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Now Postponed, The Olympic Torch Relay Was To Bring Hope To Ravaged Fukushima

Thursday, March 26, 2020

The torch relay was supposed to start on Thursday in the Japanese prefecture hit hard by the 2011 earthquake and tsunami. A torch runner recalls the disaster that took his family.

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Tokyo Cherry Blossom Festival Draws Crowds Despite Coronavirus Warnings

Tuesday, March 24, 2020

People strolled under the trees and spread out picnic blankets, all but ignoring the posted signs about the dangers of COVID-19 spreading.

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Tiny Field In Tokyo Marathon Another Casualty Of Japan's Coronavirus Response

Monday, March 02, 2020

The Tokyo Marathon had just a tiny fraction of its usual runners this weekend. Japan is canceling events both big and small in an attempt to curb coronavirus spread ahead of the summer Olympics.

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Iraqi Security Forces Storm Tahrir Square, Clash With Protesters

Saturday, January 25, 2020

The security forces fired live bullets and tear gas and set ablaze tents where demonstrators have been living. At least one protester was killed and dozens wounded.

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On Their Debut Album, Stretch And Bobbito Are Taking 'No Requests'

Friday, January 17, 2020

NPR's Audie Cornish talks with longtime DJs and producers Stretch Armstrong and Bobbito Garcia about their debut album, No Requests, loaded with new renditions of some of their favorite songs.

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New Zealanders Hand In More Than 50,000 Weapons As The Country's Buyback Program Ends

Saturday, December 21, 2019

The Pacific nation's months-long program ended this week with questionable success. A ban on most semi-automatic and military-style rifles also took effect across the country.

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'Catastrophic' Wildfires Continue To Rage Across Australia

Saturday, December 21, 2019

Extreme heat and drought conditions have caused hundreds of fires to spark throughout the country, many of which have been burning for weeks.

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'Last Call' Goes Behind The Scenes At Bars, Giving A Glimpse Of Post-Shift Rituals

Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Last Call, a new book by author Brad Thomas Parsons, examines the rituals behind closing time at dozens of bars around the country. Parsons asks bartenders what their final drink would be.

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Hong Kong Protests Intensify With Molotov Cocktails And Arrows

Sunday, November 17, 2019

A weekend that began with relative calm devolved into some of the most dramatic scenes of violence since the protests began nearly six months ago.

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Gotabaya Rajapaksa Wins Sri Lankan Presidential Elections

Sunday, November 17, 2019

The former defense secretary, who has been accused of human rights abuses during the country's civil war, campaigned on a platform of stability and national security.

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In Washington, D.C., Local Bars Host Impeachment Hearing Watch Parties

Wednesday, November 13, 2019

In Washington, D.C., all eyes are on the impeachment hearings — including at local bars, where daytime drink specials and watch parties abound.

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Can Dolly Parton Heal America?

Tuesday, October 29, 2019

NPR's Ari Shapiro talks to WNYC's Jad Abumrad about his new podcast which explores the life and legacy of the prolific songwriter and her ability to bridge the divide in America.

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The Lasting Legacy Of Bob Ross And His Colorful World Of 'Happy Accidents'

Sunday, October 06, 2019

The bushy-haired former Air Force sergeant with the soothing voice rose to fame in the 1980s and '90s with his PBS show The Joy of Painting. Bob Ross died in 1995, but his popularity endures.

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The World Of Bob Ross

Thursday, October 03, 2019

A rare Bob Ross solo exhibition opened last month at a gallery in Virginia, and tickets have been in huge demand. The PBS painter's popularity continues to soar, more than 20 years after his death.

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Mystery Woman Sings Opera In Los Angeles Metro — And Goes Viral

Sunday, September 29, 2019

A video posted on Twitter by the LAPD shows the woman, her hair pulled up in pigtails and arms loaded with bags, singing a famous Puccini aria — and hitting every note.

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Federal Judge Blocks Trump Move To Fast-Track Deportations

Saturday, September 28, 2019

On Friday, U.S. District Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson said that the move appeared to have violated federal law. She stated that the administration did not follow the correct decision-making procedures.

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Joseph Wilson, Former Diplomat Who Challenged Basis Of The Iraq War, Dies At 69

Saturday, September 28, 2019

In 2003, Wilson disputed President George W. Bush's claim that Iraq was buying uranium to build nuclear weapons. His comments led to the outing of his wife, Valerie Plame, as a CIA operative.

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mxmtoon Leaps From Online To Make Her Debut

Tuesday, September 17, 2019

The teen singer-songwriter started secretly uploading music online when she was still in high school. Now, she calls her debut album, the masquerade, "rhyming diary entries to music."

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The Sisters Of A-WA 'Want To Bring Something New' To Yemen's Musical Traditions

Tuesday, September 03, 2019

NPR's Ari Shapiro talks with the three sisters who make up the genre-defying band A-WA after they performed at NPR's Tiny Desk.

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'Road' To Record-Breaking: How Lil Nas X Is Making History

Monday, July 29, 2019

Pop critic Chris Molanphy breaks down the social science behind "Old Town Road" breaking the record for longest-running No. 1 on the Billboard's Hot 100.

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