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Six Things We Learned At South By Southwest EDU

Sun, 2015-03-15 05:03

At the annual event in Austin, Texas: Big data, privacy, physics and the power of Twitter.

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March Madness: Keeping Society Sane Since 1908

Sun, 2015-03-15 05:03

Think you know your NCAA tournament facts? Try these on for size: What are the odds of a perfect bracket? What surgery is performed more frequently during the madness?

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Haunted Dolls Are A Thing, And They're Not Cheap, Either

Sun, 2015-03-15 04:48

Some dolls don't look quite right. There's just something creepy about them. Turns out those dolls fetch a high price on eBay and Etsy.

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Portugal Beckons With Back Alleys And Boarded-Up Businesses

Sun, 2015-03-15 03:52

Forget cathedrals and wine houses. A new guided tour takes visitors to Portugal's slums to see the effects of Europe's economic crisis. This story originally aired March 10 on Morning Edition.

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When There's Art On The Bus, You'll Get To Your Stop Sooner

Sun, 2015-03-15 03:52

A decade ago Kenya banned the practice of covering minibuses — called matatus — with wild images. The concern: window blockage. Now the art is making a comeback, and powerful bus owners are behind it.

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Isaac Herzog Is Netanyahu's Surprise Challenger In Israel

Sun, 2015-03-15 03:52

Isaac Herzog doesn't have the macho profile of recent Israeli prime ministers. But Ari Shavit of Haaretz tells NPR's Rachel Martin that he's emerging as a frontrunner to unseat Benjamin Netanyahu.

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Netanyahu Maintains Focus On Iran As His Voter Support Falls

Sun, 2015-03-15 03:52

Israel's parliamentary election is Tuesday, and so far, the race is too close to call. It's turned into a referendum on Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

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From Afghanistan's Rubble, A Teacher Builds A School Of Ideas

Sun, 2015-03-15 03:52

Amid the obstructionism and violence of Afghanistan, Aziz Royesh has set up a school in Kabul that has won worldwide acclaim.

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In Iraq, The Final Battle For Tikrit Is Likely To Be The Hardest

Sun, 2015-03-15 03:52

The offensive against ISIS in Tikrit is being eyed by Iraq's various factions — including some the U.S. hopes will help take on ISIS elsewhere. NPR's Rachel Martin talks with Deborah Amos in Iraq.

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How Far Has The Health Of Moms Come Since 1995?

Sun, 2015-03-15 03:03

The rate of women worldwide who die in childbirth has dropped by more than 40 percent over the past two decades. But does this rosy global health statistic overstate the extent of change?

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Smell Something Different At The Gym? It Might Not Be What You Think

Sun, 2015-03-15 01:29

Scent can affect how customers view a business, how long they spend shopping and how much money they spend, research shows. Businesses from stores to fitness clubs are convinced scents make sense.

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The Fate Of The World's Chocolate Depends On This Spot In Rural England

Sun, 2015-03-15 01:24

Cocoa is unusually susceptible to disease. Every year, a third of the crop is destroyed, even as the appetite for chocolate grows. That's why the world needs the International Cocoa Quarantine Centre.

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The Fate Of The World's Chocolate Depends On This Spot In Rural England

Sun, 2015-03-15 01:24

Cocoa is unusually susceptible to disease. Every year, a third of the crop is destroyed, even as the appetite for chocolate grows. That's why the world needs the International Cocoa Quarantine Centre.

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When Police Are Given Body Cameras, Are They Using Them?

Sat, 2015-03-14 14:36

An independent monitor's report on the Denver Police Department's use of body-worn cameras found that during a six-month trial run, just one in four use-of-force incidents was actually recorded.

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New Statue Of Gandhi Unveiled In Britain's Parliament Square

Sat, 2015-03-14 09:47

NPR's Ari Shapiro says the statue underscores how much the U.K.-India relationship has changed since Mohandas Gandhi fought for independence from Britain nearly 70 years ago.

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Serena Williams Makes Emotional Return To Indian Wells

Sat, 2015-03-14 08:47

The world No. 1 defeated Romania's Monica Niculescu 7-5, 7-5 in the second round. It was her first match at the tournament since her infamous 2001 title victory after which she vowed a boycott.

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Nun, Who Tried To Prevent Robbery, Gang Raped In India

Sat, 2015-03-14 07:06

The attack on the septuagenarian occurred about 50 miles northeast of Kolkata. Officials have ordered an investigation.

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Large Crowd Expected For Funeral Of Wisconsin Man Shot By Police

Sat, 2015-03-14 06:01

Tony Robinson, 19, was killed March 6 by an officer. Police say he was shot after a confrontation in which he allegedly assaulted the officer. Protesters say the death is more evidence of racial bias.

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Syrian Rebels Will Face ISIS, But The U.S. May Not Have Their Backs

Sat, 2015-03-14 05:50

The U.S. is about to start training moderate Syrian rebels to fight ISIS militants. But Obama's plan for fighting ISIS is mute on protecting that force against the Syrian regime of Bashar Assad.

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Pi Day Isn't Just Magical, It's Mathematics. And There's Pie!

Sat, 2015-03-14 05:28

Math geeks are excited about 3-14-15, this year's Pi Day. The San Francisco Exploratorium will celebrate with a pizza-pi-dough-tossing contest, a pi parade and special pie. Mmmm, pie. Or is it pi?

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