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1:37 pm
Thu July 30, 2015

Meet The California Family That Has Made Health Policy Its Business

Peter Lee, executive director of Covered California, (left) poses with his uncle, Philip Lee, and father Peter Lee (seated) at the younger Peter Lee's home in Pasadena, Calif., in 2013.
Gina Ferazzi LA Times via Getty Images

Originally published on Thu July 30, 2015 2:31 pm

If there's such a thing as the first family of health care, the Lees may be it.

Five decades ago, two brothers helped start Medicare. Their father inspired them and they, in turn, have inspired the next generation.

To mark the anniversary of President Lyndon Johnson signing Medicare into law on July 30, 1965, three Lees sat down to reflect on the U.S. health care system.

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Shots - Health News
1:29 pm
Thu July 30, 2015

A Path From 'Blackout' Drunkenness To Sobriety And Self-Acceptance

Sarah Hepola is the personal essays editor at Salon.com.
Zan Keith

Originally published on Thu July 30, 2015 2:27 pm

Before Sarah Hepola got sober five years ago, she considered alcohol to be "the fuel of all adventure." These adventures included taking off her clothes in public, pouring beer on people's heads and waking up in strangers' beds. Frequently, Hepola didn't remember these incidents afterward because she had been in an alcohol-induced blackout.

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Movie Reviews
1:29 pm
Thu July 30, 2015

'The End of the Tour' Offers A Hint Of David Foster Wallace's Inner Struggle

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The Two-Way
1:05 pm
Thu July 30, 2015

Experts: Flight MH370 Debris Could Have Reached Western Indian Ocean

Chart showing main ocean currents.
American Meteorological Society

Originally published on Thu July 30, 2015 2:00 pm

An expert in ocean circulation tells NPR's Geoff Brumfiel that it is "highly likely" that currents in the Indian Ocean could have carried debris from the presumed crash site of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 off Australia's west coast to Reunion Island near Madagascar.

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It's All Politics
1:04 pm
Thu July 30, 2015

#TBT: 40 Years After Jimmy Hoffa's Disappearance, His Legend Lives On

Hoffa, walking at left in front, leads a parade of supporting delegates to the Teamsters Union Convention in Miami Beach in 1957.
AP

Originally published on Thu July 30, 2015 2:30 pm

In the summer of 1975 Teamsters President James Riddle Hoffa — Jimmy Hoffa — was already a legendary figure in both U.S. labor history AND in American pop culture.

As a teenager in Detroit, he took to union organizing early on in the grocery business. He was smart and tough. With an emphasis on TOUGH. A master strategist, he knew how to pick his targets, organize strikes and boycotts, and he rose through the Teamster ranks earning the deep loyalty of truckers and warehouse workers in a city that was becoming an industrial powerhouse.

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The Two-Way
12:59 pm
Thu July 30, 2015

Md. Governor Orders Closure Of 'Deplorable' Baltimore City Jail

The Baltimore City Detention Center, seen here in 2013, was found to be riddled with corruption, according to a federal probe.
Lloyd Fox MCT /Landov

Originally published on Thu July 30, 2015 2:14 pm

Gov. Larry Hogan says he has ordered the immediate closure of the Baltimore City Detention Center, which a federal probe revealed in 2013 as being riddled with corruption, from smuggling to sex between inmates and guards.

Update at 3:15 p.m. ET: Inmates Were Running Jail, Hogan Says

Saying that the Baltimore facility is the only city prison in the entire country that's run by a state government, Hogan says it is time for a change.

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The Salt
12:39 pm
Thu July 30, 2015

Coffee Art: When A Spill Turns Into A Masterpiece

(Left) Afghan girl; (Right) Albert Einstein, by Maria Aristidou
Courtesy of Maria Aristidou

Originally published on Thu July 30, 2015 1:26 pm

Ever splashed yourself with coffee or sat a dripping cup down on a white tablecloth? Then you're well aware of the beverage's staining powers. But where some see a ruined shirt, others have found a canvas.

For artist Maria Aristidou, it all started with a latte. "I was working on another commission using watercolors, when all the sudden, I spilled all over the drawing," she says.

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The Two-Way
12:03 pm
Thu July 30, 2015

Scientists Urge Ban On Salamander Imports To U.S. To Keep Fungus At Bay

The Ensatina salamander, a lungless species common along the U.S. West Coast, is one of hundreds of species of salamanders endemic to North America threatened by an emerging infectious pathogen.
Courtesy of Tiffany Yap

Originally published on Thu July 30, 2015 1:12 pm

Scientists are calling for an immediate ban on live salamander imports in the U.S. to try to prevent the spread of a fungal disease that could potentially devastate wild North American salamanders.

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It's All Politics
11:58 am
Thu July 30, 2015

For Young Voters, Crushing Student Debt Is Front And Center

Dan Tothill, 26, and Megan Brabec, 24, are struggling with high student debt burdens and underemployment. "I hope that I can look back on myself in 10 years, like 'Oh, I was so silly to be worrying about that," Tothill said. "But, at this point, it doesn't feel that way at all."
Jesse Costa WBUR

Originally published on Thu July 30, 2015 1:44 pm

The economy is always a key issue in presidential campaigns.

But whose economy are we talking about? Many millennial voters are underemployed and crushed under thousands of dollars of student debt.

And perhaps nowhere is the problem more acute than in New Hampshire.

Seventy-six percent of the class of 2013 had loans. On average, each New Hampshire student was carrying $32,795 of debt, according to The Project on Student Debt. It's the nation's biggest student loan debt burden.

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The Two-Way
10:18 am
Thu July 30, 2015

Obama Orders Development Of Supercomputer To Rival China's 'Milky Way'

The Japanese supercomputer K, pictured in June 2012 at the RIKEN Advanced Institute for Computational Science in Kobe, western Japan. The K computer is currently ranked No. 3 on a list of the 500 fastest supercomputers.
Kyodo/Landov

Originally published on Thu July 30, 2015 11:59 am

President Obama has ordered the development of a supercomputer that is some 20 times faster than the world's current record-holder and is expected to go online by 2025.

A machine at China's National University of Defense Technology in Guangzhou, called Tianhe-2 (Milky Way-2) is thought to currently be the fastest supercomputer in existence — variously reported as doing either 34 or 55 petaflops (1 petaflop is equivalent to 1 quadrillion floating-point operations per second).

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The Two-Way
10:16 am
Thu July 30, 2015

3 U.Va. Graduates Sue 'Rolling Stone,' Reporter Over Rape Article

Former members of the Phi Kappa Psi fraternity at the University of Virginia say they are the victims of defamation and negligence.
Jay Paul Getty Images

Originally published on Thu July 30, 2015 11:46 am

Saying that an article on campus rape that was later retracted hurt their reputations and subjected them to needless humiliation, three former members of the Phi Kappa Psi fraternity have sued Rolling Stone, its publisher and the reporter who wrote the story.

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The Two-Way
10:16 am
Thu July 30, 2015

Justice Dept. Hires Compliance Expert In Fight Against Corporate Crime

Justice Department lawyers who prosecute errant corporations and executives are bringing in a new member to the team — a full-time expert in compliance programs.

Andrew Weissmann, who leads the Fraud Section in the criminal division at the Justice Department, said the new hire is all part of a plan to reduce corporate crime.

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Shots - Health News
10:03 am
Thu July 30, 2015

How A Beauty Queen With Diabetes Found Her 'Sugar Linings'

Sierra Sandison, Miss Idaho 2014, during the "Show Us Your Shoes" parade at the Miss America pageant.
Courtesy of The Miss America Organization

Originally published on Thu July 30, 2015 12:22 pm

Last July, a photo changed Sierra Sandison's life. She went onstage in the Miss Idaho pageant with an insulin pump clipped to her bikini bottom. The photo and the #ShowMeYourPump hashtag she created went viral on social media and became NPR's most popular online story of the year.

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Goats and Soda
9:09 am
Thu July 30, 2015

What Botswana's Teen Girls Learn In 'Sugar Daddy' Class

The bar chart tells all: That's how eighth graders at Bakgatle Community Junior Secondary School in Botswana can compare the HIV infection rate of older men and of teenage boys.
Don Boroughs for NPR

Originally published on Thu July 30, 2015 2:12 pm

Chilo Ketlhoafetse struts around an eighth-grade classroom like the coolest guy in Botswana, warming the students up to talk about an awkward subject. He calls out "Nomhlaba!" and they respond "Auwe!" nonsense words from a local childhood game. Soon he has the students clicking their fingers, dancing and following his every word.

Within an hour, the students at the Bakgatle Community Junior Secondary School in Mochudi are chanting the only message he wants to get across to them: "Older partners are riskier."

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The Two-Way
8:36 am
Thu July 30, 2015

Taliban Acknowledge Death Of Leader, Select Successor

Undated photo reportedly showing Taliban leader Mullah Omar.
AP

Originally published on Thu July 30, 2015 11:19 am

The Taliban have confirmed reports that the group's spiritual leader, Mullah Omar, is dead, and the Afghan-based extremist organization has reportedly chosen a successor.

As Eyder reported on Wednesday, the Afghan government said it had "credible information" that Omar had died in April 2013 in Pakistan.

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The Two-Way
8:24 am
Thu July 30, 2015

University Of Cincinnati Officer Pleads Not Guilty To Murder Charge

Former University of Cincinnati police officer Ray Tensing appears at Hamilton County Courthouse for his arraignment in the shooting death of motorist Samuel DuBose, on Thursday in Cincinnati. Tensing pleaded not guilty to charges of murder and involuntary manslaughter.
John Minchillo AP

Originally published on Thu July 30, 2015 12:33 pm

A University of Cincinnati officer who was charged in the murder of an unarmed black man during a routine traffic stop has pleaded not guilty.

Officer Ray Tensing was escorted into a Hamilton County courthouse on Thursday handcuffed and in a prison uniform.

Hamilton County Common Pleas Judge Megan Shanahan said because Tensing is facing a potential life-in-prison sentence, she was setting his bail at $1 million.

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Book Reviews
8:03 am
Thu July 30, 2015

'Barbara' Is Imperfect, Defiant And Wonderfully Human

Lydia Thompson NPR

There's something meaningful, almost defiant, about the title of Lauren Holmes' debut, Barbara the Slut and Other People. It's not the first part, either; while the word "slut" is still frequently used as a term of abuse, it's lost some of the power to shock that it had a few decades ago. It's the final few words — "and other people," not "and other stories," which is the usual naming convention for short story collections.

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The Two-Way
8:02 am
Thu July 30, 2015

'Top Gear' Team Signs Deal With Amazon; New Car Show Set For 2016

James May, Jeremy Clarkson and Richard Hammond have signed a deal for a new show with Amazon.
Amazon Prime Video

Originally published on Thu July 30, 2015 12:50 pm

Months after they left the BBC, car enthusiasts Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May are headed to Amazon, hoping to re-create the success of the long-running TV show Top Gear. The trio left the BBC under a cloud after Clarkson's contract was not renewed because of a physical attack on a show producer.

"The show will be produced by the trio's long time executive producer Andy Wilman," Amazon announced Thursday, adding that production on the new show, whose name wasn't revealed, will begin soon.

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Around the Nation
6:20 am
Thu July 30, 2015

Lawsuit Challenges Maker's Mark Handmade Bourbon Claim

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Around the Nation
5:53 am
Thu July 30, 2015

Movie Article Leads Police To Missing Convicted Bank Robber

Originally published on Thu July 30, 2015 6:20 am

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The Two-Way
5:43 am
Thu July 30, 2015

Testing By AP Finds Water At 2016 Olympic Sites 'Rife With Human Sewage'

The Rodrigo de Freitas lake, which was largely cleaned up in recent years, was thought to be safe for Olympic rowers and canoeists. But an investigation by The Associated Press found it to be among the most polluted sites.
Leo Correa AP

Originally published on Thu July 30, 2015 7:35 am

It's no secret that the water at some of the 2016 Olympic venues in Rio de Janeiro has some problems.

NPR's Lourdes Garcia-Navarro got a whiff of one venue in April. But The Associated Press has just put some science into it by commissioning tests over a five-month period.

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The Salt
5:03 am
Thu July 30, 2015

Do Fish Names Encourage Fishy Business?

Sea bass, pollock, striped bass and other fish species are seen for sale at the Harbor Fish Market in Portland, Maine.
Ryan Kellman for NPR

Originally published on Thu July 30, 2015 12:30 pm

Order a rockfish at a restaurant in Maryland, and you'll likely get a striped bass. Place the same order in California, and you could end up with a vermilion rockfish, a Pacific Ocean perch or one of dozens of other fish species on your plate.

This jumble of names is perfectly legal. But it's confusing to diners — and it can hamper efforts to combat illegal fishing and seafood fraud, says the ocean conservation group Oceana.

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Book Reviews
5:03 am
Thu July 30, 2015

'Baby' Is A Pretty Feat Of Misdirection

Courtesy of MIRA Books

Originally published on Thu July 30, 2015 11:34 am

A novelist friend once told me she loves the TV series American Crime because it focuses on "the other people affected, the ones you never hear about, when a crime happens." You might think creators of fiction, like my friend, would be the first to consider "the other people affected," but finding a suspense novel that upends both the linearity and the nature of what constitutes "crime" occurs less than I might like.

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The Two-Way
5:00 am
Thu July 30, 2015

Egypt Postpones Verdict In Trial Of Al Jazeera Journalists

Al Jazeera English producer Baher Mohamed (from left), Canadian-Egyptian acting Cairo bureau chief Mohamed Fahmy and correspondent Peter Greste appear in court along with several other defendants during their trial on terrorism charges in Cairo.
Heba Elkholy AP

Originally published on Thu July 30, 2015 7:18 am

A court in Egypt has delayed reading the verdict in the retrial of three Al Jazeera journalists accused of aiding a terrorist organization.

The BBC reports:

"Canadian-Egyptian Mohamed Fahmy, Egyptian Baher Mohamed and Australian Peter Greste were sentenced to up to 10 years in prison in June 2014.

"Their convictions for spreading false news were overturned on appeal and they were released on bail in February. ...

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Business
3:46 am
Thu July 30, 2015

Oculus Uses 'Henry' Premiere To Whet Appetites For Its Virtual Reality Headset

Originally published on Thu July 30, 2015 7:19 am

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NPR Story
3:07 am
Thu July 30, 2015

Huckabee Remarks Further Complicate Evangelicals Relationship With Jews

Originally published on Thu July 30, 2015 12:21 pm

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NPR Story
3:07 am
Thu July 30, 2015

Campus Police Officer Charged In Unarmed Black Man's Death

Originally published on Thu July 30, 2015 6:20 am

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NPR Story
3:07 am
Thu July 30, 2015

Taliban Leader Mullah Omar Died 2 Years Ago, Afghan Government Says

Originally published on Thu July 30, 2015 12:17 pm

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Animals
3:07 am
Thu July 30, 2015

How 3-D Prining Helps Scientists Understand Bird Behavior

Originally published on Thu July 30, 2015 6:20 am

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Around the Nation
3:07 am
Thu July 30, 2015

#TheEmptyChair Amplifies Conversation About Sexual Assault

This week's New York magazine cover has received a lot of attention.
New York Magazine Via Twitter

Originally published on Thu July 30, 2015 12:56 pm

The cover story of this week's New York magazine is getting a lot of attention.

It features 35 women seated in chairs and one empty chair. The women are all dressed in black, looking straight ahead with both hands resting on their knees. It is a stark image, and all the more compelling because each of them is openly and by name accusing Bill Cosby of horrendous acts. Some say they were drugged and raped; others recount stories of narrowly escaping sexual assault.

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