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11:48am

Thu March 26, 2015
NPR History Dept.

Board Games That Bored Gamers

Originally published on Fri March 27, 2015 2:29 pm

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Gaming is a way of life for Americans of all ages.

We play games on Facebook, on our phones, on phantasmagorical home systems. We play on fields and courts and dining room tables. Contemporary culture mavens speak of the gamification of education and the workplace and our day-to-day communications.

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11:42am

Thu March 26, 2015
The Two-Way

Pilots Downing Their Planes Is Unusual, But Not Unprecedented

Originally published on Thu March 26, 2015 3:25 pm

Rev. Msgr. Vincent Puma comforts Cindy Heck, daughter-in-law of EgyptAir Flight 990 victims Donald Heck and Bea Jeanne Heck, in a photo from 2000.
John Freidah AP

Investigators have concluded that the crash of a German airliner earlier this week that killed all 150 aboard was a deliberate act by the co-pilot, and that there is "nothing to suggest a terrorist attack."

Even so, Marseille prosecutor Brice Robin, speaking at a news conference in Paris today, refused to characterize the actions as suicide.

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11:22am

Thu March 26, 2015
The Salt

How Snobbery Helped Take The Spice Out Of European Cooking

Originally published on Thu March 26, 2015 2:24 pm

A 16th century woodcut shows the interior of a kitchen. In medieval Europe, cooks combined contrasting flavors and spices in much the same way that Indian cooking still does today.
Paul Lacroix Wikimedia

My father usually starts off his curries by roasting a blend of cinnamon, cardamom, coriander, anise, cumin and bay leaves. Then he incorporates the onions, garlic and ginger — and then tomatoes and chilies and a touch of cream.

The North Indian cuisine I grew up eating is about melding together distinct, disparate flavors and building up layer upon layer of spice and seasoning. Much of European cuisine, by contrast, is about combining complementary flavors — think potatoes with leeks, or scallops with white wine.

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10:31am

Thu March 26, 2015
Shots - Health News

High-Deductible Health Plans Cut Costs, At Least For Now

Originally published on Thu March 26, 2015 5:07 pm

Got a high-deductible health plan? The kind that doesn't pay most medical bills until they exceed several thousand dollars? You're a foot soldier who's been drafted in the war against high health costs.

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9:52am

Thu March 26, 2015
Goats and Soda

What's Up With Parents Who Don't Vaccinate Their Children?

Originally published on Fri March 27, 2015 2:10 pm

Two drops of polio vaccine are administered to a child in a Nigerian health clinic.
David Gilkey NPR

A decade ago in Nigeria, rumors spread that polio vaccines were surreptitious sterilization efforts. That led to a boycott of the vaccine in 2003 and a resurgence in the poliovirus three years later.

The story points up a key point about vaccines: Confidence is critical.

A new study of more than 20,000 people in five countries looks as why people aren't confident in vaccines. The reasons vary, from a belief the vaccine isn't safe to a bad experience with a previous vaccination.

And the results can be devastating.

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9:49am

Thu March 26, 2015
The Two-Way

Details Emerge About Germanwings Co-Pilot Andreas Lubitz

Originally published on Thu March 26, 2015 4:21 pm

German policemen stand outside a house believed to belong to Andreas Lubitz in Montabaur, Germany, on Thursday. Lubitz, the co-pilot on the Germanwings plane that crashed Tuesday, is suspected of deliberately crashing a the jet into the French Alps.
Ralph Orlowski Reuters /Landov

Updated at 4 p.m. ET

Andreas Lubitz "wanted to see his dream of flying fulfilled," says the flying club of the co-pilot who appears to have deliberately crashed Germanwings Flight 4U 9525 into the French Alps on Tuesday, killing 150 people.

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9:17am

Thu March 26, 2015
News

French Prosecutor Points Toward Co-Pilot's Actions In Jet's Crash

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9:05am

Thu March 26, 2015
NPR Ed

Are Women's Colleges Doomed? What Sweet Briar's Demise Tells Us

Originally published on Thu March 26, 2015 9:21 am

Students in the Powell Reading Room at Sweet Briar College, circa 1950.
Rebecca Thomson Flikr Creative Commons

Sweet Briar College in Virginia will close its doors in May, after 114 years of teaching women at its scenic campus in western Virginia.

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8:46am

Thu March 26, 2015
The Two-Way

Former Illinois Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. Released From Prison

In this Aug. 14, 2013 file photo, former Illinois Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. and his wife, Sandra, arrive at federal court in Washington to learn their fates when a federal judge sentences the one-time power couple for misusing $750,000 in campaign money.
Susan Walsh AP

Former Illinois Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. has stepped out of a federal prison in Alabama and now goes to a halfway house to complete a 2013 sentence for spending hundreds of thousands in campaign money on personal items.

WLS in Chicago reports: "The Jackson entourage, consisting of his father, Reverend Jesse Jackson; his wife, Sandi Jackson; and the former congressman's two children, arrived at Maxwell Air Force Base around 4:15 a.m. Thursday."

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8:46am

Thu March 26, 2015
Asia

An NPR Reporter Chauffeurs A Chinese Couple 500 Miles To Their Rural Wedding

Originally published on Thu March 26, 2015 3:45 pm

Frank Langfitt/NPR

That's me (with scarf) in what's becoming my natural element, driving Chinese people around Shanghai and beyond for a series called "Streets of Shanghai." Usually, I offer free rides around the city so I can meet different kinds of people and get a sense of real life in China, where things move so fast a generation can be measured in five years.

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8:33am

Thu March 26, 2015
Code Switch

Why It's So Hard For Us To Agree About Dong From 'Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt'

Originally published on Thu March 26, 2015 12:01 pm

The gesture Kimmy's making doesn't mean the same thing to Dong.
Eric Liebowitz Netflix

The very first time we encounter Dong Nguyen, one of several hotly debated characters in Tina Fey's Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, he has just introduced himself to Kimmy in their GED class. And, as surely happens to Dong all the time, ever since he immigrated to New York from Vietnam, she's stifling a giggle over his name.

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7:59am

Thu March 26, 2015
Politics

Payday Loans — And Endless Cycles Of Debt — Targeted By Federal Watchdog

Originally published on Thu March 26, 2015 8:01 pm

Maranda Brooks stands in January outside a payday loans business that she used to frequent. Troubled by consumer complaints and loopholes in state laws, federal regulators are proposing expansive, first-ever rules on payday lenders, aimed at helping cash-strapped borrowers from falling into a cycle of debt.
Tony Dejak AP

Updated at 4:50 p.m. E.T.

For millions of cash-strapped consumers, short-term loans offer the means to cover purchases or pressing needs. But these deals, typically called payday loans, also pack triple-digit interest rates — and critics say that borrowers often end up trapped in a cycle of high-cost debt as a result.

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7:58am

Thu March 26, 2015
Around the Nation

'Most Interesting Man In The World' Violates Carpool Lane

Originally published on Thu March 26, 2015 9:17 am

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7:58am

Thu March 26, 2015
Around the Nation

The Get-Well Gift That Keeps On Giving

Originally published on Thu March 26, 2015 9:17 am

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7:54am

Thu March 26, 2015
The Two-Way

Co-Pilot Showed 'Willingness To Destroy Aircraft,' Prosecutor Says

Originally published on Thu March 26, 2015 5:44 pm

An image from AFP TV video taken Tuesday shows smoke billowing from scattered debris of the Germanwings Airbus A320 at the crash site in the French Alps above the town of Seyne-les-Alpes, France.
Denis Bois AFP/Getty Images

Updated at 3:15 p.m. ET

The co-pilot of Germanwings Flight 4U 9525 appears to have deliberately crashed the plane carrying 150 people into the French Alps after the pilot had left the cockpit, Marseille prosecutor Brice Robin said at a news conference Thursday.

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6:55am

Thu March 26, 2015
The Two-Way

Saudis Say Iranian Advisers Aiding Houthis In Yemen As Strikes Continue

Originally published on Thu March 26, 2015 6:30 pm

People search for survivors under the rubble of houses destroyed by Saudi airstrikes near Sanaa Airport, Yemen, on Thursday.
Hani Mohammed AP

This post was last updated at 6:29 p.m. ET.

The Saudi ambassador to Washington says the Saudi air operations against Shiite Houthi rebels in Yemen will continue and "we will see coalition partners join in the effort" and he accused Iran of sending advisers to aid the Houthis.

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5:07am

Thu March 26, 2015
NPR Story

'Hamburglar' Pulls Off Spellbinding NHL Cinderella Story

Originally published on Thu March 26, 2015 9:17 am

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Now to David Greene with a Cinderella story that is the talk of the hockey world.

DAVID GREENE, BYLINE: The central character of this story has been busy creating moments like this.

(SOUNDBITE OF ARCHIVED RECORDING)

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5:07am

Thu March 26, 2015
NPR Story

Ex-OU Student Apologizes For Racist Chant On Fraternity Bus

Originally published on Thu March 26, 2015 9:17 am

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5:07am

Thu March 26, 2015
NPR Story

South African Mercenaries Play Crucial Role In Fight Against Boko Haram

Originally published on Thu March 26, 2015 9:17 am

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5:07am

Thu March 26, 2015
NPR Story

Migrants Try To Enter Europe Through Spanish Territory In Africa

Originally published on Thu March 26, 2015 9:17 am

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3:52am

Thu March 26, 2015
Shots - Health News

Why Doctors Are Trying A Skin Cancer Drug To Treat A Brain Tumor

Originally published on Thu March 26, 2015 5:06 pm

MaryAnn Anselmo has started to sing again after recovering from brain surgery and having successful treatment with a drug that targeted a mutation in her tumor cells.
Dave Gershgorn/WNYC

MaryAnn Anselmo feared for the worst when she was diagnosed with a brain tumor called a glioblastoma in late 2013.

"You start doing research on that type of tumor, and you're saying, 'Oh my God, you're history.' It's like a death sentence," says, Anselmo, now 59.

Only for her it wasn't.

Anselmo's successful treatment shows how precision medicine — tailoring therapy to each patient's genetic needs — is beginning to transform cancer care.

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3:50am

Thu March 26, 2015
Goats and Soda

Don't Torpedo The Dam, Full Speed Ahead For Ethiopia's Nile Project

Originally published on Thu March 26, 2015 10:06 am

The Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam is under construction near Assosa, Ethiopia. When it's completed, the dam will have be able to produce 6,000 megawatts of electricity, making it the biggest hydroelectric power station in Africa.
Elias Asmare AP

I once met a popular spoken word poet in Ethiopia who was asked by a government official to write a poem about the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam. (He politely explained that he didn't do poetry about infrastructure.) But it's not surprising that Ethiopia would like to inscribe this dam into the Ethiopian epic.

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3:49am

Thu March 26, 2015
Around the Nation

Closure Of Private Prison Forces Texas County To Plug Financial Gap

Originally published on Thu March 26, 2015 9:17 am

A riot late last month forced officials to close the Willacy County Correcitonal Center in Wallcy County, Texas.
John Burnett NPR

The Willacy County Correctional Center is empty now. The tall security fences and dome-like housing units set out on the coastal prairie have no one inside them.

One morning late last month, the prisoners rioted. They set fires and tore the place up. Guards put down the uprising in about five hours. But the destruction was so severe that the sprawling detention compound has been shut down. All 2,800 inmates were transferred.

Willacy County is now facing the question — what does it do now that its biggest moneymaker is out of business?

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3:48am

Thu March 26, 2015
It's All Politics

Is Capitol Hill Ready To Rest Its Near-Annual 'Doc Fix' Exercise?

Originally published on Thu March 26, 2015 12:11 pm

If Reps. Nancy Pelosi and John Boehner win and their plan becomes law, it would kill what's known on Capitol Hill as the "doc fix."
David McNew Getty Images

Updated at 12:10 p.m. E.T.

Doctors who treat Medicare patients will face a huge cut, 21 percent, if Congress doesn't act by the end of the month. This isn't a new problem. While Democrats and Republicans on Capitol Hill agree that the formula that pays doctors who treat Medicare patients has long been broken, over the years they've been unable to pass more than temporary patches.

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7:14pm

Wed March 25, 2015
Law

California Attorney General Moves To Stop Anti-Gay Ballot Proposal

Originally published on Wed March 25, 2015 8:00 pm

NPR's Robert Siegel talks to Vikram Amar, a law professor at the University of California, Davis, about the attorney general's move to halt a proposed initiative that would allow gays and lesbians to be "put to death by bullets to the head."

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5:22pm

Wed March 25, 2015
National Security

U.S. Military Charges Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl With Desertion

Originally published on Thu March 26, 2015 7:43 am

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Bowe Bergdahl was charged today by the U.S. military. He's the U.S. Army sergeant who was captured in Afghanistan and held by the Taliban for nearly five years. Here's Army Colonel Daniel King announcing the charges.

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5:20pm

Wed March 25, 2015
The Salt

Heinz And Kraft: Before They Were Food Giants, They Were Men

Originally published on Wed March 25, 2015 8:00 pm

Henry J. Heinz
Library of Congress

Heinz and Kraft.

When we hear those names we think ketchup and Velveeta, right?

But before they were products and companies that will merge to become a giant with $28 billion in revenue, Heinz and Kraft were men.

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5:10pm

Wed March 25, 2015
Goats and Soda

Mosquitoes Can Smell Inside Your Blood

Hanna Barczyk for NPR

Garlic lovers: You can smell them before you see them. Some people would say they even stink!

Hours after you eat garlic, your breath can still smell bad, as your body digests compounds in the plant and releases them into your blood.

Now scientists say a similar process might explain why people infected with malaria attract more mosquitoes than those not infected.

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5:08pm

Wed March 25, 2015
Law

Calif. Lawyer's Ballot Proposal Calls Referendum System Into Question

Originally published on Wed March 25, 2015 8:00 pm

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5:08pm

Wed March 25, 2015
Shots - Health News

University And Biotech Firm Team Up On Colorblindness Therapy

Originally published on Thu March 26, 2015 3:39 pm

A simulation from the Neitz lab of what colorblindness looks like, with normal color vision on the left and red-green colorblindness on the right.
Courtesy of Neitz Laboratory

More than 10 million Americans have trouble distinguishing red from green or blue from yellow, and there's no treatment for colorblindness.

A biotech company and two scientists hope to change that.

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