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3:13 am
Wed August 19, 2015

How Dorothy Parker's Ashes Ended Up In Baltimore

Originally published on Wed August 19, 2015 6:09 am

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3:13 am
Wed August 19, 2015

Effort To Divert Water From Lake Michigan Sets Off Fierce Debate

Originally published on Wed August 19, 2015 11:44 am

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3:13 am
Wed August 19, 2015

The Evolution Of The Immigration Term: Alien

Originally published on Wed August 19, 2015 8:31 pm

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The Salt
3:13 am
Wed August 19, 2015

'GMO-Free' Is A Boon For Companies Chasing 'Health Halo' Profits

Waiting in line for an exhibit at the Chipotle Cultivate Festival on factory farming. Festivalgoers had to visit four such exhibits to get a free burrito.
Peggy Lowe Harvest Public Media

Originally published on Wed August 19, 2015 2:50 pm

The Chipotle Cultivate Festival in Kansas City, Mo., on July 18 had it all: an indie pop band onstage, long lines at the beer booths. It was like a Grateful Dead concert, only with free burritos.

But this and the three other Chipotle Cultivate events held across the country this summer were more than just a classic summertime music festival. Billed as offering "food, ideas and music," the festival offers a chance to "learn a free burrito," by going through four exhibits.

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Environment
3:13 am
Wed August 19, 2015

EPA Rules Aspire To Slash Oil Industry Methane Emissions

Originally published on Wed August 19, 2015 2:37 pm

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Medical Treatments
3:13 am
Wed August 19, 2015

FDA Approves First Drug To Improve Libido For Women

Originally published on Wed August 19, 2015 11:40 am

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2:41 am
Wed August 19, 2015

Teacher Shortage? Or Teacher Pipeline Problem?

LA Johnson/NPR

Originally published on Wed August 19, 2015 11:38 am

Ah, back-to-school season in America: That means it's time for the annoyingly aggressive marketing of clothes, and for the annual warnings of a national teacher shortage.

But this year the cyclical problem is more real and less of a media creation. There are serious shortages of teachers in California, Oklahoma, Kentucky and places in between.

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The Two-Way
7:11 pm
Tue August 18, 2015

2 'Ninjas' Attempt To Rob Store With Knife, But Cashier Had A Bigger Blade

Originally published on Wed August 19, 2015 4:38 am

When two men dressed as ninjas entered a convenience store in Pittsburgh with a foot-long knife, the store's cashier was prepared, writes the local CBS affiliate KDKA.

Security video from Perry Market shows Jewad Hayih fending off the would-be thieves — with a sword that's much bigger than their knife.

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The Salt
5:29 pm
Tue August 18, 2015

Cherokee Purple: The Story Behind One Of Our Favorite Tomatoes

A Cherokee purple tomato grown in Alaska in 2011.
Sherry Shiesl Tatiana's TOMATObase

Originally published on Wed August 19, 2015 3:55 pm

Fortunately for those of us who are suckers for novelty, every year fruits and vegetables seem to come in more bewitching colors, shapes and flavors. In recent years, we've been transfixed by Glass Gem Corn and the vibrant orange Turkish eggplant.

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Shots - Health News
5:06 pm
Tue August 18, 2015

FDA Approves First Drug To Boost Women's Sexual Desire

A daily pill called Addyi is the first medicine to be approved for the purpose of boosting women's sexual desire.
Allen G. Breed AP

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

The Food and Drug Administration approved the first drug designed to increase a woman's libido.

The controversial decision was hailed by some doctors and advocates as a long-sought victory for women's health, but was condemned by others as irresponsible and dangerous.

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NPR Story
4:19 pm
Tue August 18, 2015

'Shots On The Bridge' Unpacks A Tangled Story Of Deceit And Tragedy

Mario Tama Getty Images

Originally published on Thu August 20, 2015 12:55 pm

On Sept. 4, 2005 — nearly a week after floodwaters submerged much of the city, a call came in to the New Orleans Police Department: Officers in distress, maybe under fire, at the Danziger Bridge.

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The Two-Way
3:48 pm
Tue August 18, 2015

2 Women Are Graduating From Army Ranger School — What Does It Mean?

Two women will be among the soldiers who will graduate Friday from Army Ranger training. The Swamp Phase, seen here on Aug. 6, is part of the rigorous course.
Scott Brooks MAI/Landov

Originally published on Thu August 20, 2015 4:05 pm

Updated 10:10 p.m. ET

On Friday, two female lieutenants will make history as the first women to graduate from the U.S. Army Ranger School, a grueling 62-day training program required for admittance into the elite Ranger Regiment.

The women are Kristen Griest and Shaye Haver, and here is what we know about their training and other things Ranger-related:

What does it mean to have a Ranger tab on one's uniform?

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The Two-Way
3:44 pm
Tue August 18, 2015

Judge Rules 2 Police Officers To Be Tried For Murder Of Homeless Man

Albuquerque police officers Dominique Perez (left) and Keith Sandy, whose shooting of James Boyd sparked protest in the city.
Russell Contreras AP

Originally published on Wed August 19, 2015 4:59 am

Two police officers responded to a 911 call in March 2014 that ended in the killing of James Boyd, 38, a homeless man camping in the foothills outside Albuquerque, N.M.

Now a judge says there is probable cause to try officers Dominique Perez and Keith Sandy for murder, The Associated Press reports.

The AP notes that during a hearing:

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NPR Story
3:33 pm
Tue August 18, 2015

CAPA President: NLRB 'Had It Wrong' On Northwestern Players' Bid To Unionize

Originally published on Tue August 18, 2015 5:06 pm

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U.S.
3:33 pm
Tue August 18, 2015

U.S. Army Sergeant: 'Excited,' 'Intrigued,' By Women Completing Ranger Course

Originally published on Tue August 18, 2015 5:06 pm

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Asia
3:33 pm
Tue August 18, 2015

Chinese Media, Residents Continue To Question Cause Of Tianjin Explosions

Originally published on Tue August 18, 2015 5:06 pm

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Economy
3:33 pm
Tue August 18, 2015

Ever Since The Great Recession, Zombie Houses Have Haunted New Jersey

The house next door to Maureen and Michael McCabe has been sitting empty for seven years. "It freaks me out," Maureen McCabe says. "I don't know if there's animals running around there, mice and rodents."
Joel Rose NPR

Originally published on Wed August 19, 2015 11:24 am

Michael McCabe knows what it's like to be surrounded by zombies.

Zombie houses, that is.

McCabe still lives in the neighborhood where he grew up, Woodbury Heights, N.J., a middle-class suburb of Philadelphia. He knows which houses are in foreclosure and which have been abandoned. The latest seems to be right behind his own.

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Parallels
3:33 pm
Tue August 18, 2015

Germany's Big Port Eager For U.S.-EU Trade Deal, But Some Are Skeptical

The Port of Hamburg's trade volume has more than doubled since 1990 and is projected to double again by 2030.
Andrew Schneider for NPR

Originally published on Tue August 18, 2015 5:06 pm

Walking alongside the River Elbe, it's easy to get the sense of Hamburg's long history as a port. Brick warehouses in the German city date to the mid-19th century, though most of those have been converted to offices or museums.

But walk farther along the river toward the North Sea — and you can see the 21st century global economy in action. Tall cranes hoist cargo on and off massive ships. A lot of the shipments involve finished goods. But much of what moves through this port is big and bulky.

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Goats and Soda
2:40 pm
Tue August 18, 2015

Baseball And Uganda — Two Words That Don't Usually Go Together

They are the champions of Africa (and Europe, too): Uganda's 2015 team will take on the best of the planet in the Little League Baseball World Series that starts Thursday in Williamsport, Pa.
Courtesy of Uganda Little League

Originally published on Tue August 18, 2015 3:03 pm

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U.S.
2:29 pm
Tue August 18, 2015

Two Women Become The First To Complete U.S. Army Ranger Course

Originally published on Tue August 18, 2015 5:06 pm

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Asia
2:29 pm
Tue August 18, 2015

Bombing At Hindu Temple In Bangkok Kills At Least 20

Originally published on Wed August 19, 2015 11:26 am

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Science
2:29 pm
Tue August 18, 2015

Scientists Develop App To Turn Smartphones Into Cosmic Ray Detectors

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

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Goats and Soda
2:29 pm
Tue August 18, 2015

Stop The Foreign Music! African Pop Stars Ask For Government Help

The rapper V-Sita (at right) had a No. 1 hit in Kenya with the song "Hivo Ndio Kunaendaga."
YouTube

Originally published on Wed August 19, 2015 11:31 am

Taylor Swift may be the world's No. 1-selling artist, but she might have a hard time getting airplay in some countries.

In South Africa, 55 percent of the content on radio stations as well as community and public TV has to be local.

Nigeria has a law that more than 70 percent of the music played on radio must be by local artists.

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Around the Nation
2:29 pm
Tue August 18, 2015

Aging Irrigation Systems Lead To Crop Losses In The West

Originally published on Tue August 18, 2015 5:06 pm

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World
2:29 pm
Tue August 18, 2015

How The Devaluation Of The Yuan Could Have Long-Lasting Effects In Africa

Originally published on Wed August 19, 2015 11:37 am

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Business
2:29 pm
Tue August 18, 2015

Food Tours Help Keep Barcelona's Mom-And-Pop Tapas Bars Alive

Originally published on Tue August 18, 2015 5:06 pm

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There's a disappearing act happening in Barcelona. The quaint restaurants and shops that draw tourists to the city are being replaced by big chain stores. Lauren Frayer reported earlier this summer on the efforts to stop that trend.

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The Two-Way
1:45 pm
Tue August 18, 2015

Congressman Pleads 'Not Guilty' To Corruption Charges

U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah, D-Pa., appeared in court on Tuesday.
Matt Rourke AP

Originally published on Wed August 19, 2015 5:48 am

U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah, D-Pa., pleaded not guilty on Tuesday to charges of racketeering conspiracy, bribery and mail fraud, writes The Associated Press.

As we previously reported, the government alleged last month that Fattah was involved in a widespread conspiracy that involved the theft of charitable funds, the illegal use of campaign contributions and bribery.

NPR's Eyder Peralta explained:

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NPR Story
1:11 pm
Tue August 18, 2015

A Cardboard Canoe Regatta For Girls In Science

Dozens of teenage girls from Chavez High School built cardboard boats for a regatta. (Houston Public Media)

You might wonder how cardboard boxes, duct tape and a swimming pool can solve a problem that has stumped researchers for years. That problem is how to get more women working in science, technology, engineering and math, or STEM for short.

Some think the answer lies in giving girls hands-on projects that spark their curiosity and prepare them for not only advanced science courses in school, but also a STEM career. That's where the tape, cardboard and pool come in.

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NPR Story
1:01 pm
Tue August 18, 2015

Medicare Gives End-Of-Life Counseling The Go-Ahead

Mountlake Terrace resident Jennifer Calnon, 67, recently discussed her advance directive with her doctor. Starting January, Medicare plans to pay physicians for end of life counseling. (Ruby de Luna/ KUOW)

Remember the “death panels”? That’s what Sarah Palin called them when the Affordable Care Act first proposed paying doctors for end-of-life counseling with patients. The uproar killed that plan, but recently Medicare announced that beginning next year, it will pay doctors to have these discussions. Ruby de Luna from Here & Now contributor KUOW reports.

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1:01 pm
Tue August 18, 2015

Canadian Election Campaign Is In Full Swing

Supporters of Canada's main federal parties rally outside the site of the first leader's debate in Toronto, Canada, on August 6, 2015. The federal election is set for October 19, 2015. (Geoff Robins/AFP/Getty Images)

The candidates in this fall’s election in Canada are running hard as the vote approaches in October. Prime Minister Stephen Harper leads the Conservative Party, but he has been hurt by a Canadian economy suffering from low global commodity prices.

Here & Now’s Jeremy Hobson talks with David Common, network host for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, about the campaigning in Canada and the upcoming vote.

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