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Parallels
2:34 am
Fri February 20, 2015

Iranians Wait And Wonder If A New Dawn Is Coming

Sara Noghani (left) and Pooya Shahsiah, in their shop, Tehran Collage. Many of their designs feature words from Persian poetry that speak of a new dawn.
Molly Messick NPR

Originally published on Fri February 20, 2015 8:43 am

When we walked into a shopping mall in Tehran, Pooya Shahsiah was waiting for us at the top of the escalator. She's the co-owner of a trendy little shop on the second floor that sells shirts, scarves, cups and jewelry. Cloth hangs along the walls in reds and yellows and blues.

There is, for example, a purple shirt with a colorful illustration of a rooster crowing. Parts of the rooster are made out of Persian words.

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Parallels
2:25 am
Thu February 19, 2015

Iran's Jews: It's Our Home And We Plan To Stay

Iranian Jewish men read from the Torah scroll during morning prayers at Youssef Abad Synagogue in Tehran in 2013.
Behrouz Mehri AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Thu February 19, 2015 8:33 am

Iran is a country where people at rallies routinely chant "Death to Israel." It's also home to the largest Jewish population in the Middle East outside of Israel and Turkey.

Iran's Jewish population topped 100,000 in the years before the Shah of Iran was toppled in 1979 by the country's Shiite Muslim clerics. Today, the number of Jews has dipped to below 9,000.

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The Two-Way
4:00 am
Mon January 26, 2015

Hagel: Stress Of 'Nonstop War' Forcing Out Good Soldiers

Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel.
Ariel Zambelich NPR

Originally published on Fri February 6, 2015 2:41 pm

Outgoing Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel, speaking to NPR's Morning Edition, says he's concerned about retaining qualified U.S. military service members amid the "stress and strain" of more than 13 years of continuous warfare in Afghanistan and Iraq.

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Arts & Life
4:29 am
Wed January 7, 2015

Art Installation Opens Passage To A Different World

Originally published on Thu February 19, 2015 7:26 pm

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Politics
3:02 am
Thu January 1, 2015

Sen. Marco Rubio Hopes For A Congress 'Whose Work Is Relevant' To Americans

Sen. Marco Rubio speaks at the Faith and Freedom Coalition's "Road to Majority" conference in 2013.
Charles Dharapak AP

Originally published on Thu January 1, 2015 7:37 am

Florida Sen. Marco Rubio is spending the holidays thinking about his future. Rubio was a prominent member of the contentious Congress that just ended. Some analysts labeled it the "worst Congress ever."

Shortly, Republicans will take control of both chambers. The new Congress, Rubio hopes, will be seen as "one whose work is relevant to people's daily lives."

"And right now, across America, that is, people that are reading all this news about how great the economy is doing, but they're not feeling it," he tells NPR.

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