June 13, 2009 Despite heavy foreign investment in power plants and electrical lines — including more than $1 billion allocated by the United States — most Afghans still have no access to power, including most residents of the capital, Kabul. NPR's Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson explains how she manages.
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May 27, 2009 Selena Roberts has proved to be one of New York Yankee Alex Rodriguez's most dogged chroniclers. But her new book about the third baseman is more of an infield pop-up than a home run, according to NPR's Mike Pesca.
May 18, 2009 Since those early Apollo missions to the moon, America seems to have largely lost its enchantment with space. But the current mission to supercharge Hubble comes with all the peril, romance — and promise — of our early space travels.
May 16, 2009 Back in March, Caitlin Shetterly and her husband, Daniel Davis, had a 2-month-old son, an empty bank account and an apartment in Los Angeles they could no longer afford. The couple decided to pack up and head home to Maine to move in with Shetterly's mother.
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April 30, 2009 Across the Pacific Northwest, large pieces of electrical infrastructure, both old and new, speckle the landscape. From gigantic cooling towers to dams along the Columbia River to the new wind farms sprouting up on hillsides, electricity has worked its way into the fabric of the land.
April 9, 2009 When you arrive at Augusta the first time — walking, since running isn't allowed — it's special. It's hair-standing-up-on-the-back-of-your-neck magical. It can also be annoying, NPR reporter Tom Goldman found.
April 1, 2009 Families of three soldiers killed in Iraq in 2008 are pressing for a wider investigation. They want someone held accountable for what they say was a bungled mission that ended in a friendly fire killing.
March 28, 2009 Marisa Penaloza has covered some pretty gruesome stories in her career, and she's no stranger to Juarez, Mexico. But the wave of drug violence crashing along the border has changed the city into something she's never known.
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March 21, 2009 Caitlin Shetterly and Daniel Davis moved to Los Angeles in 2008 thinking they'd find more opportunities to weather a looming economic crisis. They were wrong.
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March 6, 2009 As NPR's David Greene winds his way across the country, chatting with Americans about the economy during President Obama's first 100 days in office, he's found an abundance of people to interview. The result: Hours of audio have filled the memory on his laptop.
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February 17, 2009 News out of Myanmar is rare, and usually bad: The crackdown on the monk-led, pro-democracy protests in 2007, the huge death toll from Cyclone Nargis last May. A recent clandestine visit reveals how the country is suffering under its government's iron fist and from the cyclone's lingering damage.
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February 16, 2009 In the land of high cuisine, even lunch in preschool is a culinary delight. French culinary traditions and knowledge are cultivated at a very young age. Even toddlers in day care centers are taught how to sit at a table and are encouraged to eat all kinds of foods.
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February 5, 2009 Tehran is a safe city. But the image of violence and the story of violence have saturated the city. The billboards, murals, speeches and chants, some calling for "Death to America!" and others promoting martyrdom, hit you in the face.
February 2, 2009 So many experts had sounded off on Super Bowl game makers and breakers that a little accountability is in order. Here are five "keys" to the game that turned out not to be keys at all — just to help you decide whom to listen to next time.
February 1, 2009 Walking the streets of Tampa, Fla., before the Super Bowl, it seemed like there were at least 4 Steelers fans for every Cardinal fan.
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