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All Things Considered

The Brother Went To Fight Ebola. So Did His Sister. Mom Was 'A Wreck'

Sunday, March 01, 2015

He's an epidemiologist. She's a nurse. And both of them felt compelled to head off to West Africa to battle the virus.

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While New England Gets Snow, West Africa Gets Sand

Saturday, February 28, 2015

A hot wind blows from the Sahara Desert across West Africa each winter. This year, the clouds of sand are so thick that flights are grounded, cocoa trees are suffering and everyone has a cough.

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Egypt Declares Hamas 'Terrorist' Group

Saturday, February 28, 2015

The organization, an offshoot of Egypt's banned Muslim Brotherhood, controls the Gaza Strip.

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It Kills Germs For Up To 6 Hours. Can It Wipe Out Ebola?

Friday, February 27, 2015

Zylast is a hand sanitizer that offers protection far longer than alcohol-based products or chlorine solution. That's why USAID has named it one of its "Fighting Ebola Grand Challenge" winners.

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Morning Edition

Go Behind The Scenes With The Producer Who Made 'Life After Death'

Friday, February 27, 2015

An NPR team visited the Liberian village of Barkedu to capture the sights and sounds of life after Ebola. They found sorrow, hunger ... and a sense of hope.

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How Tents And Fried Chicken Help Stop Cancer

Thursday, February 26, 2015

There's little money for cancer care in the developing world. And many children with curable cancers die. Two doctors believe it's time to stop accepting cancer as a death sentence in poor countries.

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Global Rules Of Greeting Vary, But Biden And Travolta Get No Support

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

The vice president and the actor are getting panned for the way they greeted women in the past week. That made us wonder: What's the greeting etiquette in parts of the world we cover in our blog?

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All Things Considered

Terrorism Fears Complicate Money Transfers For Somali-Americans

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Regulations intended to block money from getting to terrorist groups has led the last bank that handles most money transfers from the United States to Somalia to pull out of the business.

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All Things Considered

Jailed Egyptian Journalist Out On Bail Fears For Freedom Of Expression

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Kelly McEvers talks with Baher Mohamed, an Egyptian journalist for Al Jazeera English. Mohamed was imprisoned for alleged assistance to the banned Muslim Brotherhood.

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House Of Carbs: A Big Ball O' Carbohydrates Is Good Eating In Ghana

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Our Peace Corps correspondent meets the giant ball of carbs that floats in many a Ghanaian stew. She takes a pinch (using her right hand only). And she learns to almost love it.

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Good News: More Crops! Bad News: More Plague!

Monday, February 23, 2015

Tiny patches of Tanzanian farmland contain more rats than do nearby forests. These rats are more likely to carry the bacteria that cause the plague in humans.

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All Things Considered

Egyptian Blogger Sentenced Amid Opposition Crackdown

Monday, February 23, 2015

An Egyptian blogger who was an emblem of the democracy movement was sentenced Monday to five years in prison as the government cracks down on opposition.

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Egyptian Court Orders Prominent Activist Jailed For 5 Years

Monday, February 23, 2015

Blogger Alaa Abdel Fattah and 24 others were convicted of violating a law banning unlicensed protests. Activists said the sentences underscore the lengths the government will go to to stifle dissent.

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Director Of Oscar-Nommed 'Timbuktu' Found A Star In A Refugee Camp

Sunday, February 22, 2015

A 12-year-old girl followed him everywhere. And she got the part. Abderrahmane Sissako tells what it's like to make a reality-based movie in Mauritania.

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Zambian Prosecutor Drops Charges In Case Against Himself

Saturday, February 21, 2015

It may sound like an episode of The Twilight Zone, but this isn't fiction. Zambia's top prosecutor dropped his own corruption charges and set himself free. NPR's Scott Simon discusses the case.

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Tibetan Villagers Pose Before Backdrops, Earn Oscar Nomination

Saturday, February 21, 2015

They're photographed in front of Asian scenes, a beach, Disneyland. It's a fictional film called Butter Lamp. And it has a real message.

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15-Minute Ebola Test Approved For Fighting The Epidemic

Friday, February 20, 2015

The test is as simple as a pregnancy test. So it could help health workers find and stop new outbreaks more quickly. But it doesn't catch every case and still requires some lab equipment.

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Life After Ebola: What It Takes For A Village To Be Resilient

Friday, February 20, 2015

Some think of resilience as a solo act. But the villagers of Barkedu are helping each other move forward in the wake of tragedy. Psychologist Jack Saul shares insights into "community resilience."

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Life After Death

Friday, February 20, 2015

The world is starting to forget about Ebola. The village of Barkedu can't.

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Morning Edition

Italian Island Bears The Brunt Of Migrant Surge From Libya

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Italy has recently rescued more than 2,000 migrants off Libya's coast. The holding center on Lampedusa can't handle the surge. Authorities worry Islamist militants might arrive amid the migrants.

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