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6:09 pm
Thu March 26, 2015

National Guardsman, Cousin Arrested For Trying To Join Islamic State

Originally published on Thu March 26, 2015 8:01 pm

An Illinois National Guardsman and his cousin were arrested for allegedly conspiring to provide support to the self-proclaimed Islamic State. One of the men wanted to go to Syria to martyr himself, and the other planned to carry out an attack on a nearby military base in northern Illinois.

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Monkey See
6:03 pm
Thu March 26, 2015

Small Batch Edition: Talking 'X-Files' With Kumail Nanjiani

David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson (pictured above) are both returning to The X-Files.
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Kumail Nanjiani is a standup comedian, the co-host of the comedy show The Meltdown With Jonah And Kumail for Comedy Central, an actor (including a regular gig on HBO's Silicon Valley), and a popular Twitter presence.

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The Salt
5:42 pm
Thu March 26, 2015

Think Nobody Wants To Buy Ugly Fruits And Veggies? Think Again

Not so ugly, eh? Supposedly imperfect produce rescued and reclaimed for consumption by Bon Appetit and Better Harvests.
Far left and far right: Courtesy of Ron Clark/Better Harvests. Center three images: Courtesy of Bon Appétit Management Company

Originally published on Fri March 27, 2015 12:00 pm

Remember that old movie trope, in which the mousy girl who never gets noticed takes off her eyeglasses and — voila! — suddenly, everyone can see she was beautiful all along?

Well, a similar sort of scenario is starting to play out in the world of produce in the U.S. (minus the sexist subtext).

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Planet Money
5:20 pm
Thu March 26, 2015

Computer Models Play 'What If' Game With Our Economy

Originally published on Thu March 26, 2015 8:01 pm

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Sports
5:20 pm
Thu March 26, 2015

Did You Place Your Bet? March Madness Betting Could Surpass Superbowl

Originally published on Thu March 26, 2015 8:01 pm

The American Gaming Association estimates that Americans will bet $9 billion over the course of this year's March Madness tournament, more than double what they bet on the Super Bowl. NPR's Robert Siegel interviews Jay Rood, vice president of racing and sports books at MGM Resorts, about this busy time of year for betting in Las Vegas.

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National Security
5:20 pm
Thu March 26, 2015

Marines Hope To Determine Gender Neutral Standards For Ground Combat

Originally published on Thu March 26, 2015 8:01 pm

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To learn more about the research behind this experimental unit, we turn to Katelyn Allison. She's a professor at the University of Pittsburgh. She's part of the team studying this group. Welcome to the program.

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National Security
5:20 pm
Thu March 26, 2015

Testing The Standards: Do Gender Differences Matter For Combat?

Originally published on Thu March 26, 2015 8:01 pm

The man who designed the training experiment to determine if female Marines should be allowed into combat positions is not a Marine himself, but a civilian scientist. His data could also help the Marines justify their own standards for what makes a person fit for combat.

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Religion
5:20 pm
Thu March 26, 2015

Church Of Scientology Calls New HBO Documentary 'Bigoted'

The HBO documentary Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief airs Sunday — over the vigorous objection of Scientology officials.
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Originally published on Thu March 26, 2015 8:01 pm

The Church of Scientology is famous for its efforts to silence its critics, but it has not blocked an upcoming HBO film that turns a harsh light on the powerful organization and its leadership.

Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief, directed by Academy Award-winning documentarian Alex Gibney, will debut Sunday over the vigorous objection of Scientology officials.

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Europe
5:20 pm
Thu March 26, 2015

Flight Club Members Say Germanwings Co-Pilot Seemed Happy

Originally published on Fri March 27, 2015 6:16 am

NPR's Robert Seigel interviews Associated Press reporter David McHugh, who visited the gliding club where the co-pilot of the plane in Tuesday's crash learned to fly. Club members said that Andreas Lubitz seemed very happy about his new job with Germanwings.

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Europe
5:20 pm
Thu March 26, 2015

Co-Pilot Deliberately Crashed Germanwings Plane, Investigators Say

Originally published on Thu March 26, 2015 8:01 pm

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Middle East
5:20 pm
Thu March 26, 2015

Saudi Arabia Launches Air Strikes On Houthi Rebels In Yemen

Originally published on Thu March 26, 2015 8:01 pm

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Iraq
5:20 pm
Thu March 26, 2015

After Weeks On The Sidelines, U.S. Begins Air Campaign In Tikrit

Originally published on Thu March 26, 2015 8:01 pm

The U.S. has begun airstrikes against self-declared Islamic State militants in Tikrit, Iraq. The effort by Iranian-backed militias to help Iraq recapture the city has stalled, and now the U.S. has agreed to help the Iraqis if Iranian forces leave the area.

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National Security
5:20 pm
Thu March 26, 2015

Co-Pilot's Actions In French Alps Crash Raise Questions About Cockpit Doors

Originally published on Thu March 26, 2015 8:01 pm

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Sports
5:20 pm
Thu March 26, 2015

Australia Defeats India To Advance To Cricket World Cup Final

Originally published on Thu March 26, 2015 8:01 pm

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Movie Reviews
5:18 pm
Thu March 26, 2015

Will Ferrell And Kevin Hart Team Up To 'Get Hard'

Will Ferrell and Kevin Hart in Get Hard.
Patti Perret Warner Bros. Pictures

Originally published on Sat March 28, 2015 2:20 am

Get Hard, a new Will Ferrell-Kevin Hart buddy comedy about a white-collar investor about to enter prison, is funnier than the poster image of a white man in cornrows makes it appear. In an era where most comedies are either obsessed with genre self-awareness (think Phil Lord and Chris Miller) or still running on a male-id algorithm programmed in the '90s (think Adam Sandler. . . or don't), it's refreshing to see one tuned into a present day that exists beyond the movies.

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Shots - Health News
5:04 pm
Thu March 26, 2015

How Much Does Cancer Cost Us?

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Originally published on Fri March 27, 2015 3:27 pm

Before we started our Living Cancer series, we went on NPR's Facebook page to ask people about their experiences in paying for cancer treatment. Over a hundred people from across the country responded.

We talked with some people by phone to learn about their stories.

Maureen Carrigg, who lives in Wayne, Neb., was diagnosed with multiple myeloma six years ago. Even though she says she was meticulous about staying within her insurer's network for care, she still ended up owing $80,000 in out-of-pocket costs.

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Movie Reviews
5:03 pm
Thu March 26, 2015

Married Without Children, But With Overgrown Adolescents

Ben Stiller and Naomi Watts play married couple Cornelia and Josh in the Noah Baumbach film While We're Young.
Jon Pack A24

Noah Baumbach's best movie since 2005's The Squid and the Whale, While We're Young navigates into more mainstream territory while losing none of the writer-director's rueful wit. Oddly enough, the comedy's major weakness is that it's over-plotted, hardly an issue with such Baumbach flawed-character studies as Frances Ha and Greenberg.

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Movie Reviews
5:03 pm
Thu March 26, 2015

Class Warfare Over Dinner In 'The Riot Club'

Matthew Beard (Guy) and Douglas Booth (Harry) in Lone Scherfig's The Riot Club.
Nicola Dove IFC Films

From the start, Lone Scherfig's The Riot Club promises a view of Oxford that's more given to exaggeration than realism. A prologue set at the university in the 18th century introduces us to Lord Ryot just before he's killed for cavorting with another man's wife. Ryot, we're told, was a man whose "appetites knew no earthly bounds," and in honor of his hedonism, his friends establish the Riot Club, a dinner club where, as a future member will put it two and a half centuries later, debauchery is "raised to an art."

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Parallels
4:07 pm
Thu March 26, 2015

A Fraying Promise: Exploring Race And Inequality In Havana

A view of one of the oldest parts of Havana. The buildings in the city tell a story of inequality.
Eyder Peralta NPR

Originally published on Thu March 26, 2015 8:02 pm

Miguel Coyula points at an open door in the middle of Old Havana. The mahogany door looks worn, but still handsome. The concrete facade has lost most of its paint, and time has ripped parts of it open.

"That's marble," Coyula says, pointing to the treads of the staircase. "They are the remnants of something that was very glorious."

Coyula is an architect and an economist, and as he walks through the streets of Havana, he doesn't just see breathtaking decay. He sees how economic policies and social circumstances have shaped this city.

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Code Switch
3:45 pm
Thu March 26, 2015

Wonderful, Ridiculous, Head-Scratchingly Pointy Mexican Boots Are Now A Designer Item

A man wearing his extra long pointy boots stands next to women at a nightclub in Matehuala, Mexico, in 2011.
Dario Lopez-Mills AP

Originally published on Fri March 27, 2015 9:20 am

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