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8:19am

Sat February 21, 2015
Simon Says

The Heavy Moral Weight Of Carnegie Mellon's 800 Botched Acceptances

Originally published on Sat February 21, 2015 9:20 am

A lot of people saw their hopes and dreams fulfilled this week — for just a few hours.

Carnegie Mellon University emailed about 800 people who had applied to graduate school to say, 'Congratulations, you're in.' They were — to quote the message of acceptance — "one of the select few" to be accepted into Carnegie Mellon's prestigious Master of Science in Computer Science program.

A young woman in India who was accepted wrote on Facebook that she quit her job, bolstered by this act of faith in her future. Her boyfriend proposed marriage.

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8:17am

Sat February 21, 2015
Around the Nation

Superstorm Sandy Victims Say FEMA's Role Is Fatally Conflicted

Originally published on Sat February 21, 2015 9:20 am

Kathy Hanlon and her sons, Sergio (left) and Cristian, were traumatized by Superstorm Sandy. Hanlon says her flood insurance company made life after Sandy even more horrible
Charles Lane NPR

After Superstorm Sandy in 2012, Kathy Hanlon's life crumbled. Her Long Beach, N.Y., home had no electricity, her family was traumatized and one of her sons was getting sick. On top of that, there was the bureaucratic maze of flood insurance.

"I cried many times because I was so angry when I got off the phone with the insurance company," Hanlon says. "It was demeaning. We had to send them things repeatedly. We had to wait for phone calls. We had to wait for people to come visit the house."

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8:17am

Sat February 21, 2015
Music Interviews

The Mavericks Release An Album, Minus Robert Reynolds

Originally published on Sat February 21, 2015 9:20 am

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8:17am

Sat February 21, 2015
Sports

NASCAR And Mayweather Vs. Pacquiao: The Week In Sports

Originally published on Sat February 21, 2015 9:20 am

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9:51am

Sat February 14, 2015
It's All Politics

Around The U.S., Voting Technology Is All Over The Place

Originally published on Sun February 15, 2015 12:46 pm

Election worker Bradley Kryst loads voting machines onto a truck at the Clark County election warehouse on Nov. 3, in North Las Vegas. As voting machine technology changes, state elections officials are trying to keep up.
John Locher AP

Remember all that new voting equipment purchased after the 2000 presidential election, when those discredited punch card machines were tossed out? Now, the newer machines are starting to wear out.

Election officials are trying to figure out what to do before there's another big voting disaster and vendors have lined up to help.

During their annual meeting in Washington, D.C., this week, state election officials previewed the latest voting equipment from one of the industry's big vendors, Election Systems and Software.

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8:43am

Sat February 14, 2015
Around the Nation

West Coast Port Closures Are Hitting Several Industries Hard

Originally published on Sat February 14, 2015 12:53 pm

A few trucks move along the docks at the Port of Los Angeles on Thursday. Seaports in major West Coast cities that normally are abuzz with the sound of commerce are falling unusually quiet due to an ongoing labor dispute.
Nick Ut AP

No cargo will go in or out of 29 West Coast ports this weekend.

It's the third partial shutdown in operations at these ports in a week, the result of a bitter labor dispute between shipping lines and the union representing 20,000 dock workers. The dispute has been dragging on for eight months, and now the economic impacts of the shutdown are starting to be felt.

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7:32am

Sat February 14, 2015
Sports

Basketball's All-Star Weekend Kicks Off

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

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

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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.
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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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