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Yes, There Really Is A Town In Liberia Called 'Smell No Taste'

It's the place where a teenager died of Ebola this week. And like all unusual geographic names, it's got a story behind it.

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Deputy Secretary Of State: Iran Needs Nuclear Deal 'More Than We Do'

NPR's Rachel Martin interviews Tony Blinken, the U.S. deputy secretary of state and the former deputy national security advisor for President Obama, about the latest on the negotiations with Iran.

All Things Considered

Getting Divorced In The Philippines Where It's Against The Law

NPR's Rachel Martin speaks with freelance journalist Ana Santos about her experience getting divorced in the Philippines, the only country where divorce is illegal.

All Things Considered

In Secular French Schools, One Group Wants To Talk Religion

French public schools discourage any display of religious identity. But after an Islamist terror attack this year, a religious co-existence group has found a huge demand for its services.

ISIS Reportedly Destroys Ancient Statue In Captured City Of Palmyra

Photos released by the Islamist extremist group show a 2,000-year-old stone sculpture of a lion being smashed with sledgehammers.

Afghan Court Commutes Death Sentences In Mob Killing Of Woman

Four men were sentenced to death in May for their roles in the attack that killed a 28-year-old woman who was falsely accused of burning the Quran.

Taiwan Airliner's Black Box Shows Pilot May Have Shut Off Wrong Engine

The pilot of TransAsia Airways Flight 235, which crashed shortly after takeoff in February, may have switched off the only operating engine moments before the accident that killed 43 people.

Why We Shouldn't Be Surprised By Greece's Impasse With Europe

Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras was elected on the promise of renegotiating the regimen of austerity imposed on Greece by its creditors. And Europe warned him it expected Greece to repay its debts.

U.S. Seeks Extradition Of 7 FIFA Officials From Switzerland

Swiss prosecutors said the requests were delivered Wednesday evening. The FIFA officials were arrested in May in Zurich in a corruption investigation of soccer's governing body.

Morning Edition

Memoir Tells Of Daring Medevac Rescue In Afghanistan's Valley Of Death

Renee Montagne talks to helicopter pilot Erik Sabiston and medic Julia Bringloe, former medevac crewmembers, about a nerve-racking rescue mission they did in Afghanistan's Valley of Death in 2011.

Week In The News: Greek Crisis, Cuban Embassy, Overtime Expansion

July 3, 2015
Demonstrators shout slogans during a rally organized by supporters of the YES vote for the upcoming referendum in front of the Greek Parliament in Athens, Tuesday, June 30, 2015 Greece's European creditors were assessing a last-minute proposal Athens made for a new two-year rescue deal, submitted just hours before the country's international bailout program expires and it loses access to billions of euros in funds. (AP)

Overtime pay. Diplomatic ties with Cuba. Greece defaults. Iran deadline missed. Chris Christie jumps in. Our weekly news roundtable goes behind the headlines.

Tunisians Call For Balanced Response To Terror Attack

July 2, 2015
The coffin of Elaine Thwaites, one of the victims of last Friday's terrorist attack, is taken from the RAF C-17 aircraft at RAF Brize Norton in Tunisia, on July 1, 2015 in Brize Norton, England. (Joe Giddens/WPA Pool/Getty Images)

Many want to make sure the government strengthens security without infringing on the democratic gains made in the Arab Spring.

U.S. Will Battle Japan In Women’s World Cup Final

July 2, 2015
Nahomi Kawasumi #9 and Mizuho Sakaguchi #6 of Japan celebrate after Laura Bassett #6 of England scored on her own team in the final minutes of the game during the FIFA Women's World Cup Canada Semi Final match between England and Japan at Commonwealth Stadium on July 1, 2015 in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. (Todd Korol/Getty Images)

After Japan beat England in a close game decided by an own goal from England, the stage was set for a tough match-up with the U.S.

Greece In Turmoil Ahead Of Sunday’s Vote

July 2, 2015
Pensioners line up outside a National Bank branch on July 2, 2015 in Athens, Greece. As people continue to queue outside banks Greek finance minister Yanis Varoufakis said that he will quit if voters don't back him up in Sunday's referendum. (Milos Bicanski/Getty Images)

As the anti-austerity prime minister urges Greeks to reject proposals made by creditors, we ask a gallery owner how she will vote.

ISIS Is Winning The Internet Game

July 2, 2015
This file image taken from a militant website associated with Islamic State extremists, posted Saturday, May 23, 2015, purports to show a suicide bomber, with the Arabic bar below reading: "Urgent: The heroic martyr Abu Amer al-Najdi, the attacker of the (Shiite) temple in Qatif", which the Islamic State group's radio station claimed responsibility for.  (AP)

A big, provocative look at the sophisticated online efforts of ISIS to recruit and lure Westerners to their cause.

Commentary: La Liga Appeals To FIFA — On Its Own Terms

July 1, 2015
Picture of the World Cup trophy taken du

Spain’s top soccer league, La Liga, filed an appeal to FIFA regarding the timing of the 2022 World Cup in Qatar. The competition is set to take place in November and December instead of during the summer, as is custom. Bill Littlefield weighs in on the situation.

A Lowell Guidance Counselor Who Survived A Genocide

July 1, 2015
Seng Ty with recent graduates of Stoklosa Middle School in Lowell, where Ty is a guidance counselor.

Seng Ty is a popular guy among students at Stoklosa Middle School in Lowell, where he’s a guidance counselor. But it wasn’t until they read his memoir that they understood all he had been through.

Why One Greek Business Owner Is Voting Yes In Sunday’s Referendum

July 1, 2015
Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras talks to the media as he leaves after he participated in a bilateral meeting with European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker on the sidelines of the EU meetings in Brussels on Thursday, June 11, 2015. (Geert Vanden Wijngaert/AP)

As the prime minister urges Greeks to vote no in the referendum, restaurant owner Nikolalos Voglis explains why he will vote yes.

U.S. To Reopen Embassy In Havana

July 1, 2015
Workers from Eastern Shores Flagpoles raise a flagpole at the Cuban Interest Section in Washington in preparation for re-opening of embassies in Havana and Washington, Wednesday, June 10, 2015. (Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP)

It’s a major step in restoring diplomatic relations between the two countries, whose embassies have been shuttered since 1961.

Greek Prime Minister Offers New Bailout Concessions

July 1, 2015
Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras answers journalists' questions after an EU summit at the EU headquarters in Brussels on June 26, 2015. The German chancellor urged Greece to accept an 'extraordinarily generous' offer from its EU-IMF creditors, which includes at least 12 billion euros ($13.4 billion) in further rescue cash over the next five months. (John Thys/AFP/Getty Images)

European officials are ruling out any deal before Sunday’s referendum on the bailout, called by Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras.

Calls From Boston Not To Vacation In Dominican Republic

July 1, 2015

Some Boston leaders and community members ask Bostonians to boycott vacationing in the Dominican Republic following the country’s attempts to expatriate some 200,000 people of Haitian origin born in the Dominican Republic after 1929.

Walsh’s Office, Haitian-American Sen. Forry Ask Bostonians Not To Vacation In Dominican Republic

June 30, 2015
State Sen. Linda Dorcena Forry stands on the steps of the State House Wednesday calling for a boycott of the Dominican Republic to protest that country’s threatened expulsion of Haitians. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

Dorchester state Sen. Linda Dorcena Forry and Mayor Marty Walsh’s office are calling for the boycott to protest that country’s threatened expulsion of Haitians.

Negotiators Scramble As Greek Debt Deadline Looms

June 30, 2015
A view of the National Bank of Greece's headquarters on June 3, 2015, in Athens, Greece. Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras is expected to be presented with the international creditors' plan of tough economic reforms for Greece in order to unlock 7.2 billion Euros of rescue loans later today. (Milos Bicanski/Getty Images)

Greece could become the first developed country ever to default on a loan to the IMF. We look at what it would mean.

The Worldwide Space Race

June 30, 2015
In this image provided by NASA/JSC, astronauts Steven L. Smith and John M. Grunsfeld are photographed during an extravehicular activity (EVA) during the December 1999 Hubble servicing mission of STS-103, flown by Discovery. The Hubble Space Telescope, one of NASA'S crowning glories, marks its 25th anniversary on Friday, April 24, 2015.

Global plans for outer space. We’ll look around the world at who has what agendas for out there.

Greek Debt Crisis Spirals Toward Default

June 30, 2015
People stand in a queue to use an ATM outside a closed bank, next to a sign on the plant, bottom right, reading ''NO'' in Athens, Tuesday. It's crunch time for Greece, with the European part of its international bailout expiring Tuesday. (Thanassis Stavrakis/AP)

Greece closes its banks as debt negotiations reach a crisis point. We hear the latest on the debt crisis and its threat to the Eurozone.

Boston 2024 Revises Its Bid For The Summer Olympics

June 29, 2015
Boston 2024's plan for an Olympic Stadium at Widett Circle in Boston. (Boston 2024)

“Bid 2.0″ calls for two new neighborhoods in Boston, city tax breaks for developers, MBTA upgrades and more.

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