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5:21 pm
Sat August 1, 2015

Aviator Beryl Markham Soars Again In 'Paris Wife' Author's New Book

Lydia Thompson NPR

Beryl Markham was the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic from East to West. The British-born Kenyan woman was also a racehorse trainer, a writer and a fearless adventurer.

Once famous as an aviation pioneer, she's largely dropped out of the public consciousness. But novelist Paula McClain has put her back in the spotlight — as the protagonist of her new novel, Circling the Sun.

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NPR Story
4:39 pm
Sat August 1, 2015

An Immigrant's Experience, Recast As Noir, In 'Dragonfish'

Lydia Thompson NPR

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

Oakland cop Robert can't seem to forget Suzy: She left him two years ago and ended up marrying a man named Sonny, a gambler and a smuggler; a man who escaped from Vietnam, like Suzy.

Robert's always wondered what happened to his ex-wife — and now she's disappeared, and Sonny's forcing him to look for her. Sonny shadows Robert on a journey that takes them through the gambling underworld of Las Vegas, and through the haunted enclaves of Suzy's past.

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Law
4:18 pm
Sat August 1, 2015

A Lawyer's Advice For Black Men At Traffic Stops: 'Comply Now, Contest Later'

Demonstrators hold up a placard of a man with his hands up during the "Justice For All" march in Washington, DC last December. Numerous protests have brought attention to police violence against people of color. One lawyer, while emphasizing that police are responsible for behaving professionally, also wants to give black men advice on how to survive encounters with police.
Jim Watson AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Sat August 1, 2015 4:55 pm

It's been nearly a year since a police officer shot and killed Michael Brown, an unarmed African-American 18-year-old, in Ferguson, Mo. Since then, more deadly police encounters across the country have prompted anger, activism and reform.

Many of those incidents began with traffic stops — routine events that quickly turned deadly. And attorney Eric Broyles says that the risks for citizens are not distributed evenly.

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The Two-Way
3:14 pm
Sat August 1, 2015

Jericho Isn't Cecil's Brother And Is Probably Still Alive, Lion Researcher Says

Jericho the lion, right, seen here fighting with Cecil last year, was the subject of competing stories Saturday, as groups in Zimbabwe disagreed over whether he had been killed.
KEN WATKINS SN /Landov

Two non-profit conservation groups in Zimbabwe are telling distinctly different stories about a lion that's seen as an ally of Cecil, the popular 13-year-old animal whose death at the hands of an American hunter in July sparked international outrage.

"We are absolutely heart broken," the Zimbabwe Conservation Task Force said Saturday, announcing via Facebook page that Jericho, which it called Cecil's brother, was shot and killed at 4 p.m. (local time) Saturday afternoon.

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Politics
3:10 pm
Sat August 1, 2015

SuperPACs Report Their Funds — And The Numbers Are Staggering

Originally published on Sat August 1, 2015 4:55 pm

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Middle East
3:10 pm
Sat August 1, 2015

After A West Bank Home Goes Up In Flames, Tensions Flare In The Region

Originally published on Sat August 1, 2015 4:55 pm

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The Two-Way
12:33 pm
Sat August 1, 2015

Wildfires In California Spur Emergency Declaration; 1 Firefighter Dead

Flames from the Rocky Fire approach a house in Lower Lake, Calif., Friday. More than 5,000 firefighters are now battling large blazes in California; hundreds of residents are under evacuation orders in affected areas.
Justin Sullivan Getty Images

Originally published on Sat August 1, 2015 1:02 pm

With 20 major wildfires burning in California, the state's governor, Jerry Brown, has declared a state of emergency. Nine of those fires cover areas of at least 1,000 acres; a firefighter from Rapid City, S.D., was killed while battling one of them, in Northern California.

From Los Angeles, Danielle Karson reports:

"The U.S. Forest Service is investigating how David Ruhl died. He was killed while fighting a wildfire in Modoc National Forest.

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Interviews
10:36 am
Sat August 1, 2015

Fresh Air Weekend: 'Call Me Lucky'; 'The End of the Tour'; Training Dogs For Film

White God is about a dog who is separated from his owner (Zsófia Psotta) when her father forces her to give him up. Teresa Ann Miller worked as a trainer for the Hungarian film.
Magnolia Pictures

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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The Two-Way
9:49 am
Sat August 1, 2015

After Devastating Injury, Austrian Pole Vaulter Is Breathing On Her Own

Kira Grunberg, seen here competing last summer, was severely injured in a training accident this week. Doctors say she is now a paraplegic.
Ian Walton Getty Images

Originally published on Sat August 1, 2015 11:33 am

Kira Grunberg, Austria's top women's pole vaulter who suffered a horrible injury during training Thursday, is breathing on her own and could soon leave intensive care. The 21-year-old underwent emergency surgery after fracturing at least one of her cervical vertebrae.

Doctors say the fall has left Grunberg a paraplegic — a development that shocked the sporting world in Europe and brought offers of emotional and financial support for the young athlete who holds Austria's record for the women's pole vault.

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The Two-Way
8:26 am
Sat August 1, 2015

Sailing Federation Will Test Waters For Viruses In Brazil's Olympics Venues

Concerns about pollution in the waters around Rio have prompted the world sailing federation to take action ahead of next year's Olympic Games. Here, garbage is seen on Bica Beach, on the banks of the Guanabara Bay, with the Sugar Loaf mountain in background, earlier this year.
RICARDO MORAES Reuters /Landov

Originally published on Sat August 1, 2015 11:36 am

Saying that recent stories about raw sewage in Brazilian waterways that will serve as Olympics venues in 2016 helped "wake us up again and put this back on the agenda," the head of sailing's world governing body says his group will test for viruses and bacteria in the water.

The International Sailing Federation's chief executive, Peter Sowrey, tells the AP that the move is prompted by concerns over athletes' health and safety.

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The Two-Way
7:26 am
Sat August 1, 2015

MH370 Update: Recovered Jet Section Arrives At French Lab For Testing

Debris from an airplane that was found on the Indian Ocean island of Reunion has been transported to France, where technicians will try to determine whether it is from a missing airliner, Flight MH370.
Raymond Wae Tion Maxppp /Landov

Originally published on Sat August 1, 2015 11:37 am

The piece of a jet that's believed to be from a Boeing 777 — the same model of a Malaysia Airlines plane that went missing last year — is now in France, where it will be examined in a government laboratory near Toulose.

After the large piece of debris was discovered on the French island of Reunion in the Indian Ocean this week, Malaysia Airlines said it "is almost certainly part of a Boeing 777."

The airline also says that MH370 "is believed to be the only 777 to have crashed south of the equator since the jet came into service 20 years ago."

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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 Sat August 1, 2015 2:18 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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It's All Politics
6:03 am
Sat August 1, 2015

Empire Strikes PAC And Other Punny SuperPAC Names

B.E.A.R.D. PAC is a nonpartisan superPAC that supports bearded candidates nationwide.
Courtesy of B.E.A.R.D. PAC

Originally published on Sat August 1, 2015 4:57 pm

This post was updated at 4:30 p.m. ET with comment from Xavier the cat's human.

Because superPACs aren't legally allowed to donate money directly to or coordinate with a political campaign, founders often give them patriotic but purposefully vague names. There's Keep the Promise (supporting Ted Cruz), Opportunity and Freedom (Perry), Priorities USA Action (Clinton), and Pursuing America's Greatness (Huckabee).

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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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Europe
5:44 am
Sat August 1, 2015

France Refuses To Sell Two Warships To Russia

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

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Africa
5:44 am
Sat August 1, 2015

Zimbabwe May Give Land Back To Some White Farmers

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

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Politics
5:44 am
Sat August 1, 2015

SuperPac Filings, Candidates' Forums: The Week In Politics

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

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Asia
5:44 am
Sat August 1, 2015

Some Kazakhs Celebrate The Loss Of The 2022 Winter Olympics

Boosters of Kazakhstan's bid for the 2022 Winter Olympics rally in Almaty as they wait for word of whether their city won. It didn't, forcing Kazakhstan back to the drawing board for ways to achieve international recognition.
Corey Flintoff NPR

Originally published on Sat August 1, 2015 12:07 pm

There was a moment of drama in global sports on Friday, when the International Olympic Committee chose Beijing to host the 2022 Winter Games.

The loser was Almaty, Kazakhstan, a major city in an oil-rich central Asian nation that's trying to raise its profile on the international scene.

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History
5:44 am
Sat August 1, 2015

Edison's 'Little Monsters' Restored To Their Original Freakishness

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

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A word of caution now. You're about to hear the old nursery rhyme "Little Jack Horner" in the creepy voice of one of the world's first talking dolls.

(SOUNDBITE OF TALKING DOLL)

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Middle East
5:44 am
Sat August 1, 2015

Kerry Aims To Repair Relations With Egypt

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

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Middle East
5:44 am
Sat August 1, 2015

Kurdish Militias Appear To Be Sidelined By U.S.-Turkey Military Deal

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

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Shots - Health News
5:03 am
Sat August 1, 2015

No Shame, No Euphemism: Suicide Isn't A Natural Cause Of Death

Keith Negley for NPR

Beware the mention of natural causes, as in my mother's obituary:

"Norita Wyse Berman, a writer, stockbroker and artist ... died at home Friday of natural causes. She was 60."

Sixty-year-olds don't die of natural causes anymore. The truth was too hard to admit.

Fifteen years on, I'm ashamed of my family's shame. Those attending her funeral and paying shiva calls knew the truth anyway. People talk.

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NPR Ed
3:35 am
Sat August 1, 2015

Coding Camp to Baltimore Schools: Bring Us Your Bored!

Middle-school boys participate in the Minority Male Makers summer program at Morgan State University in Baltimore.
Elissa Nadworny NPR

On the second floor of Morgan State University's engineering building, Jacob Walker, 12, is putting the finishing touches on a ruler he's just created.

Not yet an actual ruler. One he's designing on the computer. He just needs to add his initials — then it's time to produce it on a 3-D printer.

Jacob starts seventh grade in the fall and has big dreams. Building this ruler is all part of the plan.

"When I was a child," he says, "I loved to play with Legos, and it inspired me to be an engineer when I get older."

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The Two-Way
2:03 am
Sat August 1, 2015

Israeli Officials Promise To Find Arsonists Who Killed Palestinian Child

Palestinian Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah inspects a home that was badly damaged from a suspected attack by Jewish extremists in the West Bank village of Douma. An 18-month-old child was killed and other family members seriously injured.
Prime Minister's Office APA/Landov

Originally published on Sat August 1, 2015 11:38 am

Israeli leaders vowed to find the suspected Israeli extremists behind an arson attack that killed a Palestinian toddler early Friday.

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The Two-Way
9:54 pm
Fri July 31, 2015

Pacific Trade Pact In Limbo As Talks End Without A Deal

Originally published on Sat August 1, 2015 11:48 am

In a setback for the Obama administration, talks aimed at setting up a major free-trade zone among 12 Pacific Rim countries — the so-called Trans-Pacific Partnership — have ended without success.

Although U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman said "significant progress" had been made at this week's talks in Maui, Hawaii, and officials promised to reconvene at some future date, big differences remain among the participating countries.

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The Two-Way
9:49 pm
Fri July 31, 2015

Watch: 164 Skydivers Fall Into Formation, Breaking World Record

164 people formed this flower as they jumped from a height of nearly 20,000 feet.
Jason Peters AP

Originally published on Sat August 1, 2015 12:14 pm

A new skydiving record was set Friday in Ottawa, Ill., at speeds up to 240 mph.

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The Two-Way
9:37 pm
Fri July 31, 2015

Chimps In Habeas Corpus Case Will No Longer Be Used For Research

Leo and Hercules are the two research chimpanzees who were front and center in a recent habeas corpus case. While the organization that argued for their release lost their case, the chimps will be retired.

Stony Brook University, where they were used for physiological research, announced on Friday that the project had concluded, writes Reuters.

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The Two-Way
7:58 pm
Fri July 31, 2015

Professional Wrestling World Mourns Longtime Star 'Rowdy' Roddy Piper

"Rowdy" Roddy Piper, clad in his trademark kilt, speaks in 2009 at the WrestleMania 25th anniversary press conference at Hard Rock Cafe in New York City. Piper fought in the main bout at the first WrestleMania in 1985, losing a tag-team match to Hulk Hogan and Mr. T.
Andrew H. Walker Getty Images

Originally published on Fri July 31, 2015 9:51 pm

"Rowdy" Roddy Piper, a premier wrestler in the now-WWE during the 1980s and 1990s who fought Hulk Hogan and Mr. T in the main event at the first WrestleMania in 1985, has died, the company reports. He was 61.

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Law
4:37 pm
Fri July 31, 2015

Juvenile Justice System Failing Native Americans, Studies Show

Sgt. Barbara Johnson and Corrections Lt. Robbin Preston run the Tuba City Juvenile Detention Center on the Navajo Nation.
Laurel Morales NPR

Originally published on Fri July 31, 2015 5:53 pm

State courts are twice as likely to incarcerate Native teens for minor crimes such as truancy and alcohol use than any other racial and ethnic group, according to the Tribal Law and Policy Institute. And juvenile detention facilities around the country have a disproportionately high number of Native American youth, according to an Indian Law and Order Commission report.

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Goats and Soda
4:37 pm
Fri July 31, 2015

Ebola Vaccine Hailed As 'Game Changer' In Fight Against The Virus

A woman receives the rVSV-ZEBOV Ebola vaccine at a clinical trial in Conakry, Guinea. The vaccine appears effective after only one shot.
Cellou Binani AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Fri July 31, 2015 5:53 pm

Doctors Without Borders is calling it a "champagne moment." The World Health Organization says it's a "game changer."

In a small trial, an experimental vaccine protected 100 percent of participants who were at high risk for the virus. Although the results are preliminary, they offer new hope of finally stamping out the virus in West Africa — and preventing the next epidemic.

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