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Saudi Arabia Under Pressure To Release Women's Activist From Jail As G-20 Summit Nears

Friday, November 13, 2020

The sister of a prominent women's activist in Saudi Arabia is calling for her release from jail before the country hosts the virtual Group of 20 summit, where one of the themes is women's empowerment.

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'Swing County, USA' Prepares For Unprecedented Influx Of Ballots By Mail

Tuesday, July 21, 2020

Voting by mail is easier now across the U.S. Officials in Pennsylvania's Lehigh Valley, a swing region in a critical state, are making changes to manage the time-consuming process of counting ballots.

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Houston's Hip-Hop Scene Remembers George Floyd

Wednesday, June 10, 2020

George Floyd, whose death sparked nationwide protests, was a rapper in Houston earlier in his life. NPR's David Greene speaks with Floyd's former collaborators about his musical past.

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What The Civil Rights Movement Of The '60s Can Teach Atlanta Protesters Now

Wednesday, June 03, 2020

Atlanta was the cradle of the civil rights movement in the '60s. As protests return to the city — this time in response to the death of George Floyd — what lessons can be taken from the past?

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Does Your Hobby Bring You Joy? Tell Us About It

Saturday, November 30, 2019

The new year is a perfect time for trying new things and finding a new hobby. If you have a hobby you'd like to share, tell us why you like it and why others should give it a try.

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Syrian Kurdish Refugees Say Kurdish Forces Tried To Prevent Them From Fleeing To Iraq

Thursday, November 07, 2019

"They told us, even if you stand here for 100 years, we are not going to let you cross," one refugee who made it to an Iraqi camp tells NPR. Many have resorted to paying smugglers to help them cross.

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'We Didn't See A Body': Baghdadi's Death Draws Doubts In Lands Where ISIS Ruled

Tuesday, October 29, 2019

In Iraq and Syria, the ISIS leader's death has stirred a mix of responses — from joy to disbelief to dread that the militants will rise again.

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Through Grief and Growing Pains, Kemba Creates 'Gilda'

Friday, September 20, 2019

New York rapper Kemba speaks with NPR's Audie Cornish about the themes of his debut album, Gilda, and the emotional labor that went into making it.

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Andrea Bocelli Passes The Art Of Expressive Singing To His Son

Wednesday, January 02, 2019

Superstar Andrea Bocelli has sung with just about everyone, from Celine Dion to Ariana Grande. On his latest album, Sì, Bocelli tries something new — singing with his son.

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Saudi Arabia's Ambitious Economic Overhaul Hinges On Reducing Its Oil 'Addiction'

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

The government has ambitious plans to diversify the oil kingdom — and that means revamping the world's biggest petroleum producer.

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Hooking Up Gets Easier To Do In Saudi Arabia

Monday, June 04, 2018

These days, some young people in the conservative kingdom also use Tinder to find a match.

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Saudi Arabian Businesses Struggle With Rule To Replace Foreign Workers With Locals

Monday, May 28, 2018

The Saudi kingdom says it is trying to wean the economy off an oil and foreign worker dependency. Employers say it has not been easy.

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'Culture Shock Within Their Own Country': Saudis Come To Grips With Swift Changes

Wednesday, May 02, 2018

Activities once forbidden — cinema, music, women driving — are now OK. It makes some Saudis nervous. "I talk to younger people, they are happy with it," says a Saudi woman. "But older people are not."

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Lubna Olayan Broke Saudi Arabia's Glass Ceiling. Now She Wants More Women To Work

Tuesday, May 01, 2018

The influential Saudi CEO discusses what she's done to get more women working.

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As Saudi Arabia's Cinema Ban Ends, Filmmakers Eye New Opportunities

Saturday, April 21, 2018

Allowing cinemas is part of a modernization drive by the Saudi government, which hopes to create more business opportunities and become a regional film hub. But it's a tough place to be a filmmaker.

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Two Houstonians Talk About Their City And How Hurricane Harvey Could Change It

Friday, September 01, 2017

Watching from afar as the devastation unfolds in Texas in the aftermath of Harvey has been difficult for anyone paying attention. But that experience is magnified for expatriate Houstonians — like NPR's producer Fatma Tanis.

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