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NPR Story
3:03 pm
Wed March 5, 2014

The Girl Who Inspired 'The Fault In Our Stars' And A Network Of Friends

Originally published on Wed March 5, 2014 3:56 pm

Esther Earl was diagnosed with cancer at the age of 12, and died in 2010 shortly after her 16th birthday.

But in that short time, she developed a network of friends through social media, blogging and YouTube videos. She was a devoted fan of the Harry Potter books and was an active member of the Harry Potter Alliance.

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Shots - Health News
2:59 pm
Wed March 5, 2014

Edgy Washington State Ads Urge Young People To Buy Insurance

Rian, 26, tells the rappers about the low-cost health plan she bought on the exchange in this TV ad.
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The Two-Way
2:55 pm
Wed March 5, 2014

Israel Says It's Seized Iranian Arms Shipment Bound For Gaza

Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) say the video shows an Iranian shipment bound for Gaza.
Israeli Defense Forces

The Israeli military claims to have seized a ship carrying advanced Iranian-made weaponry bound for Gaza.

The Israel Defense Forces "intercepted an attempt to smuggle an Iranian shipment of advanced weaponry intended for terrorist organizations operating in the Gaza Strip. The operation took place in the early hours of Wednesday morning," the IDF said in a statement on its website.

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SXSW: Live From Austin
2:48 pm
Wed March 5, 2014

NPR Music Presents: Live From SXSW 2014

Lady Gaga donned luxurious plastic bags for her SXSW Keynote on Friday.
Michael Buckner Getty

Originally published on Fri June 13, 2014 11:04 am

The most controversial woman in pop will address the SXSW audience at noon ET/11 a.m. CT today, and you can watch it unfold live right here.

NPR Story
2:45 pm
Wed March 5, 2014

The Good And Bad Of Terrible Traffic

Originally published on Wed March 5, 2014 3:56 pm

Across the country, traffic is getting worse. That’s a good thing — at least in terms of economic indicators. More people on the roads means more people are headed to jobs and the economy is bouncing back.

One of the cities that has a major problem with traffic is Austin, Texas. Approximately 70 new cars hit the streets daily in Austin, making it one of the top five most congested cities in America, according to a new traffic scorecard by INRIX, a traffic research firm.

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NPR Story
2:45 pm
Wed March 5, 2014

Bitcoin Bank Flexcoin Collapses After Hack Attack

Originally published on Wed March 5, 2014 3:56 pm

On Tuesday, the bitcoin bank Flexcoin was forced to shut down after hackers stole approximately $600,000 worth of bitcoins.

The bank announced it lost all 896 units of the digital currency stored online, and will not be able to come back from the loss.

The theft comes in the wake of the closure of Mt. Gox, another bitcoin exchange, which filed for bankruptcy in Tokyo last week after losing 750,000 bitcoins in a hack attack.

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NPR Story
2:45 pm
Wed March 5, 2014

From Toilet To Tap: City Officials Say Get Used To Drinking Recycled Water

The treated water is disinfected under ultra-violet light bulbs in the final phase of reclamation. (Laurel Morales)

Originally published on Wed March 5, 2014 3:56 pm

Most people are squeamish about the notion of consuming recycled waste water. But experts say people who live in the Southwest might have to get used to the idea, given the current drought and growing population.

It’s something residents of Las Vegas have been doing for some time now. From the Here & Now Contributors Network, Laurel Morales of KJZZ’s Fronteras Desk reports on how Las Vegas waste water gets clean enough to drink.

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NPR Story
2:19 pm
Wed March 5, 2014

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Originally published on Wed March 5, 2014 2:20 pm

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A Blog Supreme
2:01 pm
Wed March 5, 2014

Possessed By Joy: A North American Drummer In Cuba

Eleggua shrines in Matanzas, Cuba.
Harris Eisenstadt for NPR

Originally published on Thu March 6, 2014 7:06 pm

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Planet Money
1:49 pm
Wed March 5, 2014

Quick Reminder: Russia Is A Petro State

Russia is a petro-state
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We don't think of Russia as a petro state in the same category as, say, Saudi Arabia. But we should: Russia is the world's biggest exporter of natural gas, and the second-biggest exporter of oil.

This is worth pointing out at the moment, given the talk of sanctions against Russia in response to the situation in Ukraine.

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The Two-Way
1:01 pm
Wed March 5, 2014

Putin Reportedly Joins List Of Nobel Peace Prize Nominees

Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Alexey Nikolsky AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Wed March 5, 2014 1:13 pm

Russian President Vladimir Putin is among the 278 nominees for a 2014 Nobel Peace Prize, according to Peace Research Institute Oslo, an institution that closely tracks the Nobel committee's work.

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13.7: Cosmos And Culture
12:55 pm
Wed March 5, 2014

The Playfulness Of Invention

Brazilian aviator Alberto Santos-Dumont's 14-bis biplane takes off from a French field in 1906.
Hulton Archive Getty Images

Originally published on Wed March 5, 2014 4:21 pm

It's Ash Wednesday, and while we freeze up here in New England, the people of Brazil are picking up the mess after four days of rampage and decadent partying during their legendary Carnival celebrations. But even if Carnival's reputation is due to the wild dancing, singing and flirting, it is also a time to open up and be what you want but can't — or are afraid — to be. It's a celebration of the imagination and of personal freedom, a marriage of the sacred and the profane.

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The Two-Way
12:35 pm
Wed March 5, 2014

China To Boost Defense Spending Amid Regional Tensions

Delegates from China's People's Liberation Army (PLA) march from Tiananmen Square to the Great Hall of the People to attend sessions of National People's Congress and Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference Tuesday in Beijing.
Ng Han Guan AP

Originally published on Wed March 5, 2014 1:42 pm

China said Wednesday that it plans to increase defense outlays by more than 12 percent, to nearly $132 billion, this year in the face of what a top military official described as increasingly severe security challenges for Beijing.

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Parallels
12:24 pm
Wed March 5, 2014

Sanctions On Russia: Why The Europeans May Say Nyet

Ties between Russia and Europe are more than just gas.
Sergei Karpukhin AP

Russia's seizure of Ukraine's Crimean Peninsula brought with it threats of U.S. sanctions, but Europe, while condemning President Vladimir Putin's actions, has been more circumspect. Part of the reason: Europe's dependence on Russian money and energy.

"It is a matter of simple economics," Alex Melikishvili, senior Europe/CIS Analyst at IHS Country Risk, said in an email.

He noted that the EU is Russia's main trade partner; bilateral trade is in hundreds of billion of dollars annually, in contrast with much lower U.S.-Russia trade (see chart).

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New In Paperback
12:11 pm
Wed March 5, 2014

March 1-7: America's 'Unwinding,' Black Identity And Fictional Self-Help

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The Two-Way
11:46 am
Wed March 5, 2014

Italian Publisher Launches Pope Francis Fan Magazine

Publisher Mondadori provided this image of the first issue of Il Mio Papa (My Pope) on Tuesday, a day before it was slated to hit Italian newsstands.
Uncredited AP

Originally published on Wed March 5, 2014 11:51 am

Pope Francis, fresh from getting his picture on the cover of Rolling Stone, now graces the pages of a new Italian fan magazine devoted to His Holiness.

But the pontiff tells an Italian newspaper that he views all the attention as "offensive."

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The Two-Way
11:44 am
Wed March 5, 2014

Ex-IRS Official Invokes 5th Amendment Again, Then Things Get Hot

Former IRS official Lois Lerner raises her hand as she's sworn in Wednesday at the start of a House Oversight & Government Reform Committee hearing. She declined to answer questions posed by Chairman Darrell Issa, invoking her Fifth Amendment right.
Chip Somodevilla Getty Images

Originally published on Wed March 5, 2014 12:34 pm

As she's done before, the woman at the center of the political storm over the Internal Revenue Service's targeting of some conservative groups from 2010 into 2012 invoked her Fifth Amendment right not to answer questions during a brief appearance before a congressional committee on Wednesday.

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Africa
11:38 am
Wed March 5, 2014

A New Look At 'The Bright Continent'

Originally published on Wed March 5, 2014 4:00 pm

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Author Interviews
11:38 am
Wed March 5, 2014

When Loved Ones Return From The Dead

Randy Skidmore

Originally published on Wed March 5, 2014 6:08 pm

If someone you cared for died, you might be haunted by questions about how your life might be different had that person survived, about what you might say if you had one more chance to talk. Those questions are behind author Jason Mott's novel The Returned.

The book is now an ABC television series, Resurrection, which premieres Sunday.

Mott tells NPR's Michel Martin that the book was inspired by a dream about his mother returning to life, and how such a scenario would play out if it really happened.

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Television
11:38 am
Wed March 5, 2014

Midseason TV: What To Watch And What To Skip

Originally published on Wed March 5, 2014 4:00 pm

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

This is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. I'm Michel Martin. So maybe the weather has kept you inside more than usual, or you're looking for a few new guilty pleasure to add to your DVR. We've got you covered. NPR television critic Eric Deggans is with us in our Washington, D.C., studios to talk about some of the midseason television debuts. And we'll even talk about a few shows that don't begin with "Scan-" and end with "-dal." Eric, welcome back.

ERIC DEGGANS, BYLINE: Glad to be here.

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