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Netanyahu Maintains Focus On Iran As His Voter Support Falls

Sun, 03/15/2015 - 6:52am

Israel's parliamentary election is Tuesday, and so far, the race is too close to call. It's turned into a referendum on Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

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From Afghanistan's Rubble, A Teacher Builds A School Of Ideas

Sun, 03/15/2015 - 6:52am

Amid the obstructionism and violence of Afghanistan, Aziz Royesh has set up a school in Kabul that has won worldwide acclaim.

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A Mystery 'Bullet' Reveals Long-Kept Family Secrets

Sun, 03/15/2015 - 6:52am

The hero of Mary Louise Kelly's novel, The Bullet, discovers she has a bullet in her neck but doesn't know how it got there. Kelly tells NPR's Rachel Martin she was inspired by a true story.

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Walking The Longest River In The World

Sun, 03/15/2015 - 6:52am

Levison Wood is an adventurer and explorer who recently walked the length of the river Nile. NPR's Rachel Martin speaks with Wood about his challenging — and also tragic — journey.

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In Iraq, The Final Battle For Tikrit Is Likely To Be The Hardest

Sun, 03/15/2015 - 6:52am

The offensive against ISIS in Tikrit is being eyed by Iraq's various factions — including some the U.S. hopes will help take on ISIS elsewhere. NPR's Rachel Martin talks with Deborah Amos in Iraq.

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Change Your Habits And You'll Be 'Better Than Before'

Sun, 03/15/2015 - 6:52am

NPR's Rachel Martin speaks with Gretchen Rubin about her new book, Better Than Before. It's her philosophy of how to create good habits and nix the bad ones.

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Airlines Are Not The Best At Estimating Flight Times

Sun, 03/15/2015 - 6:52am

The 6 million domestic flights taken last year generated 115 million minutes of delays. NPR's Rachel Martin asks data expert Mona Chalabi of FiveThirtyEight.com what's behind all those delays.

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How Far Has The Health Of Moms Come Since 1995?

Sun, 03/15/2015 - 6:03am

The rate of women worldwide who die in childbirth has dropped by more than 40 percent over the past two decades. But does this rosy global health statistic overstate the extent of change?

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Smell Something Different At The Gym? It Might Not Be What You Think

Sun, 03/15/2015 - 4:29am

Scent can affect how customers view a business, how long they spend shopping and how much money they spend, research shows. Businesses from stores to fitness clubs are convinced scents make sense.

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What Glen Hansard Learned From His Friend Jason Molina

Sun, 03/15/2015 - 4:27am

Molina impressed Hansard in two ways: His songs were great, and he answered fan mail. Hansard discusses meeting the late songwriter and making a new tribute EP in his memory.

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The Fate Of The World's Chocolate Depends On This Spot In Rural England

Sun, 03/15/2015 - 4:24am

Cocoa is unusually susceptible to disease. Every year, a third of the crop is destroyed, even as the appetite for chocolate grows. That's why the world needs the International Cocoa Quarantine Centre.

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