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1:14pm

Sat July 26, 2014
Parallels

Barrel Bomb Attacks Devastate Iraqi Families

Originally published on Sat July 26, 2014 1:44 pm

Smoke rises from buildings in May after shelling on the Iraqi city of Fallujah, which is currently held by anti-government fighters. Rights workers say civilians are being killed by government attacks with so-called barrel bombs.
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Human rights groups are accusing the Iraqi government of indiscriminate bombing. Baghdad officials deny that and note they're fighting a Sunni insurgency that commits mass executions and suicide bombings.

Yet rights workers say civilians are being killed by government attacks with so-called barrel bombs — the crude weapons made famous in Syria's current conflict. Barrel bombs are illegal and indiscriminate explosives, packed in things like oil drums or gas cylinders.

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10:33am

Sat July 26, 2014
Sports

NFL Faces Criticism Over Ray Rice Suspension From Ravens

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10:33am

Sat July 26, 2014
Remembrances

Bel Kaufman Took Us 'Up The Down Staircase'

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10:15am

Sat July 26, 2014
Strange News

Dressing Up As A T-Rex Is All Part Of The Job

Originally published on Sat July 26, 2014 1:06 pm

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8:35am

Sat July 26, 2014
NPR Story

Bobby Patterson's 'Got More Soul,' Heart And Spirit

Originally published on Sat July 26, 2014 10:33 am

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8:35am

Sat July 26, 2014
NPR Story

'Back Channel' Turns Up White House Intrigue

Originally published on Sat July 26, 2014 10:33 am

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8:35am

Sat July 26, 2014
NPR Story

If All The Ice Melts, What Happens To Hockey?

Originally published on Sat July 26, 2014 1:32 pm

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12:12pm

Sat July 19, 2014
Iraq

Extremists Leave A Violent Message In A Small Iraqi Town

Originally published on Sat July 19, 2014 8:34 pm

Thousands of Iraqis fleeing Sunni extremists fled to the Kurdish city of Erbil, where they lined up here on June 12 at a checkpoint before entering.
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A small Sunni Arab town north of Baghdad put up a fight when Sunni Muslim extremists from the so-called Islamic State tried to impose their rule on the town.

The residents lost, and now the town, Zowiya, just outside of Tikrit, is destroyed. More than 200 of its homes have been blown up, and the residents have fled.

The Islamic State leveled the town as a warning to anybody else that dares to fight them.

"My town is gone," says Abu Saad, a businessman in his sixties. "They bombed all our houses. Everything we have is gone."

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11:45am

Sat July 19, 2014
World

Inspectors Struggle To Collect Evidence At MH17 Crash Site

Originally published on Sat July 19, 2014 12:11 pm

At the site where Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 was downed in eastern Ukraine, inspector Michael Bociurkiw says rebels have allowed some access, but the inspectors are hampered by a lack of equipment.

10:30am

Sat July 19, 2014
Shots - Health News

As New York Embraces HIV-Preventing Pill, Some Voice Doubts

Originally published on Sun July 20, 2014 11:22 pm

Truvada has been around for a decade as a treatment for people who are already HIV-positive. In the last few years, it has also been shown to prevent new infections, and New York officials are embracing the pill as a way to prevent the spread of AIDS.
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AIDS researchers and policymakers from around the globe are gathering in Melbourne, Australia, for a major international conference that starts this Monday. They'll be mourning dozens of colleagues who died in the crash of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17.

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8:11am

Sat July 19, 2014
Middle East

Israel Intensifies Ground Operation In Gaza

Originally published on Sat July 19, 2014 11:45 am

International correspondent Ari Shapiro talks with NPR's Scott Simon from Jerusalem about about the second day of the Israeli military's ground operation of the Gaza Strip.

8:11am

Sat July 19, 2014
Animals

In Tracking Bats, It Helps To Find Them Adorable

Originally published on Sat July 19, 2014 11:45 am

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SCOTT SIMON, HOST:

This summer, we're hearing from young people who've landed unusual jobs - sometimes really unusual jobs. Today, we meet 27-year-old Julia Hoeh. Her job is downright batty. Reporter Daniel Potter caught up with her in the mountains of Tennessee and sent us this story.

DANIEL POTTER, BYLINE: Julia Hoeh works late - past midnight - and doesn't get done until around three a.m.

JULIA HOEH: We typically lead kind of the same nocturnal life that bats do.

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8:11am

Sat July 19, 2014
Music Interviews

Marisa Ronstadt, Cousin Of Linda, Spans Genres For 'Moon'

Originally published on Sat July 19, 2014 11:45 am

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SCOTT SIMON, HOST:

Marisa Ronstadt bears a musical name but she has her own style, which seems to be a mix of Mariachi, Classic Rock, Soul, R&B, Indie Pop - maybe she'll fill in any that we've missed. She's played music since she was seven and has her own band now "Marisa Ronstadt And The Know-It-All's." Their debut album is "Blueberry Moon." It's out now - let's hear a little.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "BLUEBERRY MOON")

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10:33am

Sat July 12, 2014
Opinion

A Mother's Essay Challenges Assumptions About Poverty

Originally published on Mon July 14, 2014 12:09 pm

Darlena Cunha says that she wrote her essay about her family's temporary poverty so her twin daughters would learn not to judge people on government assistance.
Courtesy of Darlena Cunha

The stereotype of the so-called welfare queen driving a luxury car while leaching off of society is an enduring one.

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10:18am

Sat July 12, 2014
Shots - Health News

Searching For Stress Relief? Try Feeling Your Breath

Originally published on Sat July 12, 2014 12:12 pm

Stressed? Try taking a fresh look at what's actually going on.
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Many Americans are swamped with stress, but there may be ways to ease the tension without changing the circumstances.

Almost half of all adults say they've experienced a major stressful event in the past year, according to a poll conducted by NPR, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Harvard School of Public Health.

Meditation can help people cope, says author Sharon Salzberg, co-founder of the Insight Meditation Society in Barre, Mass.

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