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ISS Spacewalkers Perform Tricky Cable, Antenna, Installation

Two American astronauts at the Space Station are outside the craft for the last of three jobs aimed at paving the way to receive a new generation of crew modules beginning in 2017.

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Watermelon Wedge Issue Ripens In Oklahoma

The watermelon has been Oklahoma's state vegetable — not fruit — for nearly a decade. The poor melon has become a political football, as some lawmakers now want to repeal the its title.

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Israelis See Netanyahu's U.S. Speech As Last-Ditch Pitch For Votes

Benjamin Netanyahu will address Congress just before Israeli elections. NPR's Rachel Martin speaks to Chemi Shalev, the U.S. editor of Haartz, about how the controversial visit is playing back home.

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After Delays, Jury Selection To Wrap Up In Boston Bombing Trial

Jury selection in the trial of the Boston marathon bomber is expected to finish on Tuesday. NPR's Rachel Martin speaks to Boston correspondent Tovia Smith about the start of Dzokhar Tsarnaev's trial.

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Play Depicts Scalia As Supreme Court's 'Originalist'

Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia is portrayed on stage in John Strand's new play, The Originalist. NPR's Rachel Martin talks to Strand and the actor who plays Scalia, Edward Gero.

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In Fourth Year Of Drought, Many Calif. Farms Won't Get Federal Water

The Bureau of Reclamation announced Friday that for the second straight year, many California farmers will not be getting federal water imports because of the ongoing drought.

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Fracking Opponents Feel Police Pressure In Some Drilling Hotspots

Anti-fracking activists say they're being targeted by law enforcement agencies that work with the oil and gas industries to monitor threats to infrastructure.

Mr. Spock, Mixed-Race Pioneer

As Mr. Spock on Star Trek, the late Leonard Nimoy embodied the conflicts faced by many biracial and other people of color. Even on the diverse crew of the Enterprise, he stood out.

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Teaching The Holocaust: New Approaches For A New Generation

Amid the 70th anniversary of the liberation of the Nazi death camps, a focus more on 'how Jews lived than about how they perished.'

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To Curb Bear Population, Florida Reinstates Hunting Season

In the past decade, the number of bear-related calls Florida wildlife officials have received has increased by 400 percent. To stop the rise in bear population, officials have agreed to start hunting.

Israel, Iran And The United States At Odds

March 2, 2015
In this Tuesday, March 4, 2014 file photo, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, accompanied by his wife Sara, right, speaks before the screening of the television documentary "Israel: The Royal Tour" at Paramount Studios in Los Angeles. (AP)

On the eve of Israel Prime Minister Netanyahu’s controversial address to Congress, we look at the US-Israel falling out over Iran nuclear negotiations.

Remembering ‘Sports Phone,’ The Go-To Service For Sports Fans, Gamblers

February 28, 2015
Former Sports Phone employees (l-r) King Wally, Charlie DeNatale and Cory Eisner at the office. (Courtesy of Charlie DeNatale)

Long before Twitter, sports fans had Sports Phone. The service began in the mid-1970s and gave fans — and gamblers — the latest scores over the phone. Grantland’s Joe DeLessio joined Bill Littlefield for a look back (and you can hear what a Sports Phone update sounded like).

Utah Women’s Gymnastics Team: The Greatest Show On Mats

February 28, 2015
Utah's gymnastics team has qualified for all 39 NCAA tournaments, winning 10 titles and never finishing lower than 10th place. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon)

The University of Utah’s women’s gymnastics team has won 10 national championships. They also average just under 15,000 fans at home meets. The New York Times’ John Branch joins Bill Littlefield.

Charlie Pierce: The Week In Sports

February 28, 2015
It took a court ruling to allow Adrian Peterson to be reinstated to the NFL. (Dilip Vishwana/Getty Images)

Only A Game analyst Charlie Pierce discusses Adrian Peterson’s possible reinstatement to the NFL, the death of basketball pioneer Earl Lloyd, and a particularly impressive college basketball performance.

Former Olympian Edwin Moses: American Sports Don’t Need Saving

February 28, 2015
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Would the appointment of a sports minister improve the athletic landscape in the United States? Former Olympian Edwin Moses, who is now the chairman for the Laureus Sports for Good Foundation, doesn’t think so. He joins Bill Littlefield to explain why he thinks sports should stay in the private sector.

Ralph Nader And A Plan To ‘Save Sports’

February 28, 2015
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From the pros down to the pee-wees, author Ken Reed and former presidential candidate Ralph Nader think that U.S. sports need an overhaul. They join us to discuss their proposals and Reed’s new book, “How We Can Save Sports.”

How Young Is Too Young To Start Recruiting Kids?

February 28, 2015
Lebron James says colleges "Shouldn't be recruiting 10-year-old kids," after admitting his son, Lebron Jr., was already receiving offers to play college basketball. (AP Photo/J Pat Carter)

NBA star LeBron James is asking colleges to stop making offers to his 10-year-old son. Dr. Dan Gould, director of the Institute for the Study of Youth Sports at Michigan State University, weighs in on recruiting young kids.

The Dangers Of The ‘Perfect’ Court Storm

February 28, 2015
Kansas State fans rushed the floor after upsetting Kansas 70-63. One of the fans was cited for disorderly conduct after body-checking Kansas' Jamari Traylor. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner)

Kansas State fans stormed the court after their basketball team upset Kansas on Monday. Bill Littlefield spoke with Sports On Earth’s Will Leitch, who says it’s time for that tradition to end.

Stars Drive MLS Popularity, But Is That The Right Strategy?

February 28, 2015
Clint Dempsey, one of MLS's star players, earned close to $7 million in 2014. The league's minimum salary is less than $40,000. (Otto Greule Jr./Getty Images)

Only a handful of MLS players earn seven-figure salaries, but the league is counting on those stars to increase the game’s popularity in the U.S. Sport management professor Rick Burton joins Bill Littlefield to discuss the strengths and weaknesses of that strategy.

Life On Major League Soccer’s Minimum Salary

February 28, 2015
Ross Friedman (left) was a rookie with the Columbus Crew in 2014.

As a rookie with the Columbus Crew in 2014, Ross Friedman was paid less than $40,000. One of his teammates earned more than 15 times that. Friedman joins Bill Littlefield to share what it’s like to experience income inequality in Major League Soccer.

Young Singers Beat The Odds To Sing With National Honor Choir

February 27, 2015
Fifth graders (from left) Claire Thompson, Sophia Porreca and Tamilyn Lechuga all attend Kunsmiller Creative Arts Academy. (Courtesy Denver Public Schools)

Three students beat the odds to perform in one of the most prestigious junior choruses in the country.

After Red Carpet Controversy, A Look At The History Of Dreadlocks

February 27, 2015
Actress Zendaya attends the 87th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on February 22, 2015 in Hollywood, California. (Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)

Dreadlocks go back “thousands and thousands of years,” according to professor Bert Ashe, who also shares his own dreadlocks stories.

Earl Lloyd, NBA’s First Black Player, Dies At Age 86

February 27, 2015
Earl Lloyd makes a block against Neil Johnson (6) on March 28,1956 in first quarter at Syracuse's War Memorial Auditorium. (AP)

He also became the NBA’s first black assistant coach in 1968 and was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in 2003.

More Parents Say No To Standardized Testing

February 27, 2015
In this Feb. 12, 2015 photo, Yamarko Brown, age 12, works on math problems as part of a trial run of a new state assessment test at Annapolis Middle School in Annapolis, Md. (Patrick Semansky/AP)

A growing number of parents and students are deciding to “opt out” of assessment tests.

Why Can’t We Beat ISIS?

February 27, 2015
In this handout image provided by the U.S. Air Force, a KC-10 Extender refuels an F-22 Raptor fighter aircraft prior to strike operations in Syria, during flight on September 23, 2014. These aircraft were part of a strike package that was engaging ISIL targets in Syria. (Maj. Jefferson S. Heiland/U.S. Air Force via Getty Images)

For all of the destruction, the self-proclaimed Islamic State is relatively small, but a military strategist says “we allowed ISIS to build up.”

Leonard Nimoy, World Famous As Mr. Spock On ‘Star Trek,’ Dies At 83

February 27, 2015
Actor Leonard Nimoy in 2009. (Matt Sayles/AP)

Nimoy’s son, Adam, says the actor died Friday morning in Los Angeles of end-stage chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. He was 83.

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