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4:12 pm
Sun February 1, 2015

Heavy Fighting Resumes In Eastern Ukraine As Truce Talks Collapse

Ukrainian soldiers are seen in an armored vehicle topped with a Ukrainian flag near the city of Artemivsk, in the Donetsk region, on Sunday.
Manu Brabo AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Sun February 1, 2015 6:05 pm

Intense fighting in eastern Ukraine has resumed since the collapse of cease-fire talks on Saturday. Reuters says Russian-backed separatists used artillery to try to push Kiev's forces from the strategic rail hub of Debaltseve.

NPR's Corey Flintoff — reporting from the town of Svyatogorsk, which has become a de facto refugee camp for many civilians fleeing the fighting — tells Weekend All Things Considered that he's "met people who've gotten out of some of the most dangerous areas. Many of them have absolutely terrifying stories to tell."

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Around the Nation
3:24 pm
Sun February 1, 2015

To Save Two Colo. Cows, All It Took Was A Good Ice-Breaker

In this photo provided by the Fountain, Colo. Fire Department, a cow walks away from an icy pond after firefighters rescued it and one other cow that had fallen through the ice.
Darin Anstine AP

Originally published on Sun February 1, 2015 4:19 pm

The Fountain, Colo., Fire Department handles a lot of animal rescue calls. But in 11 years with the department, Fire Captain Rick Daniels says the call he got on Jan. 26 was "one of the more challenging animal rescue calls that I've had."

No one's exactly sure how or why, Daniels tells NPR, but two brown cows had wandered out over a frozen pond, and fallen through the half-foot of ice.

Someone driving by the pond called 911 and described seeing just the heads of two cows peeking out over the sheet of ice. The cows were up to their necks in frigid water.

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Politics
3:24 pm
Sun February 1, 2015

For Colorado's Undocumented, The Wait At The DMV Just Got Longer

Aleida Ramirez must wait longer for an appointment to renew her expired driver's license because Colorado Republicans have blocked funding for licensing undocumented immigrants.
Megan Verlee Colorado Public Radio

Originally published on Sun February 1, 2015 4:19 pm

Aleida Ramirez is proud of her old driver's license. It's faded and battered, held together by tape in two places, and it expired two years ago.

But Ramirez wouldn't think of throwing it out.

"Because it's my treasure," Ramirez says. "I mean, this is the only proof that I've been living in this state. This is the only proof that I have that I've been working hard, that I want to be here."

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Around the Nation
3:24 pm
Sun February 1, 2015

Another Florida Case Puts Crosshairs On 'Stand Your Ground'

Originally published on Sun February 1, 2015 4:19 pm

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Africa
3:24 pm
Sun February 1, 2015

Getting The News To West African Youth, Through Hip-Hop

Originally published on Sun February 1, 2015 4:17 pm

In Dakar, Senegal, two rappers going by the names Keyti and Xuman offer a summary of the week's news in hip-hop format.

This story originally aired on All Things Considered on Jan. 15, 2015.

Your Health
3:24 pm
Sun February 1, 2015

Why Are Americans Getting Bigger?

Originally published on Sun February 1, 2015 3:51 pm

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Europe
3:24 pm
Sun February 1, 2015

Deadly Clashes Rage In East Ukraine

Originally published on Sun February 1, 2015 3:51 pm

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Code Switch
3:16 pm
Sun February 1, 2015

The Success Of Fox's 'Empire' Reveals A Few Dos And Don'ts For TV

Taraji P. Henson, left, and Terrence Howard star as Cookie and Lucious Lyon in the Fox TV show Empire.
Chuck Hodes Fox TV

Originally published on Sun February 1, 2015 6:55 pm

The TV industry is scrambling to understand the runaway success of Fox's Empire, the story of a family-run hip-hop music company that has set ratings records in its four weeks on air.

The question, as always, is simple: Why are people drawn to this show? And how can a TV network pull it off again?

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The Two-Way
2:07 pm
Sun February 1, 2015

Hong Kong's Pro-Democracy Activists Stage New Protest

Thousands of pro-democracy activists on Sunday take part in a democracy march to Central, demanding universal suffrage in Hong Kong.
Kin Cheung AP

Originally published on Sun February 1, 2015 6:08 pm

In a move aimed at breathing life into Hong Kong's pro-democracy movement, thousands gathered at the city's Victoria Park today in open defiance of Beijing's insistence that it have final say on candidates for the territory's next leader.

Organizers said 13,000 attended the rally, but police claimed the figure was 8,800. Regardless, the number is far fewer than the tens of thousands that came out for past protests calling for free and open elections in 2017 to choose a new "chief executive" for the former British colony.

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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.
Charlie Riedel AP

Originally published on Sun February 1, 2015 6:35 pm

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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 2:43 pm

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 1 Of 3 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 5:52 pm

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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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.
via YouTube

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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