World

October 30, 2014 | NPR · Quarantines have been imposed on the sick and contagious for thousands of years. We look at the use — and abuse — of this strategy to stop the spread of disease.
 

October 30, 2014 | NPR · Israel’s foreign minister says diplomacy is “more complicated than … furniture from Ikea.” His Swedish counterpart responds that diplomacy, like Ikea furniture, needs “a partner … [and] a manual.”
 

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October 30, 2014 | NPR · Why are infectious disease costumes even a thing? It’s actually a relatively new development in Halloween history, but there are precedents. See: Plague Doctor mask, Venice.
 

October 30, 2014 | NPR · There’s supposed to be a ceasefire in Eastern Ukraine, but in Donetsk there’s been a continuing fierce battle for control of the city’s airport. Meanwhile, anti-Ukrainian separatists are holding elections on Sunday to support their demands for an independent state
 

October 30, 2014 | NPR · U.S. groups on both sides of the same-sex marriage debate are increasingly finding new places to advocate, as other countries debate greater rights — or harsher crackdowns — for LGBT people.
 

October 30, 2014 | NPR · In order to save the Amazon, it’s not enough for deforestation to stop; areas that have been denuded also need recuperation. A Brazilian research scientist has released a report with the World Wildlife Fund that suggested actions to curb the effect of humans on the world’s largest rainforest.
 

October 30, 2014 | NPR · The self-proclaimed Islamic State is known as the world’s richest terrorist organization, but the group is having to pay for services to the areas they are controlling in Syria and Iraq. U.S. analysts and officials say the financial burden of the group’s territorial ambitions could ultimately lead to ISIS’ demise.
 

October 30, 2014 | NPR · As peshmerga troops start to arrive in the Syrian border town, some Syrian insurgents say that reinforcement is needed more urgently in Aleppo — which is nearly encircled by government forces.
 

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October 30, 2014 | NPR · The 19th U.S. president didn’t leave much of a legacy at home. But in Paraguay, he’s a hero, credited with helping save the nation after a disastrous war with its South American neighbors.
 

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October 30, 2014 | NPR · The risk of developing tuberculosis soars when someone has diabetes. The threat of a double pandemic is a challenge for the medical profession, where different docs typically treat each disease.
 

 

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October 30, 2014 | NPR · Police say Frein opened fire on two state troopers more than a month ago, and they’ve been searching for him since. The Pike County district attorney says he intends to seek the death penalty.
 

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October 30, 2014 | NPR · Over the past century, midterm elections have been pretty rough on the party that holds the White House.
 

American Red Cross
October 30, 2014 | NPR · An NPR investigation revealed how the emergency organization funneled its resources away from storm victims to create an “illusion of mass care.” The Red Cross tells PBS NewsHour that’s not true.
 

Arts & Life

October 30, 2014 | NPR · Michel Faber’s best-seller, The Crimson Petal and the White, captured the feel of Victorian London. His latest is a literary science-fiction tale that might disappoint hard core sci-fi fans.
 

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October 30, 2014 | NPR · Is it safe to park on the street, or are you risking a ticket? The more signs there are, the more confusing that question gets. Designer Nikki Sylianteng has found a way to help.
 

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October 30, 2014 | NPR · For Halloween, NPR movie critic Bob Mondello remembers scaring up some frights from his first job at a movie theater.
 

Music

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October 31, 2014 | WXPN · The Scottish soul singer, a best-seller in Europe, plays songs from his new album, Caustic Love.
 

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October 30, 2014 | NPR · The song is the exuberant sound of a novice exploring the possibilities of alternative electronic dance music with no real rule book or manual at his disposal.
 

Mountain Stage
October 30, 2014 | NPR · Hear a live set from the banjo master, who’s long been expanding the instrument’s possibilities.
 

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