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3:06am

Thu December 4, 2014
NPR Story

Iran Extends Detention Of 'Washington Post' Journalist

Originally published on Thu December 4, 2014 5:57 am

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3:05am

Wed December 3, 2014
Asia

Is 'Womenomics' The Answer To Japan's Economic Woes?

Originally published on Wed December 17, 2014 5:59 pm

Lumberjack Yukiko Koyama cuts pine trees on a hillside overlooking Matsumoto City in Nagano prefecture on Japan's central Honshu island. Koyama's employment at a local timber mill is partially subsidized by a government program to get more Japanese women into the workforce.
Yo Nagaya NPR

Yukiko Koyama kicked around Tokyo for a few years looking for the right job. For a while, she designed costumes for classical ballet dancers. But she longed to work in the great outdoors, and to find a job she could really sink her teeth into.

Two years ago, she found just the right thing for her: sinking a chainsaw's teeth into the pine forests of Matsumoto City in landlocked Nagano prefecture. Forests there on the central island of Honshu have been growing since the end of World War II, and many are in need of weeding.

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3:05am

Wed December 3, 2014
Europe

Russia Heads Toward Recession, With No Relief In Sight

Originally published on Wed December 3, 2014 10:12 am

Pedestrians walk past a board listing foreign currency rates against the Russian ruble in Moscow on Wednesday. The ruble was trading at about 35 to the U.S. dollar this summer. Now it's more than 50 rubles to the dollar and the currency has been hitting record lows recently.
Vasily Maximov AFP/Getty Images

Russia's economy has taken a series of heavy hits in the past few months, and now it seems to be in the midst of a perfect storm.

The country depends heavily on oil exports, and prices are down sharply. The Russian currency is losing value fast. And U.S. and European sanctions, imposed after Russia's takeover of Crimea, are biting hard.

President Vladimir Putin remains defiant, saying sanctions will never bring Russia to its knees.

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3:05am

Wed December 3, 2014
Europe

French Lawmakers Vote To Recognize Palestinian State

Originally published on Wed December 3, 2014 5:41 am

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3:05am

Wed December 3, 2014
Around the Nation

Texas Death Row Case Draws Attention To Mentally Ill Convicts

Originally published on Wed December 3, 2014 5:41 am

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The legal process is scheduled to end in Texas today for Scott Panetti. He's a convicted killer set for execution. He's drawn worldwide attention because he has a 36-year history of chronic schizophrenia. From Dallas, NPR's Wade Goodwyn reports.

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3:05am

Wed December 3, 2014
Politics

Sports Commissioners Absent From Senate Hearing On Domestic Abuse

Originally published on Wed December 3, 2014 5:41 am

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3:05am

Wed December 3, 2014
Books

The 2014 Book Concierge Is Here To Help You Find Your Next Great Read

Originally published on Wed December 3, 2014 6:53 am

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4:13am

Tue December 2, 2014
The Two-Way

NASA Prepares To Test New Spacecraft (That You've Likely Never Heard Of)

Originally published on Wed December 3, 2014 1:43 pm

The Orion capsule is poised to make its first test flight Thursday. If all goes as planned, the unmanned vehicle will orbit Earth twice before splashing into the Pacific Ocean.
Kim Shiflett NASA

NASA is about to launch a new spaceship into orbit, and Mallory Loe has never heard of it.

"I mean, technically, NASA doesn't have another spaceship, do they?" she asks incredulously during a visit to the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C.

She's hardly the only one who doesn't know about this new spacecraft. In fact, none of a half-dozen tourists NPR interviewed in the museum's lobby was aware of the Orion spaceship.

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4:13am

Tue December 2, 2014
Strange News

Man Ends Fight With Girlfriend By Driving Into Pole, Walking Away

Originally published on Tue December 2, 2014 5:44 am

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4:13am

Tue December 2, 2014
Strange News

For This Reindeer, The Game Is Hide And Seek

Originally published on Tue December 2, 2014 5:44 am

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3:31am

Tue December 2, 2014
Humans

Study Shows Riding The Quiet Car Is Crushing Your Spirit

Originally published on Thu December 11, 2014 11:58 am

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3:31am

Tue December 2, 2014
Movies

Star Wars Fans Force Sands Back From Darth Vader's Tunisia Birthplace

Originally published on Tue December 2, 2014 5:44 am

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3:31am

Tue December 2, 2014
Law

Attorney General's Talk Doesn't Satisfy Those Troubled By Ferguson

Originally published on Tue December 2, 2014 5:44 am

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5:24am

Mon December 1, 2014
Asia

Chinese Chicken Breeder Builds DIY Orange Submarine

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4:47am

Mon December 1, 2014
Sports

Actor Mickey Rourke Takes Another Jab At Boxing

Originally published on Mon December 1, 2014 5:27 am

At age 62, actor Mickey Rourke last week returned to his other love: boxing.

He fought a match in Moscow and won.

True, some dismissed his opponent.

He's described by the Daily Mail as a man who's lost 9 of 10 pro matches and is homeless.

Still Rourke won, and said of returning to the ring, "It's better to live in fear than go on in shame."

He plans more fights in Russia, though there's no word when he faces Vladimir Putin.

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3:21am

Mon December 1, 2014
All Tech Considered

Amazon Unleashes Robot Army To Send Your Holiday Packages Faster

Originally published on Tue December 2, 2014 5:42 pm

Kiva robots maneuver around one of Amazon's newest distribution centers on Sunday in Tracy, Calif.
Brandon Bailey AP

For many online retailers, Cyber Monday is likely to be the peak shopping day of the year. To handle the onslaught of orders, Amazon has begun rolling out a new robot army.

The Amazon order-fulfillment center in Tracy, Calif., is more than a million square feet — or 28 football fields, if you prefer — filled with orange and yellow bins flying this way and that on conveyor belts. Chances are, if you ordered a bunch of items in the San Francisco Bay Area recently, Amazon put that box together here.

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3:03am

Mon December 1, 2014
NPR Story

After Acquittal, Qatar Detains U.S. Couple In Daughter's Death

Originally published on Mon December 1, 2014 9:41 am

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3:03am

Mon December 1, 2014
Europe

Santa's Black-Faced Helpers Are Under Fire In The Netherlands

Originally published on Mon December 8, 2014 4:49 pm

People line the road to greet Sinterklaas, the Dutch version of Santa Claus, and his "Swarte Piet" (Black Pete) sidekicks in Amsterdam on Nov. 17, 2013. In the past few years, Black Pete has come under fire. Some say it's a beloved tradition that should remain; others say it is a racist stereotype.
Peter Dejong AP

For an American, watching a Sinterklaas parade, like the one I recently went to in Amsterdam, can be a bit of a shock. Because dancing around the dear old Dutch Santa are his helpers, known as Zwarte Piet, or Black Pete.

And Black Pete is played by scores of white people dressed up in black face ... and wearing Afro wigs.

In the past few years, Black Pete has come under fire. A beloved tradition for some, others say he is a racist stereotype. And the increasingly rancorous debate over Black Pete has gripped the Netherlands.

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3:03am

Mon December 1, 2014
Europe

Haunting Sounds At Night, Kids' Puppet Show Clock By Day

Originally published on Mon December 8, 2014 7:49 am

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Now, in the radio business, we think a lot about sound and what it means. Sound is not always what it seems, as NPR's Corey Flintoff reminds us from Moscow.

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5:16am

Fri November 28, 2014
Around the Nation

Squirrels Interfere With Cincinnati Zoo's Light Display

Originally published on Sun November 30, 2014 8:43 pm

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