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3:00 am
Mon January 26, 2015

Hagel: Stress Of 'Nonstop War' Forcing Out Good Soldiers

Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel.
Ariel Zambelich NPR

Originally published on Mon January 26, 2015 6:58 am

Outgoing Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel, speaking to NPR's Morning Edition, says he's concerned about retaining qualified U.S. military service members amid the "stress and strain" of more than 13 years of continuous warfare in Afghanistan and Iraq.

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Shots - Health News
2:21 am
Mon January 26, 2015

DNA Blood Test Gives Women A New Option For Prenatal Screening

Ultrasound is often used for prenatal screening. It's just one of several prenatal screenings available to pregnant women.
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Originally published on Mon January 26, 2015 12:28 pm

When Amy Seitz got pregnant with her second child last year, she knew that being 35 years old meant there was an increased chance of chromosomal disorders like Down syndrome. She wanted to be screened, and she knew just what kind of screening she wanted — a test that's so new, some women and doctors don't quite realize what they've signed up for.

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Michel Martin, Going There
2:01 am
Mon January 26, 2015

Rising Football Star: Prepare For The Worst, Pray For The Best

Varsity football captain Nahshon Ellerbe is a senior at Trinity Christian Academy in Addison, Texas.
Jeffrey McWhorter Trinity Christian Academy

Originally published on Mon January 26, 2015 7:17 am

As the Seattle Seahawks and New England Patriots prepare to face off at the Super Bowl on Sunday, a scandal about under-inflated footballs is still dominating headlines.

While that subject has been a trending topic on Twitter, it is just the latest in a series of controversies this season. So many recent stories about the nation's most popular sport have focused on domestic abuse and sexual assault allegations, as well as the dangerous effects of concussions and other long-term health consequences for players.

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Shots - Health News
1:59 am
Mon January 26, 2015

High Schools Seek A Safer Path Back From Concussion

High school athlete Graham Hill, number 50, suffered a concussion in 2013 while playing football at Trinity Christian Academy in Addison, Texas.
Courtesy of Jeffrey McWhorter

Originally published on Mon January 26, 2015 8:53 am

Nearly half of all reported sports concussions occur during a high school football game or practice. And even when injured bodies are ready to get back on the field, injured brains might not be ready to return to class.

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My Big Break
3:24 pm
Sun January 25, 2015

How'd A Cartoonist Sell His First Drawing? It Only Took 610 Tries

After moving back home, Tom Toro didn't know what to do with his life. But a stack of magazines at a used book sale gave him an idea. "There they were," Toro says. "Cartoons in among the articles."
Courtesy of Tom Toro

Originally published on Mon January 26, 2015 7:43 am

As part of a series called "My Big Break," All Things Considered is collecting stories of triumph, big and small. These are the moments when everything seems to click, and people leap forward into their careers.

Tom Toro didn't always dream of becoming a cartoonist at The New Yorker. Sure, he drew cartoons in college, but he didn't see that as a career path. Instead, he went to film school at NYU.

Then he came to the sudden realization that he was in the wrong field — and he had no idea what he was going to do.

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Code Switch
3:23 pm
Sun January 25, 2015

Black Doll Show Inspires With Wakandan Heroes And Jazz Superstars

For the past 34 years, the William Grant Still Arts Center has held a Black Doll Show to showcase diverse dolls for children. The exhibit features dolls submitted by artists and collectors from around the country.
Priska Neely NPR

Originally published on Sun January 25, 2015 4:38 pm

At The William Grant Still Arts Center in the West Adams neighborhood in Los Angeles, jazz superstars and comic book superheroes are gathered together — in miniature, as part of the Black Doll Show.

For the past 34 years, the center has held a doll show to showcase diverse dolls for children. The exhibit features dolls submitted by artists and collectors from around the country. This year's theme is A League Supreme: Jazz Superheroes.

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Sports
3:13 pm
Sun January 25, 2015

Putting #Deflategate To The Test

Originally published on Sun January 25, 2015 4:38 pm

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New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick held a surprise press conference yesterday, not to talk about next week's Super Bowl, but about, well, you know, deflated footballs.

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Around the Nation
3:13 pm
Sun January 25, 2015

Rising Oceans A Slow-Moving Disaster, But Also A Business Opportunity

Originally published on Sun January 25, 2015 9:19 pm

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The Two-Way
2:58 pm
Sun January 25, 2015

Got $15 Million? Actor Rowan Atkinson Has A Car For Sale

Rowan Atkinson gestures during an interview in 2007. The famous British comedian who plays Mr. Bean is selling his McLaren F1 race car.
Alex Grimm AP

Originally published on Sun January 25, 2015 4:31 pm

Mr. Bean is selling his car.

No, not the lime green British Leyland Mini that was the prop for so many of the character's antics. We're talking about the purple McLaren F1 "supercar" owned by the actor who plays Mr. Bean, Rowan Atkinson. It's the same car that Atkinson famously wrapped around a tree in 2011.

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The Two-Way
1:07 pm
Sun January 25, 2015

Ukraine's President Hopes To Revive Shattered Peace Process

Ukraine's president Petro Poroshenko speaks at a meeting of the National Security and Defense Council (NSDC) of Ukraine on Sunday.
Mykola Lazarenko ITAR-TASS/Landov

Originally published on Sun January 25, 2015 4:37 pm

Ukraine's President Petro Poroshenko says he will "calm" fighting between his forces and Russian-backed separatists in the country's east a day after rocket fire killed 30 people in and around the port city of Mariupol.

Poroshenko, speaking after an emergency meeting of Ukraine's security council, said reviving a shattered peace deal agreed in September was the only way out of the conflict.

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The Two-Way
1:04 pm
Sun January 25, 2015

Obama Proposes New Protections For Arctic National Wildlife Refuge

A polar bear walks in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.The Obama administration is proposing new protections in the region that would ban mining and drilling.
Subhankar Banerjee AP

Originally published on Mon January 26, 2015 6:03 am

The Obama administration is proposing new protections for large portions of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR). The U.S. Department of Interior says it's the first time it's recommended additional protections and that their new recommendations have the potential to be one of the largest conservation measures "since Congress passed the visionary Wilderness Act over 50 years ago."

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The Two-Way
9:17 am
Sun January 25, 2015

Several Killed In Egypt Amid Clashes Marking Anniversary Of Uprising

Protester chant slogans in downtown Cairo, Egypt, on Sunday to mark the fourth anniversary of of the 2011 uprising that toppled President Hosni Mubarak. Several people have been killed in clashes with security forces.
Hassan Mohamed AP

Originally published on Sun January 25, 2015 4:33 pm

At least nine people are dead in the Egyptian capital following clashes between police and Islamist protesters marking the fourth anniversary of 2011 uprising that ousted then-President Hosni Mubarak.

The Associated Press said nine people had been killed, but Reuters and ITV News put the figure at 11. Both agencies cited unnamed security officials.

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The Two-Way
8:29 am
Sun January 25, 2015

'Blizzard-Like' Conditions Set To Hit Northeast

A forecast map issued by NOAA's Weather Prediction Center shows the possibility of heavy snow for parts of the northeast beginning Sunday.
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)

Originally published on Sun January 25, 2015 4:36 pm

Updated at 7:15 p.m. ET

Parts of the U.S. northeast are bracing for as much as 2 feet of snow as a blizzard-like system bears down on the region.

The strong system could leave significant snowfall on the ground from Philadelphia to Maine beginning late tonight and continuing through Tuesday.

New York Mayor Bill de Blasio urged residents of the city to expect unusually icy conditions and to "look out for your fellow New Yorkers ... check on them." Long Island could get 24 inches of snow, forecasters said.

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The Two-Way
7:39 am
Sun January 25, 2015

Anti-Austerity Leftists Win Greek Election

Alexis Tsipras, center, leader of Greece's Syriza left-wing main opposition waves to his supporters after voting at a polling station in Athens on Sunday.
Petros Giannakouris AP

Originally published on Mon January 26, 2015 6:12 am

Updated at 10:30 p.m. ET

Greece's radical left Syriza party has become the first anti-austerity party to win elections in Europe, throwing into doubt whether the troubled country stays the course on an international austerity plan.

The party fell just short of an absolute majority, NPR's Joanna Kakissis reports for our newscast unit, and will have to work with another party to govern.

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It's All Politics
7:33 am
Sun January 25, 2015

A GOP Weekend, Courtesy Of The Koch Network And Citizens United

Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, leaves the stage after speaking at the Iowa Freedom Summit on Saturday in Des Moines, Iowa.
Charlie Neibergall AP

Originally published on Mon January 26, 2015 12:59 pm

Republican presidential hopefuls are turning out this weekend for two big events, but just one of them, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, plans to be at both.

Cruz is among seven possible contenders who spoke Saturday at the Iowa Freedom Summit, co-sponsored by Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, and the group Citizens United. Sunday night, Cruz is scheduled to join two possible primary rivals, Sens. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., and Rand Paul, R-Ky., at a semi-annual conference of the Freedom Partners Chamber of Commerce.

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The Two-Way
6:18 am
Sun January 25, 2015

Suspected Boko Haram Militants Attack Another Nigerian Town

An official stands in front of relief materials at a camp for displaced people in Maiduguri in Borno State last week. The town, where many have gathered after fleeing Boko Haram attacks, is now said to be under assault from the Islamist extremist group.
Reuters/Landov

Originally published on Sun January 25, 2015 8:58 am

Updated at 9:50 a.m. ET

In the latest attack by the suspected Boko Haram extremists in Nigeria, militants shelled the northeastern city of Maiduguri, Reuters reports, quoting witnesses.

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Secret Lives Of Teachers
6:13 am
Sun January 25, 2015

'Walking The Walk' With Students ... And Screaming Fans

Elementary teachers Nicola Berlinsky, Joanie Pimentel and Lisa Pimentel perform as the punk band No Small Children.
Michael Dann

Originally published on Mon January 26, 2015 8:52 am

The NPR Ed team is discovering what teachers do when they're not teaching. Artist? Carpenter? Quidditch player? Explore our Secret Lives of Teachers series.

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All Tech Considered
6:00 am
Sun January 25, 2015

Virtual Games Try To Generate Real Empathy For Faraway Conflict

Allison Begalman, a student at the University of Southern California, wears goggles and headphones to experience a virtual mortar strike on civilians in Aleppo, Syria.
James Delahoussaye NPR

Originally published on Mon January 26, 2015 5:47 am

Video games are great for passing time or battling monsters with friends online. But the medium is also being used to explore complex stories and themes. It's even being used as form of journalistic storytelling, immersing people in places and events that can be hard to imagine.

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Parallels
6:00 am
Sun January 25, 2015

Piece By Piece, Monks Scramble To Preserve Iraq's Christian History

Father Najeeb Michaeel shows off one of the many Christian manuscripts he saved from Iraq's Christian libraries.
Alice Fordham NPR

Originally published on Sun January 25, 2015 12:40 pm

In an unfinished building in the northern Iraqi city of Erbil, displaced Christian children sing a little song about returning to their village. "We're going back," they sing, "to our houses, our land, our church."

Right now, they're living in an open concrete structure. The self-styled Islamic State, or ISIS, took over their home village of Qaraqosh, and the Christians fled in fear, on foot.

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The Two-Way
1:18 am
Sun January 25, 2015

U.S. And India Announce New Ties On First Day Of Obama's Trip

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President Obama meet at Hyderabad House in New Delhi on Sunday, the first day of Obama's three-day trip to India.
UPI Landov

Originally published on Sun January 25, 2015 10:03 am

Updated at 8:25 a.m. ET

President Obama announced Sunday that the U.S. and India have made progress on civilian nuclear trade. In a joint news conference with Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New Delhi, Obama said the countries had agreed to more cooperation in other areas as well, including defense and climate change.

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Research News
4:14 pm
Sat January 24, 2015

Study Says Creativity Can Flow From Political Correctness

As the U.S. workforce continues to become more diverse, researchers are now more than ever examining diversity and bias in the work place.
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There is a common belief that requiring the use of "politically correct" language in the workplace stifles creativity.

Michelle Duguid, a professor at Washington University in St. Louis, tells NPR's Arun Rath that, intuitively, that assumption makes sense.

"People should be able to freely think, throw any crazy ideas, and any constraint would actually dampen creativity," Duguid says.

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Shots - Health News
3:53 pm
Sat January 24, 2015

'How Do You Tell Your Kids That You've Got Alzheimer's?'

When he was 59 years old, Greg O'Brien was diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer's disease. Five years later, he is speaking publicly about his experience, even as his symptoms worsen.
Courtesy of Greg O'Brien

Originally published on Mon January 26, 2015 3:16 pm

This is the first in a series, "Inside Alzheimer's," about the experience of being diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer's disease.

In 2009, 59-year-old Greg O'Brien was a successful journalist and writer living in Cape Cod. He was healthy and happy — he exercised every day, made a good living, spent time with his three children and wife.

But he had also started to notice changes in himself. He was forgetting things, and his judgment sometimes seemed to fail him. Meanwhile, his own mother was dying of Alzheimer's disease.

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Around the Nation
3:20 pm
Sat January 24, 2015

Measles Outbreak Linked To Disneyland Hits Over 70 Cases

Originally published on Sat January 24, 2015 5:15 pm

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Sports
3:20 pm
Sat January 24, 2015

Former Wrestlers Sue, Say WWE Ignored Injuries

Originally published on Sat January 24, 2015 5:15 pm

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Two fighters who used to perform for World Wrestling Entertainment, or WWE, are suing the company, alleging that it ignored signs of brain damage. NPR's Jasmine Garsd has more.

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Author Interviews
3:20 pm
Sat January 24, 2015

'Driving The King' A Story Long In The Works

Originally published on Sat January 24, 2015 5:15 pm

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Latin America
3:20 pm
Sat January 24, 2015

For U.S. And Cuba, A Slow Walk To Re-Establishing Ties

Originally published on Sun January 25, 2015 11:08 am

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The Two-Way
2:38 pm
Sat January 24, 2015

Patriots' Coach: Team 'Followed Rules' On Inflation Of Footballs

New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick speaks during an NFL football news conference at Gillette Stadium, on Saturday in Foxborough, Mass. Belichick defended the team against allegations they had cheated by using underinflated footballs in a championship game.
Steven Senne AP

Originally published on Sat January 24, 2015 3:24 pm

New England Patriots' Head Coach Bill Belichick defended his team and quarterback Tom Brady against accusations of cheating amid the so-called "Deflategate" controversy that erupted last weekend when underinflated footballs were used in

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It's All Politics
11:22 am
Sat January 24, 2015

Closing Gitmo 'Going To Be Very Difficult,' Hagel Says

Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel, shown here in his Pentagon office Friday, explained that transferring Guantanamo Bay detainees required action from many parts of the federal government.
Ariel Zambelich NPR

Originally published on Mon January 26, 2015 8:25 am

President Obama wants to close the prison at the U.S. Navy base at Guantanamo Bay before leaving office. But his departing defense secretary, Chuck Hagel, told NPR News the job is "going to be very difficult" to complete in that time.

Hagel made that remark in an exit interview Friday, one of only a handful he granted as he prepared to vacate his expansive office at the Pentagon. The interview will air Monday on Morning Edition.

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The Two-Way
10:12 am
Sat January 24, 2015

First Attempt To Lift AirAsia Fuselage Fails

Crew members carry a bag containing the body believed to be a victim of AirAsia Flight 8501 to a waiting helicopter on the deck of Indonesian Navy ship KRI Banda Aceh, on the Java Sea, Indonesia, on Friday.
Natanael Pohan AP

Originally published on Sat January 24, 2015 11:24 am

A first attempt to lift the fuselage of the crashed AirAsia Airbus A320 to the surface of the Java Sea failed today, according to officials.

The BBC reports that "ropes around the fuselage snapped."

According to the BBC:

"[Seven] metres (22ft) from the surface, strong currents and the sharp edges of the emergency door of the aircraft cut the rope connecting the bag to the fuselage.

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Author Interviews
10:00 am
Sat January 24, 2015

Why A Black Man's Murder Often Goes Unpunished In Los Angeles

Originally published on Sat January 24, 2015 10:15 am

In the State of the Union this week, President Obama noted that crime in America is down. "For the first time in 40 years," he said, "the crime rate and the incarceration rate have come down together."

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