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10:22am

Sat July 25, 2015
Parallels

In Syria, Chlorine Attacks Continue To Take A Toll

Originally published on Sat July 25, 2015 10:55 am

Civil defense workers wear gas masks near damaged ground in a village near the Syrian city of Idlib in May. Activists said there had been a chlorine attack.
Abed Kontar Reuters/Landov

Syrian medical student Hazem Halabi has become an expert on chlorine as a weapon of war. He made his first investigation in April 2014, after an alleged attack on the village of Kafr Zeta in northern Syria.

Villagers reported waking up before dawn to the buzz of helicopters and an overpowering smell of bleach. A video recorded at a local clinic shows doctors struggling to treat panicked victims struggling for breath.

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8:42am

Sat July 25, 2015
The Seams

From Canes To Closures, Designing With Style For People With Disabilities

Originally published on Sat July 25, 2015 1:51 pm

Parsons School of Design graduate Lucy Jones created Seated Design, a collection of clothing for people who use wheelchairs. The clothes include extra fabric at the elbows for greater mobility.
Courtesy of Lucy Jones

Think of all the accessibility amenities you've gotten used to seeing since July 26, 1990, the day the Americans with Disabilities Act was signed into law: Wheelchair ramps leading into government buildings; Support rails in restroom stalls; ATM keypads and elevator buttons in Braille.

Despite these improvements, people with disabilities still struggle in many areas, including one you might not think much about: clothing.

Cute Canes, Like Eyeglass Frames

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7:48am

Sat July 25, 2015
Music News

Size Matters: The Vocabularies Of Pop Musicians

Originally published on Sat July 25, 2015 10:55 am

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7:48am

Sat July 25, 2015
Sports

Athletes Make News On Social Issues: The Week In Sports

Originally published on Sat July 25, 2015 10:55 am

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7:48am

Sat July 25, 2015
Food

Local Flavor: In N.Y., Packing The Produce Into Pleasing Paninis

Originally published on Sat July 25, 2015 10:55 am

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This summer, we're trying to tour the country bite by bite looking for local flavor. Today we go to Sulfur Springs in upstate New York.

UNIDENTIFIED MAN: We just stopped here for lunch - down here at the bottom of Dahlia road.

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10:33am

Sat July 18, 2015
Around the Nation

Housing, Other Issues Missing From Conference On Aging Meeting

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This is WEEKEND EDITION from NPR News. I'm Scott Simon.

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9:04am

Sat July 18, 2015
Middle East

Former Hostage: Under Deal, Iran Has Less Incentive To Hold Americans

Originally published on Sat July 18, 2015 10:33 am

Shourd and fellow hikers Shane Bauer (center) and Josh Fattal held a press conference shortly after Bauer and Fattal were released in 2011. Shourd was released in 2010.
Craig Ruttle AP

President Obama responded sharply this week when a reporter asked if he was "content" to celebrate the nuclear deal with Iran when at least three and possibly four Americans are being held in Iranian jails.

"Nobody's content," he said, "and our diplomats and our teams are working diligently to try to get them out."

At least one former American hostage thinks the deal is worth signing, despite the remaining hostages.

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9:04am

Sat July 18, 2015
Sports

Where There's A Wheel, There's A Way. Where There Are 2, Things Can Get Weird

Originally published on Sun July 19, 2015 7:40 am

A rider nurses his elbow, and his pride, after a fall. Bicycle riding was rough in the early days — but this gentleman was lucky. He could have been on the Tour de France, where competitors busted their wheels on broken glass thrown by rowdy fans.
Library of Congress

This week, Tour de France riders cranked through three grueling days in the Pyrenees mountains. Once more, they've all made the curious decision not to just get off their bikes and take a bus like sensible people.

Be that as it may, the Alps are still to come, and there's plenty of pedaling to go before they sprint into Paris on July 26.

So, while fans await that triumphant homecoming, there's no better time to turn to know-it-all journalist A.J. Jacobs. He takes NPR's Scott Simon on a tour of their own, talking trivia with a bit of bicycling lore.

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7:44am

Sat July 18, 2015
Sports

Baseball's Second Half; A Power Winner At Wimbledon: The Week In Sports

Originally published on Sat July 18, 2015 10:33 am

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Change of mood now. Time for sports.

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7:44am

Sat July 18, 2015
NPR Story

For The First Time, An African Country Prosecutes Another's Ex-Leader

Originally published on Sat July 18, 2015 10:33 am

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9:01am

Sat July 11, 2015
Around the Nation

Wildfires In Canada And Alaska Drive Thousands From Homes

Originally published on Sat July 11, 2015 1:57 pm

Smoke billows from a forest fire in southern Saskatchewan, Canada, in late June. Thousands of Canadians have been forced to evacuate their homes because of wildland fires.
AP

"Extreme." "Unprecedented." "Historic." Those are just a few of the words being used to describe the start of this year's fire season in North America.

The wildfires are centered in the northwest of the continent, but their consequences are far-reaching. Thick smoke has blanketed parts of Wisconsin and North Dakota. It's triggered air alerts in Minnesota and Montana and muddied skies as far south as Tennessee and Colorado.

And, of course, things are even worse at the source.

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9:01am

Sat July 11, 2015
Shots - Health News

Trying To Remember Multiple Things May Be The Best Way To Forget Them

Originally published on Mon July 13, 2015 2:35 pm

Leigh Wells Ikon Images/Getty Images

Our days are full of things to remember, and they don't always arrive in an orderly fashion. Perhaps you begin your commute home and remember that you need to pick up milk. But then immediately, another to-do springs to mind: You never called back your friend last week. You may try to hold both in your head, but in the end the milk, the phone call or both still sometimes fall away, forgotten.

A new scientific model of forgetting is taking shape, which suggests keeping multiple memories or tasks in mind simultaneously can actually erode them.

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7:45am

Sat July 11, 2015
Animals

For This Tarantula-Killing Wasp, Dinner's A Meal Best Served Living

Originally published on Sat July 11, 2015 10:38 am

Meal time for one species probably means sleepless nights for others.
Debbie Hall Flickr

It's been wet in Texas this year — exceptionally wet, as a matter of fact. With record amounts of rain, Texas is more than a little hot, green and rife with happy insects.

Take the tarantula hawk, for example. In case you've never heard of it, it's a wasp that's so big, and so nasty, that it attacks tarantulas — who happen to be quite big and nasty themselves.

So, what does a happy tarantula hawk look like? Ben Hutchins, an invertebrate biologist with the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, takes NPR's Wade Goodwyn through all the gruesome wasp-on-tarantula details.

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7:45am

Sat July 11, 2015
Sports

Wimbledon, Golf And The Week In Sports

Originally published on Sat July 11, 2015 10:38 am

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7:45am

Sat July 11, 2015
Food

Tasting The Diet-Conscious Dogs At Davey's Dog House

Originally published on Sat July 11, 2015 10:38 am

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9:40am

Sat July 4, 2015
Author Interviews

An Outsider In Buenos Aires Goes Incognito, For Love Of Tango

Originally published on Mon July 6, 2015 3:52 pm

Lydia Thompson NPR

In the dirty, crowded, and impoverished immigrant barrios of Buenos Aires of 1913, a 17-year-old girl arrives with little more than some clothes and her grandfather's violin.

Her name is Leda, and she's the character at the heart of Carolina De Robertis' third novel, The Gods of Tango.

Leda, an Italian girl, was sent for by her cousin-husband, but widowed before her ship even lands in South America. She soon finds comfort and excitement in a new kind of music that's filling the city's courtyards, bars and brothels: the tango.

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9:25am

Sat July 4, 2015
NPR Ed

At Age 3 — Transitioning From Jack To Jackie

Originally published on Mon July 6, 2015 4:18 pm

Sisters Jackie Carter Christian (left) and Chloe Marie Christian at the beach.
Courtesy of the Christian family

It's controlled after-school anarchy at the Christian-Carter household. Seven-year-old Chloe has rolled herself up in an exercise mat in the living room of the family's Oakland, Calif., home.

"Look I'm a burrito," Chloe shouts.

Her 4-year-old sister, Jackie, swoops in for a bite — and a hard push.

"Ow!" Chloe shouts. "Mom! Jackie pushed me!"

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9:07am

Sat July 4, 2015
Parallels

A Reopened Embassy In Havana Could Be A Boon For U.S. Businesses

Originally published on Mon July 6, 2015 6:42 pm

A fisherman cycles past the U.S. Interests Section building, behind right, in Havana in May.
Desmond Boylan AP

When Secretary of State John Kerry goes to Havana to raise a flag over the soon to be reopened embassy this summer, it won't be just an important symbolic moment.

The administration says the U.S. will be able to station more American personnel in Cuba, and that should be a big help in practical terms as more Americans travel to and trade with the Cold War-era foe.

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7:54am

Sat July 4, 2015
Remembrances

Remembering 'Britain's Schindler'

Originally published on Sat July 4, 2015 11:04 am

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7:54am

Sat July 4, 2015
Science

Strontium Nitrate And Barium Nitrate, The Fuel In Fireworks

Originally published on Sat July 4, 2015 11:04 am

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Ladies and gentlemen, light your fuses.

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7:54am

Sat July 4, 2015
Sports

Williams Survives, Nadal Falls At Wimbledon

Originally published on Sat July 4, 2015 11:04 am

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8:50am

Sat June 27, 2015
U.S.

Phoenix Students Restore School To Reclaim Native American Identity

Originally published on Wed July 1, 2015 10:02 am

Former band student Rosalee Talahongva in front of her old music building, which is being turned into a Native American cultural center.
Christopher Livesay NPR

From 1891 until 1990, just shy of a century, Phoenix Indian School boarded students from Navajo, Apache and other tribes across the Southwest.

Patty Talahongva is a Hopi who went to Phoenix Indian until 1979. By then, attendance was voluntary. That wasn't the case for generations of students before her.

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8:11am

Sat June 27, 2015
Art & Design

Queen Elizabeth, The Art Critic

Originally published on Sat June 27, 2015 10:30 am

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8:11am

Sat June 27, 2015
NPR Story

Women's Sports News: World Cup, WNBA, Reigning Triathlete

Originally published on Sat June 27, 2015 10:30 am

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8:11am

Sat June 27, 2015
NPR Story

Tunisians In Shock Following Attack That Killed Dozens

Originally published on Sat June 27, 2015 5:17 pm

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9:38am

Sat June 20, 2015
Parallels

At Waterloo Re-Enactment, History So Real You Can Taste It

Originally published on Sat June 20, 2015 6:41 pm

Re-enactors prepare to commemorate the 200th anniversary of Battle of Waterloo in Belgium on Friday. Some 5,000 re-enactors, 300 horses and 100 canons are taking part over two days.
Geert Vanden Wijngaert AP

Tens of thousands of people have been gathering in the Belgian countryside over the last week to commemorate the 200th anniversary of the battle of Waterloo. The bloody battle of June 18, 1815, marked the final defeat for Napoleon at the hands of a coalition of his enemies. The re-enactment is attracting history buffs, tourists and wannabe soldiers.

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8:16am

Sat June 20, 2015
Animals

Volunteer Rangers Work To Rein In Antler Poachers

Originally published on Sat June 20, 2015 10:40 am

Troy Capps found deer antlers in central Oregon's backcountry. Capps is a co-founder of Oregon Shed Hunters, a group that promotes ethical shed hunting.
Courtney Flatt Northwest Public Radio

The trick to looking for antlers in the wild — if you're going about it ethically — is to keep your eyes to the ground.

"You're trying to just find something that looks out of the ordinary," Rob Tanner says.

Tanner and his brother-in-law Troy Capps are hiking around juniper trees and bitterbrush in the high-desert terrain of central Oregon. They're looking for antlers that were shed by deer or elk, otherwise known as shed hunting.

"It's just an adrenaline rush," Tanner says. "It's like, 'Oh, you know, this could be the one.' "

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8:16am

Sat June 20, 2015
The Salt

Barcelona's Mom-And-Pop Tapas Bars Take On The Big Tourist Chains

Originally published on Sun June 21, 2015 9:24 am

Pedro Barros Diéguez and Albina Macia Fernández, the husband-and-wife owners of Casa Pages, a traditional bar in Barcelona. Many of the city's historic, family-run businesses are in danger of closing because of rising rents, spurred by a huge spike in tourism
Courtesy of Devour Barcelona

Construction workers clamp scaffolding onto the historic facade of Colmado Quilez, an old-fashioned general store selling wine and cheese in downtown Barcelona.

One hundred years ago, customers rolled up here in horse-drawn carts. Now BMWs park on the Rambla de Catalunya, which has become one of Barcelona's poshest avenues.

So posh, in fact, that this family business can no longer afford to stay.

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8:16am

Sat June 20, 2015
Sports

A Champion In Hoops And Another On Ice: The Week In Sports

Originally published on Sat June 20, 2015 10:40 am

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12:32pm

Sat June 13, 2015
Politics

Hillary Clinton Kicks Off Campaign In First Major Speech

Originally published on Mon June 15, 2015 11:46 am

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