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54 Days In The Eternal City: A Christian 'Pilgrimage' For Lent
Each Lenten season, Christians travel to Rome to visit a different martyr's shrine each day. The pilgrim-worn path, which dates back to the dawn of Christianity, includes some of the city's most striking churches and historic art. Theologian George Weigel, author of <em>Roman Pilgrimage</em>, says the journey grounded his faith in real places and people. (12/15/2013)
Our Favorite TV Parties
How does your holiday party stack up against TV's best? NPR's Rachel Martin takes a look at some of TV's most memorable parties, from Elaine's office party on <em>Seinfeld</em> to the Huxtable's anniversary party on <em>The Cosby Show.</em> (12/15/2013)
Floods Drive Thousands From Gazan Homes
A major winter storm has caused power outages and major flooding in parts of Israel and Palestine. As much as 2 feet of snow crippled Jerusalem and Ramallah over the past few days, and floods forced thousands of people in the Gaza Strip to leave their homes. (12/15/2013)
A Diamond, A Motorcycle, A Wooden Ring: Best Gifts Ever
It's the gift-giving season, so we asked listeners, "What's the best present you've ever received?" NPR's Rachel Martin shares three of their stories, of a poignant family heirloom, a childhood toy that opened up new worlds and a ring that was labor of love. (12/15/2013)
Cincinnati Wants A Hippo For Christmas
The Cincinnati Zoo hasn't had a hippopotamus for a long time, but it's building a new exhibit and hopes to acquire a breeding pair. It'll take another $6 million to bring the hippos home, so this year, zookeepers are singing "I Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas" to raise the money. NPR's Rachel Martin talks to zoo director Thane Maynard. (12/15/2013)
Two Decades Out Of Ghastly Violence, Rwanda Sings Of Love
It's been 19 years since the genocide in Rwanda. The country's president, Paul Kagame, is celebrated for rebuilding the East African country's government and economy, but the younger, postreconstruction generation deserves credit for reconstructing something else: Rwanda's music scene. (12/15/2013)
Humanitarian Situation Worsens In Central African Republic
The rising sectarian violence and general lawlessness in the Central African Republic presents a growing humanitarian concern. NPR's Rachel Martin speaks with Doctors Without Borders' Sylvain Groulx in the Central African Republic about the the humanitarian and security situation there. (12/15/2013)
Why, In A Team Sport, Does Only One Win The Heisman?
Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston won the Heisman Trophy on Saturday. Sports correspondent Mike Pesca talks with NPR's Rachel Martin about the winner, and how peculiar it is that one of the country's biggest athletic prizes goes to an individual, when football is a team sport. (12/15/2013)
China Lands A Rover On The Moon
China became only the third country to land a lunar spacecraft, along with the U.S. and the former Soviet Union. NPR's Anthony Khun talks with Rachel Martin about the Jade Rabbit rover and China's space ambitions. (12/15/2013)
StoryCorps: A Decade Of 'Ties That Bind'
The StoryCorps project has collected more than 50,000 stories, many of them shared on NPR's airwaves, and it recently marked its 10th anniversary with a book: <em>Ties That Bind: Stories of Love and Gratitude From the First Ten Years of StoryCorps.</em> David Isay, the project's creator, tells NPR's Rachel Martin that StoryCorps is like "a shake on the shoulder every week ... reminding you: this is what's important." (12/15/2013)
Mandela Is Laid To Rest In His Beloved Village
Sunday, Nelson Mandela was laid to rest in the rural homestead of Qunu, South Africa. NPR's Gregory Warner joins Rachel Martin to talk about the funeral of one of the world's most renown leaders. (12/15/2013)
Random Street Assaults: Are They Part Of A Larger Game?
In the last few weeks, stories have emerged about the so-called knockout game, wherein black teenagers are said to assault white strangers and run away. NPR's Rachel Martin talks with Code Switch blogger Gene Demby about media coverage of the activity. (12/15/2013)
No Sign Of Closing Up Shop At Guantanamo
As the pretrial hearing of the man accused of masterminding the 9/11 attacks resumes Monday at Guantanamo Bay, dozens of other detainees are held in limbo there. Carol Rosenberg of the <em>Miami Herald</em> speaks with NPR's Rachel Martin about the situation at Gitmo, including the trouble with "forever prisoners." (12/15/2013)
Why French Troops Are Intervening In Africa â€” Again
For the third time in recent years, France has sent troops into a former African colony, the Central African Republic. The French public generally supports these missions, mainly because they are not to prop up dictators, as they have been in the past. (12/15/2013)
New Princesses Rescue Girls From A Distressed Damselhood
The heroes of <em>The Guardian Princess Alliance</em> wait for no Prince Charmings: They battle to save the world from modern environmental threats, like genetically altered crops. (12/15/2013)
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