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13.7: Cosmos And Culture
11:27 am
Sun July 26, 2015

This Is Your Brain On The Outdoors

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The New York Times recently carried a fascinating report on how a walk in nature can actually change the wiring in your brain. According to the story, not only did a brief walk in the woods make people report they felt happier but, using brain scans, researchers found time nature changed neurological functioning as well.

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The Two-Way
10:42 am
Sun July 26, 2015

While Obama Talks Security In Kenya, Al-Shabab Carries Out Attack In Somalia

Originally published on Sun July 26, 2015 2:48 pm

Updated at 12:50 p.m. ET

As President Obama was in Kenya to discuss the threat from Islamist extremists, in neighboring Somalia at least 10 people were killed in a suicide car bomb by militants of al-Shabab – the extremist group considered the region's biggest danger.

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All Tech Considered
9:21 am
Sun July 26, 2015

More Than A Pipeline Problem: In Search Of Diversity In Silicon Valley

Wall graffiti at Facebook headquarters in Menlo Park, Calif. The company released a diversity report last month showing that 70 percent of employees are male; African-Americans comprise 2 percent of it workforce.
Robyn Beck AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Mon July 27, 2015 10:27 am

Silicon Valley is a place that operates on data — hard facts and numbers.

Last month, the tech giant Facebook released a report on diversity among its workers — and the numbers weren't good.

The company reported that nearly 70 percent of its employees are men; 57 percent are white; Hispanics represent just 4 percent. Black employees comprised just 2 percent of their workforce.

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The Two-Way
8:18 am
Sun July 26, 2015

President Obama Urges Kenyans To 'Choose Path Of Progress'

President Obama delivers a speech at the Safaricom Indoor Arena in the Kasarani area of Nairobi, Kenya, on Sunday.
Ben Curtis AP

Originally published on Sun July 26, 2015 2:42 pm

President Obama, wrapping up his three-day visit to Kenya, urged the east African country to "choose the path to progress" by tackling corruption, eliminating income inequality and promoting gender equality.

"I'm here as president of a country that sees Kenya as an important partner. I'm here as a friend who wants Kenya to succeed," he said in a speech at the Safaricom Indoor Arena in Nairobi.

"You can choose the path to progress, but it requires making some important choices," he said in the 40-minute speech that was broadcast on Kenyan television.

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Author Interviews
7:51 am
Sun July 26, 2015

'Jane Eyre' Retelling Swaps English Countryside For Bustling City Streets

Originally published on Sun July 26, 2015 10:38 am

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Africa
7:45 am
Sun July 26, 2015

Obama Wraps Up Trip To Kenya

Originally published on Mon July 27, 2015 5:41 am

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Parallels
7:41 am
Sun July 26, 2015

Torn Between Native And Adoptive Lands, Israel's Iranian Jews Hope For Peace

Israeli artist Matan Pinkas sits in the "Iranian Embassy in Jerusalem," a cultural project in the works by the Jerusalem art collective Hamabul.
Daniel Estrin

Originally published on Mon July 27, 2015 8:31 am

In a dry goods shop in the middle of Tel Aviv, plump sacks of dried lemons and spices practically spill out onto the street. There are signs everywhere handwritten in Farsi. It might as well be Tehran.

The owner, Behruz Baradarian, moved to Israel 30 years ago from the Iranian capital. He's one of about 100,000 Iranian Jews who have made Israel their home. And no one feels more torn about the enmity between the two countries than Israel's Iranian Jewish community.

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Europe
7:41 am
Sun July 26, 2015

Analyst: Angry French Farmers Will Have To Adapt To Globalization

Originally published on Sun July 26, 2015 10:38 am

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Music Interviews
7:41 am
Sun July 26, 2015

'Summertime' Evokes A Warm Breeze To Accompany Your Summer Road Trip

Originally published on Sun July 26, 2015 10:38 am

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Sports
7:41 am
Sun July 26, 2015

Pro Gaming Joins Other Sports As It Begins Drug Testing

Originally published on Sun July 26, 2015 10:38 am

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Sunday Puzzle
7:41 am
Sun July 26, 2015

Hustle, Puzzle-Rustlers! This Week's A Toughie

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Originally published on Sun July 26, 2015 10:38 am

On-air challenge: Every answer today is a made-up three-word phrase in which all three words rhyme ... and every word has two syllables.

For example, using the the initials V, H and F, an extremely hirsute sprite: very hairy fairy.

Last week's challenge from puzzle-maker Rodolfo Kurchan: Write down these six numbers: 19, 28, 38, 81, 83, 85. What are the next three numbers in the series?

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Code Switch
7:41 am
Sun July 26, 2015

On A 'Tour De Tacos' With Los Angeles' Eastside Bike Club

The Eastside Bicycle Club on a 35 mile Saturday evening ride with stops for tacos.
Carlos Morales

Originally published on Sun July 26, 2015 7:05 pm

Decked out in spandex and a yellow and orange racing jersey with Eastside Bicycle Club: Ride To Live on the front, Gabriela Bilich was hanging out at club founder Carlos Morales' bike shop before a Saturday evening group-ride last weekend, joking with the other cyclists in spanglish.

Bilich says a couple of years ago, she would never have imagined herself riding a bike through the streets of LA. She says the cycling world just didn't feel welcoming to a 40-something Latina from Southeast LA who struggled with her weight.

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Digital Life
7:41 am
Sun July 26, 2015

Sorting Through The Numbers On Infidelity

Originally published on Sun July 26, 2015 10:38 am

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UNIDENTIFIED WOMAN #1: Fifty-two.

UNIDENTIFIED WOMAN #2: Four-hundred-and-fifty-three.

UNIDENTIFIED MAN #1: Twenty-five.

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Goats and Soda
7:03 am
Sun July 26, 2015

What's In A Namaste? Depends If You Live In India Or The U.S.

Hanna Barczyk for NPR

Originally published on Mon July 27, 2015 9:26 am

If you take a yoga class in the U.S., the teacher will most likely say namaste at the end of the practice. It's a Sanskrit phrase that means "I bow to you." You place hands together at the heart, close your eyes and bow.

That's not the namaste I know.

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Book News & Features
7:03 am
Sun July 26, 2015

Women's Comics Are Surfing The Crowd

If you're in any doubt whether women are having a Moment in the comics world, take a look at the new incarnation of superhero Black Canary. DC Comics' Annie Wu has taken the character's platinum hair and fishnets from kittenish to riot grrrl by way of the Rocky Horror Picture Show. Glowering from the cover of the first issue, she seems to be saying, "Put your eyeballs back in your head and let me save you."

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Music News
5:54 am
Sun July 26, 2015

The Guitar In The Window: How One Instrument Steered Sir Richard Bishop's Life

To create his album Tangier Sessions, Sir Richard Bishop had to learn to love a mysterious and temperamental acoustic guitar.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Sun July 26, 2015 11:11 am

Some musicians argue that instruments have souls. Guitarist Richard Bishop says he felt a relationship forming the moment he saw a mysterious acoustic guitar in a secondhand store in Switzerland. He's known for playing electric guitar in the improvisational rock trio Sun City Girls, but something told Bishop the acoustic had to be his.

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Author Interviews
5:50 am
Sun July 26, 2015

In This Twist On Tricky Dick's History, A President's Secrets Can Save Us

Courtesy of Little, Brown and Company

Originally published on Sun July 26, 2015 10:38 am

"I promise you I will show the same contempt for the historical record that it has shown for me."

So intone the opening pages of Austin Grossman's Crooked, in what are supposed to be the thoughts of our 37th president, Richard Nixon — or, at least, those thoughts as Grossman imagines them.

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Parallels
5:43 am
Sun July 26, 2015

Covering Greece: When It's Not Just A Story, It's Personal

The author (second from left) with her uncle Thanassis Kakissis (far left), sister, Amalia, and father, Giorgos, during a family visit to Athens in 1979.
Courtesy of Joanna Kakissis

Originally published on Sun July 26, 2015 11:28 pm

Editor's Note: Reporter Joanna Kakissis was born in Greece but grew up in the U.S. She returned to Greece in 2010 just as the economic meltdown was beginning. She describes what it's like to cover a story that often feels very personal.

I live in a central Athens neighborhood that some describe as run-down, a term I still think is inaccurate and incomplete, applied by drive-by visitors from well-to-do suburbs and fellow journalists looking for a neighborhood to set the stage for a story about Greece's post-austerity impoverishment.

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The Salt
5:42 am
Sun July 26, 2015

Put That Wok To Work: A Trick For Smoking Fish Indoors

Smoked fish — a cooking method that uses the smoke of an indirect fire to lightly cook, flavor, and preserve the meat — is too often left to the professionals. But there are ways to do it indoors, at home and without much effort.
Photo Illustration by Ryan Kellman and Emily Bogle NPR

Originally published on Sun July 26, 2015 2:09 pm

This summer, NPR is getting crafty in the kitchen. As part of Weekend Edition's Do Try This At Home series, chefs are sharing their cleverest hacks and tips — taking expensive, exhausting or intimidating recipes and tweaking them to work in any home kitchen.

This week: We learn how to smoke fish without any specialized, pricey equipment.

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Newport Folk Festival
10:28 pm
Sat July 25, 2015

The Tallest Man On Earth, Live In Concert: Newport Folk 2015

The Tallest Man On Earth performed Friday at the 2015 Newport Folk Festival.
Adam Kissick for NPR

Originally published on Sun July 26, 2015 7:07 am

Even when playing to a crowd of thousands at the Newport Folk Festival, Kristian Matsson formed an intense, intimate connection with his audience. During his overcast Friday set, the Swedish songwriter who performs as The Tallest Man On Earth drew listeners in with a combination of highly personal lyrics and irresistibly rollicking guitar.

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