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The Two-Way
1:01 pm
Sun February 1, 2015

Seahawks, Patriots, Face Off For Super Bowl XLIX

Steve Bronson, from Tempe, Ariz., walks past Roman numerals for the NFL Super Bowl XLIX, on Thursday.
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The Sunday Conversation
11:23 am
Sun February 1, 2015

'Mormon Stories' Podcast Founder Contemplates Excommunication

John Dehlin tells NPR's Rachel Martin he thinks "excommunication is definitely the path that the stake president's going to take."
Catherine Weber Scott Courtesy of John Dehlin

Originally published on Sun February 1, 2015 9:40 am

John Dehlin started a popular podcast and website called Mormon Stories as a space for people to question Mormon teachings. Next Sunday, he'll face a disciplinary hearing where he expects to be officially excommunicated from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Dehlin is charged with apostasy for publicly supporting same-sex marriage, the ordination of women, and for questioning church doctrine.

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The Two-Way
11:23 am
Sun February 1, 2015

Egypt Frees One Of Three Jailed Al Jazeera Journalists

Al-Jazeera's Australian correspondent Peter Greste, seen here at a court room during trial in Cairo, Egypt, was released and deported Sunday.
Ahmed Abd El Latif AP

Originally published on Sun February 1, 2015 9:38 am

Al Jazeera journalist Peter Greste is being released and deported from Egypt.

The Associated Press is reporting that Greste's release follows a presidential "approval" and was coordinated with the Australian Embassy in Cairo. The AP says Greste is on his way to the Cairo airport to leave the country.

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Deceptive Cadence
11:22 am
Sun February 1, 2015

Bach, Brits And A Bodacious Boston Orchestra: New Classical Albums

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Environment
9:22 am
Sun February 1, 2015

The Icebergs Are Talking. We Just Have To Listen.

Giant chunks of ice break away from the Hans Glacier in Svalbard, Norway, in 2013.
Courtesy Oskar Glowacki

Originally published on Sun February 1, 2015 9:39 am

If a glacier cracks and nobody hears it, does it still make a sound?

"Oh, they moan and they groan," says Grant Deane, a researcher at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography. "They crackle and rumble and fizz, and they have all kinds of amazing sounds that they make."

Deane is one of the authors of a new study that interprets the acoustics of glacial melting.

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Middle East
9:21 am
Sun February 1, 2015

Egypt Frees One Al Jazeera Journalist From Prison

Originally published on Sun February 1, 2015 9:39 am

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National Security
5:38 am
Sun February 1, 2015

Ex-Agent: Secret Service Management Should Be More Proactive

Originally published on Sun February 1, 2015 9:39 am

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Europe
5:38 am
Sun February 1, 2015

As In Greece, Voters In Spain Appear Ready To Oust Conservatives

Originally published on Sun February 1, 2015 9:39 am

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Politics
5:38 am
Sun February 1, 2015

Democrat Seeks To Authorize Operations Against ISIS

Originally published on Sun February 1, 2015 9:39 am

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Middle East
5:38 am
Sun February 1, 2015

Jordan Waits On Fate Of Its ISIS Prisoner

Originally published on Sun February 1, 2015 9:39 am

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Shots - Health News
5:38 am
Sun February 1, 2015

Family Struggles With Father's Wish To Die

Robert Schwimmer, 66, and his son Scott Schwimmer, 21, spoke with NPR about Robert's wish to hasten his death under certain circumstances. Here — as in the family photo above — they're in Kauai, Hawaii, on the family's "last big trip" after Robert received a 6-month prognosis in October.
Courtesy Scott Schwimmer

Originally published on Sun February 1, 2015 9:39 am

When 66-year-old Robert Schwimmer was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in 2013, he didn't take it all that seriously. His doctors told him it was "operable," and that was the only word he seemed to hear.

Now he's in hospice care and, as he tells NPR's Rachel Martin, he accepts that he's no longer trying to prolong life, but rather living out what's left of it.

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Parallels
5:38 am
Sun February 1, 2015

In Sweden, Remote-Control Airport Is A Reality

The tiny town of Sundsvall, Sweden, is home to the world's first airport to land passenger planes by remote control. The cameras used to help the air traffic controllers guide airplanes render details as small as cars pulling into the parking lot from miles away.
Rich Preston NPR

Originally published on Sun February 1, 2015 9:39 am

As our plane touches down in Sundsvall, Sweden, the horizon is all snow and ice. A small air traffic control tower sticks out above the white horizon.

But this airport actually has two air traffic control centers. The second one is just a short walk from the airport runway.

Inside a ground-floor, windowless room, there's a display that looks exactly like what you'd see out of an air traffic control tower. You can see the snowy runway, you can see the trees, you can even see a car pulling into the airport parking lot.

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Education
3:52 am
Sun February 1, 2015

A Crossroads At The End Of College: Introducing 'The Howard Project'

Howard University students (left to right) Kevin Peterman, Taylor Davis, Leighton Watson and Ariel Alford are the subjects of NPR's Project Howard. They'll be keeping audio diaries as they finish their final semester of college and look toward their futures.
Robb Hill for NPR

Originally published on Sun February 1, 2015 9:39 am

If you know any college seniors, now might be a good time to send them some encouraging words. The class of 2015 can't be blamed if they're feeling a little worried: They're facing one of the most important transitions of their lives.

In a matter of months, they're about to launch from the relatively protected confines of college into the so-called "real world," where they have to find a sense of purpose — not to mention a paycheck. It's not hyperbole to say the decisions they make now will shape the rest of their lives.

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The Salt
3:52 pm
Sat January 31, 2015

Surströmming Revisited: Eating Sweden's Famously Stinky Fish

Surströmming, a fermented herring considered to be a famous delicacy in Sweden, is also known as one of the most pungent foods in the world.
Pauline Conradsson AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Sat January 31, 2015 4:55 pm

More than a decade ago, NPR's Ari Shapiro attempted to eat a fermented Swedish herring called surströmming, one of the most pungent foods in the world. It did not go well. Twelve years later, on a reporting trip to Sweden, Ari decided it was time to face his fears and try the fish again.

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Goats and Soda
3:19 pm
Sat January 31, 2015

Mindy Kaling's Super Bowl Ad: Are Indian Women Invisible?

After years of being treated like she's not there, Mindy Kaling realizes she just might be invisible.
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Originally published on Sun February 1, 2015 8:03 am

A Super Bowl commercial for Nationwide Insurance shows an Indian-American woman — none other than author and actor Mindy Kaling — trying to hail a cab in New York City. And it's not easy.

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Shots - Health News
3:05 pm
Sat January 31, 2015

After Alzheimer's Diagnosis, 'The Stripping Away Of My Identity'

Greg O'Brien (left), with Colleen, Mary Catherine, Conor, and Brendan O'Brien, has been grappling with Alzheimer's disease for the last five years.
Courtesy Greg O'Brien

Originally published on Sun February 1, 2015 7:01 am

This is the second in NPR's series "Inside Alzheimer's," about the experience of living with Alzheimer's. In part one, Greg O'Brien talked about learning that he had the disease.

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Around the Nation
3:05 pm
Sat January 31, 2015

DEA Using License Plate Readers To Spy On Drivers

Originally published on Sat January 31, 2015 7:35 pm

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Middle East
3:05 pm
Sat January 31, 2015

Recent Attacks Highlight Difficulty In Combating ISIS

Originally published on Sat January 31, 2015 4:51 pm

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The Two-Way
2:22 pm
Sat January 31, 2015

Video Appears To Show Beheading Of Japanese Hostage Kenji Goto

Originally published on Sat January 31, 2015 5:10 pm

A new video reportedly released by Islamic State extremists appears to show journalist Kenji Goto, the second of two Japanese hostages held by the group, being beheaded by a black-clad, masked individual.

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The Two-Way
2:15 pm
Sat January 31, 2015

Cumberbatch Wants Britain To Pardon Men Convicted Under Anti-Gay Law

British actor and comedian Stephen Fry at the BAFTA (British Academy of Film and Television Arts) award nominations in London, earlier this month.
Matt Dunham AP

Originally published on Sun February 1, 2015 1:21 pm

English actors Benedict Cumberbatch and Stephen Fry have joined in a campaign to secure 49,000 pardons — most of which would be posthumous — for men convicted under Britain's now-defunct "gross indecency" law that made it a crime to be gay or bisexual.

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The Two-Way
11:23 am
Sat January 31, 2015

Islamic State Blames Coalition Airstrikes For Losing Kobani

Originally published on Sat January 31, 2015 4:59 pm

The self-declared Islamic State says airstrikes conducted by the U.S.-led coalition forced its fighters from Kobani, the first time the extremist group has acknowledged its defeat in the heavily contested Syrian border town, The Associated Press reports.

The AP reports: "In a video released by the pro-IS Aamaq News Agency late Friday, two fighters said the airstrikes by the U.S.-led coalition were the main reason why [ISIS] fighters were forced to withdraw from Kobani."

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Middle East
9:41 am
Sat January 31, 2015

Four Years After Revolution, Libya Slides Into Chaos

Bullet holes from recent clashes riddle an apartment building in Tripoli.
Bilal Hussein AP

Originally published on Sat January 31, 2015 12:08 pm

There was hope in Libya and around the world for Libya after Moammar Gadhafi was overthrown four years ago.

But today, Libya is a country torn apart. There are now two competing governments, in different cities with their own parliaments and their own military.

A traveler first needs a visa from one government to land in Tripoli, then a so-called "landing permission" to fly east to the other government's territory — and has to hopscotch around jihadist-controlled areas along the way.

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Fresh Air Weekend
9:35 am
Sat January 31, 2015

Fresh Air Weekend: Benedict Cumberbatch, 'American Sniper' Review And 'Teenage Brain'

Fresh Air Weekend highlights some of the best interviews and reviews from past weeks, and new program elements specially paced for weekends. Our weekend show emphasizes interviews with writers, filmmakers, actors, and musicians, and often includes excerpts from live in-studio concerts. This week:

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Education
9:16 am
Sat January 31, 2015

Party Ban Is Patronizing, U.Va. Sorority Women Say

University of Virginia students walk to fraternities at the start of rush week. Sorority women are always invited to Boys' Bid Night, but this year national sororities have ordered women to stay clear.
Steve Helber AP

Originally published on Sat January 31, 2015 12:07 pm

Saturday is Boys' Bid Night at the University of Virginia, when fraternities welcome their new members.

Women from U.Va.'s sororities are always invited to join the Boys' Bid Night party, but this year, they're under strict orders from national sorority presidents to stay clear of frat houses. The orders come after a Rolling Stone article about a gang rape at U.Va. that was later discredited.

But the women at U.Va.'s sororities are outraged, calling the ban unnecessary and patronizing.

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The Two-Way
8:36 am
Sat January 31, 2015

Record-Setting Balloonists Touch Down In Mexico After Pacific Crossing

A photo provided by Tami Bradley-Two Eagles Balloon Team, shows pilots from left, Troy Bradley of Albuquerque, N.M., and Leonid Tiukhtyaev of Russia, before their liftoff in a gas balloon in Saga, Japan.
AP

Originally published on Sat January 31, 2015 5:00 pm

The Eagles have landed.

Balloon pilots Troy Bradley and Leonid Tiukhtyaev, dubbed the "Two Eagles," who already set a distance record for a gas-filled balloon on Friday, have completed their nearly 7,000-mile journey across the Pacific from Japan to Mexico.

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The Two-Way
7:46 am
Sat January 31, 2015

All Is Not So Well In The NFL Ahead Of Super Bowl Sunday

At a pre-Super Bowl news conference in Phoenix, Ariz., on Friday, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said it's been a "tough year" for the League.
David J. Phillip AP

Originally published on Sat January 31, 2015 3:19 pm

Another day, another controversy.

It's been that kind of a year for the NFL and Commissioner Roger Goodell talked about it all on Friday at his annual State-of-the-League address in downtown Phoenix.

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The Two-Way
7:03 am
Sat January 31, 2015

Merkel: No Relaxing Of Terms On Greek Debt

German Chancellor Angela Merkel stands in front of a poster showing a new two-euro commemorative coin at the Chancellery in Berlin, Germany, on Thursday.
Britta Pedersen DPA/Landov

Originally published on Sat January 31, 2015 2:49 pm

Updated at 11:00 a.m. ET

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has rejected any renegotiation of Greek debt after last week's election that brought an anti-austerity party into power in Athens.

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Politics
5:37 am
Sat January 31, 2015

What Romney's Retreat Means For GOP Hopefuls

Originally published on Sat January 31, 2015 8:03 pm

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Around the Nation
5:37 am
Sat January 31, 2015

Pennsylvania Law Allows NRA To Sue Cities Over Gun Rules

Originally published on Sat January 31, 2015 11:20 am

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Europe
5:37 am
Sat January 31, 2015

An Arctic Institution, Sweden's Ice Hotel Turns 25

Originally published on Sat January 31, 2015 11:08 am

This year marks 25 years of the original Ice Hotel, carved from snow and ice bricks in far northern Sweden. This story originally aired on All Things Considered on Jan. 29, 2015.

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