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Goats and Soda
12:28 pm
Tue December 9, 2014

'Ebola Must Go' — And So Must Prejudice Against Survivors

Members of the community in New Georgia Signboard greet President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf Monday for the launch of the Ebola Must Go! campaign.
John W. Poole NPR

Originally published on Tue December 30, 2014 1:07 pm

A visitor brought Ebola to the community of New Georgia Signboard this summer, and by the middle of August, people were sick with the virus.

Six people died. But it's what the community did for the six survivors in the family that brought Liberia's president to New Georgia Signboard, where she launched her Ebola Must Go! campaign on Monday

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National Security
11:27 am
Tue December 9, 2014

Senate Panel's Report On CIA Calls Harsh Tactics Ineffective

Originally published on Tue December 9, 2014 4:16 pm

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Strange News
5:49 am
Tue December 9, 2014

Lucky Accident With A State Trooper Helps A Mom Get To Her Sick Son

Originally published on Tue December 9, 2014 11:27 am

After a state trooper pulled her over for tailgating and let her off with a warning, an 87-year-old woman on a road trip to see her ailing son accidentally backed into the cop's car.

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Sports
4:25 am
Tue December 9, 2014

Jets Coach Promises No Tanking In Game Against Equally Awful Titans

Originally published on Tue December 9, 2014 11:27 am

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Movie Reviews
4:11 am
Tue December 9, 2014

Stalked By A Fiend Worse Than Any Elm Street Nightmare

Originally published on Mon December 15, 2014 12:42 pm

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Environment
4:11 am
Tue December 9, 2014

Scientists Track Down Serious Methane Leaks In Natural Gas Wells

Originally published on Tue December 9, 2014 11:27 am

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Media
4:11 am
Tue December 9, 2014

New Republic Staffers Saw A Clash Between Its Mission And New Methods

Originally published on Tue December 9, 2014 11:27 am

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Strange News
5:14 am
Mon December 8, 2014

Laughter Is The Best Medicine For Gulag Blues, Russia Tells Guards

Originally published on Mon December 8, 2014 6:44 am

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Shots - Health News
4:08 am
Mon December 8, 2014

Medicine's Subtle Art Gives A Man The Chance To Breathe Again

Bob Smithson, 79, can now hold his head upright and breathe on his own, thanks to a medication for myasthenia gravis.
M. Scott Brauer for NPR

Originally published on Tue December 9, 2014 3:57 pm

Bob Smithson had been in the critical care unit at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston for more than a week. He had a rare neuromuscular disease, and his 78-year-old body was being kept alive by tubes that delivered air to his lungs and food to his stomach.

Then Bob's wife, Pat, got some really disturbing news. The hospital's medical staff wanted Bob to have a tracheostomy, a surgical procedure that would carve a hole in his neck and allow doctors to keep him on a breathing machine indefinitely.

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Sports
4:07 am
Mon December 8, 2014

Buffalo Bills Flag Officials For Excessive Celebration On Losing Play

Originally published on Mon December 8, 2014 6:44 am

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Around the Nation
3:57 am
Mon December 8, 2014

Landrieu's Loss Flips Lingering Holdout Of Democrats' 'Solid South'

Originally published on Mon December 8, 2014 6:44 am

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NPR Story
3:57 am
Mon December 8, 2014

In Largest Transfer Since 2009, 6 Leave Guantanamo For Uruguay

Originally published on Mon December 8, 2014 3:37 pm

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Media
3:57 am
Mon December 8, 2014

New 'New Republic': A 'Vertically Integrated Digital Media Company'

Originally published on Mon December 8, 2014 6:44 am

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Sports
6:36 am
Fri December 5, 2014

Wilt Chamberlain Gets Extra-Long Stamp

Originally published on Fri December 5, 2014 12:07 pm

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Media
6:36 am
Fri December 5, 2014

Russian Newspaper Tries Reporting Only Good News

Originally published on Fri December 5, 2014 12:07 pm

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National Security
4:56 am
Fri December 5, 2014

Obama Points To Ashton Carter For Defense Secretary

Originally published on Fri December 5, 2014 12:07 pm

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NPR Story
4:02 am
Fri December 5, 2014

In Oakland, The Disconnect Between Young People And Police

Originally published on Fri December 5, 2014 12:07 pm

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Some people are also seeking a way forward, as we hear from Joi Smith of Youth Radio.

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NPR Story
4:02 am
Fri December 5, 2014

Prep Work Contributes To Successful Protest Turnout

Originally published on Fri December 5, 2014 5:16 pm

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Theater
4:02 am
Fri December 5, 2014

Suzan-Lori Parks' New Play, 'Father Comes Home From The Wars'

Originally published on Fri December 5, 2014 12:07 pm

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History
4:02 am
Fri December 5, 2014

Richard III's DNA Indicates Family Infidelity

Originally published on Sat December 6, 2014 6:27 pm

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Politics
6:16 am
Thu December 4, 2014

16 Things Michele Bachmann Will Miss About Congress

Originally published on Thu December 4, 2014 6:57 am

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Technology
6:16 am
Thu December 4, 2014

YouTube Retools To Accommodate 'Gangnam Style'

Originally published on Thu December 4, 2014 6:57 am

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Good morning. I'm Steve Inskeep. You might've thought you'd heard the song for the last time.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "GANGNAM STYLE")

PSY: (Singing) Oppa Gangnam style.

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NPR Story
4:06 am
Thu December 4, 2014

Iran Extends Detention Of 'Washington Post' Journalist

Originally published on Thu December 4, 2014 6:57 am

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NPR Story
4:06 am
Thu December 4, 2014

'Black Lives Matter' Slogan Becomes A Bigger Movement

Originally published on Fri December 5, 2014 11:10 am

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NPR Story
4:06 am
Thu December 4, 2014

For Ebola Orphans In Liberia, It's A Bittersweet New Beginning

Makutu Jabateh hugs her daughter, Mabana Konneh, 5, as the little girl returns home to her neighborhood in Jacobstown, Monrovia.
John W. Poole NPR

Originally published on Thu December 4, 2014 2:57 pm

Ebola has "orphaned" about 2,000 children in Liberia, health authorities say. Some children are being looked after in two shelters in the country's capital, Monrovia. Reuniting the kids with their relatives, or finding them foster homes, can take time.

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NPR Story
4:06 am
Thu December 4, 2014

NASA's Orion Capsule Built To Take Humans Into Deep Space

Originally published on Thu December 4, 2014 6:57 am

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Politics
4:05 am
Wed December 3, 2014

Sports Commissioners Absent From Senate Hearing On Domestic Abuse

Originally published on Wed December 3, 2014 6:41 am

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Books
4:05 am
Wed December 3, 2014

The 2014 Book Concierge Is Here To Help You Find Your Next Great Read

Originally published on Wed December 3, 2014 7:53 am

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Asia
4:05 am
Wed December 3, 2014

Is 'Womenomics' The Answer To Japan's Economic Woes?

Lumberjack Yukiko Koyama cuts pine trees on a hillside overlooking Matsumoto City in Nagano prefecture on Japan's central Honshu island. Koyama's employment at a local timber mill is partially subsidized by a government program to get more Japanese women into the workforce.
Yo Nagaya NPR

Originally published on Wed December 17, 2014 6:59 pm

Yukiko Koyama kicked around Tokyo for a few years looking for the right job. For a while, she designed costumes for classical ballet dancers. But she longed to work in the great outdoors, and to find a job she could really sink her teeth into.

Two years ago, she found just the right thing for her: sinking a chainsaw's teeth into the pine forests of Matsumoto City in landlocked Nagano prefecture. Forests there on the central island of Honshu have been growing since the end of World War II, and many are in need of weeding.

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Europe
4:05 am
Wed December 3, 2014

Russia Heads Toward Recession, With No Relief In Sight

Pedestrians walk past a board listing foreign currency rates against the Russian ruble in Moscow on Wednesday. The ruble was trading at about 35 to the U.S. dollar this summer. Now it's more than 50 rubles to the dollar and the currency has been hitting record lows recently.
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Originally published on Wed December 3, 2014 11:12 am

Russia's economy has taken a series of heavy hits in the past few months, and now it seems to be in the midst of a perfect storm.

The country depends heavily on oil exports, and prices are down sharply. The Russian currency is losing value fast. And U.S. and European sanctions, imposed after Russia's takeover of Crimea, are biting hard.

President Vladimir Putin remains defiant, saying sanctions will never bring Russia to its knees.

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