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American Hostage's Parents Say They Hope She Is Alive

Sat, 02/07/2015 - 6:55am

ISIS claims American hostage Kayla Mueller is dead. The U.S. government says that's unconfirmed. Still, her family is acknowledging for the first time that it is their daughter who's been held.

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Social Media Pages Give Vivid Glimpses Into Ukraine Conflict

Sat, 02/07/2015 - 6:55am

Ukrainians are documenting the conflict with Russia online. NPR's Scott Simon talks with the Wall Street Journal's Paul Sonne about how once-lighthearted websites have become grim logs of destruction.

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Ukraine Crisis Tops Agenda At Munich Conference

Sat, 02/07/2015 - 6:55am

Vice President Joe Biden and Secretary of State John Kerry are planning to meet with European leaders to discuss the crisis in Ukraine during this year's Munich Security Conference.

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Grammys Show Producer Explains The Origin Of Onstage Mashups

Sat, 02/07/2015 - 6:55am

Katy Perry, Sam Smith, Meghan Trainor and Taylor Swift are just a few of the musicians up for Grammy Awards. NPR's Scott Simon speaks with the executive producer of the award show, Ken Ehrlich.

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Jordan Signals Aggressive Campaign Against ISIS

Sat, 02/07/2015 - 6:55am

NPR's Scott Simon talks with the Washington Post's David Ignatius from the Munich Security Conference about Jordan's response to the group known as ISIS and the worsening situation in Ukraine.

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Jordan Rejects ISIS Claim That Strike Killed American Hostage

Sat, 02/07/2015 - 6:55am

The group calling itself the Islamic State says a Jordanian airstrike killed an American hostage. U.S. officials say there's no evidence to support the claim, and Jordan calls it a "propaganda stunt."

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An Expansive View Of Vietnam In 'She Weeps Each Time You're Born'

Sat, 02/07/2015 - 6:55am

Poet and author Quan Barry — born in Vietnam but raised in America — says she wants her new novel to help get rid of some of the preconceptions Americans have about Vietnam as a quagmire.

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To Get To Zero Ebola Cases, It'll Cost A Lot: Roughly $1.5 Billion

Sat, 02/07/2015 - 6:03am

A new U.N. report lays out how much money is needed and where it should go — everything from transportation for contact tracers to cash incentives for health care workers.

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Don't Have A 'Cow,' Man

Sat, 02/07/2015 - 6:03am

No, really, don't. Reviewer Michael Schaub says David Duchovny's new novel Holy Cow is a mess of corny humor and half-baked, phoned in plotting. Fans may want to believe — but they shouldn't.

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Family Of U.S. Hostage Held By ISIS Hopeful She Is Alive

Sat, 02/07/2015 - 5:49am

Kayla Jean Mueller's parents released a statement late Friday. Jordan called ISIS's claim "criminal propaganda;" U.S. officials say they can't confirm her death.

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Nigeria Will Pospone Elections While Troops Face Boko Haram

Sat, 02/07/2015 - 5:08am

Nigeria's electoral commission will reportedly postpone Feb. 14 presidential elections for six weeks to give a new multinational force time to secure areas under the sway of Boko Haram,

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The Cold Wrath Of Nature, Given Operatic Voice

Sat, 02/07/2015 - 4:47am

The new opera Everest tells the story of a real-life expedition on world's highest mountain — and the unforgiving blizzard that interrupted it.

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'Alphabetical' Tells The Story Behind Every Letter, A To Z

Sat, 02/07/2015 - 4:47am

There are 26 letters in the English alphabet. But how did they get there, and why do they look the way they do? Michael Rosen looks for answers in his new book Alphabetical.

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For John Cameron Mitchell, Midlife Crisis Means Returning To 'Hedwig'

Sat, 02/07/2015 - 4:45am

Hedwig and the Angry Inch's hero is once again being played by the man who created every punk and glam-rock inch of her. "I feel like I'm doing this to find out what's next in my life," Mitchell says.

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To Get Parents To Vaccinate Their Kids, Don't Ask. Just Tell

Sat, 02/07/2015 - 4:34am

The way a pediatrician talks with nervous parents about vaccines may determine whether the child gets immunized or not, a study suggests. Asking "What do you want to do about shots?" doesn't work.

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Brief Cease-Fire In Ukraine Lets Civilians Escape Renewed Fighting

Sat, 02/07/2015 - 12:14am

Buses were allowed to carry people out of harm's way during a stay of hostilities, which have displaced some 1.6 million. Talks between Ukraine, Russia, Germany and France are to continue Sunday.

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Episode 602: Big Weed

Fri, 02/06/2015 - 7:33pm

Pot is now legal in some states, but on the federal level, it's illegal. The legal gray area means many banks in the U.S. won't even give pot businesses checking accounts.

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