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Document Four Years After Revolution, Libya Slides Into Chaos
Libya was hopeful after Moammar Gadhafi was overthrown, but today it's a nation torn apart, with two competing governments in two different cities, each with its own parliament and military.
Document Party Ban Is Patronizing, U.Va. Sorority Women Say
National sorority leaders have told members at the University of Virginia not to attend a multi-frat Bid Night party after a discredited article about a gang rape.
Document Pennsylvania Law Allows NRA To Sue Cities Over Gun Rules
The NRA has already filed suit against Philadelphia, Pittsburgh and Lancaster, claiming the cities' gun ordinances are illegal.
Document An Arctic Institution, Sweden's Ice Hotel Turns 25
This year marks 25 years of the original Ice Hotel, carved from snow and ice bricks in far northern Sweden. <em>This story originally aired on All Things Considered on Jan. 29, 2015.</em>
Document A Mismatched Crew Dreams Of Swashbuckling In 'We Are Pirates'
Acclaimed writer Daniel Handler, a.k.a. Lemony Snickett, drew criticism last year for a racist comment at a literary event. NPR's Scott Simon speaks with Handler about his new novel, <em>We Are Pirates</em>.
Document Prime Minister Loses His Noggin But Keeps Talking In 'Head Of State'
Who says a beheaded man can't still be head of state? NPR's Scott Simon speaks with British journalist, author and TV host Andrew Marr about his novel, <em>Head of State.</em>
Document In A Few Fateful Years, One Record Label Blew Open The Blues
Music was an afterthought for Paramount Records, a short-lived label founded by a furniture company. But in its final years, it gave vital exposure to the artists who would come to define Delta blues.
Document Super Bowl And Skullduggery: The Week In Sports
It's nearly time for the Super Bowl, but Howard Bryant of ESPN.com and <em>ESPN The Magazine</em> tells NPR's Scott Simon that more people are talking about off-the-field scandals than the actual game.
Document Rod McKuen, The Cheeseburger To Poetry's Haute Cuisine
Poet Rod McKuen was loved by millions but mocked by literary critics. He died this week at age 81.
Document In LA, Women Build A Mosque Where They Can Call To Prayer
A women-led mosque held its first <em>jumma'a</em>, or Friday prayer service, in Los Angeles this week. The group is hoping to strengthen the Muslim community in America by empowering the faith's women.
Document The Infinite Whiteness Of Public Radio Voices
The hashtag #publicradiovoices, about the "whiteness" of public radio, trended on Twitter this week. NPR's Scott Simon speaks with Gene Demby of NPR's Code Switch team about the conversation.
Document Fighting In Eastern Ukraine Drags On Into WInter
Government troops are locked in a fierce battle with Russian-backed separatists, while civilians suffer freezing cold. Correspondent Corey Flintoff shares the latest with NPR's Scott Simon.
Document Amiri Baraka Didn't Worry About His Politics Overpowering His Poetry
"The real hallmark of an effective political artist is that the politics is accepted with the art," said Baraka. A new career-spanning anthology collects his work from 1961 to 2013. He died in 2014.
Document What Romney's Retreat Means For GOP Hopefuls
NPR's Scott Simon speaks with senior Washington editor Ron Elving about the narrowing Republican presidential field for 2016 and what we've seen so far in the first month of the new Congress.
Document It May Take A British Actor To Make An American Story Sing
Awards season has offered NPR's Scott Simon the opportunity to reflect on the number of British actors playing Americans in films and television shows, and wonder where the American actors are.

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