Ari Shapiro

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Just 55 Miles From ISIS Control, American Expats Carry On Life As Usual

Monday, February 16, 2015

The city of Erbil is not far from the front lines of a war, but for Americans living in this part of northern Iraq, the conflict may feel a world away.


Not A Group House, Not A Commune: Europe Experiments With Co-Housing

Monday, February 16, 2015

From urban high-density housing to rural communal living, Europeans are using the principle of co-housing — in which neighbors share space and resources, depending on their needs.


ISIS May Be Gone, But Life Has Yet To Return To Normal In Northern Iraq

Sunday, February 15, 2015

The graffiti in Snuny — an Iraqi city at the base of Mount Sinjar that Kurdish peshmerga fighters recently regained control of — provides a kind of shorthand for its recent history.

There's black graffiti on some buildings, proclaiming "This is the Islamic State." It's been scribbled out.

Over it, ...


Outmanned And Outgunned, Fighters Defend Yazidi Shrine Against ISIS

Friday, February 13, 2015

Led by a celebrated Yazidi fighter, a small band of Kurdish peshmerga survived a months-long ISIS onslaught. Unlike others in Syria and Iraq, this sacred place still stands, nearly unscathed.


In A Somber Homecoming, Yazidis Grieve And Watch Over Their Dead

Thursday, February 12, 2015

With the Islamic State pushed back, Iraq's Yazidis are returning to their villages — and to mass graves. Now, they guard the remains and are calling on the U.N. to document the killings.


Not Too Much, Not Too Little: Sweden, In A Font

Sunday, February 08, 2015

Nearly every country has a national flag, a national anthem, a national bird. Not many countries have a national typeface.

Sweden recently commissioned a team of designers to come up with a font to represent the country on its websites, press releases, tourism brochures and more.

The offices of Soderhavet ...


Refugees Find A Closing Of Sweden's Open-Door Immigration Policy

Friday, February 06, 2015

Ethnic and political tensions are growing in Sweden, a country traditionally known for its openness and tolerance. In some cases, the victims of discrimination are also perpetrators.


Remote-Controlled Airport A Reality In Sweden

Wednesday, February 04, 2015

Sweden is the first country in the world to get a remote-controlled airport. That means flights are guided by operators sitting miles away.


Cash Is Definitely Not King For Card-Carrying Swedes

Monday, February 02, 2015

In a world moving toward cashless economies, Sweden is leading the way. More than 95 percent of transactions are already digital; some churches now pass a card reader instead of a collection plate.


In Sweden, Remote-Control Airport Is A Reality

Sunday, February 01, 2015

As our plane touches down in Sundsvall, Sweden, the horizon is all snow and ice. A small air traffic control tower sticks out above the white horizon.

But this airport actually has two air traffic control centers. The second one is just a short walk from the airport runway.

Inside ...


Surströmming Revisited: Eating Sweden's Famously Stinky Fish

Saturday, January 31, 2015

Sweden has the distinction of producing surströmming, one of the foulest-smelling foods in the world. More than a decade ago, NPR's Ari Shapiro tried eating it and failed. It's time for a rematch.


An Arctic Institution, Sweden's Ice Hotel Turns 25

Saturday, January 31, 2015

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Group Urges Swedes To Evade Subway Fares, And Even Insures Against Fines

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Fare-dodging in Stockholm's system has become a movement, and the group's members don't try to hide what they're doing — in fact, they advertise it.


Sweden's Gotland A Crucial Square In Europe's Military Chess Board

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

An island in the Baltic Sea helps explain the complicated web of military alliances in Northern Europe.


Russian Threats Underscore Europe's Need To Boost Military

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

A series of military confrontations and growing tensions between Western Europe and Russia means armed conflict in northern Europe seems plausible — and shows how ill-prepared the region is now.


Carrying The Torch For London's Last Gas Lamps

Thursday, January 15, 2015

British Gas still has five employees who work as lamplighters, tending to the more than 1,000 centuries-old gas lamps that still line some of London's oldest neighborhoods.


Stars Shine Bright In Ireland's Dark Sky Reserve

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

The International Dark-Sky Association has named only three "gold-tier reserves" on Earth where a "full array of visible sky phenomena can be viewed." There's only one in the Northern...


The Theater Company Is 1927; The Technology Is Cutting Edge

Monday, January 05, 2015

The British troupe 1927 has used vintage style and distinctive animation to make a name for itself in London and beyond. Its latest play is Golem.


High-Tech Tools Help Irish Dairy Farmers Produce More Milk

Friday, January 02, 2015

In deepest rural Ireland, traditional farmers are developing advanced technology in the name of more milk from happier cows. An old-fashioned dairy has embraced wearable technology for cows.


London's Morning Gloryville Starts Sunrise Rave Trend

Thursday, January 01, 2015

It's a typical rave scene, except everyone is sober and it's 7 a.m. on a weekday. Morning Gloryville is a monthly surprise party. (This piece initially aired August 12, 2014 on Morning Edition).