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11:59 am
Fri July 31, 2015

For Key And Peele, Biracial Roots Bestow Special Comedic 'Power'

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Television
11:59 am
Fri July 31, 2015

Jon Stewart, Faking It and Making It

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DAVE DAVIES, BYLINE: This is FRESH AIR. I'm Dave Davies. Next week, Jon Stewart ends his 16-year run as host of "The Daily Show" on Comedy Central. A lot of "Daily Show" viewers share the sentiment expressed by President Obama when he made his seventh and final appearance on the show last week.

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Movie Reviews
11:21 am
Fri July 31, 2015

New Griswolds Take New Dysfunctions On A 'Vacation'

Skyler Gisondo (from left), Steele Stebbins, Christina Applegate and Ed Helms star as the next generation of Griswolds in Vacation.
Hopper Stone Warner Brothers Pictures

Originally published on Fri July 31, 2015 12:08 pm

Those keeping up with the National Cinematic Lampooniverse (NCL) will be interested to know that Vacation isn't a remake of the three-plus-decade-old Chevy Chase comedy, but a continuation of the series. It takes place in a world where the events of Vacation, European Vacation and Christmas Vacation have happened and everyone has gotten older, if not wiser. Now Rusty Griswold, the grown son of Chase's Clark Griswold, wants to follow in his father's footsteps and drag his own family on a cross-country misadventure.

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The Two-Way
11:20 am
Fri July 31, 2015

Marine Version Of F-35 Deemed 'Combat Ready'

A Marine Corps F-35B Joint Strike Fighter does a short takeoff (STOVL) from Patuxent River Naval Air Station, Md., in 2011. Eighteen years after development began, a version of the plane designed for the Marine Corps is expected to be deemed "combat ready."
Cliff Owen AP

Originally published on Fri July 31, 2015 12:15 pm

Updated at 2 p.m. ET

Eighteen years and nearly $400 billion since engineers begin outlining the initial concept, a small squadron of F-35B Lightning IIs has finally been declared ready to fight.

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The Two-Way
11:16 am
Fri July 31, 2015

#NPRReads: Considering The Language Of Wine And What's In A Toddler's Mouth

A piece by conceptual artist Lenka Clayton called "63 Objects Taken from My Son's Mouth."
cupofjo.com

Originally published on Fri July 31, 2015 11:59 am

#NPRreads is a weekly feature on Twitter and on The Two-Way. The premise is simple: Correspondents, editors and producers throughout our newsroom share pieces that have kept them reading. They share tidbits using the #NPRreads hashtag — and on Fridays, we highlight some of the best stories.

This week, we bring you four items.

From NPR producer Sarah Handel:

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Movie Reviews
11:15 am
Fri July 31, 2015

In 1968, The 'Best Of Enemies' Faced Off In A Brutal, Televised Feud

In 1968, ABC paired two pundits from opposite ends of the political spectrum — William F. Buckley Jr. (left) and Gore Vidal — for a cut-throat intellectual faceoff. The documentary Best of Enemies explores this media milestone.
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Late in a series of bruising televised debates on ABC tied to the momentous Republican and Democratic Conventions of 1968, Gore Vidal beamed one of his supercilious side-eyes at William F. Buckley Jr. and called him a "crypto-fascist." Buckley bared his teeth, branded Vidal a "queer" and threatened to rearrange his face.

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Goats and Soda
10:54 am
Fri July 31, 2015

She Owes Her Activism To A Brave Mom, The ADA And Chocolate Cake

Using a digital device that displays Braille characters, Haben Girma talks with President Obama at a White House ceremony marking the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act.
White House photo/Courtesy of Haben Girma

Originally published on Sat August 1, 2015 9:20 am

To Haben Girma's grandmother, back in East Africa, it "seemed like magic." Her granddaughter, born deaf and blind, is a graduate of Harvard Law School and works as a civil rights attorney.

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Shots - Health News
10:49 am
Fri July 31, 2015

Toxic Lead Contaminates Some Traditional Ayurvedic Medicines

Originally published on Fri July 31, 2015 4:49 pm

Nisha Saini has been practicing an Indian traditional health form called Ayurveda for more than 16 years. She runs a small alternative health center in Manhattan called New York Ayurveda, where customers can get massages and dietary advice. Over the counter, Saini sells an extensive array of traditional remedies concocted from herbs and spices. But there's one kind of Ayurvedic medicine she doesn't sell.

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It's All Politics
10:43 am
Fri July 31, 2015

Despite High Expectations, Sentencing Reform Proposals Still On Ice

Expectations for movement on justice reform had been high, but sources tell NPR that concrete language on sentencing and criminal justice overhauls is still being hotly debated behind closed doors.
David Goldman AP

Originally published on Fri July 31, 2015 12:20 pm

Advocates and inmates working to overhaul the criminal justice system will have to wait at least a little longer for congressional action.

The Republican leader of the Senate Judiciary Committee, Charles Grassley, said he won't hold a public event on sentencing reform proposals until after the August recess, as language is still being drafted by a bipartisan working group. And in the U.S. House, lawmakers and their aides will spend at least the next five weeks making adjustments to a sweeping bill sponsored by 40 Democrats and Republicans, sources told NPR Friday.

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Movie Reviews
10:26 am
Fri July 31, 2015

'The End Of The Tour' Is A Film For David Foster Wallace Buffs

Jesse Eisenberg (left) plays journalist David Lipsky and Jason Segel plays David Foster Wallace in The End of the Tour.
A24 Films

Originally published on Fri July 31, 2015 11:44 am

Some David Foster Wallace fans recoiled when they heard that sitcom veteran Jason Segel had been cast to play the Infinite Jest author in a movie. But Segel stretches impressively beyond expectations in The End of the Tour, an intriguing if not altogether convincing film. The actor is not just hulking physique and long hair wrapped in an unflattering bandana.

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The Two-Way
9:33 am
Fri July 31, 2015

Arson Attack That Killed Toddler In West Bank Is Called Terrorism

A Palestinian man mourns alongside the body of a one-and-a-half year old boy, Ali Dawabsheh, during his funeral in Duma village near the West Bank city of Nablus on Friday.
Majdi Mohammed AP

Originally published on Fri July 31, 2015 11:07 am

An arson attack in the West Bank that killed an 18-month-old boy was being condemned widely on Friday, but the Palestinian Liberation Organization is putting the blame on the Israeli government.

The attack happened in the early morning hours of Friday when perpetrators firebombed a house in the village of Duma. According to the BBC, the perpetrators left behind some graffiti in Hebrew. On one wall, the Star of David was drawn right next to the word "revenge."

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The Two-Way
9:22 am
Fri July 31, 2015

New Ebola Vaccine Has '100 Percent' Effectiveness In Early Results

The Ebola vaccine from a trial in Guinea needs to be kept at a temperature of minus 60 degrees Celsius, the World Health Organization says. Storage devices use jet fuel to keep the right temperature for up to five days in the field.
Sean Hawkey Sean Hawkey

Originally published on Fri July 31, 2015 11:09 am

In a development that could change the way the deadly Ebola disease is fought, researchers have announced promising results of a new vaccine's trial in Guinea, one of several countries affected by a historic outbreak in West Africa.

"The estimated vaccine efficacy was 100 percent," a team of researchers say.

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Sports
9:18 am
Fri July 31, 2015

Summer Olympics 2008 Host Beijing Awarded 2022 Winter Games

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And the winner is...

(SOUNDBITE OF ARCHIVED RECORDING)

UNIDENTIFIED MAN: The International Olympic Committee has the honor to announce the host city of the Olympic Winter Games 2022 - Beijing.

(APPLAUSE)

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Parallels
9:05 am
Fri July 31, 2015

Death Of Beloved Lion Heats Up Criticism Of Big Game Hunting

Originally published on Fri July 31, 2015 11:59 am

The killing of Cecil, a Zimbabwean lion, by a dentist from Minnesota has turned an international spotlight on big game hunting. It's a thriving industry, with more than 1,000 organizations worldwide.

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The Two-Way
8:22 am
Fri July 31, 2015

In Report, Justice Accuses St. Louis County Family Court Of Racial Bias

In a scathing 60-page report, the Justice Department's Civil Rights Division says the St. Louis County Family Court has engaged in a pattern or practice of conduct that violates the constitutional rights of children caught up in the juvenile justice system.

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Shots - Health News
8:06 am
Fri July 31, 2015

More Previously Uninsured Californians Got Coverage Under Obamacare

Enrollment counselor Vue Yang (left) reviews health insurance options for Laura San Nicolas (center), accompanied by her daughter, Geena, 17, at Sacramento Covered in Sacramento, Calif., in February.
Rich Pedroncelli AP

Just over two-thirds of Californians who did not have health insurance before the Affordable Care Act went into full effect in 2014 are now covered, according to a survey from the Kaiser Family Foundation.

The newly insured are much less likely to say that paying for health care is a problem, compared to when they were uninsured.

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TED Radio Hour
7:36 am
Fri July 31, 2015

What's A Better Way To Detect Cancer?

"We have 21st-century medical treatments and drugs to treat cancer, but we still have 20th-century procedures and processes for diagnosis," says Jorge Soto.
James Duncan Davidson/TED

Part 1 of the TED Radio Hour episode Fighting Cancer

About Jorge Soto's TED Talk

We often discover cancer after it's too late to treat. Jorge Soto is in the process of creating a simple, fast and cheap method for early cancer detection and all it takes is a few drops of blood.

About Jorge Soto

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TED Radio Hour
7:36 am
Fri July 31, 2015

What Does It Mean To Be A "Cancer Survivor"?

After Debra Jarvis went through cancer treatment, she didn't want to be labeled only as a cancer survivor.
Robert Benson Robert Benson/TED

Part 5 of the TED Radio Hour episode Fighting Cancer

About Debra Jarvis' TED Talk

Debra Jarvis had breast cancer, but it doesn't define her, she says. Jarvis explains how clinging to the identity of "survivor" sometimes stifles personal growth.

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The Two-Way
7:22 am
Fri July 31, 2015

Tonight, Look For A Rare (But Not Quite Blue) Moon

People are silhouetted against a nearly full moon as they ride an attraction at Worlds of Fun amusement park Thursday in Kansas City, Mo. July 31 marks the second full moon of the month, a rare occurrence that has come to be known as a "blue moon."
Charlie Riedel AP

Originally published on Fri July 31, 2015 10:34 am

Updated at 11 a.m. ET

Get ready for a very rare event tonight — a blue moon.

But don't expect to see a new hue. A blue moon, at least according to the modern definition of the term, has nothing to do with color. It simply means a second full moon in the same calendar month.

As NASA explains in the video above: "Most blue moons appear pale gray and white, just like the moon you've seen on any other night."

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NPR Ed
7:03 am
Fri July 31, 2015

Measuring The Power Of A Prison Education

White House staff walk into the El Reno Federal Correctional Institution in El Reno, Okla.
Evan Vucci AP

Originally published on Fri July 31, 2015 9:15 am

The Obama administration Friday is taking a small step toward expanding adult prisoners' access to federal Pell grants. The money would help pay for college-level classes behind bars.

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The Two-Way
6:27 am
Fri July 31, 2015

WikiLeaks Docs Purport To Show The U.S. Spied On Japan's Government

Originally published on Fri July 31, 2015 8:42 am

New classified documents released by WikiLeaks purport to show that the United States spied on Japan's government, as well as on Japanese banks and companies, including Mitsubishi.

In one document marked "top secret," the U.S. allegedly distributed information from a conversation between cabinet-level officials from four ministries and Japan's chief cabinet secretary about Japan's G-8 proposals on climate change.

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Around the Nation
5:24 am
Fri July 31, 2015

Great White Shark Keeps Swimmer From Desired Goal

Originally published on Fri July 31, 2015 9:18 am

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Around the Nation
5:23 am
Fri July 31, 2015

People Who Text While Walking Develop Protective Shuffle

Originally published on Fri July 31, 2015 9:18 am

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The Two-Way
4:42 am
Fri July 31, 2015

Beijing Awarded The 2022 Winter Olympic Games

Beijing's National Stadium, or the Bird's Nest, will be used for the opening and closing ceremonies of the 2022 Winter Games.
Bullit Marquez AP

Originally published on Fri July 31, 2015 8:12 am

Updated at 10 a.m. ET

The International Olympic Committee has awarded Beijing the 2022 Winter Games.

With the selection, the Chinese city will become the first to host both winter and summer games. Beijing hosted the 2008 Summer Games.

With a vote of 44 to 40, Beijing beat out Almaty, the biggest city in Kazakhstan.

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Animals
3:08 am
Fri July 31, 2015

Here's How To Identify Sounds You Hear In Nature

Originally published on Fri July 31, 2015 9:18 am

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Thanks to smartphones, you rarely have to strain anymore to remember the name of a song. Start up a phone app. Hold your device by the radio or a restaurant speaker. And the app will usually recognize the song.

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Movie Reviews
3:08 am
Fri July 31, 2015

Movie Review: 'Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation'

Originally published on Fri July 31, 2015 9:18 am

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Another "Mission: Impossible" movie opens today. The franchise has been good to Tom Cruise, raking in more than $2 billion in worldwide box office receipts. So now take five. Here's our critic Kenneth Turan.

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Middle East
3:08 am
Fri July 31, 2015

Ex-Mossad Chief Supports Iran Nuclear Deal

Originally published on Fri July 31, 2015 9:18 am

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Sports
3:08 am
Fri July 31, 2015

IOC Awards Beijing 2022 Olympic Winter Games

Originally published on Fri July 31, 2015 9:18 am

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

And the winner is...

(SOUNDBITE OF ARCHIVED RECORDING)

UNIDENTIFIED MAN: The International Olympic Committee has the honor to announce the host city of the Olympic Winter Games 2022 - Beijing.

(APPLAUSE)

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It's All Politics
3:08 am
Fri July 31, 2015

Democratic Candidates Stumble Over Black Lives Matter Movement

Black Lives Matter activists confronted Democratic candidates Martin O'Malley and Bernie Sanders at a Netroots Nation event earlier this month. O'Malley used the phrase "all lives matter" twice, which he later apologized for.
Ross D. Franklin AP

Originally published on Fri July 31, 2015 9:18 am

Members of the Black Lives Matter movement are making sure the presidential candidates don't take their votes or their concerns for granted. The candidates are being confronted with activists who are responding to a string of deaths of African-Americans at the hands of police.

Democrats have traditionally won strong margins with black voters and that is unlikely to change in 2016. But in recent weeks, the Black Lives Matter movement has been a stumbling block for the Democratic candidates.

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Research News
3:08 am
Fri July 31, 2015

Why Peer Pressure Doesn't Add Up To Retirement Savings

Originally published on Fri July 31, 2015 9:18 am

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