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A Star-Crossed 'Scientific Fact': The Story Of Vulcan, Planet That Never Was

Sun, 11/29/2015 - 4:11pm

For decades, astronomers believed there was another planet in our solar system, tucked just out of sight. Then Albert Einstein figured out it wasn't there. Author Thomas Levenson explains.

A Picture Of Janis Joplin, In Shades Of 'Blue'

Sun, 11/29/2015 - 4:11pm

Michel Martin speaks with documentary filmmaker Amy Berg about her new film, Janis: Little Girl Blue, which chronicles the life and early death of the 1960s counterculture icon.

Customization Is Key: 'Star Wars: Battlefront' Makes Space For Gamers Of All Stripes

Sun, 11/29/2015 - 3:54pm

In the video game Star Wars: Battlefront, players can customize characters according to gender, race and age. Producer Sigurlina Ingvarsdottir says inclusivity was a priority "from the get-go."

NSA Ends Sept. 11th-Era Surveillance Program

Sun, 11/29/2015 - 1:09pm

The program allowed the U.S. government to collect data on Americans' phone calls in bulk. Under the new system, the government needs a court order to query a database kept by phone companies.

Pope Makes Final Stop On Africa Trip, In Central African Republic

Sun, 11/29/2015 - 10:15am

The Pope preached reconciliation Sunday in Central African Republic, a country that has seen clashes between Christian and Muslim militias.

French Police Fire Tear Gas At Climate Protesters In Paris

Sun, 11/29/2015 - 9:43am

Protesters gathered on the eve of a global conference on climate change. About 200 activists defied a ban on mass demonstrations and they were met by riot police.

Winter Storm Blamed For At Least 7 Deaths As It Moves East

Sun, 11/29/2015 - 8:40am

The storm dumped freezing rain from Texas all the way to Iowa. Authorities in Kansas reported several deaths due to car accidents and flooding claimed three lives in Texas.

Young American Muslims Face Pressure, Are Optimistic Of Increasing Tolerance

Sun, 11/29/2015 - 7:41am

Many Muslims feel pressure – sometimes a responsibility — to defend their faith when there's an attack carried out in the name of Islam. Young American Muslims share how they handle the scrutiny.

What We Know About The Alleged Planned Parenthood Shooter

Sun, 11/29/2015 - 7:26am

Robert Dear lived off the grid and the those who knew him described a troubled man who preferred solitude. Police say Dear opened fire at a Planned Parenthood center, killing three and wounding nine.

On The Forecast: A High Probability You'll See This Dress

Sun, 11/29/2015 - 6:53am

A viral photo montage has made it clear: One dress in particular is extremely popular with women in broadcast news. Meteorologist April Warnecke, who has worn the dress herself, explains why.

'Not Without My Daughter' Subject Grows Up, Tells Her Own Story

Sun, 11/29/2015 - 6:47am

"Not Without My Daughter" told the story of an American mother and daughter fleeing Iran. Now that young girl is telling her own story in her memoir, "My Name is Mahtob."

Cultural Exploration Via Cruise Ships Starts On Board

Sun, 11/29/2015 - 6:47am

Cruise liners aren't just about buffets and nightclub acts. There is a growing number of passengers who want to explore the local cultures, especially the music.

Daughters Reflect On Losing Both Parents To AIDS

Sun, 11/29/2015 - 6:47am

Two sisters sit down to describe what it was like to lose both parents to AIDS early on in the epidemic. People were so frightened, they didn't dare talk about the secret that haunted their family.

Archaeologists Dig To Complete Revolutionary War History

Sun, 11/29/2015 - 6:47am

Archaeologists are making finds in the Minute Man National Historical Park that could lead to a new understanding of one of the first battles of the American Revolution.

Even Without Interpreter, Hawaiian Judge Brings A Message

Sun, 11/29/2015 - 6:47am

A trial in Hawaii has been delayed while officials look for an interpreter — for the judge. Defendant Kahookahi Kanuha insists on testifying in Hawaiian, a state language.

Positive Bumper Stickers Light Up Worst Traffic City

Sun, 11/29/2015 - 6:47am

Stuck in traffic? In Kabul? Afghanistan's capital has some of the worst traffic jams in the world. But humorous bumper stickers, plastered all over cars, makes driving a little more bearable.

For The Record: Aging Out and Moving On

Sun, 11/29/2015 - 6:47am

The number of Americans over the age of 65 is growing. That means more families with loved ones who can no longer live alone. NPR's Rachel Martin speaks to families about the decisions they face.

Internet Food Culture Gives Rise To New 'Eatymology'

Sun, 11/29/2015 - 6:47am

Internet food culture has brought us new words for nearly every gastronomical condition. The author of "Eatymology," parodist Josh Friedland, discusses "brogurt" with NPR's Rachel Martin.

'Selfies' Are More Than Meets The Eye

Sun, 11/29/2015 - 6:47am

Selfies aren't only for posting pictures of yourself. For people who suffer from Cotard's Delusion, in which a person believes they're dead, those self-taken pictures can be part of a cure.

Climate Summit To Proceed In Paris

Sun, 11/29/2015 - 6:47am

More than 130 world leaders are expected in Paris for the UN climate conference. Despite the recent terrorist attacks in the French capital, the negotiations are going ahead as planned.




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