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It's All Politics
10:20 am
Sun May 4, 2014

From Family History To Ballot Fights: What Drew You To Politics?

An audience, mostly women, listen behind President Barack Obama in Oct. 2012 as he speaks about the choice facing women in the election during a campaign event at George Mason University in Fairfax, Va.
Susan Walsh AP

As part of our "She Votes" series about women and politics in this mid-term election year, we posted a question on Instagram and Twitter.

"What or who first got you interested in politics? Share your memories and show us the person, thing, or event that made you pay attention or become active, using the hashtag #shevotes."

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Alt.Latino: Show
9:41 am
Sun May 4, 2014

Knock Your Wool Socks Off With New Latin Music

Brazilian rapper Karol Conka.
Mariana Zarpellon Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Sun May 4, 2014 1:55 pm

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The Two-Way
9:39 am
Sun May 4, 2014

May the Fourth Be With You: It's Star Wars Day

Fans dressed as storm troopers and Darth Vader march in front of the Colosseum in central Rome on May 4, Star Wars Day.
TIZIANA FABI AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Mon May 5, 2014 9:41 am

Darth Vader walks the Earth today. By that, we mean he's walking all over the place. Fans of the sci-fi franchise are celebrating Star Wars Day — or May 4 for the less geek-inclined.

The day brings an excuse for people to dress as storm troopers and rebels and celebrate the films that first hit theaters in 1977. Star Wars Day is also being commemorated by businesses offering deals — discounts on videos, comics and other merchandise, from backpacks to Vans sneakers. You can find a list of the deals here.

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The Two-Way
8:11 am
Sun May 4, 2014

For The Clippers, Something To Cheer: A Win In Game 7

L.A. Clippers forward Blake Griffin shoots in the lane during his team's win over the Golden State Warriors in Game 7 Saturday night. The Clippers won 126-121.
Mark J. Terrill AP

Originally published on Mon May 5, 2014 8:21 pm

The postseason continues for the Los Angeles Clippers, who won a pivotal Game 7 Saturday night, days after the team's owner was banned for life by the NBA. The Clippers ended the Golden State Warriors' season in a back-and-forth game that came down to the final minute.

In a high-octane game that was marked by the Warriors' 3-point shooting and the Clippers' late dunks, Los Angeles held on to win, 126-121.

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Favorite Sessions
8:03 am
Sun May 4, 2014

Folk Alley Presents: Ray Bonneville

Beehive Productions

Originally published on Tue July 8, 2014 10:27 am

So much of music is about longing, navigating life's unexpected moments with curiosity, searching for clarity and better understanding. All of this is pieced together beautifully on Ray Bonneville's new album, Easy Gone.

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Asia
7:38 am
Sun May 4, 2014

Marathoning In Pyongyang: A Unique Way To See The City

Originally published on Sun May 4, 2014 1:06 pm

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RACHEL MARTIN, HOST:

This past month in North Korea, Will Phillipps was one of a group of foreign amateur runners who were allowed to participate for the first time in the Pyongyang marathon. Phillipps is a British expat living in Beijing. And he wrote about his experience for the Roads and Kingdoms online travel magazine. We reached them via Skype, and he told us that, as you can imagine, there were a few restrictions for participants.

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Afghanistan
7:38 am
Sun May 4, 2014

More Hillside Collapses Possible After Deadly Afghan Landslides

Originally published on Sun May 4, 2014 1:06 pm

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RACHEL MARTIN, HOST:

This is WEEKEND EDITION from NPR News. I'm Rachel Martin. There is more grim news out of Afghanistan this weekend. As many as 2,500 people are feared dead after two devastating landslides in the northeastern part of the country Friday. Torrential rains caused a hillside to collapse, burying hundreds of homes and more than 30 feet of mud.

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Africa
7:38 am
Sun May 4, 2014

South Africa Through The Eyes Of A Post-Apartheid Generation

Originally published on Sun May 4, 2014 9:48 pm

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RACHEL MARTIN, HOST:

This is WEEKEND EDITION from NPR News. I'm Rachel Martin. Next week, South Africa will go to the polls. It's a milestone election, coming 20 years after the country's first free election in 1994. It is also the first general election since the death of Nelson Mandela last December. For academics Katherine Newman and Ariane De Lannoy, this was an important moment to assess South Africa.

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Music Reviews
7:38 am
Sun May 4, 2014

Alt Latino Spring Cleaning: Cover Songs From The Mailbox

Originally published on Tue May 6, 2014 12:32 pm

NPR's Rachel Martin chats with Felix Contreras and Jasmine Garsd of NPR Music's AltLatino. This week they tackle cover songs.

Author Interviews
7:38 am
Sun May 4, 2014

A Quest For Higher Power In 'The Snow Queen'

Originally published on Sun May 4, 2014 1:06 pm

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RACHEL MARTIN, HOST:

The writer Michael Cunningham is probably best known for his book "The Hours," which won him a Pulitzer Prize and was made into a film. Like "The Hours," Cunningham's new novel, "The Snow Queen," explores inner lives and family dynamics. But the characters in this new book also plunge into the metaphysical world. When I spoke with Michael Cunningham this past week, I asked him to read from a section of his new novel. It's a scene where one of the main characters, a man named Barrett, sees an ethereal light in the skies above N.Y.

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Sunday Puzzle
7:38 am
Sun May 4, 2014

Read Between The Letters

NPR

Originally published on Sun May 4, 2014 1:06 pm

On-air challenge: Every answer is a five-letter word. You will be given a clue for the word. Besides describing the answer, the clue will also contain the answer in consecutive letters. For example, given "It's near the planet Mars," you would say, "Earth."

Last week's challenge Mike Reiss, a writer for The Simpsons: Name a famous actor or actress whose last name ends in a doubled letter. Drop that doubled letter. Then insert an R somewhere inside the first name. The result will be a common two-word phrase. What is it?

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Sports
7:38 am
Sun May 4, 2014

The Week In Sports: NBA Playoffs And A New Baseball Stat

Originally published on Sun May 4, 2014 1:06 pm

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RACHEL MARTIN, HOST:

Last night was game seven Saturday for basketball fans. The Atlanta Hawks and the Indiana Pacers, the Golden State Warriors and those LA Clippers, and the Memphis Grizzlies - Grizzlies that is - and the Oklahoma City Thunder. Who made it? Who's gone? Why so many matchups went down to the wire? To answer all those questions, probably a couple more, Slate.com's, Mike Pesca joins us now. Good morning, Mike.

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This Week's Must Read
7:03 am
Sun May 4, 2014

James Baldwin Reappeared Just When We Needed Him Most

Author James Baldwin poses for a photo during an interview in London.
Jenkins Getty Images

Originally published on Sun May 4, 2014 1:21 pm

More than once this week I've caught myself reading yet another news story about Donald Sterling or Cliven Bundy, wondering what it means for me, a black gay man, to exist in America at the same time as men like them. Have they been thinking about people like me just as intensely as I, for the past few days at least, have been thinking about them? Are Sterling and Bundy privately wringing their hands? Or are they cursing America for eavesdropping on their bigotry?

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13.7: Cosmos And Culture
5:12 am
Sun May 4, 2014

When Science Becomes News, The Facts Can Go Up In Smoke

People smoke marijuana, presumably, because it affects their brains, not despite that fact. Above, people in Sao Paulo, Brazil, campaign for the legalization of marijuana.
Nelson Almeida AFP/Getty Images

At dinner the other night with an experimental psychologist, we turned to the topic of science in the popular media. She bemoaned the fact that it's hard to get newspapers to get the facts right; even when you help reporters describe results correctly, she said, there is a tendency for headlines to bypass the subtlety and go for sensation. If it were up to her, she said, she'd simply refuse to return calls from science journalists and stick to taking care of business inside the lab.

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All Tech Considered
5:12 am
Sun May 4, 2014

Snapchat's New Video Messages Feature Is Meant To Last Longer

Evan Spiegel is the CEO of Snapchat. The company recently introduced a new chatting feature in the app, which deletes message seconds after they are viewed.
Jae C. Hong AP

Originally published on Mon May 5, 2014 1:42 pm

When Snapchat first landed, its ephemerality was hard for some people to wrap their heads around. Messages disappear seconds after being viewed, the tools to draw or write on photos are rudimentary and then, there was the whole matter of teens using it for sexting.

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Shots - Health News
5:11 am
Sun May 4, 2014

Saving The World's Babies Simply Starts Before Birth

Shefali Rani Das, an expectant mother in Bangladesh, has given birth to six children (including 4-year-old Suborna) at home without a doctor. Only three of her babies have survived.
Colin Crowley Save the Children

Originally published on Sun May 4, 2014 11:35 am

Every day, all over the world, newborns die when they don't have to. They die from preventable infections and because their tiny bodies can't stay warm enough.

Shefali, a mother from Bangladesh, knows this global tragedy all too well.

"Whenever a child is born and then dies, we're overwhelmed with grief," she says. "It's terrible."

Shefali has given birth to six children at home in her village in Bangladesh. Only three of her babies have survived the first week of life.

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Krulwich Wonders...
5:05 am
Sun May 4, 2014

Listen To These Lovely Cats. No, Actually, Don't

John Pitcher iStockphoto

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Author Interviews
5:05 am
Sun May 4, 2014

The 'Marvelous Living' Of Soprano Jessye Norman

Jessye Norman performs late on June 6, 2008 during the 14th Sacred World Music Festival.
Abdelhak Senna AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Tue May 6, 2014 1:32 pm

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Music News
5:03 am
Sun May 4, 2014

Hear Hans Zimmer's Bid For The Next Great Screen Composer

Hans Zimmer.
Zoe Zimmer Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Sun May 4, 2014 1:06 pm

Crimson Tide, The Lion King, Inception, Gladiator — that's just a handful of the many movies that feature award-winning scores by Hans Zimmer. Lately, Zimmer has lent his ear to soundtracks written by a new generation of aspiring film composers.

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The Two-Way
6:47 pm
Sat May 3, 2014

California Chrome Wins The Kentucky Derby

California Chrome, ridden by Victor Espinoza, comes out of the fourth turn en route to winning the 140th running of the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs on Saturday.
Andy Lyons Getty Images

Originally published on Sat May 3, 2014 9:26 pm

California Chrome won the 140th running of Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs in Louisville Saturday. The horse was favored to win, despite quirks that set him apart from his more traditional competitors.

"Derby dreams do come true," an announcer said after the race.

As NBC Sports reports:

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