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U.S. Diplomatic Ties To Ethiopia

In the Horn of Africa, solid U.S.-Ethiopia relations have been one constant in a region often beset by turmoil. We talk with current and former U.S. ambassadors to Ethiopia about the deep ties to the U.S., and where the two countries sometimes agree to disagree.


Is Egypt Cracking Down On Freedom Of Press?

Reporters in Egypt are facing terrorism charges, but they say they were just doing their job. Host Michel Martin speaks with Sherif Mansour of the Committee to Protect Journalists and NPR's Leila Fadel about press freedom in Egypt, and other parts of the world.

For U.S. Ambassador, Ties To Prague That Transcend Diplomacy

Ambassador Norm Eisen has a deeply personal connection to the Czech Republic. His mother was born there, seized by the Nazis and sent to Auschwitz, which she survived. His official residence is a former palace the Nazis commandeered during World War II and which still bears their stamp. Literally.

Bringing Up Olympians: Athletes' Parents Shed Their Own Blood, Sweat And Tears

American athletes are grabbing medals and stardom in Sochi. But parents also put in plenty of blood, sweat and tears, helping their children go for gold. For more on raising Olympic athletes, host Michel Martin speaks with two parents who have been there: Debbie Phelps and Calvin Hill.

Pussy Riot's Nadya And Masha Detained In Sochi, Then Released

The activists say they have been taken into custody each of the past three days, then later released. They want to perform a protest song in Sochi. They were convicted of "hooliganism" for performing a "punk prayer" in Moscow in 2012. Just before the games began, the women were freed from prison.

U.N. Panel Accuses North Korea Of Crimes Against Humanity

A United Nations panel accuses the North Korean regime of rape, forced abortions, intentional starvation and slavery. David Greene talks to retired Australian judge Michael Kirby, chairman of the U.N. Commission of Inquiry on Human Rights in North Korea.

U.S. Women's Bobsled Team Features 2 Summer Olympians

Bobsled used to be an all-male sport until 2002. Even now, the women only race two-man, not four-man bobsled. Team USA features 2 summer Olympians as brakemen. Lauren Williams is a gold and silver medalist in the sprint. Lolo Jones did the hurdles in Bejing and London.

Mega Mall Helps Pakistanis Escape Pressures Of Everyday Life

Islamabad's a pretty quiet place at night. That's no big surprise in a capital full of forts and road blocks. But that's not the case at the city's latest landmark, the Centaurus Mall, where Pakistanis, young and old, flock to a place that feels far removed from the problems of Islamabad.

Old London Air Raid Shelter Becomes Vegetable Farm

In a former bomb shelter beneath the streets of London, Zero Carbon Food is growing leafy greens, herbs and microgreens. And, believe it or not, this dark, dank underground farm is an energy efficient way to grow fresh produce.

DIY Houses In The Internet Age: Some Assembly Required

Remember the Sears kit houses from the early 1900s, ordered from a catalog and assembled on-site? Now, online designers around the world are building WikiHouses out of plywood pieces that fit together like a puzzle. No nails, no fasteners, no adhesives. Just slot-together joints and the Internet.