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If Only For New Year's Eve, Brazilians Wave Bad Luck Goodbye

Sun, 01/01/2017 - 7:41am

New Year's at Rio's Copacabana beach is billed as the world's biggest open-air party. Revelers wear white, and at the stroke of midnight, walk into the ocean and jump over seven waves for good luck.

Critics Worry New Law Will Weaken FDA Regulation

Sun, 01/01/2017 - 7:41am

The 21st Century Cures Act promised more money for medical research, but some worry it will make patients more vulnerable. Ailsa Chang talks to Dr. Jerry Avorn about possible changes under the law.

To Appeal To A Modern Palate, Native Chef Gives Tradition A Little Twist

Sun, 01/01/2017 - 7:41am

More Native Americans are revisiting indigenous ingredients and methods of cooking. It's a natural calling for chefs, like Navajo Freddie Bitsoie, who have found themselves in a cultural tug of war.

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For This Puzzling Retrospective On 2016, You'll Need A Set Of Speakers

Sun, 01/01/2017 - 7:41am

We give you some notable quotes from the previous 12 months. You tell us who said them.

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For These Three Teachers, School And Rock Go Hand In Hand

Sun, 01/01/2017 - 7:41am

By day, Nicola Berlinsky and sisters Lisa Pimentel and Joanie Pimentel are colleagues at an elementary school. By night, they're bandmates — in a group they ironically named No Small Children.

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Cybersecurity Expert On Russian Sanctions Within Legal Boundaries

Sun, 01/01/2017 - 7:41am

NPR's Ailsa Chang talks with Michael Sulmeyer, who directs the Cyber Security Project at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government, about sanctions against Russia.

Next Phase Of Dylann Roof's Murder Trial Will Determine Punishment

Sun, 01/01/2017 - 7:41am

Roof was convicted of killing nine people in a Charleston church. The penalty phase will determine whether he's executed for the crimes or will spend life in prison.

After Experimentations, Where Are We On No-Tipping Restaurant Policies?

Sun, 01/01/2017 - 7:41am

Ailsa Chang talks with restaurateur Danny Meyers about how a no-tipping policy at Union Square Hospitality Group's restaurants, which include Gramercy Tavern and The Modern, has fared a year in.

Trump's Responses In U.S.-Russia Dispute Roil Congress, Intelligence Community

Sun, 01/01/2017 - 7:41am

Weeks from Inauguration Day, there's a growing rift between how President Obama, some senators and some in the intelligence community view Russia, and how Trump tweets about Russia and its leader.

Bacon, Eggs, Cheese — And Spaghetti? The Italian Twist On A Hangover Cure

Sun, 01/01/2017 - 6:00am

This New Year's day, consider a bowl of pasta carbonara for a hangover fix. Made with spaghetti, eggs, cheese and pork, some say it's just as effective as bacon, egg and cheese on toast.

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Women Who Count: 3 Smart STEM Romances

Sun, 01/01/2017 - 6:00am

A new wave of romance novels features brainy heroines in science, technology, engineering and math — and the prejudices and obstacles they face on their way to a satisfying happy-ever-after.

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Alt-Right Infighting Simmers Around Inaugural 'DeploraBall'

Sun, 01/01/2017 - 5:00am

Organizers of an event to celebrate Donald Trump as he comes to office in January rescinded the invitation of one of its leading figures, following his tweets about Jews and the media.

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7 Women Trailblazers Who Took A Stand In 2016

Sun, 01/01/2017 - 4:54am

Maybe they didn't make headlines. But they inspired others to break stereotypes and take a stand.

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Unexpected Risks Found In Editing Genes To Prevent Inherited Disorders

Sun, 01/01/2017 - 4:00am

In 2016, scientists combined the genes of three people in an effort to make a baby free of an inherited disease. But the process doesn't wipe out all faulty mitochondria, and could pose new risks.

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