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My Big Break
2:59 pm
Sat February 28, 2015

'Whoa, Mama!': A Voice Actress's Road To Fame As A 10-Year-Old Boy

Nancy Cartwright voices the mischievous 10 year-old son, Bart, in the animated TV show, The Simpsons. "I don't know of any other character that has more catch-phrases than Bart," she says.
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As part of a series called "My Big Break," All Things Considered is collecting stories of triumph, big and small. These are the moments when everything seems to click, and people leap forward into their careers.

Back in 1987, Nancy Cartwright drove to the FOX Studios lot to try out for a little animated short about a dysfunctional family known as "The Simpsons."

Specifically, she was there to audition for the studious, well-mannered middle child named Lisa.

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Politics
2:59 pm
Sat February 28, 2015

Is The Battle Won And Done For Those Who Fought For Net Neutrality?

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Politics
2:59 pm
Sat February 28, 2015

Homeland Security Gets Stopgap Funding, But More Political Battles Loom

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Space
2:59 pm
Sat February 28, 2015

Rejected As A Mars One Astronaut Candidate, She's Turning To Plan B (Or M)

Originally published on Sat February 28, 2015 3:21 pm

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Law
2:59 pm
Sat February 28, 2015

The Challenges Of Jury Selection In The Boston Marathon Bombing Trial

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Shots - Health News
2:57 pm
Sat February 28, 2015

One Man's Race To Outrun Alzheimer's

Greg O'Brien gathers his thoughts before a run in 2013. "Running is essential," he says.
Michael Strong Living With Alzheimers

This is the third in NPR's series "Inside Alzheimer's," about the experience of living with the illness. In parts one and two, Greg O'Brien talked about what it was like to get the diagnosis of Alzheimer's, and how he thinks about the future.

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The Two-Way
11:12 am
Sat February 28, 2015

Iraq's National Museum To Open For First Time Since 2003 Invasion

A man looks at ancient Assyrian human-headed winged bull statues at the Iraqi National Museum in Baghdad on Saturday.
Reuters/Landov

Originally published on Sat February 28, 2015 12:14 pm

Days after video emerged showing self-declared Islamic State extremists taking sledge hammers to pre-Islamic antiquities inside the Mosul museum, the Iraqi government has reopened the country's national museum, shuttered since the 2003 U.S. invasion of the country that toppled Saddam Hussein.

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Goats and Soda
10:07 am
Sat February 28, 2015

While New England Gets Snow, West Africa Gets Sand

The Harmattan haze can become so dense in Dakar, Senegal, it dims the sun and grounds flights.
Joe Penney Reuters /Landov

Originally published on Sat February 28, 2015 12:11 pm

Would you kindly bear with me a little while I have a good old moan, please? I'm feeling rather wretched. No, not because I've finally kicked a lingering lurgy that turned out to be bronchitis and stole my voice. But because one of the reasons I blame for the illness is back: the Harmattan.

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Fresh Air Weekend
9:29 am
Sat February 28, 2015

Fresh Air Weekend: Larry Wilmore, The Smart Home And Bill Gifford

Larry Wilmore debuts Comedy Central's The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore on Jan. 19.
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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
8:39 am
Sat February 28, 2015

Egypt Declares Hamas 'Terrorist' Group

Members of Palestinian security forces loyal to Hamas patrol on the border between Egypt and southern Gaza Strip earlier this month.
Abed Rahim Khatib APA/Landov

Originally published on Sat February 28, 2015 12:00 pm

A court in Egypt has declared Hamas a "terrorist organization."

The verdict concerning Hamas, which controls Gaza, is seen as part of the government of President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi's crackdown on Islamist groups.

Hamas is an offshoot of the Muslim Brotherhood, the Islamist party that was banned in Egypt after President Mohamed Morsi was ousted in 2013.

The Associated Press reports:

"Last month, an Egyptian court banned Hamas' military wing, the Izzedine al-Qassam Brigades, and also designated it a terrorist organization. ...

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Code Switch
8:03 am
Sat February 28, 2015

A 'Show Boat' With An Asian-American Cast Hits The Rocks

A heads-up to our readers: This post quotes a racial slur.

When actress Erin Quill saw a casting notice earlier this month for a Show Boat musical revival with a completely Asian-American cast, she raised an eyebrow.

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The Two-Way
7:44 am
Sat February 28, 2015

West Calls On Russia For Independent Probe Of Nemtsov's Murder

People lay flowers on Saturday at the place where Boris Nemtsov, a charismatic Russian opposition leader and sharp critic of President Vladimir Putin, was gunned down, at Red Square in Moscow, Russia.
Pavel Golovkin AP

Western leaders are pressuring Moscow for a full and transparent investigation into the fatal shooting of opposition leader Boris Nemtsov, a staunch opponent of President Vladimir Putin.

Nemtsov, 55, a deputy prime minister in the 1990s who later organized mass rallies against Putin in 2011 and 2012. Most recently, he accused Putin allies of profiteering from the development of the Sochi Winter Olympics infrastructure.

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The Salt
7:37 am
Sat February 28, 2015

Silly, Saucy, Scary: Photos Show The Many Faces Of Ugly Fruit

Originally published on Sat February 28, 2015 12:09 pm

When it comes to nutrition, fruits and vegetables are usually the most virtuous denizens of the dinner plate.

But it turns out, wholesome produce can also get pretty raunchy — like the randy tomatoes in this image, which our standards editor deemed too "saucy" for us to embed here.

Or needy, like this eggplant, clearly shopping for a hug ...

Or moody, like this forlorn-looking apple ...

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The Two-Way
6:57 am
Sat February 28, 2015

Funding Homeland Security: Where Do We Go From Here?

Speaker of the House John Boehner responds to reporters about the impasse over passing the Homeland Security budget on Friday.
J. Scott Applewhite AP

Originally published on Sat February 28, 2015 8:07 am

As we reported late Friday, the House managed to approve a one-week extension of funding for the Department of Homeland Security, which President Obama signed. The passage capped a day of scrambling that saw a longer three-week stopgap shot down in the House.

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Europe
6:04 am
Sat February 28, 2015

Tiny Hungarian Village Puts Itself Up For Hire

Originally published on Sat February 28, 2015 8:40 am

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Politics
6:04 am
Sat February 28, 2015

Conservatives Heckle Jeb Bush On Education, Immigration

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Europe
6:04 am
Sat February 28, 2015

Boris Nemtsov, Shot Friday, Was A Vehement Anti-Putin Critic

Originally published on Sat February 28, 2015 8:40 am

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Europe
6:04 am
Sat February 28, 2015

Report Urges Britain To Take Small-Claims Cases Online

Originally published on Sat February 28, 2015 8:40 am

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Latin America
6:04 am
Sat February 28, 2015

More U.S.-Cuba Talks Ahead, Including Human Rights Dialogue

Originally published on Sat February 28, 2015 8:40 am

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Politics
6:04 am
Sat February 28, 2015

Despite Big Advantages, Emanuel Forced To Face Chicago Runoff

Originally published on Sat February 28, 2015 8:40 am

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Politics
6:04 am
Sat February 28, 2015

House GOP Scurries To Avert Homeland Security Shutdown

Originally published on Sat February 28, 2015 8:40 am

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Science
2:43 am
Sat February 28, 2015

Can You Dig It? More Evidence Suggests Humans From The Ice Age

Students Patrick Rohrer, Sarah Warthen, Alix Piven and Lauren Urane are led by Mercyhurst University Archeologist Andy Hemmings. Their project has picked up where Florida's State Geologist Elias Sellards left off in 1915. Sellards led an excavation of the site where workers digging a drainage canal found fossilized human remains.
Greg Allen NPR

Originally published on Sat February 28, 2015 8:40 am

In Florida, archaeologists are investigating a site that a century ago sparked a scientific controversy. Today, it's just a strip of land near an airport.

But in 1915, it was a spot that became world-famous because of the work of Elias Sellards, Florida's state geologist. Sellards led a scientific excavation of the site, where workers digging a drainage canal found fossilized animal bones and then, human remains.

Andy Hemmings of Mercyhurst University is the lead archaeologist on a project that has picked up where Sellards left off a century ago.

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Parallels
2:35 am
Sat February 28, 2015

A German Muslim Asks His Compatriots: 'What Do You Want To Know?'

Earlier this month, Dr. Sadiqu al-Mousllie, accompanied by his family and a few members of their mosque, stood in downtown Braunschweig, Germany, and held up signs that read: "I am a Moslem. What would you like to know?" in an effort to promote dialogue between Muslims and non-Muslims.
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Originally published on Sat February 28, 2015 8:40 am

Sadiqu al-Mousllie sees humor as a good way to fight growing anti-Islam sentiment in Germany.

He lives in Braunschweig, in western Germany. Earlier this month, he decided to go downtown and hold up a sign that read, "I am a Moslem. What would you like to know?"

"This is a bridge of communication," the Syrian-born German says. "Some people dared to ask, some others not, so we went to them and give them some chocolate and a say of our prophet to know what Muslims are thinking about."

Mousllie, 44, says he hopes to do it every other week.

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The Two-Way
6:52 pm
Fri February 27, 2015

After Second Round Of Talks, Cubans, Americans Emerge Upbeat

Josefina Vidal, director general of the U.S. division at Cuba's Foreign Ministry, smiles at the start of the Cuba talks at the State Department in Washington, on Friday.
Pablo Martinez Monsivais AP

After a second round of talks, Cuban and American diplomats emerged upbeat about the potential to reestablish diplomatic ties between the long-estranged neighbors.

In a press conference following the talks, Roberta Jacobson, the diplomat leading the talks for the Americans, said: "Today we saw the kind of constructive exchange that advances us toward a more productive diplomatic relationship."

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Code Switch
6:40 pm
Fri February 27, 2015

In The South, Way More People Are Identifying As Both Black And White

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The number of people who identify as belonging to two or more races keeps climbing with each Census. The number of people identified as both black and white, for example, more than doubled between 2000 and 2010, from about 780,000 to 1.8 million.

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It's All Politics
4:36 pm
Fri February 27, 2015

Jeb's Rowdy Supporters Help Him Escape The CPAC Lion's Den

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush shakes hands with the audience after speaking at CPAC Friday.
Carolyn Kaster AP

Jeb Bush walked into the lion's den of the Conservative Political Action Conference Friday, and walked out smiling — thanks to a few busloads of his supporters who proved louder and more persistent than his hecklers.

Bush, a likely 2016 presidential candidate, started out unevenly in his interview-style appearance, rushing through his answers to Fox News host Sean Hannity, using clunky phrases from his stump speech, and at times almost shouting to overcome boos and taunts.

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The Two-Way
4:33 pm
Fri February 27, 2015

Mexican Attorney General Who Handled Case Of Vanished Students Will Step Down

Mexico's Attorney General Jesus Murillo Karam is leaving his post to take a new Cabinet-level job as head of urban and rural development.
Marco Ugarte AP

Originally published on Fri February 27, 2015 5:31 pm

Embattled Mexican Attorney General Jesus Murillo Karam will be stepping down. The announcement came Friday after Murillo Karam weathered months of criticism over the way he handled the investigation into the disappearance of 43 college students.

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Europe
4:28 pm
Fri February 27, 2015

Putin Critic Boris Nemtsov Shot Dead In Moscow

Originally published on Fri February 27, 2015 6:13 pm

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Around the Nation
4:28 pm
Fri February 27, 2015

New Museum Depicts 'The Life Of A Slave From Cradle To The Tomb'

In recent years, some popular antebellum plantations have started to incorporate displays about slavery. But the Whitney Plantation has designed the visitor's entire experience around that history.
Debbie Elliott NPR

Originally published on Fri February 27, 2015 6:31 pm

The section of Louisiana's serpentine River Road that tracks along the Mississippi between New Orleans and Baton Rouge is known as "Plantation Alley." The restored antebellum mansions along the route draw hundreds of thousands of visitors a year.

The newest attraction aims to give visitors a realistic look at life in the pre-Civil War South. Don't expect hoop skirts and mint juleps, but stark relics that tell the story of a dark period in American history, through the eyes of the enslaved.

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The Two-Way
3:44 pm
Fri February 27, 2015

Putin Critic Boris Nemtsov Shot Dead

Russian opposition leader Boris Nemtsov was shot dead in Moscow today.
Ivan Sekretarev AP

Originally published on Fri February 27, 2015 8:52 pm

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Boris Nemtsov, a former Russian deputy prime minister turned prominent critic of President Vladimir Putin, was shot dead today on a street in central Moscow, the Interior Ministry told the Interfax news agency.

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