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Surströmming Revisited: Eating Sweden's Famously Stinky Fish

Saturday, January 31, 2015

Sweden has the distinction of producing surströmming, one of the foulest-smelling foods in the world. More than a decade ago, NPR's Ari Shapiro tried eating it and failed. It's time for a rematch.
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Former Basketball Player Scores As A Filmmaker

Saturday, January 31, 2015

While Deon Taylor was playing professional basketball in Germany, he had an epiphany: he wanted to make movies. The self-taught director's latest film, Supremacy, was released this Friday.
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In Super Bowl This Sunday, Don't Forget The Guys Behind The Super Stars

Saturday, January 31, 2015

We know all about the stars playing in Sunday's Super Bowl: Tom Brady and Richard Sherman to name two. But there are lesser-known players and positions whose roles are just as essential.
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Impressions From The Ice: A Poet Returns From Antarctica

Saturday, January 31, 2015

Jynne Dilling Martin spent six weeks living on the bottom of the world and watching scientists work. The experience inspired many of the poems in her new collection, We Mammals in Hospitable Times.
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DEA Using License Plate Readers To Spy On Drivers

Saturday, January 31, 2015

The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration has been tracking the movement of vehicles around the U.S. and storing that information. NPR's Arun Rath speaks with Wall Street Journal reporter Devlin Barrett.
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Recent Attacks Highlight Difficulty In Combating ISIS

Saturday, January 31, 2015

ISIS militants continued their deadly attacks this week, evidence that the campaign by Iraq and the U.S. to defeat the group could take years. NPR's Arun Rath talks with reporter Alice Fordham.
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After Alzheimer's Diagnosis, 'The Stripping Away Of My Identity'

Saturday, January 31, 2015

Greg O'Brien talks about how his life has changed in the five years since he was diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer's disease. "More and more I don't recognize people," he says.
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Bach, Brits And A Bodacious Boston Orchestra: New Classical Albums

Saturday, January 31, 2015

From a sensational soprano to an audacious new work for orchestra, NPR Music's Tom Huizenga and host Arun Rath spin a broad selection of new classical albums.
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Shake Shack Sizzles With IPO As McDonald's Fizzles

Friday, January 30, 2015

Shares of the burger chain shot up Friday, its first trading day. Shake Shack and other fast-casual joints are taking a bite out of McDonald's, which can't recast itself to fit the current trend.
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Republican Gov. Rick Snyder Turns To Voters To Approve Tax Increase

Friday, January 30, 2015

Some states are experiencing major budget deficits and several Republican governors are opting to increase taxes to make up for the shortfall. Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder talks to Robert Siegel.
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The 'Man Who Touched His Own Heart' Changed Medicine

Friday, January 30, 2015

Melissa Block talks to Rob Dunn about his new book, The Man Who Touched His Own Heart, a history of science and medicine's efforts to understand the working of the human heart.
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Seahawk Cornerback's Baby Could Make A Touchdown During Super Bowl

Friday, January 30, 2015

As if the Super Bowl didn't have enough drama, Seattle Seahawks star cornerback Richard Sherman's girlfriend is pregnant and expecting to give birth in the coming days.
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Latvia Keeps Careful Eye Trained On Russia

Friday, January 30, 2015

Robert Siegel speaks with Edgars Rinkevics, foreign minister of Latvia, on his visit to Washington, D.C. Rinkevics is in town to to discuss Russia and security cooperation with the U.S.
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Seahawk Marshawn Lynch's Silence Becomes The Story

Friday, January 30, 2015

Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch has made clear he doesn't like talking to the media. But has his stance helped or hurt his Beast Mode image?
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Week In Politics: Romney, Koch Brothers, Budget

Friday, January 30, 2015

Melissa Block talks to regular political commentators E.J. Dionne of The Washington Post and Brookings Institution and David Brooks of The New York Times. They discuss Mitt Romney's decision to not run for president in 2016, the Koch brothers' plan to spend nearly $900 million dollars on campaigns and next week's budget proposal.
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By Impersonating Her Mom, A Comedian Grows Closer To Her

Friday, January 30, 2015

Human relationships are entanglements, and those connections often aren't clear to us at all. When Maria Bamford impersonated her mom, she realized what she loved about her — and about herself.
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The True Costs Of Community College

Friday, January 30, 2015

President Obama has proposed making tuition at community colleges free. But Youth Radio reporter Tylyn Hardamon found that paying for school is just one of many challenges facing today's students.
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One-Man Show Casts 'Brilliant' Light On Realities Of Suicide, Depression

Friday, January 30, 2015

The off-Broadway play Every Brilliant Thing tackles its dark subject through audience participation and comedy. Both critics and audience members have described it as incredibly moving.
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'Suge' Knight Charged With Murder After Fatal Hit-And-Run

Friday, January 30, 2015

The former rap music mogul, Marion "Suge" Knight has been arrested again — this time, on suspicion of murder. Knight allegedly ran over two people, killing one, on the set of the movie Straight Outta Compton.
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Music Review: Dengue Fever's 'Deepest Lake'

Friday, January 30, 2015

Named after the mosquito-borne disease, LA's band Dengue Fever combines psychedelic rock with Cambodian pop. For over a decade, the six member band have managed to stay relevant by sticking to this offbeat idea and introducing new sounds.
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