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8:46 am
Thu August 20, 2015

Spoiled It Through The Grapevine

Honey, honey, yeah! We've rewritten Heard It Through The Grapevine to be about famous film endings that you've probably heard about through the grapevine. No spoiler alerts necessary.

Heard in Sir Patrick Stewart: Brush Up Your Shakespeare

Ask Me Another
8:46 am
Thu August 20, 2015

Brush Up Your Shakespeare

For his VIP game, Sir Patrick Stewart is quizzed on the meanings of Shakespearean insults.

Heard in Sir Patrick Stewart: Brush Up Your Shakespeare

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Ask Me Another
8:46 am
Thu August 20, 2015

One Vowel At A Time

Can we buy some vowels, please? In this final round, each answer contains each of the five vowels-- a, e, i, o, u-- exactly once. You don't need no education to ace this one!

Heard in Sir Patrick Stewart: Brush Up Your Shakespeare

Shots - Health News
8:35 am
Thu August 20, 2015

Does This Phylum Make Me Look Fat?

Bacillus subtilis may look like pasta under the microscope, but the bacteria are common in the gut of humans. Could the microbes be contributing to our belly fat? Too soon to tell, scientists say.
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We would all love a simple weight-loss plan. Beyond carbs and fats, some studies have hinted that a key group of gut microbes — from the phylum Firmicutes — might be more common among people who are overweight.

Thinner people, these studies suggest, might have more bacteria from the phylum known as Bacteroidetes. Maybe we just need to reestablish a Bacteroidetes-favoring gut to more easily lose weight, some people have said. A stack of diet books has already jumped on the notion.

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Goats and Soda
8:13 am
Thu August 20, 2015

Zero Ebola Cases Reported In Sierra Leone, As Epidemic Peters Out

A celebration erupts in the streets of the Massessehbeh village on Friday, after President Ernest Bai Koroma officially ended Sierra Leone's largest remaining Ebola quarantine.
Sunday Alamba AP

The Ebola epidemic has entered a new phase. And it's a good one.

For the first time since the virus hit Sierra Leone, the country hasn't had a single new case in a week, the World Health Organization said Wednesday.

And over in Guinea and Liberia, the situation is also looking up. This week Guinea reported only three new cases, while Liberia hasn't had a case in more than a month.

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The Two-Way
7:52 am
Thu August 20, 2015

Officials: 'Highly Unlikely' Bangkok Bombing Was Work Of Foreign Terrorists

This image, released by the Royal Thai Police, shows a man near the Erawan shrine before an explosion occurred Monday in Bangkok. Authorities said Thursday he had been cleared.
AP

Originally published on Thu August 20, 2015 5:33 pm

Updated at 4:50 p.m. ET

Thai officials are downplaying the possibility that a foreign terrorist group is behind the bombing in central Bangkok this week that killed at least 20 people, including foreign tourists, and wounded dozens of others.

Police also appear to have ruled out a man in a yellow T-shirt seen on a CCTV video leaving behind a backpack moments before the blast at the Erawan shrine as well as another man suspected of being an accomplice.

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Monkey See
7:44 am
Thu August 20, 2015

Television 2015: A Whole Lotta Guys In Ties

Originally published on Thu August 20, 2015 7:48 am

This is one in a series of essays running this week and next about the state of television in 2015. The series is based on developments at the recent Television Critics Association press tour in Beverly Hills, Calif., where broadcast and cable networks, along with streaming services like Netflix, presented new and existing shows to TV critics and reporters.

If television is so interesting right now, why do parts of it seem so old-fashioned?

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The Two-Way
6:37 am
Thu August 20, 2015

North And South Korea Trade Artillery Fire; No One Is Hurt

South Korean residents gather at a shelter in the South Korean town of Yeoncheon where one shell fell on Thursday.
Ahn Young-joon AP

Originally published on Thu August 20, 2015 8:58 am

Updated at 10:40 a.m. ET

South Korea and North Korea traded artillery and rocket fire on Thursday.

No one was hurt, but it was the first time tensions had escalated into an armed clash between the neighbors in five years, the New York Times reports.

Reporting for NPR from Seoul, Haeryun Kang tells Newscast that:

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Around the Nation
5:44 am
Thu August 20, 2015

Truffle Shuffle Gets On 'Goonies' House Owners' Last Nerve

Originally published on Thu August 20, 2015 6:07 am

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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

Good morning. I'm David Greene.

(SOUNDBITE OF FILM, "THE GOONIES")

COREY FELDMAN: (As Mouth) First, you got to do the truffle shuffle.

JEFF COHEN: (As Chunk) Come on.

FELDMAN: (As Mouth) Do it.

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Around the Nation
5:44 am
Thu August 20, 2015

Passenger Misses Flight; Races Out Onto The Tarmac

Originally published on Thu August 20, 2015 6:07 am

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The Two-Way
5:21 am
Thu August 20, 2015

Police Use Tear Gas, Arrest 9 During Protests In St. Louis

Firefighters attempt to put out a fire at an abandoned building with the protection of St. Louis City Police in St. Louis, on Thursday.
Lawrence Bryant Reuters /Landov

Originally published on Thu August 20, 2015 8:29 am

Police used tear gas and arrested nine people during protests in St. Louis on Wednesday.

Demonstrators gathered after police shot and killed an 18-year-old they say pointed a gun at them. Police said protesters threw bottles and bricks at them, so they deployed armored vehicles and teams of officers in riot gear.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports:

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Book Reviews
5:03 am
Thu August 20, 2015

Gothic Poetry And Grim Necessity In 'Shattered Wings'

Courtesy of Roc

Aliette de Bodard's first novel outside her Obsidian and Blood Aztec fantasy-mystery trilogy has a touch of Silly Fantasy Name problem, where florid compound words take over the page. Set in a Paris devastated by a war between factions of fallen angels, The House Of Shattered Wings is packed with sensuous description, and characters with names like Asmodeus, Samariel and Elphon.

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Book Reviews
5:03 am
Thu August 20, 2015

'The Automobile Club' Tours Egypt's Troubled History

Emily Bogle NPR

To find a beginning can be a complicated thing for an author. Not as tough, usually, as finding an end, but it has its own challenges. The blank page, the first line, the headlong entry into a new world populated by nothing more than your imagination? It's intimidating.

In his new novel, The Automobile Club Of Egypt, the beloved, best-selling, award-winning Egyptian author Alaa Al Aswany finds an interesting solution. He starts his book three times.

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Around the Nation
4:48 am
Thu August 20, 2015

Businesses, Workers Confused By LA County's Minimum Wage Hike

Originally published on Thu August 20, 2015 1:34 pm

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Business
4:07 am
Thu August 20, 2015

Weighty Issue: Cow Guessing Game Helps To Explain The Stock Market

Originally published on Thu August 20, 2015 6:07 am

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Europe
3:13 am
Thu August 20, 2015

Greek Island Of Kos Burdened By Migrant Migration

Originally published on Thu August 20, 2015 6:07 am

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NPR Story
3:13 am
Thu August 20, 2015

Workplace Issues: Offending Scents In The Office

Originally published on Thu August 20, 2015 6:07 am

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NPR Story
3:13 am
Thu August 20, 2015

Tired Of City-Life Stresses, Many Chinese Return To Farming

Originally published on Thu August 20, 2015 6:07 am

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NPR Story
3:13 am
Thu August 20, 2015

Best Known As 'Batgirl,' Yvonne Craig Dies At 78

Originally published on Thu August 20, 2015 6:07 am

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NPR Story
3:13 am
Thu August 20, 2015

How Colorado Politics Could Interfere With New EPA Standards

Originally published on Thu August 20, 2015 6:07 am

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It's All Politics
3:13 am
Thu August 20, 2015

This Famous Campaign Stop Is Actually A Mirage

Lindsey Graham (left) and Bob Schroeder at Robie's Country Store in Hooksett, N.H.
Brady Carlson New Hampshire Public Radio

Originally published on Thu August 20, 2015 4:20 pm

Robie's Country Store, in Hooksett, N.H., has become an almost ritual stop on the presidential campaign trail — one of those places where anyone who is running is pretty much guaranteed to make an appearance. The business isn't what it once was, but presidential hopefuls keep showing up.

The store has stood on the bank of the Merrimack River, between Concord and Manchester, since 1887. When the candidates get there, most know what's expected.

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NPR Ed
3:13 am
Thu August 20, 2015

Are Traumatized Students Disabled? A Debate Straight Outta Compton

Kimberly Cervantes, one of the student plaintiffs, says she witnessed the deaths of two fellow students while in middle school.
Coutesy of Public Counsel

Originally published on Thu August 20, 2015 1:27 pm

An unprecedented, class action lawsuit brought against one Southern California school district and its top officials could have a big impact on schools across the country.

On Thursday in Los Angeles, a U.S. District Court judge will preside over the first hearing in the suit against the Compton Unified School District. To understand the complaint, you need to understand Compton.

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Close Listening: Decoding Nature Through Sound
3:13 am
Thu August 20, 2015

To Decode Elephant Conversation, You Must Feel The Jungle Rumble

African forest elephants stampede in the Central African Republic jungle.
Courtesy of Cornell Lab or Ornithology

Originally published on Thu August 20, 2015 11:00 am

The natural world is abuzz with the sound of animals communicating — crickets, birds, even grunting fish. But scientists learning to decode these sounds say the secret signals of African elephants — their deepest rumblings — are among the most intriguing calls any animal makes.

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It's All Politics
3:13 am
Thu August 20, 2015

How Realistic Is Donald Trump's Immigration Plan?

Donald Trump wears what's become a campaign signature: his "Make America Great Again" hat. Part of making the country great again, Trump says, is implementing his hard-line immigration plan.
Scott Heppell AP

Originally published on Thu August 20, 2015 4:44 pm

Donald Trump's immigration plan is — like the candidate — flashy, strident and headline-grabbing. Fox News called it "an early Christmas gift" for immigration hawks. Conservative commentator Ann Coulter pronounced it "the greatest political document since the Magna Carta."

But some of those in the trenches of immigration reform say it's unrealistic and unworkable.

Donald Trump could write "Immigration Reform for Dummies." He makes a complex issue simple and sexy.

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All Tech Considered
3:13 am
Thu August 20, 2015

Online Stars Feel Cheated As YouTube, Facebook Battle Over Videos

Jack Douglass says he lost thousands of dollars when his YouTube video was uploaded to Facebook.
YouTube

Originally published on Thu August 20, 2015 4:42 pm

There's a battle brewing between Facebook and the people who make professional videos on YouTube. Facebook has made video a priority over the past year and many of the most popular videos turn out to have originated on YouTube.

A lot of YouTube stars say Facebook is taking money right out of their pockets — and many of them are talking about big money.

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All Tech Considered
3:13 am
Thu August 20, 2015

A Lot Of Heat Is Wasted, So Why Not Convert It Into Power?

A thermoelectric PowerCard like this one can be used to convert waste heat into an electric power source, Alphabet Energy says.
Alphabet Energy

Originally published on Thu August 20, 2015 10:27 am

What if there were a way to take the waste heat that spews from car tailpipes or power plant chimneys and turn it into electricity? Matt Scullin thinks there is, and he's formed a company to turn that idea into a reality.

The key to Scullin's plans is something called thermoelectrics. "A thermoelectric is a material that turns heat into electricity," he says.

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Television
3:13 am
Thu August 20, 2015

'SNL' Alumni Mine Humor From Serious Cinema In 'Documentary Now!'

Fred Armisen and Bill Hader send up the classic documentary Grey Gardens in the first episode of their new TV series, Documentary Now!
Tyler Golden IFC

Originally published on Thu August 20, 2015 3:16 pm

Former Saturday Night Live cast members Seth Meyers, Fred Armisen and Bill Hader are making TV together again. Tonight their new show, Documentary Now!, which features fake documentaries satirizing some of the most famous nonfiction films, premiers on IFC.

To sell the faux-class and seriousness of what's about to unfold, it's presented as a golden anniversary show of the best documentary films hosted by none other than Oscar-winner Helen Mirren.

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The Two-Way
7:43 pm
Wed August 19, 2015

3 Firefighters Killed In Washington State Wildfire

Smoke from an approaching wildfire looms over a home near Twisp, Wash., where three firefighters have been killed.
Ted S. Warren AP

Officials say three firefighters have been killed and three to four others have been injured trying to control a wildfire in Washington state.

Okanogan County Sheriff Frank Rogers said the firefighters died near the town of Twisp in the north-central part of the state.

The Associated Press reports the deaths came after the county emergency management department told residents to evacuate the area:

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The Two-Way
4:47 pm
Wed August 19, 2015

Happy With Your TSA Experience? Press A Button. Angry? Press Another Button

Originally published on Thu August 20, 2015 8:11 am

You may see new customer service technology at the airport soon. It's part of an effort by federal agencies to make it easier for people to give the government feedback, according to the Washington Post.

The equipment has a simple design, and it looks more like it belongs in a playroom than in an airport.

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The Two-Way
4:43 pm
Wed August 19, 2015

Analysts See U.S. Border With Mexico As More Secure Than It's Been In 40 Years

Originally published on Wed August 19, 2015 6:28 pm

While Donald Trump's recent position paper on immigration dominates headlines, a new study of unauthorized immigrants in the U.S. digs into the latest numbers.

The Washington, D.C.-based Migration Policy Institute released "An Analysis of Unauthorized Immigrants in the United States by Country and Region of Birth." It's based on U.S. Census Bureau data.

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