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Shots - Health News
8:08 am
Mon July 6, 2015

Industry Payments To Nurses Go Unreported In Federal Database

Following the money trail is pretty easy with doctors, but nurses are another story.
Adrianna Williams Getty Images

A nurse practitioner in Connecticut pleaded guilty in June to taking $83,000 in kickbacks from a drug company in exchange for prescribing its high-priced drug to treat cancer pain. In some cases, she delivered promotional talks attended only by herself and a company sales representative.

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The Two-Way
6:38 am
Mon July 6, 2015

In Ecuador, Pope Begins Three-Nation Tour

Pope Francis waves to the crowd as he rides aboard the Popemobile in streets of Quito, Ecuador, on Sunday.
Dolores Ochoa AP

Originally published on Mon July 6, 2015 6:45 am

Pope Francis is making his first visit as pontiff to Spanish-speaking countries in South America.

Francis landed in Quito, Ecuador, on Sunday and was welcomed by hundreds of thousands. The New York Times reports:

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The Two-Way
5:18 am
Mon July 6, 2015

Latest On Greek Crisis: Finance Minister Resigns, As EU Leaders Meet

People read newspaper headlines showing the results of Greece's referendum, in Athens, on Monday.
Louisa Gouliamaki AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Mon July 6, 2015 7:13 am

Greece and its European Union partners are beginning to sort out what's next, after the country voted en masse to reject a German-led bailout plan that would have given the country more credit to pay its debt in exchange for tough austerity measures.

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Around the Nation
4:21 am
Mon July 6, 2015

Missing Comma Gets Woman Out Of A Parking Ticket

Originally published on Mon July 6, 2015 6:00 am

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Europe
4:01 am
Mon July 6, 2015

With Bailout Referendum Rejected, What Happens To Greece Now?

Originally published on Mon July 6, 2015 6:00 am

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Around the Nation
3:59 am
Mon July 6, 2015

9-Year-Old Fisherman Lands 600 Pound Sturgeon

Originally published on Mon July 6, 2015 6:00 am

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Sports
3:14 am
Mon July 6, 2015

U.S. Wins Women's World Cup Final Over Japan 5-2

Originally published on Mon July 6, 2015 6:00 am

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NPR Story
3:01 am
Mon July 6, 2015

Waiting For An Accord, IAEA Readies To Verify Iran's Nuclear Program

Originally published on Mon July 6, 2015 5:23 am

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NPR Story
3:01 am
Mon July 6, 2015

Politics In The News: Iran Nuclear Talks

Originally published on Mon July 6, 2015 6:00 am

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Sports
3:01 am
Mon July 6, 2015

U.S. Soccer Fans Ecstatic Over World Cup Victory

Originally published on Mon July 6, 2015 5:11 am

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StoryCorps
3:01 am
Mon July 6, 2015

CME Futures Pits To Close. 'It Was A Great Run,' Traders Say

Originally published on Mon July 6, 2015 6:00 am

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Europe
3:01 am
Mon July 6, 2015

Greek Voters Give Bailout Referendum A Thumbs-Down

Originally published on Mon July 6, 2015 6:00 am

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It's All Politics
1:47 am
Mon July 6, 2015

Liberal Minority Won Over Conservatives In Historic Supreme Court Term

An American flag flies over the U.S. Supreme Court June 29, 2015 in Washington, D.C. This past term, the liberal position won in 19 of the 26 closely-divided ideological cases and eight out of 10 of the most important ones.
Mark Wilson Getty Images

Originally published on Mon July 6, 2015 7:51 am

It was a historic term, a surprisingly liberal term — and a nasty term.

That's the essence of the tea-leaf reading about the U.S. Supreme Court term that just concluded. Astonishingly — though the court is dominated by conservative justices — the liberal minority, disciplined and united, drove the direction in a startling number of cases, while the conservatives splintered into multiple factions.

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Around the Nation
1:46 am
Mon July 6, 2015

A Few Miles From Mobile, A Wealth Of History, Nature — And Danger

A cypress tree swamp in Byrnes Lake, part of the more than 200,000-acre Mobile delta. It's the most biologically diverse river delta system in the country.
Debbie Elliott NPR

Originally published on Mon July 6, 2015 8:44 am

This summer, Morning Edition is taking you on adventures off the beaten path — trails that transport us to a special, hidden place. We start just minutes from downtown Mobile, Ala., at the point where five rivers converge in the Mobile Bay Delta. With our trail guide, we discover centuries of history, and biodiversity like no other place in the country.

The point where five rivers empty into Mobile Bay is a fisherman and hunter's paradise, but it's also a draw for naturalists and history buffs.

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The Two-Way
1:45 am
Mon July 6, 2015

Pluto-Bound Spacecraft Nears Its Quarry

NASA's New Horizons mission will be the first ever to visit Pluto and its moons. This artist's conception shows the probe as it passes the dwarf planet.
JHUAPL/SwRI

Originally published on Mon July 6, 2015 6:12 am

It's taken nearly a decade and three billion miles to get there, but scientists are about to get their first look at Pluto.

The New Horizons spacecraft is closing fast on the tiny world once thought to be at the edge of our solar system. On Tuesday the probe will begin an intensive nine-day scientific study of Pluto and its moons.

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Shots - Health News
1:45 am
Mon July 6, 2015

People With Brain Injuries Heal Faster If They Get Up And Get Moving

Nurses Katherine Malinak and Amy Young lift Louis DeMattio, a stroke patient, out of his hospital bed using a ceiling-mounted lift at the Cleveland Clinic.
Dustin Franz for NPR

Originally published on Mon July 6, 2015 6:00 am

When Kate Klein began working as a nurse in the Cleveland Clinic's Neurointensive Care Unit, one of the first things she noticed was that her patients spent a lot of time in bed. She knew patients with other injuries benefitted from getting up and moving early on, and she wondered why not patients with brain injuries.

"I asked myself that question. I asked my colleagues that question," Klein says. "Why aren't these patients getting out of bed? Is there something unique about patients with neurologic injury?"

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Television
1:44 am
Mon July 6, 2015

After Sketchy Science, Shark Week Promises To Turn Over A New Fin

Originally published on Mon July 6, 2015 8:54 am

It has been called the "Super Bowl of the ocean."

Shark Week is a ratings bonanza for the Discovery Channel with more than 40 million people tuning in last year. Shark Week kicked off this weekend with the most hours of programming ever in its 28-year history But many scientists think the huge audiences — and the hype — have come at the expense of real science.

A generation of shark scientists cut their teeth on Shark Week.

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U.S.
1:43 am
Mon July 6, 2015

Corruption On The Border: Dismantling Misconduct In The Rio Grande Valley

Jonathan Treviño shows seized contraband. He is currently serving 17 years in prison for reselling narcotics back to drug dealers.
Courtesy of Jonathan Treviño

Originally published on Mon July 6, 2015 7:47 am

This week, Morning Edition and All Things Considered examine public corruption in South Texas. The FBI has launched a task force to clean up pervasive misconduct by public servants in the Rio Grande Valley. But as NPR's John Burnett and Marisa Penaloza report, the problems are entrenched.

The Rio Grande Valley of Texas is a world apart, isolated by empty ranch land to the north, the Gulf to the east, and Mexico to the south. A million and a half people live there amid dazzling wealth and stark poverty.

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Europe
8:11 pm
Sun July 5, 2015

After Rejecting Bailout Plan, Greece's Economic Future Is 'Invisible'

Greeks stand outside of a local school in Athens that served as a voting station.
Chris Arnold NPR

Originally published on Sun July 5, 2015 9:23 pm

The Greek word for no is oxi, and across Athens and the Greek Islands on Sunday, it was everywhere: on posters, spray-painted on walls and old cars.

And it was also on ballots: Greek voters voted oxi Sunday in a historic referendum over the country's economic future.

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The Two-Way
6:30 pm
Sun July 5, 2015

U.S. Women Win World Cup Final 5-2, After Spectacular Start

To the delight of American fans, Carli Lloyd of the United States scored a hat trick in the first 15 minutes of the FIFA Women's World Cup Final against Japan on Sunday.
Kevin C. Cox Getty Images

Originally published on Mon July 6, 2015 5:52 am

The U.S. team won the Women's World Cup final 5-2 in a game that brought U.S. fans to their feet, reduced polished sportswriters to all-caps expressions of awe and rewrote FIFA records — and that was just in the first half.

The game began in spectacular fashion: In the first five minutes, captain Carli Lloyd scored two swift goals — the fastest two goals in FIFA history, according to the FIFA Women's World Cup Twitter account.

Just a few minutes later, Lauren Holiday brought the score up to 3-0.

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History
4:57 pm
Sun July 5, 2015

Is It All Greek To You? Thank Medieval Monks, And The Bard, For The Phrase

Greek flags fly beside those of the European Union in Athens. Many people chalk the phrase up to Shakespeare, but its origins likely date back much earlier than that --€” to medieval monks eager for a cop-out.
Matt Cardy Getty Images

Originally published on Sun July 5, 2015 8:11 pm

If you've been following the Greek financial crisis, you've certainly seen this old cliche in the headlines.

In USA Today, there was "If 'it's all Greek to you,' here's the skinny on debt crisis." The BBC says, "All Greek to you? Greece's debt jargon explained."

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Author Interviews
4:08 pm
Sun July 5, 2015

From Early Failures To New 'Trainwreck,' Judd Apatow Gets Serious

Director, writer and producer Judd Apatow has both a new memoir and a new movie right now. Trainwreck, which he directed, is in theaters starting July 17 and Sick in the Head was published in June.
Kevin Winter Getty Images

Originally published on Sun July 5, 2015 8:11 pm

It's a bit of an understatement to call Judd Apatow busy.

His new book, Sick in the Head, a 500-page collection of Apatow's conversations with some of the greatest minds in comedy, is on the New York Times best-seller list. Meanwhile, his film collaboration with the white-hot Amy Schumer, Trainwreck — his fifth movie as a director — is set for release within two weeks.

Oh, and he just wrapped up shooting another movie that's due out next year.

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All Tech Considered
3:34 pm
Sun July 5, 2015

Reddit CEO Says Miscommunication Led To Blackout Protest

Interim CEO Ellen Pao says Reddit is working on improved tools for the site's moderators.
Beck Diefenbach Reuters /Landov

Originally published on Mon July 6, 2015 8:42 am

This past week, users of the social-sharing platform Reddit — one of the busiest sites on the Internet — hit a wall when moderators on several of the site's largest sections, called subreddits, locked users out.

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Movies
3:22 pm
Sun July 5, 2015

Out Of Broken English, A Film Crafts A Call For Classroom Repairs

Originally published on Sun July 5, 2015 8:11 pm

Three high school students in Zanzibar have won a prize for a film that tackles a fierce debate in African classrooms: Should the teacher speak in English or the mother tongue? (This piece originally aired June 25, 2015 on Morning Edition.)

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Space
3:22 pm
Sun July 5, 2015

From The Gridiron To The Galaxy At Large: An Astronaut's Unexpected Journey

Originally published on Sun July 5, 2015 8:11 pm

When NFL hopeful Leland Melvin suffered a hamstring injury in practice, it opened the door to an unusual backup career: NASA astronaut. (This piece originally aired Feb. 7, 2015 on Weekend All Things Considered.)

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Europe
3:22 pm
Sun July 5, 2015

In Crucial Referendum, Greeks Reject Bailout Proposal

Originally published on Sun July 5, 2015 8:11 pm

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Author Interviews
3:22 pm
Sun July 5, 2015

From Blueprints To Betrayal: The Daring, And Downfall, Of A Cold War Spy

Courtesy of Doubleday

Originally published on Sun July 5, 2015 8:11 pm

It was the middle of the Cold War and the CIA was having a difficult time getting information on what the Soviet Union was up to next.

They needed a spy — a Russian spy — who was willing to go the full way and betray his country.

They found one in Adolf Tolkachev, a Soviet aviation expert.

David Hoffman tells Tolkachev's story in his new book The Billion Dollar Spy.

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The Two-Way
2:23 pm
Sun July 5, 2015

Kerry: Iran Faces 'Hard Choices' To Reach Nuclear Deal With West

Secretary of State John Kerry delivers a statement in front of Palais Coburg where the Iranian nuclear talks are taking place in Vienna, Austria.
Qian Yi Xinhua/Landov

Secretary of State John Kerry says the United States is ready to walk away from the negotiating table if Tehran is unwilling to make the "hard choices" necessary to achieve a deal with the West on limiting its nuclear program.

However, Kerry also said that he and his Iranian counterpart, Mohammad Javad Zarif, were making "genuine progress" on "several of the most difficult issues" that remain to be resolved.

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Music
2:18 pm
Sun July 5, 2015

For Danny Elfman, The Strange Worlds Of Tim Burton Just Make Sense

The first time Tim Burton and Danny Elfman (pictured) collaborated was during the 1985 film Pee-Wee's Big Adventure. "There was instant chemistry in terms of what we were into," Elfman says.
Chris Pizzello AP

Originally published on Sat July 4, 2015 4:42 pm

Tim Burton's shadowy tales have taken audiences from a pastel suburban paradise in Edward Scissorhands to the dark streets of Gotham City in Batman.

Accompanying Burton's strange worlds are the mysterious and unforgettable scores by composer Danny Elfman. Over the last 30 years, the two have forged an iconic partnership.

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Music News
2:18 pm
Sun July 5, 2015

The Grateful Dead's Laid-Back, Yet Surprisingly Shrewd, Business Plan

Grateful Dead fans gather in the parking lot before a show this summer at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif.
Justin Sullivan Getty Images

Originally published on Sun July 5, 2015 6:34 am

For the 50th anniversary of the Grateful Dead's founding, the band will perform three shows — their last — in Chicago this weekend. According to Billboard magazine, the "Fare Thee Well" concerts will bring in an estimated $50 million. That's pretty impressive, considering that band's lead guitarist died two decades ago.

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