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Hope For Peace Talks Look Grim As Violence Rages Around Cease Fire

Sun, 05/08/2016 - 6:57am

NPR's Alice Fordham in Beirut updates Melissa Block about the status of the ceasefire in Aleppo, the al-Qaida affiliate in Syria, which isn't included in the ceasefire, and riots at a jail in Hama.

Refresh Your Exercise Playlist With New Music From Alt.Latino

Sun, 05/08/2016 - 6:57am

It's hard to get exercise when you don't have great tunes to pump you up. Jasmine Garsd and Felix Contreras of NPR's Alt.Latino podcast share their new workout playlist with NPR's Melissa Block.

How Ogden, Utah Has The Lowest Level Of Income Inequality

Sun, 05/08/2016 - 6:57am

Among America's larger cities, Ogden has the highest percentage of people in the middle class according to the Census Bureau. Mayor Mike Caldwell tells Melissa Block how they got that distinction.

Senegal's Biggest Art Biennial Returns With Contemporary Exhibits

Sun, 05/08/2016 - 6:57am

African artists are convening in Dakar, Senegal for the Dak'Art biennale. The month-long event showcases the latest developments in visual arts.

How Best To Eat American Cheese That's Not, Technically, Cheese

Sun, 05/08/2016 - 6:57am

There's a huge surplus of American cheese in the U.S. The Sporkful's Dan Pashman and NPR's Melissa Block discuss what "American cheese" means and how it's best served.

Robert Worth's 'A Rage For Order' Takes On Troubled Middle East

Sun, 05/08/2016 - 6:57am

Robert Worth was in Cairo in February 2011 when news spread that president Hosni Mubarak had resigned. He tells Melissa Block about that moment and shares other personal stories about the Arab Spring.

'Never Trump' Campaign Now Seeks To Dissociate Trump From Republican Party

Sun, 05/08/2016 - 6:57am

Now that Donald Trump is the apparent Republican nominee, those in the "Never Trump" camp have a decision to make. NPR's Melissa Block speaks with Rory Cooper, Senior Advisor to the "Never Trump" PAC.

U.S., Russia Both Worry About Growing Turmoil In Tajikistan

Sun, 05/08/2016 - 4:23am

The Central Asian nation looks increasingly shaky with an autocratic ruler, an Islamist insurgency, a sputtering economy and unstable neighbors.

On Mother's Day, Mourning The Mom My Baby Will Never Know

Sun, 05/08/2016 - 4:00am

I watched my mother disappear bit by bit as cancer destroyed her brain. I don't know if she heard me when I said I was pregnant. But I still feel her love. I think our baby will, too.

How One Man Made The Eiffel Tower Sing

Sun, 05/08/2016 - 3:58am

Some see the Eiffel Tower as a feat of architecture, or the symbol of a great world capital. Composer Joseph Bertolozzi sees one big percussion instrument.

Tilda Swinton May Be A Rock Star, But Her New Film Leaves Her Speechless

Sun, 05/08/2016 - 3:54am

In A Bigger Splash, she and director Luca Guadagnino line up the trials for their lead — including leaving the rock star character voiceless. They say it was at once a challenge and a joy.

Professional 'Guinea Pigs' Can Make A Living Testing Drugs

Sun, 05/08/2016 - 3:46am

One man died and five others were injured in a clinical trial in France this year. Trials like those depend on healthy people willing to take experimental medications in return for cash.

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