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Movie Interviews
3:45 pm
Sun January 11, 2015

A Half-Century Of Battles For The Biggest Rock Walls

Tommy Caldwell trains on El Capitan's Dawn Wall in Yosemite National Park. Caldwell and fellow climber Kevin Jorgenson are currently attempting the first free climb of the wall.
Brett Lowell

Originally published on Sun January 11, 2015 8:00 pm

Right now, two men are hanging out on the side of a 3000-foot cliff in Yosemite National Park, hoping to make history. For the last two weeks, they've been free climbing the Dawn Wall of El Capitan. If they succeed, it will be the most difficult climb ever completed.

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Europe
3:11 pm
Sun January 11, 2015

World Leaders Join Thousands For Peace Rally In Paris

Originally published on Sun January 11, 2015 4:45 pm

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Digital Life
3:11 pm
Sun January 11, 2015

Protecting Yourself From Cyberattacks In the New Year

Originally published on Sun January 11, 2015 4:45 pm

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Latin America
3:11 pm
Sun January 11, 2015

Recovering From Disaster, Haiti Faces A New Crisis

Originally published on Sun January 11, 2015 4:45 pm

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Food
4:11 pm
Sat January 10, 2015

In California, Foie Gras Is Back On The Menu

Originally published on Tue January 20, 2015 12:27 pm

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Middle East
3:49 pm
Sat January 10, 2015

How Does Al-Qaida Continue To Grow?

Originally published on Sat January 10, 2015 8:00 pm

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Europe
3:49 pm
Sat January 10, 2015

France Still Uneasy After 'Charlie Hebdo' Attacks

Originally published on Sat January 10, 2015 4:47 pm

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Author Interviews
3:48 pm
Sat January 10, 2015

'Blood Of The Tiger': Shedding Light On China's Farmed-Tiger Trade

Joanne Stemberger iStockphoto

Originally published on Sat January 10, 2015 4:47 pm

In 1991, wildlife investigator J. A. Mills went to China to verify rumors about tiger farming. She worked undercover, for the World Wildlife Fund and an organization called Traffic.

"I mainly pretended I was a student of traditional Chinese medicine to try to figure out not only what was being traded, but why it was being traded," Mills tells NPR's Arun Rath.

She says she found China's first tiger farm — complete with a hand-written ledgers filling up with orders for tiger bone.

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Europe
4:31 pm
Fri January 9, 2015

Palpable Relief On Parisian Streets After Hostage Crises End

Originally published on Mon January 12, 2015 5:06 pm

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Energy
3:52 pm
Fri January 9, 2015

Nebraska Ruling On Pipeline Could Be A Blow To TransCanada

Originally published on Mon January 12, 2015 3:06 pm

The Senate is set to vote on the Keystone XL pipeline, although President Obama has vowed to veto it. What does Nebraska's Supreme Court ruling allowing the pipeline to proceed mean for the administration and those opposed to the expansion? Melissa Block talks with attorney Brian Jorde, who represents the Nebraska landowners challenging the pipeline.

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Europe
3:52 pm
Fri January 9, 2015

Paris Attack Suspects Would Have Been Hard To Track

Originally published on Mon January 12, 2015 3:06 pm

Robert Siegel talks to Paris-based terrorism and security expert Jean-Charles Brisard about the terrorist cell in France known as the Buttes-Chaumont network in which Cherif Kouachi, one of the suspects in Wednesday's attack in Paris, was involved.

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Movie Interviews
3:52 pm
Fri January 9, 2015

'I Was A Dramatic Kid': For Jessica Chastain, Acting Came Naturally

Jessica Chastain says her grandmother has played a key role in her career. "I've taken her to the Oscars both years," Chastain says. "She's really a special lady and has helped me in more ways than I could ever explain."
Rafa Rivas AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Mon January 12, 2015 3:06 pm

The new movie A Most Violent Year is set in New York City in 1981 — a chaotic time of spiraling crime. The story involves corruption in the heating oil industry: the hijacking of fuel tankers, a businessman trying to stay on the straight and narrow, and a prosecutor who has that businessman in his sights. And finally, there's the story of the businessman's wife ... who may hold all the cards.

Jessica Chastain plays Anna Morales, the upwardly mobile daughter of a Brooklyn gangster. She keeps the books for her husband's fuel business — as well as a number of secrets.

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Politics
2:36 pm
Fri January 9, 2015

Congressional Budget Watchdogs Change The Way They Keep Score

Originally published on Fri January 16, 2015 5:02 pm

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Energy
2:36 pm
Fri January 9, 2015

Future Of Keystone XL Pipeline Back In Obama's Hands

Originally published on Mon January 12, 2015 3:06 pm

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Europe
2:36 pm
Fri January 9, 2015

France Hostage Crises End After Chaotic Day

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All Tech Considered
4:29 pm
Thu January 8, 2015

Look Out, This Poker-Playing Computer Is Unbeatable

Dealer Omar Abu-Eid adjusts a stack of chips before the first day of the World Series of Poker's main event in Las Vegas last July. Humans still reign in most versions of poker. Whew.
John Locher AP

Originally published on Thu January 8, 2015 7:00 pm

Researchers have developed a computer program they say can beat any human on the planet at a particular variant of Texas Hold'em poker.

The scientists aren't planning to clean up with their powerful poker bot. Instead, they hope it can help computers become better decision-makers in the face of uncertainty. The work is published Thursday in the journal Science.

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Europe
4:29 pm
Thu January 8, 2015

France Observes Official Day Of Mourning After Attack

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Fine Art
4:29 pm
Thu January 8, 2015

A Nun Inspired By Warhol: The Forgotten Pop Art Of Sister Corita Kent

Sister Corita Kent stands in front of her work, including for eleanor, at Immaculate Heart College in 1964.
Courtesy of Corita Art Center

Originally published on Fri January 9, 2015 9:21 am

Corita Kent's silkscreens were once compared to Andy Warhol's; her banners and posters were featured at civil rights and anti-war rallies in the 1960s and '70s; she made the covers of Newsweek and The Saturday Evening Post; and she even created a popular postage stamp. Yet today, Kent seems to have fallen through the cracks of art history.

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The Salt
3:30 pm
Thu January 8, 2015

On His 80th Birthday, Shake It Like Elvis With A Milkshake

A still-trim Elvis Presley enjoys a sandwich in 1958. His love of fatty foods hadn't caught up to him yet.
Hulton Archive/Getty Images

Originally published on Thu January 8, 2015 4:29 pm

Elvis Presley was better known for his music than his gourmet tastes. But he did have a famous affinity for the fried goodness of the American South — and he had the waistline to prove it.

In honor of what would have been the King of Rock 'n' Roll's 80th birthday, let's take a look at some of his legendary eating habits.

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Parallels
3:30 pm
Thu January 8, 2015

With A Son Missing, Family Questions Jordan's Mission Against ISIS

Safi al-Kasasbeh and his wife Saafia are the parents of Moath al-Kasasbeh, the Jordanian air force pilot captured by the self-proclaimed Islamic State in Syria. The worried parents are proud of their son, but say Jordan should not be involved in the coalition against ISIS.
Alice Fordham NPR

Originally published on Fri January 9, 2015 5:13 am

In Jordan, the talk these days centers on the fate of the Jordanian pilot who was captured by the self-styled Islamic State after his plane crashed in Syria on Christmas Eve.

Little is known about the condition of Moath al-Kasasbeh since the extremists tweeted pictures of him, bloody and bewildered, after the crash.

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Pop Culture
3:30 pm
Thu January 8, 2015

And The Moral Of The Story Is ... Kids Don't Always Understand The Moral

In the "Winter's Gift" episode of Sofia the First, Disney Princess Tiana (left) from The Princess and the Frog makes a special appearance to help Princess Sofia learn that a true gift comes from the heart.
Disney Junior

Originally published on Fri January 9, 2015 4:28 pm

"Slow and steady wins the race."

"What's right for one may be wrong for another."

"Treat others the way you'd like to be treated."

Morals have long been the conclusion of fables and fairy tales aimed at kids. And today's TV shows and movies are no different — they often weave lessons for the younger generation into their narratives. But do children actually absorb these messages, or do these endings just help parents feel better about the media their kids consume?

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Author Interviews
2:27 pm
Thu January 8, 2015

In 'Partisan Divide,' Former Congressmen Look For Answers

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Europe
2:23 pm
Thu January 8, 2015

'Charlie Hebdo' Attack Punctuates Exisiting Political Tensions

Originally published on Thu January 8, 2015 4:29 pm

Robert Siegel talks to Patrick Weil, professor and senior research fellow at the French National Research Center in the University of Paris 1, Pantheon-Sorbonne, about how the attack on the satirical publication, Charlie Hebdo, relates to ongoing political tensions in France.

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Europe
2:16 pm
Thu January 8, 2015

France Mobilizes 88,000 Police, Soldiers In Manhunt

Originally published on Thu January 8, 2015 4:29 pm

French police are still searching for the gunmen who killed 12 people in Wednesday's attack on the Charlie Ebdo publication in Paris. They also investigated what appears to have been a second attack on Thursday, in which two police officers were shot — one fatally.

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All Tech Considered
4:06 pm
Wed January 7, 2015

A Plan To Put Your Driver's License On Your Phone

A screen shot taken from a video demonstrating how Iowa's digital driver's license would look on a smartphone.
Iowa Department of Transportation

Originally published on Thu January 8, 2015 12:20 pm

We're doing more and more things with our smartphones, so why not use them to store our driver's license? But when you think about it, you may not be comfortable handing your phone over to a police officer.

Motorists in Iowa may be among the first in the nation to be able to whip out their smartphones to access their licenses at traffic stops. The Iowa Department of Transportation is developing a smartphone app that would allow drivers to access a digitally encoded license that would take the place of the conventional plastic ID card.

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Law
4:06 pm
Wed January 7, 2015

Undue Burden In Texas At Issue In Federal Court

Women with the National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health demonstrate outside of 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Wednesday in New Orleans. A federal appeals court in New Orleans is considering whether a Texas law puts up an unconstitutional obstacle to women seeking abortions.
Jonathan Bachman AP

Originally published on Wed January 7, 2015 4:17 pm

Opening arguments began Wednesday in the case against the Texas law requiring abortion clinics to meet the standards of ambulatory surgery centers. Opponents say it would have the effect of closing a significant number of the state's clinics. Melissa Block talks to Carrie Feibel of Houston Public Media.

Remembrances
4:06 pm
Wed January 7, 2015

Remembering 'Generation Mex' Writer And Proud Outsider Michele Serros

Serros, pictured here in February 2014, got her big break as a college student in 1993.
Rachel Buchan AP

Originally published on Wed January 7, 2015 4:17 pm

When Michele Serros burst onto the literary scene in the 1990s, she was a new kind of Latina writer: She didn't speak much Spanish, she listened to ABBA and she was a vegan who liked to surf and skateboard. Her success as a writer, poet and comedic commentator made her an inspirational voice for Chicanas of her generation and beyond.

Serros, who Newsweek once hailed as a "Woman to Watch for the New Century," died of cancer Sunday at her home in Berkeley, Calif. She was 48 years old.

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All Tech Considered
3:11 pm
Wed January 7, 2015

When It Comes To Smartphones, Are Americans Dumb?

Irene Chen and Longlai Zuo, with the China-based company Quality Technology Industrial, show off their top-line phones, which cost about $100.
Aarti Shahani NPR

Originally published on Thu January 8, 2015 12:20 pm

As you might imagine, there are smartphones everywhere at the International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas this week. Tonino Lamborghini [a company not related to the famous car brand] has a new phone out for $6,000. Samsung's Galaxy series is on display in a dazzling showroom.

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Europe
3:11 pm
Wed January 7, 2015

'Charlie Hedbo' A Provocateur, Challenging Status Quo

Originally published on Wed January 7, 2015 6:57 pm

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Shots - Health News
3:11 pm
Wed January 7, 2015

Brain Scans May Help Predict Future Problems, And Solutions

By measuring activity in different parts of the brain, neuroscientsts can get a sense of how some people will respond to treatments.
John Lund Getty Images

Originally published on Thu January 8, 2015 3:55 pm

Brain scans may soon be able to help predict a person's future — some aspects of it, anyway.

Information from these scans increasingly is able to suggest whether a child will have trouble with math, say, or whether someone with mental illness is going to respond to a particular treatment, according to a review of dozens of studies published Wednesday in the journal Neuron.

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