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NPR Politics Podcast: South Carolina's Dirty Reputation

Fri, 02/12/2016 - 3:35pm

South Carolina has a reputation for being a state where presidential primary politics gets dirty. NPR's Politics Podcast explores what that's about.

In Nevada, Generation Gap Over Democratic Candidates Widens

Fri, 02/12/2016 - 3:35pm

Democratic women are overwhelmingly supporting Hillary Clinton — or rather, those over 45 are. Women under 30 are strongly supporting Bernie Sanders. With the caucuses in Nevada coming up, NPR asks women there what they make of this generational divide.

Massive Gas Leak In Los Angeles Temporarily Plugged After Nearly 4 Months

Fri, 02/12/2016 - 3:35pm

Crews are working to permanently plug the methane gas leak that has forced hundreds from their homes in the Porter Ranch area of Los Angeles. Southern California Gas Company says the leak was temporarily fixed Thursday, after nearly four months of spewing methane into the air.

Russian Escalation In Syria Narrows Options To Help Civilians

Fri, 02/12/2016 - 3:35pm

NPR's Kelly McEvers talks with Brian Katulis, a senior fellow for Middle East policy at the Center for American Progress, about negotiations for helping civilians caught up in the violence in Syria. He says Russia has in effect created a no-fly zone for themselves there, which has made it almost impossible to do anything without Russia's cooperation.

Syrian Doctor Casts Doubt On Proposed Pause In Fighting

Fri, 02/12/2016 - 3:35pm

Dr. Osama Abo El Ezz is a general surgeon at a hospital in Aleppo, Syria. He says the humanitarian situation is grim and doesn't believe the cease fire will change anything. Nevertheless, he says he will keep working in Aleppo.

Syrian 'Cessation Of Hostilities' Agreement Met With Skepticism

Fri, 02/12/2016 - 3:35pm

The day after, weaknesses became clear in a deal billed as trying to get a pause in the fighting in Syria. It's unclear if it will stop Russian bombing or allow in needed aid.

Female Suicide Bombers Sent By Boko Haram Blamed For Attack In Nigeria

Fri, 02/12/2016 - 3:35pm

Female suicide bombers sent by Boko Haram extremists are being blamed for killing nearly 60 people in an attack on a refuge for displaced people in northern Nigeria. The attackers appear to be from among girls Boko Haram has kidnapped in recent years.

National Corvette Museum Commemorates Sinkhole That Ate Vintage Cars

Fri, 02/12/2016 - 3:35pm

NPR marks the second anniversary of a giant sinkhole that sucked up a display of eight vintage Chevrolet Corvettes at the National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green, Ky. The museum is opening a special exhibit to commemorate the anniversary. Even though the sinkhole has been filled in and the cars repaired, the museum wants to tell the story of how it happened, and how the museum dug itself out of what might have been a nightmare.

Week In Politics: Democratic Debate, New Hampshire Primary

Fri, 02/12/2016 - 3:35pm

NPR's Ari Shapiro speaks with our regular political commentator David Brooks of The New York Times and MSNBC analyst Alex Wagner. They discuss Thursday night's PBS Democratic debate and the emerging virtue of humility in the GOP.

To Sorkin A Mockingbird: Screenwriter Will Adapt Novel For Broadway

Fri, 02/12/2016 - 3:35pm

How will Aaron Sorkin's rapid-fire dialogue fit with Harper Lee's tale of racism and justice in the South?

Ready, Set, Watch: The Great Backyard Bird Count Starts Today

Fri, 02/12/2016 - 2:59pm

The annual event invites bird watchers of all levels to count the birds in their backyard, and submit the data to researchers at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and the National Audubon Society.

Pope, Head Of The Russian Orthodox Church Meet For The First Time

Fri, 02/12/2016 - 2:39pm

Pope Francis and Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill are meeting in Havana, Cuba. It's the first time the leaders of the two churches have met since a schism 1,000 years ago divided Christianity.

Is John Oliver's Show Journalism? He Says The Answer Is Simple: 'No'

Fri, 02/12/2016 - 2:16pm

"Everything we do is in pursuit of comedy," Oliver says. But to get the comedy right, you have to get facts right: "You can't be wrong about something, otherwise that joke just disintegrates."

Texas A&M Investigates Report Of Slurs Yelled At Black High School Students

Fri, 02/12/2016 - 1:05pm

"Go back where you came from," white college students told black high school students Tuesday. A campus officer reportedly said the students were expressing their First Amendment rights.

Penalty For Home Birth: A Chicken Or A Cow

Fri, 02/12/2016 - 1:00pm

So that's one way to improve health care in the developing world. Here are some other bright ideas from people who like to shake up the status quo.

Remembering Ballet Great Violette Verdy

Fri, 02/12/2016 - 12:52pm

We revisit our 2011 conversation with the acclaimed French ballerina, who died on Monday at the age of 82.

The Poetry That Led To A Death Sentence In Saudi Arabia

Fri, 02/12/2016 - 12:40pm

After international outcry, the sentence for Palestinian poet Ashraf Fayadh was reduced to prison time and lashes.

It's Clowns Vs. 'Soldiers Of Odin' In Finland

Fri, 02/12/2016 - 12:33pm

While an anti-migrant group called Soldiers of Odin patrols the streets, a parody group called Loldiers of Odin is responding.

Former Basketball Star Jay Williams Chases A New Dream

Fri, 02/12/2016 - 12:25pm

Two months after finishing his first season in the NBA, Williams nearly died in a motorcycle crash. He talks about what's happened since.

How Negative Interest Rates Work

Fri, 02/12/2016 - 12:20pm

Negative interest rates are in place in Sweden and Japan. Even Fed Chair Janet Yellen said it's something U.S. policymakers have considered.

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