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4:33 pm
Wed August 19, 2015

More Washington Drivers Use Pot And Drive; Effect On Safety Disputed

Originally published on Thu August 20, 2015 10:47 am

When Washington state legalized recreational marijuana, people wondered if it would mean more stoned drivers on the roads. Two and a half years later, one trend is clear: Police are arresting more drivers with pot in their systems — but what's not clear yet is what that means for traffic safety.

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The Salt
3:49 pm
Wed August 19, 2015

So Long, Big Mac: Cleveland Clinic Ousts McDonald's From Cafeteria

The McDonald's inside the Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland, in 2004.
Tony Dejak AP

Originally published on Wed August 19, 2015 4:52 pm

One of the most prestigious names in health care is taking a stand on food.

This week, Cleveland Clinic announced it would sever ties with McDonald's. As of Sept. 18, the McDonald's branch located in the Cleveland Clinic cafeteria will turn off its fryers and close its doors for good. Its lease will not be renewed.

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Theater
3:37 pm
Wed August 19, 2015

'Waitress' Serves Dark, Funny Fare With A Musical Twist (And A Side Of Pie)

Waitress tells the story of Jenna (Jessie Mueller), a diner waitress who is stuck in a stifling, abusive marriage and yearns for a better life.
Evgenia Eliseeva Courtesy of The American Repertory Theater

Originally published on Wed August 19, 2015 6:55 pm

Tony Award-winning director Diane Paulus has a knack for developing works that make it to Broadway. She premiered Finding Neverland, Pippin and The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess at the American Repertory Theater in Cambridge, Mass., before bringing those productions to Manhattan. Now, Paulus has another potential hit on her hands: her musical adaptation of the 2007 indie film Waitress.

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It's All Politics
3:35 pm
Wed August 19, 2015

Rand Paul Wants To Run For President — And Senate

Republican presidential candidate Rand Paul wants to run for both his Kentucky Senate seat and the White House, but a current state law prohibits him from doing so.
Charles Krupa AP

Originally published on Wed August 19, 2015 11:35 pm

Rand Paul is trying to have it both ways — running both for president and re-election to his Kentucky Senate seat in 2016.

But whether he'll be able to keep that electoral insurance policy rests in the hands of Kentucky Republicans this weekend.

Kentucky law is clear: You can't run for president and U.S. Senate at the same time. But Paul has tried to get around that law, by pushing for the state to hold a nonbinding caucus instead of a primary in the presidential nominating process.

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The Two-Way
3:28 pm
Wed August 19, 2015

ISIS Beheads 81-Year-Old Scholar Who Tried To Protect Antiquities

Originally published on Thu August 20, 2015 4:01 pm

ISIS militants beheaded a renowned Syrian archaeologist in the ancient town of Palmyra, and then hung his body from one of the town's Roman columns.

NPR's Alice Fordham reported on the brutal murder of 81-year-old Khaled al-Asaad:

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Monkey See
3:28 pm
Wed August 19, 2015

Television 2015: Too Much In Too Many Ways

House of Cards, starring Kevin Spacey and Robin Wright, is one of the many (many) shows now available on your TV — and in other places, too.
David Giesbrecht Courtesy of Netflix

Originally published on Wed August 19, 2015 5:02 pm

A few days into our essay series on the state of television in the summer of 2015, I sat down with Audie Cornish on All Things Considered to get a few of the basics down. We talked about the sheer volume of scripted shows, the struggles of networks to get attention for what's great, and all the ways you can get television into your eyes and ears.

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Politics
3:25 pm
Wed August 19, 2015

Government Inquiry Into Clinton Emails Likely To Widen

The Justice Department could soon expand its investigation into the email controversy surrounding Hillary Clinton's use of a private server while secretary of state.
Mary Altaffer AP

Originally published on Wed August 19, 2015 4:16 pm

For now, federal authorities characterize the Justice Department inquiry into Hillary Clinton's private email server as a security situation: a simple matter of finding out whether classified information leaked out during her tenure as secretary of state, and where it went.

Except, former government officials said, that's not going to be so simple.

"I think that the FBI will be moving with all deliberate speed to determine whether there were serious breaches of national security here," said Ron Hosko, who used to lead the FBI's criminal investigative division.

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Politics
2:59 pm
Wed August 19, 2015

Trump Immigration Plan Raises Legal Questions About Birthright Citizenship

Originally published on Thu August 20, 2015 4:13 am

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Sports
2:59 pm
Wed August 19, 2015

After Serving Suspension, Is Alex Rodriguez Making A Comeback?

Originally published on Wed August 19, 2015 4:33 pm

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Asia
2:59 pm
Wed August 19, 2015

Thai Business Owners Worry Bombing Could Drive Away Tourists

Originally published on Wed August 19, 2015 4:41 pm

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Movie Interviews
2:59 pm
Wed August 19, 2015

'Rosenwald' Celebrates 'The Greatest Philanthropist You've Never Heard Of'

Originally published on Wed August 19, 2015 4:54 pm

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Arts & Life
2:59 pm
Wed August 19, 2015

As More Women, Minorities Win Hugos, 'Sad Puppies' Blast Sci-Fi Awards

Originally published on Wed August 19, 2015 4:39 pm

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The Two-Way
2:49 pm
Wed August 19, 2015

Police Circulate Sketch Of A Suspect After Fatal Blast In Bangkok

Originally published on Wed August 19, 2015 4:05 pm

Thai police say they have video of a man who may be responsible for Monday's bombing in Bangkok. As we previously reported, the explosion killed at least 20 people.

As Michael Sullivan tells our Newscast unit from Bangkok, a sketch of the suspect was released Wednesday, and is based on images from surveillance cameras. The sketch shows a man apparently leaving a backpack at the Erawan shrine, minutes before the explosion took place.

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NPR Ed
2:47 pm
Wed August 19, 2015

To Learn More, This High-Schooler Left The Classroom

Originally published on Wed August 19, 2015 8:29 pm

Like a lot of students, 17-year-old Nick Bain says he really likes his school, but sometimes it can feel like a chore.

"It just feels a little bit like you just have to keep doing one thing after another, but without a whole lot of thinking about an education in general," says Nick.

So one day he decided to write down what he was doing every 15 minutes at the Colorado Academy in Denver.

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The Salt
2:45 pm
Wed August 19, 2015

In Search Of A Drought Strategy, California Looks Down Under

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

Judging by some of the most pessimistic reports from California these days, the place is doomed. You can read all about the folly of trying to build cities in a desert.

Just this week, economists at the University of California, Davis, estimated that water shortages will cost the state's economy $2.7 billion this year. Many farmers are limiting the economic damage by ransacking the environment instead, draining underground aquifers.

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The Two-Way
2:12 pm
Wed August 19, 2015

Ground Reopens At Site Of Killer Sinkhole in Florida

Originally published on Thu August 20, 2015 4:02 pm

In March 2013, a 20-foot-wide sinkhole opened up beneath the bedroom floor of a sleeping Florida man and swallowed him whole.

The body of Jeffrey Bush, 36, was never recovered and the house was razed. With the property roped off and the hole filled in, that should have been the tragedy's last scene.

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Goats and Soda
1:58 pm
Wed August 19, 2015

You Asked, We Deliver: A Portrait Of The World's Finest Panama Hat

This Panama hat woven by Simon Espinal may be the finest one ever made.
Roff Smith for NPR

Originally published on Wed August 19, 2015 3:02 pm

"Would like to have seen a photo of the completed hat."

That's what one commenter noted when we ran a story on Aug. 8: "He's Just Woven The World's Finest Panama Hat. But Who Will Buy It?"

Now, we did have a nice photo of the hat weaver himself, Simon Espinal, who lives in Pile, a village hidden in the hills of Ecuador's coastal lowlands.

And there is a close-up of the top portion of the hat, which gives a pretty good idea of what it looks like.

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Television
1:47 pm
Wed August 19, 2015

With 100th Episode, Larry Wilmore's 'Nightly Show' Has Found Its Voice

Larry Wilmore is the host of The Nightly Show, a satirical news show that airs on Comedy Central.
Stephen Lovekin Getty Images

Originally published on Wed August 19, 2015 2:41 pm

Though Larry Wilmore had always hoped to be a performer, his early career was as a comedy writer. He wrote for shows like The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air and In Living Color, and he created The Bernie Mac Show. He moved in front of the camera as The Daily Show's "senior black correspondent" in 2006. So when Stephen Colbert ended The Colbert Report last year, Comedy Central tapped Wilmore to host the replacement show.

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Shots - Health News
1:35 pm
Wed August 19, 2015

Price Rises For Ticket To A Quicker Drug Review By FDA

Drew Kilb/Duke University's Fuqua School of Business

A deal struck between drugmakers AbbVie and United Therapeutics Wednesday set a record price for a voucher that can be redeemed for a fast-track review of a new medicine by the Food and Drug Administration.

AbbVie, marketer of Humira and AndroGel, has agreed to pay $350 million to United Therapeutics, a company specializing in treatments for rare diseases, for a ticket to the regulatory fast lane.

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The Two-Way
1:29 pm
Wed August 19, 2015

Louis Stokes, Ohio's First African-American U.S. Congressman, Dies At 90

Rep. Louis Stokes was the dean of the Ohio congressional delegation until he stepped down in 1999.
Tony Dejak AP

Former U.S. Rep. Louis Stokes of Ohio, who was the state's first black congressman and who represented Cleveland and some of its neighboring suburbs for 30 years, has died. He was 90.

His death Tuesday was confirmed by a family statement and comes a month after Stokes revealed that he had been diagnosed with brain and lung cancer. The family statement read, in part:

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NPR Story
12:41 pm
Wed August 19, 2015

Office ‘Darwinism’: Will Your Company Follow Amazon's Lead?

The logo of U.S. online retail giant Amazon is displayed on the Brieselang logistics center, west of Berlin on November 11, 2014. (John MacDougall/AFP/Getty Images)

Originally published on Wed August 19, 2015 1:58 pm

The recent New York Times article on the work environment at Amazon has put a spotlight on the culture of the competitive workplace and the increasing difficulty of attaining a satisfying work-life balance.

Amazon culls its workforce annually, based in part on performance reviews from coworkers. It’s a data-driven system that could be coming to more companies soon.

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NPR Story
12:41 pm
Wed August 19, 2015

Is Ashley Madison Hack Story More About Cybersecurity Or Infidelity?

A June 10, 2015, photo shows Ashley Madison's website on a computer screen in Seoul, South Korea. (Lee Jin-man/AP)

Originally published on Wed August 19, 2015 8:30 pm

Security experts are telling multiple news outlets today that the leaked names of Ashley Madison customers appear to be real. Ashley Madison markets itself with the tagline, "Life is short. Have an affair." About one month ago it was reported that the site had been hacked and the names and credit card numbers of 37 million customers could be posted online.

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NPR Story
12:41 pm
Wed August 19, 2015

DJ Session: From New Zealand Country To The Poetic Musings Of The Netherlands

Marlon Williams is a singer-songwriter from Lyttelton, New Zealand. (Facebook)

KCRW DJ Chris Douridas joins Here & Now’s Jeremy Hobson to share some new summer music. There’s a bit of country and bluegrass with Pokey LaFarge and the Kiwi singer Marlon Williams. There are also some deep electro tracks with Maximum Balloon and the Flemish group Waar is Ken?

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Goats and Soda
12:28 pm
Wed August 19, 2015

If You Spill Water On This Book, That's A Good Thing

Tear out a page from The Drinkable Book and pour water through it. The built-in filter can wipe out bacteria.
Courtesy of Brian Gartside

Originally published on Wed August 19, 2015 1:08 pm

It looks like a regular hardcover book, though in an eye-catching shade of orange with an even catchier title: The Drinkable Book.

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Shots - Health News
12:17 pm
Wed August 19, 2015

Scientists Create Vomiting Machine To Learn How Norovirus Spreads

The vomit machine.
Courtesy of Grace Tung-Thompson

Originally published on Thu August 20, 2015 2:58 pm

Norovirus is a huge public health problem, sickening as many as 21 million people a year in the U.S. But for all the gastric distress it causes, there are still some basic, unanswered questions about the virus.

One biggie: When an ill person vomits, does norovirus become aerosolized? That is, can an ill person's vomiting launch tiny viral particles into the air, where they might waft into your mouth or onto surfaces that you would later touch?

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The Two-Way
12:01 pm
Wed August 19, 2015

For Incoming Freshmen, Which Cultural Touchstones Are Out Of Touch?

Originally published on Thu August 20, 2015 4:03 pm

Beloit College's annual "mindset list" is out. It's a series of historical and cultural references that will supposedly bewilder incoming college freshmen.

This year's list, for the Class of 2019, was curated by three professors at the small liberal arts college in Wisconsin. The school says it aims to show professors and counselors which references no longer resonate with younger generations.

A few entries on this year's list of 50 factoids about the Class of 2019 include:

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The Two-Way
10:39 am
Wed August 19, 2015

White House Hires Its First Openly Transgender Staffer

Originally published on Thu August 20, 2015 4:04 pm

The White House has hired its first openly transgender staff member. Raffi Freedman-Gurspan has been appointed as an outreach and recruitment director for presidential personnel in the White House Office of Presidential Personnel.

The 28-year-old previously worked as a policy adviser for the National Center for Transgender Equality's Racial and Economic Justice Initiative, and before that as a legislative director with Rep. Carl Sciortino's office.

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The Two-Way
10:23 am
Wed August 19, 2015

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

Yvonne Craig appears in a publicity photo for the TV series Star Trek in 1969. She played the role of Orion Marta in the episode titled "Whom Gods Destroy."
Silver Screen Collection Getty Images

Originally published on Thu August 20, 2015 7:34 am

Yvonne Craig, best known for her role as Batgirl in the iconic 1960s television series Batman, died Monday. She was 78.

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The Two-Way
8:43 am
Wed August 19, 2015

Ex-Subway Pitchman Jared Fogle To Plead Guilty To Paying For Sex With Minors

Former Subway pitchman Jared Fogle leaves the Federal Courthouse in Indianapolis, following a hearing on child-pornography charges on Wednesday
Michael Conroy AP

Originally published on Wed August 19, 2015 12:38 pm

Jared Fogle, the former Subway pitchman, is expected to admit that he paid for sex with two minors and participated in a scheme that secretly recorded 12 other children engaging in sexual acts.

As part of a deal cut with prosecutors, Fogle is expected to plead guilty to two federal counts stemming from the actions: the first that he distributed and received child pornography, and the second that he traveled across state lines and then paid for sex with two children.

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Book Reviews
8:14 am
Wed August 19, 2015

'Zer0es' Takes The Cyber-Thriller To An Electrifying Extreme

Kainaz Amaria NPR

Hardly a day goes by without some new form of technological menace rearing its head, from the outfitting of drones with handguns to the hacking of cars' navigation systems. It's a fear — and fascination — that science fiction author Chuck Wendig cranks up to 11 in his new cyber-thriller, Zer0es.

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