A photo provided by Tami Bradley-Two Eagles Balloon Team, shows pilots from left, Troy Bradley of Albuquerque, N.M., and Leonid Tiukhtyaev of Russia, before their liftoff in a gas balloon in Saga, Japan. AP hide caption

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The Two-Way - News Blog

Record-Setting Balloonists Touch Down In Mexico After Pacific Crossing

Pilots Troy Bradley and Leonid Tiukhtyaev, dubbed the "Two Eagles," traveled the farthest and stayed aloft the longest for anyone in a gas-filled balloon.

British actor Idris Elba played Stringer Bell, second-in-command to Baltimore drug kingpin Avon Barksdale, in HBO's The Wire. Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images hide caption

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Simon Says

It May Take A British Actor To Make An American Story Sing

Awards season has offered NPR's Scott Simon the opportunity to reflect on the number of British actors playing Americans in films and television shows, and wonder where the American actors are.

Charley Patton was the grandaddy of the Delta blues musicians, according to Jack White: "He's the one that all the other blues musicians looked up to. He's almost the beginning of the family tree." Courtesy of the Revenant Archives hide caption

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Music News

In A Few Fateful Years, One Record Label Blew Open The Blues

Music was an afterthought for Paramount Records, a short-lived label founded by a furniture company. But in its final years, it gave vital exposure to the artists who would come to define Delta blues.

Argentina's Foreign Minister Hector Timerman on Jan. 15 shows a letter he said was sent in 2013 to Interpol informing it of an agreement reached with Iran's government to investigate the 1994 bombing of the Argentine-Israeli Mutual Association that killed 85 people. Timerman says he met with Iran in an attempt to solve the case and denies accusations he was part of a cover-up. Rodrigo Abd/AP hide caption

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Parallels - World News

Argentine Official Says He Sought Cooperation With Iran, Not Cover-Up

In an exclusive interview with NPR, Foreign Minister Hector Timerman says he met Iranian officials as part of the effort to find out who was behind the 1994 bombing of a Buenos Aires Jewish center.

Shake Shack made its stock market debut on Friday, and shares quickly soared to nearly $50. The chain hopes to become the Chipotle of burger joints, but faces much competition in the fast-casual market. Scott Olson/Getty Images hide caption

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The Salt

Shake Shack Sizzles With IPO As McDonald's Fizzles

Shares of the burger chain shot up on Friday, its first trading day. Shake Shack and other fast-casual joints are taking a bite out of McDonald's, which can't recast itself to fit the current trend.

Think of human relationships as entanglements. How do they bind you, how do they reveal who you really are? Daniel Horowitz for NPR hide caption

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Shots - Health News

By Impersonating Her Mom, A Comedian Grows Closer To Her

Human relationships are entanglements, and those connections often aren't clear to us at all. When Maria Bamford impersonated her mom, she realized what she loved about her — and about herself.

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