Sports

February 28, 2015 | NPR · Racial tensions between blacks and whites are at the heart of the “Ol’ Man River” musical. Asian-American actors say it doesn’t make sense to get on board.
 

February 28, 2015 | NPR · It’s still winter, but baseball spring training has already begun. NPR’s Scott Simon talks to Howard Bryant of ESPN.com from Arizona, where teams are busy practicing before the season kicks off.
 

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February 28, 2015 | NPR · Participants in winter sports are predominantly white, but the National Brotherhood of Skiers has been trying to change that for 42 years. More than 50 regional clubs came to this year’s gathering.
 

February 27, 2015 | NPR · Earl Lloyd, the NBA’s first black player, has died. He was 86. He first played for the Washington Capitals and helped the Syracuse Nationals win the title in 1955.
 

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February 27, 2015 | NPR · Earl Lloyd, who died Thursday, once recalled telling a young man who thanked him for blazing a trail, “Man, you owe me absolutely nothing.”
 

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February 26, 2015 | NPR · Val James became the first American-born black player in the NHL in 1982. He faced vicious racism, including fans throwing bananas on the ice. After 30 years in silence, he is talking about it now.
 

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February 26, 2015 | NPR · The win in Dunedin, New Zealand, is a first for Afghanistan at the World Cup. The victory spurred Afghans to celebrate on the streets of Kabul.
 

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February 25, 2015 | NPR · The unanimous vote Tuesday night came after “a consultant compared stadium noise in surrounding neighborhoods to that of bird calls,” KPCC reports.
 

February 25, 2015 | NPR · The 2022 FIFA World Cup will be played in Qatar. Soccer’s championship is typically played over the summer, but temperatures in Qatar during that season can exceed 110 degrees Fahrenheit.
 

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February 25, 2015 | NPR · NASCAR is suspending a driver accused of domestic violence, and the NFL is considering allowing two teams to share a stadium? Sports commentator Frank Deford is pleased.
 

 

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News

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February 28, 2015 | WFSU · 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.
 

February 28, 2015 | NPR · In a 3-2 vote on Feb. 26, the FCC approved new rules, regulating broadband internet as a public utility. NPR’s Arun Rath speaks with Mat Honan, San Francisco bureau chief for BuzzFeed News, about the political implications of the vote.
 

February 28, 2015 | NPR · Congress will fund the Department of Homeland Security for one more week. Political correspondent Mara Liasson talks with NPR’s Arun Rath about the politics of the battles being waged by congressional Republicans.
 

Arts & Life

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February 28, 2015 | NPR · Women and minorities continue to be under-represented on TV and in film, both behind and in front of the camera, according to a new study — even though diverse films and shows make more money.
 

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February 28, 2015 | NPR · Back in 1987, Nancy Cartwright made a risky, last-minute decision during an audition: Instead of trying out for the part of mild-mannered Lisa Simpson, she went for the role of rebellious Bart.
 

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February 28, 2015 | NPR · The planned reopening was moved up following the release of a video showing self-declared Islamic State extremists destroying priceless ancient artifacts in the Mosul museum.
 

Music

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February 28, 2015 | NPR · The electronic artist’s new album, Gliss Riffer, is his most accesible yet. In a conversation with Arun Rath, he waxes philosophic on stress, technology and the value of a wandering mind.
 

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February 28, 2015 | NPR · From Lana Del Rey to Father John Misty, musicians in the current pop moment who expose themselves, warts and all, do so in isolation, without support or challenge from a like-minded community.
 

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February 28, 2015 | NPR · A Californian by way of North Dakota, with a voice that belies his gender, the singer-songwriter takes pride in being hard to pin down.
 

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