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7:32am

Sat February 14, 2015
Animals

Thanks To Technology, Toucan Gets A Second Beak On Life

Originally published on Sat February 14, 2015 10:15 am

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7:23am

Sat February 14, 2015
Digital Life

Video Made The Internet Star: YouTube Turns 10

Originally published on Sat February 14, 2015 10:15 am

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SCOTT SIMON, HOST:

This is WEEKEND EDITION from NPR News. I'm Scott Simon.

(SOUNDBITE OF YOUTUBE VIDEO, "ME AT THE ZOO")

JAWED KARIM: All right, so here we are in front of the elephants.

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7:23am

Sat February 14, 2015
Fine Art

In Art For The Blind, Touching Exhibits Is Mandatory

Originally published on Sat February 14, 2015 10:15 am

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7:23am

Sat February 14, 2015
Music Interviews

50 Years Of Music With Gordon Lightfoot

Originally published on Sat February 14, 2015 10:15 am

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11:19am

Sat February 7, 2015
Author Interviews

An Expansive View Of Vietnam In 'She Weeps Each Time You're Born'

Originally published on Sat February 7, 2015 11:44 am

A woman named Rabbit is a kind of miracle: She was pulled out of her dead mother's grave beside the Ma River in Vietnam, on the night of a full moon — when folklore says that a rabbit walks the moon. Rabbit is the center of poet and author Quan Barry's new novel, She Weeps Each Time You're Born.

The Vietnam War is raging; American troops have just begun to pull out, and Rabbit grows up in a landscape of leveled homes, shattered lives, and barren, poisoned fields, her life slipping between present tense and parable.

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11:19am

Sat February 7, 2015
Simon Says

Oscar Romero, The Murdered Archbishop Who Inspires The Pope

People look at a portrait of Oscar Romero at the cathedral of San Salvador, where as archbishop he resisted a brutal regime. He was murdered and the Vatican has declared him a martyr.
STR AFP/Getty Images

Pope Francis and the Vatican have recognized Oscar Romero as a martyr. This may move the name of the late archbishop of San Salvador a little further in the process that could one day make him a saint.

But being deemed a martyr is also holy. It means the church believes his life can inspire people; Pope Francis has said Romero inspires him.

Romero was considered a kindly, orthodox conservative parish priest when Pope Paul appointed him archbishop in 1977. He did not question El Salvador's ruling regime.

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10:08am

Sat February 7, 2015
Environment

Climate Change Puts Alaska's Sled Dog Races On Thin Ice

Originally published on Sat February 7, 2015 4:20 pm

The sun sets over a swath of black spruce forest blanketed by a thin layer of snow in Alaska's interior. Unseasonably warm weather has Alaskans worried about the impact of climate change on dog sledding.
Emily Schwing NPR

For more than 30 years, the 1,000-mile Yukon Quest International Sled Dog race, which begins Saturday, has followed the Yukon River between Whitehorse, Canada, and Fairbanks, Alaska.

A little open water along the Yukon Quest trail is nothing new, but in recent years, long unfrozen stretches of the Yukon River have shaken even the toughest mushers.

Last year, musher Hank DeBruin of Ontario had stopped along the Yukon River to rest his dog team in the middle of the night, when the ice started to break up.

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7:56am

Sat February 7, 2015
Animals

Birders Predict Another Snowy Owl 'Irruption'

Originally published on Sat February 7, 2015 11:46 am

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7:56am

Sat February 7, 2015
Book News & Features

From 'Game Of Thrones' Pitch Letter: No One Is Safe

Originally published on Sat February 7, 2015 11:19 am

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7:56am

Sat February 7, 2015
Television

Family Flees To 'Schitt's Creek' — That's 'Schitt' With A C

Originally published on Sat February 7, 2015 11:19 am

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11:41am

Sat January 31, 2015
Middle East

Four Years After Revolution, Libya Slides Into Chaos

Originally published on Mon February 2, 2015 3:55 pm

Bullet holes from recent clashes riddle an apartment building in Tripoli.
Bilal Hussein AP

There was hope in Libya and around the world for Libya after Moammar Gadhafi was overthrown four years ago.

But today, Libya is a country torn apart. There are now two competing governments, in different cities with their own parliaments and their own military.

A traveler first needs a visa from one government to land in Tripoli, then a so-called "landing permission" to fly east to the other government's territory — and has to hopscotch around jihadist-controlled areas along the way.

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11:16am

Sat January 31, 2015
Education

Party Ban Is Patronizing, U.Va. Sorority Women Say

Originally published on Mon February 2, 2015 6:00 pm

University of Virginia students walk to fraternities at the start of rush week. Sorority women are always invited to Boys' Bid Night, but this year national sororities have ordered women to stay clear.
Steve Helber AP

Saturday is Boys' Bid Night at the University of Virginia, when fraternities welcome their new members.

Women from U.Va.'s sororities are always invited to join the Boys' Bid Night party, but this year, they're under strict orders from national sorority presidents to stay clear of frat houses. The orders come after a Rolling Stone article about a gang rape at U.Va. that was later discredited.

But the women at U.Va.'s sororities are outraged, calling the ban unnecessary and patronizing.

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7:37am

Sat January 31, 2015
Europe

An Arctic Institution, Sweden's Ice Hotel Turns 25

Originally published on Sat January 31, 2015 1:08 pm

This year marks 25 years of the original Ice Hotel, carved from snow and ice bricks in far northern Sweden. This story originally aired on All Things Considered on Jan. 29, 2015.

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7:37am

Sat January 31, 2015
Remembrances

Rod McKuen, The Cheeseburger To Poetry's Haute Cuisine

Originally published on Sat January 31, 2015 1:14 pm

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7:37am

Sat January 31, 2015
Sports

Super Bowl And Skullduggery: The Week In Sports

Originally published on Sat January 31, 2015 1:10 pm

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