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Removing Cuba From U.S. Terrorism List Would Be Mostly 'Symbolic'

Fri, 04/10/2015 - 4:04pm

NPR's Audie Cornish talks about the history of how Cuba ended up on the state-sponsored terrorism list.

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Fort Hood Purple Heart Ceremony Honors Survivors Of 2009 Shooting

Fri, 04/10/2015 - 3:48pm

The military handed out nearly 50 awards Friday at Fort Hood in Texas. They were for the dozens of people who survived a deadly shooting rampage on the Army post in 2009. The Purple Hearts and Defense of Freedom medals came after years of lobbying.

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President Obama, Raul Castro To Share Face Time At Americas Summit

Fri, 04/10/2015 - 3:48pm

The leaders of all 35 nations in the Western Hemisphere gather for the first time ever this week at the Summit of the Americas.

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Week In Politics: Hillary Clinton's Upcoming Announcement, Rand Paul's Remarks

Fri, 04/10/2015 - 3:48pm

NPR's Melissa Block speaks with political commentators, E.J. Dionne of the Washington Post and Brookings Institution and David Brooks of The New York Times.

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Charleston Civil Rights Leaders Point To Gentrification In Racial Justice Debate

Fri, 04/10/2015 - 3:48pm

Longtime civil rights campaigners in Charleston, S.C., say the current public outcry over police racism isn't rooted in racist laws as much as it is in gentrification and a shifting population.

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Book Review: 'William Shakespeare's The Phantom of Menace'

Fri, 04/10/2015 - 3:48pm

Jar Jar Binks is one of the most reviled Star Wars characters. But in the hands of Ian Doescher, author of William Shakespeare's The Phantom of Menace: Star Wars Part the First.

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Remembering Apollo 13, NASA's Most Famous 'Successful Failure'

Fri, 04/10/2015 - 3:48pm

Space travel is never routine or easy and the Apollo 13 mission to the moon proved that point. An explosion aboard the spacecraft 55 hours after liftoff forever changed NASA.

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MicroCon 2015: Leaders Of Self-Proclaimed Nations Meet In Southern California

Fri, 04/10/2015 - 3:48pm

NPR's Audie Cornish speaks with Kevin Baugh, founder of MicroCon, a conference of small, unrecognized nations and their self-proclaimed leaders.

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Review: Anat Cohen, 'Luminosa'

Fri, 04/10/2015 - 3:48pm

NPR reviews the latest release from jazz clarinetist Anat Cohen, Luminosa.

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'Great Wall Of Sand': China Builds Islands In Contested Waters

Fri, 04/10/2015 - 3:48pm

NPR's Melissa Block interviews Mira Rapp-Hooper, director of the Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative and a fellow with the Asia Program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. AMTI posted photos showing rapid building of artificial islands by China in disputed waters, triggering responses and concerns by other countries.

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Lauren Hill, Inspirational NCAA Basketball Player With Cancer, Dies

Fri, 04/10/2015 - 3:48pm

Lauren Hill, a 19-year-old freshman basketball player at Mount St. Joseph University, died Friday from brain cancer. Her nonprofit foundation helped to raise over $1.5 million for cancer research.

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#NPRreads: In Defense Of California And Wearing The Same Thing To Work Daily

Fri, 04/10/2015 - 3:10pm

This week, we highlight an Internet confessional of a woman who decided to do like men: wear the same outfit to work every day. We also baseball and fancy food at schools.

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What's Bigger: Yemen Or Virginia? There's An App For That

Fri, 04/10/2015 - 3:06pm

A web site lets you compare countries around the world to your home state. You can check out other stats, too, from lifespan to income to free time.

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NPR Bestsellers: Paperback Nonfiction, Week Of April 9, 2015

Fri, 04/10/2015 - 3:03pm

At No. 13, Elizabeth Warren reflects on hard-won political lessons in A Fighting Chance.

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NPR Bestsellers: Paperback Fiction, Week Of April 9, 2015

Fri, 04/10/2015 - 3:03pm

Appearing at No. 14, David Baldacci's The Escape follows John Puller as he joins a manhunt for his own brother.

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NPR Bestsellers: Hardcover Nonfiction, Week Of April 9, 2015

Fri, 04/10/2015 - 3:03pm

In her new book Between You & Me, The New Yorker's long-time copy editor Mary Norris delves in to the world of grammar, editing and pencil sharpeners. It debuts at No. 8.

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NPR Bestsellers: Hardcover Fiction, Week Of April 9, 2015

Fri, 04/10/2015 - 3:03pm

A young American married couple goes in search of the Loch Ness monster after they're disgraced at a high society event. Sara Gruen's At the Water's Edge debuts at No. 5.

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NPR Bestsellers: Week Of April 9, 2015

Fri, 04/10/2015 - 3:03pm

The lists are compiled from weekly surveys of close to 500 independent bookstores nationwide.

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Lunch, Not Landfill: Nonprofit Rescues Produce Rejected At U.S. Border

Fri, 04/10/2015 - 2:57pm

Each year, millions of pounds of Mexican produce are rejected just past the border even though they're tasty and edible. Instead of the landfill, they're now going to needy families across the U.S.

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