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3:20 pm
Sun April 19, 2015

In Debate Over Hugo Awards, Science Fiction Community Engages With Issues Of Bias

Originally published on Sun April 19, 2015 10:18 pm

NPR's Arun Rath talks to author Monica Byrne about how controversy surrounding this year's Hugo Awards highlights a difference in how speculative and literary fiction approach diversity. "The speculative community hashes out its sexism and racism issues right on the surface, whereas the literary community has convinced itself it doesn't have any," she writes.

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Asia
3:20 pm
Sun April 19, 2015

Chinese President To Discuss Massive Trade Route During Pakistan Visit

Originally published on Mon April 20, 2015 4:36 pm

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The Two-Way
2:49 pm
Sun April 19, 2015

Congo Monkey Spotted Decades After Species' Alleged Demise

Mother and infant Bouvier's red colobus monkeys in a first-ever photograph of the primate taken in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The species was thought to have gone extinct in the 1970s.
Lieven Devreese and Gaël Elie Gnondo Gobolo Ntokou-Pikounda National Park, DRC

Welcome back, Bouvier's red colobus monkey. It's been a while.

The African primate hasn't been seen since the 1970s and was assumed to have become extinct.

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The Two-Way
10:49 am
Sun April 19, 2015

2 Decades Later, 168 Victims Of Oklahoma City Attack Are Remembered

Spectators bow their heads during a moment of silence during a ceremony to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the Oklahoma City bombing at the Oklahoma City National Memorial, on Sunday.
Sue Ogrocki AP

Originally published on Sun April 19, 2015 2:50 pm

Twenty years ago today, Timothy McVeigh — an Army veteran with strong anti-government views — drove a rental truck containing a massive homemade bomb up to the front of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City, lit the fuse and walked away.

The result was the worst act of domestic terrorism in U.S. history. It took the lives of 168 people, including many children attending a daycare in the targeted building.

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The Two-Way
8:53 am
Sun April 19, 2015

Shroud Of Turin Goes Back On Display In Italy For A Limited Engagement

Archbishop Cesare Nosiglia presents the Holy Shroud during a preview for the news media at the Cathedral of Turin, Italy, on Saturday. The shroud — believed by many to be the burial cloth of Christ — will go on display for the first time in five years.
Antonio Calanni AP

Originally published on Sun April 19, 2015 3:40 pm

The Shroud of Turin, an artifact that many people believe to be the burial cloth of Jesus of Nazareth, goes back on public display today for the first time in five years in the Italian city that bears its name.

The shroud can be seen by the public until June 24, at the cathedral of St. John the Baptist in Turin. Anyone who wants to view it can do so for free, but must first sign up online. Already a million people have done so, according to the BBC.

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The Two-Way
7:14 am
Sun April 19, 2015

New ISIS Video Purports To Show Shooting, Beheading Of Christians

Originally published on Sun April 19, 2015 12:04 pm

The self-declared Islamic State has released a new video purporting to show its followers shooting or beheading some 30 Ethiopian Christians in two separate locations in Libya, as a masked man dressed in black issues a stark warning to the West.

Reuters says of the video, reported by the SITE Intelligence Group, that it "portrays Christians as crusaders out to kill Muslims and then showed about 15 men beheaded on a beach and another group of the same size shot in their heads in scrubland."

According to Reuters:

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The Two-Way
6:04 am
Sun April 19, 2015

Hundreds Of Migrants Feared Dead In Capsized Boat Off North Africa

Personnel at work in the operations room of the Italian coast guard in Rome on Sunday during the coordination of relief efforts after a ship carrying hundreds of migrants capsizes off Libyan coast occurred in the Strait of Sicily.
Angelo Carconi Landov

Originally published on Tue April 21, 2015 3:30 pm

Hundreds of would-be migrants from North Africa who were trying to reach Europe are missing and feared drowned after their boat capsized about 120 miles south of the Italian island of Lampedusa. Officials say it could be the largest-ever such tragedy on the Mediterranean.

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Around the Nation
5:47 am
Sun April 19, 2015

Security Tightens For Second Boston Marathon Since The Bombing

Originally published on Sun April 19, 2015 9:00 am

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Asia
5:47 am
Sun April 19, 2015

Nepal Diverts Climbing Fees To Sherpa Welfare Fund

Originally published on Sun April 19, 2015 9:00 am

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Africa
5:47 am
Sun April 19, 2015

Hundreds Missing As Migrant Boat Sinks Off Libya

Originally published on Sun April 19, 2015 9:00 am

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Around the Nation
5:47 am
Sun April 19, 2015

Remembering The Day The Murrah Building Was Bombed

Originally published on Sun April 19, 2015 9:00 am

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National Security
5:47 am
Sun April 19, 2015

U.S. And Saudis Place Sanctions On Pakistani Charity

Originally published on Sun April 19, 2015 9:00 am

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Politics
5:47 am
Sun April 19, 2015

Candidates And Candidates-To-Be Woo New Hampshire's GOP

Republican presidential hopeful Sen. Ted Cruz speaks at the Republican Leadership Summit Saturday in Nashua, N.H.
Jim Cole AP

Originally published on Mon April 20, 2015 1:33 pm

For Republicans running for president — or eyeing it — this weekend was a big opportunity.

GOP presidential hopefuls from Marco Rubio to Ted Cruz to Carly Fiorina to Donald Trump descended on New Hampshire this weekend. The 19 candidates, and potential candidates, gathered in Nashua, N.H., for an event sponsored by the state Republican Party. They wooed activists and jockeyed for early position in the state that holds the first presidential primary.

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Technology
5:47 am
Sun April 19, 2015

VW Camper Van Gets An Electric Makeover

Originally published on Sun April 19, 2015 9:00 am

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This is WEEKEND EDITION from NPR News. I'm Rachel Martin.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "TRUCKIN'")

GRATEFUL DEAD: (Singing) What a long, strange trip it's been.

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Europe
5:47 am
Sun April 19, 2015

Greece Risks Losing Future Bailout Funds

Originally published on Sun April 19, 2015 9:00 am

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Pop Culture
4:49 pm
Sat April 18, 2015

After Fan Pressure, Netflix Makes 'Daredevil' Accessible To The Blind

Netflix's original series Daredevil, which stars a blind superhero, was originally hard for blind audience members to understand. The series was released without audio description that would make it accessible to the visually impaired. TV broadcasters are required to release such descriptions for some content, but Netflix, as an Internet streaming service, faces no such requirement.
Netflix

Originally published on Sun April 26, 2015 10:20 pm

Netflix's original series now have a superhero among them. Comic fans know Daredevil as a crusader. He's a Marvel character who, in addition to his superhuman abilities, has a very human disability: blindness.

Needless to say, Daredevil has quite a few fans with visual impairments — and they were looking forward to the show.

But until this week, Netflix had no plans to provide the audio assistance that could have helped those fans follow the show.

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National Security
3:40 pm
Sat April 18, 2015

Rules For No-Fly List Disclosures Get An Update

Originally published on Sat April 18, 2015 4:25 pm

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Last summer, I spoke with dog trainer and former Marine, Abe Mashal. In 2010, he needed to fly to a job - nothing unusual. But things got weird at the airport when he handed his driver's license to the woman at the ticket counter.

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Health
3:39 pm
Sat April 18, 2015

WHO Leader Says End Of Ebola Outbreak Is Near, But Hard Work Remains

Originally published on Sat April 18, 2015 4:25 pm

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Science
3:39 pm
Sat April 18, 2015

Gazing Into Those Puppy-Dog Eyes May Actually Be Good For You

Originally published on Sat April 18, 2015 4:25 pm

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Science
3:39 pm
Sat April 18, 2015

Setting The Record Straight On The Phrase 'Gateway Drug'

Originally published on Mon April 20, 2015 5:08 pm

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UNIDENTIFIED MAN: A new victim is being lured into the trap of addiction. High - high, as a kite - the marijuana has done its job well. She can be led now, ready to go along. Casually, he introduces the idea of something stronger, real kicks.

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Politics
3:39 pm
Sat April 18, 2015

When Politicians Lose Their Accents

Originally published on Sat April 18, 2015 4:25 pm

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Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker is one of the presidential hopefuls speaking at that GOP event. And the way Walker speaks has been getting some close scrutiny lately. Check out this clip from when he was running for governor of Wisconsin.

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Politics
3:39 pm
Sat April 18, 2015

GOP Presidential Hopefuls Converge In New Hampshire

Originally published on Sat April 18, 2015 4:25 pm

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World
3:39 pm
Sat April 18, 2015

Suicide Blast Kills More Than 30 In Afghanistan

Originally published on Sat April 18, 2015 4:25 pm

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The Salt
3:39 pm
Sat April 18, 2015

Late Chicago Chef Sought To Open 'A New Page In Gastronomy'

Chef Homaro Cantu holds a tomato in the kitchen of his Chicago restaurant Moto in 2007. Haute cuisine and extreme science collided in the kitchen of Chef Cantu, who took his own life Tuesday.
Jeff Haynes AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Mon April 20, 2015 8:19 am

The culinary world lost a visionary this week. Homaro Cantu, a specialist in the avant-garde approach to cooking known as molecular gastronomy, died Tuesday in Chicago at the age of 38. The Cook County Medical Examiner ruled Cantu's death a suicide.

Every visit to Cantu's flagship restaurant, Michelin-starred Moto, was a trip down the rabbit hole.

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The Two-Way
3:09 pm
Sat April 18, 2015

It's Record Store Day – Here Are Pictures To Prove It

A customer walks in the Record Collector store in Sheffield, England, Friday. Hundreds of independent record stores are putting on special promotions for Saturday's Record Store Day.
Oli Scarff AFP/Getty Images

In the music world, today is all about bricks and mortar. It's the annual Record Store Day, when music fans are urged to get out to support their local shop.

From new releases to vintage finds, people have been posting photos of beloved albums and record stores Saturday.

Music companies are putting out dozens of limited-edition releases for the occasion. One example: Johnny Marr doing a live version of his old band The Smiths' song "Please Please Please Let Me Get What I Want."

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Parallels
2:03 pm
Sat April 18, 2015

Syria's Minorities: Caught Between Sword Of ISIS And Wrath of Assad

Assyrian Christians, who fled their homes because of attacks by the Islamic State, pray at a church on the outskirts of Damascus on March 1. Many minorities in Syria have tried to remain neutral in the conflict, but they often get caught up in the crossfire or are targeted by extremists.
Louai Beshara AFP/Getty Images

Consider the plight of Syria's many minorities — the Christians, the Druze, the Ismailis and many others.

On one hand, they face threats by extremists like the self-proclaimed Islamic State, which considers their beliefs heretical. On the other hand, joining forces with President Bashar Assad's regime could mean dangerous military deployments and antagonizing the Sunni Muslim majority.

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The Two-Way
10:43 am
Sat April 18, 2015

WWII Aircraft Carrier Is Found 'Amazingly Intact' On Ocean Floor Near San Francisco

A shape that could be an airplane is seen in a 3D sonar image (lower portion) of the USS Independence released by NOAA, which located the shipwreck in Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary. A team located the carrier during a maritime archaeological survey.
NOAA, Boeing, and Coda Octopus

Originally published on Sat April 18, 2015 1:11 pm

It fought in World War II and was used in two atomic bomb tests. Now, 64 years after it was scuttled, the USS Independence has been located by an undersea survey team led by NOAA and the U.S. Navy.

A new image of the ship suggests it's in good shape for a craft that was damaged by shock waves, heat and radiation in the Pacific Ocean.

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The Two-Way
9:52 am
Sat April 18, 2015

Antitrust Inquiry Reportedly Looks At How Big Theater Chains Snare Movies

Originally published on Sat April 18, 2015 11:18 am

Small theaters' claims that large cinema chains keep them from screening first-run movies have reportedly prompted a Department of Justice investigation. News of a federal inquiry comes as arguments over preferential treatment and exclusivity have been heating up in recent years.

NPR's Mandalit del Barco reports:

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Fresh Air Weekend
9:34 am
Sat April 18, 2015

Fresh Air Weekend: Mark Ronson, The Mountain Goats, Beau Willimon

Mark Ronson is a music producer, DJ and guitarist who's recorded with Adele, Paul McCartney, Ghostface Killah, Lily Allen and Duran Duran, among others.
Astrid Stawiarz 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:

The Story Behind Mark Ronson's Hit Song 'Uptown Funk': The producer says there was a moment when his co-writers thought, "Maybe this song wasn't meant to be." He also describes working with Amy Winehouse and Bruno Mars.

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The Two-Way
9:07 am
Sat April 18, 2015

Australia Says It Broke Up ISIS-Inspired Plot To Attack WWI Event

Police made one of several arrests at this house in Narre Warren, a suburb of Melbourne, Saturday. Police raided houses in the city's outer eastern suburbs and made several arrests over an alleged attack planned for ANZAC Day.
David Crosling EPA /LANDOV

Originally published on Sat April 18, 2015 11:16 am

In a series of early-morning raids, Australian counterterrorism police arrested five men in the Melbourne area Saturday, over their possible involvement in a plot to attack police officers at an upcoming World War I remembrance ceremony.

Three of the men were later released; police say that Sevdet Ramdan Besim, 18, "has been charged with conspiracy to commit acts done in preparation for, or planning, terrorist acts."

From Sydney, Stuart Cohen reports:

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