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The Shame Of Being A VIP In Pakistan

Sun, 10/18/2015 - 8:12am

Have you ever felt bad about something, and wanted to get it off your chest? That's how our correspondent Philip Reeves feels right now — which is why he sent this essay from Pakistan.

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'The Brain Electric' Proves Mind Control Is Not So Far Off

Sun, 10/18/2015 - 7:41am

There is a race to create brain-robot interfaces that will make humans stronger. NPR's Rachel Martin speaks to Malcolm Gay, the author of the new book "The Brain Electric."

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It's That Time Again To Stock Up On Deadly Aussie Spider Venom

Sun, 10/18/2015 - 7:41am

Deadly spiders wanted! NPR's Rachel Martin speaks with Mike Drinkwater of the Australian Reptile Park about their appeal to volunteers to help catch the deadly Funnel Web spider.

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Conservationists Push For A National Undersea Monument

Sun, 10/18/2015 - 7:41am

Conservationists want a large swath of ocean off of Cape Cod to be declared a national monument. Fishing groups oppose the plan, which would make Cashes Ledge and other fishing areas off limits.

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Why Germany's Voice Of Support For Refugees Is Waning

Sun, 10/18/2015 - 7:41am

Germany's warm welcome for Syrian refugees is waning. NPR's Rachel Martin speaks with Stefan Kornelius, foreign editor of the country's largest paper, to discuss why people are blaming Angela Merkel.

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U.K.'s Mounting, Controversial Video Surveillance

Sun, 10/18/2015 - 7:41am

There's concern by privacy advocates about the growing use of surveillance cameras. They point to the U.K. as a place where the technology is everywhere.

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Syrian Family Finds Support, Tough Transition In North Carolina

Sun, 10/18/2015 - 7:41am

The U.S. accepted just 2,000 Syrian refugees this year; next year it will accept 10,000. For those who are already here, especially if they are older, it can be difficult to adjust to their new home.

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'Experimenter' Star Peter Sarsgaard On Stanley Milgrim's Radical Work

Sun, 10/18/2015 - 7:41am

The Milgram experiments showed that humans will do bad things under the right circumstances. NPR's Rachel Martin interviews the star of the film "Experimenter" that explores Stanley Milgram's life.

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New York City Pulls Plug On Taxi TV

Sun, 10/18/2015 - 7:41am

Yellow cab passengers have had enough. They are tired of the blaring ads and no way to turn them off. Finally, New York City is dumping Taxi TV.

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Hunger Drives Refugees Back To Syria

Sun, 10/18/2015 - 7:41am

Facing hunger, Syrian refugees in Jordan are forced to return to Syria to find food. NPR's Rachel Martin speaks with Ertharin Cousin, executive director of the World Food Programme.

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Your Money And Your Life: Smart Saving Tools

Sun, 10/18/2015 - 7:41am

Almost half of working Americans have saved less than $10,000 for retirement. NPR's Chris Arnold is about to kick off a series to help with saving. NPR's Rachel Martin gets a preview.

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Why U.S. Engagement In Afghanistan Has Had Mixed Results

Sun, 10/18/2015 - 7:41am

President Obama announced that the U.S. will remain in Afghanistan through 2017. NPR's Rachel Martin speaks to the Afghan ambassador to the United States and a former U.S. ambassador to Afghanistan.

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'The Assassin' A Change Of Form For Famed Director

Sun, 10/18/2015 - 7:41am

The Assassin is a change in form for one of the world's most respected directors. Hou Hsiao-hsien is like the Woody Allen of Taiwan, but his latest is a martial arts movie.

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Keep The Consonants This Week? Why, That's A Capital Idea!

Sun, 10/18/2015 - 7:20am

For each of the words and phrases offered in this week's Sunday Puzzle, the consonants in it are the same consonants, in the same order, as those of a world capital. You name the capital city.

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Adopting The Iran Nuclear Deal: What Does It Mean?

Sun, 10/18/2015 - 6:55am

The Iran nuclear deal will begin to unfold in a series of steps that include nuclear cutbacks made by Iran and sanctions relief offered by the other countries.

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The Kids Have Spoken: Discipline Helps, Trophies For Everyone

Sun, 10/18/2015 - 6:43am

Nearly 8 out of 10 kids say discipline helps them behave better, an annual survey has found. And 60 percent give participation trophies — derided by some as reward for just showing up — a thumbs-up.

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What Makes A Do-Gooder Do Good? And How Come We Sometimes Resent Them?

Sun, 10/18/2015 - 6:03am

In her new book 'Strangers Drowning,' Larissa MacFarquhar looks at the motives and methods of people who help others — and the reaction of the less altruistic crowd.

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In Louisville, A Young Conductor Seeks To Challenge And Delight

Sun, 10/18/2015 - 5:22am

At 28, Teddy Abrams is the youngest-ever music director of the Louisville Orchestra. He speaks with Rachel Martin about the task of making classical music at once accessible and provocative.

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As China Cracks Down On Cultural Fringe, Indie Rock Finds A Home In Beijing

Sun, 10/18/2015 - 5:17am

U.S. economist Michael Pettis, an expert on China's economy and professor at Beijing University, is also a key figure nurturing a distinct American sound in Beijing's avant-garde music scene.

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A Tiny School District Reaches Far And Wide For New Teachers

Sun, 10/18/2015 - 5:13am

Across the country, school districts are struggling to find new teachers. One rural town in Colorado is reaching outside the 50 states.

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