December 31, 2009 The music world lost many greats in the past decade, including artists who shaped the sounds of rock 'n' roll, soul, pop and country as we know them today. Hear remembrances of some of these legends, culled from the NPR archives. Please use the comments section to add your own remembrances of these and other musicians who died during the past decade.
Mirwais Hospital in Kandahar is the only public hospital serving five southern provinces in Afghanistan. In the children's intensive care unit, toddlers sleep two or three to a bed.
Holly Pickett for NPR
December 23, 2009 Mirwais Hospital in Kandahar is the only public hospital serving five provinces in southern Afghanistan. The hospital is in the middle of a war zone, but it continues to strive to provide better care with the development help of the International Committee of the Red Cross.
December 19, 2009 As men may have noticed, flies are turning up in urinals with increased frequency. Not real ones, but lifelike images carefully positioned in the porcelain bowl. It seems the very presence of the fly drastically reduces "spillage." But why flies?
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December 17, 2009 Photos from NPR's 20th annual A Jazz Piano Christmas, held at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C.
December 15, 2009 Lou Padilla is good at fixing things. So when he broke his ankle, Padilla decided to set it himself. The locksmith didn't have health insurance, and he says he doesn't need it. Padilla tells us how he gets by without the safety net of insurance.
December 11, 2009 Only a fraction of the nation's 5,800 acute-care hospitals are certified as providing state-of-the-art stroke care. Use this chart to find the nearest one to you. Hospitals listed are certified by The Joint Commission, the American Stroke Association and some state health departments.
December 10, 2009 Photos from the Dave Douglas Quintet's Dec. 9, 2009 early performance at the Village Vanguard in New York, N.Y.
December 8, 2009 Photo Gallery: Insurgent Blasts Strike Baghdad
December 5, 2009 In 1957, photographer W. Eugene Smith moved into a lower Manhattan loft which served as a late-night hangout for jazz musicians. He proceeded to make approximately 4,000 hours of reel-to-reel tape recordings, and take nearly 40,000 photos, in and around his apartment.
November 29, 2009 Norman Rockwell is a familiar name. You probably know him for his illustrations, which defined the rosy aesthetic of midcentury America. But what you might not know is that almost all of his paintings began as photographs.
November 25, 2009 Desert ants have a nifty way of finding their way back home after a foray out of the nest to find food — they count their steps. To prove it, some scientists devised a creative experiment that showed just how the little guys do it.
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The Diamond Diverges: Cars swap sides of the road at the end of a bridge in Springfield, Mo.
Missy Shelton for NPR
November 24, 2009 The "diverging diamond" highway interchange is being put to the test in Missouri. Fans of the new design say it improves traffic flow by eliminating problematic left turns. There's just one catch: It briefly sends cars over to the left side of the road.
November 22, 2009 Highway fatality rates were highest in Montana and Louisiana in 2007 — more than 2 deaths per 100 million vehicle miles traveled. The lowest state rates were found in Massachusetts and Rhode Island. Nationally, the fatality rate fell to a historic low of 1.27 in 2008.
November 22, 2009
November 20, 2009 Health officials have been using this reporting system for 25 years to get a relative idea of where and how influenza is affecting people across the nation.
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