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6:28pm

Fri February 27, 2015
Around the Nation

New Museum Depicts 'The Life Of A Slave From Cradle To The Tomb'

In recent years, some popular antebellum plantations have started to incorporate displays about slavery. But the Whitney Plantation has designed the visitor's entire experience around that history.
Debbie Elliott NPR

The section of Louisiana's serpentine River Road that tracks along the Mississippi between New Orleans and Baton Rouge is known as "Plantation Alley." The restored antebellum mansions along the route draw hundreds of thousands of visitors a year.

The newest attraction aims to give visitors a realistic look at life in the pre-Civil War South. Don't expect hoop skirts and mint juleps, but stark relics that tell the story of a dark period in American history, through the eyes of the enslaved.

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6:28pm

Fri February 27, 2015
Europe

Putin Critic Boris Nemtsov Shot Dead In Moscow

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6:27pm

Fri February 27, 2015
The Two-Way

Mexican Attorney General Who Handled Case Of Vanished Students To Step Down

Originally published on Fri February 27, 2015 6:33 pm

Embattled Mexican Attorney General Jesus Murillo Karam will be stepping down. The announcement came today after Murillo Karam weathered months of criticism over the way he handled the investigation into the disappearance of 43 college students.

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6:01pm

Fri February 27, 2015
The Two-Way

Putin Critic Boris Nemtsov Shot Dead

Boris Nemtsov, a former Russian deputy prime minister turned prominent critic of President Vladimir Putin, was shot dead today on a street in central Moscow, the Interior Ministry told the Interfax news agency.

The Russian-language news website Meduza reported that Nemtsov was walking with a woman near the Kremlin at the time of the attack. A spokesman told Interfax that at least seven shots were fired at Nemtsov from a passing car.

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5:58pm

Fri February 27, 2015
It's All Politics

Jeb's Rowdy Supporters Help Him Escape The CPAC Lion's Den

Originally published on Fri February 27, 2015 6:36 pm

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush shakes hands with the audience after speaking at CPAC Friday.
Carolyn Kaster AP

Jeb Bush walked into the lion's den of the Conservative Political Action Conference Friday, and walked out smiling — thanks to a few busloads of his supporters who proved louder and more persistent than his hecklers.

Bush, a likely 2016 presidential candidate, started out unevenly in his interview-style appearance, rushing through his answers to Fox News host Sean Hannity, using clunky phrases from his stump speech, and at times almost shouting to overcome boos and taunts.

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5:19pm

Fri February 27, 2015
The Two-Way

The Rev. Theodore Hesburgh, Longtime President Of Notre Dame University, Dies

Originally published on Fri February 27, 2015 6:21 pm

The Rev. Theodore Hesburgh, longtime president of the University of Notre Dame, was influential in reshaping Catholic higher education.
Joe Raymond AP

The Rev. Theodore Hesburgh, a former president of the University of Notre Dame who tangled with the Nixon administration, died late Thursday. He was 97.

For those who knew him, Hesburgh was simply Father Ted. But make no mistake, he was a highly influential priest who moved among presidents and popes. During his 35 years as president of Notre Dome, he reinforced the importance of a college education and urged that it be affordable and accessible to all.

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5:00pm

Fri February 27, 2015
Movie Interviews

Film About Campus Sexual Assault Tells Survivors: 'You Are Not Alone'

Originally published on Fri February 27, 2015 6:28 pm

When Annie Clark was assaulted in 2007 she said the response from her university was victim blaming: "I talked to one campus employee and she gave me this extended metaphor about how rape was like a football game and I was the quarterback in charge and what would I have done differently in that situation," she says.
Courtesy of Radius

A warning to listeners: This conversation may contain some disturbing content.

Andrea Pino was the first person in her family to go to college. When she found out that she had been admitted to the University of North Carolina she was thrilled. "Not only was I going to college — I was going to my dream school," she says. "... I was definitely one of those students that, you know, cried and threw their laptop on the floor and couldn't believe that I was going."

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4:53pm

Fri February 27, 2015
The Two-Way

A Rival's Retirement Prompts 1-Word Statement From Aussie Politician

"If you can't say anything nice, don't say anything at all" goes the old saw. Australian politician Anthony Albanese seems to have taken that to heart. Almost.

Upon receiving news that Max Moore-Wilton, the head of the Sydney Airport Corp. was planning to retire in May, Albanese, a member of Parliament from the opposition Labour Party, issued a one-word statement:

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4:50pm

Fri February 27, 2015
The Two-Way

#NPRreads: A Sign Of The Times? Trinidad Offers Venezuela Toilet Paper For Oil

Originally published on Fri February 27, 2015 5:44 pm

People line up outside the Bicentenario, a state-run supermarket, in Caracas, Venezuela, on Jan. 9. Most of the shortages in Venezuela are driven in part by the country's tight currency controls, which make it hard to get dollars at a subsidized rate for imports while creating a thriving black market for currency.
Fernando Llano AP

#NPRreads is a new feature we're testing out on Twitter and on The Two-Way. The premise is simple: Correspondents, editors and producers throughout our newsroom will share pieces that have kept them reading. They'll share tidbits on Twitter using the #NPRreads hashtag, and on occasion we'll share a longer take here on the blog.

This week, we share with you three longish reads.

From Didrik Schanche, NPR's deputy international editor:

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4:50pm

Fri February 27, 2015
Politics

Some Republicans Skeptical Of Jeb Bush's Conservative Credentials

Originally published on Fri February 27, 2015 6:07 pm

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