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Why Being A Part Of The Republican Establishment Is A Good Thing

Fri, 02/19/2016 - 4:16am

What does the old guard have to say about the field of candidates and the future of the GOP? Renee Montagne talks to Richard Lugar, who represented Indiana in the U.S. Senate from 1977 to 2013.

Experts Ponder Old Laws' Usefulness In The Age Of Smartphones

Fri, 02/19/2016 - 4:16am

Apple's clash with the federal government over unlocking the phone used by one of the San Bernardino shooters has exposed how inadequate much of U.S. law is in the face of fast-evolving technologies.

Why Money Is Pouring Out Of China

Fri, 02/19/2016 - 4:16am

Despite an uptick this week, the value of China's currency has been sliding since August. What does all this mean for China's slowing growth and the global economy?

At Persepolis, Iran's Grand Past Overshadows Its Frustrating Present

Fri, 02/19/2016 - 4:14am

For Iranian tourists at this ancient Persian capital, awe for the past is tempered by disappointment about the present. "We have nothing new that makes us special in the world," says one visitor.

A Mom, A Son With Down Syndrome — And The Love That Made A 'Curse' A Gift

Fri, 02/19/2016 - 4:00am

Joshua Myers once found his condition so overwhelming, he considered suicide. Now 29, he says he loves his life. What's more, his mom says he's taught her something special: "how to love."

President Obama's Latin America Trip Will Include A Stop In Cuba

Thu, 02/18/2016 - 9:26am

Obama will travel to Cuba in the coming weeks, a senior administration official tells NPR. It will be the first visit by a sitting U.S. president in 88 years. CNN's Patrick Oppmann in Havana has more.

Pizza Added To Meals-Ready-To-Eat Menu

Thu, 02/18/2016 - 6:47am

The Army has come up with a pizza that has a three-year shelf life. The MRE pizza is billed as tasting like pizza at its best — that is, a day old.

N.Y. Family Wants To Keep Snowman Alive Until Spring

Thu, 02/18/2016 - 6:41am

When rain struck Monday, they wrapped the large snowman in plastic and put an umbrella on his head. They want to make him last through warmer weather, and are asking for people to send snow.

Germany's Ambassador To The U.S. Weighs In On Europe's Refugee Crisis

Thu, 02/18/2016 - 4:15am

Leaders from the European Union are meeting to consider how to tackle the refugee crisis there. German chancellor Angela Merkel has played a crucial role in leading the European response to the influx of migrants, with Germany taking the bulk of new arrivals. Steve Inskeep talks to Peter Wittig, Germany's ambassador to the U.S. about the refugee crisis in Europe.

Conditions For Refugees At Makeshift Camps In Syria Are Deplorable, Aid Worker Says

Thu, 02/18/2016 - 4:15am

Steve Inskeep and Renee Montagne report on a Mercy Corps field officer in northern Syria, who describes the country's daunting humanitarian mission on the ground.

Shooting Investigators Want To Get Around iPhone Security Features

Thu, 02/18/2016 - 4:15am

Renee Montagne talks to Matthew Olsen, former director of the National Counterterrorism Center, about the Fed's battle with Apple about accessing the iPhone of one of the San Bernardino killers.

Explosion In Turkey's Capital Kills Dozens

Thu, 02/18/2016 - 4:15am

A car bomb killed at least 28 people in Turkey's capital Ankara on Wednesday. Turkey's prime minister is blaming Kurdish militants for the attack, which was directed at a Turkish military convoy.

GOP Would Be Irresponsible Not To Consider Supreme Court Nominee, Leahy Says

Thu, 02/18/2016 - 4:15am

Renee Montagne talks to Senator Patrick Leahy of Vermont, ranking Democrat on the Judiciary Committee, about the prospects for a vote on a nominee to fill the Supreme Court vacancy left by the death of Justice Scalia.

Retired Justice Sandra Day O'Conner Urges A Successor To Scalia Pronto

Thu, 02/18/2016 - 4:15am

O'Connor told a reporter in Phoenix that Obama should choose the nominee to replace Antonin Scalia, saying the court needs a new justice. GOP leaders called for Obama to defer to the next president.

Retired Justice Sandra Day O'Connor Urges A Successor To Scalia Pronto

Thu, 02/18/2016 - 4:15am

O'Connor told a reporter in Phoenix that Obama should choose the nominee to replace Antonin Scalia, saying the court needs a new justice. GOP leaders called for Obama to defer to the next president.

Fashion Week Wraps Up In New York

Thu, 02/18/2016 - 4:15am

Renee Montagne talks to Robin Givhan (gih-vahn), the fashion critic for "The Washington Post," who gives us her take on New York's.

Pope Francis Wraps Up Mexico Trip In Juarez, Near U.S. Border

Thu, 02/18/2016 - 4:15am

Pope Francis began his trip to Mexico with a layover in Havana, where he helped to mend a 1,000-year-old schism with the Orthodox church. He ended his visit with a stop in Juarez, where the battle over immigration is going strong. The pontiff celebrated a mass within feet of the U.S. border.

GOP Candidates Battle For A Share Of S.C. Voters With Military Ties

Thu, 02/18/2016 - 4:15am

Military voters are a key block in South Carolina's Republican primary. Many candidates are catering to them, trying to show they have what it takes to be commander-in-chief.

Slippery Slope? Court Orders Apple To Unlock Shooter's iPhone

Thu, 02/18/2016 - 4:15am

Apple says it would fight a federal court order to help the FBI break into a dead terrorist's iPhone. The feds say they're being kept out by one of the phone's security features.

After Prisoner Swap, Anxiety Over Jailed Iranian-American Businessman

Thu, 02/18/2016 - 4:14am

The U.S. and Iran swapped prisoners last month, before the lifting of sanctions. But Siamak Namazi, an Iranian-American businessman, remains in an Iranian jail, raising concerns among the diaspora.

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