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Parallels
4:01 pm
Fri February 28, 2014

'Invisible' Same-Sex Couples Push For Civil Unions In Greece

Couples kiss during the Athens gay pride parade last June. Last month, activists organized a "kiss-in" during a church service run by a Greek Orthodox bishop who has threatened to excommunicate politicians supporting same-sex unions.
Louisa Gouliamaki AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Fri February 28, 2014 10:35 pm

It's Sunday afternoon, and six mothers are sitting in a bright living room, drinking milky coffee and talking about discrimination.

"We are invisible in Greece," says Stella Bellia, who is raising twin boys with her Italian partner, Grazia-Haris Scocozza. "So we have to help each other."

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Book Reviews
4:01 pm
Fri February 28, 2014

Power And Violence In Ukraine And Mexico

A woman walks with a child in Kiev's Independence square.
Bulent Kilic AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Fri February 28, 2014 10:35 pm

This week's headlines have been dominated by the violent protests in Kiev, the ousting of President Victor Yanukovych, and the amassing of Russian troops at the Ukrainian border. Writer Anthony Marra says that if Soviet war journalist Vasily Grossman were alive today, he'd likely be breaking news from Independence Square.

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The Two-Way
3:26 pm
Fri February 28, 2014

Stunning And Amazing: Northern Lights Wow U.K.

People view the Northern Lights over Bamburgh Castle Beach Thursday in Northumberland, England. A powerful solar flare caused the aurora borealis to be visible farther south than usual.
Josh Maidwell Barcroft Media/Landov

Originally published on Fri February 28, 2014 6:15 pm

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This Is NPR
3:21 pm
Fri February 28, 2014

Women Digital Thinkers Tweet A Day in Their Lives: Join Us For #NPRWIT

NPR

Originally published on Tue March 4, 2014 12:48 pm

Across America, women are making strides in politics, media and the academy. But few women are leaders in the burgeoning technology industries. The latest research suggests that close to 90 percent of tech start-ups in Silicon Valley are launched by men.

So why are women the exception in top tech jobs, and what's being done to challenge that?

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Movie Reviews
2:11 pm
Fri February 28, 2014

'Kids For Cash,' Or Perhaps Not — But A Broken System For Sure

Sandy Fonzo confronts Judge Mark A. Chiavarella on the courthouse steps after he was convicted in the "Kids for Cash" scandal in 2011. Fonzo's son, who eventually committed suicide, was among thousands Chiavarella had sent to a juvenile detention facility from which he'd received a "finder's fee."
SenArt Films

Originally published on Fri February 28, 2014 3:53 pm

There's a moment, toward the end of the documentary that centers on him, when Judge Mark A. Chiavarella breaks down, his voice cracking as he mourns the likelihood that his grandchildren won't have him in their lives.

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World Cafe
12:30 pm
Fri February 28, 2014

Pixies On World Cafe

The Pixies.
Michael Halsband Courtesy of the artist

The Pixies are our guests today, playing a set onstage at World Cafe Live in Philadelphia before of an enthusiastic audience. It is one of their rare acoustic performances, their unplugged set at Newport in 2005 and a Tiny Desk Concert being two of the few.

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The Two-Way
12:21 pm
Fri February 28, 2014

New Documents Shed Light On Inner Workings Of Clinton White House

President Bill Clinton in 1995.
Luke Frazza AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Fri February 28, 2014 5:54 pm

The Clinton Presidential Library released about 5,000 pages of previously withheld documents on Friday.

The documents date back to the administration of former President Bill Clinton and include communications about a wide array of issues including the administration response to Rwanda and its health care overhaul initiative, as well as communications from the first lady's office.

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Latin America
12:03 pm
Fri February 28, 2014

Venezuela Protests Prove President Maduro Lacks Chavez Charisma

Originally published on Thu March 27, 2014 10:58 am

Transcript

MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

Now we'd like to turn to Venezuela, where violent protests have filled the streets for two weeks now - a story that may have been overshadowed in this country somewhat by the turmoil in Ukraine. The unrest is putting a spotlight on President Nicolas Maduro and the country's economic problems. We wanted to hear more so we've called Andrew Rosati. He's a freelance journalist based in Caracas, Venezuela. And he's with us from there now. Welcome back, Andrew. Thanks so much for joining us again.

ANDREW ROSATI: Thank you.

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Interviews
12:03 pm
Fri February 28, 2014

A New 'Testament' Told From Mary's Point Of View

Colm Toibin's novel, The Testament of Mary, imagines the life of the mother of Christ in her later years.
Steve Heap iStockphoto

Originally published on Fri February 28, 2014 1:24 pm

This interview was originally broadcast on Nov. 28, 2012.

In his novel, The Testament of Mary, Irish writer Colm Toibin imagines Mary's life 20 years after the crucifixion. She is struggling to understand why some people believe Jesus is the son of God, and weighed down by the guilt she feels wondering what she might have done differently to alter — or ease — her son's fate.

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NPR Story
11:47 am
Fri February 28, 2014

Yeasayer's Chris Keating Gets Ashy

Originally published on Fri February 28, 2014 3:49 pm

Transcript

GLYNN WASHINGTON, HOST:

Welcome back to SNAP JUDGMENT the "Partners in Crime" episode. Stories where real people buddy up to do something they could never do alone. And our next piece is from Chris Keating. Chris is the lead singer of the psychedelic electronic rock band, Yeasayer. But Chris is not just a rock star, he's also a grandson.

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NPR Story
11:47 am
Fri February 28, 2014

Chito And Pocho

Originally published on Fri February 28, 2014 3:49 pm

Transcript

GLYNN WASHINGTON, HOST:

We want to get today's episode kicked off right with a story of one of the most amazing partnerships I've ever heard of. SNAP's Stephanie Foo takes us down south, way south, for a tale of friendship like you've never heard before.

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NPR Story
11:47 am
Fri February 28, 2014

The Wrong Way To Graduate

Originally published on Fri February 28, 2014 3:49 pm

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GLYNN WASHINGTON, HOST:

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NPR Story
11:47 am
Fri February 28, 2014

Needles, The Right Hand Man

Originally published on Fri February 28, 2014 3:49 pm

Transcript

GLYNN WASHINGTON, HOST:

Now so many of our stories, for some reason, they all come from the town of Detroit, Michigan, so many. This one is special. SNAP JUDGMENT's Mark Ristich recalls some time spent with a very, very dear partner in crime.

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NPR Story
11:47 am
Fri February 28, 2014

Afghanistan Homecoming

Originally published on Fri February 28, 2014 3:49 pm

Transcript

GLYNN WASHINGTON, HOST:

Now our next partner in crime story - this is a family tale, but one member of this family, she didn't know whether she wanted to be part of the partnership.

ARIANA DELAWARI: When I was a little girl my grandmother, she would always tease me and ask me if I was an Afghan girl or an American girl. And I always said I was an American girl.

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NPR Story
11:47 am
Fri February 28, 2014

You Look Lonely

Originally published on Fri February 28, 2014 3:49 pm

Transcript

GLYNN WASHINGTON, HOST:

Welcome back to SNAP JUDGMENT from PRX and NPR, the "Partner in Crime" episode. My name is Glynn Washington. And, public radio listeners, we're going back now to the place where a lot of you were pointed at and made fun of because we know our demographic here. I know you. We're going back to high school. And as you might recall back in high school, that even worse than being called out was not being noticed at all. Sage Tyrtle tells us her story.

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The Two-Way
10:47 am
Fri February 28, 2014

Chinese Paper Calls Outgoing U.S. Envoy 'Yellow-Skinned, White-Hearted Banana Man'

The Chinese media may not like him, but Gary Locke, the outgoing U.S. ambassador to China, was praised by ordinary Chinese.
Kin Cheung AP

Originally published on Fri February 28, 2014 12:05 pm

Gary Locke may have won over ordinary Chinese with his conduct in the country, but not everyone was impressed with the first Chinese-American to serve as the U.S. envoy to China.

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Shots - Health News
9:48 am
Fri February 28, 2014

A Strong Sex Life Helps Couples Cope With The Trials Of Aging

Intimacy in a marriage becomes even more important as we get older.
Radius Images Corbis

Originally published on Mon March 3, 2014 7:32 am

Health problems can put a strain on a marriage at any age. But as we get older, chronic illnesses can make it even tougher to keep the spark alive.

Scientists at the University of Chicago have uncovered one way couples can offset the stresses of illness and aging: more physical intimacy.

Couples who continue to be sexually active over the years report higher levels of satisfaction in their marriages, the sociologists reported last month.

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Monkey See
9:00 am
Fri February 28, 2014

Bob And Linda Read Internet Movie Reviews, Part Nine: '12 Years A Slave'

Bob And Linda Read Internet Movies Reviews
NPR

Originally published on Fri February 28, 2014 9:42 am

This year, we wanted to look back at the nine best picture nominees and remind ourselves — and you — that reactions to film are complicated, hilariously varied and wonderfully individual. So we looked over every comment for every nominee at RottenTomatoes.com, and we brought you some of our favorites.

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The Two-Way
8:53 am
Fri February 28, 2014

Economy Grew Less Than Thought As 2013 Came To A Close

Originally published on Fri February 28, 2014 10:32 am

The U.S. economy grew at a 2.4 percent annual rate in fourth-quarter 2013, the Bureau of Economic Analysis said Friday, as it significantly cut its estimate of how much gross domestic product grew during the last three months of the year.

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The Two-Way
8:35 am
Fri February 28, 2014

Ousted President Is 'Ready To Fight For The Future Of Ukraine'

Viktor Yanukovych, who says he's still the president of Ukraine, at his news conference Friday in the southern Russian city of Rostov-on-Don.
Yuri Kochetkov EPA /LANDOV

Originally published on Fri February 28, 2014 1:31 pm

(We've been updating this post.)

Appearing in public for the first time since he left his nation's capital earlier this week, ousted Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych told reporters in Russia on Friday that he is "eager and ready to fight for the future of Ukraine."

At a news conference in the Russian border city of Rostov-on-Don, Yanukovych did not speak about using force to reclaim the post that he says is still legally his. "I am not going to ask for military support," he said.

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