6:34am

Sun April 13, 2014
Monkey See

'Mad Men' Returns, Full Of Footnotes

As Mad Men returns for its seventh season, its entire sprawling cast has plenty to do.
Frank Ockenfels AMC

Imagine a scene in which a man is sitting on a park bench reading a book. A woman comes up and sits beside him. He looks up at her. She hands him a letter. "It's over," she says.

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5:43am

Sun April 13, 2014
The Two-Way

Pope Francis Poses For Selfies With Crowd At St. Peter's

Originally published on Sun April 13, 2014 9:03 am

After speaking to a crowd that was estimated at 100,000 people Sunday, Pope Francis moved through the audience in his popemobile — and then delighted some of those in attendance by getting out of the vehicle and posing for photos with them.

Francis posed for photos several times during his circuit through St. Peter's Square, where throngs of the faithful had gathered to hear him speak on Palm Sunday.

"After the ceremony, the pope hopped onto his popemobile and moved through the crowd, often getting off to pose for selfies with young people," NPR's Sylvia Poggioli reports.

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5:05am

Sun April 13, 2014
The Two-Way

Ukraine Says An Officer Died In Battle With Pro-Russian Forces

Originally published on Sun April 13, 2014 9:13 am

A Pro-Russian force guards a barricade outside a regional police building seized by armed men in Slovyansk Sunday. Ukraine, which launched an "anti-terrorist operation" in the eastern town, says one of its officers has been killed in a clash near the town.
Genya Savilov AFP/Getty Images
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A Ukrainian Security Service officer has been killed and five others wounded in the eastern city of Slovyansk, officials from Ukraine's interim government said Sunday. The casualty comes after Ukraine pledged a "very tough" response to those occupying government buildings.

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4:35am

Sun April 13, 2014
Around the Nation

Evidence Against Boston Bombing Suspect Is Plentiful

Originally published on Sun April 13, 2014 3:54 pm

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4:35am

Sun April 13, 2014
Europe

Armed Pro-Russian Men Hold Police Station In Eastern Ukraine

Originally published on Sun April 13, 2014 3:54 pm

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RACHEL MARTIN, HOST:

This is WEEKEND EDITION from NPR News. I'm Rachel Martin. Special forces in Ukraine have begun what they call an anti-terror operation. They're trying to take back a city where pro-Russian protesters set up roadblocks yesterday. People have been killed on both sides. That marks a major shift in this standoff which has remained relatively peaceful for the last week. NPR's Ari Shapiro is in Kiev, and he joins me now. Ari, what happened this morning? What's the latest?

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4:35am

Sun April 13, 2014
Europe

Putin Could Send Europe Scrambling For Energy Sources

Originally published on Sun April 13, 2014 3:54 pm

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European Union officials held talks about the crisis in Ukraine this past week. But the focus in the meetings wasn't Russian boots on the ground, but rather Russia's threats to cut supplies of natural gas to Ukraine. This has implications for Europe, since it gets about 15 percent of its gas from Russia through Ukraine. With us now is Jonathan Stern. He's a fellow at the Oxford Institute of Energy Studies. We have him on the line from the studios of the BBC in London. Mr. Stern, thanks so much for being with us.

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4:35am

Sun April 13, 2014
Europe

Lawmaker Says U.S. Must Go Beyond Sanctions With Russia

Originally published on Sun April 13, 2014 3:54 pm

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4:35am

Sun April 13, 2014
Law

Drug Courts Help Addicts Recover — But May Cost Them Their Rights

Originally published on Sun April 13, 2014 3:54 pm

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This is WEEKEND EDITION from NPR News. I'm Rachel Martin. Twenty-five years ago, Miami-Dade County in Florida was overwhelmed with the crack cocaine epidemic. The judges there kept locking up the same addicts over and over so the county came up with a different concept to deal with them - drug courts. If you were a nonviolent drug offender, you could avoid an immediate prison sentence by going to a drug court. You'd get regular therapy and drug testing. A judge watched your progress, and if you relapsed, well, then you could go to jail.

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2:09am

Sun April 13, 2014
Shots - Health News

My Journey From Homeless Drug Addict To Magna Cum Laude

Maria Fabrizio for NPR

I was fighting a rat for the remnants of a corn dog I'd salvaged from the trash. That's when I realized I'd crossed the final line I had drawn.

I had told myself, as long as I don't shoot up, I'm OK. As long as I'm not homeless, I'm OK. But now I was shooting up and homeless, and there was nowhere left to draw. I had reached the bottom line of my existence.

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1:45am

Sun April 13, 2014
The Salt

A Love Letter To Matzo: Why The Holey Cracker Is A Crunch Above

Originally published on Mon April 14, 2014 10:57 am

The holes in matzo give the cracker its characteristic crunch,
Odelia Cohen iStockphoto

Passover is nearly upon us. And for many observers of the Jewish faith, that means saying goodbye to leavened bread.

In the place of leavened bread comes what many Jews call the "bread of affliction," or matzo. Passover commemorates the exodus of the Jews from Egypt. And as the biblical narrative goes, they had to leave in such a hurry that they couldn't wait for their bread to rise.

So the matzo at Passover is symbolic. But the plain, dry crackers tend to get a bad rap for their taste (or lack thereof).

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