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Why Afghanistan's 'Underground Girls' Skirt Tradition To Live As Boys

Sat, 09/20/2014 - 4:11am

In a new book, journalist Jenny Nordberg writes about the bacha posh, young girls who dress up like boys to enjoy the freedoms of being an Afghan male for as long as they can.

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Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga Go 'Cheek To Cheek' On New Album

Sat, 09/20/2014 - 4:10am

The legendary crooner and pop superstar have a natural chemistry on their new collaborative album, which might introduce a new generation of pop fans to the world of jazz.

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Turkish Hostages Held By Islamic Militants Are Released

Sat, 09/20/2014 - 2:02am

Turkey's prime minister said that 49 hostages who were seized by Islamic militants in Iraq have been freed and safely returned to Turkey, ending Turkey's most serious hostage crisis.

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White House Briefly Evacuated After Man Jumps Fence, Makes It Inside

Fri, 09/19/2014 - 10:43pm

The 42-year-old got past the front doors Friday night before the Secret Service arrested him. President Obama and his family weren't home at the time.

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Texas Appears To Step Back From Proposal To Sell Alcohol At Some Gun Shows

Fri, 09/19/2014 - 6:08pm

The Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission received hundreds of negative comments about the proposal. Staff of the commissioners deciding on the new regulations have advised against it.

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Episode 570: The Fine Print

Fri, 09/19/2014 - 5:41pm

Today on the show, we read our homeowners insurance policy — and get to the bottom of all that fine print that nobody every reads.

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NPR Bestsellers: Paperback Nonfiction, Week Of September 18, 2014

Fri, 09/19/2014 - 5:03pm

Appearing at No. 6, scholar Reza Aslan's Zealot combines biblical and historical sources to probe the life of Jesus of Nazareth.

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NPR Bestsellers: Paperback Fiction, Week Of September 18, 2014

Fri, 09/19/2014 - 5:03pm

At No. 14, Dennis Lehane's The Drop follows a woman and a lonely bartender as they encounter the Chechen mafia, stick-up artists and a relentless cop.

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NPR Bestsellers: Hardcover Nonfiction, Week Of September 18, 2014

Fri, 09/19/2014 - 5:03pm

Debuting at No. 5, Henry Kissinger's World Order gives a historian's perspective on the idea of order in world affairs.

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NPR Bestsellers: Hardcover Fiction, Week Of September 18, 2014

Fri, 09/19/2014 - 5:03pm

In Ian McEwan's The Children Act, a judge decides a case involving parents whose faith forbids a life-saving transfusion for their son. It debuts at No. 4.

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NPR Bestsellers: Week Of September 18, 2014

Fri, 09/19/2014 - 5:03pm

The lists are compiled from weekly surveys of close to 500 independent bookstores nationwide.

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Talking Pink Heels And Birth Control, GOP Plays Offense With Women

Fri, 09/19/2014 - 5:03pm

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton addressed the Democrats' Women's Leadership Forum on Friday. But as the 2014 election nears, both parties are vying for women's votes.

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Social Media Get The Right Stuff To India's Flood Victims

Fri, 09/19/2014 - 4:48pm

Waters rose as high as two and three stories in the state of Jammu and Kashmir. People were trapped. They needed supplies, and #jkfloodrelief came to the rescue.

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Sabiduría: Trek-Mex

Fri, 09/19/2014 - 4:29pm

Comedian Elicia Sanchez gives us the scoop on her themed wedding that allied two unlikely influences: her Mexican heritage and her love of Star Trek.

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Colorado's Floods, One Year Later

Fri, 09/19/2014 - 4:29pm

A year after flooding devastated parts of Colorado, reporter Lesley McClurg checks in with Latino families who were displaced, to see how they are coping with the changes in their lives.

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The U.S. and Cuban Cell Phones

Fri, 09/19/2014 - 4:29pm

The U.S. is backing a text-messaging program in Cuba called "Piramideo." Cuban officials charge that it's trying to promote anti-Castro protests.

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Allies in Our Newsroom

Fri, 09/19/2014 - 4:29pm

Host Maria Hinojosa talks to two of her producers, Michael Simon Johnson and Marlon Bishop, about what they've learned about being good allies, and working while white in the Latino USA newsroom.

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Driving Down the Rent

Fri, 09/19/2014 - 4:29pm

Boston city dwellers become allies to combat a force that is threatening their community: the rising cost of rent.

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Keeping Kosher

Fri, 09/19/2014 - 4:29pm

Reporter Sarah Barrett tells us the story of a rabbi who teams up with Latino workers — who make kosher food — to fight for workers' rights.

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Interrupting Violence in the Bronx

Fri, 09/19/2014 - 4:29pm

In the South Bronx, a group of ex-convicts patrols the streets, trying to steer local kids away from violence.

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