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Fine Art
10:45 am
Sun October 12, 2014

On The National Mall, An American Portrait In Sand And Soil

The face in Jorge Rodríguez-Gerada's larger-than-life portrait is a composite of photos the artist took of young men from many racial backgrounds.
Tami Heilemann Department of the Interior

Originally published on Sun October 12, 2014 1:14 pm

Last month on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., trucks pulled up bearing thousands of tons of dark topsoil and sand. Volunteers arrived with shovels and rakes. Following an artist's instructions and guided by satellite coordinates, they laid out a design across 6 acres to create a work commissioned by the National Portrait Gallery.

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Iraq
10:30 am
Sun October 12, 2014

Iraqis Displaced By ISIS Face Another Threat: Winter

The dirt and gravel at the Baharka displacement camp in northern Iraq will turn to a sea of freezing mud in the winter rain. Aid workers say they don't have enough blankets and winter clothing for all those displaced by the advance of ISIS.
Safin Hamed AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Sun October 12, 2014 4:54 pm

Leeza Guerges sits on the concrete floor of the unfinished building where she lives now.

She calls for her two kids, husband and in-laws to eat the eggs, meat and rice she's prepared. The meat was donated, a rare treat for the family displaced from their home near the northern city of Mosul when ISIS took it about two months ago.

They gather together on the floor and for a moment try to forget that they can't go home, and everything they once had is lost.

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Sunday Puzzle
8:11 am
Sun October 12, 2014

Coming To TV This Fall: Anagrams!

Sunday Puzzle
NPR

Originally published on Sun October 12, 2014 1:14 pm

On-air challenge: Every answer today is the name of a popular prime-time TV series from this century, on either broadcast or cable. Identify the shows from their anagrams. For example, OBLIGE + V = BIG LOVE.

Last week's challenge: Take the first four letters of a brand of toothpaste plus the last five letters of an over-the-counter medicine, and together, in order, the result will name a popular beverage. What is it?

Answer: Pepsodent + Ricola = Pepsi Cola

Winner: Brendan Pimper, LaHabra, Calif.

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Iraq
7:51 am
Sun October 12, 2014

In Arid Iraq, Control Of Water Is Part Of ISIS Arsenal

Originally published on Sun October 12, 2014 1:14 pm

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Africa
7:34 am
Sun October 12, 2014

Ebola Shows Small Signs Of Slowing In Liberia

Originally published on Sun October 12, 2014 1:14 pm

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Middle East
7:34 am
Sun October 12, 2014

Kerry Soliciting Aid Funds For Gaza Reconstruction

Originally published on Sun October 12, 2014 1:14 pm

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Author Interviews
7:34 am
Sun October 12, 2014

Book Offers A Get-Wit-Quick Workout

Originally published on Sun October 12, 2014 1:14 pm

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This is WEEKEND EDITION from NPR News. I'm Ari Shapiro. What do Jay-Z, Oscar Wilde and Cary Grant have in common? According to the author Benjamin Errett, they all possessed extraordinary wit. His new book asks how they got that way.

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Politics
1:18 pm
Sun October 5, 2014

Gabby Giffords' SuperPAC Fights For Her Old House Seat

Gabby Giffords and her husband, Mark Kelly in 2013. A former Arizona representative, Giffords now lobbies for tighter gun laws.
Mary Schwalm AP

Originally published on Sun October 5, 2014 3:49 pm

Of all the issues in all the congressional races this fall, none may be more personal than gun violence in Arizona's 2nd District.

That's the seat Democrat Gabrielle "Gabby" Giffords held until she resigned after being shot in the head three years ago.

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Religion
10:36 am
Sun October 5, 2014

Vatican Synod Tests The Pope's Vision Of A More Merciful Church

Archbisop of New York Cardinal Timothy Dolan (left) attends the Opening Mass of the Synod of Bishops celebrated by Pope Francis in St. Peter's Basilica on Sunday in Vatican City. The two-week conference will discuss family issues, including controversial topics like divorce and contraception.
Franco Origlia Getty Images

Originally published on Sun October 5, 2014 1:51 pm

Pope Francis has summoned bishops from all over the world to Rome to discuss issues concerning families – including hot-button issues like artificial contraception and gay civil unions.

The meeting, called a synod, opened on Sunday and is seen as a test of Francis' vision of a more merciful Church.

Not since the landmark Second Vatican Council half a century ago has a church meeting raised so much hope among progressive Catholics — and so much apprehension among conservatives.

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Theater
10:29 am
Sun October 5, 2014

Seeing Neurological Patients As Characters, Not Case Studies

Kathryn Hunter, Jared McNeill and Marcello Magni star in The Valley of Astonishment.
Pascal Victor/ArtComArt

Originally published on Sun October 5, 2014 1:51 pm

Peter Brook is truly the grand old man of world theater. He became famous with his productions at the Royal Shakespeare Company in the early 1960s; wrote the seminal theater text The Empty Space; and started the International Centre for Theatre Research in Paris, where he developed such plays as the nine-hour adaptation of the Sanskrit epic, The Mahabharata.

Now, at the age of 89, Brook has brought his company to Brooklyn with a new play all about the mysteries of the human brain.

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Games & Humor
8:06 am
Sun October 5, 2014

This Week, A Pretty Lepidoptera

Sunday Puzzle
NPR

Originally published on Sun October 5, 2014 1:58 pm

On-air challenge: The word cho means "beautiful" in Korean and "butterfly" in Japanese. Every answer is a familiar two-word phrase or name based around "cho." Specifically, the first word of the answer starts with C and the second word starts HO.

Last week's challenge: Think of a 10-letter word that names an invention of the early 20th century, which includes an A and an O. Remove the A. Then move the O to where the A was, leaving a space where the O was, and you'll name a much more recent invention. What is it?

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Music Interviews
7:57 am
Sun October 5, 2014

Larkin Poe, A Sister Act With Staying-Power

Originally published on Sun October 5, 2014 1:51 pm

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In a way, our next guests can thank public radio for their early success. Almost 10 years ago, the show Prairie Home Companion launched a team talent competition.

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Politics
7:57 am
Sun October 5, 2014

How To Measure A Crowd, Without The Political Numbers

Originally published on Sun October 5, 2014 1:51 pm

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UNIDENTIFIED WOMAN #1: 52.

UNIDENTIFIED WOMAN #2: 11:52.

UNIDENTIFIED MAN: 25.

UNIDENTIFIED WOMAN #2: 6.12

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Science
7:57 am
Sun October 5, 2014

The World's Largest Cave Chamber Rises 1,000 Feet

Originally published on Sun October 5, 2014 1:51 pm

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The Impact of War
7:57 am
Sun October 5, 2014

Monument Honors Vets Left With Scars, Physical Or Mental

Originally published on Sun October 5, 2014 1:51 pm

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A new memorial opens today here in Washington, D.C. It's just off the National Mall near the U.S. Capitol Building. The structure of granite, bronze, and glass pays tribute to servicemen and women permanently wounded in the line of duty.

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Goats and Soda
1:09 pm
Sun September 28, 2014

The Experts The Ebola Response May Need: Anthropologists

In Sierra Leone, a burial team from the government carries the coffin of an Ebola doctor who succumbed to the virus. Funerals and other expressions of mourning are key moments for anthropologists to translate between native cultures and foreign aid efforts, anthropologist Ann Kelly says.
Carl De Souza AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Sun September 28, 2014 4:33 pm

As the Ebola outbreak gains steam, experts continue to deploy to the region.

Teams from Doctors Without Borders, the World Health Organization, the U.S. military and others are in Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia assembling treatment centers and fighting the deadly virus.

There's one group of experts missing from the picture, says Ann Kelly, senior lecturer at the University of Exeter: anthropologists.

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Parallels
10:55 am
Sun September 28, 2014

With Savvy And New-Age Speeches, A First Couple Runs Nicaragua

Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega celebrates with first lady Rosario Murillo a day before his re-inauguration in 2012.
Rodrigo Arangua AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Sun September 28, 2014 3:21 pm

Nicaragua's gigantic transoceanic canal, if it gets built, will dwarf the neighboring Panama Canal. Ground-breaking is set to begin before the end of the year.

The $50 billion mega project would bring an economic boom to the poor nation — and a political bonanza for its president, Daniel Ortega.

Ortega is not the bombastic revolutionary of years past. He shies away from public appearances and has left day-to-day operations to his wife, an eccentric former revolutionary poet.

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U.S.
10:16 am
Sun September 28, 2014

With The End In Sight, Holder Reflects On His Legacy

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, shown speaking at the Congressional Black Caucus legislative conference on Friday, will be stepping down from his position as soon as a replacement is appointed.
T.J. Kirkpatrick Getty Images

Originally published on Sun September 28, 2014 3:21 pm

A day after Attorney General Eric Holder announced his resignation, he made a long-planned visit to Scranton, Penn.

That's where he won his first big trial as a young public corruption prosecutor nearly 40 years ago. And he says coming to this federal courthouse now, returning to the site of his earliest legal success, makes sense.

"This, for me, was ... almost like completing a circle," he says. "I came here as a young and inexperienced trial lawyer and I came back as the head of the agency that I had just joined back in 1978."

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Sunday Puzzle
8:03 am
Sun September 28, 2014

A Puzzle Cheer: Give Me An 'A'!

NPR

Originally published on Sun September 28, 2014 3:55 pm

On-air challenge: There are clues for two words. Add a long A sound at the end of the first word to phonetically get the second one. For example, the clues "baby cow" and "sidewalk eatery" would yield "calf" and "cafe."

Last week's challenge: Name a famous actor best known for tough-guy roles. The first five letters of his first name and the first four letters of his last name are the first five and four letters, respectively, in the first and last names of a famous author. Who is the actor, and who is the author?

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Business
7:56 am
Sun September 28, 2014

Detroit Salon Finds New Ways To Use Old Hair

Originally published on Sun September 28, 2014 3:21 pm

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NPR Story
7:56 am
Sun September 28, 2014

Obama Gets A Political Boost From ISIS Strikes

Originally published on Sun September 28, 2014 3:21 pm

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Health Care
11:15 am
Sun September 21, 2014

Which Catholics Offer Birth Control? Look To The Insurers

Sisters of the Servants of Mary from Kansas City, Kan., at a rally in 2012. Catholic employers don't want to offer insurance coverage for contraceptives, but Catholic insurance companies have quietly arranged for coverage for years.
John Hanna AP

Originally published on Sun September 21, 2014 11:36 am

The Affordable Care Act requires that most health plans offer birth control to women.

Around the country, Catholic employers have been arguing in court that having anything to do with insurance coverage of contraceptives violates their freedom of religion.

But when the insurance companies themselves are Catholic, contraceptive coverage comes without a hitch.

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Sports
9:52 am
Sun September 21, 2014

MLB Division-Clinchers, NCAA Football Trouble: The Week In Sports

Originally published on Sun September 21, 2014 11:15 am

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Sunday Puzzle
8:06 am
Sun September 21, 2014

Stuck In The Middle With Clues

NPR

Originally published on Sun September 21, 2014 11:15 am

On-air challenge: Given a five-letter word, insert two new letters between the second and third letters of the given word to complete a common seven-letter word. For example: Amble - Am(ia)ble.

Last week's challenge: This three-part challenge comes from listener Lou Gottlieb. If you punch 0-1-4-0 into a calculator, and turn it upside-down, you get the state OHIO. What numbers can you punch in a calculator, and turn upside-down, to get a state capital, a country and a country's capital?

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Music Interviews
7:46 am
Sun September 21, 2014

Womack Returns To The Spotlight With 'The Way I'm Livin' '

Originally published on Sun September 21, 2014 11:15 am

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In the year 2000, singer Lee Ann Womack rode the crest of a country music wave with this song.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "I HOPE YOU DANCE")

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Religion
7:46 am
Sun September 21, 2014

She Found Love, But Still Seeks A Storybook Ending

Originally published on Mon September 22, 2014 12:07 pm

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NPR Story
12:01 pm
Sun September 14, 2014

Cameron Condemns Execution Of British Aid Worker By ISIS

Originally published on Sun September 14, 2014 3:45 pm

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Europe
10:26 am
Sun September 14, 2014

Estonia 'Spy' Dispute Could Be Russia Making Anti-NATO Mischief

Estonian President Toomas Hendrik Ilves (left), with intelligence officer Eston Kohver in 2010. Kohver was arrested by Russian police on spying charges, but Estonian officials called it an illegal kidnapping.
AP

Originally published on Sun September 14, 2014 7:59 pm

Russia and its tiny neighbor, Estonia, are embroiled in a spy controversy worthy of a John le Carré novel.

Estonia says Russian agents kidnapped one of its intelligence officials in a cross-border raid. Russia says the man was caught spying on its territory.

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Iraq
9:57 am
Sun September 14, 2014

U.S. Call To Fight Militants Stirs Bitter Memories For Iraq's Sunnis

Iraqi troops in Anbar province in June. It's unclear whether Sunnis will join the U.S. in the fight against the Islamic State.
AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Sun September 14, 2014 11:56 am

If President Obama's plan to battle Islamic State militants by bringing Iraq's Sunnis on board to fight sounds oddly familiar, that's because it is.

When the U.S. faced a raging insurgency by Sunni militants — then called al-Qaida in Iraq — seven years ago, it recruited local Sunni leaders and paid their tribesmen to fight against those militants.

The effort, dubbed the Awakening, quieted the threat — for a while. But the local leaders who led the tribesmen back then say that this time, the U.S. might have trouble convincing Sunnis to rejoin the fight.

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Strange News
8:29 am
Sun September 14, 2014

Police Peg Preschool Pumpkin Pilferers

Originally published on Sun September 14, 2014 11:56 am

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