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West Virginians Confused About Water Safety, Despite State's All Clear

January 25, 2014 - 5:00pm

West Virginia is still assessing the impact of a major chemical spill on Jan. 9 into the Elk River, which left 300,000 people without safe drinking water for days. Guest host Kelly McEvers speaks with Ken Ward Jr., a reporter for the Charleston Gazette, about the spill, and public reaction to conflicting messages from health officials.

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Ukrainian President Stuns Protesters With Offer Of Government Jobs

January 25, 2014 - 5:00pm

The political crisis in Ukraine is spreading, with tens of thousands of protesters gathered in Kiev's central square, demanding that President Viktor Yanukovych step down. From Kiev, NPR's Corey Flintoff speaks with guest host Kelly McEvers about some surprising developments.

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Syria Grants Rare But Scripted Glimpse To Western Journalists

January 25, 2014 - 5:00pm

Negotiations between the Syrian government and Syrian opposition leaders continue in Geneva this weekend. Guest host Kelly McEvers talks to Frederik Pleitgen of CNN, who is in Damascus, reporting about the current situation on the ground in Syria.

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Syrian Government, Opposition Begin Peace Talks With 'Half Steps'

January 25, 2014 - 5:00pm

This week, representatives of the Syrian government and opposition met in Geneva, Switzerland, beginning negotiations to end Syria's violent civil war. Guest host Kelly McEvers speaks with NPR's Deborah Amos, who is following developments at the international conference.

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Three Years After Uprising, Egypt Remains Deeply Divided

January 25, 2014 - 5:00pm

Protests and violent clashes erupted throughout Egypt on Saturday, as the country marked the third anniversary of the beginning of the 2011 Egyptian revolution. At least 29 people died in the violence, according to Egyptian officials. Guest host Kelly McEvers speaks with NPR's Leila Fadel, who is in Cairo.

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Computers Are The Future, But Does Everyone Need To Code?

January 25, 2014 - 5:00pm

There's been a groundswell of support for coding education — "developer evangelists" host 24-hour code-a-thons and there's talk of teaching coding as early as kindergarten. But one critic says that's overkill. Afterall, he says, just because you drive a car doesn't mean that you have to be an auto mechanic.

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Antarctic Discovery: A Massive Valley Under The Ice

January 25, 2014 - 5:00pm

Researchers have discovered an ancient valley deeper than the Grand Canyon under West Antarctica. The finding is both a window into the continent's past and a forecast of how the ice might change in a future global climate.

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The Mystery Of Isabel Allende: Author Explores New Genre

January 25, 2014 - 5:00pm

"I'm not a fan of mysteries," says Isabel Allende. Strange words indeed from a woman whose mystery novel Ripper hits bookshelves this month. The renowned Chilean author talks about taking on a new genre and making it her own.

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Angélique Kidjo Shares The 'Shiver' Of Hearing A Beautiful Voice

January 25, 2014 - 5:00pm

'I had a vision," says the singer, whose latest album showcases the voices of women from Kenya and her home country of Benin.

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The Business Of Hip-Hop; Luring Millennials To Life Insurance

January 25, 2014 - 5:00pm

Ozy.com co-founder Carlos Watson talks about a rising star who has made writing about hip-hop serious business, and the advertising tactics that life insurance companies are using to attract young people.

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String Of Oil Train Crashes Prompts Push For Safety Rules

January 24, 2014 - 7:20pm

The National Transportation Safety Board is calling for the swift enactment of tough new standards on trains carrying crude oil. With the huge increase in oil shipped by rail across North America, safety officials warn another major disaster could be looming.

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An Unconventional Contender Emerges As GOP Ponders 2016 Convention

January 24, 2014 - 7:01pm

Las Vegas may seem to be an unlikely place for Republicans to gather to nominate their next presidential candidate. That's exactly why city leaders are getting such a head start on their pitch to do just that.

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In The Super Bowl Ad Game, One Small Business Will Win Big

January 24, 2014 - 5:28pm

This year, one lucky little company's professionally produced commercial will air during the Super Bowl's third quarter — all free — thanks to a contest held by the software firm Intuit. The four finalists include an organic egg farm and a natural compost supplier. For Intuit, it's a smart way to drum up more business.

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The Healthy, Not The Young, May Determine Health Law's Fate

January 24, 2014 - 5:25pm

Much has been made of the need for young, healthy people to sign up if the Affordable Care Act is going to work. But it may be that the key word here is not young, but healthy. Insurance companies get paid more for older people, regardless of their health.

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A Gem From The Archives: We Revisit A Mac Doubter

January 24, 2014 - 5:00pm

To mark the 30-year anniversary of Apple's introduction of the Macintosh computer, we dug into our archives for our interview with Peter McWilliams about the new device. Back in 1984, McWilliams, author of The Personal Computer Book, doubted that the Mac would catch on with a wide audience.

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Small-Batch Distilleries Ride The Craft Liquor Wave

January 22, 2014 - 6:24pm

Bacardi, Jack Daniels and Johnnie Walker have some new competition these days. There's been a surge in the number of craft distilleries in the U.S. over the past few years, as more mom and pop entrepreneurs are making liquor for local customers.

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Should Farmers Give John Deere And Monsanto Their Data?

January 22, 2014 - 5:45pm

Farmers can now deliver data from their fields, minute by minute, to big agribusiness companies like Monsanto or John Deere. Those companies promise to use the data to help farmers make money. But some farmers worry that it could threaten their privacy and give the big companies too much power.

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Putting The Brake On Who Can See Your Car's Data Trail

January 22, 2014 - 5:29pm

Many cars can now track where we are, how fast we go and lots of other nuggets of information that can be accessed and mined. Some lawmakers and at least one car company say it's time to set some rules on driver privacy.

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A Gifted Cellist Sails Beyond Sweden, Across 'Fields Of Love'

January 22, 2014 - 5:04pm

Linnea Olsson grew up listening to ABBA and Bjork, but her debut album, Ah!, is a creation all her own. Her music is largely based in improvisation, with lyrics that resemble fanciful fairy tales.

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A Growth Factor Heals The Damage To A Preemie's Brain — In Mice

January 22, 2014 - 5:00pm

Scientists have shown that damage to the brain's "white matter" is responsible for many of the developmental problems that very premature infants often face. Now researchers have also demonstrated that it's possible to prevent that sort of damage in mice.

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