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Russia Holds WWII Remembrance; Western Leaders Stay Home

NPR News - Sat, 2015-05-09 03:35

NPR's Corey Flintoff tells NPR's Scott Simon about Russia's celebration of the victory over Hitler 70 years ago Saturday. Western leaders stayed away to protest Russian moves on Ukraine.

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U.S. And Turkey To Train Syrian Rebel Forces

NPR News - Sat, 2015-05-09 03:35

NPR's Scott Simon asks Robert Ford, former ambassador to Damascus, about prospects for Syria now that the U.S. and Turkey have begun training rebels. Ford foresees a "hard partition" of the country.

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Saudis Want More U.S. Involvement In Fight Against ISIS, Assad

NPR News - Sat, 2015-05-09 03:35

NPR's Scott Simon asks Robert Ford, former ambassador to Damascus, about prospects for Syria now that the U.S. and Turkey have begun training rebels. Ford foresees a "hard partition" of the country.

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GOP Presidential Field Expands: The Week In Politics

NPR News - Sat, 2015-05-09 03:35

The Republican presidential field grew this week, as Hillary Clinton staked out a position on immigration to the left of President Obama. NPR's Mara Liasson and NPR's Scott Simon the week in politics.

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Taking Mom Out For Brunch? It's A Feminist Tradition

NPR News - Sat, 2015-05-09 03:33

The right to dine out in public alone during the day was an early victory of the women's rights movement of the 1900s. And in post-war America, brunch became an exercise in women's lib for some.

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Is Peanut Butter The Best Present For Malnourished Teen Moms-To-Be?

NPR News - Sat, 2015-05-09 03:03

Pregnant teenagers in Malawi may not get enough to eat — with dire consequences for their baby. Peanut paste could help, but the girls need to be convinced not to share it with family members.

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Block By Block, Health Workers Lead Liberia To Victory Over Ebola

NPR News - Sat, 2015-05-09 01:19

People accused them of making everyone sick and threw water at them. But community volunteers pushed on, knocking on doors to stop the virus's spread. On May 9, Liberia will be declared Ebola-free.

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A New Baltimore Model? 'Officer On The Beat ... Pastor On The Corner'

NPR News - Fri, 2015-05-08 18:38

West Baltimore officials want to fix damaged relations between police and residents. Church pastors there long have stepped up to help fill the gap of mistrust, and hope to play a role in erasing it.

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Want a career in music? You might need to move south

Marketplace - American Public Media - Fri, 2015-05-08 16:54

Sometimes you chase your career ambitions thousands of miles away from home.

If you want be an actor, you move to L.A. If you want to make it in finance, you live in New York.

Chad Radford is a music editor for the alternative weekly Creative Loafing. He moved to Atlanta in 1999 from Idaho. And over the last 16 years, Radford has seen thousands of bands start, and end, in the Atlanta music scene.

He says that the music scene in Atlanta draws people from all over. 

"I do continually encounter people who move here just specifically for music," Radford says. "Everybody who is here in the music scene came from somewhere else."

To hear more about the Atlanta music scene, listen to the full interview using the audio player above.

 

Politics Rewind: Family Baggage And Fuzzy Math

NPR News - Fri, 2015-05-08 14:12

This week in politics: Jeb Bush isn't doing a great job of separating himself from his brother, the GOP's diversity problem and were the polls really wrong again?

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Weighing the economics of airing a live car chase

Marketplace - American Public Media - Fri, 2015-05-08 13:48

Local TV news stations are apt to air live car chases — especially in California or Florida, where sprawling highway infrastructure makes for long and thrilling pursuits. 

For viewers, the possibility of seeing a dramatic ending live on screen is a huge draw — entire offices can come to a standstill when a big chase is on.

But newsrooms have to consider the high stakes of showing a potentially dangerous, or deadly, situation play out in real time. Just last month, for instance, a man involved in a car chase was shot by police on live TV in Texas.

Al Tompkins, senior faculty at the Poynter Institute, has been working in newsrooms for more than forty years.

"Once you've decided to go there, it seems to me you have to ask a series of questions of yourself," he says. "Is this so important that you're willing to air the worst possible outcome?"

Listen to the full story using the audio player above.

At 13 Billion Light Years Away, Galaxy Is Farthest To Be Measured From Earth

NPR News - Fri, 2015-05-08 13:23

A new glimpse of what the universe looked like in its youth has been captured. Researchers say light from galaxy EGS-zs8-1 has spent the past 13 billion years traveling to Earth.

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