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They Cast Whom?! Actor Choices To Offend Every Racial Sensibility

NPR News - Sat, 2014-03-22 13:09

Should an actor's ethnicity match a character's ethnicity? Does it matter, or does it not? Whatever your line of thinking, you're probably irked by these recent casting developments.

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Pope Includes Victim Among Members Of Commission On Sex Abuse

NPR News - Sat, 2014-03-22 11:59

Marie Collins of Ireland, a survivor of abuse at the hands of a priest, has gone on to be an advocate for victims. Others on the commission include Boston Cardinal Sean P. O'Malley.

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Jimmy Carter Issues 'Call To Action' Against Subjugation Of Women

NPR News - Sat, 2014-03-22 10:44

The former president joins NPR to talk about his new book, the state of human trafficking and whether religion can be a conduit for lasting change around gender.

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Latest Leak: NSA Burrowed Into Chinese Telecom Giant's Servers

NPR News - Sat, 2014-03-22 10:35

Documents provided by "NSA leaker" Edward Snowden highlight the spy agency's efforts, The New York Times and Der Spiegel report.

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Why The Exxon Valdez Spill Was A Eureka Moment For Science

NPR News - Sat, 2014-03-22 10:03

In the aftermath of the 1989 oil spill off the Alaskan coast, scientists expected the worst damage to be short-lived. Instead, the spill shattered conventional wisdom about oil's affect on wildlife.

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Tech Week: Robots, Turkish Twitter And A Frustrated Zuckerberg

NPR News - Sat, 2014-03-22 09:45

In this week's roundup, tensions between tech companies and the NSA run hot, the simmering debate over women in tech continues and Turkey bans Twitter. What's next?

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Always Watching: A Fragile Trust Lines The U.S.-Mexico Border

NPR News - Sat, 2014-03-22 08:22

Border Patrol agents seem to be everywhere along the U.S. side of the Mexican border, and residents are also on guard. Yet amid distrust and heavy surveillance, there is compassion.

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Major Ukrainian Air Base In Crimea Handed Over To Russia

NPR News - Sat, 2014-03-22 08:15

One of the last important military installations in the region that was still at least partially under Ukrainian control is now firmly in Russia's hands.

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American Libraries Learn To Read Teenagers

NPR News - Sat, 2014-03-22 07:11

In the digi-real world, public libraries must pull out all the creative stops to attract teens.

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Cops Can't Have Sex With Prostitutes, Hawaiian Lawmakers Say

NPR News - Sat, 2014-03-22 06:40

Legislators were surprised and outraged to learn that a decades-old state law made it legal in some cases for undercover cops to have sexual relations with prostitutes. They're vowing to change that.

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Top Stories: Crisis In Ukraine; Search For Missing Jet

NPR News - Sat, 2014-03-22 05:41

Also: Michelle Obama touts free speech in address to Chinese students; Turks strike back at attempt to ban Twitter; and upsets bust almost everyone's NCAA brackets.

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Commuters Ditch Cars For Public Transit In Record Numbers

NPR News - Sat, 2014-03-22 05:37

More Americans are hopping on a bus or taking a train to get to work. Public transit ridership in the U.S. is now at the highest that it has been in more than half a century.

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Buffett's Billion Dollars Are Safe As Upsets Bust Brackets

NPR News - Sat, 2014-03-22 05:01

None of the estimated 8.7 million entries in Quicken Loans' "Billion $ Bracket Challenge" have survived the first wave of games in the men's college basketball tournament.

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A Tatar's Death Chills Those Who Suffered Under Russia Before

NPR News - Sat, 2014-03-22 04:00

As Russia takes control, the story of Reshat Ametov sends an ominous signal to Crimea's Tatars.

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How Much Will Russian Sanctions Hurt The EU?

NPR News - Sat, 2014-03-22 04:00

Will the sanctions imposed by the U.S. and EU have serious economic consequences? NPR's Scott Simon takes up the question with Ian Bremmer, president of the Eurasia Group.

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In A 'Brilliant' Move, Hamas Puts A Woman Out Front

NPR News - Sat, 2014-03-22 04:00

Isra al-Modallal is the first woman to be the public face of Hamas, the conservative group that rules the Palestinian territory. "Brilliant" is how one Gaza observer describes the decision.

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Russia Warns It May Undercut Iran Talks Over Sanctions

NPR News - Sat, 2014-03-22 04:00

Russia has implied that it may act as a spoiler in the Iran nuclear talks in retaliation for Washington-imposed sanctions over events in Ukraine. Correspondent Peter Kenyon joins Scott Simon.

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Polish See Shades Of 1939 In Russia's Crimea Grab

NPR News - Sat, 2014-03-22 04:00

As one of Ukraine's neighbors and a former Soviet satellite state, Poland is deeply affected by Russia's recent annexation of Crimea. NPR's Scott Simon talks with Polish columnist Konstanty Gebert.

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Russia Formalizes Its Takeover Of Crimea

NPR News - Sat, 2014-03-22 04:00

Russian President Vladimir Putin completed the annexation of Crimea, signing legislation to take control the contested province. NPR's Gregory Warner gives NPR's Scott Simon the latest from Simferopol.

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More Satellite Images, But Still No Sure Sign Of Missing Jet

NPR News - Sat, 2014-03-22 02:21

Images taken four days ago by a Chinese satellite show something large floating in the same general area of the Indian Ocean as in earlier pictures. But searchers didn't find anything Saturday.

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