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5:18pm

Sun May 24, 2015
Remembrances

Remembering Nobel Prize-Winning Mathematician John Nash

Originally published on Sun May 24, 2015 6:54 pm

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5:18pm

Sun May 24, 2015
Food

How Dangerous Is Powdered Alcohol?

Originally published on Sun May 24, 2015 6:54 pm

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5:18pm

Sun May 24, 2015
Sports

An Iconic Image That Captured A Legendary Knockout

Originally published on Sun May 24, 2015 6:54 pm

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One of the most iconic moments in sports history was captured 50 years ago this week. In one corner...

(SOUNDBITE OF BOXING MATCH ANNOUNCEMENT)

UNIDENTIFIED MAN: ...The former heavyweight champion and now the challenger, Sonny Liston.

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9:48pm

Sat May 23, 2015
Author Interviews

What If The Drought Doesn't End? 'The Water Knife' Is One Possibility

Ariel Zambelich NPR

What if the devastating drought in the western U.S. doesn't end? A few years ago, the science fiction writer Paolo Bacigalupi started exploring what could happen.

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6:01pm

Sat May 23, 2015
Television

Alfonso Ribeiro Wants To Let 'Funniest Home Videos' Shine

Originally published on Sat May 23, 2015 9:49 pm

Alfonso Ribeiro, best known as Carlton Banks from The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air will host America's Funniest Home Videos for its 26th season starting in the fall.
Sam Diephuis

America's Funniest Home Videos has a new host.

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5:34pm

Sat May 23, 2015
Movie Interviews

'Sunshine Superman': A Love Story Against The Backdrop of BASE Jumping

Originally published on Tue May 26, 2015 5:40 pm

Jean and Carl Boenish in jump down a ledge towards camera.
Courtesy of Magnolia Pictures.

Two climbers died May 16 as they attempted a wing suit flight in Yosemite National Park. Dean Potter and Graham Hunt were BASE jumping, a sport that involves parachuting from a fixed structure.

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5:08pm

Sat May 23, 2015
Environment

Oil-Soaked Wildlife Turn Up On California Coast, As Cleanup Efforts Continue

Originally published on Sat May 23, 2015 9:49 pm

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5:08pm

Sat May 23, 2015
Afghanistan

Notes On A Month Spent Embedded In Afghanistan

Originally published on Sat May 23, 2015 9:49 pm

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Our own producer, Rebecca Hersher, is just back from a six-week reporting trip where she was embedded with the Afghan army. Now she's back with me in the studio. Hi Becky, good...

REBECCA HERSHER, BYLINE: Hi.

RATH: ...To have you back.

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8:32pm

Fri May 22, 2015
Parallels

Expats Find Brazil's Reputation For Race-Blindness Is Undone By Reality

Originally published on Sat May 23, 2015 11:48 am

American Ky Adderley (center) with his wife, Shanna Farrar Adderley, and their daughter, Gisela Sky, live in Brazil. He says being an educated black man feels like a subversive act in Brazil. "All the blacks that I see are in service jobs, and the darker you are, the less you are seen," he says. "Your job is maybe back in the kitchen and not out waiting a table."
Courtesy of Ky Adderly

There is a joke among Brazilians that a Brazilian passport is the most coveted on the black market because no matter what your background — Asian, African or European — you can fit in here. But the reality is very different.

I'm sitting in café with two women who don't want their names used because of the sensitivity of the topic. One is from the Caribbean; her husband is an expat executive.

"I was expecting to be the average-looking Brazilian; Brazil as you see on the media is not what I experienced when I arrived," she tells me.

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6:13pm

Fri May 22, 2015
The Salt

In New Jersey, A Beef Over Pork Roll Sparks Rival Festivals

Originally published on Sat May 23, 2015 11:49 am

What is pork roll? As one fan puts it, "It's like Spam meets bacon." This sandwich is one of many ways to eat the processed meat, a largely unsung specialty of New Jersey.
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Try to order "pork roll" in most of the country and you'll probably get a blank stare. But in New Jersey, pork roll is a staple at diners, restaurants and food trucks from Cape May to the Meadowlands. And this unsung meat product is now the star of not one, but two competing festivals on Saturday in Trenton.

To the untrained eye, pork roll looks like Canadian bacon. But New Jersey residents know better.

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6:08pm

Fri May 22, 2015
Around the Nation

Openly Gay Leader: Boy Scouts Won't Exist If Discrimination Continues

Originally published on Fri May 22, 2015 8:32 pm

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5:42pm

Fri May 22, 2015
Around the Nation

Pre-Race Day, Indy 500 Struggles With Flying Cars

Originally published on Sat May 23, 2015 11:47 am

In the five days of practice leading up to the Indy 500 qualifications, Ed Carpenter is the third driver to have his car flip upside down. Carpenter emerged from the crash unharmed.
Jamie Gallagher AP

Last weekend, while drivers practiced just hours before the start of qualifying for the Indianapolis 500, a crash occurred that seemed eerily familiar.

Driver Ed Carpenter spun around backwards, heading into the Turn 2 wall. Wind got underneath his car, and flipped it into the air and upside down.

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5:13pm

Fri May 22, 2015
U.S.

Obama: Camden, N.J., Police A Model For Improving Community Relations

Originally published on Sat May 23, 2015 4:36 am

Camden County Police Officer Virginia Matias and Officer Jose Vale often walk together when on foot patrol in Camden. Matias patrols sections of the city on foot so she can strike up conversations with business owners and residents. She says this makes her more familiar with what's going on than she would be if she stayed in her patrol car all day.
Jeff Brady NPR

Camden, N.J., has long been known for its poverty and violence. But President Obama gave it a new label this week, calling the city, "a symbol of promise for the nation."

He praised the Camden County Police Department's effort to improve community relations. The city still has a high crime rate, but the president says progress so far makes it a model for others.

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4:43pm

Fri May 22, 2015
Parallels

What Archbishop Romero's Beatification Means For El Salvador Today

Originally published on Sat May 23, 2015 11:49 am

Maria del Pilar Perdomo holds up a framed portrait of the slain Archbishop of San Salvador, Oscar Arnulfo Romero, during a procession on March 24 to mark the 35th anniversary of his assassination in San Salvador, El Salvador. Romero was killed in 1980 while offering Mass. Romero will be beatified on Saturday.
Salvador Melendez AP

Hundreds of thousands of people are expected to fill the streets of the capital of El Salvador on Saturday to celebrate as one of Latin America's most revered and controversial religious figures is beatified — the last official step before sainthood.

They will gather to pay tribute to former Archbishop Oscar Romero, a beloved priest and staunch defender of the poor, who was murdered while celebrating Mass in 1980.

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4:43pm

Fri May 22, 2015
Sports

The Curse Of Lil B: Fans Blame Rapper For Houston Rockets' Bad Luck

Originally published on Fri May 22, 2015 8:32 pm

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MIKE BREEN: Topped to Howard, back to Harden, Harden tied up, knocked loose, picked up and the game is over. Golden State hangs on.

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