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Politics
10:33 am
Sat August 30, 2014

Rick Perry's Legal Trouble: The Line Between Influence And Coercion

Texas Gov. Rick Perry talks to the media and supporters after he was booked on August 19 in Austin. Perry is charged with abuse of office and coercing a public official.
Eric Gay AP

The day he was booked, Texas Gov. Rick Perry gave a big smile for his mug shot — which was then printed up on t-shirts to demonstrate just what a farce he thought the indictment was. In a press conference, the scorn dripped from Perry's voice as he took up the sword — defender, not of himself, but of the state's constitution.

"We don't settle political differences with indictments in this country," he said. "It is outrageous that some would use partisan political theatrics to rip away at the very fabric of our state's constitution."

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Animals
10:08 am
Sat August 30, 2014

Making Sure Those Walking Horses Aren't Hurting Horses

Trainer Jimmy McConnell of Shelbyville, Tenn., rides champion walking horse Watch It Now before a 2009 football game in Knoxville, Tenn. Celebrations of the breed's distinctive gait are a 75-year-old tradition, but animal rights activists say that for many of those decades, the walking horse industry has abused animals to get their knees even higher.
Wade Payne AP

Originally published on Sat August 30, 2014 11:53 am

In Shelbyville, Tenn., the Tennessee walking horse is an icon and a way of life. For 10 nights in August, thousands of fans cheer from their box seats as well-manicured horses prance around a dirt oval track.

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Medical Treatments
5:47 am
Sat August 30, 2014

NIH Hopes Ebola Vaccine Will Help Protect Aid Workers

Originally published on Sat August 30, 2014 10:33 am

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Sports
5:47 am
Sat August 30, 2014

Bringing Ice Hockey To A Land With No Ice

Originally published on Sat August 30, 2014 10:33 am

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Commentary
5:47 am
Sat August 30, 2014

Why The British Allowed The Rotherham Abuse To Fester

Originally published on Sat August 30, 2014 10:33 am

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Music News
5:31 am
Sat August 30, 2014

Taking The Tuba Above And Beyond The Low End

On a new record called Connections: Mind the Gap, tuba player Bob Stewart sums up his career with a showcase of the instrument's versatility.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Sat August 30, 2014 10:33 am

On a hot, humid afternoon, Bob Stewart has called a rehearsal at his Harlem apartment. Six musicians are in a circle in the living room — on one side, trumpet and trombone; on the other, cello, viola and violin; and in the middle, the elephant in the room — Stewart's tuba.

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Sports
5:31 am
Sat August 30, 2014

U.S. Open, Football's New Rules: The Week In Sports

Originally published on Sat August 30, 2014 10:33 am

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This is WEEKEND EDITION from NPR News. I'm Scott Simon, and it's time for Sports.

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History
5:31 am
Sat August 30, 2014

London Evacuees Bore A Painful Cost Of War

Originally published on Sat August 30, 2014 10:33 am

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Education
5:31 am
Sat August 30, 2014

Immigrants Keep Children Bilingual By Schooling Them At Home

Originally published on Sat August 30, 2014 10:33 am

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All Tech Considered
10:15 am
Sat August 23, 2014

Native Stories From Alaska Give Gamers Something To Play With

The game Never Alone tells the story of a young Inupiaq girl, Nuna, and her companion, an Arctic fox, as they go on a quest to save her village.
Upper One Games

Originally published on Mon August 25, 2014 1:42 pm

Until recently, no video games on the market have told the story of an indigenous people from their perspective. A group of Alaskan natives have partnered with a game developer to change that.

Their game is called Never Alone, and its creators hope it will set a new standard in video game development.

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Iraq
9:50 am
Sat August 23, 2014

Kurdish Forces Say They're Waiting For U.S. Weapons

A Kurdish Peshmerga fighter on the front line in Bashiqa, a village near Mosul.
Ahmad al-Rubaye AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Sat August 23, 2014 10:53 am

Iraq's ethnic Kurds are longtime U.S. allies and have put up the toughest resistance to the Sunni extremists in the so-called Islamic State that has captured swaths or Iraq's north and west.

They're getting help from U.S. air strikes, but also need heavier weapons of their own to match the firepower of the Islamic State, also known as ISIS. Weapons have been promised by the U.S. and other countries, but getting them through the central government in Baghdad has hampered the mission, according to Kurdish commanders.

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Law
9:48 am
Sat August 23, 2014

Even Police Body Cameras Can Lose Sight Of The Truth

Many residents of Ferguson, Mo., would like to see the police wear video cameras, like this one worn by a Los Angeles police officer.
Damian Dovarganes AP

Originally published on Mon August 25, 2014 11:12 am

Ferguson, Mo., found a degree of civic calm this week after days and nights of angry clashes between protestors and the police.

Now the city is working to restore trust with residents after a white police officer fatally shot black teenager Michael Brown on Aug. 9. City leaders and residents say one way to do that might be to equip police with personal video cameras.

"All the cops have to have body cameras and dashboard cameras," says resident Alonzo Bond, "so everybody can be accountable."

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All Tech Considered
8:56 am
Sat August 23, 2014

Uber Greases The Wheel With Obama's Old Campaign Manager

Uber is hiring David Plouffe, the mastermind of Obama's 2008 campaign, to power its own political strategy. What can a tech-savvy political animal offer a ride-sharing service?
Charles Dharapak AP

Originally published on Sat August 23, 2014 9:48 am

President Obama's former campaign manager has gone to work for Uber. The ride-sharing start-up based in San Francisco has hired David Plouffe in hope that the political strategist who helped elect a president can steer the company through a thicket of local regulatory disputes.

This new power couple raises some questions:

Why does Uber need one of the best political strategists in the country?

First off, they can afford him. The company is valued at $18 billion. NPR tried to find out what Plouffe is getting paid, but Uber won't say.

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Race
5:34 am
Sat August 23, 2014

Educators Say Students Need To Talk About Ferguson

Originally published on Sat August 23, 2014 9:48 am

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Research News
5:34 am
Sat August 23, 2014

Antarctic Lakes, Rivers, Wetlands — All Under A Kilometer Of Ice

Originally published on Sat August 23, 2014 10:53 am

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Race
5:34 am
Sat August 23, 2014

Nashville To African-Americans: Join Your Police Department!

Originally published on Sat August 23, 2014 9:48 am

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Sports
5:34 am
Sat August 23, 2014

Little League And College Football: The Week In Sports

Originally published on Sat August 23, 2014 9:48 am

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Europe
9:02 am
Sat August 16, 2014

Aid Is On The Way For Eastern Ukraine, If Only It Can Pass The Checkpoints

An aid worker takes a break on a big pile of food, which was brought to the small eastern Ukrainian city of Starobilsk by a humanitarian convoy.
Anatolii Stepanov AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Sat August 16, 2014 11:14 am

A simple car ride across eastern Ukraine reveals just how much of the vast agricultural and industrial region Ukrainian authorities have wrested back from pro-Russian separatists.

The evidence lies right outside the car window. Towns and villages that as recently as a few weeks ago displayed Russian and rebel flags on every conceivable surface now bear only the blue and yellow of the Ukrainian flag. Scattered cinder blocks are about all that's left of most rebel-held checkpoints, where the occasionally drunk separatist guards hassled, beat and detained Western journalists.

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Simon Says
6:05 am
Sat August 16, 2014

Remembering The Highs And Lows Of Robin Williams

Actor Robin Williams, when he was Mork, in April 1978.
AP

Originally published on Tue August 19, 2014 12:37 pm

Why can't some of the people who seem to bring the most joy into this world find it for themselves?

The death of Robin Williams, by his own hand, in his own home, possibly after he learned he was in the early stages of Parkinson's, caused a lot of people to ask that question this week.

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Race
5:54 am
Sat August 16, 2014

Tensions Reignite In Ferguson Between Police, Protesters

Originally published on Sat August 16, 2014 6:05 am

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