Latin America
3:00 am
Sat February 11, 2012

In Honduras, Police Accused Of Corruption, Killings

University students take part in a wake against violence held in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, in October. According to the United Nations, Honduras is the most violent country in the world.
Orlando Sierra AFP/Getty Images

This is the first of a two-part series about the roots of violence in Honduras.

Honduras is hot, mountainous and about the size of the state of Louisiana. According to the United Nations, the Central American nation is also the world's most violent country.

A mix of drug trafficking, political instability and history has contributed to a murder rate that is now four times that of Mexico. The Peace Corps has withdrawn its volunteers.

Contributing to the volatility are the police themselves.

'They Don't Respect The Law'

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Shots - Health Blog
5:57 pm
Fri February 10, 2012

With Contraceptive Coverage Plan 2.0, Obama Pleases Allies, But Not Everyone

President Obama, flanked by Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, announces the revamp of the contraception-care policy on Friday.
Pablo Martinez Monsivais AP

Originally published on Fri February 10, 2012 6:44 pm

President Obama's latest proposed change in how contraceptives are covered by employer health insurance may not have ended the controversy that has raged for the past three weeks. But what the administration is calling an "accommodation" for religious employers has apparently mollified key allies who had opposed his original plan.

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The Two-Way
4:48 pm
Fri February 10, 2012

A Purple Squirrel In Pennsylvania Provokes A Host Of Theories

The purple squirrel captured in Jersey Shore, Pa.

Originally published on Fri February 10, 2012 5:05 pm

A purple squirrel that was captured in Jersey Shore, Pa., has a bunch of people scratching their heads. The AP reports that Percy Emert and his wife, Connie, spotted the squirrel in their yard, then decided to try to lure it into a trap using some peanuts.

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Native America Calling
4:46 pm
Fri February 10, 2012

Cashing In by Kicking Out?

Photo by Ian Murphy

Mon. 2/20 11a: The Pala Band of Mission Indians in California recently dis-enrolled 154 of its tribal members. Several other tribes in the state, including the Chukchansi, United Auburn and San Pasqual, have also kicked members off their tribal rolls. 

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Radio Theater
4:41 pm
Fri February 10, 2012

A Huey P. Newton Story, Part 2

L.A. Theatre Works

Sun. 2/12 6p: A Huey P. Newton Story, Part 2 by Roger Guenveur Smith from L.A. Theatre Works. In his Obie Award-winning show, Roger Guenveur Smith explores the life of the controversial Black Panther leader through a series of improvisations based on Newton's own words and writings.

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Sunday Specials
4:35 pm
Fri February 10, 2012

Heavenly Sight: Of Vision Lost and Found

The Blind Boys of Alabama
Photo by Scott Penner

Sun. 2/12 11a: Since the time of Aristotle, blind seers have been regarded as bearers of special insight. Host David Marash brings us the stories, music and this insight from the blind gospel tradition that transformed American song and gave it soul. 

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New Dimensions
4:22 pm
Fri February 10, 2012

The Power of Productive Obsession with Eric Maisel, Ph.D.

Sat. 2/11 6a: How can we use our brain power to fuel our passions and creativity? The word obsession has been high jacked for over a century. Eric Maisel has returned the power of the word "obsession" to us, and shows how we can be served by our "productive obsessions."

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Latino USA
4:15 pm
Fri February 10, 2012

Bless Me in the Face of Censorship

Photo by mySAPL

Mon. 2/13 8:30a: When Rudolfo Anaya’s first novel, Bless Me Ultima, was published in 1972, the idea of Chicano literature was brand new. Almost no books by Mexican Americans were available to readers. Forty years later, the schools in Arizona have taken steps to, once again, make Chicano literature harder to get. 

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Afropop Worldwide
4:07 pm
Fri February 10, 2012

Hip Deep Egypt 3: Cairo Underground

Fri. 2/10 10p: Egypt’s revolution has brought much to light, including a lot of music that’s been percolating in hidden corners there, largely ignored by nearly all broadcast and print media.  It turns out a musical revolution has been going on in Egypt well before the political uprisings of 2011.  

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Middle East
3:52 pm
Fri February 10, 2012

With Death Toll Soaring, What's Next In Aid To Syria?

Bodies of what activists say are victims of shelling by the Syrian army in a Sunni Muslim district in the central city of Homs, on Feb. 8.
Handout Reuters/Landov

As the death toll mounts in Syria, the U.S. and its partners have been scrambling to come up with new diplomatic initiatives to persuade Syrian President Bashar Assad to silence his army's guns and give up power.

Last week, Russia and China blocked a U.N. resolution that would have supported the Arab League peace proposals. Since then, the violence has only intensified.

Like other international diplomats, Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu is still reeling from Russia and China's refusal to back the Arab League proposal's to solve the crisis in Syria.

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