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Six Things I Saw In Eastern Ukraine

NPR's Ari Shapiro went to Kiev this month planning to report several feature stories on the Ukrainian revolution. Instead, he found himself documenting a country edging toward civil war.

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Hey, Kids, Remember You're On Our Side: The FBI Makes A Movie

Instead of a public service announcement, the FBI has made Game of Pawns, a docudrama about a college student recruited by the Chinese government. The message is obvious: Don't be a spy.

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A Scientific Experiment: Field Trips Just For Teachers

Educators say the middle grades are a key time time to get kids jazzed about science, but many teachers say they lack the tools they need. In Chicago, a science museum is helping to fill the the gap.

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California's Drought Ripples Through Businesses, Then To Schools

California farmers produce an enormous proportion of American produce, but the state is now experiencing a record-breaking drought that is being felt throughout the state and the U.S.

Ferry Transcript Shows Confusion And Panic: 'Please Come Quickly'

The radio call transcript gives new detail to a tragedy that has left about 240 people missing. Early in its plight, the South Korean ferry seems to have listed too far to deploy its life boats.

It's 4:20 On 4/20: Denver Hosts The Cannabis Cup Today

The Cannabis Cup festival's date is no coincidence – it's a conversion of the pot smoker's favorite time of 4:20 into a date. Denver is hosting it for the first time since state pot laws were relaxed.

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Service Dog Guides Marathon Bombing Victims Through A Grim Year

Newlyweds Jessica Kensky and Patrick Downes each lost a leg in the Boston Marathon bombing. Rescue the assistance dog helps fetch keys and push buttons, bringing warmth and joy as the couple recovers.

'A Wound That Doesn't Close': Armenians Suffer Uncertainty Together

The Easter holiday finds Christians in the Middle East concerned over what the future may hold. As the violence in Syria deepens, many Armenians remember a history of genocidal tragedies.

The Florida Church Whose Worshipers Are All Tourists

The Basilica of the National Shrine of Mary, Queen of the Universe has no permanent members, but it's hosting tens of thousands of worshipers today –- it's across the street from Walt Disney World.

'Hurricane' Carter Dies; Boxer Was Wrongfully Convicted Of Murder

Rubin "Hurricane" Carter, the former boxing champion who served nearly 20 years in prison, has died of prostate cancer. Carter's story inspired a Bob Dylan protest song; he was 76.

Remembering The Magical Realism Of Gabriel García Márquez

April 21, 2014
In this 2003 photo released by the Fundación Nuevo Periodismo Iberoamericano (FNPI), Colombian Nobel laureate Gabriel Garcia Marquez, left, is seen in Monterrey, Mexico. Behind is Colombian journalist Jose Salgar. Garcia Marquez died on Thursday, April 17, 2014 at his home in Mexico City. (AP)

Gabriel García Márquez and his spell of magical realism. We’ll cast it again, in remembrance.

Boston Is Ready To Run Again

April 18, 2014
The finish line of the Boston Marathon, located on Boylston Street, is seen on April 16, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Alex Trautwig/Getty Images)

One of the biggest fields ever will assemble in Hopkinton, Mass., for the 118th Boston Marathon on Monday morning.

A ‘Smart’ Transit System Is Coming To Boston

April 18, 2014
The "smart" transit system, Bridj, is running a limited beta schedule starting in May. (Peter Eimon/Flickr)

Do you depend on public transportation to get around Boston? Are you frustrated by slow, crowded buses and trains that don’t go where you need to go?

When Your Life Is On Fire, What Would You Save?

April 18, 2014
Erik Kolbell's new book "When Your Life Is On Fire" asks what's most important in life to 13 different people. (Courtesy of JRB Communications)

Erik Kolbell’s new book asks what’s most important to us in life — loved ones, possessions, personal beliefs and more.

Inside The Life Of A Restaurant Sous Chef

April 18, 2014
Michael Gibney, author "Sous Chef: 24 Hours on the Line." (Ungano & Agriodimas/Facebook)

Michael Gibney’s new book “Sous Chef” lets readers experience 24 hours in the kitchen of an upscale New York restaurant.

Study: Beards Are Sexier When They Are Rarer

April 18, 2014
Bearded BBC science reporter James Morgan discusses the latest research on beards.

BBC science reporter James Morgan discusses new research and considers the question, “have we reached ‘peak beard’?”

Adrianne Haslet-Davis Becomes Advocate For Amputees

April 18, 2014
Adrianne Haslet-Davis dances a rumba with with her partner, professional dancer Christian Lightner, on stage at her TED Talk with Hugh Herr, March 19, 2014. (James Duncan Davidson/TED)

The professional ballroom dancer reflects on the struggles and triumphs of the year since the marathon bombing.

Week In The News: Putin On Ukraine And A ‘New Russia,’ A Ferry Down, Economic Questions

April 18, 2014
Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks during a nationally televised question-and-answer session in Moscow on Thursday, April 17, 2014. President Vladimir Putin has urged an end to the blockade of Moldova’s separatist province of Trans-Dniester. Trans-Dniester, located in eastern part of Moldova on border with Ukraine, has run its own affairs without international recognition since a 1992 war. Russian troops are stationed there.  (AP)

Deadly clashes in Eastern Ukraine. A white supremacist rocks Kansas City. The Marathon bombing anniversary. And Bloomberg on guns. Our weekly news roundtable goes behind the headlines.

Killing Moms Softly With Half Days

April 18, 2014
Carey Goldberg: Please, schools, we're begging, make these random half-days stop. (peddhapati/flickr)

Please, schools, we’re begging, make these random half-days stop.

Marcus Burke Draws on Autobiographical Details In ‘Team Seven’

April 17, 2014
Marcus Burke (Credit: Mary F. Coats)

We speak to Milton native Marcus Burke about his debut novel, “Team Seven,” which tells the story of a rising basketball star’s navigation through family conflict, gang involvement and search for himself.

‘Indestructible’ Easter Eggs For Helicopter Drops

April 17, 2014
Your average plastic Easter eggs won't hold up when dropped from a helicopter, which is becoming popular at egg hunts. St. Louis-based American Carnival Mart says it has the answer: "Indestructible" plastic eggs. (Sue Moore/Flickr)

A St. Louis company says it has the solution for preventing broken Easter eggs.

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