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Car-Battery Cooking Is Actually A Bad Idea — Here Are Some Better Ones

Sun, 08/14/2016 - 7:32am

Last weekend we offered some bad advice about using your car battery to cook cake in a tin. That's dangerous. The Sporkful host Dan Pashman tells Rachel Martin about safer ways to eat on the road.

Post-Revolution, Many Egyptians Seek Online Communities

Sun, 08/14/2016 - 7:32am

Zeinab al-Ashry founded the popular Facebook group, "Confessions of a Married Woman." University of California Riverside professor Sherine Hafez talks to Rachel Martin about an online trend in Egypt.

Guantanamo Up Close

Sun, 08/14/2016 - 7:32am

It's hard to really know what life is like for prisoners in the U.S. detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. NPR's Arun Rath got a rare tour of the prison, and tells Rachel Martin what he saw.

Nauru's Olympic Team Is An Army Of Two

Sun, 08/14/2016 - 7:32am

At the Olympics, some countries have athlete rosters that are hundreds strong. And then there's the south Pacific island nation of Nauru, with a population of 10,000 and two athletes at the games.

The End Remains The Same. All You've Got To Do Is Find It

Sun, 08/14/2016 - 7:32am

Given the first words of familiar three-word phrases that have "of" in the middle and the same words at the end, find the final word in the phrase.

Cuba Prepares For Onslaught Of American Tourists As Commercial Flights Open Up

Sun, 08/14/2016 - 7:32am

Commercial flights from the U.S. to Cuba begin this fall, and Cubans are preparing for a wave of American tourists. But some wonder how the surge in visitors might alter the island's slow pace.

USA Gymnastics And Its History Of Child Sex Abuse

Sun, 08/14/2016 - 7:32am

Rachel Martin speaks with journalist Tennessee Watson, who's reported on her own experience being molested. [Editor's note: this conversation includes discussion of child sexual abuse.]

A Day In The Life Of A Homeless Woman Who Sleeps At A Skid Row Shelter

Sun, 08/14/2016 - 7:32am

In Los Angeles, the number of homeless women has gone up 55 percent over the last three years. Many of those women patch together their days between the streets and shelters.

China Miéville Goes To War In 'New Paris.' Very, Very Weird War

Sun, 08/14/2016 - 6:00am

Miéville's new novel is set in 1941 Paris, as occultists and philosophers attempt to fight the Nazi invaders with a surrealism bomb that accidentally unleashes hellish dreams onto the Paris streets.

Dipping A Toe In Water Polo For The First Time? Here's A Handy Guide

Sun, 08/14/2016 - 6:00am

Chances are, you only see this sport every leap year — but water polo is far more than an Olympic curiosity. With this layperson's guide, you may soon be dropping lingo like an expert.

How The Placebo Effect Could Boost An Olympic Performance

Sun, 08/14/2016 - 5:00am

One athlete's "psych-up" ritual may psych out an opponent. And even treatments that lack hard evidence of benefit, scientists say, might provide a competitive edge if the athletes believe they work.

If Michael Phelps Were A Country, Where Would His Gold Medal Tally Rank?

Sun, 08/14/2016 - 4:35am

There are 205 countries competing in Rio, many for decades, and most of them can't match Phelps' total of 23 golds.

Riots Follow Fatal Police Shooting In Milwaukee

Sun, 08/14/2016 - 2:47am

Violence erupted and businesses were set aflame after an officer shot and killed a 23-year-old man during a foot chase, Saturday. Police say the man was fleeing a traffic stop and armed with a gun.

Worm Quiz: Don't Try To Squirm Your Way Out Of It

Sun, 08/14/2016 - 1:54am

Do you know how long the longest earthworm is? Or how people might contract a parasitic worm?

Unrest Follows Fatal Police Shooting In Milwaukee

Sun, 08/14/2016 - 1:08am

Violence erupted and businesses were set aflame in protest across the city's north side after an officer shot and killed a 23-year-old man. Police say the man was fleeing a traffic stop and was armed.

Rio Highlights: Phelps Ends With 23 Golds; Jamaicans Maintain Sprint Dominance

Sat, 08/13/2016 - 10:02pm

Michael Phelps captured one last gold, his 23rd in his staggering career. On the track, Jamaica kept its stranglehold on the women's 100 meters as Elaine Thompson became the world's fastest woman.

Muslim Imam And His Associate Killed In New York Shooting

Sat, 08/13/2016 - 7:55pm

The two men were shot Saturday while walking home from afternoon prayers at a mosque in the borough of Queens, according to media reports that cited witnesses.

Monica Puig Makes Olympic History, Winning Puerto Rico's First Gold Medal

Sat, 08/13/2016 - 5:51pm

Puerto Rico has been sending athletes to the Olympics since 1948; before today, it had amassed eight Olympic medals. Tennis star Monica Puig changed that on Saturday.

Rio's Final Swims: Phelps Goes For 5th Gold; Simone Manuel To Race Twice

Sat, 08/13/2016 - 4:41pm

If all goes according to Michael Phelps' plan, it will take less than three-and-a-half minutes for the curtain to drop on his Rio Games. American Simone Manuel will also race in two finals.

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