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Jennifer Hudson 'Jenniferizes' New Album With Positive Energy

Saturday, September 20, 2014

The Oscar and Grammy Award-winning R&B singer says her new album, JHUD, has more energy than her previous ballad-heavy albums, and expresses more of her "everyday person."
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Mammoth On The Move: Rare, Nearly-Intact Skeleton Heads To Dallas

Saturday, September 20, 2014

The skeleton lay buried in a gravel pit for tens of thousands of years. This week, paleontologists carefully transported the last and largest section to the Perot Museum of Nature and Science.
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'It Is Hell Out Here,' Says Liberian Official

Saturday, September 20, 2014

NPR's Arun Rath talks to Gyude Moore, deputy chief of staff to Liberia's president, who recently wrote a passionate open letter appealing for urgent help to aid those suffering from Ebola in Monrovia.
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In San Diego, A Bootcamp For Data Junkies

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Natasha Balac runs a two-day boot camp out of the San Diego Supercomputer Center for people from all types of industries to learn the tools and algorithms to help them analyze data and spot patterns in their work.
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What Fans, Parents Are Saying About The NFL Lately

Saturday, September 20, 2014

It's been a rough couple of weeks for the NFL and the entire sport of football. What are fans and parents of young football players thinking and saying about the sport they love?
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'Passages' Author Reflects On Her Own Life Journey

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Gail Sheehy is famous for her in-depth profiles of influential people, as well as her 1976 book on common adult life crises. Now she turns her eye inward, in her new memoir Daring: My Passages.
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Dozens Of ISIS Hostages Freed And Sent To Turkey

Saturday, September 20, 2014

The militant group calling itself the Islamic State released 49 hostages, most of them Turkish. NPR's Arun Rath talks to NPR Middle East Correspondent Deborah Amos about what the release signals.
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Germany Decides Not To Arm Syrian Rebels

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Germany has chosen not to arm Syrian rebels in the fight against ISIS. NPR's Arun Rath talks to German Ambassador to the United States Peter Wittig about what led to the decision.
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From Podcast To Broadcast: 'Men In Blazers' Gets The ESPN Bump

Saturday, September 20, 2014

The soccer podcast Men In Blazers started out as a modest Grantland podcast, then blew up when ESPN included them during World Cup coverage. As hosts Michael Davies and Roger Bennett tell NPR's Arun Rath, they'll soon have their own show on NBC Sports.
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Anticipating Attacks, GOP Campaigns Focus On Courting Women Voters

Friday, September 19, 2014

National Republican Party officials encouraged 2014 candidates to launch positive ads targeting women. One for a House candidate from Minnesota touts an annual charity walk he does in pink heels.
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For The Autumnal Equinox, A Poem As Chilling As The Fall Weather

Friday, September 19, 2014

Tuesday is the first day of fall. This time of year reminds critic Abigail Deutsch of Stephen Dobyns' "How to Like It" — a poem about a man who ponders his lost summers and fleeting dreams.
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NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell: 'I Got It Wrong'

Friday, September 19, 2014

Calls for NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell to resign continue as the league grapples with how it handled a series of abuse scandals. Goodell has kept a low profile during the crisis.
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Should The U.S. Pay Ransom For ISIS Hostages?

Friday, September 19, 2014

Videotaped murders by Islamic State have sparked outrage around the world. But while some European countries have paid ransom to retrieve victims taken by ISIS, Britain and the U.S. have not.
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British Ambassador To U.S. Says Scottish Vote Is 'Decisive'

Friday, September 19, 2014

Robert Siegel talks with Peter Westmacott, British Ambassador to the U.S., about Scotland's unsuccessful vote for independence and what changes may result throughout the U.K. because of the campaign.
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'American Cornball' A Taxonomy Of Humor In The U.S.

Friday, September 19, 2014

Robert Siegel talks to author Christopher Miller about American Cornball. It looks at the prejudices and peculiarities of a nation polarized between urban and rural, black and white and more.
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Week In Politics: Scottish Referendum, Hillary Clinton, Syria

Friday, September 19, 2014

E.J. Dionne of The Washington Post and David Brooks of The New York Times discuss Scotland's vote on independence and Hillary Clinton's speech at a Democrats women's event.
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What's In A Name? For Alibaba, It's 'Treasure'

Friday, September 19, 2014

Why does a Chinese company have an Arabic name? Melissa Block and Robert Siegel take us back to the San Francisco coffee shop where company CEO Jack Ma reportedly came up with the name.
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United Kingdom Remains Intact But Not Unchanged

Friday, September 19, 2014

The independence referendum in Scotland has shaken, but not broken, the ties between the countries in the United Kingdom. Many politicians and observers believe that the relationship between Scotland and England has now permanently changed.
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Examining Bill Cosby's Legacy As 'The Cosby Show' Turns 30

Friday, September 19, 2014

On the anniversary of the iconic series, NPR's Eric Deggans talks with the author of a new Bill Cosby biography about how the show and the comedian have shaped perceptions of black families.
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Iran Nuclear Talks Have A Different Tone This Time Around

Friday, September 19, 2014

In New York on Friday, Iran and six world powers sat down for the latest talks aimed at limiting Iran's nuclear program in exchange for sanctions relief.
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