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Chechnya once resisted Russia. Now, its leader is Putin's brutal ally in Ukraine

Wednesday, April 27, 2022

Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov has long been seen as a key ally to Russian President Vladimir Putin. That commitment has now extended to the war in Ukraine.

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Chechnya once resisted Russia. Now, its leader is Putin's close ally

Tuesday, April 26, 2022

NPR's Ari Shapiro talks with Rachel Denber, deputy director of the Europe and Central Asia division for Human Rights Watch, about the role of Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov in the Russia-Ukraine war.

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What's happening in Jerusalem

Friday, April 15, 2022

NPR's Ailsa Chang speaks The Washington Post's Jerusalem's bureau chief Steve Hendrix about the violence in Jerusalem.

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What the ruthless new commander of Russia's military in Ukraine signals for the war

Friday, April 15, 2022

General Aleksandr Dvornikov is infamous for his ruthlessness while leading Russia's intervention in Syria. Now he's heading Russia's war in Ukraine, signaling that the violence could intensify.

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What the ruthless new commander of Russia's military signals for war in Ukraine

Thursday, April 14, 2022

NPR's Ailsa Chang talks with Elizabeth Tsurkov of the New Lines Institute for Strategy and Foreign Policy about Russia's new top commander in Ukraine, Gen. Dvornikov, who is notoriously ruthless.

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Where do sanctions on Russia go from here? A foreign policy expert weighs in

Thursday, April 14, 2022

Despite heavy sanctions, Russia has not slowed down its invasion of Ukraine. Some are left wondering just how much sanctions can achieve.

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South Carolina has instituted a firing squad for executions. Some prisoners prefer it

Wednesday, April 13, 2022

NPR's Daniel Estrin speaks with Maurice Chammah, a staff writer for The Marshall Project, about his reporting this week on South Carolina's restoration of the firing squad as a method of execution.

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How sanctions have impacted Russia's economy — and whether that will help end the war

Wednesday, April 13, 2022

The West is hammering Russia with sanctions. But, do they work? NPR's Daniel Estrin talks with Emma Ashford of the Atlantic Council.

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He shields his identity with a mask, but country music lets Orville Peck be himself

Monday, April 11, 2022

NPR's Ailsa Chang talks with Orville Peck, the country musician whose identity is kept secret behind a fringed mask, about his second full-length album Bronco.

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Fractured Taliban leadership intensifies uncertainty in Afghanistan

Tuesday, April 05, 2022

NPR's Mary Louise Kelly talks with Kathy Gannon of The Associated Press about the Taliban backtracking on some of its promises for a more inclusive, less repressive Afghanistan.

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Tokyo loosens strict public school uniform rules

Friday, April 01, 2022

NPR's Kelsey Snell talks with Japan-based reporter for Vice World News, Hanako Montgomery, about the lifting of decades-old school uniform rules in the Tokyo metropolitan area.

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NIL contracts are changing the landscape of all collegiate sports

Monday, March 28, 2022

NPR's Ari Shapiro talks with Stewart Mandel, editor-in-chief for college football at The Athletic, about how Name, Image and Likeness contracts are changing the landscape of all collegiate sports.

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Former tour guide in Lviv starts over in Germany

Monday, March 28, 2022

NPR's Ailsa Chang follows up with Ivanka Gonak who was a tour guide in Lviv, Ukraine, before the Russian invasion, and has now fled to Germany.

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Barlow & Bear bring musical theater into the TikTok era

Friday, March 18, 2022

It started with a TikTok post riffing on the the lush drama series. Now, Abigail Barlow and Emily Bear have received a Grammy nomination for their project, The Unofficial Bridgerton Musical.

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Jimmie Allen put his own spin on country music — and is now reaping the rewards

Thursday, March 17, 2022

For Jimmie Allen, what makes a country artist isn't how many fiddles and mandolins they have in a song. It's something more natural than that.

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Arooj Aftab considers her Grammy nominations a triumph. But they won't define her

Wednesday, March 16, 2022

Arooj Aftab has been nominated for two Grammys for her song "Mohabbat." But the singer and songwriter is wary of defining her work too precisely, or letting accolades tell the whole story.

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Saweetie draws on her roots to make rap that's more personal and intentional

Tuesday, March 15, 2022

The 28-year-old rapper opens up about her two Grammy nominations, and how meditation helps her stay centered amid an increasingly busy career.

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Samantha Power on meeting with refugees crossing out of Ukraine

Monday, February 28, 2022

NPR's Sacha Pfeiffer talks with Samantha Power of the United States Agency for International Development about the humanitarian and refugee crisis resulting from the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

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The strategy behind Russia's sarcastic tone toward the West

Thursday, February 24, 2022

Sarcasm isn't a typical approach to diplomacy, but it is one that Russia often takes. While it may seem humorous in the moment, the larger strategy affects how people view the conflict in Ukraine.

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Big Thief spreads its bets

Friday, February 18, 2022

For a new long-player of an album, Dragon New Warm Mountain I Believe in You, the four members of Big Thief decided to let the spaces they were recording in help shape the record's creative direction.

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