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Botched Ritual Circumcision Leads To World's First Penile Transplant

Thursday, March 19, 2015

The recipient is a 21-year-old from a tribe in South Africa, whose organ was amputated after complications from the circumcision. The hope is that transplants could be one way to aid other victims.

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Sviatoslav Richter: The Pianist Who Made The Earth Move

Thursday, March 19, 2015

For the centennial of the great Russian's birth, critic and piano maven Steve Wigler recalls a herculean talent who shook Carnegie Hall to its foundation.

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Cramped Chicken Cages Are Going Away. What Comes Next?

Thursday, March 19, 2015

The results are in from a long-running study of three different ways to house egg-laying chickens. It found that more hens survive in cages, and cages are cheaper. But consumers prefer cage-free eggs.

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NPR Appoints The AP's Michael Oreskes As News Chief

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Oreskes is a top Associated Press executive and former New York Times editor who has led newsrooms in such global centers as New York, Washington and Paris.

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Japan, China Hold Security Talks, Hoping To Defuse Tensions

Thursday, March 19, 2015

The meeting between foreign ministers on both sides is the first such dialogue in four years after relations were frozen by Beijing in 2011 over a disputed island chain in the East China Sea.

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NPR Music At SXSW 2015: Wednesday

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Our second day in Austin paid out handsomely, with breakout sets by Stromae and Courtney Barnett, as well as a handful of discoveries ad current favorites living up to the hype.

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Jonathan Groff And Raúl Castillo: 'Looking' Ahead

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Ahead of the season finale of HBO's Looking, the co-stars who play on-again, off-again couple Patrick and Richie talk about redefining gay life on television and play a game about other TV romances.

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'The Only Ones' Puts A Heartbreaking Spin On Dystopia

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Veteran rock critic Carola Dibbell ventures into fiction with The Only Ones, a tale of an unconventional family in post-pandemic America. Critic Jason Heller says calls it "heartbreakingly beautiful."

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A Chinese Tourism Boom Has South Koreans Cramming

Thursday, March 19, 2015

South Korea is the top foreign destination for Chinese tourists, which means Koreans are scrambling to adjust to the hordes of travelers from the mainland.

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Thai Court Charges Ex-Premier Yingluck With Negligence

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Yingluck Shinawatra, whose government was ousted in a military coup in May, will be tried for her role in overseeing a failed policy to boost the price of rice paid to mostly poor, rural farmers.

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Tunisian Museum Attack: 'I Thought It Was A Game,' Witness Says

Thursday, March 19, 2015

ISIS has claimed responsibility for the attack that struck travelers from Japan, France, and other countries. Tunisia's president says his nation is "in a merciless war against terrorism."

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When The KKK Was Mainstream

Thursday, March 19, 2015

In 1920s America the insidious Invisible Empire was not only visible; it participated in otherwise polite society.

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Questions To Ask About Ed-Tech At Your Kids' School

Thursday, March 19, 2015

America's schools are rocketing into the digital age. But parents are often in the dark as to how or, more importantly, why.

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A First For Joe: Biden Could Break Tie To Confirm Attorney General

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Vice presidents have cast 244 tiebreakers in the Senate, but if Biden rescues Loretta Lynch's bid, it will be the first time it has been used for a Cabinet nomination.

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Australian Leader Raises Furor In Parliament With 'Goebbels' Comment

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Roars of disapproval rang out in Australia's Parliament on Thursday, after Prime Minister Tony Abbott called Labor leader Bill Shorten "the Dr. Goebbels of economic policy."

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'Mountaineer' Is A Must-Read Of Soviet Sci-Fi

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Brothers Arkady and Boris Strugatsky were at the heart of Soviet science fiction; reviewer Juan Vidal says The Dead Mountaineer's Inn is less edgy than some of their work, but still a must-read.

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Swagger On Display At 'Empire' Season Finale Parties

Thursday, March 19, 2015

With its flashy swagger and quotable one-liners, Empire, the Fox series about a black music label, has become a cultural phenomenon. A watch party in D.C., had just as much.

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A Once-Guarded Tradition Spills Open In New Orleans' Streets

Thursday, March 19, 2015

The Mardi Gras Indians have become a central part of the city's celebrations, but there was a time when residents found them mysterious and outsiders even considered them dangerous.

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Scientists Catch Up On The Sex Life Of Coral To Help Reefs Survive

Thursday, March 19, 2015

It's all in the timing. Biologists haven't been able to breed embryos of the rare, pillar coral in the lab because it's been tough to catch the creatures in the act.

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More Americans Opt For Risky Long-Term Car Loans

Thursday, March 19, 2015

The length of the average car loan isn't just creeping up, it's leaping up. Nearly 40 percent of people secure car loans that take more than five years to pay off. The trend has some analysts alarmed.

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