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Director Of Taylor Swift's New Video Defends His Work

NPR | Sept. 02, 2015

The video depicts a love story set in Africa, circa 1950, the director notes. It did not have a political agenda, and it did have people of color both in front of the camera and on the creative team.

How Fishermen's Bragging Rights Gave Birth To Fine Art

NPR | Sept. 02, 2015

In 19th century Japan, fishermen found a foolproof way to record trophy catches: a "fish rubbing" inked onto paper, creating a permanent record of their size. Gyotaku soon evolved into fine art.

Taylor Swift Is Dreaming Of A Very White Africa

NPR | Sept. 02, 2015

The video for her new song, "Wildest Dreams," conjures up a colonial-era Africa of magnificent landscapes, beautiful animals — and virtually no black Africans.

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No Cause For Murder Charges In Arafat's Death, French Investigators Say

NPR | Sept. 2, 2015 4:21 p.m.

More than two years after accusations arose that Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat's 2004 death was the result of polonium-210 poisoning, French judges say there isn't enough evidence.

World | Health

Fasting To The Death: Is It A Religious Rite Or Suicide?

NPR | Sept. 2, 2015 1:59 p.m.

A member of the ancient religion of Jainism who is very sick or very old may opt to stop eating. But India's Supreme Court is weighing a ban on the practice because suicide is illegal by Indian law.

World | Nation

5 Chinese Military Ships Spotted Off Alaska's Coast

NPR | Sept. 2, 2015 1:34 p.m.

In what would reportedly be a first, five ships from China's navy have been spotted in the Bering Sea, operating in international waters near Alaska, U.S. officials tell The Wall Street Journal.

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Why Are Migrants Surging Into Europe Now?

NPR | Sept. 2, 2015 12:08 p.m.

The steady stream of migrants in past years has turned into a torrent this year. Here's a primer on main forces at work.

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Tokyo 2020 Pulls Olympic Logo, Stung By Plagiarism Charges

NPR | Sept. 2, 2015 11:44 a.m.

Belgian designer Olivier Debie first complained about the logo soon after it was unveiled in July, saying it was too similar to one he created for a theater in 2011.

World | Elections | Nation

Obama Secures Enough Support For Iran Deal In Congress

NPR | Sept. 2, 2015 9:39 a.m.

Maryland Sen. Barbara Mikulski announced that she will support the Iran nuclear deal, giving Obama the final vote needed to protect the accord from a Republican-led effort to defeat the measure.

World | Nation

An Unanswered Question About Iran's Nuclear Program

NPR | Sept. 1, 2015 7:50 p.m.

Congress plans to address the Iranian nuclear deal this month, and one unresolved issue is how much work Iran might have done previously on weaponizing its program.

World | Nation

Trial Begins For Alabama Officer In Encounter That Paralyzed Indian Man

NPR | Sept. 1, 2015 5:24 p.m.

Madison Police Department officer Eric Parker is charged with violating the civil rights of Sureshbhai Patel, who was unarmed and slammed into the ground face-first, sustaining serious injuries.

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Hungary's Leader Pushes His Anti-Migrant Platform To Bolster Support

NPR | Sept. 1, 2015 3:33 p.m.

Prime Minister Viktor Orban has adopted staunchly anti-migrant positions to try and win back supporters from the far right, which is making significant gains.

Food | Science | Environment | World

Denmark Might Be Winning The Global Race To Prevent Food Waste

NPR | Sept. 1, 2015 2:46 p.m.

According to a recent report from the Danish government, Danes now throw away 25 percent less food than they did five years ago. Supermarkets are doing their part by selling older food at a discount.