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Author Interviews
6:44 pm
Sun February 22, 2015

The Woman Behind Marvel's Newest Team Of Heroines

She-Hulk, Dazzler, Medusa and Nico Minoru are some of the characters that make up Marvel's A-Force.
Courtesy of Marvel Entertainment

Originally published on Mon February 23, 2015 2:01 pm

Fasten your seat belts, true believers. If you haven't flipped through a comic book in a while, you might be in for quite a surprise come May. The entire Marvel multiverse is collapsing.

Forget about seeing the Wolverine we knew any time soon. And the current Ghost Rider? Before long, his current story line will be gone like, well, a ghost. In the new Marvel universe, coming in May, characters and continuities will be reimagined.

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Afghanistan
5:18 pm
Sun February 22, 2015

New Defense Secretary Makes Unannounced Trip To Afghanistan

Originally published on Sun February 22, 2015 7:21 pm

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Author Interviews
5:18 pm
Sun February 22, 2015

Sonic Youth's Kim Gordon On Marriage, Music And Moving On

Kim Gordon is a founding member of Sonic Youth.
Alisa Smirnova Courtesy of HarperCollins

Originally published on Sun February 22, 2015 7:23 pm

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U.S.
5:18 pm
Sun February 22, 2015

For Some Mothers In Prison, A Sentence Doesn't Mean Separation

Originally published on Sun February 22, 2015 6:20 pm

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Arts & Life
5:18 pm
Sun February 22, 2015

The Scents And Sensibility Of LA's Nosy New Perfume Enthusiasts

Scent Bar, in central Los Angeles, is home to over 700 niche fragrances — several of which are neatly arranged here.
Courtesy of LuckyScent

Originally published on Mon February 23, 2015 1:54 pm

The sense of smell is a powerful trigger — capable of calling to mind the sight of a new car, or the memory of a freshly mown lawn from many years past. But this power doesn't just serve to remind; it's also captivating scientists and inspiring a burgeoning subculture in Los Angeles, where many people are collecting fragrances like some people collect stamps.

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Around the Nation
5:10 pm
Sat February 21, 2015

Professional Dumpster Diver On Finding Hidden Treasure Within The Trash

Originally published on Sat February 21, 2015 6:53 pm

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Matt Malone faces a philosophical choice every time he pulls into a store parking lot.

MATT MALONE: You can go two ways - you can drive in front or you can drive behind the store. I tend to drive behind the store.

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All Tech Considered
5:10 pm
Sat February 21, 2015

Adobe Photoshop: 'Democratizing' Photo Editing For 25 Years

"Jennifer In Paradise," a photo of Jennifer Walters in Bora Bora in August 1988, was the first color image to ever be Photoshopped. John Knoll used the image of his then-girlfriend (now wife) to demo Photoshop to potential users.
John Knoll

Originally published on Sat February 21, 2015 9:48 pm

This week, the photo editing software Adobe Photoshop turned 25 years old. The program is an industry juggernaut — so famous that the word "Photoshop" has come to be synonymous with image manipulation.

But when the software started, says co-creator Thomas Knoll, it was a personal project. He and his brother John started working on the program in the late 1980s.

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Author Interviews
5:10 pm
Sat February 21, 2015

Exploring The Solar System Through The Eyes Of Robotic Voyagers

This NASA file image shows a true color photo of Saturn assembled from images collected by Voyager 2.
HO AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Fri February 27, 2015 9:06 am

The Voyager spacecraft have revolutionized our understanding of our solar system since their launch in 1977. After decades of sending back data on our planetary neighbors, Voyager 1 and 2 are entering new territory: interstellar space.

In a new book, The Interstellar Age: Inside The Forty-Year Voyager Mission, planetary scientist Jim Bell shares the amazing human stories behind the machines' mission.

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Business
5:10 pm
Sat February 21, 2015

FAA's Proposed Drone Rules Ground Many Commercial Aspirations

Originally published on Mon February 23, 2015 4:47 pm

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Around the Nation
5:10 pm
Sat February 21, 2015

Washington Shooting Victim Was Unarmed, Except For Rocks

Originally published on Thu February 26, 2015 9:38 am

On Feb. 10, police in the city of Pasco, Wash., shot and killed Antonio Zambrano-Montes, who had been throwing rocks at motorists. The shooting and prompted protests locally and internationally. NPR's Arun Rath speaks with Daniel Rivero of Fusion.

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U.S.
5:10 pm
Sat February 21, 2015

Texas Court Ruling Leaves Undocumented Immigrants In Legal Limbo

Originally published on Sat February 21, 2015 6:54 pm

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The Two-Way
9:51 pm
Fri February 20, 2015

West Coast Ports, Dockworkers Reach Tentative Deal

A cargo container ship operated by Yang Ming Marine Transport Corp. sits docked Friday at the Port of Tacoma. Negotiators for the two sides in the labor dispute that has snarled international trade at U.S. West Coast seaports reached a settlement late Friday.
Ted S. Warren AP

Originally published on Fri February 20, 2015 11:23 pm

West Coast ports and the labor unions that service them reached a tentative agreement Friday night, NPR's Kirk Siegler reports, potentially ending a nine-month standoff that had snarled the movement of cargo.

Most of the big aspects of a deal — wages, benefits, even maintenance contracts — have been settled for weeks, Kirk says, but some sticking points remained.

"This week the high drama seemed to be over something somewhat minor ... who has the power to hire and fire an arbitration during separate, smaller disputes," he says.

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From Our Listeners
5:06 pm
Fri February 20, 2015

Letters: Jumping Into Snowbanks, John Coltrane's 'A Love Supreme'

Originally published on Fri February 20, 2015 10:43 pm

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Time now for your comments. But first, an update. Wednesday we brought you a preview of a wine tasting competition between Cambridge and Oxford Universities.

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Commentary
5:06 pm
Fri February 20, 2015

Week In Politics: Immigration, Violent Extremism Summit

Originally published on Fri February 20, 2015 10:43 pm

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And we pick up there with our Friday commentators, E. J. Dionne of The Washington Post and Brookings Institution. Hey there, E. J.

E.J. DIONNE, BYLINE: Good to be with you.

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World
5:06 pm
Fri February 20, 2015

Violent Extremism About Methods More Than Ideas

Originally published on Fri February 20, 2015 10:43 pm

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Asia
5:06 pm
Fri February 20, 2015

Modi's Fancy Pinstripe Suit Lands $694,000 At Auction

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi wears a dark pinstriped suit with his name monogrammed in dull gold stripes Jan. 25 during a reception for U.S. President Obama in New Delhi, India. The suit was auctioned off Friday for more than 43 million rupees, or about $694,000.
Saurabh Das AP

Originally published on Sat February 21, 2015 8:44 am

India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi is noted for making bold statements — both in policy and fashion. When Modi sported a suit with pinstripes that spelled out his name in tiny gold lettering, his critics called it the height of vanity.

But the controversial suit raised more than eyebrows: It sold at auction today for nearly $695,000.

The "selfie" suit was debuted when Modi wore it to a bilateral meeting with President Obama during his visit to India last month.

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Planet Money
5:06 pm
Fri February 20, 2015

Bakers And The Birth Of The Minimum Wage

Originally published on Fri February 20, 2015 10:43 pm

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On January 1, 20 states raise their minimum wage and several states have additional increases planned in the coming months. Yesterday, we learned that Walmart will raise its base pay to $9 an hour this April.

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Around the Nation
8:01 pm
Thu February 19, 2015

Air Force Reservists Say Agent Orange Residue Damaged Their Health

A Fairchild C-123K Provider at the National Museum of the United States Air Force.
National Museum of the U.S. Air Force / USAF

Originally published on Thu February 19, 2015 9:46 pm

At the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force in Dayton, Ohio, a looping video shows off C-123 planes — aircraft used to spray the chemical defoliant Agent Orange and pesticides during the Vietnam War.

The only actual C-123 you can still see here, nicknamed "Patches," has been on display inside this big hangar since the mid-1990s, when it was decontaminated. It's a wide, clunky-looking cargo plane.

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Business
6:31 pm
Thu February 19, 2015

As Oil Prices Tank, Firms Large And Small Feel The Pain

An oil well in Garden City, Texas. With prices plunging, oil companies are laying off thousands of workers.
Spencer Platt Getty Images

Originally published on Thu February 19, 2015 8:13 pm

It's a painful time to be in the oil business. With the price of crude oil about half what it was six months ago, companies large and small are being pressured to cut costs.

On the front lines are oil services companies that do everything from drilling to providing electrical power at well sites. Hundreds of thousands of jobs are threatened as companies try to adjust.

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Author Interviews
6:31 pm
Thu February 19, 2015

From Iran To Comedy Central: Maz Jobrani's Path To 'Middle Eastern Funny Man'

Iranian-American comedian Maz Jobrani performs in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, in 2014.
Kamran Jebreili AP

Originally published on Thu February 19, 2015 8:16 pm

After Sept. 11, President George Bush made a speech about America's enemies — Iran, Iraq and North Korea — in which he referred to them as the "Axis of Evil." At first, that name worried Iranian-American comedian Maz Jobrani. But then he decided to do what he always does: laugh about it. He and some friends even started the Axis of Evil Comedy Tour, which featured comedians of Middle Eastern descent.

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