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Billie Jean King Travels With A Message About History

NPR's Scott Simon muses on the inclusion of the former tennis superstar in the U.S. delegation to the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. King is a lesbian who was not always open about her sexuality, but both she and American culture have changed since then.

Ukraine Protesters Denounce Russian Cash

For weeks, protesters have been camped out in downtown Kiev, furious that Ukraine's government accepted a bailout loan from Russia and reneged on a promise to take Ukraine out of Russia's orbit and into the future with the European Union. NPR's Scott Simon talks to Anders Aslund of the Peterson Institute about the implications of the loan.

World's Most Popular Film Industry Turns 100

Bright colors, intricate dance sequences, melodramatic plots and great music are hallmarks of India's movie industry, which got its start 100 years ago. NPR's Scott Simon explores the Indian cinema with Rajinder Dudrah, aka Doc. Bollywood.
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An Indian Diplomat's Arrest And The Role Of Diplomatic Immunity

The arrest of Indian diplomat Devyani Khobragade in New York triggered a diplomatic rift between the U.S. and India. We explore the legal foundation of diplomatic immunity and understand why it can open the door for abuse.


Robert Siegel On Qatar: Tiny Country, Big Influence

Robert Siegel recently returned from a reporting trip to Qatar. He joins Melissa Block to talk about some of the stories he reported while there.

Uganda Passes Anti-Gay Bill That Includes Life In Prison

Human rights groups and Western governments have criticized the bill since it was first introduced in 2009. Uganda's president must still sign the measure, which has widespread support.

Rebel Leader: Nuns Were Led To Safety, Not Seized, In Syria

Confusion has surrounded the departure of a group of Greek Orthodox nuns from a convent north of Damascus earlier this month. Syrian officials say radical Islamist rebels kidnapped the nuns at gunpoint. But a rebel leader who was there says the nuns' convent was under fire from government forces.

Sen. Baucus Tapped To Be Ambassador To China

If confirmed, the Montana Democrat would succeed Ambassador Gary Locke. Baucus had already announced he would not seek re-election next year. An early departure gives Montana Gov. Steve Bullock, a fellow Democrat, the chance to appoint another member of their party to serve out the term.

Diaspora Sounds Alarm As Dominicans Face Statelessness

A court ruling in the Dominican Republic retroactively revokes citizenship for thousands of people of Haitian descent living in the country. The issue has been building for years, and the responses that have appeared in op-ed pieces across the U.S. tell a complicated history — and offer some dire warnings of what could be ahead.

Well, Morgan Freeman Did Play Nelson Mandela In A Movie

Among the many memorials in India that honor the former South African leader is a billboard that mistakenly features a photo of the actor. It's not the first time that Freeman's been inadvertently mixed up in a misidentification.