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NPR Story
6:02 pm
Wed July 29, 2015

100 Swoon-Worthy Romances: The Printable List

Originally published on Thu July 30, 2015 1:38 pm

It's the NPR Books Summer of Love, and we have 100 great romances for you, from historical to paranormal to LGBTQ to the subgenre that started it all, category romance (the slim-spined Harlequins of your childhood). Find the full list here — and below, a printable version.

Historical

Lord of Scoundrels, by Loretta Chase

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The Two-Way
5:56 pm
Wed July 29, 2015

Birkin Bag Is Fine, But Namesake Actress Wants 'Birkin Croco' Rebranded

The Birkin Croco is made of dyed crocodile skin.
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A lot of people who want a Birkin bag — a handbag popular among celebrities that can cost more than $100,000 — will get on multiple-year waiting lists to get one. But its namesake wants nothing to do with one version of it.

Specifically, Jane Birkin no longer wants to be affiliated with the popular crocodile-skin version. Her request comes after PETA published a graphic video on how crocodiles are allegedly treated before being killed.

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Movie Interviews
5:34 pm
Wed July 29, 2015

At 79, Woody Allen Says There's Still Time To Do His Best Work

When asked about his major shortcomings, filmmaker Woody Allen says, "I'm lazy and an imperfectionist."
Thibault Camus AP

Originally published on Thu July 30, 2015 10:40 am

Woody Allen is a prolific filmmaker — he's been releasing films pretty much every year since the mid-1960s. (His latest, Irrational Man, is now in theaters.) But Allen isn't exactly prolific as an interview subject. When film critic Sam Fragoso sat down with Allen in Chicago, the filmmaker revealed his insecurities (well, not so much revealed as reiterated), and discussed why actors like to work with him and what he regrets.

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Goats and Soda
4:53 pm
Wed July 29, 2015

One Point Of View On How Lions Can Earn Money For Africa

Tourists on safari watch three young lions in Kenya's Masai Mara National Reserve.
Beverly Joubert National Geographic/Getty Images

A beloved lion in Zimbabwe — Cecil was his name — was wounded with a crossbow, then later shot dead. The animal had reportedly been lured from Hwange National Park, a protected area.

The dentist who killed the lion said he believes it was a legal hunt, for which he reportedly paid $50,000.

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Parallels
4:38 pm
Wed July 29, 2015

Barricaded In, Myanmar's Rohingya Struggle To Survive In Ghettos And Camps

Residents stand at the entrance of Aung Mingalar, a Rohingya quarter of Sittwe, the capital of Rakhine State in western Myanmar. All but 4,000 of the neighborhood's 15,000 mostly Rohingya residents either fled or were forced to move to internment camps after violence between Buddhists and Muslims in 2012 killed about 200 people.
Anthony Kuhn NPR

Originally published on Wed July 29, 2015 8:25 pm

Habibullah is an ethnic Rohingya Muslim. He lives with his family in a wooden house in Sittwe, the capital of western Myanmar's Rakhine State. Like all Rohingya, he is officially considered stateless.

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Politics
4:38 pm
Wed July 29, 2015

Rep. Chaka Fattah Sr. Charged For Political Corruption

Originally published on Wed July 29, 2015 7:56 pm

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A Democrat who has served 20 years in the House of Representatives has been indicted on racketeering charges. Federal prosecutors accuse Pennsylvania congressman Chaka Fattah of enriching himself and his associates. NPR's Carrie Johnson reports.

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Technology
4:38 pm
Wed July 29, 2015

Microsoft Launches Windows 10 Free Of Charge

Originally published on Wed July 29, 2015 7:56 pm

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Middle East
4:38 pm
Wed July 29, 2015

Afghan Government Says Taliban Leader Mullah Omar Is Dead

Originally published on Wed July 29, 2015 7:56 pm

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Technology
4:38 pm
Wed July 29, 2015

Google Brings Internet Service To Sri Lanka Through, Balloons?

Originally published on Wed July 29, 2015 7:56 pm

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National Security
4:38 pm
Wed July 29, 2015

Senate Republicans Raise Concerns About Lifting Iran Economic Sanctions

Originally published on Wed July 29, 2015 7:56 pm

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All Tech Considered
4:38 pm
Wed July 29, 2015

Politics Overshadows U.S. Tech Firms' Hopes For Entering Iran

Customers try out cellphones and tablets in a store in Tehran, in 2012. Financial sanctions make it difficult for U.S. firms to do business in Iran, analysts say.
Vahid Salemi AP

Originally published on Thu July 30, 2015 2:44 pm

Iran has the potential to be a boom market for American tech companies. The majority of the population is under 30 and well educated, and over half the country has access to the Internet.

Many businesses have to wait until more sanctions are lifted, but certain tech companies can already go into Iran legally because the U.S. has lifted sanctions on various communication technology. They just aren't sure they want to.

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Europe
4:38 pm
Wed July 29, 2015

At Least 1,500 Migrants Attempt To Storm English Channel Tunnel In France

Originally published on Thu July 30, 2015 5:43 am

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Goats and Soda
4:19 pm
Wed July 29, 2015

Nobel Prize Winner Thinks No One Should Ever Retire

Nobel Laureate Muhammad Yunus, who just turned 75, thinks of credit as a human right.
Ben de la Cruz NPR

Originally published on Thu July 30, 2015 12:53 pm

Muhammad Yunus just had a milestone birthday. On June 28, he turned 75. It's a big moment for a man who's had many big moments in his life — most notably the 2006 Nobel Peace Prize for founding Grameen Bank, which loans small sums, aka "microcredit," to the poor, mainly women, so they can start their own businesses.

Yunus stopped by NPR last week — he was in Washington, D.C., for a conference — wearing the long, open-necked "kurta" shirt of his native Bangladesh. "[A tie] looks funny on me," he joked.

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Goats and Soda
3:12 pm
Wed July 29, 2015

Some Chinese Grandparents Are Making Their Grandkids Fat

At a camp for overweight children in Beijing, students stretch after taking a swim.
Kevin Frayer Getty Images

Originally published on Wed July 29, 2015 6:36 pm

Too much love and affection from Grandma and Grandpa are helping China's "little emperors" pack on the pounds.

That is, children in China who are mainly cared for by grandparents are twice as likely to be overweight or obese, according to a study published this month in the International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity.

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World Cafe
2:48 pm
Wed July 29, 2015

World Cafe Sense Of Place — Stockholm: The Amazing

The Amazing.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed July 29, 2015 5:10 pm

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Music
2:34 pm
Wed July 29, 2015

'I Love The Truth': Ashley Monroe In Conversation

NPR's Ann Powers interviews Ashley Monroe in The Greene Space in New York City.
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Before we took the stage for an interview before her First Listen Live performance at WNYC's The Greene Space, Ashley Monroe and I did what two people who've just met often do: We chatted about the weather. A Southern-style heat wave had descended upon Manhattan, and it was messing a little with our fun. Monroe, a student of retro fashion who's particularly fond of the 1960s mod look, told of going to the Manhattan outlet of England's Topshop and almost getting stuck in one snug dress because of the humidity.

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Music
2:32 pm
Wed July 29, 2015

Watch Ashley Monroe Perform Live In Concert

Ashley Monroe performs live at The Greene Space in New York City.
Ebru Yildiz NPR

Ashley Monroe is so much more than a Tennessee lark. At 28, she's a seasoned songwriter and performer who has worked in many different musical modes, from classic country to bluegrass to bluesy rock and roll to power pop. Leading her hot band in this First Listen Live performance at WNYC's Greene Space in Manhattan, Monroe demonstrated the range she's mastered on her new, breakthrough album The Blade.

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NPR Story
2:27 pm
Wed July 29, 2015

Supply Storehouses Keep Wildland Firefighters Supplied, Fed

Assistant manager Nicole Hallisey, right, and BLM fire spokesperson Jessica Gardetto in the Great Basin fire support cache at the edge of Boise's airport. (Tom Banse/Northwest News Network)

When wildfires break out and hundreds of responding firefighters need to be equipped and fed, their bosses order from a special warehouse.

There are 16 regional wildfire supply storehouses operated by the U.S. Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management and partner states.

Tom Banse of Here & Now contributor Northwest News Network got a tour of what you might call the Amazon.com for wildfire fighting in Boise, Idaho.

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Animals
2:05 pm
Wed July 29, 2015

A Hollywood Animal Trainer's Secrets For Getting Dogs To Act On Cue

White God is about a dog who is separated from his owner (Zsófia Psotta) when her father forces her to give him up. Teresa Ann Miller worked as a trainer for the Hungarian film.
Magnolia Pictures

Originally published on Wed July 29, 2015 3:04 pm

Animal trainer Teresa Ann Miller is used to working with furry performers, but she says the Hungarian film White God was especially challenging. "This wasn't necessarily a film with an animal in it," Miller tells Fresh Air's Terry Gross. "It was a dog leading the film and telling the story."

Directed by Kornél Mundruczó, White God tells the story of a mixed-breed dog, Hagen, who is abandoned alongside a highway and who then bands together with other discarded dogs to get revenge against the people who have mistreated them.

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The Thistle & Shamrock
2:00 pm
Wed July 29, 2015

The Thistle & Shamrock: Remembering Jean Ritchie

Jean Ritchie.
State Library and Archives of Florida

Travel with host Fiona Ritchie to the mountains of North Carolina and the Swannanoa Gathering's Traditional Song Week, where, with an Appalachian dulcimer across her lap, the late Jean Ritchie shared songs, memories and wisdom.

This program was originally broadcast in 2008.

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