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8:50am

Sat June 27, 2015
U.S.

Phoenix Students Restore School To Reclaim Native American Identity

Originally published on Sat June 27, 2015 10:30 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
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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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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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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9:53am

Sat June 13, 2015
Law

Inside Clinton Correctional: Power Tools And Barbecue Grills

Originally published on Mon June 15, 2015 2:04 pm

Clinton Correctional Facility, where two prisoners escaped last week, was built in the 1840s in Dannemora, N.Y. The prison historian says inmates have frequent access to tools, supplies, and information about how the prison works.
Chris Wattie Reuters /Landov

The first time I went inside Clinton Correctional Facility was more than a decade ago.

I was there to do a story about the architecture and history of this maximum security prison, built in the Adirondack Mountains in northern New York in the 1840s. It was a rare glimpse of a world and a culture few people ever see.

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9:33am

Sat June 13, 2015
Around the Nation

When Feeding The Homeless Runs Afoul Of The Law

Originally published on Mon June 15, 2015 1:50 pm

Cheever stands with Mundo, one of her regular homeless clients.
David Martin Davies TPR

Every Tuesday night, Joan Cheever hits the streets of San Antonio to feed the homeless. In a decade, she's rarely missed a night. But on a recent, windy Tuesday, something new happens.

The police show up.

"He says we have to have a permit," Cheever says. "We have a permit. We are a licensed nonprofit food truck."

Cheever runs a nonprofit called the Chow Train. Her food truck is licensed by the city. On this night, she has loaded the back of a pickup with catering equipment and hot meals and driven to San Antonio's Maverick Park, near a noisy downtown highway.

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9:32am

Sat June 13, 2015
Around the Nation

Gunman Attacks Dallas Police Headquarters

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

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8:01am

Sat June 13, 2015
Around the Nation

The Duffel Blog: Like 'The Onion' In Camo

Originally published on Wed June 17, 2015 11:59 am

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8:01am

Sat June 13, 2015
Sports

Hoops And World Soccer: The Week In Sports

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

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Finally, time for sports.

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8:37am

Sat June 6, 2015
Sports

American Pharoah Makes A Run At History

Originally published on Sat June 6, 2015 12:44 pm

Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes winner American Pharoah plays with hot walker Juan Ramirez during a bath Friday at Belmont Park.
Julie Jacobson AP

The Triple Crown is one of the most difficult tests in sports: Three horse races over the course of just five weeks, culminating with the Belmont Stakes Saturday in Elmont, N.Y.

American Pharoah is favored to win, which would make him the first horse to capture the Triple Crown in 37 years. But his rivals have a key advantage: They've had extra time to rest, and that's led to some grumbling inside the sport.

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7:36am

Sat June 6, 2015
Sports

Triple Championships: The Weekend In Sports

Originally published on Sat June 6, 2015 12:44 pm

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And now it's time for B.J. Leiderman's theme music.

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7:34am

Sat June 6, 2015
Around the Nation

Veterans Center Opens In LA After Years Of Controversy

Originally published on Fri June 19, 2015 3:24 pm

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7:34am

Sat June 6, 2015
The Salt

For New Mexico's Chiles, The Enemy Isn't Just Drought But Salt, Too

Originally published on Sat June 6, 2015 12:44 pm

Salt appears in white clumps in a newly sprouted chile field in Garfield, N.M.
Mónica Ortiz Uribe KJZZ

For some people, too much salt is bad for health. Too much salt is also bad for growing most crops.

Salty soil is a common problem for farmers in the arid West and it's gotten worse because of the ongoing drought. Water is necessary to flush salts out; without it, salt builds up over time.

In New Mexico, one crop that's suffering is the state's beloved chile pepper.

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10:00am

Sat May 30, 2015
Sports

Newly Re-Elected, FIFA's Sepp Blatter Denies Ties To Corruption

Originally published on Sat May 30, 2015 11:14 am

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9:39am

Sat May 30, 2015
Parallels

Under Cover Of Conflict, Hamas Killed Palestinians, Amnesty Alleges

Originally published on Sat May 30, 2015 2:20 pm

Armed Palestinian masked militants push back a crowd of worshippers outside a mosque in Gaza City on August 22, 2014, before executing more than a dozen men for allegedly helping Israel during its six-week assault on the Palestinian enclave. This week, Amnesty International released a report saying that Hamas was responsible for these and other killings.
STR AFP/Getty Images

During the upheaval of last year's war between Hamas and Israel, at least 23 Gazans were deliberately killed by their fellow Palestinians, according to a report out this week from Amnesty International.

Amnesty blames the killings on Hamas, which runs Gaza. It says those killed were accused of being collaborators — spies for Israel — and many were awaiting trial.

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8:47am

Sat May 30, 2015
Iraq

Thousands Who Run, Few Who Fight: A Journalist On Ramadi's Fall

Originally published on Sun May 31, 2015 7:58 am

Iraqi anti-terrorism forces patrol in central Ramadi, Iraq, on April 18. A month later, the city fell to the self-declared Iraqi State. Ayman Oghanna, a journalist who was embedded with Iraqi Special Forces in the city, says the Special Forces are capable precision fighters — but are being asked to fill the role of an entire military.
AP

More than a week ago, the Iraqi city of Ramadi, in Anbar province, was taken by the self-declared Islamic State.

The fall of that key city wasn't just a setback for Iraq: It was also a blow to the current U.S. strategy of trying to contain ISIS through air strikes.

Iraqi soldiers and Shiite militias allied with the Iraqi government continue to move against ISIS in Anbar Province. The battles bring back American memories. Some of the fiercest fighting in the Iraq War ocurred there, and many Americans died trying to win back the city of Ramadi from Sunni insurgents.

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7:43am

Sat May 30, 2015
Sports

Blackhawks Or Ducks: Whom Will The Lightning Face In NHL Finals?

Originally published on Sat May 30, 2015 11:14 am

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BJ Leiderman writes our theme music including this.

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7:43am

Sat May 30, 2015
Music News

A Band Of Their Own

Originally published on Sat May 30, 2015 11:14 am

Doris Funderburk directs The Darlinettes.
Martha Blakeney Hodges Special Collections and University Archives, University Libraries, The University of North Carolina at Greensboro

7:43am

Sat May 30, 2015
Sports

Running 26.2 — At 92 Years Of Age

Originally published on Sat May 30, 2015 11:14 am

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12:23pm

Sat May 23, 2015
Law

Cleveland Police Officer Receives Not Guilty Verdicts

Originally published on Sat May 23, 2015 9:48 pm

The verdicts for Officer Michael Brelo came on allegations of voluntary manslaughter and lesser charges, stemming from a 2012 police shooting of an unarmed couple. Brelo had fired 49 shots at the couple following a car chase. Reporter Nick Castele of member-station WCPN speaks with host Scott Simon about the ruling.

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9:29am

Sat May 23, 2015
Iraq

Robert Gates: Obama Should Step Up Military Assistance To Iraq

Originally published on Sat May 23, 2015 9:48 pm

Former Defense Secretary Robert Gates at the Boy Scouts of America's annual meeting in 2014. "There's no certainty about any of this," he says of the situation in Iraq.
Mark Zaleski AP

The self-declared Islamic State gained a real grip on Iraq and Syria this week, capturing the cities of Ramadi and parts of Mosul in Iraq, and the ancient town Palmyra, Syria.

Most recently, ISIS has claimed credit for a suicide bomb attack inside Saudi Arabia on a Shiite mosque during Friday prayers. That attack killed at least 19 and could represent a significant escalation of the extremist group's operations in the kingdom.

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8:23am

Sat May 23, 2015
Around the Nation

'They're Not Gang Members': Bikers Protest Mass Arrests In Waco

Originally published on Sun May 24, 2015 11:13 pm

Authorities investigate a shooting in the parking lot of the Twin Peaks restaurant Sunday in Waco, Texas. Bikers say that most of the 170 people arrested had nothing to do with the violence.
Jerry Larson AP

Authorities in Waco, Texas, continue to investigate the deaths of nine motorcycle gang members in one of the worst biker brawls in recent times. More than 170 people were arrested and charged with organized crime; each is being held under a $1 million bond.

Now there's a backlash from biker groups, who claim many of the riders were simply at the wrong place at the wrong time, and had nothing to do with Sunday's bloody fight.

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8:23am

Sat May 23, 2015
Europe

Historian May Have Discovered Henry I's Final Resting Place

Originally published on Sat May 23, 2015 9:48 pm

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8:23am

Sat May 23, 2015
Author Interviews

'Mislaid' Punctures Notions Of Gender And Race

Originally published on Sat May 23, 2015 9:48 pm

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10:14am

Sat May 16, 2015
Around the Nation

Water Logged: Firm Reclaims Timber Lost To Maine's Frigid Rivers

Originally published on Mon May 18, 2015 11:55 am

Four lumberjacks stand on a logjam in a river, using sticks to break up the mass of lumber, Maine, circa 1930.
Lass Getty Images

In the north woods of Maine, Tom Shafer is bumping along on a rutted trail in his four-wheel drive truck. Ahead are mounds of maple, pine, oak and birch trees, all cut a century or more ago and pulled from the bottom of a lake.

Clumped together in the muck, the logs wouldn't look like much to most people.

"The wood comes out and it looks like that, in those piles of mud," Shafer says. "It looks like construction debris."

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