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Performing Arts
7:17 am
Sat August 1, 2015

For Penn & Teller's Magical Partnership, The Trick Is Telling The Truth

Still snapping selfies, 40 years later.
Joan Marcus Courtesy of Courtesy of Boneau/Bryan-Brown

Originally published on Sun August 2, 2015 2:04 pm

What does a couple do for its 40th anniversary?

If you're Penn and Teller, you play Broadway. Thirty years after they first played New York, the duo are back with a new show. And it's no quiet celebration, either. In the course of a single performance, they make a cellphone ring inside a dead fish, swallow both needles and fire — and make a rare African spotted pygmy elephant disappear.

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Parallels
6:35 am
Sat August 1, 2015

In Germany, Asylum-Seekers Could Fill A Chronic Workforce Need

Refugees line up to apply for asylum at a reception center in Berlin, Germany. Figures released last week showed that about 180,000 asylum applications were filed in the first six months of 2015, more than twice as many as in the same period last year.
Markus Schreiber AP

Originally published on Sun August 2, 2015 2:04 pm

For pharmacists in ever-diverse Berlin, communicating with customers requires a variety of languages.

Just ask German pharmacist Julia al-Erian, who tries in English to engage a young Arab man who is trying to buy acne cream. He gives her a blank stare, so she tries explaining in German how the medicated lotion works.

He looks perplexed, says "hold on" in German, then turns to a friend and speaks Arabic.

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Author Interviews
5:44 am
Sat August 1, 2015

A Study Of Gods And Human Nature In 'Tiberius'

Originally published on Sun August 2, 2015 2:04 pm

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Around the Nation
5:44 am
Sat August 1, 2015

Police-Community Collaboration Has Helped Kept Peace In Cincinnati

Originally published on Sat August 1, 2015 9:31 am

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Sports
5:44 am
Sat August 1, 2015

MLB Trade Deadline, Deflategate Fallout: The Week In Sports

Originally published on Sat August 1, 2015 9:31 am

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Now it's time for sports.

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Parallels
7:54 am
Sat July 25, 2015

In Syria, Chlorine Attacks Continue To Take A Toll

Civil defense workers wear gas masks near damaged ground in a village near the Syrian city of Idlib in May. Activists said there had been a chlorine attack.
Abed Kontar Reuters/Landov

Originally published on Mon July 27, 2015 12:08 pm

Syrian medical student Hazem Halabi has become an expert on chlorine as a weapon of war. He made his first investigation in April 2014, after an alleged attack on the village of Kafr Zeta in northern Syria.

Villagers reported waking up before dawn to the buzz of helicopters and an overpowering smell of bleach. A video recorded at a local clinic shows doctors struggling to treat panicked victims struggling for breath.

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The Seams
6:42 am
Sat July 25, 2015

From Canes To Closures, Designing With Style For People With Disabilities

Parsons School of Design graduate Lucy Jones created Seated Design, a collection of clothing for people who use wheelchairs. The clothes include extra fabric at the elbows for greater mobility.
Courtesy of Lucy Jones

Originally published on Sat July 25, 2015 11:51 am

Think of all the accessibility amenities you've gotten used to seeing since July 26, 1990, the day the Americans with Disabilities Act was signed into law: Wheelchair ramps leading into government buildings; Support rails in restroom stalls; ATM keypads and elevator buttons in Braille.

Despite these improvements, people with disabilities still struggle in many areas, including one you might not think much about: clothing.

Cute Canes, Like Eyeglass Frames

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Sports
5:48 am
Sat July 25, 2015

Athletes Make News On Social Issues: The Week In Sports

Originally published on Sat July 25, 2015 8:55 am

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I look forward all week to saying it's time for sports.

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Music News
5:48 am
Sat July 25, 2015

Size Matters: The Vocabularies Of Pop Musicians

Originally published on Sat July 25, 2015 8:55 am

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Food
5:48 am
Sat July 25, 2015

Local Flavor: In N.Y., Packing The Produce Into Pleasing Paninis

Originally published on Sat July 25, 2015 8:55 am

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This summer, we're trying to tour the country bite by bite looking for local flavor. Today we go to Sulfur Springs in upstate New York.

UNIDENTIFIED MAN: We just stopped here for lunch - down here at the bottom of Dahlia road.

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Around the Nation
8:33 am
Sat July 18, 2015

Housing, Other Issues Missing From Conference On Aging Meeting

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This is WEEKEND EDITION from NPR News. I'm Scott Simon.

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NPR Story
7:04 am
Sat July 18, 2015

For The First Time, An African Country Prosecutes Another's Ex-Leader

Originally published on Sat July 18, 2015 8:33 am

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Middle East
6:43 am
Sat July 18, 2015

Former Hostage: Under Deal, Iran Has Less Incentive To Hold Americans

Shourd and fellow hikers Shane Bauer (center) and Josh Fattal held a press conference shortly after Bauer and Fattal were released in 2011. Shourd was released in 2010.
Craig Ruttle AP

Originally published on Sat July 18, 2015 8:33 am

President Obama responded sharply this week when a reporter asked if he was "content" to celebrate the nuclear deal with Iran when at least three and possibly four Americans are being held in Iranian jails.

"Nobody's content," he said, "and our diplomats and our teams are working diligently to try to get them out."

At least one former American hostage thinks the deal is worth signing, despite the remaining hostages.

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Sports
5:44 am
Sat July 18, 2015

Where There's A Wheel, There's A Way. Where There Are 2, Things Can Get Weird

A rider nurses his elbow, and his pride, after a fall. Bicycle riding was rough in the early days — but this gentleman was lucky. He could have been on the Tour de France, where competitors busted their wheels on broken glass thrown by rowdy fans.
Library of Congress

Originally published on Sun July 19, 2015 5:40 am

This week, Tour de France riders cranked through three grueling days in the Pyrenees mountains. Once more, they've all made the curious decision not to just get off their bikes and take a bus like sensible people.

Be that as it may, the Alps are still to come, and there's plenty of pedaling to go before they sprint into Paris on July 26.

So, while fans await that triumphant homecoming, there's no better time to turn to know-it-all journalist A.J. Jacobs. He takes NPR's Scott Simon on a tour of their own, talking trivia with a bit of bicycling lore.

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Sports
5:44 am
Sat July 18, 2015

Baseball's Second Half; A Power Winner At Wimbledon: The Week In Sports

Originally published on Sat July 18, 2015 8:33 am

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Change of mood now. Time for sports.

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Author Interviews
5:43 am
Sat July 18, 2015

Contriving Characters From Celebrity Culture For 'Lizzie Pepper'

Originally published on Sat July 18, 2015 8:33 am

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Strange News
5:43 am
Sat July 18, 2015

'Nosferatu' Director's Head Stolen From German Grave

Originally published on Sat July 18, 2015 8:33 am

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Around the Nation
5:43 am
Sat July 18, 2015

Chattanoogans Pray And Reflect After Shooting Tragedy

Originally published on Sat July 18, 2015 10:47 am

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Around the Nation
7:01 am
Sat July 11, 2015

Wildfires In Canada And Alaska Drive Thousands From Homes

Smoke billows from a forest fire in southern Saskatchewan, Canada, in late June. Thousands of Canadians have been forced to evacuate their homes because of wildland fires.
AP

Originally published on Sat July 11, 2015 11:57 am

"Extreme." "Unprecedented." "Historic." Those are just a few of the words being used to describe the start of this year's fire season in North America.

The wildfires are centered in the northwest of the continent, but their consequences are far-reaching. Thick smoke has blanketed parts of Wisconsin and North Dakota. It's triggered air alerts in Minnesota and Montana and muddied skies as far south as Tennessee and Colorado.

And, of course, things are even worse at the source.

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Shots - Health News
6:11 am
Sat July 11, 2015

Trying To Remember Multiple Things May Be The Best Way To Forget Them

Leigh Wells Ikon Images/Getty Images

Originally published on Mon July 13, 2015 12:35 pm

Our days are full of things to remember, and they don't always arrive in an orderly fashion. Perhaps you begin your commute home and remember that you need to pick up milk. But then immediately, another to-do springs to mind: You never called back your friend last week. You may try to hold both in your head, but in the end the milk, the phone call or both still sometimes fall away, forgotten.

A new scientific model of forgetting is taking shape, which suggests keeping multiple memories or tasks in mind simultaneously can actually erode them.

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Sports
5:45 am
Sat July 11, 2015

Wimbledon, Golf And The Week In Sports

Originally published on Sat July 11, 2015 8:38 am

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Around the Nation
5:45 am
Sat July 11, 2015

'Forrest Gump'-Inspired Runner Crosses The U.S. For Charity

Originally published on Sat July 11, 2015 8:38 am

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The movie "Forrest Gump" came out more than 20 years ago and it's still inspiring people.

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UNIDENTIFIED ACTOR: (As reporter) Why are you running?

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Food
5:45 am
Sat July 11, 2015

Tasting The Diet-Conscious Dogs At Davey's Dog House

Originally published on Sat July 11, 2015 8:38 am

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Animals
5:45 am
Sat July 11, 2015

For This Tarantula-Killing Wasp, Dinner's A Meal Best Served Living

Meal time for one species probably means sleepless nights for others.
Debbie Hall Flickr

Originally published on Sat July 11, 2015 8:38 am

It's been wet in Texas this year — exceptionally wet, as a matter of fact. With record amounts of rain, Texas is more than a little hot, green and rife with happy insects.

Take the tarantula hawk, for example. In case you've never heard of it, it's a wasp that's so big, and so nasty, that it attacks tarantulas — who happen to be quite big and nasty themselves.

So, what does a happy tarantula hawk look like? Ben Hutchins, an invertebrate biologist with the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, takes NPR's Wade Goodwyn through all the gruesome wasp-on-tarantula details.

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Author Interviews
7:40 am
Sat July 4, 2015

An Outsider In Buenos Aires Goes Incognito, For Love Of Tango

Lydia Thompson NPR

Originally published on Mon July 6, 2015 1:52 pm

In the dirty, crowded, and impoverished immigrant barrios of Buenos Aires of 1913, a 17-year-old girl arrives with little more than some clothes and her grandfather's violin.

Her name is Leda, and she's the character at the heart of Carolina De Robertis' third novel, The Gods of Tango.

Leda, an Italian girl, was sent for by her cousin-husband, but widowed before her ship even lands in South America. She soon finds comfort and excitement in a new kind of music that's filling the city's courtyards, bars and brothels: the tango.

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NPR Ed
7:25 am
Sat July 4, 2015

At Age 3 — Transitioning From Jack To Jackie

Sisters Jackie Carter Christian (left) and Chloe Marie Christian at the beach.
Courtesy of the Christian family

Originally published on Mon July 6, 2015 2:18 pm

It's controlled after-school anarchy at the Christian-Carter household. Seven-year-old Chloe has rolled herself up in an exercise mat in the living room of the family's Oakland, Calif., home.

"Look I'm a burrito," Chloe shouts.

Her 4-year-old sister, Jackie, swoops in for a bite — and a hard push.

"Ow!" Chloe shouts. "Mom! Jackie pushed me!"

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Parallels
7:07 am
Sat July 4, 2015

A Reopened Embassy In Havana Could Be A Boon For U.S. Businesses

A fisherman cycles past the U.S. Interests Section building, behind right, in Havana in May.
Desmond Boylan AP

Originally published on Mon July 6, 2015 4:42 pm

When Secretary of State John Kerry goes to Havana to raise a flag over the soon to be reopened embassy this summer, it won't be just an important symbolic moment.

The administration says the U.S. will be able to station more American personnel in Cuba, and that should be a big help in practical terms as more Americans travel to and trade with the Cold War-era foe.

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Science
5:54 am
Sat July 4, 2015

Strontium Nitrate And Barium Nitrate, The Fuel In Fireworks

Originally published on Sat July 4, 2015 9:04 am

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Ladies and gentlemen, light your fuses.

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Sports
5:54 am
Sat July 4, 2015

Williams Survives, Nadal Falls At Wimbledon

Originally published on Sat July 4, 2015 9:04 am

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Remembrances
5:54 am
Sat July 4, 2015

Remembering 'Britain's Schindler'

Originally published on Sat July 4, 2015 9:04 am

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