January 31, 2009 What Radio Row lacks in rows, it makes up for in radio. Parked at the Tampa Convention Center, it's a warren of local and national sports talk radio shows. Burly men loudly hold forth on player trades, coaching decisions, acts of gutlessness, brainlessness and fecklessness while clad in station-issued golf shirts.
January 30, 2009 NPR's Martin Kaste reminisces about his Model M keyboard, a tank of a machine that delivers a satisfying "click" with each key press. Unabashedly partial to this device, which shipped with early IBM computers, he's found a small factory in Kentucky that still makes them, as well as devout followers.
January 25, 2009 After enduring years of the worst of Baghdad's violence, Dr. Najeeb Hanoudi's family immigrated to Michigan. Their days revolve around caring for a son shot by a U.S. soldier nearly five years ago. The family, Hanoudi says, will remain at his bedside "even for the next few centuries."
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January 12, 2009 Europe celebrated Barack Obama's victory in the U.S. presidential election. But, as NPR's Sylvia Poggioli writes in this Reporter's Notebook, his win also has forced the continent to realize that prospects for a "European Obama" among its own minority populations remain bleak.
December 15, 2008 "The key to reporting in a war zone like Afghanistan is to be in control," says NPR's Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson. But on a recent reporting trip in the Taliban-controlled region, Nelson had to relinquish that control to land an interview with an insurgent judge in the volatile Korengal Valley region.
December 15, 2008 While based in Russia in the 1990s, NPR's Anne Garrels followed developments in the "real Russia" from the provincial town of Chelyabinsk. Returning 10 years later, much has changed. This series charts the transformation.
December 7, 2008 During the Feast of Sacrifice, Muslims with the means sacrifice a cow or sheep to share with family, friends and the poor. This year, NPR correspondent Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson went shopping with her Afghanistan bureau manager for a sacrificial cow.
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December 4, 2008 The American Hummer, made known to Iraqis through U.S. military operations, is now being advertised and sold as a status symbol to young, wealthy Iraqis. NPR's Ivan Watson test-drove an H3 on the streets of Baghdad and picked up compliments along the way.
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November 28, 2008 While taking advantage of the various sales to stock up on sports coats, NPR's Martin Kaste recalls the 2002 financial crisis in Argentina — where he was reporting at the time — and compares it to the current financial crisis in the U.S.
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November 23, 2008 Cargo plane pilots have flown nearly half a million missions so far — helping to support the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. One recent C-17 flight bound from Germany to Afghanistan carried some off-duty military personnel heading back to war, some crates and a shrink-wrapped C-130 propeller shaft. NPR's Pentagon correspondent, Tom Bowman, went along for the ride.
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November 15, 2008 It is one thing to be out of work, quite another to be without a place to sleep. In this Reporter's Notebook, NPR's Noah Adams went to Dayton, Ohio, to check out a job retraining center and ended up spending time with some homeless people across the river.
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October 28, 2008 The winning performances of Phillies pitchers Jamie Moyer and Joe Blanton were marked by some off-the-field oddness. And while the Philadelphia fans have plenty to celebrate, they shouldn't be too proud of their creativity in devising taunts to chant at the opposition.
October 28, 2008 Black baseball players in this year's World Series have been asked repeatedly about how to sell the game to young black athletes.
October 24, 2008 Two games into the World Series, many fans are still wondering whom to pull for. What you really need, says Mike Pesca, is a formula. It takes into account famous beloved underdogs of the past; payrolls; the use of rookies; the appeal of each team's manager — and their mascots.
October 23, 2008 Other than their exquisite execution on the field of play, every thing about the aesthetics of the Tampa Bay Rays is an abomination. From the garish colors to the echoes of cowbells in the domed Tropicana Field, sitting through a complete game can be a challenge.
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