient Iran

Iranian women look at the palace of King Darius of Achaemenid Persepolis, near Shiraz in southern Iran.
Behrouz Mehri AFP/Getty Images

Iran is in the middle of a tourism boom. American travel agencies say they are planning more trips to the Islamic Republic. Officials in Iran say they are issuing more tourism visas, and spending by foreign visitors is up.

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Animals
12:39 pm
Sun October 12, 2014

American Intruder Lurks In Scottish Streams, Clawed And Hungry

In the northwestern United States, this crayfish would be just a friendly bit of local fauna. But in Scotland, it's an invasive species wreaking havoc on trout streams.
Ari Shapiro NPR

Originally published on Sun October 12, 2014 1:14 pm

Forget Nessie: there's another insidious creature living in the waters of Scotland.

The story starts in the streams and lakes of the northwestern United States, where North American signal crayfish are a familiar sight. Turn over a rock and you may well encounter one.

But in Scottish streams and lochs, these creatures are intruders.

In the United States, we often hear about invasive Asian carp, zebra mussels or snakehead fish from China that take over American waterways. It's a two-way street: American species are causing chaos in other parts of the world, too.

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Your Money
12:36 pm
Sun October 12, 2014

The Holidays Bring A New Season For Credit Card Breaches

By this time next year, U.S consumer are likely to be using credit cards with electronic chips, like these in Germany. But such cards are expected to stop only 60 percent of fraud, prompting a retailers' spokesman to call them the "not-so-smart card."
Martin Meissner AP

Originally published on Tue October 14, 2014 8:00 pm

The holiday season is approaching, a time for sales and Santa and, now, credit card data breaches.

Though cyberthieves have stolen millions of card numbers this year, shoppers are heading into the heavy-spending season with no new credit safeguards in place.

When you hear about a data breach, Bryan Sartin is one of the guys who go in to investigate.

"I've seen my own personal information in those lots of stolen data many, many, many, many, many times," Sartin says.

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