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Goats and Soda
3:51 pm
Tue April 14, 2015

Thousands Of Young Women In U.S. Forced Into Marriage

A year ago, Lina says her parents took her to Yemen because her grandmother was gravely ill. But when the family arrived, Lina's father announced that she would be getting married to a local man.
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Originally published on Wed April 15, 2015 7:37 am

Lina describes herself as strong and independent. Born in Yemen and brought to the U.S. as a toddler, the 22-year-old now works retail at a mall to pay her way through college.

"I was raised very, very Americanized. I did sports, I did community service, I worked," Lina says. (NPR is not using her full name because she fears retribution from her family.)

When people hear her story, she says they tell her, "I never thought that this would ever happen to you."

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The Record
3:26 pm
Tue April 14, 2015

Percy Sledge Had A Voice The Whole World Heard

Percy Sledge performs in Montgomery, Ala., in 2010.
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Originally published on Tue April 14, 2015 6:45 pm

Soul singer Percy Sledge epitomized Southern soul in ballads like "When A Man Loves A Woman," which became a massive international hit when it came out in 1966. Sledge died Tuesday morning of natural causes in East Baton Rouge, La. He was 74.

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Commentary
3:21 pm
Tue April 14, 2015

Letters: Russian Memes, Abraham Lincoln Assassination Anniversary

Originally published on Tue April 14, 2015 6:45 pm

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Author Interviews
5:27 pm
Mon April 13, 2015

Take It From David Brooks: Career Success 'Doesn't Make You Happy'

Originally published on Tue April 14, 2015 10:38 am

The day after Japan surrendered in 1945, and World War II ended, singer Bing Crosby appeared on the radio program Command Performance. "Well it looks like this is it," he said. "What can you say at a time like this? You can't throw your skimmer in the air — that's for a run-of-the-mill holiday. I guess all anybody can do is thank God it's over."

New York Times columnist David Brooks cites this and other aspects of that 70-year-old radio program as evidence that America once marked triumph without boasting.

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Politics
4:33 pm
Mon April 13, 2015

After Years Of GOP Support, Cuban-Americans Become More Democratic

Originally published on Mon April 13, 2015 6:53 pm

NPR's Audie Cornish talks with Guillermo Grenier, a sociology professor at Florida International University, about the likelihood that Cuban Americans will support a Republican candidate with a hard line towards softening U.S. relations with Cuba. He is leading a multi-year survey tracking the political attitudes of Cuban Americans.

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Technology
4:33 pm
Mon April 13, 2015

'Overly Attached Girlfriend' Meme Star Turns Online Fame Into Comedy Career

Originally published on Mon April 13, 2015 6:53 pm

Laina Morris is the real person behind the Internet meme known as the "Overly Attached Girlfriend." She has deftly exploited her Internet fame, turning a spoof entry to a Justin Bieber contest into a full-time career of putting comic videos on YouTube.

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Sports
4:13 pm
Mon April 13, 2015

Jordan Spieth's Masters Win Signifies Bright Future For American Golf

Originally published on Mon April 13, 2015 6:53 pm

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Asia
3:33 pm
Mon April 13, 2015

Chinese Women's Rights Activists Released From Jail

Originally published on Mon April 13, 2015 6:53 pm

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Television
3:33 pm
Mon April 13, 2015

'Game Of Thrones' Fans Develop Formula To Determine Who Might Survive Series

Originally published on Tue April 14, 2015 6:20 pm

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HBO's hit series, "Game Of Thrones," returned yesterday for a fifth season. As fans of the fantasy series know, the last four seasons had a lot of this.

(SOUNDBITE OF TV SHOW, "GAME OF THRONES")

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Environment
3:33 pm
Mon April 13, 2015

Harvard Students Block Campus Building To Push Fossil Fuel Divestment

Originally published on Tue April 14, 2015 1:32 pm

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Student activists are demonstrating in Harvard Yard, demanding that the world's wealthiest university sell its shares in big oil and coal companies. From member station WGBH, Kirk Carapezza reports.

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