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'It's A Bit Of A Gift': Yusuf Islam On His Break And Return To Music

Saturday, November 01, 2014

The story is well-known: The former known Cat Stevens became Muslim, changed his name and gave up performing for years. The hiatus gave him a chance to "walk the talk," he tells NPR's Scott Simon.

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With Mexican Students Missing, A Festive Holiday Turns Somber

Friday, October 31, 2014

The Day of the Dead is a time when Mexicans remember loved ones with grand floral tributes. But the atmosphere is downbeat in the state of Guerrero, where 43 students are still missing.

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'Anything That Connects': A Conversation With Taylor Swift

Friday, October 31, 2014

Just shy of 25, Swift's been in the music industry nearly half her life. In an extended interview with NPR's Melissa Block, she addresses what's changed in music, media, feminism and her own career.

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Payments Start For N.C. Eugenics Victims, But Many Won't Qualify

Friday, October 31, 2014

North Carolina forcibly sterilized thousands of people between 1929 and 1976. The state has begun compensating victims, but some who were sterilized may never receive restitution from the fund.

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U.N. Ambassador Samantha Power Sees Signs Of Hope In West Africa

Friday, October 31, 2014

After a four-day visit to Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone, she reports progress — along with the need for continued support.

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How Liberia Is Starting To Beat Ebola, With Fingers Crossed

Friday, October 31, 2014

There's potentially some good news about Ebola: While cases are still rising in Sierra Leone, the outbreak shows signs of slowing in Liberia. Communities are banding together to get Ebola out.

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Former Band Member Found Guilty In FAMU Hazing Case

Friday, October 31, 2014

A Florida jury found Dante Martin guilty of manslaughter for his role in the fatal hazing of drum major Robert Champion.

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Like Olive Kitteridge, Actress Frances McDormand Was Tired Of Supporting Roles

Friday, October 31, 2014

"I've made a career of playing small supporting roles," McDormand says. And in a four-hour HBO miniseries she plays Kitteridge, a supporting character who "should be a leading lady."

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A Field Of Medicine That Wants To Know Where You Live

Friday, October 31, 2014

Where do you live? Health specialists think that simple question could make a difference in how doctors prevent and treat diseases for individuals. That's expanding its storied role in public health.

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Why Is North Korea Freaked Out About The Threat Of Ebola?

Friday, October 31, 2014

Fear of the virus has prompted Pyongyang to ban tourism and quarantine all foreigners. It's a curious stance since the Hermit Kingdom has plenty of more pressing health woes.

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Commercial Spaceship Crashes During Test Flight

Friday, October 31, 2014

The Virgin Galactic Spaceship Two was undergoing a test flight when it crashed in the California Desert. The spaceship is designed to take tourists to space.

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In The Life Of 'Olive Kitteridge,' It's The Little Things That Add Up

Friday, October 31, 2014

The HBO miniseries starring Frances McDormand is based on a collection of stories about residents in a small town in Maine. It's about family, friends and the tenuous relationships that make up life.

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With Reports Of Doping, World Marathon Majors Postpones Awards Ceremony

Friday, October 31, 2014

Rita Jeptoo, the accomplished marathoner who holds the course record at Boston, has reportedly tested positive for a banned substance. The Majors said it's awaiting a decision by the governing body.

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Seeing Red During Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Friday, October 31, 2014

Decades of effort to raise awareness of breast cancer hasn't helped to reduce the death toll once it spreads. One woman living with metastatic breast cancer says it's way past time for a change.

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Question Of The Week: What Are The Most Terrifying Songs Of All Time?

Friday, October 31, 2014

'Tis the season! Tell us your picks for the most terrifying — and we mean truly unsettling — songs of all time.

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Why My Grandma Never Had A Pap Smear

Friday, October 31, 2014

Women in the developing world may never be tested for cervical cancer. Clinics are far away, cultural biases may keep them away. Now an inexpensive test lets them do it themselves.

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Maine Judge Rejects State's Bid To Restrict Nurse's Movements

Friday, October 31, 2014

The request by state officials would have compelled Kaci Hickox, who shows no symptoms of Ebola, to isolate herself until Nov. 10.

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No Joke: French Town Cracks Down On Clown Costumes After Attacks

Friday, October 31, 2014

The French town of Vendargues has banned people from dressing up as clowns for a month starting today. The move follows violent incidents across the country involving teens dressed as clowns.

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Book News: J.K. Rowling Exposes Origin Of Harry Potter's 'Twee' Nemesis

Friday, October 31, 2014

Dolores Umbridge, enemy of the boy wizard, gets profiled in a new story from Rowling on Halloween. Also: Goodnight Moon goes bilingual, and a campaign for diverse books turns to crowd-funding.

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Sun Ra Arkestra: Tiny Desk Concert

Friday, October 31, 2014

With costumes inspired by Egyptian symbolism and science fiction, the late jazz innovator's band plays an out-of-this-world set in the NPR Music offices on Halloween.

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