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For 'SNL' Cast Member, The Waiting Was The Hardest Part

Sun, 01/26/2014 - 4:59pm

After years of working at a restaurant by day and performing improv comedy by night, Bobby Moynihan got the opportunity of a lifetime: an audition for Saturday Night Live. But as Moynihan recalls, actually getting his 'big break' on the show was much more difficult.

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'Nothing Is Fixed': Recovery Is Slow In Typhoon-Hit Philippine City

Sun, 01/26/2014 - 4:46pm

Typhoon Haiyan was one of the strongest storms ever recorded at landfall when it struck the Philippines late last year. More than 6,000 people were killed and millions more were displaced, and authorities are still struggling with clearing away debris, rebuilding houses and counting the dead.

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Tested At Last, Rape Kits Give Evidence To Victims' Stories

Sun, 01/26/2014 - 4:36pm

Like many cities nationwide, Cleveland is sending thousands of decades-old rape kits for testing. Investigators expect to reopen as many overlooked rape cases, but for some, justice comes too late.

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David Crosby: 'Serve The Song,' Not The Self

Sun, 01/26/2014 - 4:02pm

A prolific collaborator, Crosby says a good song is better off shared than strategically set aside. His new solo studio album, Croz, is his first such release in two decades.

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The Tonight Show And The Business Of Late Night

Sun, 01/26/2014 - 4:00pm

After hosting The Tonight Show for two decades, Jay Leno will pass the torch to Jimmy Fallon in February. NPR's Kelly McEvers tals with Matt Belloni, executive editor for The Hollywood Reporter, about the business of late-night talk shows.

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Taking Stock Of The Northern Plains Oil Boom

Sun, 01/26/2014 - 4:00pm

Beginning next week, NPR News will be taking an in-depth look at the unprecedented oil drilling boom happening on the Northern Plains, where the state of North Dakota has fast become one of the nation's most productive drilling regions. NPR's Kelly McEvers talks with NPR reporter Kirk Siegler, back from a recent reporting trip in North Dakota for the series.

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A Reading Teacher Who Lost The Ability To Read

Sun, 01/26/2014 - 4:00pm

After a reading specialist at a kindergarten outside Chicago had a series of small strokes, she could no longer read. She's using her skills to teach herself how to recognize words again, but those who suffer from alexia face a long road back to literacy.

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Computers Are The Future, But Does Everyone Need To Code?

Sat, 01/25/2014 - 3:00pm

There's been a groundswell of support for coding education — "developer evangelists" host 24-hour code-a-thons and there's talk of teaching coding as early as kindergarten. But one critic says that's overkill. Afterall, he says, just because you drive a car doesn't mean that you have to be an auto mechanic.

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West Virginians Confused About Water Safety, Despite State's All Clear

Sat, 01/25/2014 - 3:00pm

West Virginia is still assessing the impact of a major chemical spill on Jan. 9 into the Elk River, which left 300,000 people without safe drinking water for days. Guest host Kelly McEvers speaks with Ken Ward Jr., a reporter for the Charleston Gazette, about the spill, and public reaction to conflicting messages from health officials.

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Ukrainian President Stuns Protesters With Offer Of Government Jobs

Sat, 01/25/2014 - 3:00pm

The political crisis in Ukraine is spreading, with tens of thousands of protesters gathered in Kiev's central square, demanding that President Viktor Yanukovych step down. From Kiev, NPR's Corey Flintoff speaks with guest host Kelly McEvers about some surprising developments.

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Syria Grants Rare But Scripted Glimpse To Western Journalists

Sat, 01/25/2014 - 3:00pm

Negotiations between the Syrian government and Syrian opposition leaders continue in Geneva this weekend. Guest host Kelly McEvers talks to Frederik Pleitgen of CNN, who is in Damascus, reporting about the current situation on the ground in Syria.

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Syrian Government, Opposition Begin Peace Talks With 'Half Steps'

Sat, 01/25/2014 - 3:00pm

This week, representatives of the Syrian government and opposition met in Geneva, Switzerland, beginning negotiations to end Syria's violent civil war. Guest host Kelly McEvers speaks with NPR's Deborah Amos, who is following developments at the international conference.

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Three Years After Uprising, Egypt Remains Deeply Divided

Sat, 01/25/2014 - 3:00pm

Protests and violent clashes erupted throughout Egypt on Saturday, as the country marked the third anniversary of the beginning of the 2011 Egyptian revolution. At least 29 people died in the violence, according to Egyptian officials. Guest host Kelly McEvers speaks with NPR's Leila Fadel, who is in Cairo.

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Computers Are The Future, But Does Everyone Need To Code?

Sat, 01/25/2014 - 3:00pm

There's been a groundswell of support for coding education — "developer evangelists" host 24-hour code-a-thons and there's talk of teaching coding as early as kindergarten. But one critic says that's overkill. Afterall, he says, just because you drive a car doesn't mean that you have to be an auto mechanic.

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Antarctic Discovery: A Massive Valley Under The Ice

Sat, 01/25/2014 - 3:00pm

Researchers have discovered an ancient valley deeper than the Grand Canyon under West Antarctica. The finding is both a window into the continent's past and a forecast of how the ice might change in a future global climate.

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The Mystery Of Isabel Allende: Author Explores New Genre

Sat, 01/25/2014 - 3:00pm

"I'm not a fan of mysteries," says Isabel Allende. Strange words indeed from a woman whose mystery novel Ripper hits bookshelves this month. The renowned Chilean author talks about taking on a new genre and making it her own.

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Angélique Kidjo Shares The 'Shiver' Of Hearing A Beautiful Voice

Sat, 01/25/2014 - 3:00pm

'I had a vision," says the singer, whose latest album showcases the voices of women from Kenya and her home country of Benin.

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The Business Of Hip-Hop; Luring Millennials To Life Insurance

Sat, 01/25/2014 - 3:00pm

Ozy.com co-founder Carlos Watson talks about a rising star who has made writing about hip-hop serious business, and the advertising tactics that life insurance companies are using to attract young people.

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String Of Oil Train Crashes Prompts Push For Safety Rules

Fri, 01/24/2014 - 5:20pm

The National Transportation Safety Board is calling for the swift enactment of tough new standards on trains carrying crude oil. With the huge increase in oil shipped by rail across North America, safety officials warn another major disaster could be looming.

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An Unconventional Contender Emerges As GOP Ponders 2016 Convention

Fri, 01/24/2014 - 5:01pm

Las Vegas may seem to be an unlikely place for Republicans to gather to nominate their next presidential candidate. That's exactly why city leaders are getting such a head start on their pitch to do just that.

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