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Episode 600: The People Inside Your Machine

Fri, 01/30/2015 - 9:10pm

Today on the show, we visit the place where regular people compete to do tiny tasks, sometimes for pennies.

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In Qatar, Released Taliban Member Raises U.S. Concerns

Fri, 01/30/2015 - 8:16pm

There are new suspicions that one of the men released from a U.S. prison in Guantanamo Bay in exchange for Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl last year might be trying to contact Taliban fighters.

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An Archer Goes Old-School, And Wows The Internet

Fri, 01/30/2015 - 6:33pm

Citing archery's historic methods, a Danish archer has released a video in which he fires three arrows in 0.6 seconds. Lars Andersen argues for speed and agility, in addition to accuracy.

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Argentine Official Says He Sought Cooperation With Iran, Not Coverup

Fri, 01/30/2015 - 5:19pm

In an exclusive interview with NPR, Foreign Minister Hector Timerman says he met Iranian officials as part of the effort to find out who was behind the 1994 bombing of a Buenos Aires Jewish center.

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Measles Is A Killer: It Took 100,000 Lives Worldwide Last Year

Fri, 01/30/2015 - 4:55pm

The uproar over the U.S. outbreak glosses over a bigger problem: Measles takes a tragic toll in poor countries. But a vaccine can effectively stop this deadly — and highly contagious — disease.

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Shake Shack Sizzles With IPO As McDonald's Fizzles

Fri, 01/30/2015 - 4:30pm

Shares of the burger chain shot up Friday, its first trading day. Shake Shack and other fast-casual joints are taking a bite out of McDonald's, which can't recast itself to fit the current trend.

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The Real Super Sunday Battle Is In The Snack Bowl

Fri, 01/30/2015 - 4:17pm

The competition over what Americans consume during the Super Bowl has gotten vicious. The nation's top merchants of virtuous and not-so-virtuous munching both want control of the line of scrimmage.

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Republican Gov. Rick Snyder Turns To Voters To Approve Tax Increase

Fri, 01/30/2015 - 4:09pm

Some states are experiencing major budget deficits and several Republican governors are opting to increase taxes to make up for the shortfall. Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder talks to Robert Siegel

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Close Friend Of Putin Awarded Contract For Crimea Bridge

Fri, 01/30/2015 - 4:04pm

The span to be built across a narrow strait that separates Russia from the newly annexed peninsula, is pegged at $3 billion and scheduled for completion by the end of 2018.

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The 'Man Who Touched His Own Heart' Changed Medicine

Fri, 01/30/2015 - 3:59pm

Melissa Block talks to Rob Dunn about his new book, The Man Who Touched His Own Heart, a history of science and medicine's efforts to understand the working of the human heart.

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Is There A #PubRadioVoice That Sounds Like America?

Fri, 01/30/2015 - 3:59pm

Earlier this week, we hosted a Twitter chat that tackled questions about diversity in public radio and the pressure some journalists of color feel to sound "white."

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Seahawk Cornerback's Baby Could Make A Touchdown During Super Bowl

Fri, 01/30/2015 - 3:54pm

As if the Super Bowl didn't have enough drama, Seattle Seahawks star cornerback Richard Sherman's girlfriend is pregnant and expecting to give birth in the coming days.

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Latvia Keeps Careful Eye Trained On Russia

Fri, 01/30/2015 - 3:53pm

Robert Siegel speaks with Edgars Rinkevics, foreign minister of Latvia, on his visit to Washington, D.C. Rinkevics is in town to to discuss Russia and security cooperation with the U.S.

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'Suge' Knight Charged With Murder After Fatal Hit-And-Run

Fri, 01/30/2015 - 3:39pm

The former rap music mogul, Marion "Suge" Knight has been arrested again — this time, on suspicion of murder. Knight allegedly ran over two people, killing one, on the set of the movie Straight Outta Compton.

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Music Review: Dengue Fever's 'Deepest Lake'

Fri, 01/30/2015 - 3:39pm

Named after the mosquito-borne disease, LA's band Dengue Fever combines psychedelic rock with Cambodian pop. For over a decade, the six member band have managed to stay relevant by sticking to this offbeat idea and introducing new sounds.

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Seahawk Marshawn Lynch's Silence Becomes The Story

Fri, 01/30/2015 - 3:39pm

Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch has made clear he doesn't like talking to the media. But has his stance helped or hurt his Beast Mode image?

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Week In Politics: Romney, Koch Brothers, Budget

Fri, 01/30/2015 - 3:39pm

Melissa Block talks to regular political commentators E.J. Dionne of The Washington Post and Brookings Institution and David Brooks of The New York Times. They discuss Mitt Romney's decision to not run for president in 2016, the Koch brothers' plan to spend nearly $900 million dollars on campaigns and next week's budget proposal.

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By Impersonating Her Mom, A Comedian Grows Closer To Her

Fri, 01/30/2015 - 3:39pm

Human relationships are entanglements, and those connections often aren't clear to us at all. When Maria Bamford impersonated her mom, she realized what she loved about her — and about herself.

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The True Costs Of Community College

Fri, 01/30/2015 - 3:39pm

President Obama has proposed making tuition at community colleges free. But Youth Radio reporter Tylyn Hardamon found that paying for school is just one of many challenges facing today's students.

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Civilians In Eastern Ukraine Flee As Fighting Intensifies

Fri, 01/30/2015 - 3:39pm

Civilians in villages near the front lines in Eastern Ukraine are being forced to leave their homes as fighting intensifies between Government forces and Russian-back separatists.

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