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2:48 am
Sun January 25, 2015

Virtual Games Try To Generate Real Empathy For Faraway Conflict

Allison Begalman, a student at the University of Southern California, wears goggles and headphones to experience a virtual mortar strike on civilians in Aleppo, Syria.
James Delahoussaye NPR

Video games are great for passing time or battling monsters with friends online. But the medium is also being used to explore complex stories and themes. It's even being used as form of journalistic storytelling, immersing people in places and events that can be hard to imagine.

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The Two-Way
1:18 am
Sun January 25, 2015

President Obama Welcomed To India With A Significant Hug

President Obama and first lady Michelle Obama are greeted by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New Delhi on Sunday.
Asish Maitra UPI/Landov

President Obama has arrived in India for a three-day trip. Upon landing in New Delhi on Sunday, the president and first lady Michelle Obama were greeted by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The warm welcome was a "departure from protocol," India Today reports.

Talks between Obama and Modi are expected to cover a wide range of topics, including trade, climate change and global terrorism.

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Code Switch
4:37 pm
Sat January 24, 2015

Between The Laughs, South African Comedian Hopes To Educate

Comedian Trevor Noah was born in South Africa during apartheid — "born a crime," as he says.
Byron Keulemans

Originally published on Sat January 24, 2015 5:15 pm

On Thursday, South African comedian Trevor Noah made his second appearance as a senior international correspondent on Comedy Central's The Daily Show with Jon Stewart.

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Research News
4:36 pm
Sat January 24, 2015

Study Says Creativity Can Flow From Political Correctness

As the U.S. workforce continues to become more diverse, researchers are now more than ever examining diversity and bias in the work place.
iStockphoto

Originally published on Sat January 24, 2015 4:14 pm

There is a common belief that requiring the use of "politically correct" language in the workplace stifles creativity.

Michelle Duguid, a professor at Washington University in St. Louis, tells NPR's Arun Rath that, intuitively, that assumption makes sense.

"People should be able to freely think, throw any crazy ideas, and any constraint would actually dampen creativity," Duguid says.

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Shots - Health News
3:53 pm
Sat January 24, 2015

'How Do You Tell Your Kids That You Got Alzheimer's?'

When he was 59 years old, Greg O'Brien was diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer's disease. Five years later, he is speaking publicly about his experience, even as his symptoms worsen.
Courtesy of Greg O'Brien

Originally published on Sat January 24, 2015 5:15 pm

This is the first in a series, "Inside Alzheimer's," about the experience of being diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer's disease.

In 2009, 59-year-old Greg O'Brien was a successful journalist and writer living in Cape Cod. He was healthy and happy — he exercised every day, made a good living, spent time with his three children and wife.

But he had also started to notice changes in himself. He was forgetting things, and his judgment sometimes seemed to fail him. Meanwhile, his own mother was dying of Alzheimer's disease.

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Latin America
3:20 pm
Sat January 24, 2015

For U.S. And Cuba, A Slow Walk To Re-Establishing Ties

Originally published on Sat January 24, 2015 7:02 pm

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Author Interviews
3:20 pm
Sat January 24, 2015

'Driving The King' A Story Long In The Works

Originally published on Sat January 24, 2015 5:15 pm

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Around the Nation
3:20 pm
Sat January 24, 2015

Measles Outbreak Linked To Disneyland Hits Over 70 Cases

Originally published on Sat January 24, 2015 5:15 pm

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It's All Politics
11:22 am
Sat January 24, 2015

Closing Gitmo 'Going To Be Very Difficult,' Hagel Says

Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel, shown here in his Pentagon office Friday, explained that transferring Guantanamo Bay detainees required action from many parts of the federal government.
Ariel Zambelich NPR

President Obama wants to close the prison at the U.S. Navy base at Guantanamo Bay before leaving office. But his departing defense secretary, Chuck Hagel, told NPR News the job is "going to be very difficult" to complete in that time.

Hagel made that remark in an exit interview Friday, one of only a handful he granted as he prepared to vacate his expansive office at the Pentagon. The interview will air Monday on Morning Edition.

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The Two-Way
10:12 am
Sat January 24, 2015

First Attempt To Lift AirAsia Fuselage Fails

Crew members carry a bag containing the body believed to be a victim of AirAsia Flight 8501 to a waiting helicopter on the deck of Indonesian Navy ship KRI Banda Aceh, on the Java Sea, Indonesia, on Friday.
Natanael Pohan AP

Originally published on Sat January 24, 2015 11:24 am

A first attempt to lift the fuselage of the crashed AirAsia Airbus A320 to the surface of the Java Sea failed today, according to officials.

The BBC reports that "ropes around the fuselage snapped."

According to the BBC:

"[Seven] metres (22ft) from the surface, strong currents and the sharp edges of the emergency door of the aircraft cut the rope connecting the bag to the fuselage.

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Europe
10:00 am
Sat January 24, 2015

Foe Of 'Fiscal Waterboarding' Leads Going Into Greek Election

The leader of Greece's left-wing Syriza party Alexis Tsipras casts his ballot in Athens on Sunday. His anti-austerity party was ahead in earlier polling.
Aris Messinis Getty Images

Originally published on Sun January 25, 2015 2:58 am

Years of austerity have worn down Greeks, who will choose a new government Sunday. Greek voters are expected to elect the first anti-austerity party in the Eurozone.

Maria Tsitoura, one of those voters, is a lively grandmother in her 70s. Like many retirees in Greece, she shares her small pension with her grown children, whose salaries have dropped by more than half in the last four years.

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Fresh Air Weekend
9:31 am
Sat January 24, 2015

Fresh Air Weekend: Al Michaels, Review Of Sleater-Kinney's New Album, David Morris

Al Michaels will announce the Super Bowl game between the Seattle Seahawks and the New England Patriots on Feb. 1.
Doug Pensinger Getty Images

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
8:13 am
Sat January 24, 2015

Video Purports To Show Beheaded Japanese Hostage

A passerby watches a TV news program reporting two Japanese hostages, Kenji Goto, left, and Haruna Yukawa, held by the Islamic State group, in Tokyo, on Friday.
Eugene Hoshiko AP

Originally published on Sat January 24, 2015 3:02 pm

Updated at 4:55 p.m. ET

Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe called the purported beheading of a Japanese hostage by his ISIS captors an "outrageous and unacceptable" act that had left him speechless.

The remarks came after a video surfaced showing what appears to be one hostage holding a photo of his decapitated fellow abductee.

"This is an outrageous and unacceptable act of violence," Abe told reporters as he arrived at his office after midnight for an emergency meeting, according to Reuters. "We strongly demand the immediate release."

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The Two-Way
6:59 am
Sat January 24, 2015

Ukraine Rebel Leader Claims New Attack On Mariupol

Ukrainian servicemen stand guard on a street near a burning building after a shelling by pro-Russian rebels of a residential sector in Mariupol, eastern Ukraine, on Saturday.
Reuters /Landov

Originally published on Sat January 24, 2015 11:30 am

Updated at 10:15 a.m. ET

A main leader of Russian-backed rebels in eastern Ukraine reportedly says the separatists have launched an attack on the port city of Mariupol, where rocket fire killed at least 15 people in an open-air market and residential area.

"Today an offensive was launched on Mariupol. This will be the best possible monument to all our dead," Alexander Zakharchenko was quoted as saying by Russia's RIA news agency.

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Technology
6:42 am
Sat January 24, 2015

Facebook Aims To Weed Fakes From Your News Feed

Originally published on Sat January 24, 2015 10:11 am

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Latin America
6:42 am
Sat January 24, 2015

In Argentinian Murder Mystery, Prosecutor's Death Spawns Many Suspects

Originally published on Sat January 24, 2015 1:32 pm

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The Two-Way
6:10 am
Sat January 24, 2015

Obama To Cut Short India Visit For Stop In Saudi Arabia

A National Cadet Corps cadet walks past the saluting base during the full dress rehearsal for Republic Day parades in Kolkata, India, on Saturday. President Obama will be the chief guest at the parade.
Bikas Das AP

Originally published on Sat January 24, 2015 11:33 am

President Obama will cut short a trip to India to make room on his itinerary to visit Saudi Arabia to pay respects to the late King Abdullah, who died on Friday.

Obama was scheduled to arrive in New Delhi on Sunday and spend three days in India at the invitation of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, a trip that was to have included a visit to the Taj Mahal.

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The Two-Way
7:01 pm
Fri January 23, 2015

4-Year Prison Term For Colorado Woman Over Plot To Join ISIS

The home of Ana Maria and John Conley in Arvada, Colo., where their daughter Shannon Conley, 19, lived until her arrest by the FBI last April.
Ed Andrieski AP

Shannon Conley, 19, has been sentenced to four years in prison for trying to travel to Turkey and work as a nurse for the extremist group ISIS. Conley reached a plea agreement over charges of trying to provide support for the terrorist group last fall.

When she was arrested, Conley was living in the Denver suburb of Arvada, where she had initially raised suspicions by visiting the grounds of a church and making notes and drawings. She was arrested months later, after several warnings from FBI agents.

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The Salt
5:20 pm
Fri January 23, 2015

Will Environmentalists Fall For Faux Fish Made From Plants?

Chef James Corwell's nigiri sushi rolls made with Tomato Sushi, a plant-based tuna alternative, in San Francisco.
Alastair Bland for NPR

Originally published on Fri January 23, 2015 5:39 pm

It's a dead ringer for Ahi tuna sashimi. It cuts into glistening slivers that are firm and juicy. And it's got a savory bite.

But this flesh-like food is not fish. It's made of tomato, and it's what San Francisco chef James Corwell hopes could be one small step toward saving imperiled species of fish, like bluefin tuna.

"What I want is to create a great sushi experience without the tuna," Corwell tells The Salt.

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The Two-Way
5:04 pm
Fri January 23, 2015

'Modern Farmer' Owner Says It Will Live On, Despite Staff Exit

Modern Farmer has a particular fondness for stories about anything having to do with goats.
Courtesy of Modern Farmer

A hip chronicle of ag life isn't dead yet, the owner of Modern Farmer says. The National Magazine Award winner lost its last paid editorial staff Friday, The New York Times reports. But the story comes with a clarification: Modern Farmer's owner says he'll publish again this summer.

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NPR Story
4:02 pm
Fri January 23, 2015

How 'The Good War' In Afghanistan Went Bad

In his new book "The Good War," Jack Fairweather writes that the war in Afghanistan could turn out to be the defining tragedy of the 21st century. (thegoodwar.com)

Originally published on Fri January 23, 2015 12:28 pm

In his State Of The Union address, President Obama touted the end of the U.S. combat mission in Afghanistan, but a new book says it could turn out to be the defining tragedy of the 21st century.

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Shots - Health News
4:02 pm
Fri January 23, 2015

Leaky Blood Vessels In The Brain May Lead To Alzheimer's

Leaks in a barrier between blood vessels and brain cells could contribute to the development of Alzheimer's.
VEM Science Source

Originally published on Fri January 23, 2015 4:18 pm

Researchers appear to have found a new risk factor for Alzheimer's disease: leaky blood vessels.

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It's All Politics
4:01 pm
Fri January 23, 2015

Why Would Marco Rubio Run For President? Why Wouldn't He?

Florida Sen. Marco Rubio's first term ends in 2016. Rubio is considering a presidential run; under Florida law he would not have to file papers to run for re-election until May 2016.
J. Scott Applewhite AP

Originally published on Sat January 24, 2015 2:21 pm

Republican heavyweights Mitt Romney and Jeb Bush are already out shaking the money trees for possible 2016 presidential runs, and now Florida Sen. Marco Rubio is putting out the word that he is, too.

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News
4:01 pm
Fri January 23, 2015

Auto Loan Surge Fuels Fears Of Another Subprime Crisis

Auto dealers are extending loans to a growing number of people with weak credit.
Joe Raedle Getty Images

Originally published on Fri January 23, 2015 4:29 pm

The number of Americans buying autos approached a record high last year. It's one more sign of how much the economy is improving.

But there's a big potential downside that's evoking comparisons to the subprime mortgage boom. Auto dealers are extending loans to a growing number of people with weak credit, and more of them are having trouble making payments.

When Chris Westervelt moved from Texas to Alaska to take a job, he decided to trade in his Mazda for a car that could handle snow and ice.

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The Two-Way
4:00 pm
Fri January 23, 2015

Supreme Court Agrees To Rule On Constitutionality Of Execution Drug Cocktail

Bottles of the sedative midazolam, which is at issue in the Oklahoma death row prisoners' lawsuit. The Supreme Court has agreed to decide whether the drug is effective at preventing unconstitutional suffering.
AP

Originally published on Fri January 23, 2015 4:23 pm

The U.S. Supreme Court agreed today to review Oklahoma's method of execution by lethal injection. The justices agreed to hear the Oklahoma case a week after refusing to halt another execution that used the same drug formula.

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Parallels
4:00 pm
Fri January 23, 2015

After The Slaughter, A Pakistani School Seeks To Heal

Pakistani soldiers escort students as they leave the Army Public School in Peshawar on Jan. 12. The school has reopened after last month's attack by the Pakistani Taliban that killed more than 130, most of them teenage students.
A Majeed AFP/Getty

Originally published on Fri January 23, 2015 4:42 pm

"From the outside, we may look healed up," explains Samina Irshad, section head of the Middle School at the Army Public School in Pakistan's frontier city of Peshawar.

But don't be fooled by appearances.

Irshad continues: "Our internal wounds, they'll take time." In fact, she estimates, it will take years.

Who knows how long it takes to recover from a massacre that included the death of 132 students, mostly teenaged boys, and 12 of Irshad's colleagues, including the school principal?

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Health Care
3:06 pm
Fri January 23, 2015

Study Finds Huge Disparities In Costs Of Common Surgeries

Originally published on Fri January 23, 2015 4:18 pm

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Latin America
3:06 pm
Fri January 23, 2015

U.S.-Cuba Talks First Step In Long Process Of Restoring Relations

Originally published on Fri January 23, 2015 4:18 pm

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Europe
3:06 pm
Fri January 23, 2015

Paris Attacks Refocus Attention On Homegrown Terrorist Threats

Originally published on Fri January 23, 2015 4:18 pm

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Politics
3:06 pm
Fri January 23, 2015

U.S. Careful Amid Turmoil And Transition In Yemen, Saudi Arabia

Originally published on Fri January 23, 2015 4:18 pm

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