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Reporting From The Site Of The Ebola Outbreak's Origin

Sat, 2014-09-06 03:50

The first wave of the Ebola virus struck Liberia's northern Lofa County back in March. Correspondent Ofeibea Quist-Arcton traveled to Lofa, and speaks to NPR's Scott Simon about the current situation.

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ISIS Runs A Dark Media Campaign On Social Media

Sat, 2014-09-06 03:50

NPR's Scott Simon talks to Clint Watts of the Foreign Policy Institute about how the Islamic State is using social media to gain power and attention.

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Better With Butter? Here's Why Americans Are Consuming More.

Sat, 2014-09-06 03:50

Cholesterol worries have waned as margarine's trans-fats became the new bogeyman, leading more Americans back to the real deal.

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Henry Kissinger's Thoughts On The Islamic State, Ukraine And 'World Order'

Sat, 2014-09-06 03:50

A stable global system is needed more than ever, Kissinger says in his new book, World Order. He explains why he sees Iran as a "bigger problem" than the Islamic State and offers his views on Ukraine.

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Tech Week That Was: So Many Hacks, So Little Time

Sat, 2014-09-06 01:54

There's a consistent thread in the tech news dominating all our attention this week — stolen data. We tried to add a little context to the coverage.

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A Botched Circumcision Calls Attention To Kenyan Ritual

Sat, 2014-09-06 01:32

Tribal elders now receive training for safer procedures. But last month, at a 3 a.m. ceremony in the forest, an elder from the Bukusu tribe accidentally cut off a 13-year-old's penis.

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A Botched Circumcision Calls Attention To Kenyan Ritual

Sat, 2014-09-06 01:32

Tribal elders now receive training for safer procedures. But last month, at a 3 a.m. ceremony in the forest, an elder from the Bukusu tribe accidentally cut off a 13-year-old's penis.

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The Changing Face Of West Africa Has Fueled The Ebola Crisis

Fri, 2014-09-05 12:59

Population growth, the cutting down of forests and increased mobility all contribute to the current crisis. "The virus hasn't changed," says one infectious disease expert. "Africa has changed."

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Charter Plane Carrying Americans Ordered To Land In Iran

Fri, 2014-09-05 12:43

A senior State Department official says the flight from Bagram Air Field in Afghanistan was rerouted because of a "bureaucratic issue." The State Department says the plane has now landed in Dubai.

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Stinky T-Shirt? Bacteria Love Polyester In A Special Way

Fri, 2014-09-05 12:23

Why does that sleek polyester T-shirt reek after 10 minutes, while the old-school cotton stays relatively sweet? Polyester attracts very different microbes, which may account for that special stink.

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Will Al-Qaida Find Followers In India?

Fri, 2014-09-05 12:21

The Islamist group has established a new franchise in a country with 176 million Muslims. But al-Qaida could find it hard to recruit in India, according to many analysts.

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Manliness In Music: The XY Hits The Hi-Fi

Fri, 2014-09-05 12:20

There's no shortage of songs about what it means to be a man. But what makes some music sound "manly" — and what attracts men to play and listen to certain genres of music? The answers are changing.

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A Disappointing Jobs Report May Mask Economy's Strength

Fri, 2014-09-05 12:19

The latest labor report indicates a slowdown in job growth, but many economists aren't buying it. They say other data paint a stronger picture, but the jobs numbers may delay higher interest rates.

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Ukraine Cease-Fire Brings End To 5 Months Of Violence

Fri, 2014-09-05 12:08

After almost five months of conflict, the Ukrainian government and pro-Russian separatists have signed a truce to end the fighting. More than 2,600 people have died in the violence between the two sides, and hundreds of thousands have been forced from their homes.

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At NATO Summit, U.S. And Europe Ready New Sanctions Against Russia

Fri, 2014-09-05 12:08

President Obama and other NATO leaders are returning from Wales, after two days there spent discussing the future of the organization. The summit touched on topics that ranged from Ukraine to the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria.

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Murder Charges Dredge Memories Of Dark Era In Chile

Fri, 2014-09-05 12:08

Three more people have been charged in connection with the 1973 murder of Chilean folk singer Victor Jara. Luis Andres Henao, Chile correspondent for the Associated Press, explains the situation.

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Health Officials Hope To Speed Up Possible Ebola Cures

Fri, 2014-09-05 12:08

The World Health Organization is holding a special meeting in Geneva, Switzerland, to discuss how to fast-track the development of experimental therapies and vaccines to combat the Ebola outbreak.

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The Path To Setting A Wrongly Convicted Prisoner Free

Fri, 2014-09-05 12:08

Half-brothers Henry McCollum and Leon Brown were convicted of rape and murder in 1983. This week, they've been exonerated, after DNA analysis implicated someone else. To learn more about the case, and the work that went into their exoneration, Audie Cornish speaks with Kendra Montgomery-Blinn, the executive director of the North Carolina Innocence Inquiry Commission.

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Turboprop Plane With Unresponsive Pilot Crashes Off Jamaican Coast

Fri, 2014-09-05 12:04

The private plane left Rochester, N.Y. at 8:45 a.m. EDT and lost contact with air traffic controllers at 10 a.m. EDT. Fighter jets intercepted it, but broke off when the plane entered Cuban airspace.

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A Coming-Out Party For The Humble Pawpaw, Native Fruit Darling

Fri, 2014-09-05 11:59

Ever seen a pawpaw in the supermarket? Didn't think so. Chris Chmiel wants to change that by growing and promoting the mangolike fruit. He also helped organize the upcoming Ohio Pawpaw Festival.

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