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  • A Snail So Hardcore It's Named After A Punk Rocker

    Saturday, December 20, 2014

    Inspired by the snails' spiky shells and acid-loving nature, researchers named the new species Alviniconcha strummeri, after Clash frontman Joe Strummer.

  • 'Going There' in 2014

    Saturday, December 20, 2014

    Michel Martin has spent much of the last few months on the road, and she has been moved by the people she's met and the stories they've shared with her. She remembers her 'Top 5' moments of 2014.

  • Twelve Weeks To A Six-Figure Job

    Saturday, December 20, 2014

    With that pitch, coder boot camps are poised to get much, much bigger. Is this a new education delivery system?

  • Suddenly, Russia Is Confident No Longer

    Saturday, December 20, 2014

    With the ruble flagging and the price of oil still on the way down, the Russian economy is in trouble. Former U.S. ambassador Michael McFaul tells NPR's Scott Simon what that means for Russia.


    Saturday, December 20, 2014

    President Obama held his year-end press conference Friday, insisting 2014 has been a "breakthrough year for America." He also addressed the Sony hack attack and his recent executive action on Cuba.

  • Excavation Reveals Regular Citizens Who Really Ran Ancient Egypt

    Saturday, December 20, 2014

    A team of archaeologists from Brigham Young University has uncovered an Egyptian cemetery that may have upwards of 1 million graves. NPR's Scott Simon explains they were commoners — not pharaohs.

  • Designing State Symbols For The World's Newest Country

    Saturday, December 20, 2014

    From flags to currency, a new country needs new symbols. NPR's Scott Simon talks with Anne Quito, who travelled to the world's newest country, South Sudan, to observe as they designed theirs.

  • 3-D Scanning Sonar Brings Light To Deep Ocean Shipwrecks

    Saturday, December 20, 2014

    In the San Francisco Bay, researchers are using new technology to investigate shipwrecks. NPR's Scott Simon speaks with James Delgado, director of Maritime Heritage at NOAA, about what they've found.

  • Obama: Sony Should Have Talked To Him Before Pulling 'The Interview'

    Saturday, December 20, 2014

    The FBI has concluded North Korea was responsible for the cyber attack on Sony Pictures. NPR's Scott Simon talks with White House correspondent Scott Horsley about what happens now.

  • Youth Who Led Tunisia's Uprising Frustrated With Pace Of Change

    Saturday, December 20, 2014

    The Arab Spring began in Tunisia in 2011 with the ousting of a dictator, but youth in that country seem unenthusiastic about elections on Sunday.

  • Kurdish Troops Free Yazidis, But Major Battles Remain

    Saturday, December 20, 2014

    With the help of U.S. airstrikes, Iraqi Kurdish forces have made significant advances against the self-proclaimed Islamic State, or ISIS.

  • Author: Cuban Dissidents Feel Betrayed By Obama's Action

    Saturday, December 20, 2014

    In the wake of the announcement that the U.S. is restoring relations with Cuba, some Cuban exiles are wary. NPR's Scott Simon talks to Cuban-American author Carlos Eire about his reaction to the news.

  • The Africa I Know Isn't The Africa In The Headlines Today

    Saturday, December 20, 2014

    In 1990, our commentator visited Africa and fell in love with the energy and dreams of its people. Today he sees a land full of promise. But Ebola has revived the image of Africa in chaos.

  • Antarctic Holiday: A Christmas Feast In The Loneliest Spot On Earth

    Saturday, December 20, 2014

    For Dr. Gavin Francis, Christmas Eve marked the start of a year-long stay in an icy research base 8,700 miles from home. In this "empire of ice and isolation," he says, food is essential to morale.

  • Supreme Court Clears Way For Same-Sex Marriages In Florida

    Friday, December 19, 2014

    The Supreme Court declined to extend a stay on a ruling by U.S. District Judge Robert L. Hinkle, who said in August that Florida's 2008 ban is unconstitutional. The stay expires in January.



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