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The Weekender: Searching For Justice and Empathy

Saturday, May 02, 2015

In a special extended interview, actor Wendell Pierce of "The Wire" discusses the unrest in Baltimore, inequality, and police brutality.

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PRI's The World

If Tesla's new solar power batteries are as good as its cars, they could be a game changer

Friday, May 01, 2015

Tesla is famous for its electric cars, and it's now moving into the world of batteries. The company introduced new systems designed to store power from unreliable wind and solar sources, hoping to make a fortune and change the energy market forever.

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PRI's The World

Memories of fleeing Vietnam, landing in Idaho and asking people for candy

Friday, May 01, 2015

After anxious days in Guam, Joshua Nguyen remembers restarting life with his family in Idaho and trick-or-treating until midnight.

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PRI's The World

Is this London ad selling protein powder or body shaming?

Friday, May 01, 2015

Are you beach body ready? That's the question on an ad that has provoked a backlash against a British company that opponents say is body-shaming consumers, instead of helping them get fit.

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PRI's The World

How drones are facilitating relief efforts in Nepal

Friday, May 01, 2015

Global Medic, an aid agency based in Canada, is using drones — or UAVs — to help scope out remote areas in need of aid. And while they can't deliver supplies just yet, the group says they're still a vital way to get quick results when disasters hit.

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PRI's The World

Neglecting Baltimore: My story, too

Friday, May 01, 2015

Bruce Wallace grew up in Baltimore. But it wasn't until he was an adult that he ventured to Freddie Gray's neighborhood, to volunteer at a family shelter. "I can't overemphasize how close, geographically, these two Baltimores are.''

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A tiny mining town in the middle of the Atacama desert wins Chile's national soccer title

Friday, May 01, 2015

The sad truth about "David versus Goliath" sports stories is that David rarely wins. Not this year in Chile. A David from the Atacama desert just took down the Goliath of Santiago.

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A journalist remembers the 'quite eerie' calm after the fall of Saigon

Friday, May 01, 2015

As Americans and many South Vietnamese rushed to leave Saigon in April 1975, journalist Nayan Chanda stayed to see what would happen after the Communist takeover.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

The Nepal Earthquake: One Week Check-In

Friday, May 01, 2015

Nepal says 6,204 people are known to have died in the 7.8-magnitude quake last week, and 13,932 were injured. But the fate of thousands more in many remote areas remains unknown. 

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The Takeaway

Today's Takeaways: Justifying Torture, Kurt Cobain's Unseen Life, and The Daunting World of Modern Love

Friday, May 01, 2015

The Takeaway explores new allegations about the American Psychological Association, the director of a new Kurt Cobain documentary drops by, and we explore dating in the digital age.

PRI's The World

Nigeria's army may finally have Boko Haram on the run

Thursday, April 30, 2015

After months of taking a light approach toward the militants of Boko Haram, the Nigerian military has been on the offensive in recent weeks and seems to be winning. But that doesn't mean the Islamist group is disappearing any time soon.

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PRI's The World

Five things the international community shouldn't do after a disaster

Thursday, April 30, 2015

When disasters like earthquakes strikes in far-off countries, our first instinct is to help in any way we can. But sometimes that help actually gets in the way of recovery. That's what reporter Jonathan Katz experienced after the 2010 earthquake in Haiti, and he has suggestions on how to avoid a repeat.

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Human interest stories obscure the real human needs in Nepal

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Days after the earthquake hit Nepal, Shrochis Karki says some rural villages have still seen few signs of help. And while he's been working from his home in England to coordinate relief efforts, he says part of the blame lies with the world's fixation on dramatic human interest stories and not real problems.

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Looking at the Vietnam War’s aftermath through the eyes of a communist spy

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Viet Thanh Nguyen’s new spy thriller is getting acclaim for bringing a fresh eye to the Vietnam War, refugee life in the US and the conflicting political beliefs of Vietnamese who found their way to the United States after Saigon fell.

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PRI's The World

Britain's politicians are turning to DC for advice

Thursday, April 30, 2015

As Britain prepares to go to the polls, both main parties are looking to Washington know-how to give them a lead in the elections.

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PRI's The World

Malala's supposed attackers are now in jail, but many say their trial was a fig leaf

Thursday, April 30, 2015

A Pakistani military court has sentenced 10 men to long prison terms for their involvement in the 2012 attack against Malala Yousafzai. But there's no word on the fate of the chief suspect, and that has some Pakistanis asking if justice has really been served.

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Pope Francis is making waves on the issue of global climate change

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Advocates for more aggressive action on climate change are counting Pope Francis as a powerful new ally. But the head of the Roman Catholic Church is ruffling some feathers even before coming out with a highly anticipated Catholic teaching on environmental issues.

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Sorry, your skirt is too long for France

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Twitter lights up with reaction to the story of a Muslim schoolgirl in France who was sent home from school for wearing a long black skirt to class. School authorities, citing concern over France's secularity law, asked her to leave and come back with a more neutral outfit. See some creative photo-protests using the hashtag #JePorteMaJupeCommeJeVeux -"I wear my skirt as I please."

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Meet Canada's Godfather of African music

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Club Ballatou in Montreal has long been a home for African musicians, bringing some of the continent's hottest acts to the tiny but legendary club for decades. It's all thanks to one man: Lamine Touré.

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The Takeaway

Amid Crisis, Nepalis Turn to Buddhist Culture

Thursday, April 30, 2015

The death toll from last weekend's earthquake in Nepal has surpassed 5,000. How does the Buddhist faith and culture help the Nepali people in a time of such suffering? 

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