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Performing Arts
5:46 am
Sun September 21, 2014

For This Job, You Need A Creepy Voice And A Fabulous Scream

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Movie Interviews
5:46 am
Sun September 21, 2014

Boys Puzzle Through Twists And Turns In 'Maze Runner'

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Author Interviews
5:46 am
Sun September 21, 2014

Jargon-Free History Of The Universe Finds Beauty In Ordinary Words

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Code Switch
5:46 am
Sun September 21, 2014

Adding Color To 'The Great White Way'

Sharp observations about race, class and gender plus pure passion for the theater: That's what get when you ask a distinguished panel of playwrights whether "The Great White Way" is still too white.
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Sharp observations about race, class and gender plus pure passion for the theater: That's what get when you ask a distinguished panel of playwrights whether "The Great White Way" is still too white.

Award-winning dramatists David Henry Hwang, Lydia Diamond, Kristoffer Diaz and Bruce Norris are some of America's most critically acclaimed contemporary playwrights. Their work captures the tensions and aspirations of an increasingly diverse America, but they all acknowledged that it was a challenge to bring a more diverse audience to theaters.

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Book News & Features
5:46 am
Sun September 21, 2014

Finding A Voice — Again — In The Pages Of A Comic Book

Recall and Given recasts the story of David Rector and Roz Alexander-Kasparik as a superhero comic.
Roz Alexander-Kasparik

This is a story about love. It's a story about bad things happening to good people, about memory and perseverance — and comic books. But most of all, it's a story about a voice. A mellow, smooth voice, just right for late-night jazz.

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Around the Nation
5:46 am
Sun September 21, 2014

Lodging Like A High-End Health Club

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Environment
5:46 am
Sun September 21, 2014

Climate Marchers Will Try To Build Momentum For 2015

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Afghanistan
5:46 am
Sun September 21, 2014

Afghan Presidential Candidates Sign Power-Sharing Agreement

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Middle East
5:46 am
Sun September 21, 2014

Syrian Refugees Flood Turkish Border

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National Security
5:46 am
Sun September 21, 2014

U.S. Launches Media Campaign To Counter ISIS Videos

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Business
3:38 am
Sun September 21, 2014

Marvel's New Hero Wants To Save The World — And The Citrus Industry

A new comic features Captain Citrus teaming up with the Avengers to defeat a villain. The new superhero, who uses the power of the sun to generate "energy items," is sponsored by Florida's citrus industry.
Florida Citrus

Originally published on Sun September 21, 2014 5:48 am

Marvel's latest superhero, Captain Citrus, draws his power from the sun and hails from a Florida orange grove. And here's his true origin story: He was developed by Marvel for Florida's citrus growers, who hope the hero will use his powers to help them sell more orange juice.

Captain Of An Industry

Marvel's successful films and comics, from Spider-Man to The Avengers to Guardians of the Galaxy, have made them a hit with not just audiences, but also businesses.

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Shots - Health News
3:38 am
Sun September 21, 2014

Terminally Ill, But Constantly Hospitalized

Originally published on Sun September 21, 2014 5:46 am

The place: Beth Israel Hospital in Manhattan.

The diagnosis: fast-growing, small-cell lung cancer.

The patient: Paula Faber, unrepentant, life-long smoker.

The choice: treat it aggressively to extend life, but probably not cure the disease, or manage the pain and focus on the quality of life.

It was September 2012 and it was Paula Faber's third cancer in a decade, but she did not hesitate.

"She was going to fight it every inch of the way," says her husband Ron Faber.

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Technology
3:30 am
Sun September 21, 2014

Drivers, Passengers Say Uber App Doesn't Always Yield Best Routes

Some Uber drivers and passengers complain that the app's built-in navigation doesn't give its drivers the best directions.
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There are many things Uber customers love about the service; confusion surrounding the navigation process is not one of them.

Following complaints that Uber drivers didn't know the best routes to customers' destination, the company rolled out a new in-app navigation feature. It allows customers to plug in their destination before entering the car and provides turn-by-turn directions to drivers once the trip begins.

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Middle East
4:40 pm
Sat September 20, 2014

Dozens Of ISIS Hostages Freed And Sent To Turkey

Originally published on Sat September 20, 2014 4:51 pm

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The Two-Way
3:22 pm
Sat September 20, 2014

Afghan Rivals Have Signed Power-Sharing Agreement

Abdullah Abullah (left) and Ashraf Ghani, shown here on August 8, have been contesting the results of Afghanistan's runoff presidential election for months. They are expected to sign a power-sharing deal on Sunday.
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Originally published on Sun September 21, 2014 5:41 am

This post was updated at 7:40 a.m. ET Sunday.

Afghanistan's disputed presidential election is finally coming to a close, as the two rivals for the presidency have reached a power-sharing deal that they formally signed on Sunday.

Under the agreement, Ashraf Ghani is poised to replace the outgoing current president, Hamid Karzai. The deal will create a national unity government and delegate limited powers to the loser of the election.

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Parallels
1:58 pm
Sat September 20, 2014

When The U.S. Backs Rebels, It Doesn't Often Go As Planned

Nicaragua's Contra rebels in 1990. The U.S. backed the Contras in the 1980s, which led to the ouster of the leftist Sandinista leadership. But the U.S. aid violated American law and contributed to the biggest scandal of President Reagan's administration.
Michael Stravato AP

As the U.S. steps up arms and training, Syria's "moderate" rebels are joining a long line of resistance movements the Americans have backed over the decades, from Angola to Afghanistan.

The high-water mark was President Reagan's administration in the 1980s, when the U.S. supplied weapons to three rebel groups on three separate continents in Cold War proxy fights designed to undermine the Soviet Union.

So how have they worked out?

Well, it's complicated.

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The Two-Way
11:45 am
Sat September 20, 2014

Ravens Fans Line Up To Trade In Ray Rice Jerseys At Stadium

Baltimore Ravens fans exchange the jersey of the team's former running back Ray Rice at M&T Bank Stadium Friday. "He should have been the man here and backed away" instead of hitting his fiancee, a female fan says.
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Originally published on Sat September 20, 2014 12:19 pm

Fans of the Baltimore Ravens, which earlier this month cut star running back Ray Rice over a domestic violence scandal, are lining up today to exchange jerseys featuring the player's name. It reportedly took more than an hour to get through the line around the Ravens' M&T Bank Stadium.

This is the second day of the trade-in, just one of the recent developments in a scandal that started taking shape back in February, when Rice hit his then-fiancee, Janay Palmer, in an elevator at a casino resort in Atlantic City.

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The Two-Way
9:53 am
Sat September 20, 2014

Calif. School District Will Get Rid Of Controversial Armored Vehicle

The San Diego School District is sending back a military vehicle it had planned to use in rescue operations. The district had released renderings of what the MRAP might look like after its tan military color is repainted. This version shows it as a police vehicle.
San Diego Unified School District

Originally published on Sat September 20, 2014 12:17 pm

Yielding to residents' concerns, the San Diego Unified School District says it's returning the 18-ton MRAP, or mine-resistant ambush protected vehicle, that its police department recently acquired from the Department of Defense's surplus equipment program.

San Diego officials had said the MRAP would be used only as a rescue vehicle in extreme circumstances — but that didn't satisfy the plan's critics, particularly in a summer marked by controversy over police using military-grade equipment to face off with demonstrators in Ferguson, Mo.

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The Two-Way
8:29 am
Sat September 20, 2014

Pope Names A Moderate To Be Chicago's New Archbishop

Bishop Blase Cupich will replace Cardinal Francis George as the new archbishop of Chicago. He's seen here in 2011, presenting a Church study on clergy sex abuse.
Pablo Martinez Monsivais AP

Originally published on Sat September 20, 2014 12:11 pm

One of America's largest Catholic dioceses is getting a new leader, as Pope Francis has appointed Bishop Blase Cupich of Spokane, Wash., to be the next archbishop of Chicago. Cupich will replace Cardinal Francis George, 77, a conservative who has spoken out on many social issues in his 17 years in the post.

Update at 10: 40 a.m. ET: Cardinal George Introduces Cupich

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Politics
8:18 am
Sat September 20, 2014

Texas Gubernatorial Candidates Go To The Border To Court Voters

Texas state Sen. Wendy Davis shakes hands with state Attorney General Greg Abbott after their debate in the Rio Grande Valley on Friday.
Gabe Hernandez AP

Originally published on Sat September 20, 2014 4:21 pm

The candidates running for Texas governor, Republican Attorney General Greg Abbott and Democratic State Sen. Wendy Davis, held their first televised debate on Friday in heavily Hispanic South Texas, in the border county of Hidalgo in the Rio Grande Valley.

The county is 90 percent Hispanic. It was the first gubernatorial debate on the border since 1998.

Republicans have won every statewide office in Texas for 20 years, but the fast-growing Hispanic population tends to vote Democrat, and many Republicans believe their survival lies in recruiting Hispanic supporters.

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Goats and Soda
8:01 am
Sat September 20, 2014

Workers Hand Out Soap And Advice As Sierra Leone Locks Down

During the three-day lockdown, the government of Sierra Leone is sending teams of workers door-to-door to talk to people about how to protect themselves from Ebola.
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Originally published on Sat September 20, 2014 9:16 am

Sierra Leone is holding a country-wide experiment: For three days, no one is allowed to leave their home.

It's part of the country's strategy for controlling the deadly Ebola virus. While people across Sierra Leone stay at home, teams of workers go door-to-door, educating the public about the disease.

The effort got its shaky start on Friday.

The streets were empty in the heart of Freetown, the capitol. The only sound came from a few street sweepers and a police van blasting a song from an old speaker.

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Europe
8:01 am
Sat September 20, 2014

Over Spain's Objections, Catalonia Plans Referendum On Independence

Pro-independence demonstrators shout slogans outside the Catalan parliament on Friday in Barcelona, Spain. The Catalan parliament has approved rules for a self-determination referendum — which would violate the Spanish constitution.
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Originally published on Sat September 20, 2014 9:16 am

In sultry Barcelona, it was a unexpected gathering of bagpipes, tartan plaid, Scotch and even haggis — the traditional Scottish innards-and-oatmeal dish.

Spaniards turned out en masse to celebrate Scotland's referendum on independence from the United Kingdom.

"For one day, I would like to be Scottish," said Gabriel Herredero, 25, who wore a Scottish kilt out to a bar. "As Catalans, we would be proud also to be able to vote for something we really want."

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Simon Says
7:21 am
Sat September 20, 2014

A Man Who Knew The Value Of The Human Voice

Originally published on Sat September 20, 2014 9:16 am

A man known around here as "The Host Whisperer" has died.

David Candow was 74. He was a slightly tubby man from Newfoundland with a sly smile and a soft voice. I wanted nothing to do with him.

David was a consultant, brought in to work with NPR hosts and reporters on writing and delivery. People who make their living on the air often distrust consultants. We figure they've been brought in by executives who have usually never recorded more than a voicemail message, and want all hosts to sound the same.

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The Two-Way
7:16 am
Sat September 20, 2014

Man Who Jumped Fence, Entered White House Had A Knife

A Secret Service police officer stands near an entrance to the White House complex during an evacuation, minutes after President Barack Obama departed Washington for Camp David aboard Marine One. A man scaled a fence and reached the residence last night.
Evan Vucci AP

Originally published on Sat September 20, 2014 9:05 pm

Update at 10:20 p.m. ET:

The man who managed to climb the White House fence and open the door to the executive mansion Friday night was armed with a knife, the U.S. Attorney's office said.

The Secret Service had originally reported that the man was unarmed.

Update at 7:42 p.m. ET:

The Secret Service has stepped up security at the White House after an intruder managed to enter a door on the residence, the agency said in a statement Saturday, one day after the breach in security.

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The Two-Way
6:30 am
Sat September 20, 2014

Dozens Of Turkish Hostages Freed, As ISIS Advances In Syria

Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu, center, poses with dozens of freed Turkish hostages at the Esenboga Airport in Ankara Saturday. The group was held by militants in northern Iraq for more than three months.
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Originally published on Sat September 20, 2014 12:14 pm

After more than 100 days in captivity, nearly 50 Turkish people are now free from the extremist group ISIS. The group includes diplomats and children, along with security personnel who were seized in June along with Turkey's consulate in Mosul.

As it celebrates the 49 hostages' return, Turkey is also receiving an influx of thousands of Kurdish people who are fleeing parts of Syria where ISIS has taken dozens of towns in recent days.

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Middle East
5:40 am
Sat September 20, 2014

Analyst: U.S. Needs To 'Deconflict' Syria To Defeat ISIS

Originally published on Sat September 20, 2014 9:16 am

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Law
5:40 am
Sat September 20, 2014

Judge's Credibility In Question After Domestic Abuse Arrest

Originally published on Sat September 20, 2014 9:16 am

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Europe
5:40 am
Sat September 20, 2014

The Turmoil In Scotland, Expressed By Its Poets

Originally published on Sat September 20, 2014 9:16 am

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Environment
5:40 am
Sat September 20, 2014

Organizers Hope U.N. Climate March Will Be Largest In History

Originally published on Sat September 20, 2014 9:16 am

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Middle East
5:40 am
Sat September 20, 2014

How To Inoculate Angry Teens Against Islamic Extremism

Originally published on Sat September 20, 2014 9:16 am

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