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International Guard: How The Vietnam War Changed Guard Service

Sat, 04/25/2015 - 6:33am

During the war, young men often tried to join the National Guard to avoid being sent overseas. But that war changed the nature of the guard — paving the way for today's deployments abroad.

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Flood Of Desperate Refugees Tests Spaniards' Tolerance

Sat, 04/25/2015 - 6:33am

Arab and African migrants are landing on Spain's coast in a region with a 34 percent unemployment. That's created friction and prompted a debate about how best to help them.

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Colleen: For The First Time, A Hypnotic Composer Sings

Sat, 04/25/2015 - 6:33am

The French musician Colleen has added lyrics to her music after more than 10 years of being strictly instrumental.

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Tiny Pages Reveal Big, Rodent-Related Worries In 'Devotion'

Sat, 04/25/2015 - 6:03am

Don't be put off by the size of Devotion: A Rat Story by Maile Meloy. It's a small book, hardly larger than a pack of cigarettes, but the horror it delivers is real (and rat shaped).

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Rap City: Sweat, Hope & Hip-Hop In Dakar

Sat, 04/25/2015 - 6:03am

Around the world, hip-hop gives a voice to the voiceless. Our photo essay spotlights rappers in Senegal, who shout out their frustrations about living in poverty and their dreams of a better future.

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It's The Fuzz! Cat Detective Swipes A Claw At Crime In 'William'

Sat, 04/25/2015 - 4:27am

When the Mona Cheesa goes missing in Paris, "international cat of mystery" William is called in on the case. Helen Hancocks joins NPR's Scott Simon to talk about William & the Missing Masterpiece.

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Pick The Perfect Profanity To Season Your Message

Sat, 04/25/2015 - 4:22am

Cincinnati Reds manager Bryan Price repeated a choice curse word 77 times in a press conference. NPR's Scott Simon defends profanity, but warns it can obscure meaning if too liberally applied.

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The Hard Work And Close Bonds Of Competitive College A Cappella

Sat, 04/25/2015 - 4:21am

Pitch Perfect may have made the International Championship of Collegiate A Cappella look like a personality contest, but the real competition takes long hours and exacting musicianship.

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Invisible For Generations, 'Hidden Armenians' Emerge In Turkey

Sat, 04/25/2015 - 4:20am

Many Armenian Christians were slaughtered by the Ottomans a century ago, but some survivors were taken in by Muslim families. A growing number are now reclaiming their Armenian heritage.

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Pop-Up Podcast: Same-Sex Marriage And The Supreme Court

Sat, 04/25/2015 - 4:03am

As the Supreme Court prepares to hear arguments on same-sex marriage, NPR's legal and political correspondents break down the historic case.

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Strong Earthquake Shakes Kathmandu

Sat, 04/25/2015 - 2:56am

The 7.9 quake rocked the capital Katmandu before noon Saturday, collapsing houses, leveling centuries-old temples and cutting open roads in the worst temblor in the Himalayan nation in over 80 years.

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Pop-Up Politics Podcast: Same-Sex Marriage Before The Supreme Court

Fri, 04/24/2015 - 8:20pm

Pop-Up Politics Podcast: Same-Sex Marriage Before The Supreme Court

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Jenner: 'For All Intents And Purposes, I Am A Woman'

Fri, 04/24/2015 - 8:12pm

In an interview with Diane Sawyer on ABC's "20/20", the former gold-medal-winning Olympic decathlete described a struggle with gender identity that began in childhood.

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Apprehensions Along Southern Border Drop Dramatically In 2015

Fri, 04/24/2015 - 8:00pm

Apprehensions dropped by 28 percent compared to the same time period last year. Apprehensions of minors also dropped by 50 percent.

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A Most Indelible Ink: A Magazine Printed Using Blood

Fri, 04/24/2015 - 6:06pm

A Lebanese magazine published its latest issue using donated blood to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the massacre of an estimated 1.5 million Armenians.

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PepsiCo Swaps Diet Drink's Aspartame For Other Artificial Sweeteners

Fri, 04/24/2015 - 6:06pm

The company says Diet Pepsi consumers are concerned about aspartame. But the Food and Drug Administration has long affirmed that the sweetener is safe in amounts commonly used by beverage companies.

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Kamasi Washington's 'The Epic' In Concert

Fri, 04/24/2015 - 6:04pm

The music of the saxophonist's three-CD, nearly three-hour work comes to life in its full glory, assisted by his long-time working band, a choir, strings and plenty of special guests.

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#NPRreads: Rube Goldberg Machine's Dark Origins And Spalding Gray's Last Days

Fri, 04/24/2015 - 6:04pm

For your weekend reading, our staff also recommends a piece on an HIV outbreak in Austin, Ind.

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The Bad Plus Joshua Redman At Detroit Jazz Festival

Fri, 04/24/2015 - 6:02pm

Both the saxophonist and the collaborative trio are among the most celebrated and thoughtful jazz acts of the last couple decades. Their new quartet together remakes each others' tunes.

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Celebrating Joe Temperley In Concert

Fri, 04/24/2015 - 6:01pm

The Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra salutes its Scottish baritone saxophonist and elder statesman with a program of his favorite Ellingtonia and a new concerto by Wynton Marsalis.

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