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5:15pm

Thu January 29, 2015
NPR History Dept.

'Female Husbands' In The 19th Century

Originally published on Thu January 29, 2015 5:56 pm

Questions of gender identity are nothing new. Way before Transparent and Chaz Bono and countless other popular culture stepping stones to where we are now regarding gender identity, there were accounts of "female husbands."

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4:51pm

Thu January 29, 2015
The Two-Way

Study Finds Court Fees Also Punish The Families Of Those Who Owe

Originally published on Thu January 29, 2015 6:57 pm

David Silva, who owed about $30,000 in court fines and fees, says that a lot of his financial burden fell on his family and friends.
Courtesy of Emily Dalton

A new report on the growth of court fines and fees that are charged to often-impoverished offenders is focusing on another group that pays: their families.

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4:34pm

Thu January 29, 2015
Code Switch

Challenging The Whiteness Of Public Radio

Originally published on Fri January 30, 2015 7:25 am

Chenjerai Kumanyika worries that having a "public radio" voice won't allow him to sound like himself.
Linda Tindal Courtesy of Linda Tindal

Editor's Note: This essay originally appeared on Transom.org, with a shorter version published on BuzzFeed. Author Chenjerai Kumanyika will join Code Switch — along with African-American public radio journalists — in a Twitter chat Thursday moderated by lead blogger Gene Demby. Join Code

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4:29pm

Thu January 29, 2015
Parallels

The Arctic Circle's Coolest Accommodations Turn 25 Years Old

Originally published on Thu January 29, 2015 5:16 pm

Icehotel is located 120 miles above the Arctic Circle. The temperature outside is well below zero, but inside the hotel — while still, of course, below freezing — it's much warmer, hovering in the low 20s.
Ari Shapiro NPR

On a recent winter's day in the village of Jukkasjärvi, Sweden, it's 22 degrees below zero — or -30 Celsius. Whatever you call it, it's way below freezing.

Sculptor Jens Thoms Ivarsson stands over a block of ice with a razor-sharp chisel, turning a bare room into an ornate Spanish mosque made entirely of ice.

Here, 120 miles above the Arctic Circle, sits a frozen institution: Icehotel, the original.

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4:29pm

Thu January 29, 2015
All Tech Considered

Pro-ISIS Messages Create Dilemma For Social Media Companies

Originally published on Thu January 29, 2015 9:07 pm

Zarine Khan (right) and Shafi Khan, parents of Mohammed Hamzah Khan, speak to reporters in Chicago Oct. 9 after a federal hearing for their 19-year-old son, accused of trying to join Islamic State militants in Syria.
Charles Rex Arbogast AP

According to law enforcement officials, ISIS and other terrorist organizations are increasingly adept at using social media to recruit from abroad. Last year alone, the FBI reports, around 20 American citizens were detained trying to travel to Syria to join militants fighting for the so-called Islamic State.

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