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The Nile Project: Producing Harmony In A Divided Region

Sun, 09/14/2014 - 4:31am

It began as a conversation over a beer. Now, a collaboration between musicians across the Nile basin has expanded to concert tours, albums and courses at universities in the U.S. and East Africa.

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A Fresh Take On Dystopia In 'Chimpanzee'

Sun, 09/14/2014 - 4:29am

Dystopian literature usually focuses on global ills — climate change, GMO food, nuclear war. But Darin Bradley's new novel takes off from an economic collapse and the plight of student-loan debtors.

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Overthinking It: Using Food As A Racial Metaphor

Sun, 09/14/2014 - 4:27am

Why do we use fruits, vegetables, Twinkies and other food items to describe the idea of someone being [Race A] on the inside, [Race B] on the outside?

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Pageant Contestant Felt Helpless Against Domestic Violence

Sun, 09/14/2014 - 4:21am

Pageant contestants often pick feel-good issues for their platform topics. Miss New York chose domestic violence because she lived it. There are many reasons why women stay with an abuser, she says.

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It's All About The Girls: Is The World Listening To Them?

Sun, 09/14/2014 - 4:17am

More than 500 girls living in poverty have lent their voices to Girl Declaration, a campaign urging world leaders to include the needs of girls in the next set of global development goals.

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Toad The Wet Sprocket On Mountain Stage

Sat, 09/13/2014 - 8:39pm

The band blew up in the early '90s thanks to pop hits like "All I Want" and "Walk On The Ocean."

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ISIS Video Purports To Show Beheading Of British Aid Worker

Sat, 09/13/2014 - 5:38pm

The militant group that calls itself the Islamic State claims to have killed British aid worker David Haines.

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Jazz Pianist Joe Sample Dies At 75

Sat, 09/13/2014 - 4:09pm

Sample was a founder of the band the Jazz Crusaders and reportedly played with musicians from Miles Davis and B.B. King to Steely Dan and the Supremes. NPR's Arun Rath has this remembrance.

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Surviving Steroids: The Dark Side Of Performance-Enhancing Drugs

Sat, 09/13/2014 - 4:09pm

Ozy.com deputy editor Eugene Robinson talks with NPR's Arun Rath about his past experiences with performance enhancing drugs and "the dark side" of steroids.

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California Blue Whales On The Rebound, Study Says

Sat, 09/13/2014 - 4:09pm

California blue whales are rebounding to historic levels, after whaling hammered the population, according to a new study out of the University of Washington. NPR's Arun Rath talks with Trevor Branch, co-author of the study.

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With Ray Rice Video, TMZ Remains King Of Celebrity Wrong-Doing

Sat, 09/13/2014 - 4:09pm

The release of the Ray Rice video was not the first time TMZ has jolted the media world with raw videos or primary-source documents demonstrating celebrity wrong-doing. NPR's Arun Rath speaks with BuzzFeed's Anne Helen Petersen.

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The Summer Of 2014 Has Been A Messy Time For The World

Sat, 09/13/2014 - 4:09pm

From Syria to Iraq, Ukraine, Liberia and even Ferguson, Missouri, the summer of 2014 has been full of terrible news. NPR's Arun Rath talks to Harvard's Steven Pinker to try to answer the question: Is the world getting more messy?

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Surprise! Kids Love Unboxing Videos Too

Sat, 09/13/2014 - 4:09pm

The viral video trend of "unboxing" has reached the toddler demographic. One popular YouTube user has garnered millions of views on videos of opening Disney toys and other kitschy merchandise.

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Modern Misbehavin': Jason Moran Gets Into The Mind Of Fats Waller

Sat, 09/13/2014 - 4:09pm

On a new tribute to Waller, Moran explores his subject's many contradictions: "The son of a preacher, the man who likes to drink, the man who finds his sorrow but expresses it through comedy."

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In Margaret Atwood's Latest, The Past Is Powerfully Present

Sat, 09/13/2014 - 4:09pm

Her new collection, Stone Mattress, features characters still shaped by events in their youth. She's also working on a project that's all about the future: a book that won't be read for a century.

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Is It ISIS or ISIL? That Depends On Who You're Asking

Sat, 09/13/2014 - 4:09pm

The White House, Pentagon and the State Department all call the group ISIL, while many news organizations refer to the group as ISIS, and the group itself says it is simply the Islamic State.

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U.S. Ramps Up Support In Iraq, But So Is Iran

Sat, 09/13/2014 - 4:09pm

This week, President Obama said the U.S. would continue and expand military support to Iraqi forces fighting Sunni extremists. But the US. is not the only player there. Kate Brannen of Foreign Policy talks to NPR's Arun Rath about Iran's role in Iraq.

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A Cheerful Mortician Tackles The Lighter Side Of Death

Sat, 09/13/2014 - 3:55pm

Caitlin Doughty has built a following on YouTube by humorously discussing the morbid elements of her profession. In her new book, she explains that she's been interested in death since childhood.

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San Diego School District's New 18-Ton Armored Vehicle Creates Stir

Sat, 09/13/2014 - 3:36pm

The mine-resistant ambush protected vehicle, or MRAP, will have teddy bears in it, school police officials say. The MRAP is a piece of military surplus equipment that's worth around $733,000.

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Parker Millsap On Mountain Stage

Sat, 09/13/2014 - 1:38pm

Millsap's humor, sincerity, and intensity helped earn him a standing ovation in near-record time.

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