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7:50am

Sat January 10, 2015
Space

Rocket Landing At Sea Was 'Close But No Cigar'

Originally published on Sat January 10, 2015 11:31 am

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SpaceX's unmanned mission this morning both succeeded and struck out. It launched on schedule from Cape Canaveral at 4:47 a.m. on a mission to send cargo to the International Space Station.

(SOUNDBITE OF ARCHIVED RECORDING)

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7:50am

Sat January 10, 2015
Europe

Paris Standoffs End In Explosions, Bloodshed

Originally published on Sat January 10, 2015 11:31 am

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7:50am

Sat January 10, 2015
Sports

Cowboys-Packers Game Promises To Be A Second 'Ice Bowl'

Originally published on Sat January 10, 2015 11:31 am

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7:50am

Sat January 10, 2015
Remembrances

An Evangelist Who Spread The Gospel Of The Accordion

Originally published on Sat January 10, 2015 11:31 am

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7:50am

Sat January 10, 2015
Simon Says

Satire May Be Uncomfortable, But Humor Makes Us Human

Originally published on Sat January 10, 2015 11:31 am

A man holds a pencil in the air during a minute of silence in Paris on Thursday for the cartoonists and other victims of gunmen on the offices of French satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo.
Matthieu Alexandre AFP/Getty Images

Satire is a tricky business. The punch lines quickly get stale. The same people who laugh at one joke can get offended by the next.

But this week, with the targeted killings of the cartoon satirists of Charlie Hebdo in Paris, we were reminded how dangerous people with no sense of humor can be.

The Onion ran a headline: "It is Sadly Unclear Whether This Article Will Put Lives At Risk."

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12:16pm

Sat January 3, 2015
Opinion

Egypt's Citizens Still Wait 'To Breathe Deep The Air Of Freedom'

Anti-government demonstrators celebrated in Tahrir Square upon hearing the news of the resignation of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak on Feb. 11, 2011.
John Moore Getty Images

Amid all the holiday celebrations, you may have missed this story from overseas.

An Egyptian court announced a retrial for three journalists from Al Jazeera who have been languishing in jail for more than a year for the crime of reporting the news. The scheduled retrial is a small step in the right direction for a nation that has seen its historic revolution of just four years ago almost totally reversed.

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11:42am

Sat January 3, 2015
Code Switch

The Goal: To Remember Each Jim Crow Killing, From The '30s On

Originally published on Sat January 3, 2015 2:00 pm

Police watch a crowd of African-Americans as they wait for a car pool lift in 1956 during the Montgomery Bus Boycott.
Don Cravens The LIFE Images Collection/Getty

The state of race relations in the United States has captivated the country for months. But a group of Northeastern University law students is looking to the past to a sometimes forgotten, violent part of American history.

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10:08am

Sat January 3, 2015
Starting Over

From Pulpit To Politics: A Pastor Takes Her Work To The Wider World

Originally published on Sat January 3, 2015 11:59 am

After three decades as a pastor, Faith Whitmore fulfills her vocation outside the pulpit, as district director for U.S. Rep. Ami Bera, D-Calif.
Courtesy Faith Whitmore

This is part of a series of stories about starting over, profiling people who, by choice or circumstance, reinvented or transformed themselves.

Faith Whitmore was ordained as a pastor 30 years ago, drawn by a deep sense of God and spirit within her. She worked at churches throughout the Sacramento, Calif., region, eventually becoming senior pastor at one of the largest United Methodist congregations.

It was like running a small business, she says.

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9:48am

Sat January 3, 2015
Health

Needle Exchange Program Creates Black Market In Clean Syringes

Originally published on Wed January 7, 2015 3:54 pm

On Friday afternoons, several dozen people line up in the narrow hallway of Prevention Point Philadelphia. The men and women, all ages, hold paper and plastic bags full of used syringes.

"We obviously have a space challenge, but people come in, they drop off their used syringes and they ask for what they need," says Silvana Mazzella, the director of programs at the service center for injection drug users.

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8:00am

Sat January 3, 2015
Space

NASA Hopes A Hack Will Overcome Mars Rover's Memory Gap

Originally published on Sat January 3, 2015 11:59 am

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8:00am

Sat January 3, 2015
Remembrances

Remembering The Voice Of Babe The Pig

Originally published on Sat January 3, 2015 11:59 am

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You probably won't realize that you recognize Christine Cavanaugh until you hear her. The actress gave voice to popular cartoon and film characters throughout the 1990s, and last month, she passed away. NPR's Jasmine Garsd has this remembrance.

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8:00am

Sat January 3, 2015
Author Interviews

The Zig-Zagging History Of The Number Zero

Originally published on Tue January 13, 2015 6:52 pm

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11:01am

Sat December 27, 2014
Law

Finding A Jury Of Your Peers Actually Is Pretty Complicated

Originally published on Mon December 29, 2014 1:05 pm

Demonstrators march in New York after grand juries failed to indict police officers in the deaths of Eric Garner and Michael Brown. Many are calling for the officers to be tried before a jury of their peers.
John Minchillo AP

Over the past few weeks, thousands of people have protested after grand juries failed to indict police officers in the deaths of Eric Garner and Michael Brown. What they wanted was to have the officers tried in an open court before a jury of their peers. But the notion of a jury of your peers isn't so straightforward.

Take, for example, 21-year-old Roderick Giles' experience. When he got a jury summons in the mail, he reacted the way a lot of people do.

"I did not want to go to jury duty," he says. "That was the last thing on my mind to do."

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9:41am

Sat December 27, 2014
U.S.

For Cubans In Key West, A Longing To Fill In 'Gaps Of Who We Are'

Originally published on Sat December 27, 2014 11:10 am

Cuba is 90 miles away from the southernmost point in the United States, in Key West, Fla. "There used to be a ferry that ran between the two islands every day," says 89-year-old Gregorio Garcia, who emigrated in 1958. "I hope they operate it again someday."
Karen Bleier AFP/Getty Images

Like Cuban-American families throughout the diaspora, the Garcias of Key West, Fla., gather on Noche Buena, or Christmas Eve, to catch up on news and eat a traditional meal of lechón, or roast pig.

Wayne Garcia, a local building contractor and artist, prepared the pork for the family feast this year. He smokes it for seven hours in a hole dug in his backyard, in a style he says was passed down from his great-grandparents.

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7:50am

Sat December 27, 2014
Around the Nation

High Electric Bills Gobble Up Savings From Cheap Oil In New England

Originally published on Sat December 27, 2014 11:10 am

Falling oil prices are perhaps nowhere more welcome than in northern New England, where most homes burn heating oil in their furnaces and high electricity prices are going up.

This story originally aired on Morning Edition on Dec. 22, 2014.

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