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All Tech Considered
11:15 am
Sat August 23, 2014

Native Stories From Alaska Give Gamers Something To Play With

The game Never Alone tells the story of a young Inupiaq girl, Nuna, and her companion, an Arctic fox, as they go on a quest to save her village.
Upper One Games

Originally published on Mon August 25, 2014 2:42 pm

Until recently, no video games on the market have told the story of an indigenous people from their perspective. A group of Alaskan natives have partnered with a game developer to change that.

Their game is called Never Alone, and its creators hope it will set a new standard in video game development.

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Iraq
10:50 am
Sat August 23, 2014

Kurdish Forces Say They're Waiting For U.S. Weapons

A Kurdish Peshmerga fighter on the front line in Bashiqa, a village near Mosul.
Ahmad al-Rubaye AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Sat August 23, 2014 11:53 am

Iraq's ethnic Kurds are longtime U.S. allies and have put up the toughest resistance to the Sunni extremists in the so-called Islamic State that has captured swaths or Iraq's north and west.

They're getting help from U.S. air strikes, but also need heavier weapons of their own to match the firepower of the Islamic State, also known as ISIS. Weapons have been promised by the U.S. and other countries, but getting them through the central government in Baghdad has hampered the mission, according to Kurdish commanders.

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Law
10:48 am
Sat August 23, 2014

Even Police Body Cameras Can Lose Sight Of The Truth

Many residents of Ferguson, Mo., would like to see the police wear video cameras, like this one worn by a Los Angeles police officer.
Damian Dovarganes AP

Originally published on Mon August 25, 2014 12:12 pm

Ferguson, Mo., found a degree of civic calm this week after days and nights of angry clashes between protestors and the police.

Now the city is working to restore trust with residents after a white police officer fatally shot black teenager Michael Brown on Aug. 9. City leaders and residents say one way to do that might be to equip police with personal video cameras.

"All the cops have to have body cameras and dashboard cameras," says resident Alonzo Bond, "so everybody can be accountable."

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All Tech Considered
9:56 am
Sat August 23, 2014

Uber Greases The Wheel With Obama's Old Campaign Manager

Uber is hiring David Plouffe, the mastermind of Obama's 2008 campaign, to power its own political strategy. What can a tech-savvy political animal offer a ride-sharing service?
Charles Dharapak AP

Originally published on Sat August 23, 2014 10:48 am

President Obama's former campaign manager has gone to work for Uber. The ride-sharing start-up based in San Francisco has hired David Plouffe in hope that the political strategist who helped elect a president can steer the company through a thicket of local regulatory disputes.

This new power couple raises some questions:

Why does Uber need one of the best political strategists in the country?

First off, they can afford him. The company is valued at $18 billion. NPR tried to find out what Plouffe is getting paid, but Uber won't say.

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Race
6:34 am
Sat August 23, 2014

Nashville To African-Americans: Join Your Police Department!

Originally published on Sat August 23, 2014 10:48 am

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Sports
6:34 am
Sat August 23, 2014

Little League And College Football: The Week In Sports

Originally published on Sat August 23, 2014 10:48 am

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Race
6:34 am
Sat August 23, 2014

Educators Say Students Need To Talk About Ferguson

Originally published on Sat August 23, 2014 10:48 am

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Europe
10:02 am
Sat August 16, 2014

Aid Is On The Way For Eastern Ukraine, If Only It Can Pass The Checkpoints

An aid worker takes a break on a big pile of food, which was brought to the small eastern Ukrainian city of Starobilsk by a humanitarian convoy.
Anatolii Stepanov AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Sat August 16, 2014 12:14 pm

A simple car ride across eastern Ukraine reveals just how much of the vast agricultural and industrial region Ukrainian authorities have wrested back from pro-Russian separatists.

The evidence lies right outside the car window. Towns and villages that as recently as a few weeks ago displayed Russian and rebel flags on every conceivable surface now bear only the blue and yellow of the Ukrainian flag. Scattered cinder blocks are about all that's left of most rebel-held checkpoints, where the occasionally drunk separatist guards hassled, beat and detained Western journalists.

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Simon Says
7:05 am
Sat August 16, 2014

Remembering The Highs And Lows Of Robin Williams

Actor Robin Williams, when he was Mork, in April 1978.
AP

Originally published on Tue August 19, 2014 1:37 pm

Why can't some of the people who seem to bring the most joy into this world find it for themselves?

The death of Robin Williams, by his own hand, in his own home, possibly after he learned he was in the early stages of Parkinson's, caused a lot of people to ask that question this week.

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Politics
6:54 am
Sat August 16, 2014

Texas Governor Indicted On Abuse Of Power Charges

Originally published on Sat August 16, 2014 7:05 am

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Race
6:54 am
Sat August 16, 2014

Tensions Reignite In Ferguson Between Police, Protesters

Originally published on Sat August 16, 2014 7:05 am

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Sports
6:54 am
Sat August 16, 2014

'Football' Captures Moments Of Grace And Violence

Originally published on Sat August 16, 2014 12:57 pm

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Sports
6:54 am
Sat August 16, 2014

A Little League Star, A New Commissioner: The Week In Sports

Originally published on Sat August 16, 2014 7:05 am

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Europe
9:08 am
Sat August 9, 2014

Exasperating Detour Drives One Brit To Build His Own Road

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Originally published on Sat August 9, 2014 10:40 am

Most people have been frustrated at least once in their driving lives by construction delays and detours.

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It's All Politics
8:36 am
Sat August 9, 2014

Perry And Cruz Do The Presidential Candidacy Dance

Texas Gov. Rick Perry highlighted his executive leadership at the annual RedState Gathering on Friday.
Tony Gutierrez AP

Originally published on Sat August 9, 2014 10:40 am

It's the presidential race no one is talking about. Two Texas political stars are testing the waters for a run in 2016 — without mentioning it, of course.

Potential Republican candidates Sen. Ted Cruz and Gov. Rick Perry spoke Friday at the annual meeting sponsored by the conservative website RedState, and both danced around the candidacy question.

Three years ago, at RedState's South Carolina get-together, Perry announced his 2012 presidential bid. This time, he made no announcement, but Perry sounded like he was giving a campaign speech.

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Religion
7:49 am
Sat August 9, 2014

Effort To Preserve Yiddish Works Not 'Bupkes'

Visitors look at an exhibit at the National Yiddish Book Center in Amherst, Mass.
Courtesy of the Yiiddish Book Center

Originally published on Sat August 9, 2014 10:40 am

The preservation of Yiddish as a spoken language gets more attention, but Yiddish once had a vibrant written tradition as well.

Plays, poetry, novels, political tracts — all were published in Yiddish until the Holocaust. A great deal of these works can now be found at the National Yiddish Book Center in Western Massachusetts.

The center was founded by Aaron Lansky, who began his efforts to save Yiddish books in 1980, while enrolled in a Jewish Studies program at McGill University in Montreal.

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Parallels
7:00 am
Sat August 9, 2014

Letter From Beyond The Grave: A Tale Of Love, Murder And Brazilian Law

iStockphoto

Originally published on Sun August 10, 2014 8:23 am

The story of Lenira de Oliveira and her dead lover's letter is a tale of Brazil. It's a story of love, jealousy, forgiveness, life after death and the criminal court system. And it's true — though it sounds like fiction.

It sounds, in particular, like the work of the late Gabriel Garcia-Marquez.

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Europe
6:51 am
Sat August 9, 2014

Hate Crimes Against Jews On The Rise In Europe

Originally published on Sat August 9, 2014 10:40 am

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Sports
6:51 am
Sat August 9, 2014

With First Female Assistant Coach, Spurs Lead A Cultural Shift

Originally published on Sat August 9, 2014 10:40 am

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This is WEEKEND EDITION from NPR News. I'm Lourdes Garcia-Navarro. Time now for sports. Scott Simon is away this week so no talk of the Cubs. But B.J. Liederman still wrote our theme song.

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World
10:12 am
Sat August 2, 2014

Sanctions Target Russian Oil, But Will That Persuade Putin?

An oil refining factory owned by the Russian company Rosneft, outside the town of Achinsk, Russia, in 2013. The company says that hundreds of sites are being explored throughout the country as potential sources of oil and gas — but to tap those sites, Russia depends on Western companies.
Ilya Naymushin Reuters/Landov

Originally published on Mon August 25, 2014 10:54 am

Both the United States and Europe announced new economic sanctions this week against Russia for its role in the conflict in Ukraine. Among other things, Western companies will no longer be able to sell Russia new technologies to develop its oil fields.

The move comes at a time when oil exports have become more important than ever for the Russian economy.

President Obama says the sanctions are meant to send a strong message:

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Music Interviews
9:15 am
Sat August 2, 2014

No Lie: Shakira's 'Hips' Gets An Oxford Makeover

The Oxford a cappella group Out of the Blue.
Courtesy of Out of the Blue

Originally published on Mon August 25, 2014 10:51 am

A group of undergraduate students in Oxford, England, must be pretty chuffed right now (that's how Brits say "pleased," by the way).

Why? They've managed to get the attention of Shakira, one of the biggest pop stars in the world:

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Movies
7:34 am
Sat August 2, 2014

What If 'Gone With The Wind' Had This Ending, Instead?

Originally published on Mon August 25, 2014 10:50 am

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Here's a scrap of alternative history that never came to be. "Gone With the Wind" ends with Scarlett O'Hara asking Rhett Butler, Rhett, Rhett, Rhett, if you go, where shall I go? What shall I do? - and Rhett replying.

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Around the Nation
7:34 am
Sat August 2, 2014

Comedian Irwin Corey Turns 100

Originally published on Mon August 25, 2014 10:50 am

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Professor Irwin Corey is known as the world's foremost authority.

(SOUNDBITE OF FILM)

IRWIN COREY: Based on the state of inertia developing a centripetal force which is used as a catalyst more than a catalytic agent.

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Author Interviews
7:34 am
Sat August 2, 2014

In 1879, Explorers Set Sail To Solve Arctic Mystery, Once And For All

Originally published on Mon August 25, 2014 10:25 am

It's hard for us to imagine now, but there was a time when people simply didn't know what was in the Arctic circle.

"Whether it was ice, whether it was sea, whether it was land, whether there was a civilization up there — there were a lot of weird theories about holes in the Earth," author Hampton Sides tells NPR's Scott Simon.

So in July 1879, more than 30 explorers set sail from San Francisco to find out. They were hoping to discover an unspoiled, verdant paradise at the top of the world which they could claim in the name of American exploration.

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Middle East
7:34 am
Sat August 2, 2014

Egypt's Shifting Role As Mideast Mediator

Originally published on Mon August 25, 2014 10:50 am

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This is WEEKEND EDITION from NPR News. I'm Scott Simon. Israel and Gaza continue to exchange fire today. Another humanitarian cease-fire that was supposed to last for 72 hours fell apart after mere hours.

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Parallels
12:14 pm
Sat July 26, 2014

Barrel Bomb Attacks Devastate Iraqi Families

Smoke rises from buildings in May after shelling on the Iraqi city of Fallujah, which is currently held by anti-government fighters. Rights workers say civilians are being killed by government attacks with so-called barrel bombs.
Sadam el-Mehmedy AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Sat July 26, 2014 12:44 pm

Human rights groups are accusing the Iraqi government of indiscriminate bombing. Baghdad officials deny that and note they're fighting a Sunni insurgency that commits mass executions and suicide bombings.

Yet rights workers say civilians are being killed by government attacks with so-called barrel bombs — the crude weapons made famous in Syria's current conflict. Barrel bombs are illegal and indiscriminate explosives, packed in things like oil drums or gas cylinders.

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Sports
9:33 am
Sat July 26, 2014

NFL Faces Criticism Over Ray Rice Suspension From Ravens

Originally published on Sat July 26, 2014 12:32 pm

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Remembrances
9:33 am
Sat July 26, 2014

Bel Kaufman Took Us 'Up The Down Staircase'

Originally published on Sat July 26, 2014 12:32 pm

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Strange News
9:15 am
Sat July 26, 2014

Dressing Up As A T-Rex Is All Part Of The Job

Originally published on Sat July 26, 2014 12:32 pm

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NPR Story
7:35 am
Sat July 26, 2014

Bobby Patterson's 'Got More Soul,' Heart And Spirit

Originally published on Sat July 26, 2014 12:32 pm

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When it comes to music, Bobby Patterson is an old soul.

(SOUNDBITE OF A SONG, "I GOT MORE SOUL")

BOBBY PATTERSON: (Singing) Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah. Someone get the hose from Ms. Annie Rose because she's hotter than a $2 pistol.

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