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Ancient Syrian City A Wasteland Of Modern Violence

Sun, 2014-02-02 05:00

The ancient Syrian city of Homs was one of the first parts of the country to rise up against the Assad regime. Now, it's very difficult for western reporters to visit the city. We take a rare glimpse inside the city, from spring 2013, when the fighting was already fierce. (This story originally aired on Morning Edition on June 3, 2013.)

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After Crushing Bad Luck, A Free Bungee Jump

Sun, 2014-02-02 05:00

German tourists Paul Zeller and Nico Reiner were enjoying a vacation on New Zealand's South Island when a tree fell and crushed their car. NPR's Rachel Martin takes a moment to note that the tourists were offered free bungee jumps as compensation.

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Violence Gives Way To Calmer Thai Elections

Sun, 2014-02-02 05:00

Tensions are high in Thailand, after several were injured in protests in the capital, Bangkok, ahead of elections Sunday. NPR's Rachel Martin talks with reporter Michael Sullivan about the significance of the elections.

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Oil Train Derailments Spur Calls For Safety Measures

Sun, 2014-02-02 05:00

Roughly a million barrels of oil are being drilled from the North Dakota plains every day. Tens of millions of dollars have been put toward infrastructure for transporting that oil out of state, but recent derailments and explosions involving oil tanker trains are prompting calls for a slow-down.

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Why A Do-Nothing Immigration Strategy Might Work For GOP

Sun, 2014-02-02 05:00

The conservative magazine The National Review is offering House Republicans a strategy on immigration reform: Do nothing. National Review editor Rich Lowry tells NPR's Rachel Martin why he thinks the best political move for Republican lawmakers is to hold off on passing an immigration bill.

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Despite Scars Of War, Karachi Holds Onto Its Chutzpah

Sun, 2014-02-02 05:00

Karachi is Pakistan's economic hub, its major port and its largest city. It's also the country's most violent and crime-ridden city. But it's not all blood and thunder. Witness the musical Grease, now playing to packed houses in Karachi.

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Seahawks, Broncos Fans Mingle In D.C. Watering Hole

Sun, 2014-02-02 05:00

All season long, it's been a convivial scene at Washington's Penn Quarter sports bar, where fans of the Denver Broncos cheered their team alongside fans of the Seattle Seahawks. The question is, what will happen there on Super Bowl Sunday, when the two teams face off?

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Homs Is Birthplace Of Syrian Protest

Sun, 2014-02-02 05:00

The city of Homs has been under siege since the Syrian civil war began. Dr. Zaher Sahloul, president of the Syrian American Medical Society, tells NPR's Rachel Martin that Homs is the historical center of anti-government protests.

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Shadow Seen! Groundhog Predicts 6 More Weeks Of Cold

Sun, 2014-02-02 04:43

Punxsutawney Phil, the most famous of the nation's prognosticating rodents, is reported to have seen his shadow, indicating no early coming of spring.

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5 Points To Help Simplify Sunday's Super Bowl

Sun, 2014-02-02 02:31

Ahead of Sunday's Super Bowl XLVIII, NPR's Mike Pesca dams up the river of hype to create a cool lagoon of Super Bowl reason.

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Press Here To Say You Survived The Latest Bomb In Lebanon

Sun, 2014-02-02 02:31

Bombings are a frequent reality of living in Lebanon, so Lebanese student Sandra Hassan made an app to alert let friends and family know you're okay after violence strikes. It's getting a lot more attention that she had originally imagined.

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Knox Case Could Put U.S. In An Extradition Quandary

Sat, 2014-02-01 16:54

If the Italian government requests Amanda Knox's extradition, it's up to the U.S. to decide whether to comply. It's not necessarily a legal matter; extradition cases are often decided on politics rather than law.

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At Least 14 Dead In Eruption Of Indonesian Volcano

Sat, 2014-02-01 13:10

Mount Sinabung had been active for months and the latest eruption occurred only a day after authorities, believing the worst was over, allowed thousands of evacuees to return to their homes.

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Why It's Hard To Talk About Attraction In Race And Culture

Sat, 2014-02-01 13:07

There are two things people agree on when they talk about racial/cultural preferences in dating. First, many of us have them. Second, that makes many of us uncomfortable. Beyond that, everything is contentious.

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'A Global Bathtub': Rethinking The U.S. Oil Export Ban

Sat, 2014-02-01 12:26

Amid rising production, U.S. oil companies say Congress should end a 1970s-era ban on oil exports. Some energy analysts agree, saying the way we visualize the global marketplace as a sort of chess game is holding us back. They say it's time for a new image: a bathtub.

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Punxsutawney Phil Vs. The Farmers' Almanac: Whom Do You Trust?

Sat, 2014-02-01 12:00

We want to know who you turn to for an accurate weather forecast: is it the groundhog, the Farmers' Almanac or the nerds with supercomputers?

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Pollster Says Bridgegate Could Derail Christie White House Bid

Sat, 2014-02-01 09:52

Patrick Murray, the director of the Monmouth University Polling Institute, tells Weekend Edition Saturday that the latest allegations up the ante on the deepening scandal.

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How To Predict The Super Bowl Champions

Sat, 2014-02-01 08:40

This weekend is all about Sunday's Super Bowl matchup between the Denver Broncos and the Seattle Seahawks. NPR's Tom Goldman joins Scott Simon to talk about the history of the game, and the one key factoid that predicts Sunday's winner that no one has mentioned yet.

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Texas Overhauls Textbook Approval To Ease Tensions Over Evolution

Sat, 2014-02-01 08:27

The state Board of Education has decided to curtail the use of citizen review panels and instead give educators priority in selecting textbooks.

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What Comes Next In Syria?

Sat, 2014-02-01 08:11

More than a week of negotiations in Geneva failed to produce a breakthrough. The two sides may meet again soon, but there's no sign they are capable of establishing a transitional government.

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