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The Rare Place Where Israelis And Iranians Play Together

Iran and Israel are sworn enemies, but Germany is neutral ground where people from those countries can collaborate musically. Sistanagila, an Israeli-Iranian ensemble, is doing just that.

At The Supreme Court, Tracing A Fine Line Between Politics And Race

On Wednesday, the justices took up a redistricting case from Alabama that explores the question of which kinds of political gerrymandering are acceptable and which are not.

Coal Mines Keep Operating Despite Injuries, Violations And Millions In Fines

An NPR investigation found thousands of American mine owners fail to pay penalties for safety violations, even as they continue to manage dangerous and sometimes deadly operations.

Innovation: Smart Yoga Mat Could Help You Find Your Zen

The SmartMat is an intelligent yoga mat that records the user's movements and makes adjustments to improve yoga practice. The creators have a prototype and plan to ship the final product in July.

Who's That Lebanese Man With A Beard: Hipster Or Jihadi?

Hipsters in Beirut have a problem. Their long, lustrous beards are getting them mistaken for Islamist extremists and drawing unwanted scrutiny from the security forces.

Farewell To Randy Jackson, An Example Of All That Ails 'American Idol'

As founding judge Randy Jackson announces his departure from American Idol, NPR TV critic Eric Deggans says he embodies all that's wrong with a pioneering show that's become a pop culture cliche.

New Volkswagen Policy OKs Interactions With Unions At U.S. Factory

The automaker said the new policy would allow dialogue but not collective bargaining with groups. It comes months after the UAW lost a vote to represent workers at the Chattanooga, Tenn., factory.

40 Percent Of The World's Cropland Is In Or Near Cities

Just how much of the world's cropland can we really call urban? That's been a big mystery until now.