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Barbershop: UofL Basketball Ban, Football Concussions And The NFL Women's Summit

ESPN contributor Kevin Blackistone, Bloomberg View's Kavitha Davidson and The Washington Post's Wesley Lowery talk about the UofL basketball team, public opinion of the NFL, and women in sports.

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Danish Communities Integrate Refugees As Politicians Debate Limits

As Denmark's politicians debate how many asylum seekers to let in, the country is working to better integrate the refugees already there.

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'National Review' On How Donald Trump Is Changing The Campaign

The prominent conservative magazine National Review dedicated a whole issue to denouncing Donald Trump. Editor Rich Lowry talks about how Trump is reshaping the state of conservatism.

Backed By Russia, Syrian Troops Advance In A Major Battle For Aleppo

The Russian airstrikes have emboldened President Bashar Assad's army to press a major offensive in a crucial city. Thousands of civilians have fled and are massing at the nearby Turkish border.

UNICEF: 200 Million Women And Girls Have Suffered Genital Mutilation

Saturday is the U.N.'s "Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation." The Secretary-General is calling for an end to FGM, and UNICEF has released a report on the prevalence of the practice.

High-Profile Advocate Takes Leave From Papal Commission On Sex Abuse

Peter Saunders, a British survivor of sexual abuse by a priest, was a prominent and outspoken critic of the Vatican, pushing for more measures to protect children and punish pedophilia.

North Korea Moves Up Planned Rocket Launch To Next Week

Pyongyang says it will be launching an "observation satellite," but many nations view the launch as a concealed long-range missile test. The launch had previously been scheduled between Feb. 8 and 25.

Weekend Edition Saturday

New Western Wall Rules Break Down Barriers For Jewish Women

Israel has made a deal to create an area at Judaism's holiest site where women and men can pray together. But some say creating a government-supported egalitarian prayer space undermines unity.

Weekend Edition Saturday

Times Have Changed; What Should We Call 'Old People' ?

NPR's Ina Jaffe talks with Scott Simon about the struggle to find the right words to describe older people. Longevity and lifestyles have changed and the language hasn't kept up.

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Years Without A Squeak, Vintage Museum Artifact Still Works

Scott Simon notes an item from the week in which a present-day mouse found its way into a mousetrap so old it's a museum item.

American Rents Through The Roof

February 8, 2016
Sign stands outside property for rent Friday, Nov. 20, 2015, in south Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

If it feels like rents are sky-high, you’re right. Some now paying more than half their income on rent. Some say crisis. We’ll dig in.

Lead 101: Flint Crisis Is Latest Example Of America’s Lead Problem

February 5, 2016
Pictured is galena lead, which has historically been used in paint, gasoline and bullets. (jsjgeology/Flickr)

Public health historian Gerald Markowitz reminds us that the problem of lead poisoning is anything but new.

Primary Colors: Hillary, Bernie And The Fight Between Realism And Idealism

February 5, 2016
It’s not just about the nomination, Clinton and Sanders are fighting for the heart of the Democratic party. Here, the two presidential candidates debate at the University of New Hampshire Thursday. (David Goldman/ AP)

It’s not just about the nomination, Clinton and Sanders are fighting for the heart of the Democratic party.

Tuberculosis Outbreak Plagues Alabama Town

February 5, 2016
Concerned Marion citizens listen to officials from the Alabama Department of Public Health about the update on the tuberculosis outbreak. (MacKenzie Bates/APR)

The rate of tuberculosis in Marion is 100 times greater than the state average, and worse than in many developing countries.

Why Some Forensic Evidence Isn’t Accurate Or Reliable

February 5, 2016
This April 17, 2013 photo shows dental molds used for research at the University of Buffalo, N.Y. Bite mark evidence that may connect a murder suspect to the victim will be allowed at trial, a judge in New York City decided Sept. 5, 2013, disappointing those who hoped the case would help get the forensic technique banished from the nation's courtrooms. (David Duprey/AP)

The co-founder of the Innocence Project explains the problems with certain types of evidence, such as bite marks.

Week In The News: Cruz Wins Iowa, Clinton Edges Sanders, Zika 'Emergency'

February 5, 2016
Republican presidential candidate, Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas mingles at a campaign event at Robie's Country Store, Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2016, in Hooksett, N.H. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

Ted Cruz, Clinton and Sanders out of Iowa. Zika panic. Syrian peace talks fall apart. Our weekly news roundtable goes behind the headlines.

Senate Approves Overhaul Of Massachusetts Public Records Law

February 4, 2016

The bill passed on a 35-0 vote Thursday would establish new timetables for state agencies and municipalities to comply with public records requests. Differences between the Senate bill and an earlier House version must now be worked out.

Rep. Katherine Clark ‘Swatted’ After Sponsoring Bill To Criminalize The Hoax

February 4, 2016
A police officer puts up yellow tape a high school in Los Angeles following an electronic threat to the district. Hoaxers are increasingly going online to threaten attacks against U.S. schools, and others. (Richard Vogel/AP)

Say you’re enjoying a quiet night at home. Suddenly, police barricade your street. Guns are drawn. An armored SWAT team pounds on your door. All because of a malicious hoax by someone in another state, or another country even.

Senate Dems Block Energy Bill In Impasse Over Flint

February 4, 2016

Democrats blocked the bill after majority Republicans rejected millions of dollars in emergency aid to Flint, to address its water crisis.

Record $9 Billion Requested For Syria Aid

February 4, 2016
Two children whose school was bombed in Aleppo pose in a mock-up meant to symbolize a destroyed classroom, set up by charity Save the Children outside the Houses of Parliament in London on February 3, 2016 on the eve of a donor conference aiming to raise money for the millions of Syrians hit by the country's civil war and a refugee crisis. (Justin Tallis/AFP/Getty Images)

An international donor conference kicking off in London today comes as the latest peace talks were suspended.

Rewriting The Narrative To Suit Their Storyline — It’s The Clinton Way

February 4, 2016
Tom Keane: Hillary Clinton was no more the winner in Iowa than her husband was "the comeback kid" in the 1992 New Hampshire primary. In this photo, Bill, Chelsea and Hillary Clinton attend a caucus night rally at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa, Monday, Feb. 1, 2016. (Andrew Harnik/AP)

Hillary Clinton was no more the winner in Iowa than her husband was “the comeback kid” in the 1992 New Hampshire primary.

What’s Actually In A Background Check For Lyft, Uber And The Sharing Economy?

February 3, 2016
Boston Police Commissioner William Evans testifies during a hearing on the regulation of ride handling companies such as Uber and Lyft on Sept. 15, 2015 at the Statehouse in Boston. (Steven Senne/AP)

We hear the phrase “background check” so often, what exactly does it mean? What records are checked? What can be missed?

Indian Court Reopens Gay Sex Case

February 3, 2016
Indian gay rights activists celebrate after the country's Supreme Court agreed to review a decision which criminalises gay sex in New Delhi on February 2, 2016. India's top court agreed to review a decision which criminalises gay sex, sparking hope among campaigners that the colonial-era law will eventually be overturned in the world's biggest democracy. (SAJJAD HUSSAIN/AFP/Getty Images)

A panel of judges will reconsider its 2013 ruling that only India’s parliament can change the 1861 law criminalizing gay sex.

Panel Recommends U.S. Research ‘Three-Parent Embryo’ Procedure

February 3, 2016
A newborn baby is held by one of its parents. (Pixabay)

The controversial procedure is already legal in the U.K. and could help women with certain diseases have healthy children.

Californians May Vote On Two Death Penalty Issues

February 3, 2016
A restraining device in the lethal injection chamber at San Quentin State Prison when it was unveiled to reporters in 2010. The facility has never been used. (Scott Shafer/KQED)

One measure would limit appeals and speed up executions; the other would ban the death penalty completely in California.

Should Women Be Included In The Draft?

February 3, 2016
Capt. Kristen Griest salutes during the graduation ceremony of the United States Army's Ranger School on August 21, 2015 at Fort Benning, Georgia. Capt. Griest and 1st Lt. Shaye Haver are the first women ever to successfully complete the U.S. Army's Ranger School. (Jessica McGowan/Getty Images)

Now that all combat positions are open to women, attention turns to whether women should register for future military drafts.

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