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3:05 am
Tue May 19, 2015

Pixar's 'Inside Out' Gets A Lot Of Buzz At Cannes Film Festival

Originally published on Tue May 19, 2015 11:34 am

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Politics
3:05 am
Tue May 19, 2015

Highway Trust Fund Is 'Broke,' Ex-Transportation Secretary LaHood Says

Originally published on Tue May 19, 2015 4:31 pm

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Parallels
1:25 am
Tue May 19, 2015

Conservative, Catholic Ireland Votes On Same-Sex Marriage

A campaign poster in Dublin encourages voters to say no to same-sex marriage ahead of a referendum in Dublin on Friday.
Paul Faith AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Tue May 19, 2015 2:19 pm

Ireland could make history this week. Same-sex marriage is legal in about 17 countries around the world. In all of those countries, the decision was made by the legislature or the courts. Ireland appears poised to become the first country to legalize same-sex marriage through a national popular vote set for Friday.

In Dublin, it is impossible to miss the debate. Nearly every lamppost carries a big poster, or several.

"YES: Equality for everybody," reads one showing a diverse group of smiling people.

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Goats and Soda
1:24 am
Tue May 19, 2015

They're Going Door To Door In The Amazon To See Why People Get Sick

Researchers meet participants: (from left) investigator Jose Luis Roca; Dr. Ernesto Ortiz; study participants Rainer Leon and his mother, Rina Leon Chanbilla; and nurse Jennifer Rampas.
Jason Beaubien NPR

Originally published on Tue May 19, 2015 8:14 am

Is it the mercury or the malaria?

Or maybe it's something else entirely that's making people sick in the Peruvian Amazon.

Those questions are bedeviling researchers from Duke University who have been studying gold mining in the region. Illegal mining has exploded in the area in the past decade, and the people living downriver have a variety of medical issues, from malaria to anemia to high blood pressure.

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Parallels
1:23 am
Tue May 19, 2015

How Heroin Made Its Way From Rural Mexico To Small-Town America

Courtesy of Bloomsbury Press

Originally published on Thu May 21, 2015 4:17 am

To understand how heroin took hold in rural America, you need to go back two decades and look at the surge of prescription drug use in Portsmouth, Ohio, according to journalist Sam Quinones.

A Rust Belt town that had fallen on hard times by the 1990s, Portsmouth became a place where doctors dispensed prescription drugs more freely than anywhere else in the country, Quinones writes in his new book, Dreamland: The True Tale of America's Opiate Epidemic.

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Author Interviews
1:22 am
Tue May 19, 2015

Cherokee Chief John Ross Is The Unsung Hero Of 'Jacksonland'

Cherokee chief John Ross battled the U.S. government for decades on behalf of his people.
The Art Archive

Originally published on Tue May 19, 2015 10:23 am

The nation's seventh president was a man of legendary toughness who made his name in America's second war against the British — and he's someone NPR's Steve Inskeep has come to know well: Andrew Jackson.

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The Salt
4:33 pm
Mon May 18, 2015

Urban Farmers Say It's Time They Got Their Own Research Farms

Mchezaji "Che" Axum stands in a hoop house at the University of the District of Columbia's Muirkirk Research Farm, a resource for urban farmers in the city.
Whitney Pipkin for NPR

Originally published on Tue May 19, 2015 11:56 am

About 80 percent of Americans now live in urban areas, and more and more of us are growing food in cities as well.

But where's an urban farmer to turn for a soil test or when pests infiltrate the fruit orchard?

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The Two-Way
4:33 pm
Mon May 18, 2015

Air Travel Demand Heats Up With Summer; Fares Are Flat

Originally published on Tue May 19, 2015 6:49 am

During the worst of the Great Recession, summer travel plummeted as Americans chose backyard "staycations" over faraway vacations.

This year, millions of families are shaking off their reluctance to take big trips: Airlines say they are now expecting the busiest summer ever.

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Fine Art
3:45 pm
Mon May 18, 2015

Artist Shirin Neshat Captures Iran's Sharp Contrasts In Black And White

Shirin Neshat is an Iranian-born visual artist who has made her home country's turbulent history the subject of high art. The Hirshhorn Museum in Washington, D.C., is hosting a retrospective of her work. Above, Neshat's 1999 Rapture Series.
Photograph by Larry Barns Courtesy Gladstone Gallery

Originally published on Mon May 18, 2015 9:22 pm

Shirin Neshat, the most famous contemporary artist to come from Iran, is playing with her rambunctious Labrador puppy in her airy Manhattan apartment. "Ashi, Ashi, come here!" she calls.

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Code Switch
3:39 pm
Mon May 18, 2015

Here's What People Are Saying About The Waco Shootout And Race

Officers investigate a shooting in the parking lot of the Twin Peaks restaurant in Waco, Texas, on Sunday.
Jerry Larson AP

Originally published on Tue May 19, 2015 8:42 am

The biker gang shootout this weekend in Waco, Texas, that left nine people dead, 18 wounded, and as many as 192 facing organized crime charges has sparked a lot of scrutiny over how police and media are treating this incident compared with how they approached the protests in Ferguson, Mo., and Baltimore.

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Law
3:22 pm
Mon May 18, 2015

Community Policing Doesn't Sit Well With Everyone, Former Prosecutor Says

Originally published on Mon May 18, 2015 4:23 pm

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More on this subject now from someone who says all the focus on police is bogus.

O'DONNELL: All right, so it's review day today. Everybody's up for the review?

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All Tech Considered
3:22 pm
Mon May 18, 2015

The Tech Behind Traffic Apps: How (Well) Do They Work?

Four different apps can sometimes present four different routes. Screenshots of a few of the apps All Things Considered host Robert Siegel tested, from left to right: Google Maps, Inrix, Nokia Here, and Apple Maps.
Google; Inrix; Nokia; Apple

Originally published on Mon May 18, 2015 8:50 pm

The challenge of strategizing the best route to work against the herd of other drivers can be as routine as the daily commute itself. A number of apps are out there to help shortcut one's route and evade traffic jams. But which ones are the most accurate? And how?

The All Tech Considered team put a few competing traffic apps to the test in Robert Siegel's usual short commute from Arlington, Va., to NPR's D.C. headquarters.

The Test Drive

This ride is about 15 minutes in no traffic. But it's now morning rush hour.

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Arts & Life
3:22 pm
Mon May 18, 2015

LA County Museum Of Art Presents Last Sculpture By Chris Burden

Originally published on Mon May 18, 2015 7:26 pm

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Performance artist and sculptor Chris Burden died last week of cancer. He was 69. Today, his final completed work opens to the public at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, or LACMA. NPR's Mandalit del Barco reports.

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The Two-Way
2:59 pm
Mon May 18, 2015

Elian Gonzalez Says He Would Like To Visit U.S. As A Tourist

Elian Gonzalez attends the closing ceremony of the legislative session at the National Assembly in Havana on Dec. 20, 2014. Gonzalez tells ABC News that he would like to visit the U.S. as a tourist.
Ramon Espinosa AP

Originally published on Mon May 18, 2015 4:41 pm

Elian Gonzalez, the Cuban boy who was seized 15 years ago from his relatives in Miami by U.S. government officials who returned him to his native country, says he would like to visit the United States as a tourist.

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Planet Money
2:45 pm
Mon May 18, 2015

When 'Luddites' Attack: Destroying Machines To Save Their Jobs

Originally published on Mon May 18, 2015 8:19 pm

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Found Recipes
2:45 pm
Mon May 18, 2015

Found Recipes: A Sauerkraut Surprise

Originally published on Mon May 18, 2015 4:27 pm

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Remembrances
2:45 pm
Mon May 18, 2015

Dean Potter, Pioneering Extreme Athlete, Dies In Wingsuit Flight

Originally published on Mon May 18, 2015 8:32 pm

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Sports
2:45 pm
Mon May 18, 2015

Fast-Paced NBA Teams Signify How Much Basketball Has Evolved

Originally published on Mon May 18, 2015 4:23 pm

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It's All Politics
2:45 pm
Mon May 18, 2015

Cheap And Fast, Online Voter Registration Catches On

Debra Bowen, then California secretary of state, demonstrates the state's online voter registration system when it was launched in 2012. Voters can also still register using a paper form.
Rich Pedroncelli AP

Originally published on Tue May 19, 2015 5:42 pm

Voters in more than half the states will soon be able to register online, rather than filling out a paper form and sending it in.

Twenty states have implemented online voter registration so far, almost all in the past few years. Seven other states and the District of Columbia are now in the process of doing so. That includes Florida, where Republican Gov. Rick Scott signed a bill last Friday requiring the state to allow online voter registration by 2017.

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Business
2:45 pm
Mon May 18, 2015

Michigan Lawmakers, Industry Executives Debate Film Incentive Program

Originally published on Mon May 18, 2015 8:22 pm

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Goats and Soda
2:18 pm
Mon May 18, 2015

Cellphones Or School? What Makes Kids Around The World Happy

Kids in Cape Town socialize as they walk to school. Children in South Africa often don't get to play outside by themselves because of the high rate of violent crimes in some areas.
Henk Badenhorst Getty Images

Originally published on Mon May 18, 2015 3:52 pm

What's bugging children around the world?

Kids in South Africa say they're not very happy about their opportunities to play safely outdoors. Kids in Algeria and Ethiopia say they don't get enough time to play, in general, because they are needed at home to help with siblings and chores. Kids in European countries are less satisfied with their time in school than those in some African countries.

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NPR Story
1:38 pm
Mon May 18, 2015

Gender Pronouns And The History Of 'They'

A dictionary definition of they. (Rachel Rohr/Here & Now)

The use of the word “they” as a gender-neutral singular pronoun is gaining wider acceptance, even among copy editors. But linguist and Wall Street Journal columnist Ben Zimmer says the use of the universal pronoun ‘they’ is nothing new.

Zimmer tells Here & Now’s Jeremy Hobson that writers including Chaucer and Shakespeare have used “they” instead of he or she. But will modern-day English speakers adapt their style to incorporate “they”?

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NPR Story
1:38 pm
Mon May 18, 2015

Jeremy Hobson's Advice For Selfie-Stick Users

Tourists use a selfie-stick to take a picture of themselves in front of the Pyramid of the Louvre in Paris on March 7, 2015. (Dominique Faget/AFP/Getty Images)

There’s a new term that is unfortunately now a part of our lexicon: selfie-stick.

You’ve seen them. The idiotic plastic or metal arms that tourists all over the world are using to take medium-distance selfies with their phones.

I was in Europe last week and I saw it for myself: In front of the Rosetta Stone at the British Museum in London, underneath the Eiffel Tower in Paris, even on a train a couple decided to take a photograph of themselves from above.

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NPR Story
1:38 pm
Mon May 18, 2015

How - And How Well - Would Free College Work?

How does free college sound?

Democratic presidential candidate Senator Bernie Sanders will propose legislation on Tuesday that would make tuition at four-year public colleges free – much like it is in many European Countries.

Here & Now’s Robin Young talks to Scott Jaschik, editor of Inside Higher Ed, about how various European countries offer free college tuition, and how well such a model might work in the United States.

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The Two-Way
1:00 pm
Mon May 18, 2015

Google Wins Copyright And Speech Case Over 'Innocence Of Muslims' Video

A federal court has dissolved an order that forced Google-owned YouTube to take down the controversial "Innocence of Muslims" video. The ruling rejects copyright claims from Cindy Lee Garcia, an actress in the video.
Bret Hartman Reuters /Landov

Originally published on Mon May 18, 2015 1:58 pm

In a complicated legal battle that touches on questions of free speech, copyright law and personal safety, a federal appeals court has overturned an order that had forced the Google-owned YouTube to remove an anti-Muslim video from its website last year.

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The Two-Way
12:42 pm
Mon May 18, 2015

Labor Groups Blast Working Conditions In Qatar Ahead Of World Cup

In this photo taken May 3 during a government-organized media tour, Kuttamon Chembadnan Velayi from Kerala, India, speaks to journalists while sitting on his bed in a room he shares with seven other Indian laborers in Doha, Qatar. The housing facility has been cited by Qatari labor officials for substandard conditions.
Maya Alleruzzo AP

Originally published on Mon May 18, 2015 2:10 pm

Worker-rights groups are calling labor conditions in Qatar "horrific" and urging FIFA sponsors to take responsibility ahead of the 2022 soccer World Cup. Their call comes on the same day the BBC said a reporting crew spent two nights in a Qatari jail for trying to film migrant workers who are building the infrastructure for the sporting event.

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Music Reviews
12:10 pm
Mon May 18, 2015

In 'Take Off,' Ramon Valle Makes The Piano Sing

Originally published on Mon May 18, 2015 3:36 pm

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Television
12:10 pm
Mon May 18, 2015

The 'Mad Men' Ending: A 'Twisted' And 'Perfect' Conclusion

Originally published on Mon May 18, 2015 3:36 pm

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All Tech Considered
12:10 pm
Mon May 18, 2015

Attention White-Collar Workers: The Robots Are Coming For Your Jobs

The German service robot Toomas was designed to welcome customers and help them find items in a store.
Joerg Sarbach AP

Originally published on Tue May 19, 2015 9:56 am

From the self-checkout aisle of the grocery store to the sports section of the newspaper, robots and computer software are increasingly taking the place of humans in the workforce. Silicon Valley executive Martin Ford says that robots, once thought of as a threat to only manufacturing jobs, are poised to replace humans as teachers, journalists, lawyers and others in the service sector.

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The Two-Way
11:40 am
Mon May 18, 2015

President Gets His Own Twitter Account: 'It's Barack. Really'

President Barack Obama might have just gotten his own Twitter account, but he's been tweeting for years, such as during this "Twitter Town Hall" in 2011.
Charles Dharapak AP

Originally published on Mon May 18, 2015 6:59 pm

"Hello Twitter! It's Barack. Really." And with that, President Obama became part of the Twitterverse. The White House announced Monday that @POTUS would be "the official Twitter account of the President of the United States."

According to a post on The White House Blog:

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