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Amid this year's World Cup, American sportscasters have been turning frequently to the term "nil" when talking about scores, using it instead of zero. Nil, though, is a British term — not a soccer term. Katherine Connor Martin, head of U.S. dictionaries for the Oxford University Press, tells Robert Siegel why the word might be gaining currency.
NPR, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Harvard School of Public Health conducted a nationwide poll about the stress felt by Americans, where it comes from and what they do about it. Reporter Richard Knox cherry-picks some of the more interesting results for Robert Siegel.
Our readers wrote in on how they tried to take a vacation from their smartph...
Giving up digital devices — even if for just a few hours or days — is a struggle. Whether it was to catch up on the news or peek in on the World Cup, NPR listeners found it tough to kick the habit.
Bottles of mahia in the Nahmias et Fils distillery....
Jews have made mahia, a spirit made with fermented figs, in Morocco for centuries, but the tradition has all but died out. A New York couple aims to reintroduce the drink that once connected a nation.
More than three weeks after a runoff vote in Afghanistan's presidential elections, preliminary results have been released. Candidate Ashraf Ghani has a wide lead, but audits are yet to come.
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California tells the story of a couple who, when they learn they are having a baby, leave their solitary refuge in a forest for a Utopian community in post-apocalyptic America.