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My Big Break
10:41 am
Sun April 27, 2014

Without Life-Saving Pact, This Doctor Would Have Been The Patient

Dr. Sampson Davis is an emergency medicine physician in Newark, N.J. When he was 17, he committed a robbery that led to his big break. He's written about his return to the hospital where he was born in his memoir, Living and Dying in Brick City.
Rainer Hosch Courtesy of Sampson Davis

Originally published on Sun April 27, 2014 4:23 pm

As part of a series called "My Big Break," All Things Considered is collecting stories of triumph, big and small. These are the moments when everything seems to click, and people leap forward into their careers.

Dr. Sampson Davis is an emergency medicine physician in his hometown of Newark, N.J. He grew up in a rough neighborhood. As a kid, he excelled in school but didn't always stay out of trouble.

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Shots - Health News
10:00 am
Sun April 27, 2014

Giving Up On Its Obamacare Exchange No Cure For Oregon's Ills

Oregon was an early adopter of the Affordable Care Act, and ran a series of ads encouraging all Oregonians to sign up for health insurance. But their website never became fully functional.
Cover Oregon

Originally published on Sun April 27, 2014 4:45 pm

Oregon has been "all in" on health reform. Its embrace of the Affordable Care Act includes a very successful Medicaid expansion, a $2 billion federal experiment to show the state can save money by managing patients' care better, and, of course, the state's own online marketplace to sell Obamacare insurance.

But that last point has been a huge problem.

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Science
9:11 am
Sun April 27, 2014

Fossil Fans Get Their Dino-Fix Before Smithsonian Renovates

A cast of a Tyrannosaurus rex skull greets visitors as they enter the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History in Washington.
J. Scott Applewhite AP

Originally published on Sun April 27, 2014 4:45 pm

Huge lines of people, kids in tow, are waiting to get into the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History, the world's second-most visited museum.

Right inside the lobby, a cast of the skull of the new Tyrannosaurus rex the museum just acquired is stopping visitors dead in their tracks.

"We wanted to get up here before the exhibit for the dinosaurs closed," says Crystal Epley, who took a three-hour trip from Broadway, Va., to bring her son, John.

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The Two-Way
9:08 am
Sun April 27, 2014

South Africa Celebrates 20 Years Of Democracy

People attend South Africa's Freedom Day celebrations in Pretoria, with the federal Union Building in the background Sunday. The day marks the end of the apartheid era, when all races went to the polls to vote in historic 1994 elections.
AP

Originally published on Sun April 27, 2014 9:45 am

President Jacob Zuma led Freedom Day celebrations in Pretoria Sunday, as South Africa marked the 20th anniversary of democratic rule. The nation held its first general elections in 1994, when voters sent Nelson Mandela to the presidency with a resounding win that helped the country distance itself from the scourge of apartheid.

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The Two-Way
8:08 am
Sun April 27, 2014

NRA Says It's Not Bothered By Gun Control Group's Protest

A man examines weapons in the exhibit hall at the 143rd NRA Annual Meetings and Exhibits at the Indiana Convention Center in Indianapolis.
Karen Bleier AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Sun April 27, 2014 9:48 am

The National Rifle Association's national convention drew a counter-demonstration in Indianapolis this weekend, as advocates for gun control press their own agenda near the convention center hosting the event. An NRA official says the group has plenty of support.

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Interviews
8:03 am
Sun April 27, 2014

The Risk And Reward Of Monitoring Elections In The Middle East

Election officials count ballots under the scrutiny of monitors in Iraq in 2005. Les Campbell from the National Democratic Institute worked as an election monitor during Iraq's 2005 elections, a job that came with a flak jacket and security detail.
Sasa Kralj AP

Originally published on Sun April 27, 2014 4:45 pm

Each week, Weekend Edition Sunday brings listeners an unexpected side of the news by talking with someone personally affected by the stories making headlines.

Iraq is suffering the worst spate of violence in many years — some say the worst since the height of the U.S. war in 2008. On Friday, dozens of people were killed at an election rally in Baghdad. This Wednesday, Iraqis will go to the polls in the first parliamentary election since the U.S. pulled combat troops out in 2011.

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Movies
7:53 am
Sun April 27, 2014

Artist Ralph Steadman: A Nice Man, For A Pictorial Assassin

Steadman's drawing of Hunter S. Thompson's car beset by huge bats illustrated Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas in 1971.
Courtesy of Ralph Steadman/Sony Pictures Classics

Originally published on Sun April 27, 2014 4:45 pm

Ralph Steadman is known to most Americans for the surreal illustrations he drew to accompany Hunter S. Thompson's articles and books, including Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas.

But Steadman has drawn everything from extinct birds to savage political caricatures to wine and beer labels. He's even written an opera libretto.

The British artist is also the subject of a documentary, titled For No Good Reason, narrated by Johnny Depp.

Such A Nice Man, Such Dangerous Drawings

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The Two-Way
7:13 am
Sun April 27, 2014

Obama Discusses Racist Comments Attributed To Clippers Owner

President Obama speaks during a joint press conference in Malaysia's administrative capital in Putrajaya Sunday, where he was asked about racist comments attributed to Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling.
Mohd Rasfan AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Sun April 27, 2014 1:05 pm

Calling racist statements that were allegedly made by Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling "incredibly offensive," President Obama says he is confident the NBA will resolve the controversy that erupted after an audio recording of the comments was aired this weekend.

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The Two-Way
6:11 am
Sun April 27, 2014

U.S. And Philippines Agree On 10-Year Military Plan

Originally published on Sun April 27, 2014 9:55 am

More American military troops and assets could soon be placed in the Philippines, in a new deal that seems aimed at counterbalancing China's growing influence. The deal is expected to be formalized Monday, as President Obama arrives in Manila on his trip to Asia.

For NPR's Newscast unit, Simone Orendain filed this report from Manila:

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Afghanistan
6:03 am
Sun April 27, 2014

Ancient Form Of Poetry Captures Afghan Women's Lives

Originally published on Sun April 27, 2014 4:45 pm

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RACHEL MARTIN, HOST:

Eliza Griswold has reported from Afghanistan for more than a decade, writing news features for the New York Times magazine and other publications. She thought she had a pretty good grip on the country's politics and culture, but it wasn't until she started exploring Afghan women's poetry that she discovered a different side of women's lives there. What she found was a complex world of rage, empowerment, sorrow and sex.

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Arts & Life
6:03 am
Sun April 27, 2014

Like So Many Magazines, 'Ladies' Home Journal' Cuts Back

Originally published on Sun April 27, 2014 4:45 pm

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RACHEL MARTIN, HOST:

This is WEEKEND EDITION from NPR News. I'm Rachel Martin. Ladies' Home Journal, the magazine that was once so popular with housewives and homemakers, is ending its 130-year run as a monthly magazine. The print magazine business has of course changed dramatically in the last few decades.

And Ladies' Home Journal saw its own advertising revenues drop by more than 50 percent over the last 10 years. But this story isn't just about business as you might expect. NPR's Zoe Chace explains women have changed too.

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Games & Humor
6:03 am
Sun April 27, 2014

To Guess A Poker Hand, Look At How It's Held

Originally published on Wed April 30, 2014 10:44 am

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RACHEL MARTIN, HOST:

Let's talk poker. Dealer, let me see those cards.

(SOUNDBITE OF FILM, "COOL HAND LUKE")

WAYNE ROGERS: (As Gambler) King three. You got a four. Queen deuce gets a five, and a pair of sevens gets a john, and the big ace gets slap in the face. OK, you still do the talking.

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Sunday Puzzle
6:03 am
Sun April 27, 2014

First In, Last Out

NPR

Originally published on Sun April 27, 2014 4:45 pm

On-air challenge: For each word provided, give a word that can follow it to complete a familiar two-word phrase. The first two letters of the provided word should be the last two letters of the answer. Example: Red Square

Last week's challenge: Name certain trees. Also name something that trees have. Rearrange all the letters to get the brand name of a product you might buy at a grocery or drug store. What is it?

Answer: Firs + Leaves = Life Savers

Winner: Nils Thingvall of Lafayette, Colo.

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Author Interviews
6:03 am
Sun April 27, 2014

Wise Words From Robin Roberts' Mom: 'Honey, Everybody's Got Something'

Originally published on Thu May 1, 2014 9:27 am

When Good Morning America co-anchor Robin Roberts was a little girl, whenever she'd complain to her mother about how unfair life was, her mother would say, "Oh, everybody's got something."

Years later, in 2007, Roberts was diagnosed with breast cancer. "I had that moment of: Wow, I can't believe I'm going through this. Why is this happening to me?" she tells NPR's Rachel Martin. "And my mother ... sweetly and gently — said to me, 'Honey, everybody's got something.' And it just really stuck with me."

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Politics
6:03 am
Sun April 27, 2014

Dole Reflects On A Long Career As He Cruises His Home State

Originally published on Sun April 27, 2014 4:45 pm

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RACHEL MARTIN, HOST:

Senator Bob Dole is doing a lot of appreciating these days. He just wrapped up the first leg of a thank you tour around his home state of Kansas, meeting with longtime friends and supporters who've helped him with throughout his career. And they did turn out to see the native Kansas son, who served as the Republican Majority Leader in the Senate and ran for president in 1996. It is clear Dole still loves working a room. He loves weighing in on the big issues, and he cannot resist a good one-liner.

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Europe
6:03 am
Sun April 27, 2014

Colosseum Gets A Good 2,000-Year Scouring

Originally published on Sun April 27, 2014 4:45 pm

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RACHEL MARTIN, HOST:

For two millennia, the Colosseum in Rome has been collecting layers of dirt and grime. Finally, it's getting a top-to-bottom scrubbing. The Roman monument was, of course, the center of entertainment back in the day where people could go to catch a really good show, like a gladiator fight, mock naval battle, or public execution. Millions of tourists visit the amphitheater these days, but it's filthy, covered in black gunk from car pollution, damaged by earthquakes, and stripped of materials over the centuries.

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Iraq
6:03 am
Sun April 27, 2014

Violence In Iraq Mars Runup To Election

Originally published on Sun April 27, 2014 4:45 pm

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RACHEL MARTIN, HOST:

This is WEEKEND EDITION from NPR News. I'm Rachel Martin. Iraq is suffering the worst spate of violence that country has seen in many years, some say the worst since the height of the U.S. war in 2008. On Friday, dozens of people were killed at an election rally in Baghdad.

This Wednesday, Iraqis go to the polls in the first parliamentary election since the U.S. pulled combat troops out in 2011. To hear more about the upcoming election, we're joined by Reuters Baghdad Bureau Chief, Ned Parker. Welcome to the program.

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Asia
6:03 am
Sun April 27, 2014

S. Korea Prime Minister Resigns Over Ferry Disaster

Originally published on Sun April 27, 2014 4:45 pm

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Europe
6:03 am
Sun April 27, 2014

An Independent Scotland Could Falter Economically

Originally published on Sun April 27, 2014 4:45 pm

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RACHEL MARTIN, HOST:

So that is the argument in favor of Scottish independence. At the same time, many people express deep concerns that leaving the United Kingdom could hurt Scotland. NPR's Ari Shapiro has spent time in Glasgow reporting on the referendum. He joins us now to describe the other side of this debate. Hi, Ari.

ARI SHAPIRO, BYLINE: Hi, Rachel.

MARTIN: So is there some kind of consensus on whether independence would help or hurt Scotland economically?

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Europe
6:03 am
Sun April 27, 2014

Scotland Could Prosper Outside The United Kingdom

Originally published on Sun April 27, 2014 4:45 pm

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RACHEL MARTIN, HOST:

This week marks an important date in the history of the British Isles. In 1707, the Acts of Union were signed, which joined in Scotland and England into a single United Kingdom. And so it has remained for the last 300 years, although, in 1997, the British government gave Scotland its own parliament with certain powers over social policy.

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Europe
6:03 am
Sun April 27, 2014

Crisis Escalates In Eastern Ukraine

Originally published on Sun April 27, 2014 4:45 pm

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RACHEL MARTIN, HOST:

This is WEEKEND EDITION from NPR News. I'm Rachel Martin. The crisis in eastern Ukraine is escalating after a group of foreign military observers accused of being spies were detained by pro-Russian separatists. At a press conference today, the detainees said they are in good health and have not been physically mistreated. At the same time, the government in Kiev has stepped up its military operations around separatist dominated towns.

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National Security
6:03 am
Sun April 27, 2014

Marines In Australia Aimed To Stabilize A Growing Region

Originally published on Sun April 27, 2014 4:45 pm

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My Guilty Pleasure
5:03 am
Sun April 27, 2014

Kim Harrison's 'Hollows': The Good, The Bad And The Badass

Originally published on Mon April 28, 2014 10:48 am

When my friend Margo suggested I read Kim Harrison's Dead Witch Walking, I was skeptical. Many were the conversations we'd had about the annoyance of fluffy modern-day vampires and the growing skeeze-factor of what got marketed as Urban Fantasy. But her recommendation carried a lot of weight, so on a quiet day in the independent bookstore where I worked, I sat down and entered Harrison's Hollows series.

Reader, I was hooked faster than a pixy caught in sticky silk.

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Book News & Features
3:44 am
Sun April 27, 2014

Put Up Your Dukes: Romance's Favorite Rank

Ever wonder why two-thirds of all the romance novels ever published seem to be about dukes? We do.

Snow White didn't fall in love with one of the dwarves. She fell in love with the prince. But princes are scarce, and the next title of any consequence is that of the duke – which explains a lot about the rows and rows of romance novels with the word "duke" somewhere on the cover.

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The Two-Way
3:16 am
Sun April 27, 2014

Crowds Jam St. Peter's For Historic Day Of Four Popes

Pope Francis kisses the relic of Pope John XXIII during the canonization mass.
Vincenzo Pinto AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Sun April 27, 2014 12:43 pm

Hundreds of thousands of people filled St. Peter's Square and the streets of Rome on Sunday to witness the extraordinary sight of two popes — one reigning and one retired — declaring two of their predecessors as saints.

The ceremony was the first time two pontiffs — John XXIII and John Paul II — were made saints at the same time. The Associated Press says:

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The Two-Way
8:24 pm
Sat April 26, 2014

S. Korea Prime Minister Offers Resignation Over Ferry Sinking

South Korean Prime Minister Chung Hong-won also apologized to a country increasingly angry over the handling of the sinking and for lax regulatory enforcement that authorities say contributed to the accident.
Ahn Young-joon AP

Originally published on Sun April 27, 2014 6:06 am

South Korea's prime minister says he will resign over the ferry disaster that left more than 300 people dead or missing — and left the victims' families in anguish for days, as fruitless rescue attempts were made.

Chung Hong-won also apologized to a country increasingly angry over the handling of the sinking and for lax regulatory enforcement that authorities say contributed to the accident.

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Music Interviews
4:25 pm
Sat April 26, 2014

René Marie On Singing, Sex And The Importance Of Being Eartha

Jazz singer René Marie's latest release is I Wanna Be Evil: With Love to Eartha Kitt.
Janice Yim Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Thu May 22, 2014 11:54 am

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The Two-Way
3:57 pm
Sat April 26, 2014

NBA Probes 'Disturbing and Offensive' Comments Attributed To Clippers Owner

An October 2013 photo shows Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling, right, and V. Stiviano, left. A recording released Friday includes racist comments allegedly made by Sterling as the couple argued. The NBA is investigating the claim.
Mark J. Terrill AP

Originally published on Wed April 30, 2014 4:10 pm

An audio recording that reportedly captures Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling criticizing a woman for publicly "associating with black people" is prompting an NBA investigation into whether Sterling made that and other remarks, including a demand about Magic Johnson: "don't bring him to my games."

"Why are you taking pictures with minorities? Why?" the man asks in the recording, in which a man and woman argue over topics that include photos she posted to Instagram.

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Author Interviews
3:19 pm
Sat April 26, 2014

How An Army Officer And Diplomat Wrote His Way Through Trauma

Ron Capps talks with refugees in the Kisna Reka refugee camp some 15 miles from Pristina, Kosovo, in 1998. In his role as a U.S. diplomatic monitor, Capps traveled through Kosovo gathering intelligence from refugees and Serb forces about the situation in the region.
Santiago Lyon AP

Originally published on Sat April 26, 2014 4:25 pm

In five wars over 10 years, Ron Capps shifted back and forth between being a U.S. Army officer and a State Department foreign service officer in some of the world's deadliest places.

In Afghanistan, Iraq and elsewhere, he served as a senior military intelligence officer. In wartime Kosovo, Darfur and Rwanda, he worked as a diplomat out in the field, documenting violence and war. As he writes in his new memoir, all the while he was almost daily "in the midst of murder, rape, the burning of villages, crimes against humanity, war crimes, ethnic cleaning or genocide."

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Book Reviews
3:19 pm
Sat April 26, 2014

In 'Every Day Is For The Thief,' Cole Chronicles A City's Reality

Nnamdi Azikiwe street, a commercial street in Lagos, Nigeria, Tuesday, 24 2005.
GEORGE OSODI ASSOCIATED PRESS

Originally published on Sat April 26, 2014 5:12 pm

If you've ever received one of those emails claiming to be from someone in Nigeria, and telling you that millions of dollars await you, it may have been sent from an Internet cafe, the kind that proliferate in Lagos, Nigeria. There, under a sign warning patrons not to engage in fraud, people might sit typing emails that make outrageously fraudulent claims. Guards might be stationed in the cafe, and when they notice suspicious activity, they swoop down upon the offending patron, perhaps threatening him with torture and prison, and shaking him down for money.

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