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  • Meet The Voice Of Hundreds Of Airports, Subways And Theme Parks

    March 10, 2015 4:20 PM 171

    The next time you take a plan, train or find yourself at an amusement park, listen closely to the announcements. Chances are, you are listening to the same person. Carolyn Hopkins started voicing public service announcements back in the 1980s and today, she gives travelers notice in hundreds of locations around the world, including LaGuardia Airport

  • An Alternative To Standardized Tests Gets Green Light In N.H.

    March 10, 2015 4:12 PM 79

    All across the country this spring, students will have to take a new set of standardized tests, aligned to the Common Core State Standards. Early indications are the test will be significantly more difficult than many states’ current tests, and teachers and administrators are anxious. But in New Hampshire, four school districts have received federal

  • Iran Calls GOP Letter 'Propaganda Ploy,' Offers To 'Enlighten' Authors

    March 10, 2015 1:50 PM 175

    A letter from U.S. senators suggests the lawmakers "not only do not understand international law, but are not fully cognizant of the nuances of their own Constitution," says Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif. Republican senators who sent Iran a letter about ongoing nuclear talks have prompted a lengthy response from Iranian Foreign Minister

  • U.S. Ambassador Leaves Hospital After Attack In South Korea

    March 10, 2015 11:44 AM 86

    "In a press conference before leaving the hospital, Lippert said that while there's more rehab left for his arm, he's eager to return to work. " 'I'm walking, talking, holding my baby, hugging my wife — so I just feel really good,' he said." "Lippert thanked all the well-wishers from the U.S. and South Korea who reached out during his hospital stay. "Kim Gi Jong, the man police

  • From The Gathering Of Juggalos To Farthest Australia In 'Timid Son'

    March 10, 2015 11:03 AM 170

    "I am homesick most for the place I've never known," writes Kent Russell in his debut essay collection. He's referring specifically to Martins Ferry, Ohio, his father's childhood hometown — but it could be anywhere. The essays in I Am Sorry to Think I Have Raised a Timid Son find the young author miles away from his native Florida, at a music festival

  • With This Missouri Teacher, The Lesson Is Live

    March 10, 2015 11:03 AM 177

    Each weekday morning, promptly at 7:20 am, Robyn King's students go live. "Are we ready?" King asked on a recent Monday, holding up a single finger pointed at two wide-eyed students sitting at a desk in front of a tripod-mounted iPad. "OK, here we go." King teaches Journalism and Broadcast Media at Truman High School in Independence, Mo. Besides writing

  • 'Dead Wake' By Erik Larson

    March 10, 2015 11:03 AM 179

    Pier 54 on the Hudson River in Manhattan is padlocked and forgotten now. Like whispers of the past, the engraved names of the shipping companies Cunard and White Star remain barely legible atop its rusted iron gate. Few of the present-day joggers and cyclists who pass by might recall that a century ago, on May 1, 1915, the Lusitania set sail from this berth

  • Wis. Family Calls For Peaceful Protests After Police Kill Unarmed Black Man

    March 10, 2015 9:08 AM 159

    In Madison, Wisconsin, police and public officials are trying hard to contrast the police shooting of an unarmed black man in their city last week with the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, last year. Protesters plan more marches. An independent investigation is looking into the shooting of 19-year-old Tony Robinson. Copyright © 2015 NPR. All rights

  • Ethiopia's Blue Party Tries To Reacquaint Nation With Dissent

    March 10, 2015 9:07 AM 167

    Feven Tashome is a study in blue. The 21-year-old's toenails are painted a rich cobalt, her scarf is baby blue and her leather handbag is ultramarine. To ordinary passersby in the Ethiopian capital of Addis Ababa, it's a fashion statement; to members of Ethiopia's beleaguered political opposition, it's a secret handshake. The Blue Party is one of Ethiopia's

  • Explorers Discover Ancient Lost City In Honduran Jungle

    March 10, 2015 8:19 AM 161

    A view of part of the vast Mosquitia jungle in Honduras. A team of explorers, guided by ground-penetrating scans made from airplanes, recently discovered an important ancient city in the region. For almost a century, explorers have searched the jungles of Honduras for a legendary lost city known as the White City, or the City of the Monkey God. A team of explorers