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Boris Nemtsov, Shot Friday, Was A Vehement Anti-Putin Critic

Sat, 02/28/2015 - 7:01am

Russian opposition leader Boris Nemtsov was gunned down in Moscow Friday night. Nemtsov was a longtime opposition leader and a fierce critic of President Vladimir Putin. Putin condemned the killing.

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House GOP Scurries To Avert Homeland Security Shutdown

Sat, 02/28/2015 - 7:01am

A last-minute scramble to fund the Department of Homeland Security exposed rifts among Republicans. NPR's Scott Simon talks to correspondent Ailsa Chang about the latest battle in Congress.

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Not So Fast, Jamestown: St. Augustine Was Here First

Sat, 02/28/2015 - 7:01am

Jamestown, Va., claims to be "America's First Region," but St. Augustine, Fla., turns 450 this year, making it the U.S.'s oldest continuous European settlement, a title residents are quick to defend.

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Rats Blamed For Bubonic Plague, But Gerbils May Be The Real Villains

Sat, 02/28/2015 - 5:10am

Rats have had a bad reputation ever since they were blamed for spreading bubonic plague. But perhaps the blame was misplaced. NPR's Scott Simon reflects on the roles of rodents.

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The Persistence — And Impermanence — Of Memory In 'The Buried Giant'

Sat, 02/28/2015 - 5:08am

Kazuo Ishiguro's first novel in a decade follows an old couple on what might be their last journey: Hunting for memories of a son they think they had, in a land covered with memory-shrouding mists.

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Can You Dig It? More Evidence Suggests Humans From The Ice Age

Sat, 02/28/2015 - 3:43am

Initially dismissed as a hoax a century ago, scientists have found evidence in Florida of humans living 14,000 years ago. If the findings hold up, they will help rewrite the history of early man.

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Can You Dig It? More Evidence Suggests Humans From The Ice Age

Sat, 02/28/2015 - 3:43am

Initially dismissed as a hoax a century ago, scientists have found evidence in Florida of humans living 14,000 years ago. If the findings hold up, they will help rewrite the history of early man.

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A German Muslim Asks His Compatriots: 'What Do You Want To Know?'

Sat, 02/28/2015 - 3:35am

Inside his dentist's office, Sadiqu al-Mousllie is treated like any other German. It's different when the Syrian-born man steps outside. He's trying to fight Islamophobia, one question at a time.

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Leonard Nimoy's Mr. Spock Taught Us Acceptance Is Highly Logical

Sat, 02/28/2015 - 3:33am

The Star Trek actor died Friday in Los Angeles, and NPR TV Critic Eric Deggans says Nimoy's signature role taught fans the power of accepting their differences rather than fighting them.

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After Second Round Of Talks, Cubans, Americans Emerge Upbeat

Fri, 02/27/2015 - 7:50pm

Roberta Jacobson, the American diplomat leading the talks, said the talks were "productive and encouraging" and a U.S. embassy could open in Havana by April.

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Microphone Check Live: 'The Spook Who Sat By The Door' Screening

Fri, 02/27/2015 - 7:39pm

In honor of Black History Month we went down to NPR's Washington, D.C., headquarters to show Sam Greenlee's 1973 film and host a conversation about its resonance.

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Jenny Lewis On World Cafe

Fri, 02/27/2015 - 6:56pm

Hear the folk singer's acoustic version of the title track of her latest album, The Voyager.

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Episode 607: Captive Market

Fri, 02/27/2015 - 6:45pm

Kidnapping is big business in Nigeria. One man analyzed the industry, to find its weak points and better protect the people he loved.

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Leonard Nimoy's Advice to A Biracial Girl In 1968

Fri, 02/27/2015 - 6:19pm

When a young girl with a black mother and white father wrote to a teen magazine in 1968 about not fitting in, the Star Trek actor responded at length about how Spock navigated two cultures.

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Deadline Poetry

Fri, 02/27/2015 - 5:32pm

Two reporters explain their editorial decisions.

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Putin Critic Boris Nemtsov Shot Dead In Moscow

Fri, 02/27/2015 - 5:28pm

On Friday, gunmen shot to death the prominent Russian opposition figure Boris Nemtsov. Nemtsov was a longtime Russian opposition leader and a sharp critic of President Vladimir Putin.

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Mexican Attorney General Who Handled Case Of Vanished Students Will Step Down

Fri, 02/27/2015 - 5:27pm

Jesus Murillo Karam ran the investigation when 43 college students disappeared.

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The Confidence of a Solid Job

Fri, 02/27/2015 - 5:21pm

In one New York neighborhood, a priest and an ex-convict run a bakery and café that provides good jobs to young men coming out of jail.

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Growing Older Gracefully

Fri, 02/27/2015 - 5:21pm

Maria Hinojosa talks with Lorraine C. Ladish of VivaFifty.com about how Latinas can gain confidence as they grow older.

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Business, Confidence & Fashion

Fri, 02/27/2015 - 5:21pm

Zoë Damacela started her own fashion brand before finishing high school. As a young businesswoman of color, she tells us where her confidence comes from.

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