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Ukrainian Olympic Skiier Goes Home In Defense Of Freedom

Sat, 2014-02-22 05:00

Olympic skier Bogdana Matsotskas was scheduled to compete on Friday, but she withdrew after unrest in Ukraine took a violent turn. She hopes her absence from the slopes will draw attention home.

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Ukraine Parliament Votes President Out

Sat, 2014-02-22 05:00

Ukraine's parliament has voted to push the president from power. NPR's Scott Simon gets an update from correspondent Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson in Kiev.

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Clowns Aren't Cool? Fewer Young People Don The Polka Dot Pants

Sat, 2014-02-22 05:00

Say it isn't so! The group Clowns of America, International announced a decline in membership. NPR's Scott Simon talks to professional clown and award-winning Broadway lyricist Murray Horowitz.

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Boy Builds Braille Printer Out Of Lego

Sat, 2014-02-22 05:00

What do you get when you put a Lego robotics kit, basic tools and a creative mind together? A Braille printer. Shubham Banerjee, 12, talks to NPR's Scott Simon about his project to help the blind.

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Meet The New Pope, Mostly The Same As The Old Popes

Sat, 2014-02-22 05:00

Theologian George Weigel tells NPR's Scott Simon that Pope Francis is actually very similar to his papal predecessors.

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A Republican View: U.S. Military Should Play No Role Syria

Sat, 2014-02-22 05:00

Some in Congress believe sending aid to Syria's opposition forces will drag the U.S. into a war it can't win. NPR's Scott Simon speaks with Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, R-Calif., about his adamant stance.

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Should The U.S. Choose Sides In Syria? A Democrat Says 'Yes'

Sat, 2014-02-22 05:00

As violence grows in Syria, some in Congress say we should provide more assistance to the opposition. NPR's Scott Simon talks with Rep. Eliot Engel, D-N.Y., about why.

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Pope Welcomes New Cardinals, Many From Developing World

Sat, 2014-02-22 05:00

The choices reflect the pope's belief that the church leadership should resemble the changing makeup of its members. New cardinals come from the Philippines, Burkina Faso, the Ivory Coast and Haiti.

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Cholent: The Original Slow-Cooked Dish

Sat, 2014-02-22 05:00

A stewed dish cooked very low and slow, cholent has roots in the Jewish Sabbath. This ancient stew directly inspired the Crock-Pot – and maybe the French cassoulet and Boston baked beans as well.

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Iconoclastic Musician Takes Measure Of His Life: 'I Became A Fighter'

Sat, 2014-02-22 02:54

Fred Ho has combined improvisation with Asian themes to create his own form of political activism. Now, at age 56, Ho is dying of cancer.

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Amid California Drought, Migrating Birds Enjoy Pop-Up Cuisine

Sat, 2014-02-22 02:50

During the state's profound drought, farmers are keep their fields flooded to make temporary wetlands for migrating birds. They serve as pop-up pit stops to help birds put on fat for their journeys.

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FCC Won't Ask Journalists To Explain Themselves After All

Fri, 2014-02-21 18:59

The Federal Communications Commission conduced a strategic withdrawal from a politically controversial plan to ask journalists how they decide what is and isn't news.

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Asian-American Contestant, 'Villain' of 'Jeopardy,' Set To Return

Fri, 2014-02-21 16:36

Arthur Chu's aggressive playing style on the game show Jeopardy! led to a four-day winning streak and has stoked racist comments on social media. He is set to appear on the show again on Monday.

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Alcoholics Learn To Make Their Own Beer In Canadian Program

Fri, 2014-02-21 15:38

In a twist on the old "teach a man to fish" adage, a Vancouver group teaches inveterate alcoholics to brew their own booze. The goal? Keeping them from drinking unsafe liquids that contain alcohol.

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Same Banned Substance Fells German Biathlete, Italian Bobsledder

Fri, 2014-02-21 14:06

Former Olympic medalist Evi Sachenbacher-Stehle was "excluded from the team" and left Sochi, German officials say. Italian officials say the same about William Frullani.

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How Tracing The Oil In Your Pop-Tarts May Help Save Rain Forests

Fri, 2014-02-21 13:34

A Kellogg shareholder helped nudge the company to buy palm oil that's fully traceable to its source. The hope is that more transparency in the industry will prevent environmental and labor abuses.

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Overdiagnosis Could Be Behind Jump In Thyroid Cancer Cases

Fri, 2014-02-21 13:25

The number of people diagnosed with thyroid cancer has tripled since 1975, but more lives haven't been saved as a result.

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Four Years Later And One Round Earlier, The Game Ends The Same

Fri, 2014-02-21 13:00

In a rematch of the finals at the Vancouver Winter Olympics, the U.S. and Canadian men's ice hockey teams met in the semifinals at Sochi. And the result was the same: Canada won.

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New Military Ethics Chief Will Face A Full Plate

Fri, 2014-02-21 13:00

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel is expected to appoint a senior officer to oversee military ethics, in response to recent high-profile ethics problems. Whoever takes the job will face a stiff challenge.

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Meeting Minutes Show Human Side To Fiscal Crisis

Fri, 2014-02-21 13:00

The Federal Reserve has released transcripts from more than a dozen meetings that took place in 2008, as Fed officials and other regulators struggled to get on top of an unfolding crisis.

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