Hey, Kids, Remember You're On Our Side: The FBI Makes A Movie
By NPR Staff

April 20, 2014

Instead of a public service announcement, the FBI has made Game of Pawns, a docudrama about a college student recruited by the Chinese government. The message is obvious: Don't be a spy.

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Honey, Blood And Harmony: Jordi Savall's Balkan Journey
By NPR Staff

April 20, 2014

Early music specialist Jordi Savall explores different periods and cultures, mashing them together for surprising results. His new project finds fruitful varieties all in one spot: the Balkans.

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A Scientific Experiment: Field Trips Just For Teachers
By Linda Lutton

April 20, 2014

Educators say the middle grades are a key time time to get kids jazzed about science, but many teachers say they lack the tools they need. In Chicago, a science museum is helping to fill the the gap.

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In South Korea, Ferry Rescue Efforts Yield Only Grisly Results
By Arun Rath

April 20, 2014

It's been a grim Easter Sunday in South Korea as the death toll continues to rise from the ferry disaster that left nearly 300 passengers, many of them high school students, dead or missing.


California's Drought Ripples Through Businesses, Then To Schools
By NPR Staff

April 20, 2014

California farmers produce an enormous proportion of American produce, but the state is now experiencing a record-breaking drought that is being felt throughout the state and the U.S.

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Far From 'Infinitesimal': A Mathematical Paradox's Role In History
By NPR Staff

April 20, 2014

It seems like a simple question: How many parts can you divide a line into? The troublesome answer was square at the root of two of Europe's greatest social crises.

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'Like Little Language Vacuum Cleaners,' Kids Suck Up Swear Words
By NPR Staff

April 20, 2014

Linguist and curse-word expert Dr. Timothy Jay says by the time children head to school, they have a well-developed palate of bad words.

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Service Dog Guides Marathon Bombing Victims Through A Grim Year
By Sacha Pfeiffer

April 20, 2014

Newlyweds Jessica Kensky and Patrick Downes each lost a leg in the Boston Marathon bombing. Rescue the assistance dog helps fetch keys and push buttons, bringing warmth and joy as the couple recovers.

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Training For An Uncertain Military Future In The Calif. Desert
By NPR Staff

April 19, 2014

The military's training center at Fort Irwin in California is complete with mock Middle Eastern villages. But as the U.S. combat mission in Afghanistan winds down, how will this facility change?

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The Players In The Battle For India's Soul
April 19, 2014

The numbers from India's election are staggering: 814 million potential voters, nine stages of voting over six weeks. They are the biggest in the world. Correspondent Julie McCarthy talks with NPR's Arun Rath about the candidates vying for power.


Russia's Military: Threatening Enough To Avoid Using Force?
April 19, 2014

Russia is in the middle of a planned upgrade and expansion of its military forces, but global affairs professor Mark Galeotti tells NPR's Arun Rath that Russia's military has its limits.

Despite Easter 'Truce,' Standoff In Ukraine Appears Steadfast
By Eleanor Beardsley

April 19, 2014

In the Ukrainian city of Donetsk, the opposing camps seem increasingly entrenched, despite a diplomatic effort to ease tensions. Pro-Russian forces refuse to leave occupied buildings and public squares in the east. It's an uneasy Easter weekend and neither side is willing to budge.


Christine Jensen's Multiple Personalities Expand Her Musical Repertoire
April 19, 2014

Canadian jazz saxophonist Christine Jensen has begun using a full "jazz orchestra" of up to 18 players, opening new horizons for her. NPR's Arun Rath speaks with Jensen about her new album, Habitat.

Heroin Recovery And Redemption Where You'd Least Expect It
By Karen Brown

April 19, 2014

Kicking opiate addition is always hard, even with support. Lance Rice got that help from a very unlikely source: a woman whose house he had robbed to get money for heroin.


From Empty Lots To Hospitals, New Purposes For Standard Spaces
By NPR Staff

April 19, 2014

These two projects are changing the system as we know it: One seeks to transform vacant lots into parks, and the other is using a fake hospital to foster real medical innovation.

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Writing The Wicked Ways Of The 'Worst. Person. Ever.'
By NPR Staff

April 19, 2014

Raymond Gunt is profane, rude, heartless and truly the Worst. Person. Ever. Author Douglas Coupland says he's not exactly sure how the character, with no redeeming qualities, came into his mind.

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A Journey Of Pain And Beauty: On Becoming Transgender In India
By Julie McCarthy

April 18, 2014

Abhina Aher is a member of the country's storied, yet marginalized, transgender community. Last week, the India's highest court legally recognized the group as a new gender — neither male nor female.

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A Love Letter To Literature: Reading Gabo In 'The Paris Review'
By Gustavo Arellano

April 18, 2014

Gabriel Garcia Marquez died Thursday. It would be hard to overstate the importance of his novels, but author Gustavo Arellano recommends getting to know him in a different medium.

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In The Land Of Razor Clams, Dinner Hides Deep Within The Sand
By Martin Kaste

April 18, 2014

Clam digging satisfies that primeval urge to go out into nature and find free food. And inveterate Washington state clam diggers admit they compete to get their daily limit of 15 clams.

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Somalis In Kenya Are Used To Raids, But They Say This Was Different
By Gregory Warner

April 18, 2014

A police sweep after Friday prayers is the latest in a weeks-long crackdown against terrorism. The operations have pulled in thousands of refugees, immigrants and Kenyan citizens of Somali descent.

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