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Serena Williams Wins Australian Open For 19th Grand Slam Title

The tennis superstar beat Russia's Maria Sharapova in the final 6-3 7-6 (7-5). She is now third in a list of Grand Slam singles champs.

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An Arctic Institution, Sweden's Ice Hotel Turns 25

This year marks 25 years of the original Ice Hotel, carved from snow and ice bricks in far northern Sweden. It's also an annual art contest, where visiting artists sculpt and created their own rooms.

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Rod McKuen, The Cheeseburger To Poetry's Haute Cuisine

Poet Rod McKuen was loved by millions but mocked by literary critics. He died this week at age 81.

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Fighting In Eastern Ukraine Drags On Into WInter

Government troops are locked in a fierce battle with Russian-backed separatists, while civilians suffer freezing cold. Correspondent Corey Flintoff shares the latest with NPR's Scott Simon.

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What Romney's Retreat Means For GOP Hopefuls

NPR's Scott Simon speaks with senior Washington editor Ron Elving about the narrowing Republican presidential field for 2016 and what we've seen so far in the first month of the new Congress.

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Pennsylvania Law Allows NRA To Sue Cities Over Gun Rules

The NRA has already filed suit against Philadelphia, Pittsburgh and Lancaster, claiming the cities' gun ordinances are illegal.

Just Your Typical Teenagers Helping To Fight World Poverty

Their goal is to make the world a better place 15 years from now. And the U.S. State Department listened to their ideas. But that doesn't mean they are oblivious to Justin Bieber and Gossip Girl.

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A Former Child Soldier Finds Escape, Heaven Through His Music

Starved, brainwashed and beaten, Emmanual Jal was a child soldier who escaped Sudan's war. Now he's an actor, musician and activist. But he says he still gets nightmares.

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Why Do We Love Football So Much? Theater Tackles Tough Questions

A play based on interviews with former NFL players, their families and fans digs deep: What's so fun about a sport that devastates bodies and brains? And what if it can't be made safer?

Efforts To Free Japanese ISIS Captive 'Deadlocked'

A top Japanese diplomat says indirect negotiations to free a captive journalist from the militant Islamic State group have reached a "state of deadlock."

One Singer's 'Winter Journey' To Obsession

February 2, 2015
Tenor and author Ian Bostridge. (Courtesy The Artist)

We’ll explore Franz Schubert’s Winterreise, or Winter Journey – the late great, strange song cycle with tenor Ian Bostridge. Plus: a fresh look at contemporary German pop music.

‘The Fall Line’ Explores The U.S. Ski Team’s Dominance At 2010 Olympics

January 31, 2015
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The United States’ alpine skiers raked in eight medals at the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver, becoming only the fourth nation to accomplish that feat. Author Nathaniel Vinton wrote about the U.S. skiers’ journey in ‘The Fall Line.’

Making Black Lives – And Black Homicides – Matter

January 29, 2015
This Tuesday, Dec. 30, 2014 a street side memorial with a painted portrait of Ezell Ford near where he was shot when police confronted him on Aug. 11, 2014, on a street near his home in South Los Angeles. (AP)

The author of “Ghettoside” takes us deep into murder and law enforcement in minority neighborhoods. We want your story.

What Makes A City ‘Resilient?’

January 28, 2015
Race fans with a "Boston Strong" flag cheer for competitors near the finish line of the 118th Boston Marathon, Monday, April 21, 2014, in Boston. (AP/Robert F. Bukaty)

We discuss the resilience of cities with Judith Rodin, president of the Rockefeller Foundation and author of the new book, “The Resilience Dividend: Being Strong in a World Where Things Go Wrong.”

The Surprising Science Behind Your Favorite Flavors

January 28, 2015
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Did our sense of taste make us human? From evolution to culture, a new book explores the science and perception of flavor.

A New History Of The Underground Railroad

January 26, 2015
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Historian Eric Foner traces the history of the underground railroad by looking at records kept by Hingham-born abolitionist, Sydney Howard Gay.

Suffolk Law Professor Says Intellectual Property Law Founded On ‘Eureka Myth’

January 26, 2015
The late Apple CEO Steve Jobs demonstrates the new iPhone during his keynote address at MacWorld Conference in 2011. (Paul Sakuma/AP)

Professor Jessica Silbey argues most inventions are more collaborative and rely on a foundation of work done by many others, which is why intellectual property law can be so tricky.

Bloom Of Arab Spring Fades In Egypt

January 26, 2015
Egyptian protesters shout slogans during a demonstration against President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi and marking the fourth anniversary of the 2011 uprising, on January 25, 2015 in the capital Cairo.

Protests in Egypt erupted on the fourth anniversary of the Arab Spring. Thanassis Cambanis’ new book explores why Egypt had a revolution and why it failed.

How To Live Like A Victorian, Right Now

January 26, 2015
Frederick Daniel Hardy's "Baby's Birthday" (1867) shows a typical Victorian English family at home.  (Wikimedia / Creative Commons)

Brush your teeth with soot, stay away from water, wear a steel corset. We’ll talk with the author of “How to be a Victorian.” Strange ways from another age.

For Some Former NFL Players, ‘Life After Football’ Can Be Uncertain

January 24, 2015
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Former NFL linebacker George Koonce Jr. talks about ‘Life After Football’ in his new book, co-written with Marquette University sociology professors James Holstein and Richard Jones. Koonce and Holstein join Doug Tribou.

How ‘The Good War’ In Afghanistan Went Bad

January 23, 2015
In his new book "The Good War," Jack Fairweather writes that the war in Afghanistan could turn out to be the defining tragedy of the 21st century. (thegoodwar.com)

Jack Fairweather’s new book argues the war could turn out to be the defining tragedy of the 21st century.

Remembering The Children’s Blizzard Of 1888

January 23, 2015
Cover of "The Children's Blizzard by David Laskin

At this time of year in 1888, people across the Upper Midwest were mourning the deaths of hundreds of people — most of them children.

New Stories Of Beautiful, Broken Appalachia

January 22, 2015
The cover of writer Ron Rash's new collection of short stories, "Something Rich and Strange." (Courtesy Harper Collins)

Appalachia now. Celebrated stories from coal country and beyond with writer Ron Rash. He joins us.

Walsh Defends Agreement Limiting Speech Of City Employees On Olympics

January 21, 2015

The agreement with the U.S. Olympic Committee forbids city employees from criticizing Boston’s bid to host the 2024 Summer Games.

What Happens When Your Sibling Makes More Than You?

January 21, 2015
Matching sisters on the beach. (adwriter/Flickr)

Sociologist Dalton Conley explains what it means for family dynamics when one sibling is significantly richer or poorer.

Beauty, Art And Millions Of Dollars: The Life And Power Of Helena Rubinstein

January 21, 2015
Helena Rubinstein holding one of her masks from the Ivory Coast, 1934. Photograph by George Maillard Kesslere.
Helena Rubinstein Foundation Archives, Fashion Institute of Technology, SUNY, Gladys Marcus Library, Special Collections

Cosmetics pioneer Helena Rubinstein, and her story of women, beauty, wealth and power.

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