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A Day's A Day The World Around — But Shorter On Saturn

Sat, 03/28/2015 - 6:38am

Researchers have finally determined the length of a day on the ringed planet (gas shrouds any landmarks, so it was tough). Precision matters: A faster spin influences the speed of surface winds.

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Birder Finds Panama Packed With Species, But No Harpy Eagles

Sat, 03/28/2015 - 6:38am

There are more species of birds in Panama than all of North America. NPR's Scott Simon speaks with Ray Brown, host of the radio program Talkin' Birds, who just returned from the country.

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Man Brings Joy And New Shoes To Somali Refugees

Sat, 03/28/2015 - 6:38am

In Clarkston, Ga., a Somali American man named Omar Shekhey helps refugees get settled in their new lives.

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Pour A Bucket Of Blood On These New Adaptations Of 'Carrie'

Sat, 03/28/2015 - 5:03am

Stephen King has said his novel Carrie is about women's power and men's fear — an idea reporter Beth Accomando says has gotten lost in newer adaptations of the horror classic for stage and screen.

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Three Jazz Pianists, A Generation After Apartheid

Sat, 03/28/2015 - 5:03am

Millennial musicians are reshaping the South African jazz scene in a culture of open exchange. Hear from pianists Nduduzo Makhathini, Kyle Shepherd and Bokani Dyer.

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Guess What Makes The Cut As A 'Smart Snack' In Schools? Hot Cheetos

Sat, 03/28/2015 - 5:01am

Frito-Lay has reformulated Flamin' Hot Cheetos to meet new federal nutrition standards for school snacks. That's been a big hit with school kids, but the rules' creators say the snack is still junk.

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Germanwings Crash: 'Suicide' Doesn't Seem To Tell The Story

Sat, 03/28/2015 - 4:57am

Though investigators say it looks like the co-pilot deliberately brought down the jet, killing himself and 149 others, there are reasons not to use that word.

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At Last, A Fitting Farewell For Richard III

Sat, 03/28/2015 - 4:56am

Richard III has been buried, two years after his abandoned bones were found under an abandoned parking lot. NPR's Scott Simon reflects on the man Shakespeare turned into one of his great characters.

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Nigerian Artist Continues A Family Tradition With 'Sartorial Anarchy'

Sat, 03/28/2015 - 4:46am

In Lagos, Iké Udé's family engaged in a West African tradition: photographing people wearing new clothes. Clothing and portraiture are still at the center of the New York-based photographer's work.

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At Least 17 Dead In Somalia Hotel Attack

Sat, 03/28/2015 - 4:33am

Somali troops on Saturday took full control of a hotel that extremist gunmen stormed and occupied for more than 12 hours following a suicide bombing. At least 17 people died and dozens were wounded.

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#NPRreads: Leaving Guantanamo, And Why Black People Don't Call Police

Fri, 03/27/2015 - 7:34pm

For this weekend, we recommend pieces that touch on what's happened to some of the prisoners released from Guantanamo and an essay from one of India's few foreign correspondents.

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Episode 613: Trash!

Fri, 03/27/2015 - 7:09pm

There's an economic line that separates recyclables from trash. And that line has been moving a lot lately.

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Southern Baptists Don't Shy Away From Talking About Their Racist Past

Fri, 03/27/2015 - 7:06pm

The denomination held a summit in Nashville, Tenn., this week to consider how the Gospel speaks to race relations. It wasn't easy, and moving from words to actions may be a challenge.

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Jury Rules Against Ellen Pao, Clearing Kleiner Perkins Of Discrimination

Fri, 03/27/2015 - 7:04pm

The case was the highest-profile gender discrimination case to come out of Silicon Valley. Pao had sued her former employers for $16 million in damages.

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After Resuming Deliberations, Jury Rules In Favor Of Kleiner Perkins

Fri, 03/27/2015 - 6:50pm

The jury said that the venture capital firm Kleiner, Perkins, Caufield and Byers did not retaliate against former partner Ellen Pao by terminating her.

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'The Breakfast Club' At 30: '80s Classic Still Relatable Today

Fri, 03/27/2015 - 4:58pm

The Breakfast Club turned 30 this year. A look at the John Hughes-directed movie and how teenagers today can still relate.

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A Photo I Love: Featuring Astronaut Reid Wiseman

Fri, 03/27/2015 - 4:58pm

NPR hears from astronaut Reid Wiseman who was on the space station for four months in 2014. He discusses his photo of Italy at night from space.

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Calif. Governor Can't Make It Rain, But Can Make Relief Money Pour

Fri, 03/27/2015 - 4:57pm

California Gov. Jerry Brown signed his sweeping $1.1 billion emergency drought relief bill Friday. It funds water infrastructure improvements like flood control and aid for farmworkers.

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As U.S. Energy Industry Booms, Oil Hubs Run Out Of Storage Space

Fri, 03/27/2015 - 4:44pm

U.S. oil production is at near record levels. But the success has led to a question of where to store all that oil. One of the country's biggest oil hubs is now almost full.

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Italy's Highest Court Overturns Amanda Knox Conviction

Fri, 03/27/2015 - 4:42pm

The decision puts an end to a story that began in 2009 when Knox was found guilty of murdering 21-year-old Meredith Kirchner two years earlier.

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