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NPR Story
3:28 pm
Fri May 16, 2014

A Mexican Nascar Star

When you think Mexico, you think NASCAR, right? Nope, didn't think so. But one driver's trying to change that. Germán Quiroga gives us some words of wisdom.

NPR Story
3:28 pm
Fri May 16, 2014

Las Luchadoras

Lucha Libre, or wrestling, is a national pastime in Mexico. But these days, its stars are just as likely to be women as men.

NPR Story
3:28 pm
Fri May 16, 2014

The Rolezinhos

In Brazil, poor youth have started to meet in upscale shopping malls to socialize. These gatherings have become flash points in the lead-up to the World Cup.

NPR Story
3:28 pm
Fri May 16, 2014

Venezuelan Sisters

We talk with two sisters — one in Georgia, one in Caracas — about the political unrest in Venezuela and what it means to live both in and outside of Venezuela.

NPR Story
3:28 pm
Fri May 16, 2014

My Multilingual Personalities

Some linguists hypothesize that multilingual people have different personalities depending on the language that they are speaking.

NPR Story
3:28 pm
Fri May 16, 2014

Afro-Latinas And 'Good' Hair

In the Afro-Latino community, there haven't been many cultural icons sporting natural hair. Brenda Salinas tells us how bloggers are starting to change that.

NPR Story
3:28 pm
Fri May 16, 2014

Serving The (Still) Uninsured

California leads the country in the number of people signing up for health insurance through theAffordable Care Act. Still, millions remain uninsured.

NPR Story
3:28 pm
Fri May 16, 2014

Buzzfeed Ideas

The media landscape is still dominated by white men, but Buzzfeed Ideas might be a glimpse into a colorful future. Editor Ayesha Siddiqi talks to host Maria Hinojosa.

Music Interviews
2:38 pm
Fri May 16, 2014

Talking Blues With Hozier, A One-Man Irish Invasion

Hozier performs live in Studio 1 at NPR's Washington, D.C. headquarters.
Olivia Merrion NPR

Originally published on Fri May 16, 2014 8:00 pm

With a big, soulful voice rooted in American blues and gospel, Hozier has spent 2014 on a clear path to stardom. His breakthrough song, "Take Me to Church," has racked up millions of views online, and his U.S. tour is sold out. He's been favorably compared to Lorde and Adele. But to the 24-year-old from Ireland, big stages and big crowds are still a bit intimidating.

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Planet Money
2:31 pm
Fri May 16, 2014

Is A Stradivarius Just A Violin?

A Stradivarius violin at the restoration and research laboratory of the Musee de la Musique, Paris, in 2009.
Patrick Kovarik AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Fri May 16, 2014 8:00 pm

The Stradivarius violin gets its name from master craftsman Antonio Stradivari. When he died in 1737, his secrets died with him: No one has ever been able to duplicate the sound of the violins or violas he made.

His instruments have taken on a mythical quality. Today they fetch millions of dollars at auctions; Sotheby's will soon auction off a viola that it expects to sell for $45 million.

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The Two-Way
2:25 pm
Fri May 16, 2014

Separatists Abandon Government Buildings In Eastern Ukraine

Workers of the Ukrainian company Metinvest clear away debris in a government building in the eastern Ukrainian city of Mariupol on Friday. Local patrols by steelworkers have forced pro-Russia separatists to retreat from the government buildings they occupied.
Evgeniy Maloletka AP

Originally published on Fri May 16, 2014 4:04 pm

Patrols carried out by miners and steelworkers have forced pro-Russian separatists to abandon government buildings in parts of eastern Ukraine after some regions declared independence earlier this week.

The Washington Post reports:

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NPR Story
2:20 pm
Fri May 16, 2014

The Art Of The Con

Even after they confess, some people don't really believe they're guilty.

NPR Story
2:20 pm
Fri May 16, 2014

The Pastor

Rebecca is the daughter of an evangelical pastor. But this isn't a story about losing or gaining faith. It's a story about what happened when her father received a mysterious phone call.

NPR Story
2:20 pm
Fri May 16, 2014

Project Boat

Mollena Williams knows suspicious behavior when she sees it, and she knows how to walk right on by. But when the strange and unexpected enter her own living room, she has no choice.

NPR Story
2:20 pm
Fri May 16, 2014

Hands Up

When Gina Gold got pregnant she wanted it all natural. She was going to eat bonbons and work on her screenplays and glow with pregnant bliss. But it wasn't quite what she expected...

NPR Story
2:20 pm
Fri May 16, 2014

Hollywood Double

Snap storyteller Doug Cordell is just another writer from New York out to catch the L.A. sunshine. But after moving into a new house, he can't tell what's his shadow and what's his new roommate.

NPR Story
2:20 pm
Fri May 16, 2014

A Monster

A man does the unthinkable to Kole Welsch and his partner, Kevin. But who is the real monster? The man, or the institution that allowed it to happen?

NPR Story
2:02 pm
Fri May 16, 2014

Upper Midwest Farmers Face Weather And Rail Woes

An April rain shower makes a bold backdrop against the hay bales in this photo taken in Dickey County, North Dakota, April 6, 2014. (Krista Lundgren/U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service)

Originally published on Fri May 16, 2014 4:23 pm

Farmers in the Upper Midwest are having a particularly stressful spring. Planting has been delayed due to unusually cold and wet weather, as well as a fertilizer shortage stemming from snarled rail lines.

Those rail line problems — largely a result of the increased use of the rails to transport crude oil — are also causing other problems for farmers, delaying the transport of grains to market and straining storage facilities.

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The Salt
2:01 pm
Fri May 16, 2014

Introducing Roma Cuisine, The Little-Known 'Soul Food' Of Europe

The decor at Romani Kafenava offers some local culture.
Courtesy of Epeka

Originally published on Fri May 16, 2014 3:11 pm

It's no secret that tensions surrounding the Roma people in Europe are running high these days.

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NPR Story
1:53 pm
Fri May 16, 2014

A Feminist Weighs In On Debate Over Beyoncé

Beyonce is pictured in Australia, November 2013. (Rob Hoffman)

Originally published on Fri May 16, 2014 4:23 pm

Note: This interview contains language that may be offensive to some listeners.

Beyonce on the cover of Time.

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