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Boko Haram Reportedly Abducts More Girls Despite Cease-Fire Deal

Within hours of a government announcement last week that a truce had been signed and the release of more than 200 schoolgirls secured, another 25 were kidnapped by Boko Haram extremists.

TED Radio Hour

Why Did Humans Migrate Out Of Africa?

Geneticist Spencer Wells tells the story of early humans, and our eventual migration from Africa.

TED Radio Hour

Are All Human Beings Related?

Geneticist Spencer Wells describes how he uses DNA samples to trace our individual origins going back 2,000 generations.

TED Radio Hour

What Are The Origins Of The Universe?

David Christian explains the history of the universe from the big bang, and how humans occupy little more than a millisecond on that cosmic timeline.

Mali's First Ebola Case In Current Outbreak Is 2-Year-Old Girl

The toddler was reportedly brought by her grandmother from neighboring Guinea, where the epidemic is raging.

Morning Edition

Canada Re-evaluates Security After Shooting In Ottawa

The Canadian government says it will increase surveillance and provide the security forces with more authority to detain suspects after Wednesday's shooting in the capital, Ottawa. NPR's Jackie Northam joins us with the latest.

Morning Edition

Iraq's Abu Ghraib Is Back In The News, Now As A Front-Line Town

A town west of Baghdad and home to a notorious prison, Abu Ghraib is where Iraq troops are bracing for a possible attacks by Islamic State militants. Many local residents feel caught in the middle.

Criticized Over Missing Mexican Students, Governor Of Guerrero Will Step Down

Angel Aguirre had been under growing pressure to step down as the investigation of the student's disappearance dragged on.

How 'Foodies' Were Duped Into Thinking McDonald's Was High-End Food

A viral video shows people lauding fare billed as an "organic" fast-food option that was actually McDonald's. It wasn't just pranksters playing tricks on these poor folks, but maybe their brains, too.

What's My Risk Of Catching Ebola?

Folks in the U.S. are in a panic about catching Ebola. Let's just say, you're more likely to be eaten by a shark. The situation in Liberia, however, is starkly different.

Canada Scrambles To Reduce Terrorism Risk

October 24, 2014
Flowers and wreaths are left in memorial of Cpl. Nathan Cirillo of the Canadian Army Reserves, who was killed on Wednesday, Oct. 22, while standing guard in front of the National War Memorial by a lone gunman, on October 23, 2014 in Ottawa, Canada. After killing Cirillo the gunman stormed the main parliament building, terrorizing the public and politicians, before he was shot dead. (Andrew Burton/Getty Images)

Canadian terrorism expert Wesley Wark wonders if Canadian authorities missed an opportunity to arrest the attackers.

The Origin Of Sex As We Know It

October 24, 2014
Researchers found that internal fertilization and copulation was invented by ancient armored fish, called placoderms, about 385 million years ago in Scotland. (Flinders University)

Scientists say they have discovered the origin of copulation. Turns out it can be traced to an ancient lake in Scotland.

Week In The News: Terror In Canada, Midterm Horse Races, Remembering Ben Bradlee

October 24, 2014
Ottawa police officers, with Parliament Hill in the background, guard the area around the National War Memorial in downtown Ottawa on Thursday. (Reuters/Landov)

Gunfire in Canada’s capital. Billionaire millions hit the midterms. Huge airbag recall. Ben Bradlee is dead. Our weekly news roundtable goes behind the headlines.

Parliament The Day After: A Canadian Lawmaker Describes The Ordeal

October 23, 2014
Canadian MP David McGuinty, who represents the Ottawa area, was among those who were in Parliament on lockdown until late yesterday evening. (Twitter)

Canadian MP David McGuinty was among those inside parliament when a gunman stormed inside and launched a shooting attack.

How Important Is Speaking Chinese For American Business?

October 23, 2014
Facebook co-founder Mark Zuckerberg, left, speaks during a dialogue with students as a newly-appointed member to the advisory board for Tsinghua University School of Economics and Management in Beijing, China. (Tsinghua University via AP)

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg tried to appeal to a Chinese audience recently by speaking in Mandarin.

New Documentary Profiles Human Rights Watch Team

October 23, 2014
Poster for the documentary, "E-TEAM" (Big Mouth Productions / Red Light Films/Facebook

An elite group known as the E-Team travels across the globe documenting human rights violations and war crimes.

Canadian PM: ‘We Will Be Vigilant But We Will Not Run Scared’

October 23, 2014
OTTAWA, ON - OCTOBER 23: The flag atop the Main Parliament Building is flown at half mast one day after Cpl. Nathan Cirillo of the Canadian Army Reserves was killed while standing guard in front of the National War Memorial by a lone gunman, on October 23, 2014 in Ottawa, Canada. After killing Cirillo the gunman stormed the main parliament building, terrorizing the public and politicians, before he was shot dead. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)

A day after a shooting attack in Parliament yesterday, the Prime Minister of Canada urged the nation to remain strong.

Bottom Of The Sea Is ‘A World Of Surprises’

October 23, 2014
Boulder brain coral off the southwest coast of St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands. Red lights from the ROV shining on the coral help scientists estimate its size. (NOAA)

The world’s oceans cover nearly two-thirds of the Earth’s surface, yet little is understood about the ocean floor.

One Voice Of The ‘New Boom’ In China

October 23, 2014
Apartment blocks form a symmetrical pattern in Hong Kong, on January 2, 2014. Home prices in the southern Chinese city have risen by 120 percent since 2008, and by more than 30 per cent from their previous peak in 1997, with prices in the luxury market being pushed up by wealthy buyers from mainland China. (Alex Ogle/AFP/Getty Images)

Yang Zhuo, a Chinese millennial who works as NPR’s news assistant in Shanghai, talks about about what life is like for him and his peers.

Canada’s Parliament Back To Work After Shooting Attack

October 23, 2014
Flowers are left in memorial for Cpl. Nathan Cirillo of the Canadian Army Reserves, who was killed yesterday while standing guard in front of the National War Memorial by a lone gunman, on October 23, 2014 in Ottawa, Canada. After killing Cirillo the gunman stormed the main parliament building, terrorizing the public and politicians, before he was shot dead. (Andrew Burton/Getty Images)

Prime Minister Stephen Harper today urged members of Parliament to seek medical help if they are suffering stress from the attack.

Understanding Our Wild World Markets

October 23, 2014
Specialist Ronnie Howard, center, calls out prices as he works at his post on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange Thursday, Oct. 16, 2014. Beyond the turmoil shaking financial markets, the U.S. economy remains sturdier than many seem to fear. (AP)

The global economic wobble. Europe weakness. China fears. Wild markets. We’ll lay out the global economy now.

How People Catch Ebola — And How They Don't

October 22, 2014
Health workers load the body of a woman they suspect died from the Ebola virus, onto a truck in front of a makeshift shop in an area known as Clara Town in Monrovia, Liberia, Wednesday, Sept. 10, 2014. (Abbas Dulleh/AP)

A tutorial on how people can — and can’t — catch the Ebola virus.

Reporter’s Notebook: Back From Monrovia

October 22, 2014
Aid workers from the Liberian Medical Renaissance League stage an Ebola awareness event on October 15, 2014 in Monrovia, Liberia.(John Moore/Getty Images)

NPR’s Jason Beaubien has just returned from his third visit to Liberia’s capital, covering the Ebola outbreak.

China’s Corruption Campaign

October 22, 2014
Dong Xuegang jumped to his death in September after being questioned about corruption. (BBC)

A growing number of Communist Party and government officials are committing suicide in China, amid the crackdown on corruption.

Nick Kristof Wants You To Change The World

October 22, 2014
Authors Nicholas Kristof and wife Sheryl WuDunn attend the premiere of "Meena" at the AMC Loews Theater on Thursday, June 26, 2014 in New York.

Author and New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof says regular folks like us can change the world. He explains how. Plus: we remember the late, great Washington Post editor, Ben Bradlee.

The Country At The Epicenter Of The Ebola Outbreak

October 22, 2014
Health workers carry the body of a woman suspected of contracting the Ebola virus in Bomi county situated on the outskirts of Monrovia, Liberia, Monday, Oct. 20, 2014. (AP)

We’ll go to Liberia, and hear from a pastor and a physician at the epicenter of the Ebola crisis.

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