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Years After Its Curfew Killed Theater, Ghana Gets A Second Act

Sun, 01/10/2016 - 3:30pm

Back in the '80s, Ghanaian theater went dark under military curfew. Now, a dapper businessman-turned-playwright is leading an on-stage revival — and doing it with a sense of humor.

U.S. Flies Bomber Over South Korea In Show Of Strength, Alliance

Sun, 01/10/2016 - 1:31pm

A nuclear-capable B-52 flew over Osan Air Base, an hour south of Seoul, in a show of force. Tensions between North and South Korea have been high since North Korea's recent nuclear test.

'Night Of Shame,' Week Of Soul-Searching: Cologne Attacks Divide Germany

Sun, 01/10/2016 - 1:17pm

Hundreds of criminal complaints have been filed over robberies and sexual assaults on New Year's Eve. The assailants were identified by police as Arab or North African men.

What The People Who Read Your College Application Really Think

Sun, 01/10/2016 - 9:31am

The college application process can be confusing and frustrating for perspective students. Here's a look at what happens behind the curtain.

Doctors Without Borders Says Hospital Was Hit In Yemen

Sun, 01/10/2016 - 8:27am

The aid organization, also known as MSF, says at least four people died and 10 were injured when a projectile hit an MSF-supported facility in Yemen on Sunday morning.

Aid Set To Arrive In Besieged Syrian Towns Soon; Airstrike Hits Rebel-Held Town

Sun, 01/10/2016 - 7:38am

Aid convoys are expected to arrive Monday. Meanwhile, an airstrike in Idlib has killed dozens, and Syria has announced it's willing to join peace talks with the opposition — with conditions.

'Game Of Thrones': When The TV Show Outpaces The Books

Sun, 01/10/2016 - 7:01am

George R.R. Martin hasn't finished his latest book in time for the sixth TV season. NPR's Rachel Martin talks with Amy Sullivan and Spencer Kornhaber of the Atlantic's 'Game of Thrones' roundtable.

Seeking To Expand Voter Reach, GOP Leaders Hold Poverty Forum

Sun, 01/10/2016 - 7:01am

House Speaker Paul Ryan and Sen. Tim Scott hosted a forum in South Carolina Saturday on how Republicans plan to combat poverty. About half of the GOP presidential candidates shared their ideas.

Looking For Something To Wear? Just Scramble Some Letters

Sun, 01/10/2016 - 7:01am

Every answer in this week's puzzle is the name of an article of apparel. For each anagram given, name the item.

'Manners And Mayhem': A Darker, Snarkier Side To Domesticity

Sun, 01/10/2016 - 7:01am

NPR's Rachel Martin speaks with Helen Ellis, author of the book American Housewife. The book of short stories begins with the line - "Inspired by Beyonce, I stallion walk to the toaster."

Can True Crime Stories Interfere With Old Cases?

Sun, 01/10/2016 - 7:01am

The Netflix hit show "Making of a Murderer" and the podcast "Serial" have brought up old cases that gathered dust for years. NPR's Rachel Martin talks with Deidre Enright, head of The Innocence Project and featured in Season One of Serial, about what it means to re-litigate select cases.

When 'One Breath' Tests Life: Author Explores Extreme Freediving

Sun, 01/10/2016 - 7:01am

NPR's Rachel Martin talks to Adam Skolnick about his new book about the extreme sport of freediving. It's called One Breath, and it focuses on the death in 2013 of freediver Nick Mevoli.

How $220M Changed A Lottery Winner

Sun, 01/10/2016 - 7:01am

NPR's Rachel Martin spoke with Brad Duke a few years ago about his $220 million lottery win in 2005. We called him back this week because numbers for the biggest Powerball jackpot were drawn Saturday.

San Diego Stumped On How To Stop The Stink

Sun, 01/10/2016 - 7:01am

Sea lion poop is frustrating residents in the San Diego neighborhood of La Jolla who pay top dollar for their ocean views. But fixing the problem isn't as simple as just scraping off the waste.

What Does El Niño Precipitation Mean For California Drought?

Sun, 01/10/2016 - 7:01am

It's finally raining in California, but will the El Niño storms be enough to refill the state's reservoirs? Can the water be collected? Alice Walton of the LA Times talks with NPR's Rachel Martin.

How Obama's Proposals Are Playing Out At Gun Shows

Sun, 01/10/2016 - 7:01am

Who's a gun dealer and who's not? Vendors and buyers at a Miami gun show react to President Obama's proposal requiring nearly everyone who sells guns to register as a dealer and conduct background checks of buyers.

Cologne Attacks Intensify Migrant Crisis Conversation

Sun, 01/10/2016 - 7:01am

Many suspects in the New Year's eve attacks in Cologne, Germany, are asylum seekers. NPR's Rachel Martin speaks with NPR's Soraya Nelson about how the attacks are stirring the migrant crisis debate.

How Actor Sean Penn Came To Interview 'El Chapo' For 'Rolling Stone'

Sun, 01/10/2016 - 7:01am

Rolling Stone published the interview Saturday night with the Mexican druglord. NPR's Rachel Martin speaks with NPR's David Folkenflik and NPR's Carrie Kahn about how this meeting came about.

Eva Salina's Love For Balkan Music Is Lifelong — And Accidental

Sun, 01/10/2016 - 7:01am

The singer has Dutch and Jewish roots and hails from a quiet California beach town — but musically, she's traveled a path far afield from her upbringing.

Memories Of A Long Life Return In 'Alive, Alive Oh!'

Sun, 01/10/2016 - 6:00am

British writer Diana Athill is 98 — by her own account, a very old woman. In this slim but lovely volume, she recounts the moments that have lingered: heartbreak, yes, but also hills of bluebells.

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