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6:11pm

Sun July 26, 2015
Latin America

A Day Of Triumph In A Time Of Change: Cuba's High Holiday Explained

Originally published on Sun July 26, 2015 11:23 pm

Cubans gather in Santiago de Cuba to celebrate this year's Revolution Day, the 62nd anniversary of Fidel Castro's first open assault on the forces of President Fulgencio Batista, who would eventually be overthrown by the rebels.
Yamil Lage AFP/Getty Images

On this day 62 years ago, Fidel Castro launched the attack that marked the start of the Cuban revolution. In the years since, the day has taken on emotional significance for the Cuban people — and for the communist government that celebrates it annually.

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6:03pm

Sun July 26, 2015
Author Interviews

A Rage For The Ages: The Unforgettable 'Pine Tar Game'

George Brett wipes a new bat down with a pine tar rag before a game with the Cleveland Indians on July 25, 1983. The day before, Brett had been called out for using a bat with pine tar too far down the bat; the league president decided that Brett's bat was OK.
Doug Atkins AP

A game-winning home run becomes a game loser — and 25 days later, it's turned back into the game-winner.

That alone would warrant an entry in baseball's history books.

But cast it with David and Goliath, include a temper tantrum of epic proportion, and hinge it all on an obscure old rule — and you've got the infamous Pine Tar Game.

That 1983 game between the New York Yankees and the Kansas City Royals is recounted in a new book by New York Daily News sports columnist Filip Bondy.

The Context: Rivalries And Rules

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5:28pm

Sun July 26, 2015
Middle East

Lebanon Evicted Syrians From A Refugee Camp; They Refused To Go

Originally published on Mon July 27, 2015 4:04 pm

Syrian refugees live in makeshift shelters in the Beqaa Valley in Lebanon, just a few miles west of the Syrian border.
Jason Beaubien NPR

The Syrian refugee crisis is getting worse by the day.

Not only are more refugees fleeing into Lebanon, but aid to those who have already arrived is being cut dramatically.

The United Nations World Food Program earlier this month slashed the monthly food subsidy for Syrian refugees in Lebanon to just $13.50 per person. Less than a year ago the figure was $30 per person per month. The reason for the decision was reportedly a budget shortfall.

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5:13pm

Sun July 26, 2015
Global Health

Transgender Women Face Inadequate Health Care, 'Shocking' HIV Rates

Originally published on Sun July 26, 2015 11:27 pm

Transgender performers walk backstage during an event to mark World AIDS Day in 2013. A new WHO report demonstrates extremely rates of HIV infection among transgender women in 15 countries.
Prakash Mathema AFP/Getty Images

Transgender people are not getting adequate health care, and widespread discrimination is largely to blame, according to a recent World Health Organization report. And the story is told most starkly in the high rates of HIV among transgender women worldwide.

JoAnne Keatley, one of the authors of that study, puts it plainly.

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5:12pm

Sun July 26, 2015
Television

'I Am Cait' Review: Brave, Tasteful — And Kind Of Boring

Originally published on Mon July 27, 2015 5:55 pm

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Caitlyn Jenner's new reality show, ”I Am Cait,” premieres on E! tonight.

(SOUNDBITE OF TV SHOW, "I AM CAIT")

CAITLYN JENNER: Isn't it great that maybe someday you'll be normal? Just blend into society.

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5:11pm

Sun July 26, 2015
Around the Nation

Oklahoma Takes A Hard Look At What Police Seize — And How It's Spent

Originally published on Mon July 27, 2015 2:03 pm

In Oklahoma, some people in charge of enforcing the law seem to be skirting it. State audits have found people in district attorney offices have used seized money and property to live rent-free and pay off student loans.

When state Sen. Kyle Loveless first heard about the audits, he'd already been thinking about amending the civil asset forfeiture laws — mainly because the state doesn't always follow the law.

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5:10pm

Sun July 26, 2015
Law

What Does California Ruling Mean For Migrants Held At Detention Centers?

Originally published on Mon July 27, 2015 5:46 am

A federal judge in California has ruled that immigration authorities improperly detained women and children who tried to enter the U.S. illegally. Immigrant rights activists are praising the ruling. Julia Preston, who covers immigration for The New York Times, explains the case.

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2:57pm

Sun July 26, 2015
The Two-Way

British Cyclist Chris Froome Wins Tour De France

Team Sky rider Chris Froome of Britain, with the race leader's yellow jersey, celebrates his overall victory on the podium after the 109.5-km (68 mile) final 21st stage of the 102nd Tour de France.
Stefano Rellandini Reuters/Landov

British cyclist Chris Froome rode to his second Tour de France win in just three years on Sunday, edging out his toughest rival, Colombian Nairo Quintana.

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2:48pm

Sun July 26, 2015
The Two-Way

Syria's Assad Admits Setbacks In Civil War, But Vows To Win

Syrian President Bashar Assad speaks during his meeting with the heads and members of public organizations and professional associations in Damascus, on Sunday. Assad acknowledged that the fight against rebels had suffered setbacks, but vowed to win against insurgents.
SANA Reuters/Landov

Syrian President Bashar Assad, in his first public address in a year, acknowledged that government forces had lost territory to rebels and needed more troops, but he vowed to crush the insurgency that has threatened to topple him.

Assad admitted that his generals have had to shift forces from one front to another to defend key territory and that the loss of some areas have caused "frustration" among ordinary Syrians.

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12:03pm

Sun July 26, 2015
The Two-Way

Judge In Mexico Orders Prison Officials Detained In 'El Chapo' Escape

Originally published on Sun July 26, 2015 3:02 pm

A hole in the floor of cell number 20, from which drug kingpin Joaquin Guzman escaped on July 11 from the Altiplano maximum security prison in Almoloya, Mexico.
Mario Guzman EPA/Landov

Weeks after drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman allegedly got inside help in a daring escape from a maximum-security prison in Mexico, a Mexican federal judge has ordered three officials who worked in the facility's monitoring center at the time of the jailbreak to be formally taken into custody.

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10:42am

Sun July 26, 2015
The Two-Way

While Obama Talks Security In Kenya, Al-Shabab Carries Out Attack In Somalia

Originally published on Sun July 26, 2015 2:48 pm

Updated at 12:50 p.m. ET

As President Obama was in Kenya to discuss the threat from Islamist extremists, in neighboring Somalia at least 10 people were killed in a suicide car bomb by militants of al-Shabab – the extremist group considered the region's biggest danger.

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8:18am

Sun July 26, 2015
The Two-Way

President Obama Urges Kenyans To 'Choose Path Of Progress'

Originally published on Sun July 26, 2015 2:42 pm

President Obama delivers a speech at the Safaricom Indoor Arena in the Kasarani area of Nairobi, Kenya, on Sunday.
Ben Curtis AP

President Obama, wrapping up his three-day visit to Kenya, urged the east African country to "choose the path to progress" by tackling corruption, eliminating income inequality and promoting gender equality.

"I'm here as president of a country that sees Kenya as an important partner. I'm here as a friend who wants Kenya to succeed," he said in a speech at the Safaricom Indoor Arena in Nairobi.

"You can choose the path to progress, but it requires making some important choices," he said in the 40-minute speech that was broadcast on Kenyan television.

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8:07am

Sun July 26, 2015
History

Cost Of War: Veterans Remember USS Indianapolis, Shark Attacks

Originally published on Mon July 27, 2015 6:59 am

Survivors of the sinking of the Indianapolis are taken to a hospital on Guam after their rescue in August, 1945.
U.S. Navy National Archives via Wikimedia Commons

Next week marks the 70th anniversary of one of the worst disasters in U.S. Naval history — and one of the worst shark attacks on record. But it's a story that many people don't know.

In the summer of 1945, World War II was almost over, but in the shadows of that moment comes a story of survival that changed lives forever.

If you're a movie fan, you may recognize this line from the 1975 blockbuster, Jaws: "Japanese submarine slammed two torpedoes into our side, Chief. We was coming back from the island of Tinian to Leyte. Just delivered the bomb."

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7:45am

Sun July 26, 2015
Africa

Obama Wraps Up Trip To Kenya

Originally published on Mon July 27, 2015 5:41 am

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7:45am

Sun July 26, 2015
Race

On The Streets Of Baltimore, 'It's Definitely Not A Safe Feeling'

Originally published on Sun July 26, 2015 11:29 pm

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7:41am

Sun July 26, 2015
Law

On ADA Anniversary, Some Blame The Law For Low Employment

Originally published on Sun July 26, 2015 11:13 pm

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Twenty-five years ago today, President George H. W. Bush signed the Americans with Disabilities Act on the White House lawn with this promise.

(SOUNDBITE OF SPEECH)

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7:41am

Sun July 26, 2015
Politics

For Candidates, Winning Iowa Means Courting Business, Evangelicals

Originally published on Sun July 26, 2015 10:47 am

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7:41am

Sun July 26, 2015
Europe

Analyst: Angry French Farmers Will Have To Adapt To Globalization

Originally published on Sun July 26, 2015 10:38 am

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7:03am

Sun July 26, 2015
Goats and Soda

What's In A Namaste? Depends If You Live In India Or The U.S.

Originally published on Mon July 27, 2015 9:26 am

Hanna Barczyk for NPR

If you take a yoga class in the U.S., the teacher will most likely say namaste at the end of the practice. It's a Sanskrit phrase that means "I bow to you." You place hands together at the heart, close your eyes and bow.

That's not the namaste I know.

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7:03am

Sun July 26, 2015
It's All Politics

Brace Yourself: The Presidential Election Is Going To Be All About Anger

Originally published on Mon July 27, 2015 2:02 pm

Clinton knows you're mad as hell, and she's appealing to that sense.
Spencer Platt Getty Images

Hillary Clinton laid out some lofty goals for her presidency in a speech on Friday.

"My mission from my first day as president to the last will be to raise the incomes of hardworking Americans so they can once again afford a middle-class life," she said. "This is the defining economic challenge not only of this election but our time."

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5:43am

Sun July 26, 2015
Parallels

Covering Greece: When It's Not Just A Story, It's Personal

Originally published on Sun July 26, 2015 11:28 pm

The author (second from left) with her uncle Thanassis Kakissis (far left), sister, Amalia, and father, Giorgos, during a family visit to Athens in 1979.
Courtesy of Joanna Kakissis

Editor's Note: Reporter Joanna Kakissis was born in Greece but grew up in the U.S. She returned to Greece in 2010 just as the economic meltdown was beginning. She describes what it's like to cover a story that often feels very personal.

I live in a central Athens neighborhood that some describe as run-down, a term I still think is inaccurate and incomplete, applied by drive-by visitors from well-to-do suburbs and fellow journalists looking for a neighborhood to set the stage for a story about Greece's post-austerity impoverishment.

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5:42am

Sun July 26, 2015
The Salt

Put That Wok To Work: A Trick For Smoking Fish Indoors

Originally published on Sun July 26, 2015 2:09 pm

Smoked fish — a cooking method that uses the smoke of an indirect fire to lightly cook, flavor, and preserve the meat — is too often left to the professionals. But there are ways to do it indoors, at home and without much effort.
Photo Illustration by Ryan Kellman and Emily Bogle NPR

This summer, NPR is getting crafty in the kitchen. As part of Weekend Edition's Do Try This At Home series, chefs are sharing their cleverest hacks and tips — taking expensive, exhausting or intimidating recipes and tweaking them to work in any home kitchen.

This week: We learn how to smoke fish without any specialized, pricey equipment.

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5:14pm

Sat July 25, 2015
News

Amid Lingering Skepticism, A Primer On What Bland's Autopsy Can Tell Us

Originally published on Sat July 25, 2015 7:42 pm

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5:12pm

Sat July 25, 2015
Around the Nation

As Lightning Strikes Spike, Myth-Busting Often Means Safety

Originally published on Sat July 25, 2015 9:42 pm

Deaths from lightning strikes are up sharply this year, according to the National Weather Service. Here are some myths about lightning, or avoiding it, and tips on how to actually stay safe.

This story initially aired on July 17, 2015 on Morning Edition.

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5:12pm

Sat July 25, 2015
Shots - Health News

When Alzheimer's Steals Your Appetite, Remember To Laugh

Originally published on Sat July 25, 2015 5:59 pm

Despite losing his sense of taste and smell to Alzheimer's disease, Greg O'Brien says grilling supper on the back deck with his son on a summer evening is still fun.
Sam Broun Courtesy of Greg O'Brien

In this installment of NPR's series Inside Alzheimer's, we hear from Greg O'Brien about losing his sense of taste and smell, and how he's learning there's much more to a good meal than food. O'Brien, a longtime journalist in Cape Cod, Mass., was diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer's disease in 2009.

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5:12pm

Sat July 25, 2015
Africa

On A Visit To Kenya, Obama Addresses Fight Against Extremists

Originally published on Sun July 26, 2015 10:31 am

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5:12pm

Sat July 25, 2015
Around the Nation

At Sandra Bland's Funeral, Mourners Say 'It's All About Social Justice'

Originally published on Sat July 25, 2015 6:36 pm

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5:12pm

Sat July 25, 2015
Around the Nation

Despite Spotlight On Police Shootings, Incidents With Latinos Often Forgotten

Originally published on Sun July 26, 2015 4:30 pm

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4:56pm

Sat July 25, 2015
The Two-Way

Judge Says Detained Immigrant Women, Children Should Be Released

A federal judge has ruled that hundreds of women and children who were detained after crossing the U.S.-Mexico border should be released because their detention violates a 1997 court settlement that prohibits minors from being held in unlicensed, secure facilities.

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2:27pm

Sat July 25, 2015
The Two-Way

Clinton To Testify Again Before Benghazi Committee

Originally published on Sat July 25, 2015 7:21 pm

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton testifies in January 2013 before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on the attack on the U.S. mission in Benghazi, Libya.
Mandel Ngan AFP/Getty Images

Updated at 7:20 p.m.

Hillary Clinton is set to testify before a House committee investigating the Sept. 11, 2012 deaths of four Americans, including a U.S. ambassador, in Benghazi, Libya, according to her campaign.

Campaign spokesman Nick Merrill said the Democratic presidential candidate would appear on Oct. 22, but Reuters, quoting a committee statement, said the date of her testimony was still being negotiated.

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