December 24, 2013 In a nation that takes its elves and other mythical creatures seriously, a proposed road is being held up. A court is considering both the environmental impact and the potential effect on elves who are said to have a church in the highway's projected path.
Police officers in Reykjavik, Iceland, are rarely armed.
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December 2, 2013 A police raid Monday in Reykjavík ended with the death of a man who reportedly shot at police. Though Iceland ranks No. 15 in per capita gun ownership, gun violence is almost unheard of.
U.S. chess grandmaster Bobby Fischer, shown in 1971, a year before he won the world's most famous chess match, fled to Iceland in 2005 to avoid prosecution in the U.S. He remained there until his death in 2008.
June 10, 2013 The options aren't great. But those seeking to avoid prosecution have often claimed political asylum or fled to countries at odds with the U.S. Then there's Iceland.
Former world chess champion Bobby Fischer in March 2005 as he left Japan for Iceland, where he lived out his final years.
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June 10, 2013 Edward Snowden has said he may seek asylum in Iceland. Getting there from Hong Kong, to which he has fled, may not be possible. But Iceland has intervened before to offer safe haven to someone wanted in the U.S. Chess champion Bobby Fischer spent his last years there.
Iceland's government is drafting plans to ban pornography online and in print. Supporters say it's an attempt to shield children.
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February 28, 2013 The government is drafting plans to ban pornography both online and in print. It's an attempt, supporters say, to shield children from harm. But critics say the Nordic nation "should not serve as a role model for Internet censorship."
Lack of oxygen probably caused this mass herring die-off on Feb. 3 in an Icelandic fjord.
February 11, 2013 It's been a bad-news, good-news winter for Iceland's herring. Two big die-offs of the small fish mean fewer exports. But there's still enough fish to fuel revived interest in this traditional food through nontraditional dishes like herring ice cream.
Enough already with the krona?
April 27, 2012 More people use Disney Dollars than Iceland's krona. Is it time to give up on the currency?
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The 5,000 krona note, featuring Ragnheiaur Jonsdottir
April 13, 2012 Does it make sense for a country the size of Staten Island to have its own currency? Iceland wants to know.
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Rihanna did not have the song of the summer.
December 27, 2011 We look back at the podcasts we've done in 2011 and tell you what we got right, what we got wrong and how everything turned out in Wisconsin and Iceland. Plus, we try to to figure out why that Rihanna song that cost so much money, bombed on the radio.
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A bird's eye view on the flight from Iceland to Greenland.
July 8, 2011 At the risk of being included among the "Lazy Lay-Over Guys" who try to describe the island nation based on a brief visit, NPR's Philip Reeves offers his impressions of a stunning land on the edge of the Arctic Circle.
April 29, 2011 How did a barren, icy island become a thriving, modern economy?
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A rebel militiaman weeps after his brother was critically wounded on March 8, 2011 near Ras Lanuf, Libya.
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March 9, 2011 Libya no-fly zone; Iceland financial crisis arrests; Blagojevich
June 22, 2010 The volcano has stopped spewing, but tourism hasn't picked up in Iceland. A new campaign hopes to change all of that, through song, dance, and stories.
April 19, 2010 Reporters worldwide struggle with pronouncing the name of that pesky volcano in Iceland — Eyjafjallaj??kull.
October 22, 2008 On today's podcast, an Icelandic listener says the nation has plenty of food, an Icelandic reporter says that's true but the thrill's still gone, and David Kestenbaum wonders what's the matter with hedge fund.
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