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4 Americans Were Hiking In Nepal When Quake Hit

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Among those caught up by Nepal's devastating earthquake, were hundreds of tourists. Those included four hikers from California, who were trapped in a small mountain village.

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Nepalis In Worst-Hit Areas Suffer Through Devastating Destruction

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

In the mountains outside Kathmandu, little aid has reached the victims. About 95 percent of residents there are living outdoors because structures are not safe. Rain has added to their misery.

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Earthquake Jolts Seattle's Nepalese-American Community Into Action

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

The city boasts one of the largest Nepalese communities. In the aftermath of the disaster, they've organized prayer vigils, collected money for relief efforts and sent medical personnel to the region.

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Obama Confident In Asia Trade Pact, But Track Record For Deals Is Spotty

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Following a South Korean trade pact in 2012, the U.S. deficit with that country widened by 80 percent. But some argue that if the U.S. doesn't create trade rules, there won't be any.

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40 Years After The Vietnam War, Families Still Search For Answers

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Elaine Zimmer Davis' husband went missing after a fiery plane crash in Vietnam when their son was 2 years old. Now, she and her son — and her new husband — are on a quest to bring home his remains.

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All Things Considered

Graphic Novel About Holocaust 'Maus' Banned In Russia For Its Cover

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

NPR's Robert Siegel talks with author Art Spiegelman about how his book Maus — the very antithesis of Nazi propaganda — was purged from Moscow stores because it has a large swastika on the cover.

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What You Need To Know Before Donating To Earthquake Relief For Nepal

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

The earlier you give, the better. In the days after a disaster, outside help is critical. But you need to be careful. For example, you might think twice if a charity hasn't worked in Nepal till now.

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All Things Considered

Earthquake In Nepal Sheds Light On Its Volatile Political History

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

NPR's Robert Siegel speaks with Jonah Blank, a senior political scientist at the RAND Corporation, about the economics, politics and culture of the Himalayan country.

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All Things Considered

Wounded Nepalis Stream Into Kathmandu, Overwhelming Hospitals

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Tens of thousands of victims have descended on Nepal's capital from remote, hard-hit mountainside villages that have seen little assistance. Already-strained hospitals are stretched even thinner.

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Measuring Earthquakes With More Than Just One Scale

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Earthquakes seem to be at their cruelest when striking developing nations like Nepal. A research center has tried to calculate how vulnerable nations are based on their resources and coping skills.

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A 10-Year-Old's View Of The Nepal Earthquake

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

"It would be so much more convenient if the earthquake would send us an email in advance with all the details of its arrival," a fearful Lucas told his mother, a journalist.

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Australia To Recall Envoy To Indonesia Over Execution Of 'Bali 9' Pair

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Australians Myuran Sukumaran and Andrew Chan were the ringleaders of a group that sought to smuggle heroin out of Bali in 2005. Their families said the men had turned their lives around since then.

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Morning Edition

Quake's Effects Compounded By Poor Infrastructure, Political Issues

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Subhash Ghimire, editor of the Nepalese newspaper Republica, says earthquake victims are growing frustrated by the slow response to help them. He says part of the problems are logistics and politics.

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Nepal Earthquake Victims Are Desperate For Help

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

International aid groups have yet to reach the remote mountain villages where the expectation is that many may have been wiped off the map. In Kathmandu, there's anger that aid is too slow in coming.

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Flight Attendant On Saigon Evacuation: You Wanted 'To Help Every Child'

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Days before the fall of Saigon, a plane left Vietnam with 57 children on board. The program intended to bring orphans to the U.S. was controversial, but two who were there say it was right.

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The Past Haunts The Present For Japan's Shinzo Abe

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

As Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe seeks to strengthen ties with America, he's facing tense times in his own neighborhood, mainly because of his views on World War II.

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Morning Edition

'Ashley's War' Details Vital Work Of Female Soldiers In Afghanistan

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

A new book looks at the women who served alongside elite special operations units in order to connect with a population that was off-limits to male soldiers: Afghan women.

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Nepal Death Toll Tops 5,000; At Least 1.4 Million Need Food Aid

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Nearly 11,000 more were injured. The toll includes four Americans who died at a Mount Everest base camp. In addition to food, the U.N. says medical supplies are desperately needed.

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How Tech Firms Are Helping People In The Nepal Earthquake Zone

Monday, April 27, 2015

Tech and telecom companies stepped up with much needed services. Facebook and Google offered tools to help those in the region let family and friends know they're OK. Other firms cut calling costs.

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Economic Impact Of Nepal Quake Likely To Be Massive

Monday, April 27, 2015

One estimate puts the reconstruction at more than $5 billion – or about a quarter of the country's GDP. Countries — and relief groups — are pledging to help.

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