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5:07 am
Fri April 3, 2015

U.S. Ends Freeze On Military Aid To Egypt

Originally published on Fri April 3, 2015 3:21 pm

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Food
5:07 am
Fri April 3, 2015

Celebrating Passover: The History And Symbolism Of Matzo Balls

Matzo ball soup with dill. Matzo represents the unleavened bread the Jews ate while fleeing Egypt.
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Originally published on Fri April 3, 2015 3:21 pm

Nothing says Passover like a good bowl of matzo ball soup. That's according to Joan Nathan, chef and grande-dame of Jewish cooking, who spoke to Steve Inskeep of NPR's Morning Edition about the importance of the tradition.

The Jewish holiday of Passover celebrates the Biblical story of the Exodus, or the freeing of Hebrew slaves from Egypt.

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Sports
5:07 am
Fri April 3, 2015

Bracket Madness Marches Into April With Basketball's Final 4

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5:07 am
Fri April 3, 2015

'The Brothers' Examines Motivation Behind Boston Marathon Bombing

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Africa
10:08 am
Thu April 2, 2015

Al-Shabab Militants Cross Border To Storm University In Kenya

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Around the Nation
7:17 am
Thu April 2, 2015

From One Comedian To Another: You Should Try Politics

Originally published on Thu April 2, 2015 10:08 am

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World
7:17 am
Thu April 2, 2015

Did You Remember Wednesday Was April Fools' Day?

Originally published on Thu April 2, 2015 10:08 am

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5:16 am
Thu April 2, 2015

11 Ex-Atlanta Public School Employees Found Guilty In Cheating Scandal

Originally published on Thu April 2, 2015 10:08 am

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NPR Story
5:01 am
Thu April 2, 2015

Southern Baptist Minister: Religious Liberty Law Permits Denial Of Some Services

Originally published on Thu April 2, 2015 2:58 pm

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Let's ask what Indiana's Religious Freedom Restoration Act really means.

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NPR Story
5:01 am
Thu April 2, 2015

Menendez 'Outraged' By His Indictment On Corruption Charges

Originally published on Thu April 2, 2015 5:10 pm

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A powerful senator from New Jersey has been indicted on federal corruption charges - eight counts bribery - after accepting gifts from a Florida doctor in exchange for favors. NPR's Ailsa Chang has the story.

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Music News
7:33 am
Wed April 1, 2015

Colorado Lawmakers Don't Want Marijuana Going To People On Welfare

Originally published on Wed April 1, 2015 5:22 pm

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Asia
7:33 am
Wed April 1, 2015

China Limits Chauffeurs; Workers Struggle To Pass Driving Test

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NPR Story
5:54 am
Wed April 1, 2015

The Urban Neighborhood Wal-Mart: A Blessing Or A Curse?

The H Street Wal-Mart in Washington, D.C. Ten years ago, none of the city's 600,000 residents lived within 1 mile of a Wal-Mart. Today, almost 13 percent do.
Emily Jan NPR

Originally published on Wed April 1, 2015 5:22 pm

This is the first in a two-part story about Wal-Mart. Listen to Part 1 above, and tune into Morning Edition Thursday to hear Part 2.

The corner of First and H streets in downtown Washington, D.C., is a reflection of the changing face of the nation's capital. From here, you can see the Capitol dome, while across the street are a concrete public housing complex and a hip new Peruvian chicken restaurant.

You can also see a new Wal-Mart.

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NPR Story
5:54 am
Wed April 1, 2015

Minimal Sierra Nevada Snowpack Will Not Ease California's Drought

Originally published on Sat April 4, 2015 5:24 pm

The latest figures on the California drought are expected to be released on Wednesday. The state's snowpack, a major source of water for the rest of the year, is at the lowest level on record.

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NPR Story
5:30 am
Wed April 1, 2015

Understanding The Forces At Play In Yemen's Civil War

Originally published on Thu April 9, 2015 5:13 pm

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5:30 am
Wed April 1, 2015

No Joke. Flood Insurance Rates Increase On April 1

Originally published on Wed April 1, 2015 5:22 pm

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NPR Story
5:30 am
Wed April 1, 2015

Comedy Central Backs New 'Daily Show' Host Despite Insensitive Tweets

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Around the Nation
7:40 am
Tue March 31, 2015

Selfie Sticks Get The Boot At Coachella And Lallapalooza

Originally published on Tue March 31, 2015 7:58 am

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Around the Nation
7:40 am
Tue March 31, 2015

Colorado Allows Sales Of Powdered Alcohol

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NPR Story
4:58 am
Tue March 31, 2015

Indianapolis Mayor Calls On Legislature To Repeal Or Ammend Bill

Demonstrators gather outside the City County Building in Indianapolis Monday, calling for the state house to roll back the controversial Religious Freedom Restoration Act, which critics say can be used to discriminate against gays and lesbians.
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Originally published on Tue March 31, 2015 7:58 am

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That Republican mayor of Indianapolis is Greg Ballard, and he's on the line now. Mayor Ballard, welcome to the program.

MAYOR GREG BALLARD: Good morning. Thank you for having me.

INSKEEP: So what's wrong with this law?

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NPR Story
4:58 am
Tue March 31, 2015

Indiana GOP To Revisit Controversial Religious Freedom Act

Originally published on Tue March 31, 2015 7:58 am

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NPR Story
4:58 am
Tue March 31, 2015

Negotiations Over Iran's Nuclear Program Come Down To The Wire

Originally published on Tue March 31, 2015 9:49 am

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Television
4:58 am
Tue March 31, 2015

Trevor Noah To Replace Jon Stewart As Host Of 'The Daily Show'

Originally published on Tue March 31, 2015 7:58 am

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Mark this next story as a sign of a changing nation. Comedy Central has announced the successor to Jon Stewart. Trevor Noah takes over "The Daily Show," the fake news program that's often as influential as real news shows.

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Shots - Health News
4:58 am
Tue March 31, 2015

No Easy, Reliable Way To Screen For Suicide

About twice a year, statistics suggest, a pilot somewhere in the world — usually flying alone — deliberately crashes a plane. The Germanwing flight downed last week may be one such case. But most people who fit the psychological profile of the pilots in these very rare events never have problems while flying.
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Originally published on Wed April 1, 2015 6:57 pm

Even a careful psychiatric examination of the co-pilot involved in last week's Germanwings jetliner crash probably would not have revealed whether he intended to kill himself, researchers say.

"As a field, we're not very good at accurately predicting who is at risk for suicidal behavior," says Matthew Nock, a psychology professor at Harvard. He says studies show that mental health professionals "perform no better than chance" when it comes to predicting which patients will attempt suicide.

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Around the Nation
7:33 am
Mon March 30, 2015

4-year-old Girl Boards Bus Alone At 3 A.M. To Get A Slushie

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Around the Nation
7:33 am
Mon March 30, 2015

Twitter Account Chronicles Adventures Of 'Florida Man'

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Africa
6:47 am
Mon March 30, 2015

Voting In Nigeria Affected By Isolated Violence And Irregularities

Originally published on Mon March 30, 2015 12:33 pm

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Europe
6:46 am
Mon March 30, 2015

Recovery Efforts Continue For Victims of Germanwings Crash

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NPR Story
5:04 am
Mon March 30, 2015

Politics In The News: Religious Freedom Act

Originally published on Mon March 30, 2015 7:33 am

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Code Switch
5:04 am
Mon March 30, 2015

In New York's Multinational Astoria, Diversity Is Key To Harmony

Catholic Charities Brooklyn and Queens holds classes for people who are learning English as a second language. A teacher leads the class in a rendition of Eric Clapton's "Wonderful Night."
Alexandra Starr NPR

Originally published on Tue March 31, 2015 7:36 pm

Queens, N.Y., is one of the most diverse urban spaces in the world, and one of the most diverse neighborhoods in Queens is Astoria, across the East River from upper Manhattan.

Astoria has a reputation as New York City's Greektown, but it's more like an urban United Nations. People from nearly 100 countries live there, according to census data.

They coexist pretty peacefully, but that wasn't always the case. The explosion of diversity has helped foster a more tranquil community.

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