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2:44 am
Thu July 30, 2015

At One Juvenile Hall, Too Few Staff Has A Big Impact

A young man peers out a window in a holding cell after arriving at the intake unit at Alameda County Juvenile Hall.
Brett Myers Youth Radio

Originally published on Thu July 30, 2015 11:06 am

Across the country, there are efforts to close outdated and dangerous juvenile detention centers. But even in places with so-called model juvenile halls, counties often struggle to meet the minimum standards.

A juvenile hall in San Leandro, Calif., is one such detention center that's generally well-regarded but faces some major challenges. Built in 2007, it's part of a $176 million juvenile justice complex with a detention facility, courtrooms and law offices.

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NPR Ed
2:36 am
Thu July 30, 2015

Pell Grants For Prisoners: An Old Argument Revisited

President Obama is the first sitting president to visit a federal prison.
Kevin Lamarque Landov

Originally published on Thu July 30, 2015 11:57 am

It's an old and controversial question: Should federal Pell grants be used to help prisoners pay for college?

Tomorrow, at a prison in Jessup, Md., Education Secretary Arne Duncan and Attorney General Loretta Lynch are expected to unveil a program to do just that. The new plan would create a limited pilot program allowing some students in prison to use Pell grants to pay for college classes.

The key word there is "limited" — because there's only so much the administration can do. To understand why, we have to go back to November 1993.

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Ask Me Another
10:24 pm
Wed July 29, 2015

Totally Rad Sayings

We're celebrating all things '80s in this show, and why not start with the decade's unmistakable slang? We'll thesaurus-ize some '80s phrases, and you have to give us the original saying. It's completely long, round, and hollow (totally tubular)!

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10:24 pm
Wed July 29, 2015

The Tin Age Of Television

The 1980s gave us some TV gems, like Cheers, The Golden Girls, and Full House. But there were also some shows that, shall we say, didn't enjoy quite as much success. In this game, guess whether TV show descriptions are of actual short-lived '80s shows, or if we made them up.

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Ask Me Another
10:24 pm
Wed July 29, 2015

You're Eighty-Sixed!

Our host, the SummerStage Festival, was founded in 1986, so we decided to pay homage to that year — musically. Play along as house musician Jonathan Coulton sings the biggest hits of 1986, rewritten to be about the biggest celebrities born that year.

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Ask Me Another
10:24 pm
Wed July 29, 2015

Yo Yo Yo!

Put on your best New York accent and get ready to shout along with this game — all the answers begin with the letters Y-O. Because, you know, YOLO.

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Ask Me Another
10:24 pm
Wed July 29, 2015

Candy Crush

Sweet, dude. Celebrities get the sugar rush-treatment in this mashup game that combines your favorite candies with well-known people. Which rap & rock star shouts "Bawitdaba!" as he battles the tart, acidic flavor of his favorite chewy candy?

Heard in Wet Hot American Summer: Batteries Not Included

Ask Me Another
10:24 pm
Wed July 29, 2015

First Day Of Camp

The cast of Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp on the AMA stage in Central Park
Mike Katzif NPR

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Ask Me Another
10:24 pm
Wed July 29, 2015

Why You Buggin'?

It's summertime, and you know what that means: lots of time outside, and lots of bug bites to go with it. Grab your DEET-free bug spray for this final round — every answer here is an insect, arthropod, or arachnid.

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All Tech Considered
7:28 pm
Wed July 29, 2015

Some Google Street View Cars Now Track Pollution Levels

A Google Street View car equipped with Aclima mobile sensors that can track air pollution in real time.
Carlo Acenas Aclima

Originally published on Thu July 30, 2015 7:58 am

For years, Google has had eyes in neighborhoods across the world: Google Street View cars armed with cameras, lasers, and GPS devices to filter "360-degree panoramic views" and "locations on all seven continents" to Google Maps.

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The Two-Way
6:18 pm
Wed July 29, 2015

Debris In The Indian Ocean May Have Come From Vanished Airliner

A piece of a wing, apparently from a Boeing 777, has been found on Reunion, an island in the Indian Ocean. It's not clear yet whether the debris is from the Malaysia Airlines jet that disappeared from radar during a flight last year.
Yannick Pitou AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Thu July 30, 2015 10:46 am

Authorities on the French island of Réunion in the Indian Ocean have found debris that may be from a missing Malaysia Airlines jet.

A source familiar with the investigation tells NPR's Geoff Brumfiel that the debris appears to have come from a large passenger aircraft, but it remains unclear whether it's from Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, which vanished from radar on March 8, 2014.

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Arts & Life
5:56 pm
Wed July 29, 2015

With 'Paper Towns,' Author John Green Reopens Search For Agloe, N.Y.

Booklist American Library Association

Originally published on Thu July 30, 2015 10:24 am

Agloe, N.Y., is a place suspended between fiction and reality.

The town started showing up on maps in the 1930s, but it's actually a "paper town," or a fake town created by cartographers to catch those who might copy their work. Mapmakers Otto G. Lindberg and Ernest Alpers came up with the name by rearranging their initials.

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The Two-Way
5:40 pm
Wed July 29, 2015

Michel Platini Is Running For President Of Scandal-Plagued FIFA

Michel Platini of Fance announced his campaign for FIFA president and is considered a strong candidate.
Shaun Botterill Getty

A new candidate has tossed his name in the hat for FIFA President.

France's Michel Platini is currently the president of the European soccer's governing body, UEFA, and a FIFA vice president. He wrote that he wanted "to give FIFA back the dignity and the position it deserves," in a UEFA press release.

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Sports
4:40 pm
Wed July 29, 2015

Mexico's Soccer Coach Fired After Punching TV Reporter

Originally published on Wed July 29, 2015 5:56 pm

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The Two-Way
3:52 pm
Wed July 29, 2015

Birkin Bag Is Fine, But Namesake Actress Wants 'Birkin Croco' Rebranded

The Birkin Croco is made of dyed crocodile skin.
Sam Yeh AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Wed July 29, 2015 3:56 pm

A lot of people who want a Birkin bag — a handbag popular among celebrities that can cost more than $100,000 — will get on multiple-year waiting lists to get one. But its namesake wants nothing to do with one version of it.

Specifically, Jane Birkin no longer wants to be affiliated with the popular crocodile-skin version. Her request comes after PETA published a graphic video on how crocodiles are allegedly treated before being killed.

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The Two-Way
3:50 pm
Wed July 29, 2015

SpaceShipTwo 'Pilot Was Thrown From The Vehicle' High In Atmosphere

A photo released by Virgin Galactic shows a badly injured SpaceShipTwo pilot Peter Siebold drifting under his parachute after last October's accident that destroyed the spacecraft during a test flight.
Mark Greenberg Virgin Galactic

The dramatic failure of a test flight by Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo rocket last October cost the co-pilot his life and left the pilot severely injured. New data from investigators suggest that the pilot survived in part because the craft essentially came apart around him.

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Movie Interviews
3:34 pm
Wed July 29, 2015

At 79, Woody Allen Says There's Still Time To Do His Best Work

When asked about his major shortcomings, filmmaker Woody Allen says, "I'm lazy and an imperfectionist."
Thibault Camus AP

Originally published on Thu July 30, 2015 8:40 am

Woody Allen is a prolific filmmaker — he's been releasing films pretty much every year since the mid-1960s. (His latest, Irrational Man, is now in theaters.) But Allen isn't exactly prolific as an interview subject. When film critic Sam Fragoso sat down with Allen in Chicago, the filmmaker revealed his insecurities (well, not so much revealed as reiterated), and discussed why actors like to work with him and what he regrets.

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Your Money
3:31 pm
Wed July 29, 2015

From The Silents To Millennials, Debt Burdens Span The Generations

Alyson Hurt and Paige Pfleger NPR

Originally published on Thu July 30, 2015 11:57 am

For most of us, debt is a big part of life. According to a new study by Pew Charitable Trusts, 80 percent of Americans have some form of debt — from student loans to credit card balances.

There are many among the so-called silent generation, those born before World War II, who are still paying off mortgages and credit cards.

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Technology
3:16 pm
Wed July 29, 2015

Google Brings Internet Service To Sri Lanka Through, Balloons?

Originally published on Wed July 29, 2015 5:56 pm

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The Salt
3:15 pm
Wed July 29, 2015

The Golden Age Of Cocktails: When Americans Learned To Love Mixed Drinks

An illustration from The Innocents Abroad by Mark Twain, published in 1897. Between the 1860s and 1920, when Prohibition went into effect, American bartending came into its own.
Internet Archive Book Images Flickr

Originally published on Thu July 30, 2015 12:16 pm

Summertime is the perfect time to indulge in a refreshing cocktail on a balmy night. But before you reach for that minty mojito or sweet sangria, consider stepping out of your modern-day comfort zone and going back to the drinks of 100 years ago.

"Some of the best cocktails that we think about today — the martini, the daiquiri, the Manhattan — those all came out between the 1860s and Prohibition," says Derek Brown, an award-winning mixologist who has studied the history of alcohol in America.

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Technology
3:15 pm
Wed July 29, 2015

Microsoft Launches Windows 10 Free Of Charge

Originally published on Wed July 29, 2015 5:56 pm

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NPR Story
3:12 pm
Wed July 29, 2015

Obama Administration Officials Take The 'Malign' Line On Iran

Originally published on Wed July 29, 2015 5:56 pm

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Sports
3:12 pm
Wed July 29, 2015

After Boston Drops Olympic Bid, U.S. Committee Scrambles To Find New Choice

Originally published on Wed July 29, 2015 5:56 pm

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Environment
3:12 pm
Wed July 29, 2015

California's Drought Spurs Unexpected Effect: Eco-Friendly Development

A town in California's Central Valley plans to transform farmland into an eco-friendly residential community. An artist's rendering shows plans for Kings River Village in Reedley, Calif.
Courtesy of the City of Reedley

Originally published on Wed July 29, 2015 5:56 pm

The drought in California has gone on so long, and is so severe, that it's beginning to change the way people are designing residential communities — in unexpected ways, and unexpected places.

Planning is under way, for instance, for one of the first eco-friendly communities in California's predominantly agricultural Central Valley.

The site is in the town of Reedley, 30 miles southeast of Fresno.

There were a number of factors that distinguished Reedley, says Curt Johansen, the San Francisco developer who's spearheading the project.

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Code Switch
3:12 pm
Wed July 29, 2015

Once Outlaws, Young Lords Find A Museum Home For Radical Roots

Johanna Fernández, co-curator of a new exhibition about the Young Lords, points to pages of the group's newspaper on display at the Bronx Museum of the Arts.
Hansi Lo Wang NPR

Originally published on Wed July 29, 2015 5:56 pm

They were under watch by the FBI and the New York Police Department. And by the early 1970s, the Young Lords emerged as one of the country's most prominent radical groups led by Latino activists.

Inspired by the Black Panthers, a band of young Puerto Ricans wanted to form a Latino counterpart to the black nationalist group. In fact, one of the founding Young Lords in New York City almost started a group called the "Brown Tigers."

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The Salt
3:12 pm
Wed July 29, 2015

Europe's Taste For Caviar Is Putting Pressure On A Great Lakes Fish

Lake herring roe at the Dockside Fish Market in Grand Marais, Minn. Some workers at the market call it "Lake Superior Gold."
Derek Montgomery for NPR

Originally published on Wed July 29, 2015 5:56 pm

Lake Superior is the largest freshwater lake in the world, by surface area, and it has something the other Great Lakes do not: stable populations of mostly native fish species.

But scientists say a key fish in Superior's food web is now in trouble because of mild winters and an appetite for caviar in Europe.

There wasn't much demand for lake herring 10 years ago. It used to be fed to mink and used as fertilizer, according to Craig Hoopman, a commercial fisherman in Wisconsin who fishes around Lake Superior's Apostle Islands.

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All Tech Considered
3:12 pm
Wed July 29, 2015

Politics Overshadows U.S. Tech Firms' Hopes For Entering Iran

Customers try out cellphones and tablets in a store in Tehran, in 2012. Financial sanctions make it difficult for U.S. firms to do business in Iran, analysts say.
Vahid Salemi AP

Originally published on Thu July 30, 2015 12:44 pm

Iran has the potential to be a boom market for American tech companies. The majority of the population is under 30 and well educated, and over half the country has access to the Internet.

Many businesses have to wait until more sanctions are lifted, but certain tech companies can already go into Iran legally because the U.S. has lifted sanctions on various communication technology. They just aren't sure they want to.

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Energy
3:12 pm
Wed July 29, 2015

Greenpeace Activists Protest Shell Oil's Plan To Drill In The Arctic Ocean

Originally published on Wed July 29, 2015 5:56 pm

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Goats and Soda
2:53 pm
Wed July 29, 2015

One Point Of View On How Lions Can Earn Money For Africa

Tourists on safari watch three young lions in Kenya's Masai Mara National Reserve.
Beverly Joubert National Geographic/Getty Images

A beloved lion in Zimbabwe — Cecil was his name — was wounded with a crossbow, then later shot dead. The animal had reportedly been lured from Hwange National Park, a protected area.

The dentist who killed the lion said he believes it was a legal hunt, for which he reportedly paid $50,000.

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Goats and Soda
2:19 pm
Wed July 29, 2015

Nobel Prize Winner Thinks No One Should Ever Retire

Nobel Laureate Muhammad Yunus, who just turned 75, thinks of credit as a human right.
Ben de la Cruz NPR

Originally published on Thu July 30, 2015 10:53 am

Muhammad Yunus just had a milestone birthday. On June 28, he turned 75. It's a big moment for a man who's had many big moments in his life — most notably the 2006 Nobel Peace Prize for founding Grameen Bank, which loans small sums, aka "microcredit," to the poor, mainly women, so they can start their own businesses.

Yunus stopped by NPR last week — he was in Washington, D.C., for a conference — wearing the long, open-necked "kurta" shirt of his native Bangladesh. "[A tie] looks funny on me," he joked.

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