Monthly Archives: March 2015

Venezuela Cuts Oil Subsidies To Caribbean Nations

1 min 53 sec Download Low oil prices are forcing Venezuela to cut a generous subsidy program to Cuba and a dozen other Caribbean nations. Venezuela is Latin America’s largest oil producer, and its economy depends heavily on oil exports. It’s been been hit hard by the tumbling oil prices. “Venezuela is in desperate straits. The oil sector has been ...

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Deadline Day Arrives For Iran Nuclear Talks

The six nations that have been debating a plan to curb Iran’s nuclear program and ease economic sanctions will hit the deadline for a framework agreement at 6 p.m. ET. Ahead of that deadline, there are signs that a deal is in the works — and that it might not be a sweeping arrangement that lays out future terms. Early ...

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The Ascent Of Afghan Women

5 min 26 sec Download Sandra Calligaro for NPR Zahra Karimi Nooristani, 18, cautiously works her way down a rock face high above Kabul as her coach, Farhad Jamshid, guides her. It is hazardous for his top female student to be rappelling here, not only because of the steep drop, but because she is using a frayed, nine-year-old rope handed ...

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No Easy, Reliable Way To Screen For Suicide

4 min 9 sec Download About twice a year, statistics suggest, a pilot somewhere in the world — usually flying alone — deliberately crashes a plane. The Germanwing flight downed last week may be one such case. But most people who fit the psychological profile of the pilots in these very rare events never have problems while flying. Patrik Stollarz/AFP/Getty ...

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Indianapolis Mayor: Religious Law's Backers 'Missing The Bigger Trend'

Demonstrators gather outside the City County Building in Indianapolis Monday, calling for the state house to roll back the controversial Religious Freedom Restoration Act, which critics say can be used to discriminate against gays and lesbians. Aaron P. Bernstein/Getty Images hide caption itoggle caption Aaron P. Bernstein/Getty Images A new Indiana law that has set off a firestorm of criticism ...

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Live From Small Town America: Teachers Who Blog To Stay In Touch

LA Johnson/NPR Katie Morrow became a teacher, among other things, because of wanderlust. “I’m going to be a teacher because I can go anywhere in the world,” she thought. She’s originally from a small town in Nebraska called O’Neill, population 3,700. “In the middle of nowhere, literally,” she says. So where did she end up teaching? Right back in O’Neill. ...

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The Fear Of Black Men In America: Join Our Twitter Chat #FearAndRace

NPR’s Michel Martin led two challenging conversations about race this week, focusing on fearful perceptions of African-American men and how these fears play out in people’s everyday lives. Guests including author and Georgetown University Law Professor Paul Butler examined the research and the complicated emotions behind this fear. “When you’re in an elevator or walking behind somebody and you feel ...

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